Conveying Appropriate Messages to Law Students

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National Institute for Teaching Ethics & Professionalism Fall 2009 Workshop
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Tiffany Roberts Deputy Director, National Institute for Teaching Ethics & Professionalism

NIFTEP conducts bi-annual workshops that bring together leading academics and practitioners involved teaching legal ethics and promoting professionalism. Workshops are cosponsored by the American Bar Association Standing Committee on Professionalism.

Theme One: What explicit information and implicit messages are today’s law students and beginning lawyers receiving from popular culture, legal education and the profession about what it means to be a lawyer? How can law teachers and practitioners work together to improve that information and modify those messages, especially to promote ethics and professionalism?

Theme Two: How can we better identify in our own teaching, mentoring and supervision the implicit messages we convey about what it means to be a lawyer?

Friday
4:00 p.m. Opening reception in Lakeside Room
4:15 p.m. Clark Cunningham and Charlotte Alexander
Introduction to Workshop
4:30 p.m. Clark Cunningham
Applying the Workshop Themes to a Class Exercise
5:00 p.m. Selene MizeUniversity of Otago (New Zealand) Faculty of Law Course: Was He Being a Good Lawyer? A Scene from Boston Legal
5:30 p.m. Paul Barrett
Keynote Address: Impressions of Lawyers and the Legal Profession That Students Bring with Them as They Enter Law School
6:10 p.m. Nancy CookUniversity of Minnesota Law School’s Practice and Professionalism Course: Story Exchange Exercise
7:30 p.m. Dinner

Saturday
7:30 a.m. Breakfast
9:00 a.m. Clark Cunningham
Applying the Four Component Model of Moral Behavior to a Real Ethical Dilemma
The OPM Case: What Happened
9:30 a.m. Neil Hamilton and Verna Monson
A Career Span Model of Professional Ethics: How Exemplary and Entering Attorneys Understand the Meaning of Professionalism, Research Project by Holloran Center for Ethical Leadership in the Professions, University of St. Thomas
10:30 a.m. Coffee break
10:45 a.m. Small group meetings
11:15 a.m. Paula Schaefer
University of Tennessee College of Law’s “Smart Lawyers, Stupid Decisions” Course
11:45 a.m. Amy Timmer
Mentoring Exercises from Thomas M. Cooley Law School’s Professionalism Portfolio Program - Introduction
12:00 p.m. Lunch
1:00 p.m. Free Time
4:00 p.m. Afternoon reception: Nacho Station in Lakeside Room
4:30 p.m. Amy Timmer
Mentoring Exercises from Thomas M. Cooley Law School’s Professionalism Portfolio Program - Demonstration
5:00 p.m. Jerry Organ
Reflections on Implicit Messages About Lawyering: Using Examples from a Course in Property
5:30 p.m. Small group meetings
6:00 p.m. Charlotte Alexander
Introduction to the International Forum on Teaching Legal Ethics and Professionalism website
6:15 p.m. Tim Floyd
The Story of David Spaulding
7:30 p.m. Dinner

Sunday
7:30 a.m. Breakfast
9:00 a.m. Raul Esquivel
Louisiana’s New Advertising Rules
9:45 a.m. Jan Pratt and Jim Elliott
Emory University School of Law’s Values in Practice Program
10:15 a.m. Coffee Break
10:30 a.m. Small group meetings
11:15 a.m. Clark Cunningham
Workshop review, evaluation, and plans for the future
12:00 p.m. Brunch

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