The Moser Initiative Matching Challenge
The Moser Initiative, now in its second year, is already having a significant impact. New courses on ethics and “how and why lawyers get into trouble” are being offered. A “roving professor” pilot project has started under which experienced ethics professors are available to come into other professors’ course to focus greater attention on professionalism issues. New emphasis is being given at Orientation for entering students on ethics concerns. In addition, the law school has started a new program to provide professionalism skills training programs for practitioners.
The Moser Family has issued a $250,000 matching challenge to other philanthropic supporters. Additional funding through the match could allow for some or all of the following:
- Emphasis on ethics and professionalism themes through introductory first year and boot camp
- Creation of a “lunch with a leader” series, where leaders from various sectors (law practice, business, government, non-profit) speak, informally, with students about career choices and provide students with an opportunity to network;
- Creation of 1-2 credit ethics add-ons that interested students can take as supplements to courses in which they are currently enrolled;
- In collaboration with local city and state bar associations, host continuing legal education sessions for young attorneys and second and third year law students focused on ethics and professionalism;
- Addition to existing courses, particularly lawyers skills-related courses, that highlight ethics and professionalism-related concerns;
- Enhancements to Legal Profession courses or seminars which utilize simulation and problem-solving teaching techniques and which offer externships with agencies such as the attorney grievance commissions;
- Creation of a speaker series, where thought leaders visit campus to lecture on a theme of leadership, and meet and interact with students;
- Support of the Center for Dispute Resolution’s efforts to provide interdisciplinary training on dispute resolution and professionalism topics;
- Implementation of training workshops designed to help students ethically negotiate and communicate.