February 19, 2019
On Feb. 16 and 17, representatives of nearly 30 law schools gathered at St. Thomas Law School in Minnesota to advance the cause of teaching professional development in law schools. Organized and funded by The Holloran Center at St. Thomas Law School, for the last three years, this group of law professors and administrators have been developing teaching rubrics, assessment tools, and other resources for legal educators around topics that touch and concern “professionalism.” These topics include cultural competency, integrity, honoring commitments, self-directedness, and teamwork.
As one of the nation’s leaders in promoting professional formation in legal education, five McGeorge professors have contributed to these working groups. Three of these McGeorge professors presented and participated in this year’s conference. Associate Professor of Lawyering Skills Lindsey Blanchard and Associate Dean of Academic Affairs and Professor of Law Michael Colatrella are part of the teamwork working group and presented on the teamwork assessment tool that they use in McGeorge’s Legal Profession course, a required first-year course taught in the spring. Associate Dean of Administration and Professor of Lawyering Skills Jeffrey Proske is part of the cultural competency working group and, among other things, presented on the work that McGeorge is doing to advance cultural competency among law students. McGeorge Professors Cary Bricker and Dan Croxall have also contributed to these professional development materials over the last three years.
In the next phase of the project, the Holloran Center plans to develop an online clearinghouse where these teaching materials can be accessed at no cost to legal educators.