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Law Student Professional Development Section

The Law Student Professional Development Section is for NALP members with an interest in or responsibility for educating law students about expectations of professionalism in the legal profession.

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2014-15 Section Chair: Susan Fine, The George Washington University Law School, sfine@law.gwu.edu

July 2014 Board Report (PDF)

Work Groups:

Annual Education Conference/Bulletin Article Planning
Brainstorm with Section membership to develop ideas and identify speakers for the 2015 Annual Education Conference, the 2014 Professional Development Institute, and topics for NALP Bulletin articles. Assist members through the completion of the RFP processes for both. Vice-Chairs: Jennifer Leonard, University of Pennsylvania Law School, and Marcia Levy, Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, Yeshiva University.

Law Student and Lawyer Professional Development Sections Collaboration
Collaborate with the Lawyer Professional Development section to develop and deliver programming on legal career development strategies for law students and lawyers from recruitment through retirement and assess the effectiveness of professional development courses/programs from a student's perspective/associate's perspective. Vice-Chair: Gerald Slater, Suffolk University Law School.

Best Practices Guide
Based on results of section survey, develop best practices resources for sharing with section members and wider NALP audience via NALPconnect and the NALP website. Update Section shared resources. Work Group: Rob Cacace, Georgetown University Law Center; Christine Guard, Mercer University School of Law; Heather Karns, University of Toledo College of Law.

Experiential Learning Requirements
Monitor developments in the area of state bars requiring graduates who take their bar exams to complete a certain number of hours of experiential learning/practical skills training and report out to members via Bulletin articles/conference programming. Vice-Chair: Sabrina Nelson, The George Washington University Law School.

Long Range Strategic Planning
Solicit input from LSPD Section members for LRSP process through NALPconnect in advance of dedicated section-wide call. Organize LSPD Section call dedicated to discussion to discussion of ideas for LRSP and collaborate with Chair on report to LRSP Committee. Committee Liaison: Jeff Becherer, New York Law School.

Membership Development
Conduct outreach to grow membership in section, including cross-section collaboration, and engage members in section activities. Support Chair and Vice-Chairs by connecting members to existing and/or new opportunities for involvement. Apply coaching principles to create resources for professional development of membership, focusing on the benefits of section engagement, such as improving member well-being and career satisfaction. Vice-Chair: Luevenia Sterling, University of Miami School of Law.


2013-14 Section Chair: Kristine Bridges, University of Tulsa College of Law, kristine-bridges@utulsa.edu

April 2014 Board Report (PDF)

February 2014 Board Report (PDF)

November 2013 Board Report (PDF)

July 2013 Board Report (PDF)


Work Groups:

Annual Education Conference/Bulletin Article Planning
Brainstorm with Section membership to develop ideas and identify speakers for the 2014 Annual Education Conference in Seattle,WA and topics for NALP Bulletin articles. Assist members through the completion of the RFP processes for both.

Law Student and Lawyer Professional Development Sections Collaboration
Collaborate with the Lawyer Professional Development section to develop and deliver programming on legal career development strategies for law students and lawyers from recruitment through retirement and assess the effectiveness of professional development courses/programs from a student's perspective/associate's perspective.
Collaborate with the Lawyer PD Section and the New Career Models Task Force to identify competencies and skills of lawyers on various alternate career tracks (e-discovery, document review, contracts), and, if possible, describe the training used to develop those competencies. Consider and outline which skills are necessary for students to obtain these positions and which skills are developed on-the-job. Gather information on best practices for establishing competencies for Alternate Career Track Attorneys, including examples, as appropriate. Report to section and membership by using webinars, Bulletin Articles, etc.


2012-2013 Section Chair: Kristine Bridges, University of Tulsa College of Law, kristine-bridges@utulsa.edu

April 2013 Board Report (PDF)

February 2013 Board Report (PDF)

November 2012 Board Report (PDF)

July 2012 Board Report (PDF)


Work Groups:

Annual Education Conference/Bulletin Article Planning
Brainstorm with Section membership to develop ideas and identify speakers for the 2013 Annual Education Conference in Tampa, Florida and topics for NALP Bulletin articles. Assist members through the completion of the RFP processes for both. Vice Chair: Aisha Joseph, Hofstra University School of Law and Suzanne Huntley Levy, University of Southern California Gould School of Law

Law Student and Lawyer Professional Development Sections Collaboration
Collaborate with the Lawyer Professional Development section to develop and deliver programming on legal career development strategies for law students and lawyers from recruitment through retirement and assess the effectiveness of professional development courses/programs from a student's perspective/associate's perspective. Vice Chair: Kristine Bridges, University of Tulsa College of Law.

Lessons from the Experiential Learning Survey
How to use the results in a useful way (PD, hiring, etc). Through publications, programs and dialogues, this group will look for ways to disseminate the results from the Experiential Learning Surveys (I and II) and help members use the results effectively. Vice Chair: Meg Reuter, New York Law School.

