NIFTEP Fall 2016 Workshop

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Fall 2016 Workshop: “Educational Interventions to Cultivate Professional Identity in Law Students."
Sat, Aug 6th 6:00 pm - Tue, Aug 9th 2:00 pm
Conference location: 
Mercer University - Walter F. George School of Law
Sponsor organization(s) or institution(s): 
National Institute for Teaching Ethics & Professionalism
Mercer University - Walter F. George School of law
American Bar Association Standing Committee on Professionalism
Sponsor(s)' contact information: 
Clark Cunningham W. Lee Burge Professor of Law & Ethics NIFTEP Director Phone: (404) 413-9168 Email: Tiffany Williams Roberts NIFTEP Deputy Director Phone: (404) 413-9178 Email: National Institute for Teaching Ethics and Professionalism Georgia State University P.O. Box 4037 Atlanta, GA 30302-4037

The Fall 2016 workshop of the National Institute for Teaching Ethics and Professionalism (NIFTEP) will take place from 5:00 pm Thursday, October 6 – 12:30 pm on Sunday, October 9, 2016 at the Mercer University School of Law in Macon, Georgia (approximately 1.5 hours from Atlanta). The workshop theme is: “Educational Interventions to Cultivate Professional Identity in Law Students." Part of the workshop will be held in conjunction with the 17th Annual Georgia Symposium on Professionalism and Ethics sponsored on October 6-7 at Mercer University Law School by Mercer’s Center for Legal Ethics and Professionalism. Workshop fellows agree to attend the Symposium.

Working Definition of Professional Identity in Law:
“A lawyer’s professional identity is a deep sense of self in role. It includes a set of virtues and dispositions that enable the lawyer to serve clients and the public well in complex, stressful and uncertain circumstances, including ones that present questions of morality and professional responsibility. “

Four Component Model of Morality:
See Learning Professional Responsibility for the Practice of Law: the Way Forward at pp 4-11, available at

The following questions will be the focus of the workshop:

Should law schools adopt educational interventions specifically tied to the cultivation of professional identity?
Are specifically designed interventions necessary to enable students to develop professional identity?
What evidence exists that such interventions are effective?
What resources are needed?

Using the Four Component Model to design educational interventions to cultivate professional identity.
How to sensitize students to recognize issues that implicate a lawyer’s professional responsibilities?
How to develop students’ capacity to reason to a mature decision about such issues?
How to lay a foundation of professional identity that will motivate students when they become lawyers to resolve the issues they recognize in appropriate ways?
What skills to provide students that they will need to implement their moral decisions?
How to measure whether the intervention will have its intended effect?
Is it possible to develop “before and after” instruments to detect whether the intervention had any impact?
Are longitudinal studies required, and, if so, how should they be designed and implemented?
Mercer University School of Law, Macon, Georgia

The application for this workshop has closed.

Travel Schedule
Fellows must arrive to Atlanta no later than 4:00 p.m. on Thursday October 6 in order to be transported to Macon by Mercer law students in time for the symposium opening dinner. We ask that fellows not schedule flights that depart from the Atlanta airport earlier than 5:00 PM on Sunday October 9.?

Attendance & Costs
Attendance at these highly participatory events is limited to invited speakers and to those selected to be NIFTEP Fellows. Fellowships are typically granted either to full-time law professors who incorporate issues of ethics and professionalism into their teaching or to legal practitioners actively involved in ethics CLE education and professionalism programs. Teachers new to legal education or to teaching ethics and professionalism are encouraged to apply. However, any person committed to promoting ethics and professionalism may apply. There is no charge for workshop registration, lodging, or meals during the workshop and transportation to and from the Atlanta airport will be provided. Fellows are generally expected to cover their other travel expenses. A limited number of travel stipends for reimbursement of air fare may be available based on need; travel stipends will typically only reimburse a portion of airfare and expenses.

For more information, please contact NIFTEP Deputy Director, Tiffany Roberts at

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