Elections, Honors, and the Curriculum Survey are Focus of Section Activities

Volume 44 Issue 1

2012-2013 Section Council Elected

Kent Syverud, dean of Washington University School of Law, was elected to the office of Section chair at the annual business meeting on Saturday, August 4 in Chicago. The Honorable Solomon Oliver, Jr., chief judge of the U.S. District Court of the Northern District of Ohio, was elected chair-elect; Joan S. Howland, associate dean and professor at the University of Minnesota Law School, was elected vice chair; and Raymond C. Pierce, partner at Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP, was elected secretary. Newly elected Council members include James M. Klein (Charleston School of Law), Cynthia Nance (University of Arkansas-Fayetteville, School of Law), Antonio Garcia-Padilla (University of Puerto Rico School of Law), and the Honorable Jequita H. Napoli (Cleveland County District Court, Norman, Oklahoma).

 Complete list of the 2012-2013 Section Council


2012 Outgoing Council Members Wilson, Burke, Durham, and Lynch

Charles Wilson, Martin Burke, Christine Durham and Dennis Lynch were honored for their service on the Section Council.

Chairperson’s Dinner

John O’Brien, 2011-2012 Section Chair, hosted the annual Chairperson’s Dinner on Thursday, August 2, at the University of Chicago’s Gleacher Center overlooking the Chicago River. Dean O’Brien recognized Immediate Past Chair Christine Durham and outgoing Council members Martin Burke, Dennis Lynch, Morgan Sammons, and Charles Wilson for their service.


John O'Brien and Kent Syverud at the 2012 Chair's Dinner

Dean O’ Brien was also presented with a plaque by incoming chair Kent Syverud.

Jeffrey Lewis, 2012 Kutak Award recipient, and his family

Jeff Lewis celebrated with family and friends at the Kutak Award Reception

Robert J. Kutak Award Reception

Jeffrey E. Lewis, dean emeritus and professor at Saint Louis University School of Law, received the 2012 Robert J. Kutak award at a reception on Friday, August 3, at the Swissotel.


A Survey of Law School Curricula: 2002-2010

A Survey of Law School Curricula: 2002-2010

Catherine L. Carpenter, professor at Southwestern Law School and editor of A Survey of Law School Curricula: 2002-2010, presented the Survey's major findings at a program on Saturday morning at the Swissotel. Published this past summer, the Survey is the result of more than two years of effort by the Section's Curriculum Committee and Section staff. One hundred and sixty-seven of ABA-approved law schools responded to the web-based survey in the fall of 2010. Results of the new Survey reveal a renewed commitment on the part of faculties to review and revise their curricula to produce practice-ready professionals. 

After the Survey was published, Professor Carpenter received numerous requests to present additional detailed information on professional skills offerings that enhances the materials in the 2010 Survey. As a result, she prepared A Closer Look at the Numbers. Specifically included are two charts that contain comparative data from the published 2002 Curriculum Survey and 2010 Curriculum Survey on regularly offered upper division professional skills courses and live-client clinical opportunities.



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