Greetings, I hope your fall semester continues to go well—with Thanksgiving break not too far off.  I am pleased to introduce the newest edition of our Section on Leadership newsletter and to provide a short update on the Section on Leadership and our upcoming activities, most notably the AALS Annual Meeting in January 2023.

After years of dealing with the public health crisis, this will be our first in-person meeting in three years.  I hope that many of you will make an extra effort to join us in San Diego for what will surely be a stimulating meeting and a joyous reunion. 

While we are still a relatively new Section (our inaugural section program was held in New Orleans in 2019) by AALS standards, we continue to grow and attract new members interested in advancing leadership development and leadership studies in law.  This year, as a Section, we are focused on rebuilding our community and our maintaining our positive momentum.   This year we are hosting our own session on “How Teaching Leadership Can Make a Difference” (Saturday, January 7 from 8:30-10:10 am) and co-sponsoring a session on “Incorporating Access to Justice & Pro-Bono Across the Law School Curriculum” (Thursday, January 5 from 3:00-4:40 pm).

It has been a great honor to serve as a chair of the Section and work alongside a terrific Executive Committee. 

Thank you all for your continued efforts and engagement to grow and expand the leadership field.  Our work continues to be both important and needed.  I look forward to seeing you in San Diego.

All the best,

 – Garry


Leadership Can Make A Difference: Section Program at AALS Annual Meeting

Saturday, January 7, 2023 • 8:30 AM

The Section on Leadership will conduct its annual meeting and program at 8:30 a.m. to 10:10 a.m. on January 7, 2023, in San Diego, California at the AALS Annual Meeting.

Program Description:

This year’s program is “How Teaching Leadership Can Make a Difference” and will feature outstanding national leadership experts discussing how teaching leadership skills and abilities can lead to significant changes in the legal profession, governance of institutions, and others.    Those speakers are:

Dean Erwin Chermerinsky (UC Berkeley Law), Professor Angela Onwuachi-Willig (Boston University Law), Professor Hilary Sale, (Georgetown Law), Dean Garry Jenkins (Minnesota Law), and Farayi Chipungu (Harvard Kennedy School of Government).  Dean April Barton (Duquesne) will serve as moderator of the panel.  All members of the Section on Leadership are encouraged to register for the 2023 Annual Meeting and make plans to attend the Section program and the Section’s Annual Business Meeting.  For more information, please contact Dean Garry Jenkins or Dean April Barton


Pop-Up Survey Results


Kathy Vinson:

I recently wrote a short article, The Great Resignation or the Great Joy in Higher Education:  Lessons from the Pandemic that discusses how leaders in higher education can help their faculty rediscover their joy at work and prevent faculty burnout, the great resignation, etc.:


Kathleen Elliott Vinson
Professor of Legal Writing
Director of Legal Writing, Research, and Written Advocacy
Suffolk University Law School

Michael Collatrella:

Leading Law Schools: Relationships, Influence, and Negotiation 

91 University of Cincinnati Law Review No. ___ 2022

This article explores how quality relationships with one’s constituents, especially faculty, lie at the heart of successful law school leadership. Achieving meaningful institutional goals is a group endeavor, and a law school leader must have the skills and abilities to focus faculty energies and enthusiasms to a unified vison. To marshal those energies and inspire those enthusiasms, a leader must master the triumvirate leadership skills of (1) relationship building, (2) influential power, and (3) negotiation with faculty. If one is to be a successful leader in law school environments, formal or informal, one must accept the premise that the power to lead is one that law school faculty grants a person. https://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=4086895 

Michael T. Colatrella Jr.
Professor of Law
University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law 

Brian Gallini:

Pandemic Leadership

University of Toledo Law Review, Vol. 52, 2021

This piece tells the story of my cross-country move to take on a first law school deanship amid a global pandemic. There is no shortage of literature about leadership outside the realm of academia. Indeed, there are a number of engaging books about leadership philosophies, styles, and guidance. But those materials are not tailored specifically to leadership roles within legal academia. Moreover, there is little scholarly literature advising deans on how to lead a law school. Unsurprisingly, perhaps, there exists even less literature advising deans on how to lead a law school during a global pandemic.

