Two ABA presidents to weigh in on future of legal education at South Carolina Law Review Symposium

2014SCLRSymposium-EmailGraphicWill non-lawyers soon be allowed to provide certain legal services? They might if one of the key conclusions from a recent report by the ABA Task Force on the Future of Legal Education is implemented.

The report, released in January, will be the focus of the South Carolina Law Review Symposium Feb. 27 – 28 at the University of South Carolina School of Law. The symposium will explore why law schools and the legal profession must make changes – and what those changes should be – to keep up with the evolving marketplace for legal education and legal services delivery.

Titled “On Task? Expanding the Boundaries of Legal Education,” the symposium will take place in the law school’s auditorium.

The symposium will begin at 4 p.m. Thursday with a panel discussion in response to the Task Force’s report and a keynote address by Jim Silkenat, president of the American Bar Association and partner at Sullivan & Worcester LLP in New York. Silkenat will discuss the legal profession and future of legaleducation and its impact on law schools, corporate counsel and private attorneys. USC board of trustee, alumnus and ABA president-elect William Hubbard will introduce Silkenat and offer his views on the future of legal education.

Thursday’s keynote address is free and open to the public and all symposium events are free to USC students and faculty.  Advanced registration online is required.

Friday’s sessions, which take place 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. will focus on proposals outlined in the Task Force’s recent report and law schools’ responses to changing markets within—and outside of—the law curriculum. Panels also will address the changing expectations of law firms and clients, new platforms in the delivery of legal services, the growing demand for information management by corporate clients, and the promises and challenges of limited licensing.

The symposium will feature an impressive array of panelists and speakers, including the chief justice of the Washington Supreme Court and the ABA’s managing director of accreditation and legal education.

Participants include:

  • Elizabeth Chambliss, USC professor of law and director of the Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough Center on Professionalism
  • Steve Crossland, chairman of the Washington Supreme Court Limited License Legal Technician Board
  • Barry Currier, managing director of accreditation and legal education, ABA Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar
  • Richard Granat, co-director and faculty member at Florida Coastal School of Law’s Center for Law Practice Technology
  • Neil Hamilton, professor of law and director of the University of St. Thomas School of Law’s Holloran Center for Ethical Leadership in the Professions
  • Renee Knake, professor of law and co-director of Michigan State University College of Law’s Kelly Institute of Ethics and the Legal Profession
  • Stephanie Kimbro, director of the Center of Law Practice Technology, founder of Curo Legal, and attorney at Burton Law, LLC
  • Paula Littlewood, executive director of the Washington State Bar Association
  • Hon. Barbara Madsen, chief justice of the Washington Supreme Court
  • John Martin, partner and practice leader of Nelson Mullins Encompass at Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough, LLP
  • Erica Moeser, president of the National Conference of Bar Examiners
  • Lisa Rohrer, executive director of executive education and the Case Development Initiative at Harvard Law School
  • Rebecca Sandefur, Assoc. Professor of Sociology and Law & Director of Graduate Studies in Sociology, University of Illinois and Faculty Fellow, American Bar Foundation
  • Ronald Staudt, professor of law and director of Chicago-Kent College of Law’s Center for Access to Justice and Technology
  • David Yellen, dean and professor of Law at Loyola University Chicago’s School of Law

The symposium is approved by the S.C. Bar for 9.25 CLE credits, including 3.25 hours of ethics credit. The fee for practitioners who register by Feb. 24 is $75. Registration after Feb. 24 is $100. A discount is available for practicing government employees, USC law alumni and those not seeking CLE credit.

For more information and to register online, go to the South Carolina Law Reviewwebsite. Questions should be directed to Kara Grevey and Robert Osborne, symposium editors, at 803-777-5874 or via email at symposium@sclawreview.org.

Press contact: Peggy Binette at 803-777-7704 or peggy@mailbox.sc.edu.