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Professor Uses Wayne Gretzky Analogy for ABA Dispute Resolution Conference

August 17th, 2016

John Lande

Professor John Lande’s recent blog post for Indisputably discusses his session at the Legal Educators Colloquium at the American Bar Association’s Section on Dispute Resolution Conference.

His post, “Where the puck is going – and what faculty should do to help students get there,” discuses former professional hockey player Wayne Gretzky and his sentiment of trying to skate “where the puck is going to be, not where it has been.” In Professor Lande’s analogy, the puck is the legal and dispute resolution fields, and he suggests that law professors should help students prepare for where the “puck” might go in their particular futures.

He argues that law schools should do at least two things to help students prepare for their professional future. “First, law schools should focus on teaching general skills that will be needed in virtually any area of practice,” he says. “In particular, written and oral communication, legal research, client interviewing and counseling, working with counterpart lawyers and negotiation should be important for virtually all lawyers. Second, law schools should help students plan for their own particular futures.”

Professor Lande cites his Last Lecture” article, which was published in the most recent issue of the School of Law’s Journal of Dispute Resolution and elaborates these ideas. The Educating Tomorrow’s Lawyers (ETL) project of the Institute for the Advancement of the American Legal System, where Professor Lande is an ETL fellow, highlighted his ideas.

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