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SESSION DESCRIPTIONS (IN CHRONOLOGICAL ORDER)

WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 5

Deans' Welcome

Presented by Sean M. Scott, President and Dean; and Lisa Ferreira, Dean of Students
Dean Scott and Dean Ferreira will introduce themselves and welcome you to the CWSL community.

CWSL Academic Policies and Oath of Professionalism

Presented by Hannah Brenner Johnson, Vice Dean for Academic and Student Affairs
This session will impart crucial information about CWSL’s academic policies that will help you negotiate your path through law school. You will learn about CWSL’s honor code, graduation requirements, and more. Dean Brenner Johnson will also administer the Oath of Professionalism.  

Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging at CWSL

Presented by Jeff Chinn, Associate Director of Diversity and Inclusion; and Jorge Garcia, Assistant Dean of Admissions, Financial Aid, and Campus Diversity
In this session, we will explore the multi-dimensional nature of our individual diversity and the CWSL community. We will gain insight into the wealth of backgrounds and cultures within this entering class. Students will also learn about DEIB resources available to them.

Thinking Like a Lawyer

Presented by Allison D. Cato, Legal Writing Professor
In this session, we will discuss the different ways lawyers think about, and analyze, problems. You will be introduced to the concepts of inductive/analogical reasoning and deductive/rule based reasoning. We will then specifically focus on inductive/analogical reasoning. You will be placed into breakout rooms to participate in interactive, case based exercises. Using your inductive/analogical reasoning, you will vote on the outcome of both cases.

Virtual Lunch with CWSL Professors 

Bring your lunch and enjoy an interactive small group discussion with CWSL professors.

How to Succeed in Law School: Before Class

Presented by Catherine Hardee, Associate Dean for Research and Faculty Development and Associate Professor of Law
This session will provide an overview of best practices for law students on how to adequately prepare for class.

Teaching Fellows Wisdom Council

Presented by CWSL Teaching Fellows
Meet a panel of upper-division Teaching Fellows, these are the tutors for doctrinal classes at the law school. Learn their top tips and enjoy interacting with your new law school colleagues after a short panel presentation.

THURSDAY, JANUARY 6

Law Library Resources, Services, and Student Computing

Presented by the Library Staff
Our law librarians will cover introductions, professional expectations, as well as how the structure of jurisprudence differs from all other disciplines and makes law library resources and services unique. In addition, Daniel Starnes, Student Network Systems Manager, will briefly go over printing and CWSL student network access, then answer individual questions.

Success Inside and Outside the Classroom: Well-Being, Your Professional Identity, and Preparing for Your Career

Presented by Lisa Ferreira, Dean of Students; Susan Finster, Assistant Dean of Student & Diversity Services; and Matthew Lab, Director, Access to Law Initiative & Professional Development
Speakers will provide information on professional development and law school resources.

How to Succeed in Law School: During Class

Presented by Catherine Hardee, Associate Dean for Research and Faculty Development and Associate Professor of Law; and Danielle Jefferis, Associate Professor of Law
This session will provide an overview of best practices for law students on how to best make use of class time.

Virtual Student Leader Lunch and Tabletop Discussions 

Bring your lunch and enjoy an interactive small group discussion with upper-division student organization leaders.

How to Succeed in Law School: After Class

Presented by Catherine Hardee, Associate Dean for Research and Faculty Development and Associate Professor of Law
This session will provide an overview of best practices for law students on how to consolidate learning after class is over.

1L Engagement: Your Introduction to Resilience and Success

Presented by Kiyana Kiel, Assistant Dean for Academic Achievement; Carly Sassi, Associate Director of Academic Achievement
This session will provide guidance on how to effectively and efficiently manage your time and learning for classroom, as well as exam preparation. It will also provide context to your learning and a semester calendar to demonstrate a suggested timeline to engage in the skills vital to law school success, including: time 
management; reading and classroom preparation; content review and refinement; exam preparation; self-evaluation; grit/resourcefulness; and an introduction to learning style preferences.

FRIDAY, JANUARY 7

Stay Safe: What You Need to Know at CWSL

Presented by Susan Finster, Assistant Dean of Student & Diversity Services
In this session, you will learn CWSL’s policies and procedures under CAMPUS Save (TITLE IX/VAWA) as well as resources and tips to support your well-being while a student. Soon after the session, students will complete a 90-minute online training. Both this session and the online training are mandatory.

Communicating Like a Lawyer (Parts I & II)

Presented by Liam F. Vavasour, Legal Writing Professor
This session will introduce you to several of the different ways lawyers communicate effectively with clients, courts, opposing counsel, and others, both in writing and through speech. In the first part, you will be introduced to several of the principles and practices of effective written communication, with an emphasis on introducing you to the IRAC paradigm used by lawyers to organize their analysis, and on clarity and concision in your writing. The second part of the class will introduce you to effective oral advocacy in the law, with an emphasis on speaking effectively and professionally with classmates, teachers, colleagues, clients, and others, both in and out of class. The session will also reinforce the themes of professional identity, ethics, and civility discussed with you throughout the week.

Small Group Discussions with Faculty Points of Contact 

Bring your lunch and enjoy an interactive small group discussion with your faculty point of contact. You will receive information regarding who your faculty point of contact is prior to this session.

Faculty “Hot Topics” Panels

Hosted by Glenn Smith, Professor of Law
In these enlightening sessions, members of the CWSL faculty will discuss various topics including their research interests and current events.