Are We Making A Difference?

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Are We Making a Difference? Developing Outcome Measures to Evaluate the Effectiveness of Law School Efforts to Teach Ethics and Develop Professionalism
Cunningham, Clark D.
Berry, John
Henderson, William
Longan, Patrick
Organ, Jerome
Zahner, Carl
Author(s)' contact information: 
Clark D. Cunningham; W. Lee Burge Professor of Law & Ethics; Georgia State University College of Law; P.O. Box 4037; Atlanta, GA 30302-4037; (404) 413-9168;;
Patrick Longan; William Augustus Bootle Chair in Ethics; Mercer University; Walter F. George School of Law; 1021 Georgia Avenue; Macon, Georgia 31207-0001; (478) 301-2639;;
William D. Henderson; Professor of Law and Val Nolan Faculty Fellow; Director, Center on the Global Legal Profession; Indiana University- Bloomington; Maurer School of Law; 211 South Indiana Avenue; Bloomington, Indiana 47405-7001; (812) 856-1788;;
Jerome M. Organ; Professor; University of St. Thomas School of Law; 1000 LaSalle Avenue; Minneapolis, MN 55403; (651) 962-4919;;
Carl J. Zahner; Director; Henry Latimer Center for Professionalism; The Florida Bar; 651 E. Jefferson Street; Tallahassee, FL 32399-2300; (850) 561-5600;;
John Berry; Legal Division Director; The Florida Bar; 651 E. Jefferson Street; Tallahassee, FL 32399-2300;; (850) 561-5600
Conference title: 
Future Ed: New Models for U.S. and Global Legal Education
Conference location: 
Harvard Law School

The goal of this project is to develop multiple methods for assessing outcomes that could be used in combination to allow for meaningful comparison of the effects of different educational approaches to teaching ethics, developing professional judgment, and promoting formation of professional identity. By April 2011 the project team will have developed a pilot version of measurement methods that could be used by individual teachers, with the long-term goal of designing and implementing outcome measures that could be used to evaluate the effects of the entire law school experience on the capacity for ethical decisionmaking and the formation of a responsible professional identity. The project team draws from the varied experience and expertise of its members, which include: the design and teaching of individual courses, reforms of law school curricula applicable to all students, law school administration, empirical research on legal education and the legal profession, cross-national studies of legal education and law practice, enforcement of ethical rules for practicing attorneys, and the reform activities of the organized bar.

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