The challenges of instilling professional values in the next generation of lawyers during a turbulent time for law schools will take center stage at a May 22 convocation jointly hosted by the Judicial Institute on Professionalism in the Law and the New York State Bar Association’s Committee on Legal Education and Admission to the Bar.
The day-long event, called “The Coming Changes to Legal Education: Ensuring Professional Values,” will be at Pace Law School in White Plains and will explore recent changes in legal education, such as proposals to eliminate the third year of law school and Chief Judge Jonathan Lippman’s decision to allow third-year law students to take the bar exam early in return for 500 hours of pro bono service.
The panels also will examine how to ensure new J.D.s are taught professional values, as the onus to teach practical skills falls increasingly on law schools rather than employers.
“How do these changes affect our ability to inculcate professional values?” asked Paul Saunders, of counsel for Cravath, Swaine & Moore and chairman of the Judicial Institute. “The question is, who ought to do it and how is it going to be done?”
The event will be from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Speakers include Lippman, Saunders, State Bar president David Schraver, American Bar Association president James Silkenat, Proskauer Rose partner Michael Cardozo, and several law school deans, professors and practitioners.
For a complete schedule, visit nysba.org.
Editors’ Note: This item has been updated to reflect a Correction.