Orientation Agenda

Orientation Program Summary Agenda

(Professional Attire Required on Thursday; Business Casual Attire for the other days)

Monday, August 12: A Successful Start
8:00 – 11:30 Class of 2016 Student Check-in at the Law School Café – Continental Breakfast
Complete the Checklist of Pre-Entry Requirements
11:30 – 12:45 Lunch in the Café
12:45 – 1:15 Welcome – Dean Ivan Bodensteiner & Dean Susan Stuart, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs
1:15 – 2:15 An Introduction to the U.S. Legal System – Dean Emily Janoski-Haehlen, Associate Dean for Library Services
2:15 – 2:30 Break
2:30 – 3:00 1L Law Curriculum, Socratic Method, & Taking Notes – Kim Kass, Associate Director of Academic Success
3:00 – 4:00 Introduction to Reading Cases & Writing Case Briefs – Case 1 – Bethany Lesniewski, Director of Academic Success
4:00 – 5:00 Law IT Department – Jon Sanders, Director of Technology, Donna Patterson, Associate Director of Technology, & Bill Klein, Associate Director of Technology
5:00 – 6:00 Library Tour (5:00 Group 1)/Building Tour (5:00 Group 2)
Library Tour (5:30 Group 2)/Building Tour (5:30 Group 1)
6:00 – 7:00 Library Tour (6:00 Group 10)/Building Tour (6:00 Group 9)
Library Tour (6:30 Group 9)/Building Tour (6:30 Group 10)
Tuesday, August 13:  Academic and Personal Success at Valparaiso Law
8:30 – 9:15 Academic Enrollment – Debbie Gleason, Registrar
9:15 – 10:00 Your Finances – Ann Weitgenant, Associate director of Student Financial Planning
10:00 – 10:15 Break
10:15 – 11:15 Anatomy of a Lawsuit – Dean Ivan Bodensteiner
11:15 – 11:30 Break
11:30 – 12:15 Reading: Case 1 & Case Briefs (5 breakout groups) Dean Susan Stuart, Prof. David Cleveland, Prof. JoEllen Lind, Prof. Clare Nuechterlein & Prof. Ruth Vance
12:15 – 1:15 Lunch – on your own
1:15 – 2:00 Reasoning: Case 1 & Case Briefs (5 breakout groups) Dean Susan Stuart, Prof. David Cleveland, Prof. JoEllen Lind, Prof. Clare Nuechterlein & Prof. Ruth Vance
2:00 – 2:15 Break
2:15 – 3:00 Bluebook Introduction Exercise – Case Citations - Michael Bushbaum & Prof. Debra Denslaw
3:00 – 6:00 Library and Building Tours – To Be Assigned -
Wednesday August 14: Academic and Personal Success at Valparaiso Law
9:00 – 10:00 Reading: Cases 2 & 3 & Case Briefs (5 breakout groups) Dean Susan Stuart, Prof. David Cleveland, Prof. JoEllen Lind, Prof. Clare Nuechterlein & Prof. Ruth Vance
10:00 – 10:15 Break
10:15 – 11:00 Reasoning: Cases 1-3 & Case Briefs (5 breakout groups) Dean Susan Stuart, Prof. David Cleveland, Prof. JoEllen Lind, Prof. Clare Nuechterlein & Prof. Ruth Vance
11:00 – 11:15 Break
11:15 – 12:00 U.S. Legal System & Anatomy of a Lawsuit Quiz Bowl - Dean Emily Janoski-Haehlen & Prof. Rebecca Huss
12:00 – 1:00 Lunch – on your own
1:00 – 2:00 Reasoning: Cases 4 & 5 & Case Briefs (5 breakout groups) Dean Susan Stuart, Prof. David Cleveland, Prof. JoEllen Lind, Prof. Clare Nuechterlein & Prof. Ruth Vance
2:00 – 2:15 Break
2:15 – 3:00 Basic Vocabulary Quiz - Prof. Marcia Gienapp & Prof. Geneva Brown
3:00 – 4:00 Writing an Effective Paragraph - Julie Foster, Director of International and Pipeline Programs & Prof. Geoffrey Heeren
4:00 – 5:00 Welcome & Resources for LL.M & ESL Students (only) – Julie Foster, Director of International and Pipeline Programs – Stride Courtroom
4:00 – 6:00 Library and Building Tours – To Be Assigned
Thursday, August 15: Professional and Academic Success at Valparaiso Law
(NOTE: Professional Attire Required, Plan to attend all activities listed - 9:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.)
9:00 – 9:30 Introduction to Legal Analysis - Prof. Mark Adams
9:30 – 10:40 Legal Analysis (breakout groups) Dean Ivan Bodensteiner, Dean Susan Stuart, Prof. Bruce Berner & Prof. Curt Cichowski
10:40-10:55 Break
10:55 – 11:45 Legal Analysis Wrap-up – Faculty Panel - Dean Ivan Bodensteiner, Dean Susan Stuart, Prof. Bruce Berner & Prof. Curt Cichowski
11:45 – 1:00 Lunch – on your own
1:00 – 1:30 Professional Conduct at the Law School – Dean Steven Probst, Assistant Dean for Students and Educational Services Librarian, and Dean Susan Stuart, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs
1:30 – 2:00 Law School’s Relationship to Practice – Attorney Michael Tolbert, J.D. ‘00
2:00 – 2:10 Break
2:10 – 3:10 What It Means to Be a Lawyer (breakout groups) Dean Ivan Bodensteiner, Prof. Bruce Berner & Prof. Curt Cichowski
3:10 – 3:20 Break
3:20 – 3:50 Professionalism in the Classroom – Faculty Panel - Prof. Mark Adams, Prof. Bruce Berner, Prof. Derrick Carter, Prof. Robert Knowles & Prof. JoEllen Lind
3:50 – 4:00 Break
4:00 – 6:00 Managing Your Professional Brand – Patricia Cook, Patricia Cook & Associates
6:30 – 8:00 Class of 2016 Networking Reception at the VUCA Lobby
Friday, August 16: Academic and Personal Success at Valparaiso Law
9:00 – 9:45 Introduction to Career Planning - Christine Corral, Executive Director, Vicki Ryan, Sr. Director, Robyn Rucker, Associate Director,  Lisa Cannon, Director of Experiential Education, Vanessa Verner, Associate Director of Alumni Relations
9:45 – 10:00 Break
10:00 – 11:45 Student Life and Professionalism - Dean Steven Probst, Assistant Dean for Students and Educational Services Librarian & Law Student Panel
11:45 – 1:00 Lunch – on your own
1:00 – 2:00 Academic Success in Law School – Bethany Lesniewski, Director of Academic Success
2:00 – 2:15 Break
2:15 – 2:30 Final Thoughts on Orientation – Dean Susan Stuart, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs
2:30 – 2:45 Meet Your Student Mentor in the Atrium
2:30 – 3:30 Coffee & Community in the Café