2019 Professional Development Conference Agenda
Friday, Feb. 1 | Gulfport Campus
9:45 a.m. - 11:15 a.m.
The Great Hall Foyer
*NEW THIS YEAR*
Pre-Conference - In case You Missed It: Join us for some of last year's most popular sessions!
10 a.m. - 11 a.m.
Cross-Cultural Lawyering: Helping our Students Recognize Diversity in Their Attorney Client Communications
JR Swanegan, Jason Palmer
Competencies: Professionalism, Civility, Mentoring
How do you self-identify? How does that identity compare to your potential clients? How will you engage your clients and build trust if they have a differing race, gender, religion, ability, or socio-economic background? This presentation will address issues of cross-cultural competency and communication. You will engage in self-reflection about your own identity, learn how to be cognizant of your role as a lawyer in addressing issues of diversity, and learn the importance of self-reflection in the context of cultural sensitivity.
How to Disagree
Expressing disagreement appropriately, respectfully, and strategically is an important skill all lawyers must have. How do you respond when your colleague suggests a different strategy than you imagined? What do you say when opposing counsel proposes something unreasonable for your client? How do you convince a reluctant client to take a plea deal to avoid a greater possible sentence? This workshop will offer a discussion on how to approach these situations and how effective communication strategies can yield radically different results.
The Unwritten Rules of Networking
Competencies: Professionalism, Decision-Making, Planning, Self-Assessment
Do you ever feel uncomfortable at social events? Like there’s a playbook everyone else has that you don’t? Join us for an interactive session to learn about those things you feel like you’re missing. We’ll cover things like walking into the room, making an introduction, getting introduced, what to do when you’ve forgotten someone’s name, and other potentially awkward social situations. We’ll also talk about wardrobe decisions, topics of conversations, and some basic do’s and don’ts. There will also be the opportunity to submit questions anonymously so you can have your specific question(s) answered.
Pay: How to Answer the Offer
Competencies: Decision-Making, Planning, Self-Assessment
How you manage your resources while in law school plays a significant role in your choice of job and career, and in your life after law school. In a competitive job market, it is an accomplishment to win a job offer from a firm, agency, or other organization you want to work for. But can you afford to take the job you really want? What do you do when you get an offer you believe is too low? What happens if you ask for more money? Do you have any negotiating power? How do you conduct yourself to your best advantage? In this session, participants will learn the rules about money, pay, and positioning in the employment process.
LUNCH AND OPENING KEYNOTE | THE GREAT HALL
11:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.
BREAKOUT SESSION 1
12:25 p.m. - 1:20 p.m.
Making and Taking Opportunities
Timothy S. Kaye
Competencies: Decision-Making, Self-Assessment
For most people, getting along in life is simply a matter of waiting for the opportunity. They hear about a job vacancy, apply, and do their best at the subsequent interview. Networking for them means attending events and somehow bumping into someone with a job to offer. (This hardly ever happens.) They send out "Thank You" cards, but never hear anything back. In a competitive environment, a passive approach is limiting. Opportunities aren't things that simply happen by luck. They happen because (a) we put ourselves in a position to be "lucky" and (b) we know how to recognize an opportunity worth taking.
Crunch Time: Effective Time Management Strategies for Law School and Beyond
Competency: Time Management
Studies have shown that time management is essential to legal practice, and that only a handful of law schools provide actual training in this valuable skill. This program will introduce students to concepts of time management, and specifically address the areas of time management in which law students are lacking: present orientation (the ability to focus on the present); perceived control (the perception of ability to finish work and meet deadlines); and goal setting (the ability to create short and long term goals and prioritize among them). We will then discuss techniques for managing time, specifically using technology in a smart and efficient way.
“I Wish I Had Said THAT”: Advocacy Skills to Advocate for Yourself
Roberta K. Flowers, Ashley Ward-Singleton
Competencies: Resilience, Professionalism, Civility, Self-Assessment
Have you ever walked away from a conversation saying, “Darn I wish I had said THAT”? Then this workshop is for you. This interactive workshop will help you apply the advocacy skills that are taught in Stetson’s amazing advocacy skills classes and advocacy teams to advocate for yourself. By participating in this session, you will learn to effectively answer questions in an interview, persuasively handle tough conversations with professors and partners/employers, and successfully defend oneself against invalid criticism.
BREAKOUT SESSION 2
1:30 p.m. - 2:25 p.m.
Cathy Martin and Carmen Johnson
Competencies: Decision-Making, Planning, Self-Assessment
How you manage your resources while in law school plays a significant role in your choice of job and career, and in your life after law school. And after graduation, your financial life gets even more complicated and important. The matter of money requires short term and long-term planning, managing resources, setting priorities, and figuring out what you can do and what you have to postpone. We’ll get into matters of pay and benefits, too, and help you understand whether or not you can afford to take the job you want. And, we have some ideas for increasing a job offer, and positioning yourself for a sound financial future.
