Engaging Faculty in Today's Challenges and Opportunities
April 18-19, 2014
University of Colorado Law School
Today’s reality is that law school faculties and administrators are confronted with the challenge of how to change the culture of legal education. The opportunities available for our students are changing, creating an imperative for us all to ask what competencies will be critical for future success. The strain on current resources, moreover, asks us all to evaluate how to make the most of our community, developing our current and emerging initiatives in more effective ways.
We are bringing together leading educators, practitioners, and scholars to engage in a set of discussions and interactive break-out sessions to provide potential roadmaps and strategies that can enhance the effectiveness of Associate Deans for Academic Affairs, Student Affairs, and/or Scholarship.
THURSDAY, APRIL 17, 2014
FRIDAY, APRIL 18, 2014 Download Brochure
|8:30 - 9:15 a.m.||Breakfast and Registration|
|9:15 - 9:30 a.m.||Welcome and Introduction|
|9:30 - 10:30 a.m.||
The Many Law School Constituents and
|Barry Currier, Managing Director, ABA Section of Legal Education|
|Nora Demleitner, Dean, Washington and Lee University School of Law|
|Dan Rodriguez, Dean and Harold Washington Professor, Northwestern University School of Law, President of AALS|
|Moderator:||Kellye Testy, Dean, University of Washington Law School|
|10:30 - 11:00 a.m.||Break|
|11:00 am - noon||Change Management, Leadership, and Retooling For A Changing Environment|
|George Kembel,Founder, Stanford University Institute of Design|
|Paul Lippe, CEO and Founder, Legal OnRamp|
|Trish White, Dean, University of Miami School of Law|
|Moderator:||Phil Weiser, Dean, University of Colorado Law School|
|12:00 - 1:30 p.m.||Lunch|
|1:30 - 3:00 p.m.||
What Are We Trying to Teach?: Defining Core Competencies and
|Fiona Arnold, Former General Counsel, Vail Resorts|
|William Henderson, Professor of Law, Indiana University Maurer School of Law|
|Mark Roellig, General Counsel, Mass Mutual|
|Ann Shalleck, Professor of Law, American University Washington College of Law|
|Moderator:||Deborah Cantrell, Associate Professor of Law and Director of Clinical Programs, University of Colorado Law School|
|3:00 - 3:30 p.m.||Break|
|3:30 - 5:00 p.m.||Building An Effective Team and A Collaborative Culture|
|Jenna Buffaloe, Organizational Consultant|
|Anthony W. Crowell, Dean and President, New York Law School|
|Patricia Kuszler, Associate Dean, University of Washington School of Law|
|Moderator:||Jeremy Paul, Dean, Northeastern University School of Law|
|5:00 - 6:00 p.m.||Reception|
SATURDAY, APRIL 19, 2014
We will offer breakout group sessions from 9:00 - 10:30 a.m. and 10:45 a.m. - 12:15 p.m., repeating the sessions that will take place simultaneously during that time. The sessions will cover Curriculum; Research; and Student Affairs. Descriptions of each session and the session moerdators are listed below.
I. Creating An Environment to Encourage, Support, and Reward Research Room 303
Given that law school faculties are likely to hire less in the future, the importance of mentoring faculty members, creating a vibrant intellectual climate, and providing opportunities for meaningful feedback will become even more important. To that end, law schools are becoming more creative about how to provide support for and nurture scholarship, find ways to celebrate successes, and use existing and new mechanisms to review the work of faculty members to encourage excellence (e.g., the distribution of summer research stipends). At this session, led by Oregon Law Dean Michael Moffitt, these topics will be explored in an interactive format, seeking to share best practices, and reflect on lessons learned by different institutions.
Moderator: Michael Moffitt, Dean, University of Oregon Law School
II. Taking the Lessons of Critical Competencies into the Curriculum: Answering the How Questions Room 300
Developing a curricular framework around key competencies begs the question of how to take advantage of all resources available to legal education, including adjunct and visiting faculty, as well as how to assess whether classes are teaching students effectively. To answer these questions, many schools are both experimenting with their curriculum and working hard to develop new ways to measure teaching excellence and provide effective feedback to all teachers. This session, led by UNLV Associate Dean of Academic Affairs Ngai Pindell, will build on the prior day’s discussion of core competencies and move to the “how” questions (how to recruit adjuncts and visitors most effectively; how to work with other units on campus; how to develop effective teaching by our full-time faculty members; etc.).
