What is Professional Identity?
Professional identity challenges law students and lawyers to internalize principles and values such that their professional conduct flows naturally from their individual moral compass.
See the following excerpt from the The Emperor Has No Clothes, But Does Anyone Really Care? How Law Schools are Failing to Develop Students' Professional Identity and Practical Judgment, pages 344-45:
The concept referred to as "professional identity" needs to be clarified before one can appreciate its significance to a lawyer's development and its connection to the ancient concept of phronesis, or practical wisdom. Scholars have already had difficulty agreeing on a definition of "professionalism." It should be no surprise, then, that "professional identity" has required clarification. The phrase is not clearly defined even within the seminal reports introducing the concept. (Download the article here.)The Center for Ethical Formation & Legal Education Reform coordinates the programs and resources Regent Law has committed to developing students' professional identity. Read more »
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L. O. Natt Gantt II
Center Director Natt Gantt Quoted in The Virginian-PilotThe Virginian-Pilot recently interviewed Professor L.O. Natt Gantt II, Director of CEFLER, regarding a Facebook post by Portsmouth (VA) Councilman Bill Moody.
Portsmouth City Council fined Councilman Moody for the Facebook post on the basis that the post violated his obligation to protect attorney-client communications on behalf of the city. Moody stated that he plans to appeal the fine in court and that he has filed a complaint with the American Civil Liberties Union. Read more »
Teaching Knowledge, Skills, and Values of Professional Identity Formation
CEFLER founders, Natt Gantt and Regent Law Associate Dean Ben Madison, were cited by Professor Paul L. Caron in his Weekly Legal Education Roundup on TaxProfBlog for their piece titled, "Teaching Knowledge, Skills, and Values of Professional Identity Formation."
Regent Law Dean and CELFER Director Present at Pepperdine Conference
CEFLER Director Natt Gantt and Regent Law Associate Dean Lynne Marie Kohm presented "Teaching Law Students to Love Justice" at Pepperdine Law's annual conference titled "Doing Justice Without Doing Harm"
After discussing what research has shown about the attributes of millenial law students, Gantt and Kohm identified and examined particular methods legal educators can employ, both in the classroom and programmatically, to foster students' appreciation for lawyers' special responsibility to promote justice.
On January 27, 2016, Center Director Natt Gantt and Regent Law Associate Dean Ben Madison, founders of CEFLER, had the opportunity to speak to students on the topic of professionalism and professional identity. The talk was hosted by the Washington chapter of Phi Alpha Delta (PAD), the largest co-ed professional law fraternity in the United States. Read more »
Mentee Testimony: Carter Budwell
My name is Carter Budwell. I am a third year law student at Regent University School of Law, and plan on taking the Virginia bar exam this summer.
Unlike many of my peers who joined the mentor/mentee program as first year law students, I did not join until the fall of my third year. It was just something I did not think that much about. But I decided that having a connection with a practicing attorney can only help me, and cannot hurt me.
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Beyond the Rule
How Can You Effectively Teach Professional Identity?If one chooses to make teaching professional identity a goal of one’s course, then the following are suggestions for effectively meeting this goal:
Questions of Professional Identity
by Professor Jeffrey A. Brauch
One of my great joys as a law professor is following the progress of some of my former students as they begin law practice and mature as lawyers. I catch up with them at formal alumni events, but even more through phone conversations, social media, or informal chats in person. We talk about life, family, and practice. Alumni share joys and frustrations. Sometimes they seek advice.
We almost never discuss substantive legal questions. No one ever wants a refresher on removing cases from state to federal court.
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Resource Highlight: A Book on Professional Identity by Scott FruehwaldWhat I Learned from Writing My Book on Professional Identityby Scott Fruehwald
The editors of this blog have asked me to write about the lessons I learned while writing my book, Developing Your Professional Identity: Creating Your Inner Lawyer(2015).
First, a text on developing professional identity must begin by having students examine who they are today and how they got there. A person must understand who she is before she can develop a professional identity...
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42nd ABA National Conference on Professional Responsibility
This conference will bring together legal scholars, jurists and specialists in the professional responsibility field for two days of intensive seminars covering a wide range of issues.
Conference topics will address recent trends and developments in legal ethics, professional discipline for lawyers, professionalism and practice issues.
June 1-3, 2016
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