Know Before You Go: Background Research on Judges, Firms, and Clients
Kristen Moore, Wanita Scroggs, Sally Waters
Competencies: Professionalism, Decision-Making, Planning
Know before you go. Learn the research skills you need to investigate the judge you are appearing before, the employer you are interviewing with, the opposing counsel you are facing, and the client you are representing, and what they may not be telling you. In this session, you will be introduced to the best resources for doing background research and finding public records. Learn what information is important, how to find it, and how to use it. With good planning and research, you can set yourself apart from the pack.
Partner’s Advice to Summer Associates
Competencies: Resilience, Time Management, Professionalism, Civility, Wellness
Starting as a summer associate can be overwhelming. But there are many approaches that can ease the transition and set a path for success. This program covers partners' advice to summer associates, including communication, organization, time entry, technology and email, professional development, and finding the right tone and perspective.
BREAK AND WELLNESS ACTIVITY
2:25 p.m. - 2:50 p.m.
Join us for a snack break and guided meditation or a lap around campus.
Breakout Session 3
2:50 p.m. - 3:45 p.m.
Secrets of Being a Great Team Player and Team Leader
Kristen David Adams, Kirsten K. Davis
Competencies: Decision-Making, Professionalism
In this session, we’ll talk about the skill that modern legal employers want you to have—the skill of being a great team player and team leader! (We’d tell you more, but then we’d be sharing the secrets with everyone! Come be part of the team!)
Managing the Arc of Your Career
Korey Henson, Louis J. Virelli III
Competencies: Resilience, Decision-Making, Planning, Self-Assessment
The long arc of a legal career often includes unexpected twists and turns that can derail even the best made plans. How we experience and learn from the bumps along the way, the attitude with which we do it, and the steps we take next, does more to shape the journey ahead than the twists and turns themselves. This program will present strategies and approaches for navigating the path of law school and the early legal career journey with confidence.
Six Word Memoirs: Storytelling for Success
Ashley Cease, Kam Clark, James A. Sheehan
Competencies: Resilience, Professionalism, Decision-Making, Civility, Self-Assessment, Wellness
Students will complete an interactive values exercise designed to explore ideas of self, future goals, and the evolving nature of their personal and professional identities. Using values exploration, students will create their own six word narratives. Nationally recognized author, James Sheehan, will be on hand guiding students through the storytelling process. Following the event, participants will receive a special video presentation featuring the six word memoirs of attendees.
BREAKOUT SESSION 4
3:55 p.m. - 4:50 p.m.
Bounce Back from No
Competencies: Resilience, Self-Assessment
In this planning session, students will learn how to bounce back from perceived failures. Students will learn how to assess their strengths and focus their strengths towards creating a template for their reality.
Introduction to Improv and Living in the Now
Competencies: Resilience, Self-Assessment, Wellness
This session will teach participants to use improv exercises to let go of stress and focus on the moment. By focusing on now participants can let go of outside stressors that disrupt the ability to problem solve and think at the top of one's intelligence. Attorneys often allow multi-tasking overthinking to take so much mental effort that they lose the ability to quite their thoughts and focus on the task at hand. By learning and utilizing improv exercises attorneys can let go of extraneous thoughts and concerns long enough to reset and relax their minds. Once the mind resets it is easier to refocus and complete a task.
While the term "Mentoring" is often used, establishment of meaningful mentoring relationships and programs is a true art form that when effectively implemented, yields significant gains for both the mentoring pair and the firm/company investing In such resources. This program will highlight mentoring subtleties that make a critical difference in the success of the relationship, including: how mentorship differs from coaching and sponsorship, formal and organic relationships, reverse mentoring, optimal mentor pairings, effective communication, the benefits of mentoring, and useful mentoring resources.
CLOSING KEYNOTE SESSION | THE GREAT HALL
5 p.m. -5:45 p.m.
CULINARY PASSPORT RECEPTION | MANN LOUNGE
5:45 p.m. -7 p.m.
Take a culinary trip around the world and celebrate the places where students can travel through our International Programs Office. Be sure to engage your seasoned fellow travelers - conference speakers, faculty, staff and student leaders - who can share their knowledge and expertise as you work towards identifying and reaching your personal and professional goals.
This year - come try the native cuisine of our Australian exhange students or sample the fare of one of our study abroad destinations such as South Africa or Spain. With nearly a dozen items to try and plenty of friendly tourists, you won't be left behind!