2018 Professional Development Conference:
Campus to Career - Conference Agenda

Friday, Jan. 19, 2018 | Gulfport Campus

11:00 a.m.-7:30 p.m.

2018 Professional Development Conference - Campus to CareerRealize your fullest potential and reach your educational, life, and career goals. Join us at the 2018 Professional Development Conference and strengthen your knowledge and skills in the following competency areas:

  • Resilience
  • Time Management
  • Professional Standards of Conduct
  • Decision-Making
  • Planning
  • How to Disagree
  • Self-Assessment
  • Mentoring

REGISTRATION

11:00-11:45 a.m.

Participants will be able to register in the foyer outside the Great Hall.

LUNCH AND OPENING KEYNOTE WITH GREGORY COLEMAN

11:45 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Greg ColemanOpening Keynote Speaker:
Gregory W. Coleman B.A. '85, J.D. '89
Partner | Critton, Luttier & Coleman LLP

Greg Coleman will share his perspectives and experiences navigating his professional journey, and offer advice for how to use those experiences (the good and the challenging) in learning to lead.

  • Past-President of The Florida Bar
  • Three-time President’s Award winner, given to lawyers by The Florida Bar
  • Member of the Florida Judicial Qualifications Committee
  • Florida Super Lawyer, AV-Rated by Martindale-Hubbell, named in Florida Trend’s Legal Elite

» Learn more about Greg Coleman

BREAKOUT SESSION 1

12:40-1:35 p.m.

PROGRAM A

Presentation:
Boldly going where no (wo)man has gone before: Building confidence for difficult conversations.

Description:
One of the key professional competencies for an attorney is knowing how to be very good at -- and comfortable with -- a whole range of professional communications, including what are sometimes called "Difficult Conversations." As part of this session, we will discuss how confrontation, handled well, can be both constructive and positive. We will also address how to identify, plan for, reflect on, and follow-up on, difficult conversations in a variety of situations.
Speakers:
Kristen Adams, Professor of Law
Tammy Briant, Assistant Dean of Student Affairs
Competencies:
Resilience • Professional Standards of Conduct • How to Disagree • Self-Assessment
Location:
Classroom D

PROGRAM B

Presentation:
It's More Than A Place to Put Appointments: Using Your Calendar for Time Management
Description:
Calendars can help you keep track of appointments and due dates, but they can also be an effective time management tool. This hands-on session will give you the opportunity to experiment with your calendar to make it more effective in helping you manage your time.
Speakers:
Kirsten Davis, Professor of Law, Director of the Institute for the Advancement of Legal Communication

Competencies:
Time Management • Planning • Self-Assessment
Location:
Classroom F

PROGRAM C

Presentation:
Pay: How to Answer the Offer

Description:
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 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.
Speakers:
Cathy Martin, Assistant Dean for Career and Professional Development
Competencies:
Time Management • Professional Standards of Conduct • Decision-Making • Planning • Self-Assessment
Location:
Classroom G

BREAKOUT SESSION 2

1:40-2:35 p.m.

PROGRAM A

Presentation:
Yes, I can! Silencing Self-Doubt

Description:
Have you ever felt that your success was a fluke?  Have you ever had trouble believing someone when they told you how great you are?  Come to this program for an open and interactive dialogue on the law school epidemic known as The Impostor Syndrome.  This program will help you recognize when you are experiencing these effects and will provide you with tools and on-campus resources to help you overcome self-doubt. Attendees will leave the program with a Konfidence Kit! 
Speakers:
Kam Clark, Assistant Director for Career and Professional Development
Ashley Cease, Assistant Director of Academic Success and Bar Prep
Sarah Seigrist, Mental Health Counselor
Competencies:
Resilience • Decision making • Self-Assessment • Mentoring
Location:
Classroom D

PROGRAM B

Presentation:
How to Disagree
Description:
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.
Speakers:
Paul Boudreaux, Professor of Law
Competencies:
Professional Standards of Conduct • How to Disagree • Decision making
Location:
Classroom F

PROGRAM C

Presentation:
How to Maximize your Law Firm Summer

Description:
You have decided that you want to work for a law firm this summer. How do you make the most of this experience? How do you ensure you are showcasing your talents to the firm? What can you to now to ensure you have the technology skills needed to be successful in a firm? This program will feature representatives from law firms, a former summer associate, and Stetson's Coordinator of Legal Practice Technology to discuss how you approach your summer with the right mindset to ensure you are on the path to a successful law firm experience.
Speakers:
Korey Henson, Associate Director for Career and Professional Development
Linda Vandercook, Director of Professional Development & Recruiting, Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, LLP
Ashley Krenelka Chase, Coordinator of Legal Practice Technology
Competencies:
Resilience • Professional Standards of Conduct • Time Management • Mentoring
Location: 
Classroom G

BREAKOUT SESSION 3

2:50-3:55 p.m.

PROGRAM A

Presentation:
What Do You Advocate For, and How Do You Do It?

