Institute for Law Teaching and Learning
Summer 2017 Conference
Teaching Cultural Competency and Other Professional Skills Suggested by ABA Standard 302
July 7-8, 2017
University of Arkansas at Little Rock William H. Bowen School of Law
ABA Standard 302 requires all law schools to establish learning outcomes in certain areas, such as knowledge of substantive and procedural law, legal analysis and reasoning, and the exercise of professional and ethical responsibilities. While requiring outcomes in these areas, however, the ABA also has given law schools discretion under Standard 302(d) to individualize their programs by establishing learning outcomes related to “other professional skills needed for competent and ethical participation as a member of the legal profession.” These other professional skills “are determined by the law school and may include skills such as interviewing, counseling, negotiation, fact development and analysis, trial practice, document drafting, conflict resolution, organization and management of legal work, collaboration, cultural competency and self-evaluation.” This language encourages law schools to be innovative and to differentiate themselves by creating learning outcomes that are consistent with their own unique values and particular educational mission.
This conference will focus on the many ways that law schools are establishing learning outcomes related to “other professional skills,” particularly the skills of cultural competency, conflict resolution, collaboration, self-evaluation, and other relational skills. Which, if any, of the outcomes suggested in Standard 302(d) have law schools established for themselves, and why did they select those outcomes? How are law professors teaching and assessing skills such as cultural competency, conflict resolution, collaboration, and self-evaluation? Have law schools established outcomes related to professional skills other than those suggested in Standard 302(d)? If so, what are those skills, and how are professors teaching and assessing them? The conference will address these questions and related issues.
Who should attend: This conference is for all law faculty (full-time and adjunct) and administrators.
Conference structure: The conference opens with an optional informal gathering on Thursday evening, July 6. The conference will officially start with an opening session on Friday, July 7, followed by a series of workshops which will continue all that day and until mid-afternoon on Saturday, July 8. Breaks are scheduled with adequate time to provide participants with opportunities to discuss ideas from the conference.
Registration Information: The conference fee for participants is $400, which includes materials, meals during the conference (two breakfasts and two lunches), and the welcome reception on Thursday evening, July 6. The conference fee for presenters is $300.
Travel and Lodging: A block of hotel rooms for conference attendees has been reserved at the Little Rock Marriott Hotel, 3 Statehouse Plaza, Little Rock, AR 72201. The discounted rate will be available until June 5, 2017. Reservations may be made online or by calling the hotel’s reservations department at 877-759-6290 and referencing the UALR Bowen School of Law/ ILTL Conference Room Block.
For more information:
Please contact one of the ILTL Co-Directors:
- Professor Kelly Terry, firstname.lastname@example.org; 501-324-9946
- Professor Emily Grant, email@example.com; 785-670-1677
- Associate Dean Sandra Simpson, firstname.lastname@example.org; 509-313-3809