This week at Mizzou Law, the Law Library in collaboration with Career Development, will be sponsoring the sixth annual Classroom to Workplace (C2W). This week-long event which includes daily sessions at a variety of time slots, is designed to help law students prepare to practice.

On Monday, April 22 at 11:11:50, Service First:  Benefits and Services Brought to You by the Missouri Bar will feature Lynn Whaley Vogel, President of The Missouri Bar and Sebrina Barrett, Executive Director of The Missouri Bar.  They will highlight many of the free and discounted services and products offered by The Missouri Bar that assists their members practice more effectively and efficiently. Topics include economic solutions, practice management resources, and how to get involved in the bar and network with colleagues. Learn how to take advantage of opportunities to get your name and practice out there, secure referrals, and find new clients.  The event will be held in Room 4.  Professional Perspective and Career Component credit will be offered and snacks will be provided.

Also on Monday, April 22nd at 1:00 to 1:50 in the Courtroom, be sure to attend Summer Clerkships: The Insider’s View.  Hear the inside scoop from students who have traveled the road ahead of you.  Learn what it is really like to work at law firms and how to make a smooth transition and avoid the traps and pitfalls of the summer law clerk experience.  Lunch will be provided.

At 2:00 to 2:10 on April 22nd, in room 5, you won’t want to miss “Did That Just Happen?” Recognizing and Dealing with Sexual Harassment in the Profession.
Panelist will include:

  • Judge Deborah Daniels (’77),  Associate Circuit Judge, Boone County, MO
  • Kelly King (’07), and Assistant Prosecuting Attorney, Warren County, MO
  • George Smith (’03), Partner, Johnston & Smith, LLC, Columbia, MO

Whether you are a man or a woman, it could happen to you!  What would you do?  The legal profession is not always professional.  Some men and women act badly and people’s careers and emotions are damaged.  There are often situations when an attorney is subject to a suggestive comment, a flirtatious statement, or an inappropriate joke.  Are those instances of sexual  harassment?  When nothing egregious has happened, where is the line drawn?  What happens when someone clearly crosses the line?  Don’t inadvertently become a perpetrator.  Come and join what promises to be a lively discussion with seasoned professionals about their experiences of and observations about one of the seedy sides of the profession. Snacks will be provide and Professional Perspectives and Career Component credit will be offered.

On Tuesday, April 23rd at 10:00 to 10:50, a Terms and Connectors Refresher will be held in room 109.  Your boss this summer will know how to use them and will expect that you also are comfortable with them.  Check out this pertinent session and make sure you are up to speed! 

In room 107 also on Tuesday at 11:00 – 11:50 and in room 5 at 1:00 -1:50, find out how you will use Lexis when you begin practicing law at the informative session Lexis “Research and Beyond”.  Kim Shields, a LexisNexis Federal Government Consultant, will tell you more about Lexis and their suite of products, including CourtLink, Public Records, Expert Witness Profiles, and Verdict and Settlement Analyzer, that you will encounter while practicing law.   Earn 400 Lexis Rewards points for class attendance.  Professional Perspectives and Career Component credit will be offered.

On Wednesay, April 24th, Bloomberg Law will help prepare you for your summer positions and beyond!  With specialized 30-minute trainings for Litigation Associates, Transactional Associates and Judicial Clerks/Interns, Bloomberg Law’s Prepare to Practice series will provide you practical tools and skills to solve the real-world problems you’ll face in your firms, companies and courts this summer and after graduation. And remember: If you are a 1L or 2L, you can use your Bloomberg Law account with no restrictions for the entire summer no matter where you work! And if you’re a 3L, you will have access to Bloomberg Law for free until November 2013!
           1:00-1:30: Litigation Practice (Room 5)* Lunch will be provided
           1:30-2:00: Transactional Practice (Room 5)* Lunch will be provided 
           2:00-2:30: Judicial Clerkship (Room 5)
           2:30-3:00: Litigation Practice (Room 5)
Attendance of two Bloomberg Law 30 minute sessions has been approved for a professional perspectives or a career component credit.

Thursday, April 25, at 11:00 to 11:50 in room 107 or at 1:00 – 1:50 in room 5, join the Westlaw representative, Bryan McAffee, as he discusses Westlaw:  Cost Effective Research.   This class will cover everything you need to know about costs in both Westlaw Classic and WestlawNext. Additionally Bryan will discuss ways in which you can efficiently approach your research projects so you can get the most value from the assortment of products that are at your disposal. He will also touch upon using Westlaw outside of the law school experience. Every attendee will also receive 500 Westlaw Reward points!  Professional Perspectives and Career Component credit will be offered. At the 1:00 session, lunch will be provided.

Then on Friday, April 26 from 1:00 to 3:00, the 2013 Missouri Bar Course on Professionalism will be offered in room 7. This annual program is designed for 3Ls planning to become members of the Missouri Bar.  This program will assist you in obtaining two free credit hours of ethics and professionalism Continuing Legal Education (CLE).  Rule 15.05(e) requires all newly admitted attorneys to receive 2 credit hours of ethics and professionalism CLE within 12 months prior to or following admission to the bar, so attending this presentation will fulfill that requirement. 

Judge Leslie Schneider will discuss a lawyer’s obligation to the Court and to the judicial system; Jason Pauslmeyer will be addressing challenges specific to new lawyers; Melinda Bentley will discuss ethics and professionalism; and Anne Chambers will provide an overview of resources available from the Missouri Bar related to Professionalism, Self-Care, Law Practice Management, and the MOLAP Program.  The Missouri Bar Young Lawyers Committee will be providing “Bar Exam Survival Kits” to help you get through the approaching bar exam.