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Louis F. Bartelt, Jr., Professionalism Series

The Louis F. Bartelt, Jr., 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. Although the programs are open to everyone, all J.D. students are required to attend at least one program in the Professionalism Series each semester they are enrolled.

Current Professionalism Series Brochure

THURSDAY, AUGUST 20

3:30 p.m.
Location: Tabor
Uncommon Counsel: A Conversation about Health and Wellness in the Legal Profession
Katherine Bender, Dave Nee Foundation

MONDAY, AUGUST 24

11:30 a.m.
Location: Ulbricht
Show Me the Money: Borrowing Wisely
Joni Scott – Access Group
Presented by CPC

MONDAY, AUGUST 31

6:00 p.m.
Location: Tabor
Dress for Success
Kathy Friend
Presented by CPC, Lambda, and BESLA

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 10

3:30 p.m.
Location: Tabor
#ONEVALPO
Coach Mike Avery and the Valparaiso University Men’s Soccer Team

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 19

10:00 a.m.
Location: Christopher Center Community Room
1L Boot Camp
Presented by CPC

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 16

11:30 a.m.
Location: Tabor
The Happy Lawyer (Professional Development Day – Plenary Session)
Will Meyerhofer, author of The People’s Therapist blog and AboveTheLaw.com contributor
Presented by CPC

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 22

3:30 p.m.
Location: Tabor
Don’t Bite the Hand that Feeds You: Working with Professional Staff
Panel discussion – Linda Nelson, moderator

MONDAY, NOVEMBER 2

6:00 p.m.
Location: Tabor
Professionalism in Practice: A View from the Bench
Hon. Julia M. Jent, Judge, Porter County Superior Court #3

Professionalism Education Requirement

All J.D. students at Valparaiso University Law School 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, which are 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 parttime 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.