2015 Schedule of EventsLEAD Week logo

Tuesday, August 18: PRACTICE professionalism, EMBODY integrity

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
9:40 a.m.

Meet Your LEAD Fellows
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. 

Academic Integrity and Professionalism
2:00 p.m.

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

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.

Wednesday, August 19: ENGAGE intellectually, LIVE with purpose

Continental Breakfast
8:00 a.m.

Living with Purpose
9:00 a.m

Class Preparation and Case Briefing
10:10 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. 

Introduction to Academic Advising
11:10 a.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.

Introduction to The Foundations of Law
11:40 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.

Lunch with Classmates
12:15 p.m.
Star Commons

  • Enjoy lunch with your classmates.

Legal Analysis, Research and Writing Classes
 1:30 p.m. or 3:15 p.m.
See breakout schedule for locations

Duke Bar Association NC BBQ
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 20: SERVE the community

Continental Breakfast
8 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.

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.

21st 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.

New Student Welcome Reception
6 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 21: ENGAGE intellectually, BUILD relationships

Lunch with Classmates

  • Enjoy lunch in Star Commons with your new classmates.

Legal Analysis, Research and Writing Classes
1:00 p.m.

Public Interest, Pro Bono and Career Services
 2:45 p.m.

Alumni-Student Social
5:30 p.m. - Tobacco Road Sports Cafe

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







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 Blueprint to Lead, which distinguishes Duke Law for its focus on leadership training and development. Learn more about the Duke Law Blueprint.

The LEAD Fellows

Learn About the LEAD Fellows Program

Welcome packet

Communications from OSA

  • LEAD Week Welcome E-mail (July 17, 2015)