Preparing law students to lead
Leadership Milestones Program
Lawyers occupy leadership roles as governors, state legislators, judges, prosecutors, general counsel, law firm managing partners, and heads of corporate, government, and non-profit organizations. Lawyers are also called on to lead at all stages of their careers in their organizations, as part of their communities, and on behalf of their clients. Truly effective leadership demands a diverse and finely-tuned set of skills that are not always a part of our legal training.
Leadership: A Series is a unique opportunity for Mitchell Hamline students to learn the leadership skills necessary for the dynamic realities of the legal profession.
Designed with input from Mitchell Hamline students, alumni, and leadership experts, this Series will help students develop and hone the skills needed to be effective leaders by centering on understanding the “why” and “what” of leadership. Focusing on the changing realities of the legal profession and the larger community around us, the Series will facilitate growth in the skills necessary to build and strengthen culturally responsive and globally responsible leaders.
The three parts to Leadership: A Series incrementally dive into the understanding, skill development, and application of important leadership attributes and ideas. Through conversation with leadership scholars and community leaders, Leadership: A Series will delve into the important task of uncovering the “what” and “why” of this critical skill, understanding the role of power and privilege in our leadership journeys, and building the communication, cultural competence, and emotional intelligence skills necessary for personal, professional, and community leadership. In the final part of Leadership: A Series, students will ignite their passion for leadership and gain valuable legal experience as they engage in practice-based application of the training.
We are excited about the opportunity to bring this program to Mitchell Hamline students and we are looking forward to taking this journey with you. Please let us know if you have questions.
Leanne Fuith ’10, dean, career and professional development
Debbie Shapiro, assistant director, career and professional development
Leadership: A Series
All sessions will be held on Wednesdays from 4:30 to 6 pm CT.
Part 1: Introduction to Leadership (1.5 hour sessions)
- Session 1: What and Why | February 10
- Session 2: How | February 17
We are pleased to welcome guest faculty Maggie Harris from the University of Minnesota’s Leadership Education and Development Program for Part 1.
Part 2: Building and Honing Leadership Skills (1.5 hour sessions)
- Session 1: Power and Privilege | February 24
- Session 2: Cultural Competence and Emotional Intelligence | March 3
- Session 3: Communication | March 17 (Note: DST starts Sunday, March 14, 2021)
- Session 4: Conflict Resolution | March 24
- Session 5: Professional Management | March 31
Throughout Part 2, we are pleased to welcome guest presenters including
- Andriel Dees ’95, Minnesota State Colleges and Universities
- Chris Montana ’13, Du Nord Craft Spirits
- Erikka Ryan, MS, Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion for the Minnesota State Bar Association
- Representative Athena Hollins, Minnesota House of Representatives District 66B
- Luiza Dreasher, Mastering Cultural Differences
- and more.
Part 3: Applying Leadership in the Community
Students choose one of three options to put the skills they have learned into practice while gaining valuable legal experience.
- Group Project
- Mentorship Opportunities
- Community Leadership
Students will have the option of completing Part 3 in April or summer 2021 as individual schedules permit.
Leadership: A Series is open to all Mitchell Hamline law students. All sessions will take place synchronously and remotely via Zoom. You must be able to complete all sessions of the program to participate.
Space in Leadership: A Series is limited and on a first-come, first-serve basis.
Email Debbie.Shapiro@mitchellhamline.edu to register.