Moderator: Ngai Pindell, Associate Dean of Academic Affairs and Professor, University of Nevada at Las Vegas William S. Boyd School of Law
III. Towards A More Purposeful and Collaborative Student Experience Room 330
Students choosing law school today are thinking harder than ever before about whether and why to attend law school. For law schools, this means that there is a unique opportunity to develop a more systematic approach to the student experience, ensuring that students are in a supportive environment, taking a purposeful approach to their experience, and owning their career paths. Given the increasing diversity of society, law schools also must take seriousness the need to make their environment not only diverse, but also inclusive. One benefit of today’s more challenging environment is that it is requiring law schools to take a harder look at the experiences of their students and how they can better assess the student experience. To exchange ideas, suggestions, and raise questions about how to do that, Denver Law Associate Dean Viva Moffat will lead this breakout discussion on the student experience.
Moderator: Viva Moffat, Associate Dean, University of Denver Sturm College of Law
There is no specific hotel for the conference. The following is a list of hotels and bed and breakfasts that attendees of other Colorado Law conferences have used. Please contact the hotels directly as prices and availability may have changed.
Average price per night: $150
COURTYARD BY MARRIOTT
Average price per night: $180
Average price per night: $225
Boutique Hotels & Bed and Breakfasts
THE BRIAR ROSE
Average price per night: $180
THE BRADLEY BOULDER
Average price per night: $225
Average price per night: $250
ST. JULIEN HOTEL AND SPA
Average price per night: $330
Renting a car, riding a RTD bus, or taking a super shuttle present the three best options for traveling from Denver International Airport to Boulder. Once you are in Boulder, you can use either a rental car or the local bus system to get around. You will need to check with your hotel on whether they provide a free shuttle to Colorado Law.
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University of Colorado Law related work:
- Kait Hildner, Roundtable Discussion on Core Competencies for Effective Lawyers, (May 2014) https://www.colorado.edu/law/sites/default/files/CompetenciesRoundtable2014Final%20.pdf.
- David Bennett, The New Normal and the Challenge for Legal Education, Roundtable Series on Entrepreneurship, Innovation, and Public Policy, Silicon Flatirons Center (April 2014), http://www.silicon-flatirons.org/documents/publications/report/201404NewNormalReport.pdf.
- Deborah Cantrell, Are Clinics A Magic Bullet?, Colorado Law, Legal Studies Research Paper Series, Working Paper Number 14-2 (March 10, 2014), http://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=2407185 (Alberta Law Review, Forthcoming 2014).
- The New Normal, University of Colorado Law School, Amicus, Fall 2013, http://www.colorado.edu/law/sites/default/files/Amicus_Fall_2013_FINAL_web.pdf.
- Philip J. Weiser, Professionalism and the New Normal, 42 The Colorado Lawyer 49 (October 2013), https://www.colorado.edu/law/sites/default/files/2013-ProfessionalismNewNormal-TheColoradoLawyer.pdf.
- Phil Weiser, Five Initiatives that Legal Education Needs, ABA Journal: Legal Rebels (Sep. 26, 2013), http://www.abajournal.com/legalrebels/article/five_initiatives_that_legal_education_needs.
Silicon Flatirons Center related work:
- The New Normal and Law 2.0 Project, Silicon Flatirons Center, http://www.siliconflatirons.com/initiatives.php?id=newnormal.
- Therese Kerfoot, Law 2.0: The Continuum of Legal Education, Roundtable Series on Entrepreneurship, Innovation, and Public Policy, Silicon Flatirons Center (October 2012), http://www.silicon-flatirons.org/documents/publications/report/201210Law2.0Report.pdf.
- Kaleb A. Sieh, Law 2.0: Intelligent Architecture for Transactional Law, The Silicon Flatirons Roundtable Series on Entrepreneurship, Innovation, and Public Policy Report, Silicon Flatirons Center (August 2010), http://www.silicon-. flatirons.org/documents/publications/report/SIEHLaw2.0.pdf.
