On Feb. 17, 2017, CEFLER co-sponsored a symposium at the University of St. Thomas School of Law in downtown Minneapolis focusing on developments over the last 25 years since the publication of the MacCrate Report, and over the last 10 years, since the publication of Educating Lawyers and Best Practices.
"The Next Steps of a Professional Formation Movement" was hosted by the Holloran Center, and co-sponsored by the Center for the Study of the Legal Profession at the Georgetown University Law Center, the Parris Institute for Professional Formation at the Pepperdine University School of Law, the Center for Ethical Formation and Legal Education at the Regent University School of Law, and the ABA Standing Committee on Professionalism.
The symposium looked back at developments in professional identity formation within legal education since the MacCrate Report and Educating Lawyers and Best Practices, while also looking at professional identity formation efforts in other cultures and disciplines, such as the military and medicine. The symposium also will focus on why now is a particularly appropriate time for legal educators to place more emphasis on professional identity formation.
Dean Natt Gantt and Professor Ben Madison, co-founders of Regent’s Center, presenedt at the Symposium. They joined representatives of the American Bar Association, William Sullivan (lead author of the 2007 Carnegie Institute’s Educating Lawyers, as well as distinguished faculty from law schools across the country.