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 Brochure

Thursday, August 25

3:30 p.m.
Location: Ulbricht
What it Means to Be a Lawyer
Holly Wojcik (VULS ’01)

Thursday, September 1

4:30 – 6:30 p.m
Location: Tabor
The Champions Movie Event 
The Champions is an inspirational story about the pit bulls rescued from the brutal fighting ring of former Atlanta Falcon’s star quarterback Michael Vick, and those who risked it all to save them. It is a story of second-chances, redemption and hope. This uplifting documentary takes us on a journey about much more than just dogs—about prejudice, being misunderstood, the power of resilience, and the significance of the relationship we as humans have with animals.
RSVP is REQUIRED for this event. Limited seating available.

Thursday, September 15

3:30 p.m.
Location: Benson
Dress for Success
Robert Ordway, Rusted Oak Gentlemen’s Boutique
Presented by CPC / LAMBDA

Thursday, September 29

3:30 p.m.
Location: Benson
Understanding, Responding to and Reducing Stereotype Threat
Dr. Stacey Miller, Valparaiso University Assistant Provost for Inclusion

Thursday, October 13

12:30 p.m.
Location: Tabor
Establishing & Protecting Your Professional Identity 
Nancy Roberts Linder, Director of Marketing, Chapman and Cutler, LLP
Presented by CPC

Thursday, October 13

4:00 p.m
Location: Benson
Justice Robert D Rucker Lecture: How Did We Get Here? Undocumented Lawyers and professional Licensing
Michael Olivas, William B. Bates Distinguished Chair in Law, University of Houston Law Center

Thursday, November 3

3:30 p.m
Location: Ulbricht
Drugs & Alcohol & Your Career
Terry L. Harrell, Executive Director, Indiana Judges & Lawyers Assistance Program

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.