University of St. Thomas Law Journal
2023 Spring Symposium and Workshop

Transitioning from Student to Lawyer: Infusing Professional Identity Formation into the Required Curriculum

Sponsored by the University of St. Thomas Law Journal and the Holloran Center for Ethical Leadership in the Professions with Financial Support from West Academic

April 21-22, 2023 | This Symposium is invite-only

Symposium Agenda - Friday, April 21

8:00-8:50 AM: Breakfast and Formation Conversation - Room 247

8:50-9:00 AM: Break

9:00-930 AM Welcome and Overview - Frey Moot Court Room
Hidden Curriculum and Importance of Explicit Presence of Professional Identity Formation in Required Curriculum

9:30-10:45 AM: Session One - Role Plays - Frey Moot Court Room

  • Jamie Abrams - American University Washington College of Law -
    Cultivating First-Year Tort Law Professional Identity Formation Through a Medical Malpractice Simulation
  • Michael Vitiello - Pacific McGeorge School of Law -
    Integrating Professional Identity in the Traditional Classroom
  • Howard Katz - Cleveland State University College of Law -
    Designing the First-Year Curriculum to Foster Professional Formation, Opportunity, and Competency
  • Colleen Medill - University of Nebraska College of Law -
    Writing a Demand Letter: Litigator or Mediator

10:45-11:00 AM: Break

11:00-12:15 PM: Session Two - Pedagogical Structures and Professional Identity Formation - Frey Moot Court Room

  • Lindsey Gustafson - UALR William H. Bowen School of Law -
    Team-Based Learning as a Tool for Fostering Professional Identity Formation
  • Aaron Bryant - University of Cincinnati College of Law -
    The Problem Method and Professional Identity Formation in the Required, First-Year Constitutional Law Course
  • Kendall Kerew - Georgia State University College of Law -
    Technology as a Tool to Advance Professional Identity
  • David Thomson - University of Denver Sturm College of Law -
    The Guided Sequence for Formation of Professional Identity - A 5-Step Process

12:15 - 1:30 PM: Break and Lunch - Room 235

  • Martha Ertman - University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law -
    Videos, PowerPoints & Other Teaching Materials as Catalysts for Identity Formation

1:30-2:30 PM: Session Three - Professional Responsibility and Reflective Journaling - Frey Moot Court Room

  • Timothy Floyd - Mercer University School of Law -
    Professional Identity Formation in the Professional Responsibility Course: A Deep Dive into Spaulding v. Zimmerman
  • Neil Hamilton - University of St. Thomas School of Law -
    Professional Identity Formation in Professional Responsibility: Using Teams Talking to Coaches About Key Professional Responsibility Topics
  • Sandra Simpson - Gonzaga University School of Law -
    Beyond the Case Book: Reflection Exercises to Help Law Students Recognize and Nurture Their Nascent Inner Lawyer

2:30-2:40 PM: Break

2:40-3:40 PM: Session Four - Themes of Values and Leadership and Well Being - Frey Moot Court Room

  • Stephen Rispoli, Leah Jackson Teague, Elizabeth Fraley - Baylor University School of Law -
    Merging Leadership and Professional Identity Formation into Doctrinal Classes
  • Kenneth Townsend - Wake Forest University School of Law -
    Pro Humanitate: Developing Leaders of Character in the Law
  • Andrele Brutus St. Val (with Ann Sinsheimer) - University of Pittsburgh School of Law -
    Professional Identity Formation Through Academic, Professional, and Personal Well-Being

3:40-3:50 PM: Break

3:50-5:00 PM: Session Five - Topical Contexts for Professional Identity Formation - Frey Moot Court Room

  • Daisy Floyd - Mercer University College of Law -
    The Rest of the Story: Using World-Wide Volkswagen v. Woodson to Explore Professional Identity in Civil Procedure
  • Benjamin Madison - Regent University School of Law -
    An Unexpected Synergy: How INtegrating Professional Identity Formation Exercises in Doctrinal Classes Not Only Helped Students to Reflect on Their Identity, But Also Enhanced Their Understanding of Civil Procedure
  • Louis Bilionis - University of Cincinnati College of Law -
    Leveraging Professional Identity Formation in the Doctrinal Law School Class
  • Jerome Organ - University of St. Thomas School of Law -
    "Thinking Like a Lawyer" with a Client: Professional Identity Formation in Property

5:00-5:15 PM: Concluding Thoughts

5:15-5:30 PM: Break

5:30-7:00 PM: Dinner - TMH 252

Workshop Agenda - Saturday, April 22

8:15-9:00 AM: Breakfast - Room 244

  • Joy Radice and Paula Schaefer - University of Tennessee College of Law -
    Creating a Professional Identity Curriculum for 1Ls through Collaboration

9:00-10:15 AM: Models of Delivery - West Academic and CALI - Room 244

10:15-10:30 AM: Break

10:30-11:15 AM: Brainstorming Session on Ideas for Other Exercises Building on Canonical Cases/Themes/Projects in Different Subject Areas - Various Rooms

11:15-11:30 AM: Reporting Out from Brainstorming Sessions - Room 244

11:30-12:00 PM: Brainstorming on Speaking to the "Curse of Coverage" - "How do I make room for PIF-related Conversation in my course?" - Room 244

12:00-12:10 PM: Break

12:10-1:00 PM: Lunch - Takeways and Next Steps - Room 244

This Symposium is Invite-Only

For More Information, Please Contact:

Steven Nowak
Symposium Editor, University of St. Thomas Law Journal

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