LEAD Week

2017 Schedule of EventsLEAD Week logo

Tuesday, August 15: 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 in Star Commons for a light breakfast.

Welcome to Duke Law School
9:00 a.m.

Dean's Welcome
9:40 a.m.

Meet Your LEAD Fellow
10:30 a.m.

  • Gather with your LEAD Fellows to get answers to questions related to the schedule, parking, University resources and things to do in Durham.

Professionalism Luncheon
12:15 p.m. 

  • Dine with members of the Law School, including featured speakers Caryn McNeill '91, President of the North Carolina Bar Association, and Susanne I. Haas '85 '87, Chair of the Duke Law Board of Visitors.

The Honor Code & University Standards
2:00 p.m.

Introduction to Academic Technologies and the Law Library
3:30 p.m.

  • 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 one-on-one assistance from Academic Technologies.

New Student Welcome Social
5:30 p.m. 

  • Celebrate the beginning of your Duke Law experience. Hosted by the Law School Alumni Association and the Duke Law Alumni and Development office.

Wednesday, August 16: ENGAGE intellectually, BUILD relationships

Continental Breakfast
8:00 a.m.
Star Commons

Introduction to Foundations of Law
8:30 a.m.

  • Professor James Boyle will introduce you to some of the concepts that will be taught in Foundations of Law, one of your required first-year courses. 

Class Preparation and Case Briefing
9:30 a.m.

  • Being prepared for a law school class may be very different from the kind of daily academic preparation to which you are accustomed. This session, led by Professor Joseph Blocher, is designed to make your faculty's expectations clear, and to provide instruction on how to meet those expectations so that you can be your most successful from the beginning. Please read Desnick v American Broadcasting Companies in advance of this session. 

Blueprint to LEAD and our Community
10:30 a.m.

  • Cynthia Clinton, Assistant Vice President for the Office of Institutional Equity, will show us how to support a respectful and inclusive learning environment while minimizing road blocks. 

Lunch with Classmates
12:00 p.m.
Star Commons

Legal Analysis, Research and Writing Classes
1:30 p.m. 
See breakout schedule for locations

Duke Bar Association BBQ
5:00 p.m.
Marcy's Garden

  • Meet your Duke Bar Association (DBA) mentors and representatives over a meal in Marcy’s Garden (the front lawn of the Law School).

Thursday, August 17: SERVE the community, LEAD with intention

Continental Breakfast
8:00 a.m.
Star Commons

Screening of The Trials of Darryl Hunt
8:30 a.m.

  • As portrayed in this award-winning HBO documentary, Darryl Hunt was convicted of a rape he did not commit and served 18 years in North Carolina prisons before being released in 2003 based on DNA evidence.

Wrongful Convictions Panel
10:00 a.m.

  • Mark Rabil, the attorney for Darryl Hunt, and Professors James E. Coleman, Jr. and  Theresa Newman, Co-Directors of the Wrongful Convictions Clinic, will answer your questions about wrongful convictions work.

Public Interest, Pro Bono and Career Services
11:00 a.m.

Community Service Kick-off and Lunch
12:15 p.m.
Marcy's Garden

  • Pick up your lunch and your t-shirt under the tent on the front lawn before joining your LEAD group for an afternoon of community service.

23rd Annual Dedicated to Durham
1:15 p.m.

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

Friday, August 18: ENGAGE intellectually, LIVE with purpose

Legal Analysis, Research and Writing Classes
1:30 p.m.
See breakout schedule for locations

Living with Purpose
2:15 p.m.

  • Justin Sharpe with DuWell will present concepts helpful during your time at law school and beyond.

Introduction to Academic Advising
3:15 p.m.

  • Assistant Dean Tia Barnes will discuss resources available for academic advising, opportunities to pursue a dual degree program, and how to get the most out of your first-year academic experience.

LEAD Week Cookout
5:00 p.m.
Marcy's Garden

  • Celebrate the end of LEAD Week and the beginning of law school with your fellow students, faculty and administrators.

Lawyer Education and Development (LEAD)

LEAD Week lunch

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.

Welcome packet

The LEAD Fellows

Learn about the LEAD Fellows Program