The Future of Law Schools Envisioning a More Collaborative Educational Model

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Nov 02, 2017

8:00AM - 5:00PM

Washington, DC

$495 USD | $25 USD (Student Rate - recent graduates without an .edu email may call for discount)

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Legal education finds itself at the proverbial crossroads. Over the past decade, the decreased number of law school enrollments, coupled with disillusioned students, less than inspiring job prospects, and persistent employer concerns about the preparedness of today’s law school graduates, underscores an existential crisis facing contemporary lawyers: from where will the next generation of legal practitioners arise? This timely forum, helmed by leading voices from the academic, corporate and law firm sectors, offers an earnest examination of short- and long-term strategies for effecting sustainable educational reform. Concerned less about how we got to this point than where we go from here, The Future of Law Schools brings together the legal ecosystem’s primary players in order to underscore the profound need for change.

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Why You Should Attend

  • This conference offers a practical & collaborative solution toward better preparing tomorrow's lawyers for a long and rewarding career.
  • We are uniquely positioned to convene legal employers, educators, & current or recent law school students for earnest discussion around enduring change.
  • Our discussion addresses the unique issues and challenges facing both national and regional law schools.
  • As a long-standing legal ecosystem participant, Thomson Reuters delivers exclusive analytical insights and commentary buttressed by over a century's worth of industry experience on a global scale.

    Who Should Attend

  • Law School Deans & Administrators
  • Law Firm Hiring & Chief Talent Officers
  • Law Firm & Corporate Human Resources Officers
  • Law Firm Recruiting Directors & Managers
  • Law Firm Partners & Associates
  • General Counsel & Chief Legal Officers
  • Legal Department Chief Operating Officers
  • Law School Students & Recent Graduates
  • Event Co-Chair

    William D. Henderson

    Professor of Law and Val Nolan Faculty Fellow, Indiana University Maurer School of Law

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    Event Keynote Speaker

    James J Sandman

    President, Legal Services Corporation

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    Event Details

    Thursday, Nov 02

    8:00 AM
    Registration & Breakfast
    9:00 AM
    Opening Remarks
    9:15 AM
    Our Brand is Crisis: Legal Education at the Crossroads

    The appeal of a legal education, so conventional wisdom holds, is a lifetime of stable employment, generous salary, and the ability to “make a difference” in society. For years, this compelling narrative drew some of the most inquisitive minds around, allowing law schools to steadily raise tuition and maintain a successful business operating model built upon rankings and prestige. Yet, if recent history is any indication, the precipitous decline in law school applications—even at the some of the nation’s most storied programs—underscores a sobering reality that employers and practitioners have long lamented: from whence will the next generation of lawyers arise? This opening panel offers a pointed yet hopeful take on the state (and future) of legal education as seen from a diverse panel of law school and law firm professionals.

    Christina L. Martini, National Hiring Partner – Associate Recruiting & Chair, Chicago Intellectual Property Practice, DLA Piper

    Mark C. Alexander, Arthur J. Kania Dean & Professor of Law, Villanova University Charles Widger School of Law
    Danielle R. Holley-Walker, Dean & Professor of Law, Howard University School of Law
    Laura Rosenbury, Dean & Levin, Mabie & Levin Professor of Law, University of Florida Frederic G. Levin College of Law
    The Honorable Deanell Reece Tacha, Duane and Kelly Roberts Dean & Professor of Law, Pepperdine Law School

    10:30 AM
    Morning Break
    10:45 AM
    Training the 21st Century Lawyer: Envisioning a Public-Private Alliance

    Although traditional academic curricula is intended to help law students identify problems in the surrounding world, the impinging forces of globalization, scientific advancement, and geopolitical tumult have underscored a profound disconnect between business needs in the current economy and the preparedness of today’s law school graduates. Training to become a successful lawyer in the twenty-first century requires a far more diverse, less theoretical apprenticeship designed to accelerate one’s transition to the workforce. This session examines several innovative partnerships between law schools and law firms that have helped position newly-minted lawyers in good stead.

    Katie Walter, Director of Marketing, Government & Academic, Thomson Reuters Legal

    Alice Armitage, Associate Professor & Director, Startup Legal Garage, Institute for Innovation Law, UC Hastings College of the Law
    Dr. Heather Bock, Global Chief Learning Officer, Hogan Lovells; Executive Director, Center for the Study of the Legal Profession & Visiting Professor, Georgetown University Law Center
    William H. Byrnes, Executive Professor of Law & Associate Dean for Special Projects, Texas A&M University School of Law
    Tim Henderson, Chief Recruitment & Professional Development Officer, Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner, LLP
    Theodore Ruger, Dean & Bernard G. Segal Professor of Law, University of Pennsylvania Law School

    12:00 PM
    Keynote Luncheon: A Call to Action: The Role of Law Schools in Access to Justice

    One of the legal profession’s greatest tragedies is the ongoing inability of low income people to seek legal representation or support. Indeed, according to the Brennan Center for Justice, eighty percent of low income families fall victim to the so-termed “justice gap,” thus resulting in widespread financial and emotional losses felt in local communities and beyond. As shepherds of the next generation, law schools play a critical role in alleviating this alarming predicament. Please join us as James J. Sandman of Legal Services Corporation explains how truly to effect meaningful change.

