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.
MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 16TH
4:30 – 5:20P.M.
Sharp Look for the Young Lawyer
Presented by LAMBDA / BESLA
FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 27TH
11:30 – 1:00P.M.
Self-Assessment: A Powerful Career Tool
(Plenary Session: Professional Development Day)
Diane M. Costigan
Senior Managing Director, SJL Shannon Legal Career Management
MONDAY, OCTOBER 7TH
2:30 P.M. – 3:20 P.M. (CDT)
Civility in the Practice
Charles M. Kidd, Deputy Executive Secretary, Indiana Supreme
Court Disciplinary Commission, Indianapolis, Indiana
THURSDAY, OCTOBER 24TH
3:30 – 4:20P.M.
Drugs & Alcohol and Your Career
Terry L. Harrell
Executive Director, Indiana Judges & Lawyer’s Assistance Program
MONDAY, NOVEMBER 4TH
6:00 – 7:00P.M.
Professionalism in and out of the Courtroom
Judge David Chidester, Porter Co. Superior Court # 4
Judge Mary Harper, Porter Co. Superior Court #5
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.