I hope you are having a fabulous fall! We have a lot happening
in the next weeks and months and we hope you will join us for all that you can.
In this newsletter you will find information for the following upcoming events,
including 2 this week:
“What LSSSE Data Can Teach Us…” Webinar on November 5, presented by the Law School Survey of Student Engagement. Register by emailing [email protected]
2020: Vision for Leadership Conference in Waco, Texas, at Baylor Law on March 26-27, 2020.
We want to thank each of you for your ongoing interest in, and
work on, efforts to better prepare our students for the opportunities to make a
positive difference in society using their legal training and law degrees.
Momentum is building in legal education! Each month we gain new members to our
Leadership section and we discover new information about more leadership
development programs and courses around the country. The continued growth is
reported in an article to be published soon in a special leadership symposium
issue of the Tennessee Law Review. We are now aware of at least 85 law
schools that have at least one leadership development program, course or
designation for their students. Included as an appendix to the article will be
a chart listing the mission statements of all ABA-approved law schools.
Highlighted are 91 of those law school mission statements that specifically use
the words “lead,” “leader(s)” or “leadership.” That chart also includes
learning outcomes with indications of leadership as a learning objective. This
chart not only documents the growth of leadership development programming but
provides resources for those seeking to create new courses and programs and to
enhance existing programming.
We have much to celebrate but we also know much more needs to be
done. As a section, we need to continue to find ways to support each other and
to help others interested in creating or expanding leadership development.
Please join us at our section breakfast on January 3 in Washington, D.C. to
discuss our future efforts. Register for the AALS annual meeting by November 14
to receive best pricing.
In this newsletter we continue our highlight of leadership
courses and programs by featuring programs at University of North Carolina
School of Law and Washburn University School of Law. Please let us know about
your new courses and other ventures and enhancements to your leadership
November 5, 2019, at 10:00 am Pacific/12:00 pm Central/ 1:00 pm
Presented by Chad Christensen, Ph.D., Law School Survey of
Student Engagement (LSSSE) Project Manager Research Faculty, School of
Education, Indiana University
As established by a number of studies and reports spanning the
last twenty-plus years, law schools need to expand educational programming
beyond the traditional primary focus on intellectual training to better prepare
students for their professional obligations and leadership opportunities. A
commitment to leadership development efforts in law schools not only benefits
law students but also is essential for the future the legal profession and the
preservation of the rule of law in our society. To promote scholarship,
teaching, and other activities focused on equipping lawyers and law students for
effective leadership and service, the AALS Section on Leadership was
established in 2018.
This webinar will utilize LSSSE data to explore opportunities
for leadership development in legal education. Dr. Chad Christensen, LSSSE
Project Manager, will share key survey findings with a focus on maximizing
leadership skills along various metrics, including teamwork, intrinsic
motivation, and professionalism. Participants need not be familiar with LSSSE,
quantitative data, or curricular development. Join us as we facilitate a
discussion on how to more effectively build leaders in law school and beyond.
To participate in the webinar, RSVP by email to [email protected].
You will receive log-in instructions once you are signed up.
For a change of pace in this edition of the spotlight
section, we will be looking at leadership courses at two schools to get a feel
for how others are treating the topic of leadership in the classroom.
The University of North Carolina School of Law offers Leadership
for Lawyers in the fall semester and has been doing so since 2014. This is a three-credit course which meets
once a week for three hours. According
to the course description, topics for the course include “adjusting leadership
styles based on context, seeking and providing mentorship, cultivating and
managing diverse teams, resolving conflict, strategic planning and goal
setting, delegating tasks, and managing programs, projects and events.” While there are no prerequisites for the
course, permission is required for enrollment to confirm students have
leadership experience in their background.
The current instructors for the course are John Kasprzak, Assistant
Dean for Student Development, and Jared Smith, Programming and Engagement
Associate, NC Equal Access to Justice Commission. Additional information on the Leadership
for Lawyers course at UNC Law can be found at http://www.law.unc.edu/academics/courses/leadership/.
Washburn University School of Law also offers a course
entitled Leadership for Lawyers, with the class first offered in the
Spring of 2018. The Washburn version is
a two-credit course also meeting once a week.
For the first iteration, the class was capped at 30 students and was at
capacity within the first few hours of registration. Leadership for Lawyers covered many of
the same topics as the UNC Law version, with additional topics including HR
issues, different generations in the law firm setting, and succession
planning. Assessment came in the form of
case study write ups with an additional assignment involving a service
project. For the service project,
students were asked to pick a non-profit organization and either describe their
volunteer efforts for the organization or create a hypothetical event to help
market the organization.
Thomas Sneed, Associate Professor and Director of the Law Library,
was the instructor and plans to continue to offer the course in future Spring
semesters. Additional information on the
Leadership for Lawyers course at Washburn Law can be found at http://washburnlaw.edu/academics/courses/k-m.html.