News and information useful to Cleveland-Marshall College of Law students, faculty and staff.

ABA Passes Revisions to Accreditation Standards

The American Bar Association’s House of Delegates in February passed  proposed revisions to the ABA law school accreditation standards The amendments were to Standards 205, 303, 507 and 508 of the 2021-2022 Standards and Rules of Procedure for Approval of Law Schools.  The highlights of the amendments include: a requirement that law schools provide bias training and substantial opportunities for students to develop a professional identity.

Effective Lawyering Requires Emotional Intelligence and Active Listening

As part of our series of blogs on lawyering and professionalism, we’re highlighting a recent law journal article from the Cardozo Journal of Conflict Resolution. Client-Centered Communication: How Effective Lawyering Requires Emotional Intelligence, Active Listening, and Client Choice (link via Westlaw, 22 Cardozo J. Conflict Resol. 199) by Heather Heavin and Michaela Keet provides a deep dive into the topic with many great references.

Active listening is a skill applicable across many professions. Check out this article and video on active listening from Mind Tools for extra practice and future reference.

The Art of Practicing Law: Talking to Clients, Colleagues and Others

The Art of Practicing Law: Talking to Clients, Colleagues and Others is another great book in our collection that addresses improving your lawyering and professionalism skills.

This book illustrates its point through short essays (70 in total). Many areas of civil and criminal law—cases both large and small—are covered, along with topics like music, art, architecture, and ethics.

Client interactions and situations are also covered, including handling the challenging ones.

The overall theme of the book can be summed up as “we advance the rule of law even in the routine practice of our profession.”


Suggested by Career Services: Designing Your Life

Designing Your Life: How to Build a Well-Lived, Joyful Life by Bill Burnett and Dave Evans is geared toward building a happier life. The authors walk readers through the process of building a satisfying, meaningful life by approaching the challenge the way a designer would: experimentation, wayfinding, prototyping, and constant iteration. Burnett and Evans stress that the only failure is settling for unhappiness.


Suggested by Career Services: Lawyers as Leaders

Lawyers work as public officials—executives, legislators, and staff—at the local, state, and federal levels of the United States government. Lawyers also run businesses and nonprofits, not to mention the numbers practicing in law firms. With so many positions in society filled by lawyers, the question becomes: How are they being trained for these roles?

Author Deborah Rhode argues that traditional law education has done little in this regard. In Lawyers as Leaders, she attempts to rectify this gap by using interdisciplinary research, biographical profiles, and empirical studies to cover decision-making, conflict management, and diversity in leadership—and addresses what lawyers can do to advance both their professional development and the public interest.

The most successful leaders are those who can see past their own ambitions and retain a capacity for critical reflection on their performance. In order to be successful, the author argues that soft skills such as empathy and active listening are critical.

Lawyers as Leaders is also available to the CSU community electronically.