    James J. Sandman, President, Legal Services Corporation

    1:15 PM
    Brave New World: Advancing Educational Reform Around Legal Technology

    Legal technology’s transformative qualities cannot be understated. As many legal clients continue to think globally when it comes to running a successful business, customer expectations around more efficient, cost-effective legal service have yielded a veritable sea change in the legal marketplace favoring lawyers with technological acumen. Expanding upon arguments in the preceding panel, this conversation offers a comprehensive take on where formal education around emergent technology fits within law school curricula. Our panel will ponder how best to prepare the next generation of lawyers for the myriad challenges ahead.

    David Curle, Director, Market Intelligence, Thomson Reuters Legal

    Joseph Harroz, Jr., Dean of the College of Law, Director of the Law Center, Vice President of the University of Oklahoma, Fenelon Boesche Chair of Law, Professor of Law, The University of Oklahoma College of Law
    Daniel Martin Katz, Associate Professor of Law, Illinois Tech – Chicago Kent College of Law
    Daniel B. Rodriguez, Dean & Harold Washington Professor; Senior Distinguished Fellow, Searle Center on Law, Regulation, and Economic Growth, Northwestern Pritzker School of Law
    Gabriel H. Teninbaum, Professor of Legal Writing, Director of the Institute on Law Practice Technology & Innovation, Director of the Law Practice Technology Concentration, Suffolk University Law School
    William M. Treanor, Executive Vice President, Dean & Professor of Law, Georgetown University Law Center

    2:30 PM
    Afternoon Break
    2:45 PM
    A Law School Performance Report Card: Employer Hiring Practices and the Trouble with Rankings

    Law schools can learn much from the hiring practices of corporate legal departments and law firms. Perceived university prestige when hiring recent law school graduates or experienced practitioners is but one of several important criteria prospective employers look for in an ideal candidate. What truly matters when hiring an (in)experienced lawyer? What is the market perception of graduates from regional, national or foreign universities in an era of fierce competition?

    William D. Henderson, Professor of Law & Val Nolan Faculty Fellow, Indiana University Maurer School of Law

    Jeremy Bloom, Senior Vice President, The NALP Foundation for Law Career Research and Education
    David Cambria, Global Director of Operations – Law, Compliance and Government Relations, Archer Daniels Midland Company
    Ari A. Katz, Chief Recruiting Officer, Womble Carlyle Sandridge & Rice, LLP
    Kay Nash, Chief Talent Officer, Wiley Rein LLP
    Natasha Zech, Director of Attorney Recruiting, Diversity and  Development, Williams & Connolly LLP

    4:00 PM
    Closing Remarks & Reception

    Please join us for cocktails as we wrap up the day’s conversation.

    Daniel Martin Katz

    Associate Professor of Law, Chicago-Kent College of Law, Illinois Institute of Technology

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    Katie Walter

    Director, Government and Academic
    Thomson Reuters

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    David Curle

    Director of Market Intelligence
    Thomson Reuters Legal

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    James J Sandman

    President, Legal Services Corporation

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    Georgetown University Hotel & Conference Center

    3800 Reservoir Road NW
    Washington, D.C. 20007

    Georgetown University Hotel and Conference Center is nestled among the historic streets of Georgetown. The serene location, away from the clamor of downtown, coupled with the comfort and elegance of the hotel’s rooms, allows guests the opportunity to indulge in the history and culture of this charming corner of Washington, DC.

    As the preferred hotel for Georgetown University, the venue offers 146 guest rooms with outstanding amenities and services expected by today’s traveler. Hotel guests are invited to have breakfast or lunch at the Faculty Club Restaurant within the Conference Center (served 7 days a week).

    Thomson Reuters have reserved a group room block at a rate of $249/night plus taxes. Please call 202.687.3200 and ask to be connected to Reservations. Please be sure to reference “Thomson Reuters” when making your reservation, prior to the cut-off date of Monday, October 2, 2017. Please contact our Conference Planner, Meghan Landis, at or 201.912.3042 for assistance with guest room reservations.

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