My hope for this piece is to expand the body of scholarship advising deans on how to lead a law school. This Article offers my early thoughts—first-year pandemic thoughts, to be exact—about the ways law school administrations can cultivate and maintain a strong culture focused on producing passionate and skilled lawyers. Part I tells the story of my transition from the University of Arkansas to Willamette University College of Law. Part II puts you firmly in the saddle of an administration tasked with learning to run a law school from scratch. Part III reflects on lessons learned from doing so.


Brian Gallini
Dean & Professor of Law
Willamette University College of Law

Leah Teague:

Leadership is the answer for the changes to ABA Standards 303 and 508

Part 1: https://traininglawyersasleaders.org/2022/03/10/amendments-to-aba-standards-support-the-objectives-of-leadership-development-programming-part-1/

Part 2: https://traininglawyersasleaders.org/2022/03/15/amendments-to-aba-standards-support-the-objectives-of-leadership-development-programming-part-2/ Part 3: https://traininglawyersasleaders.org/2022/03/17/amendments-to-aba-standards-support-the-objectives-of-leadership-development-programming-part-3/

Leah Teague
Professor of Law
Baylor University School of Law


Kathy Vinson:

I’m reading the following 2 books:

Unraveling Faculty Burnout and 
Global Lawyering

Brian Gallini:

Frances Frei & Anne Morriss, Unleashed

Stephen Rispoli:

Grant by Ron Chernow


Review of Don Polden and Barry Posner’s new book, Leading in Law

“In Leading in Law, Barry Posner and Donald Polden make a persuasive case for why leadership studies should be included in the modern law school curriculum.  Well-organized and accessible, this book introduces law students to leadership theory and offers them practical ways to develop an important professional skill.  Law faculty will find it an effective pedagogical tool; one which prompts students to think more deeply about their own professional identity as members of the legal profession.” 

 Paula A. Monopoli, Sol & Carlyn Hubert Professor of Law, University of Maryland Carey School of Law

“This book is fantastic. It’s comprehensive, well-written, and easy to read. Great use of research findings and examples. It’s a winner!”

Doug Blaze, Dean and Art Stoinitz & Elvin E. Overton Distinguished Professor of Law, University of Tennessee College of Law

“This is an outstanding textbook by two leading scholars in the field for a law school leadership course. The greatest strength is the excellent reflection questions at the end of each chapter.”

Neil W. Hamilton, Holloran Professor of Law and Director of the Holloran Center for Ethical Leadership in the Professions
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Book Review: Fundamentals of Lawyer Leadership

by Patty Roberts

This is the second year I am using Fundamentals of Lawyer Leadership for the Law & Leadership seminar at St. Mary’s University School of Law. When looking for a book, I wanted one that intentionally focused on the student’s skill-building, one that would offer a number of mechanisms for them to assess their own leadership style and skills, and ways that would enable them to improve those skills and develop the style they find most effective. Fundamentals of Lawyer Leadership is the perfect book for meeting these goals.

The book is divided into four parts – Leadership Fundamentals, and then Leadership of Self, with Others, and within Community. There are numerous leadership inventories recommended that students can be assigned, and journal prompts that require their reflection on their results. Leadership character, traits, and characteristics are covered extensively, but also the necessity of followership, giving and receiving feedback, and overall wellness. Each chapter prompts robust discussion among the students, and they draw on the lessons learned in later chapters or when we have a guest speaker who is a role model for the topics being covered that week. The book is accompanied by useful teaching materials.

Finally, I greatly appreciated the focus on integrity and character, grit and growth mindset, and impactful service within one’s community. The book has an excellent balance of self-reflection and exploration of the most effective ways to work with others. Students recognize themselves in some of the chapters and identify aspirational traits and characteristics on which they want to focus. The book’s carefully structured chapters ensure that students develop a leadership plan internally, and then identify ways for external influence for the greater good. It is an ideal book for exploring leadership with lawyers, and will also prove instrumental for those who choose to utilize it in support of professional identity formation.