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Duke Law's orientation program stays true to the School's message of lawyer education and professional development summarized in the Duke Law Blueprint to Lead, which distinguishes Duke Law for its focus on leadership training and development.

2021 Schedule of Events

 

Professional Development

Introduction to Professional Development*

1:30 - 2:00 p.m. | Zoom

We will introduce students to the Professional Development Credit requirement for graduation.

 

Class Preparation and Case Briefing*

2:00 - 3:00 p.m. | Zoom

Professor Joseph Blocher will explain your faculty’s expectations and provide instruction on how to meet those expectations.

 

Break

3:00 - 3:15 p.m. | Offline

 

Note Taking 101*

3:15 - 4:15 p.m. | Zoom

Professor Casey Thomson will walk you through effective strategies to adapt your note taking methods to succeed in this new environment.

 

*Indicates Professional Development course credit.

EMBODY integrity, BUILD relationships

Registration and Welcome Breakfast

8:00 a.m. | Third Floor Loggia and Star Commons

Register on the Third Floor Loggia, then join your LEAD Fellows and classmates for a light breakfast in Star Commons.

 

Welcome to Duke Law

9:00 a.m. | Star Commons

Associate Dean William Hoye and the Office of Student Affairs will welcome you to the Law School.

 

Dean's Welcome

9:40 a.m. | Star Commons

Dean Kerry Abrams will welcome you to Duke Law and talk with you about success in law school, your career, and beyond.

 

Meet your LEAD Fellow

10:30 a.m. | Various rooms (see breakout schedule)

Gather with your LEAD Fellows to get answers to questions related to the schedule, parking, university resources, and things to do in Durham. You will participate in activities with this group throughout LEAD Week, and your LEAD Fellow will continue to act as an advisor and social activities planner for your group throughout your first year. You can read more about the 2021-2022 LEAD Fellows here.

 

Professionalism Luncheon

12:15 p.m. | Washington Duke Inn

Dine with members of the Law School community, including our featured speaker, who will also lead students in the Duke Law School pledge.

 

The Honor Code and University Standards

2:00 p.m. | Cohort A: Room 3041
3:30 p.m. | Cohort B: Simulcast to Room 3043
3:30 p.m. | Cohort C: Room 4047

Assistant Dean Lewis Hutchison will introduce the Law School community’s expectations relating to the Honor Code and university standards.

 

Introduction to Academic Technologies and the Law Library

2:00 p.m. | Cohort B: Room 3043/Library
2:00 p.m. | Cohort C: Room 4047/Library
3:30 p.m. | Cohort A: Room 3041/Library

Staff from Academic Technologies and the Law Library will introduce you to research and technology services at the Law School; there will also be time available for individual assistance completing the online computing orientation and/or a tour of the Goodson Law Library.

 

*Indicates Professional Development course credit.

ENGAGE intellectually, BUILD relationships

Diversity and Inclusion and our Community Part I*

10:00 a.m. | LARW Sections 2, 3, 6, & 7: Room 3041
11:15 a.m. | LARW Sections 1, 4, 5, 8, 9: Room 3041

Ebony Bryant, Director of Diversity Initiatives will show us how to support a respectful and inclusive learning environment while minimizing road blocks.

 

Lunch with Classmates

11:30 a.m. | Marcy's Garden/Front Lawn

 

Legal Analysis, Research, and Writing Classes

1:30 p.m. | LARW sections 2, 4, 6, 8, 10: See breakout schedule

3:15 p.m. | LARW sections 1, 3, 5, 7, 9: See breakout schedule

 

Sexual Misconduct Prevention/Policies on Prohibited Conduct, Harassment, and Discrimination

3:15 p.m. | LARW Sections 2, 3, 6, & 7: Room 3041

1:30 p.m. | LARW Sections 1, 4, 5, 8, 9: Room 3041

Victoria Krebs, Associate Dean of Students for Title IX Outreach and Response, will provide a review of the Student Sexual Misconduct Policy to include prohibited conduct, reporting, and confidential support services.

 

Duke Bar Association BBQ

5:00 p.m. | Marcy's Garden/Front Lawn

Meet upper-level mentors and DBA representatives over delicious North Carolina barbeque in Marcy’s Garden (front lawn of the Law School).

 

*Indicates Professional Development course credit.

SERVE the community, LEAD with intention

Continental Breakfast

7:30 a.m. | Star Commons

 

Screening of The Trials of Darryl Hunt

8:30 a.m. | Cohort A: Room 3041

8:30 a.m. | Cohort B: Room 3043

8:30 a.m. | Cohort C: Room 4047

Watch the award-winning HBO documentary about Darryl Hunt, who was convicted of a rape and murder he did not commit and served 18 years in prison before being freed in 2003 based on DNA evidence.

 

Wrongful Convictions Panel

10:30 a.m. | Cohort A: Room 3041

11:30 a.m. | Cohort B: Room 3043

11:30 a.m. | Cohort C: Simulcast to Room 4047

Exoneree, Howard Dudley, Mark Rabil, the attorney for Darryl Hunt, and Professor Jamie Lau, supervising attorney for the Wrongful Convictions Clinic, will answer your questions about wrongful convictions.

 

Public Interest and Pro Bono Opportunities

11:30 a.m. | Cohort A: Room 3041

10:30 a.m. | Cohort B: Room 3043

10:30 a.m. | Cohort C: Simulcast to Room 4047

Assistant Dean Stella Boswell and Director Bethan Eynon from the Office of Public Interest and Pro Bono will discuss ways to contribute to the community through pro bono and public interest work.

 

Community Service Kick-off and Lunch

12:30 p.m. | Marcy’s Garden/Front Lawn

Pick up your lunch on the front lawn and your t-shirt under the tent, then join your LEAD group for an afternoon of service.

 

25th Annual Dedicated to Durham

1:30 p.m. | Various locations around Durham. See handout for meeting locations

Work with fellow students, faculty, and administrators to make a difference in your new community. Please bring closed-toe shoes and clothes that can get dirty.

ENGAGE intellectually, LIVE with purpose

1L Lunch with Classmates

11:30 a.m. | LARW Sections 2, 3, 6, & 7: Third Floor Loggia

12:30 p.m. | LARW Sections 1, 4, 5, 8, 9: Third Floor Loggia

Please pick up your lunch on the Third Floor Loggia and join your classmates in the classroom where your next session will be held.

 

Living with Purpose

11:30 a.m. | LARW Sections 1, 4, 5, 8, 9: Room 3041

12:30 p.m. | LARW Sections 2, 3, 6, & 7: Room 3041

Tiarra Wade, Assistant Dean of Students for DukeReach and QuiAnne’ Holmes, Student Development Coordinator for DuWell, will present concepts helpful during your time in law school and beyond.

 

Legal Analysis, Research and Writing Classes

1:30 p.m. | LARW Sections 1, 4, 5, 8, 9: See breakout schedule

3:15 p.m. | LARW Sections 2, 3, 6, & 7: See breakout schedule

 

Diversity and Inclusion and our Community Part II*

1:30 p.m. | LARW Sections 2, 3, 6, & 7: Room 3041

3:15 p.m. | LARW Sections 1, 4, 5, 8, 9: Room 3041

Drawing from Wednesday’s session, Ebony Bryant, Director of Diversity Initiatives, along with TBD will discuss classroom dynamics and how to use potential disagreements and conflict to work constructively with others for the benefit of the community.

 

LEAD Week Cookout

5:00 p.m. | Marcy’s Garden/Front Lawn

Celebrate the end of LEAD Week and the beginning of law school with your fellow students, faculty, and administration!

 

*Indicates Professional Development course credit.