TU College of Law Holds Professionalism Day for First-Year Students

Friday, February 26, 2010

The University of Tulsa College of Law hosted Professionalism Day for 1Ls on January 23, 2010.

All first-year TU law students participated in programming that included topics such as setting professional goals, managing the stress of law school and discussing the state of the legal market.

The day began with a keynote address by John R. Woodard III, a 1967 graduate of the law school, partner at Feldman, Franden, Woodard & Farris, and chairman of the Tulsa County Bar Association Professionalism Committee. He illustrated the importance of professionalism by sharing actual orders judges have given over the years addressing the conduct of attorneys in their courtrooms.

Alumni Marvin Lizama (JD ’09), Dana Baldwin (JD ’00), and Lauren Williams (JD ’09) fielded questions during a question-and-answer panel, and Kevinn Matthews (JD ’98) gave a presentation on goal setting.

“I think we all have a better understanding that acquiring professional skills is as critical to our professional success as our knowledge of the law itself,” said first-year law student Jim Watzke.

Janet K. Levit, Dean of the TU College of Law and Dean John Rogers Endowed Chair, said that the law school has strengthened its emphasis on professionalism training for all students.

“Much like the Continuing Legal Education requirements incumbent upon licensed attorneys, Professional Day is intended to give students a new or different perspective on the law and its practice,” she said. “Employers expect our graduates to be prepared to represent themselves and their firms well. As a result, these programs are an important part of a TU legal education.”

Jimmy Hart