Description:
This program begins with a self-reflection and self-assessment of your advocacy strengths and weaknesses. Then you will receive insight into some of the potential paths available to students at Stetson who are interested in developing their ability to persuade others. You will leave this workshop feeling more in control of your learning and will have a clearer understanding of what steps you need to take to make your subsequent choices in law school meaningful.
Speakers:
Charlie Rose, Professor of Excellence in Trial Advocacy and Director, Center for Excellence in Advocacy
Julia Metts, Professor of Practice and Director of Trial Teams
Erika McArdle, Assistant Director of Centers for Excellence in Advocacy
Competencies:
Resilience • Time Management • Professional Standards of Conduct • Planning • Self-Assessment • Mentoring
Location:
Classroom D

PROGRAM B

Presentation:
Cross-Cultural Lawyering: Helping our Students Recognize Diversity in Their Attorney Client Communications

Description:
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.
Speakers:

JR Swanegan, Assistant Dean for International Programs
Jason Palmer, Professor of Law
Competencies:
Professional Standards of Conduct • Self-Assessment
Location:
Classroom F

PROGRAM C

Presentation:
Why does our profession not require all students to have a live-client experience? How to maximize your law school experience integrating experiential education.

Description:
Every other profession requires interaction with the population they will eventually serve. Law however allows students to escape the curriculum without interacting with a live client. How should you anticipate this as a problem before you graduate? How should you reconcile this tension with the need to study for the bar exam? How should you structure your law school experience to utilize experiential education to assist with the transition to practice? The presentation will help answer some of these questions and provide decision-making prompts, planning guides, and resources to inspire you to explore different areas of law. Walk away with an action plan on how to capitalize on the rest of your time at Stetson and focus your law school experiences on your interests.
Speakers:
Chrissy Cerniglia, Director of Clinical and Experiential Education
Ryan Hoyle, Assistant Director of Clinical and Experiential Education
Competencies:
Resilience • Time Management • Decision-Making • Planning • Self-Assessment
Location:
Classroom G

BREAKOUT SESSION 4

3:50-4:45 p.m.

PROGRAM A

Presentation:
How to Make Pro Bono Work

Description:
Maximizing your pro bono experience is not only beneficial to you and the organization, but it can also be of great service to your career. Hear from experienced pro bono lawyers and Professor Ann Piccard on why they do pro bono and what they are looking for in pro bono volunteers. You will leave this session equipped with best practices on completing pro bono, a better understanding of how to be intentional about your pro bono experiences, and how to ensure they add value to our community (and your career!).
Speakers:
Ann Piccard, Wm. Reece Smith Jr. Distinguished Professor of Law
Adriana Dinis, Immigration Law Group of Florida
Julie Ann Embler, Bay Area Legal Services
Competencies:
Time Management • Professional Standards of Conduct • Decision-Making • Planning • Self-Assessment
Location:
Classroom D

PROGRAM B

Presentation:
Student Leader to Bar Leader: How to Make the Transition

Description:
Student leadership roles at Stetson do more than give you great law school experience and good resume talking-points, they can also help prepare you for service to the legal profession via Bar Service. Learn from current leaders of the St. Petersburg Bar Association and the Pinellas Chapter of the Florida Association for Women Lawyers (PFAWL) as well Jenna Kelly, Associate Director of Student Affairs on the most effective ways to translate your campus leadership experiences to your career.
Speakers:

Greg Hoag, President-Elect, St. Petersburg Bar Association
Jenna Kelly, Associate Director of Student Affairs
Carmen Johnson, President, Pinellas Chapter of the Florida Association for Women Lawyers
Joann Grages Burnett, Associate Director of Career and Professional Development

Competencies:
Time Management • Professional Standards of Conduct • Decision-Making • Self-Assessment • Mentoring
Location:
Classroom F

PROGRAM C

Presentation:
Polishing for Professionals: An Expected Skill

Description:
There are four stages to the writing process--prewriting, drafting, revising, and polishing. Because written documents make an impression on the reader, the "polishing" of a document is extremely important. With that said, the polishing stage is the stage that most professional writers skip. This presentation will explain the importance of polishing and provide students with tools to self-"polish" and peer-"polish" documents.
Speakers:
Brooke Bowman, Professor of Law and Director of Moot Court Board
Competencies:
Resilience • Decision-Making • How to Disagree • Self-Assessment • Mentoring
Location:
Classroom G

CLOSING KEYNOTE WITH BEMETRA L. SIMMONS

4:50-5:20 p.m.

Bemetra SimmonsClosing Keynote Speaker:
Bemetra L. Simmons
Senior Private Banker | Wells Fargo

Bemetra Simmons has built her own brand — a skill she shares with budding professionals who value making a difference in their community for themselves and others.

  • Co-founder of Corporate Homie, a community that helps women and minorities to be successful in corporate America
  • Finalist, Tampa Bay “2017 Business Woman of the Year”
  • Board of Trustees for Christian Brothers University, Community Tampa Bay, City of Tampa’s Police Review Board
  • Commissioner, Tampa Housing Authority

» Learn more about Bemetra Simmons

JOINT RECEPTION WITH STETSON LAW BOARD OF OVERSEERS

5:20-7:30 p.m.

Participants will gather for a reception in the Mann Lounge with members of the College of Law's Board of Overseers.