Transform the Profession

As the Sept. 20 “Draft Report and Recommendations ABA Task Force on The Future of Legal Education” notes: “The principal purpose of law school is to prepare individuals to provide law-related services. This elementary fact is often minimized.”

Last month, I attended my fifth law school reunion. I graduated in May 2008. Little did I or any of my friends know of the transformation that would take place in the legal profession a few short months later. But should we have?

That was on of the many topics we informally discussed during our daylong reunion event. Many of us had viewed our J.D. as a type of advanced liberal arts degree. We studied legal thought and philosophy, leaving practical questions such as will drafting and document requests for bar exams for the law firms to teach.

Why did I see the transformation coming?  More…

Michelle Silverthorn

Michelle Silverthorn

Former Diversity & Education Director at Illinois Supreme Court Commission on Professionalism
After spending seventeen years living in the Caribbean, Michelle undertook a number of around-the-world detours before ending up at the doorstep of the Commission, including four years as a general litigator in New York and Chicago. She remembers pretty much everyone she’s met in her travels but she would especially like to meet again the passengers on a January 2001 flight from Miami to JFK. At the pilot’s request, they donated enough money for Michelle, who had her wallet stolen, to get back to college safely. She would very much like to tell them all thanks.
Michelle Silverthorn

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Michelle Silverthorn

Michelle Silverthorn

Former Diversity & Education Director at Illinois Supreme Court Commission on Professionalism
After spending seventeen years living in the Caribbean, Michelle undertook a number of around-the-world detours before ending up at the doorstep of the Commission, including four years as a general litigator in New York and Chicago. She remembers pretty much everyone she’s met in her travels but she would especially like to meet again the passengers on a January 2001 flight from Miami to JFK. At the pilot’s request, they donated enough money for Michelle, who had her wallet stolen, to get back to college safely. She would very much like to tell them all thanks.
Michelle Silverthorn

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