Holloran Center

for Ethical Leadership in the Professions

Our Growing National Reputation

In 2012-13 the Center reached a new level of national recognition from outstanding scholars in both legal education and education for the professions generally and practitioners in law.  Below are just a few of the comments we received last year:

“I have become a great fan of your recent scholarship in the professionalism and leadership area, especially given the empirical analysis that supports your opinions.”
     Donald J. Polden, Dean, School of Law, Santa Clara University

“I admire the work of the Holloran Center and always read with interest the annual report and reprints that you send me.”
     Patricia A. O’Hara, Professor and Former Dean, Notre Dame Law School

“The Holloran Center remains the leading professionalism center …”
     Russell G. Pearce, Edward & Marilyn Bellet Professor of Legal Ethics, Morality and Religion at Fordham University

“St. Thomas is one of the leaders in the drive for real professional education.”
     Todd Peterson, Professor, George Washington School of Law

“I genuinely value your work, perspectives, vision, and commitment to bring more focus to the empirical side of professionalism and ethics – it is fabulous and needed, and a great opportunity to share ideas with like-minded others.”
     Larry Krieger, Professor, Florida State University School of Law

“The work coming out of Minnesota has been cutting edge on helping to set the goals and now in finding ways to get there.”
     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

“Your legal and educational contributions have made our profession stronger and our community a better place.”
      John M. Koneck, Attorney, Fredrikson & Byron, P.A.

FEATURED PARTNERSHIP:  Educating Tomorrow's Lawyers (ETL) 

We are now entering our second year of partnership with Educating Tomorrow's Lawyers (ETL), a consortium of 28 law schools dedicated to "encourage and facilitate innovation in legal education in order to train new lawyers to the highest standards of competence and professionalism." In September 2012, Neil Hamilton, Holloran Center Director and Professor of Law, along with Jerry Organ, Associate Director and Professor of Law, and Verna Monson, Ph.D., Research Fellow, presented an overview of the UST School of Law curriculum and results of the first longitudinal study of law school outcomes at the ETL-sponsored conference The Development of Professional Identity in Legal Education: Rethinking Learning and Assessment. Hamilton, Organ, and Monson reported evidence that a curriculum and school culture can foster professional identity development. 

This summer the Holloran Center and ETL will sponsor a three-day intensive workshop for 28 faculty from around the nation on the topic of Helping Each Student Internalize the Core Values and Ideals of the Profession. ETL Director William Sullivan, formerly of the Carnegie Foundation, will facilitate discussions with faculty. Guest presenters include Fred Hafferty, Ph.D., Professor of Medical Education and Associate Director, Program in Professionalism and Ethics, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minnesota, known for contributing the idea of the "hidden curriculum" of medical education training into the mainstream of scholarship on educating professionals.