Conference Agenda / Friday, October 15
11:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. ET
Welcome and Introduction
11:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. ET
Dan Tokaji, University of Wisconsin School of Law
12:00 p.m. to 1:15 p.m. ET
Session 1: Who is Educating and Supporting Tomorrow’s Lawyers?
A Roundtable Discussion on Hiring and Developing a Diverse and Culturally Competent Faculty
Faculty members serve as educators, role models, and mentors. What are the best practices in hiring and development to build and retain faculty that can support the achievement of minoritized students during law school? Topics will include current demographics; tenure and promotion standards; unequal service responsibilities on diverse faculty; and hiring practices including reliance on fellowship programs and growing publication expectations for entry-level faculty.
Leonard M. Baynes, University of Houston School of Law
1:15 p.m to 1:30 p.m. ET
1:30 p.m to 2:45 p.m. ET
Session 2: The Curriculum and Pedagogy of Legal Education
What are we teaching and how do we teach it? Are those choices differentially impacting the success of minoritized students? What changes are law schools making to curriculum and pedagogy to promote anti-racist legal education? This panel discussion will share current progress and make recommendations for additional steps law schools should take now and for the longer term.
Danielle Holley-Walker, Howard University School of Law
2:45 p.m. to 3:15 p.m. ET
Anthony Varona, University of Miami School of Law
3:15 p.m to 3:30 p.m. ET
3:30 p.m to 4:30 p.m. ET
Session 3: Reenvisioning the Hiring Process for New Lawyers
The hiring process is full of hierarchy, trauma, and inequality. To put it bluntly, there has to be a better way. This session will re-envision what a fairer hiring process for new lawyers might look like and chart some specific recommendations for action. The panel will address changes that both law schools and legal employers must address.
Dean Jennifer Collins, Southern Methodist University
4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. ET
Session 4: Best Practices in Lawyer Retention and Career Development
This session will offer best practices for lawyer retention and also share steps that both law firms and law schools should take to assist new lawyers in career development.
Carla Pratt, Washburn University School of Law
5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. ET
Next Steps and Closing Remarks
Kellye Testy, Law School Admission Council