Holloran Center

for Ethical Leadership in the Professions

In its ninth year, the Holloran Center continues to focus on its mission to help the next generation form professional identities with a moral core of service to and responsibility for others. The Center’s national impact continues to increase. John Berry, former chair of the American Bar Association’s (ABA) Professionalism Committee and past-winner of the ABA’s highest award, the Michael Franck Award for Professionalism, recently commented on the work of the Center:

The Holloran Center’s greatest contribution is in uniting the best of legal research and analysis with a real down-to-earth desire to find ways to impact the legal profession and its lawyer participants in a positive way. 

The research conducted by the Holloran Center is the most important that can be done for the future of our profession. It matters little if we have smarter and more skilled lawyers if we do not find a way to also make sure they are ethical and motivated in all they do with a well-formed professional identity and orientation toward service. The Holloran Center is leading the way.

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News from the Holloran Center

Professor Jerry Organ Recognized as National Jurist's 'Most Influential People'

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For the second year in a row, Professor Jerry Organ is recognized as one of the “Most Influential People in Legal Education” by the National Jurist for his work requiring law schools to post scholarship retention policies.

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The Holloran Center and the University of St Thomas School of Law joins National Consortium

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In 2012, the Holloran Center was selected to join the leading consortium of law schools devoted to collaboration and innovation in implementing the changes recommended by the 2007 Carnegie Foundation report.

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ANNOUNCING: Law Firm Competency Models and Student Professional Success: Building on a Foundation of Professional Formation/ Professionalism

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Professor Neil Hamilton, director of the Holloran Center, recently published "Law Firm Competency Models and Student Professional Success: Building on a Foundation of Professional Formation/ Professionalism"

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Professor Jerry Organ on Admissions and Enrollment Trends and Projections

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Professor Jerry Organ posted two new blog articles on the "Legal Whiteboard Blog" providing analysis and insights into national law school admissions trends for Fall 2013, and trends from 2010 to 2012.

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On the Road

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On the Road: Professor Neil Hamilton, director of the Holloran Center, is visiting six states across the nation this spring giving guest presentations based on the topic of "Legal Education's Ethical Challenge: Empirical Research on How Most Effectively to Foster Each Student's Professional Formation (Professionalism)." Law schools include Mercer University (Georgia), Santa Clara (California), Pepperdine (California), New Mexico, and Hofstra and Fordham (New York).

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National Jurist Magazine Selects Jerry Organ to Top 25 List

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Organ in top 25 of most influential people in legal education

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Michaelson Named Holloran Center Fellow

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The Holloran Center is honored to announce the appointment of Professor Christopher Michaelson from the Opus College of Business as a Fellow. According to Professor Neil Hamilton, Director of the Holloran Center, "Professor Michaelson will make a great contribution to the Center's mission of interdisciplinary research and curriculum development focusing on the formation of business and law students into ethical leaders. We are all looking forward a great deal to working with him to strengthen our ties to the Opus College of Business faculty and to do more outreach to foster professional formation for business managers.

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Key Publications and Scholarship

Leadership Models in Health Care-A Case for Servant Leadership

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Mayo Clin Proc. (2014)

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Empirical Evidence that Legal Education Can Foster Student Professionalism/Professional Formation

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Forthcoming, University of St Thomas Law Journal, 2013

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Encouraging Each Student's Personal Responsibility for Core Competencies Including Professionalism

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Prof. Law. (2012)

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Legal Education’s Ethical Challenge: Empirical Research on How Most Effectively to Foster Each Student’s Professional Formation (Professionalism)

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U. St. Thomas L.J. (2012).

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Fostering Professional Formation (Professionalism): Lessons from the Carnegie Foundation’s Five Studies on Educating Professionals

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Creighton L. Rev (2012).

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