Holloran Center

for Ethical Leadership in the Professions

Holloran Center Courses

Ethical Leadership in Corporate Practice

Professor Tom Holloran, Professor Neil Hamilton

This course will help students explore their role as counselors and servant leaders in a corporate practice setting. Using a case study methodology common in business schools, students will discuss cases and real-world problems with a focus on counseling and problem solving. After reflecting on their own values, students will examine the concept of leadership within the profession and will hear from numerous guest lecturers who are leaders in Minnesota's legal and corporate communities.

Ethical Leadership in Litigation

Professor Hank Shea

This course is structured similarly to Ethical Leadership in Corporate Practice described above except that if focuses on the student as an ethical advocate, counselor and servant leader in litigation. The biggest difference is that in nine of the thirteen classes, the speakers for that class are ethical leaders in a specific area of litigation practice (e.g. criminal prosecution, criminal defense, poverty law, complex civil litigation, ADR etc.). The speakers and the class discussion following the speakers will consider servant leadership with clients, colleagues in the firm, adversaries, and decision makers in the context of the particular litigation area for that evening's class.

Ethical Leadership in Social Justice

Professor Hank Shea, Judge Mimi Wright

Ethical Leadership in Social Justice focuses on a wide range of topics in relation to social justice, including education, domestic violence, disabilities, the environment, immigration, and international criminal law. The class places a particular emphasis on how attorneys can discern their role as advocates for social justice and use their skill set to further equality in society. Class time is largely used for discussion, as well as to host speakers who are prominent in the social justice arena so that students are able to see how the principles being taught are applied by professionals. Much of the coursework for students is based on reflection journals, but students also have the opportunity to write both a personal credo and vision statement identifying their ethical principles and goals, and end the semester with a group presentation on a relevant social justice topic.