Professionalism Program

The Professionalism Series is designed to communicate the values and ideals of the legal profession to students as well as equip them with the skills and attitudes that will be expected of them upon graduation. Though open to everyone, first and second year students are required to attend one program in the Professionalism Series each semester they are enrolled.

Current Professionalism Series Brochure


3:30 – 4:00 p.m.
Location: Pelzer
The Business of Law
Heidi Keenan (VUL 2004)


4:00 – 5:00 p.m.
Location: Tabor
MLK Lecture: The Ultimate Inhumanity of Slavery
William E. Nelson
Judge Edward Weinfeld Professor of Law, New York University School of Law


3:30 – 4:20 p.m.
Location: Pelzer
Q & A with the Board of Law Examiners
Bradley W. Skolnik
Executive Director, Indiana Board of Law Examiners


5:30 – 7:30 p.m.
Location: Harre Union
The Are of Business Dining
Callista Gould
R.S.V.P through Strategy


2:30 p.m.
Location: Tabor Classroom
Tabor Lecture: What’s Trust Got to Do with it?
Robert K. Visher
Associate Dean for Academic Affairs & Professor of Law, University of St. Thomas School of Law

4:00 p.m.
Location: Tabor Classroom
Tabor Lecture: Martin Luther King Jr’s Lessons for Lawyers in a Time of Market Disruption


11:00 a.m.
Location: Harre Union Ballroom B
What if I Say the Wrong Thing? Becoming a Culturally Effective Professional
Verna Myers, Verna Myers Consulting Group, LLC


10:00 a.m.
Location: Stride Courtroom
Advancing Your Career Path

Small Firm Practice

Scott Andreson, Andreson & Associates, Chicago, IL
Trademarks, copyrights, sports & entertainment, internet, business, athletic representation

Anne Buckleitner, Smietanka Buckleitner Steffes & Gezon, Grandville, MI
Plaintiff’s attorney:   general practice law firm specializing in civil and criminal  representation. Complex litigation, federal criminal defense, employment, business, review of wrongful convictions, and police matters

Jeffrey E.  Ramsey, Hopper Blackwell, Attorneys at Law, Indianapolis, IN
Bankruptcy, Creditors Rights, Banking, Business Transactions, Commercial Litigation

11:30 a.m.
Location: Stride Courtroom

Corporate Practice:  “JD Preferred” –  where lawyers practice outside the Office of General Council

Cynthia Horvath Garbutt , Chicago, IL Senior Associate Director – Major Gifts
The Global Health Initiative Fund
Chicago Lake Shore Medical Associates

Trish Sarkisian, Valparaiso, IN
VP & Trust Personal Administrator, 1st Source Bank

George W. Terrell, Jr., Chicago, IL
Communications Director, iCATIS (international Centers for Appropriate Technology and Indigenous Sustainability)

12:30 p.m. LUNCH

All students entering Valparaiso University Law School in the fall of 2012 and thereafter are subject to a professionalism education requirement similar to the continuing legal education requirements they will encounter in practice. The purpose of this requirement is to build upon classroom efforts to communicate the values and ideals of the legal profession to students during the formation of their professional identities.

The Office of Student Services has established the Professionalism Series of programs, designed to reinforce the values and ideals of the legal profession taught in the classroom. General topics for these programs will include, but not be limited to: legal ethics, professional judgment, the practice of law, wellness, substance abuse, diversity, communication skills, and networking.

To meet the professionalism education requirement, both full and part- time students must attend at least one (1) program of their choice from the Professionalism Series each semester they are enrolled at the School of Law until they have attended six (6) Professionalism Series events. Students in the accelerated J.D. program must attend two (2) Professionalism Series events during their last semester in order to satisfy this requirement. Part-time students are only required to attend Professionalism Series events during the first six (6) semesters they are enrolled, though they are encouraged to continue attending these events until graduating.