On Friday, March 4, Phoenix office co-managing partner Leon Silver participated in a round table discussion on improving the quality and effectiveness of legal education. The event included a select group of leading Arizona lawyers and several federal judges who were invited to participate by Erwin Chemerinsky, founder and dean of the University of California, Irvine School of Law.
The purpose of the roundtables is to gather input for the development of the next phase of curriculum and programs at UCI Law and to suggest improvements to the law school experience as a whole.
Professor Chemerinsky, who was named the most influential person in legal education in the United States by National Jurist magazine in 2014, led an open discussion centered on the ways law schools could shift curriculum to better prepare graduates for the practice of law at the highest levels of the profession. The group also shared their thoughts on the role of judges, law firms and practicing attorneys in mentoring and training young lawyers, and explored ways to help those young people develop an excitement for the practice.
The round table is part of a nation-wide series of discussions held over the past year with similar events in Orange County, Los Angeles, San Francisco, New York, Boston, Washington, D.C. and Chicago.