2014 Schedule of EventsLEAD Week logo

Tuesday, August 19: PRACTICE professionalism

Registration and Welcome Breakfast
8 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 a.m.

Dean's Welcome
9:30 a.m.

Where Do You Draw The Line?
10:30 a.m.

  • This exercise will challenge you to explore the ethical dilemmas you may face while studying and practicing law. LEAD Fellows will facilitate intriguing small group discussions.

Professionalism Luncheon
12:15 p.m.

Professionalism Panel
2:30 p.m.

  • Rhett Brandon, '79, a partner at Simpson Thacher, Mark Sigmon '05, an attorney at Graebe, Hanna, & Sullivan, Jeff Ward '09, Lecturing Fellow and Director, Start-Up Ventures Clinic,  and Katie Ertmer '13, Clerk for the Hon. James Wynn, Jr., 4th Circuit of Appeals will discuss their practice areas and offer guidance on directing your legal career.

LEAD Fellow Reception
3:45 p.m.

  • Gather in Star Commons with LEAD Fellows for a casual reception with refreshments at the end of your first day as a Duke Law student.

Wednesday, August 20: ENGAGE intellectually, LIVE with purpose, EMBODY integrity

Continental Breakfast
Sponsored by Kaplan
8:30 a.m.

Introduction to the Office of Student Affairs
9:30 a.m.

Living with Purpose
10:00 a.m

Class Preparation and Case Briefing
11:00 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. You should have read and briefed Desnick v. American Broadcasting Company prior to this session.

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

  • Pick up your lunch and enjoy talking with your new classmates.

Legal Analysis, Research and Writing Classes
Sections 1, 2, 5, & 8: 1:30 p.m.
Sections 3, 4, 6 & 7: 3:15 p.m.
See breakout schedule for locations

Academic Integrity and Professionalism
Room 3041
Sections 3, 4, 6 & 7: 1:30 p.m.
Sections 1, 2, 5 & 8: 3:15 p.m.

  • Assistant Dean Belk will introduce the Law School community's expectations relating to academic integrity and professionalism.

Duke Bar Association Cookout
5 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 21: SERVE the community

Continental Breakfast
Sponsored by BarBri
8 a.m.

Public Interest & Pro Bono Primer
8:30 a.m.

Screening of The Trials of Darryl Hunt
9 a.m.

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

Q & A with Darryl Hunt
10:45 a.m.

  • Meet Darryl Hunt  and his attorney, Mark Rabil, and hear this fascinating story first-hand. Professor Theresa Newman, co-director of the Wrongful Convictions Clinic, will moderate the discussion.

Lunch with Classmates

  • Enjoy lunch in Star Commons and discuss the morning’s program with your new classmates.

New Student Welcome Reception
5 p.m.

  • Meet and mingle with your classmates, Law School faculty and administrators over beverages and hors d'oeuvres. Business casual attire is recommended.

Friday, August 22: ENGAGE intellectually, SERVE the community

Legal Analysis, Research and Writing Classes
Sections 3, 4, 6 & 7: 8:45 a.m.
Sections 1, 2, 5, & 8: 10:30 a.m.

Introduction to Academic Technologies and the Law Library
Sections 1, 2, 5, & 8: 8:45 a.m.
Sections 3, 4, 6, & 7: 10:30 a.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.

Community Service Kick-off and BBQ Lunch
12:15 p.m.

  • 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.

20th Annual Dedicated to Durham
1:15 p.m.
Various locations to be announced.

  • 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.

Alumni-Student Social
7 p.m. - Tobacco Road Sports Cafe

  • Join the Alumni and Development staff and local alumni at this favorite local hangout.

Sponsorship of LEAD Week provided by:

David W. Ichel '78 and Mario A. Ponce '88 of