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Orientation Agenda

Orientation Program Summary Agenda

(Professional Attire Required on Friday; Business Casual Attire for the Other Days)

Monday, August 10: 
8:00 – 11:30 Class of 2018 Student Check-in at the Law School Atrium – Continental Breakfast
Complete the Checklist of Pre-Entry Requirements
11:30 – 12:45 Lunch in the Café 
12:45 – 1:15 Welcome
Dean Andrea Lyon
Dean Susan Stuart, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs
Dean Steven Probst, Assistant Dean for Students and Educational Services Librarian
Zahra Nwabara, Director of Admissions
1:15 – 2:00 Academic Enrollment
Ray Grant, Registrar
2:00 – 2:45 Your Finances
Ann Weitgenant, Associate Director of Student Financial Planning
2:45 – 3:00 Break
3:00 – 3:30 Law IT Department
Donna Patterson, Associate Director of Technology
3:30 – 4:30 Library and Building Tour
(Be prepared to divide yourselves into smaller groups for the actual tours)
Tuesday, August 11:  
9:00 – 9:45 Introduction to Career Planning & Alumni Relations, & Symplicity
Gail Peshel, Executive Director of Career Planning
Vicki Ryan, Senior Director of Career Planning
Robyn Rucker, Associate Director of Career Planning
Lisa Cannon, Associate Director of Career Planning
Julie Bochnowski, Associate Director of Career Planning
Vanessa Verner, Associate Director of Alumni Relations
9:45 – 10:45 Academic Success in Law School
Bethany Lesniewski, Director of Academic Success
Kim Kass, Associate Director of Academic Success
Chad Houston, Academic Success Counselor
10:45 – 11:00 Break
11:00 – 11:45 An Introduction to the U.S. Legal System
Dean Emily Janoski-Haehlen, Associate Dean for Library Services
11:45 – 12:15 Cultural Competency as Legal Education
Diversity Concerns Committee
12:15 – 1:30 Lunch – (on your own)
1:30 – 2:15 1L Law Curriculum, Socratic Method, & Taking Notes
Chad Houston, Academic Success Counselor
2:15 – 3:15 Introduction to Reading Cases & Writing Case Briefs—Case 1
Bethany Lesniewski, Director of Academic Success
3:15 – 3:30 Break
3:30 – 5:00 Student Life and Professionalism
Joseph Baruffi, Director of Student Services & Law Student Panel
Wednesday August 12: 
9:00 – 10:00 Anatomy of Civil Litigation
Prof. Ivan Bodensteiner
10:00 – 10:15 Break
10:15 – 11:00 Reading:  Case 1 & Case Briefs
A. Group 1 (Room Tabor) Kim Kass, Associate Director of Academic Success
B. Group 2 (Room Benson) Prof. Clare Nuechterlein
C. Group 3 (Room Ulbricht) Prof. Ruth Vance
D. Group 4 (Room Pelzer) Prof. Bernard Trujillo
11:00 – 11:15 Break
11:15 – 11:45 Reasoning:  Case 1 & Case Briefs
A. Group 1 (Room Tabor) Kim Kass, Associate Director of Academic Success
B. Group 2 (Room Benson) Prof. Clare Nuechterlein
C. Group 3 (Room Ulbricht) Prof. Ruth Vance
D. Group 4 (Room Pelzer) Prof. Bernard Trujillo
11:45 – 1:00 Lunch – (on your own)
1:00 – 2:00 U.S. Legal System & Anatomy of a Lawsuit Quiz Bowl
Prof. Rebecca Huss
Dean Emily Janoski-Haehlen
2:00 – 3:00 Introduction to Legal Citation
Prof. Michael Bushbaum
Prof. Debra Denslaw
3:00 – 3:15 Break
3:15 – 4:15 Writing an Effective Paragraph
Prof. Geoffrey Heeren
Prof. Nicole Negowetti
 4:15 – 5:00  Coffee & Community – Meet Your Faculty Advisor
Thursday, August 13: 
9:00 – 10:00 Reading:  Cases 2 & 3 & Case Briefs
A. Group 1 (Room Tabor) Kim Kass, Associate Director of Academic Success
B. Group 2 (Room Benson) Prof. Clare Nuechterlein
C. Group 3 (Room Ulbricht) Prof. Ruth Vance
D. Group 4 (Room Pelzer) Prof. Bernard Trujillo
10:00 – 10:15 Break
10:15 – 11:00 Reasoning:  Cases 1-3 & Case Briefs
A. Group 1 (Room Tabor) Kim Kass, Associate Director of Academic Success
B. Group 2 (Room Benson) Prof. Clare Nuechterlein
C. Group 3 (Room Ulbricht) Prof. Ruth Vance
D. Group 4 (Room Pelzer) Prof. Bernard Trujillo
11:00 – 11:15 Break
11:15 – 12:15 Basic Vocabulary Quiz Bowl
Prof. Marcia Gienapp
Prof. Geneva Brown
12:15 – 1:30 Lunch – (on your own)
1:30 – 2:15 Introduction to Legal Analysis
Prof. David Cleveland
2:15 – 3:30 Legal Analysis (breakout groups)
A. Group 1 (Room Tabor) Dean Susan Stuart
B. Group 2 (Room Benson) Prof. David Cleveland
C. Group 3 (Room Pelzer) Prof. Curt Cichowski
D. Group 4 (Room Ulbricht) Prof. Ivan Bodensteiner
Friday, August 14:
(NOTE:  PROFESSIONAL ATTIRE REQUIRED, PLAN TO ATTEND ALL ACTIVITIES LISTED – 9:00 AM – 6:00 PM)
9:00 – 10:00 What It Means to Be a Lawyer (breakout groups)
A. Group 1 (Room Tabor) Prof. Ivan Bodensteiner
B. Group 2 (Room Benson) Prof. David Vandercoy
C. Group 3 (Room Pelzer) Prof. Curt Cichowski
D. Group 4 (Room Ulbricht) Prof. Derrick Carter
10:00 – 10:30 Law School’s Relationship to Practice
Attorney Michael Tolbert, J.D. ‘00
10:30 – 10:45 Break
10:45 – 11:30 Professionalism in the Classroom – Faculty Panel
Prof. Faisal Kutty
Prof. Mary Szto
Prof. Stephen Wilks
Prof. Robert Knowles
Prof. Jeremy Telman
11:30 – 12:45 Lunch
12:45 – 1:45 Professional Conduct at the Law School
Dean Steven Probst, Assistant Dean for Students and Educational Services Librarian
1:45 – 2:00 Break
2:00 – 4:00 Managing Your Professional Brand
Patricia Cook, Patricia Cook & Associates
4:00 – 4:20 Final Thoughts on Orientation
Dean Susan Stuart, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs
4:30 – 6:00 Class of 2017 Networking Reception at the VUCA Lobby
 Class of 2018 Profile — Kelly Anthony, Associate Director of Admissions