Holloran Center

for Ethical Leadership in the Professions

In its tenth year, the Holloran Center continues to focus on its mission to help the next generation form professional identities with a moral core of responsibility and service to others. The HolloranCenter's mission is to provide innovative interdiscipinary research, curriculum development, and programs focusing wholistically on the formation of both students and paracticing professional into ethical leaders in their communities.

William Sullivan, co-director of all five of the Carnegie Foundation's studies of higher education for the professions and co-author of EDUCATING LAWYERS: PREPARATION FOR THE PROFESSION OF LAW (2007), notes in a just-published article that:

"The Holloran Center, long a thought leader on the critical role of professional formation in the development of effective, service oriented lawyers, has responded to this disruption [of the markets for legal services] by several ground-breaking empirical studies that lay out the goals for positive innovation. They detail the competencies beginning lawyers need (including a foundation of an ethical professional identity) in order to succeed in this changing, much less stable professional environment." 

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News from the Holloran Center

New Course at UST Law taught by Holloran Center Director and CEO of CEBC

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Holloran Center Director, Professor Neil Hamilton, and the CEO of the Center for Ethical Business Cultures, Ron James, are co-teaching a new class in the M.S.L. in Organizational Ethics & Compliance program.

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The National Law Journal Highlights Professor Jerry Organ's Research on Enrollment, Cost, and Admission Trends of Law Schools

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The National Law Journal features a story about Professor Jerry Organ's recent presentation to the Association of American Law Schools' annual meeting on the variable affordability of law schools, focusing specifically on how geography ad LSAT scores affect tuition costs for students.

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Norm Linnell and Fr. Daniel Griffith Named Holloran Center Fellows

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The Holloran Center is pleased to announce the appointment of two new fellows, Norm Linnell and Fr. Daniel Griffith.

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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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