- Neil W. Hamilton, Law-Firm Competency Models and Student Professional Success: Building on a Foundation of Professional Formation/Professionalism, U. St. Thomas L.J. (Forthcoming), available at http://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=2271410.
- Aric Press, Why Lawyers Are Still Waiting for the Future, The American Lawyer (Feb. 27, 2014), http://www.americanlawyer.com/id=1202643826312/Why-Lawyers-Are-Still-Waiting-for-the-Future?slreturn=20140213182956.
- Thomas L. Friedman, How to Get a Job at Google, N.Y. Times, Feb. 22, 2014, available at http://www.nytimes.com/2014/02/23/opinion/sunday/friedman-how-to-get-a-job-at-google.html?_r=0.
- Jordan Furlong, The agile lawyer will rise as permanent, full-time, salaried employment vanishes, ABA Journal: Legal Rebels (Jan. 30, 2014), http://www.abajournal.com/legalrebels/article/the_rise_of_the_agile_lawyer/.
- Katherine Rampell, Your Next Job Application Could Involve a Video Game, New York Times Magazine, Jan. 22, 2014, http://www.nytimes.com/2014/01/26/magazine/your-next-job-application-could-involve-a-video-game.html?_r=0.
- Evaluating the Value of Law School: Student Prospective, Law School Survey of Student Engagement, 2013 Annual Report, http://www.lssse.iub.edu/pdf/2013/LSSSE_2013_AnnualReport.pdf.
- Bernard A. Burk, What’s New About the New Normal: The Evolving Market for New Lawyers in the 21st Century, UNC Legal Studies Research Paper No. 2309497 (Dec. 30, 2013), http://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=2309497.
- Lisa Chow, Will A Computer Decide Whether You Get Your Next Job, NPR (Dec. 20, 2013), available at http://www.npr.org/blogs/money/2013/12/20/255846145/will-a-computer-decide-whether-you-get-your-next-job.
- Don Peck, They’re Watching You at Work, The Atlantic, Nov. 20, 2013, http://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2013/12/theyre-watching-you-at-work/354681/.
- Jordan Furlong, Ready for the future? Your survival kit survey results, Law21 (Aug. 15, 2013), http://www.law21.ca/2013/08/ready-for-the-future-your-survival-kit-survey-results/.
- Richard Susskind, Tomorrow’s Lawyers, Law Practice, Vol. 39 No. 4, July/August 2013, http://www.americanbar.org/publications/law_practice_magazine/2013/july-august/tomorrows-lawyers.html?utm_content=buffere205f&utm_source=buffer&utm_medium=twitter&utm_campaign=Buffer.
- Bill Henderson, A Blueprint for Change, 40 Pepp. L. Rev. 461 (2013), available at http://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=2202823.
- Betsy Rogers, Heads Out of the Sand: Embracing the New Normal, Washington University Law Magazine (Fall 2012), http://law.wustl.edu/magazine/fall2012/pdf/headsoutofthesand.pdf.
- Paul Lippe, New Normal for Law Schools?, ABA Journal: Legal Rebels (Dec. 1, 2011), http://www.abajournal.com/legalrebels/article/the_gray_lady_and_the_matrix/.
- William D. Henderson, Law School 4.0: Are Law Schools Relevant to the Future of Law?, Empirical Legal Stud. (July 2, 2009), http://www.elsblog.org/the_empirical_legal_studi/2009/07/are-law-schools-part-of-problem-or-the-solution.html.
- Marjorie M. Shultz and Sheldon Zedeck, Identification, Development, and Validation of Predictors for Successful Lawyering (September 2008) (final report provided to the Law School Admission Counsel), available at http://www.law.berkeley.edu/files/LSACREPORTfinal-12.pdf, later published as Predicting Lawyer Effectiveness: Broadening the Basis for Law School Admissions Decisions (3001) 36 Law & Soci’l Inquiry 620.
- John P. Kotter, Leading Change: Why Transformation Efforts Fail, Harv. Bus. Rev., Jan. 2007, at 96.