LEAD Week

2018 Schedule of EventsLEAD Week logo

Tuesday, August 14: 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.

  • 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.

  • 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. 
Washington Duke Inn

  • Dine with members of the Law School, including featured speakers Caryn McNeill '91, past 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 individual assistance with completing the online computing orientation and/or a tour of the Goodson Law Library.

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 15: ENGAGE intellectually, BUILD relationships

Continental Breakfast
8:00 a.m.
Star Commons

Civility in the Profession
8:30 a.m.

  • Members of the American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA) will discuss the principles of civility, integrity and professionalism and why it especially matters in today's emotionally-charged legal environment. 

Blueprint to LEAD and our Community
9:30 a.m.

Introduction to Student Resources
10:30 a.m.

  • Academic Affairs, Student Affairs, Career Services and the Duke Bar Association (DBA) will inform students of the services they provide. 

Living with Purpose
11:15 a.m.

  • Tiarra Wade, Assistant Dean of Students with DukeReach will present concepts helpful during your time at law school and beyond.

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

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

Class Preparation and Case Briefing
3:15 p.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 Doriane Coleman, 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 Hall v. McBryde in advance of this session. 

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 16: 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
10:30 a.m.

  • Exoneree Howard Dudley, Mark Rabil, the attorney for Darryl Hunt, Professor Theresa Newman, Co-Director of the Wrongful Convictions Clinic, and Professor Jamie Lau, supervising attorney for the Wrongful Convictions Clinic, will answer your questions about wrongful convictions work.

Public Interest and Pro Bono Opportunities
11:30 a.m.

Community Service Kick-off and Lunch
12:30 p.m.
Marcy's Garden

  • Pick up your lunch in Star Commons, head to the front lawn to pick up your t-shirt under the tent, and then join your LEAD group for an afternoon of service. 

24th Annual Dedicated to Durham
1:30 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 17: ENGAGE intellectually, LIVE with purpose

Sexual Misconduct Prevention
Cohort A: 10:00 a.m.
Cohort B: 11:00 a.m.
Room 3041

  • This session will provide a review of university rules that prohibit sexual misconduct, plus effective prevention and intervention strategies.

Legal Clinic, Centers and Programs
10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Third Floor Loggia & Mezzanine

  • Learn about the many opportunities available to students through the Law School's clinics, programs and centers.

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

1:30 p.m. –Use the LARW Section number on your nametag to determine which session you should be in.
LARW Sections 1, 5, 7, & 8 -Legal Analysis, Research and Writing Classes (room assignment in your folder)
LARW Sections 2, 3, 4, & 6 -Introduction to Foundations of Law (Room 3041)

3:15 p.m. - Use the LARW Section number on your nametag to determine which session you should be in.
LARW Sections 1, 5, 7, & 8 -Introduction to Foundations of Law (Room 3041)
LARW Sections 2, 3, 4, & 6 -Legal Analysis, Research and Writing Classes (room assignment in your folder)

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