Law school’s Mentor Externship Program named finalist for national award

The University of St. Thomas School of Law Mentor Externship Program has been named one of three finalists for an American Bar Association award on innovations in teaching professionalism. The three finalists will be honored and a winner announced at an April 15 luncheon at Fordham University Law School in New York.

Associate Dean for Academic Affairs Neil Hamilton and Assistant Dean for External Relations and Programs Lisa Brabbit will represent the School of Law in New York and give a presentation about the Mentor Externship Program. ABA President-Elect Michael Greco and Georgia Chief Justice Norman Fletcher will announce the first place and two honorable mention awards on behalf of award sponsors, the ABA Standing Committee on Professionalism and the Conference of Chief Justices.

St. Thomas ’ Mentor Externship Program provides UST law students with hands-on opportunities to develop a personal union of faith, reason and professional life. A national model for education-based mentor programs, it combines reflective lawyering and experiential learning with a focus on professionalism and ethics. In each year of their studies, UST law students are paired with lawyers and judges in the community. Mentors introduce the students to a range of lawyering tasks and judicial activities and share with them the traditions, ideals and skills necessary for successful careers. More than 400 Minnesota lawyers currently take part in the Mentor Externship Program.

For further information, contact Lisa Brabbit, assistant dean, (651) 962-4871.