NIFTEP Fall 2015 Workshop

November 6, 2015 - 5:00pm to November 8, 2015 - 6:00pm



Atlanta, Georgia


Lawyers as Leaders


Friday Evening

5:00-5:30 – Welcome Reception

5:30-7:00 Group Sharing and Conversation on Leadership Experiences

7:00-9:00 Cocktail reception

Saturday Morning

8:00-9:00 Breakfast

9:00-10:30 -- Group Conversation and Discussion

  • What do our shared experiences tell us about the contexts in which our graduates will be leaders?
  • What do our shared experiences tell us about the concepts/ideas that have informed our understanding of leadership?
  • What do our shared experiences tell us about the ways in which we learned about leadership and ourselves as leaders and the extent to which some of that was grounded in our legal education?

10:30-11:00 Break

11:00 - 12:00 Deborah Rhode: Developing Leadership

Saturday Afternoon

12:00-2:30 – Lunch and Free Time

2:30-3:30 – Hidden Curriculum and “Modeling” Regarding Leadership

Group Discussion of the messages we likely are communicating to our law students regarding “leadership.” Participants will be asked to reflect critically on ways in which the curriculum, the administrative structure and management of law school, and the culture of law school send messages to our students about the importance (or lack of importance) of leadership and about styles of leadership.

3:30-3:45 - Break

3:45-5:15 – Descriptions of Leadership Courses/Programs

  • Garry Jenkins – Ohio State (Video)
  • Faith Rivers James – Elon (Video)
  • Jerry Organ – University of St. Thomas (Video)
  • Jacina Haston – Leadership Academy, The Florida Bar

Group discussion of courses/programs and of extent to which law schools should consider developing courses/programs or “requiring” courses/programs for all graduates

Saturday Evening

5:15-6:30 – Break – Free Time

6:30 – Dinner – Social Time

8:00-10:00- Cocktail Reception

Sunday Morning

8:30-9:30 Breakfast

9:30-11:00 –What Might Learning Outcomes and Associated Competencies for “Leadership” Look Like? How Might They be Assessed?

9:30 – 9:45 Start in large group

9:45 – 10:30 Small group discussions

10:30 – 11:00 Report back to large group

Given the scope of the conversation over the last 36 hours, can we develop sample “leadership” learning outcomes for law students and identify associated competencies or objectives or developmental stages for the learning outcomes?

11:00-1:30 – Free Time & Lunch from 12:15-1:30

Sunday Afternoon

1:30-2:45 – Relationship of Leadership to Mission and Vision

Examples from the Army: Ben Grimes (Video)

2:45-3:00 Break

3:00-4:30 – Work on group discussion of “implementing” “leadership” learning outcomes.

4:30 – 5:30 – Free Time

Sunday Evening

5:30 –6:30 – Dinner

6:30-7:15 – Lori Berman: Leadership Development and Assessment in the Law Firm Context, application to Georgetown’s two-day Law Firm Leadership course Group discussion looks at what law schools can learn from leadership development programs designed for law firms. (No video available)

8:00-10:00 – Cocktail reception, NIFTEP Hospitality Suite

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