NALPconnect/Bibliography
Introduce social media to section. Develop and update materials to be posted on the home page. Vice Chair: Heather DiFranco, Caw Western Reserve University School of Law.


2011-2012 Section Chair: Marina Feehan, University of San Francisco School of Law, msfeehan@usfca.edu

April 2012 Board Report (PDF)

February 2012 Board Report (PDF)

November 2011 Board Report (PDF)

July 2011 Board Report (PDF)

Law Student Professional Development Resources (PDF)


Work Groups
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E-professionalism and Social Networking
Collaborate with the Social Media Work Group to evaluate the ways in which students can use social networking to their benefit. Suggest innovative strategies for career professionals to train students on the dangers of communications via the internet and the potential benefit of establishing a professional online presence. Vice Chairs: Ginna Galbraith, South Texas College of Law and Kristen Uhl Hulse, Georgetown University Law Center.

Law Student and Lawyer Professional Development Sections Collaboration
Collaborate with the Lawyer Professional Development section, develop and deliver programming on legal career development strategies for law students and lawyers from recruitment through retirement and assess the effectiveness of professional development courses/programs from a student's perspective/associate's perspective. Vice Chairs: Dalel Raide, St. Thomas School of Law and Meg Reuter, New York Law School.

Track Programming
Collaborate with the CSO Employer Outreach Section and the Public Service Section to identify and compile resources that designed to help section members interested in nontraditional legal career advising. Resources should include “best of” sessions from the 2010/2011 NALP educational programming (Annual Conference, Diversity Summit, the Lawyer Professional Development Program, Newer Professional Forum, Professional Development Institute, and PSLawNet Mini Conference), as well as NALP and NALP Foundation webinars. Vice Chairs: Sandra Bateau, Georgetown University Law Center and Elizabeth McManus, University of Pennsylvania Law School. (This work group compiled the 2011 Law Student Professional Development Resources list.)


2010-2011 Section Chair: Sandee Magliozzi, Santa Clara University School of Law, smagliozzi@scu.edu

April 2011 Board Report (PDF)

February 2011 Board Report (PDF)

November 2010 Board Report (PDF)

July 2010 Board Report (PDF)

Work Groups:

E-professionalism and Social Networking
Create a guide which identifies “the good, the bad, the ugly” of e-professionalism and social networking. Evaluate the ways in which students can use social networking to their benefit. Suggest innovative strategies for career professionals to train students on the dangers of communications via the internet and the potential benefit of establishing a professional online presence. Vice-Chairs: Marina Feehan, University of San Francisco School of Law and Sandra Buteau, Georgetown University Law Center

Professionalism Standards
Publish Bulletin article summarizing the results of law school outreach on professionalism standards & curricula and feedback from attendees of the Professionalism Standards & Curricula program at 2009 Annual Education Conference. Vice-Chairs: Nancy Lochner, Hamline University School of Law and Heather Karns, University of Toledo College of Law

Law Student and Lawyer Professional Development Sections Collaboration
In collaboration with the Lawyer Professional Development section, develop and deliver programming on legal career development strategies for law students and lawyers from recruitment through retirement and assess the effectiveness of professional development courses/programs from a student's perspective/associate's perspective. Vice-Chair: Kris Butler, Holland & Knight (for Lawyer PD Section) & Meg Reuter, New York Law School


2009-2010 Section Chair: Josie Mitchell, University of Washington School of Law, josiem@u.washington.edu

April 2010 Board Report (PDF)

February 2010 Board Report (PDF)

November 2009 Board Report (PDF)

July 2009 Board Report (PDF)

Work Groups:

E-professionalism and Social Networking
Create a guide which identifies "the good, the bad, the ugly" of e-professionalism and social networking. Evaluate the ways in which students can use social networking to their benefit. Suggest innovative strategies for career professionals to train students on the dangers of communications via the internet and the potential benefit of establishing a professional online presence. Vice-Chairs: Marina Feehan, University of San Francisco School of Law & Sandra Buteau, Georgetown University Law Center

Professionalism Standards & Curricula
Publish Bulletin article summarizing the results of law school outreach on professionalism standards & curricula and feedback from attendees of the Professionalism Standards & Curricula program at 2009 Annual Education Conference. Vice-Chairs: Nancy Lochner, Hamline University School of Law & Heather Karns, University of Toledo College of Law

Law Student and Lawyer Professional Development Sections Collaboration
In collaboration with the Lawyer Professional Development section, use the findings of the professional development survey completed in 2008-2009 to develop a series of Bulletin articles on "bridge the gap" issues. Vice-Chairs: David Diamond, Northwestern University School of Law & Sandee Magliozzi, Santa Clara University School of Law


2008-09 Section Chair: Tracy Evans, Louisiana State University Law Center, tracy.evans@law.lsu.edu

2007-08 Section Chair: Susan Gainen, University of Minnesota, gaine001@umn.edu



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