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Are We Making A Difference?

Submitted by Clark Cunningham on Fri, 09/17/2010 - 17:38
Long title
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
Carl J. Zahner
Henry Latimer Center for Professionalism
The Florida Bar
651 E. Jefferson Street
Tallahassee, FL 32399-2300
(850) 561-5600
Jerome M. Organ
University of St. Thomas School of Law
1000 LaSalle Avenue
Minneapolis, MN 55403
(651) 962-4919
John Berry
Legal Division Director
The Florida Bar
651 E. Jefferson Street
Tallahassee, FL 32399-2300
(850) 561-5600

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
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
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
Conference title
Future Ed: New Models for U.S. and Global Legal Education
Conference location
Harvard Law School
United States
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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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