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From Law School to Practice: Instilling Professional Values, Skills and Competencies—A Dialogue with the Academy, Bench and Bar

calendar iconApril 1, 2019

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Elisabeth Haub School of Law at Pace University

84 N. Broadway
White Plains, NY

clock icon10:00am - 4:00pm

Contact Info:
Lauren Kanfer
Email: lkanfer@nycourts.gov

The New York State Judicial Institute on Professionalism in the Law will host their Convocation: “From Law School to Practice: Instilling Professional Values, Skills and Competencies—A Dialogue with the Academy, Bench and Bar.”

The application for New York CLE accreditation is currently pending; CLE credits would be awarded at no cost for full-day attendance.

Beginning in 2019, candidates seeking admission to the New York State Bar must pass the bar examination and certify that they possess the “skills and values necessary to provide effective, ethical and responsible legal services.” (See New York Court of Appeals Rule 520.18 at http://www.nycourts.gov/ctapps/520rules10.htm#B18).

Over the last year, the Judicial Institute has convened a Deans’ Convocation and hosted a series of focus groups around the State in order to discuss how law schools impart the professional values, skills and competencies to their students.  The Convocation will help to identify best practices that may lead to continued improvement of the new rules by bringing together the key constituencies for a reasoned discussion.

The Spring Convocation will bring together members of the New York Court of Appeals and other courts, New York State law school Deans and Professors, key members of the practicing bar and law students to discuss how law schools and practitioners can and do cultivate the values, skills and competencies that students must possess in order to be admitted to the New York bar and to become responsible members of our shared honorable profession.

Farrell Fritz partner James M. Wicks is the 2019 Convocation Chair.