The questions are urgent and immediate. Their scale transcends the specifics of curricular reform, or economic issues, or licensure. The moment calls for our most imaginative takes, our most energetic and ambitious visions, and our willingness to step beyond our “ordinary,” “home” roles and to explore open-ended and even speculative ventures
The Law’s Futures roundtables build on the contributions to an online symposium on Legal Education’s Futures held at Prawfsblawg in March 2018. We hope to continue the productive conversations begun there with in-person gatherings and more.
The goal is to move those conversations forward, expanding and systematizing the questions and plotting the landscape of next steps. Beyond innovations and improvements in particular programs and in particular schools, what should legal education and the legal profession look like in the decades to come, and how can we move concretely from present conditions to implementation?
Dates and Schedule
Friday, October 14, 2022 (online) (all day)
Starting time: 8 am Eastern Time (that’s 12 noon GMT, 1 pm in London, 2 pm in Munich, 8 pm in Singapore, and 10 pm in Sydney).
Ending time: 2 pm Eastern Time (that’s 6 pm GMT, 7 pm London, 8 pm in Munich, 2 am (Saturday) in Singapore, and 4 am (Saturday) in Sydney).
This event has concluded.
Online here, via Zoom Events. Registration is required (participants who RSVP’d to Mike Madison are automatically registered.)
We anticipate organizing an in-person event in early 2023.
- Michael Madison, Professor of Law, University of Pittsburgh School of Law
- Dan Rodriguez, Harold Washington Professor of Law, Northwestern Pritzker School of Law
- Hiram Chodosh, President, Claremont McKenna College
- Bridget McCormack, Chief Justice of the Michigan Supreme Court
- Lyrissa Lidsky, Raymond & Miriam Ehrlich Chair in U.S. Constitutional Law at the University of Florida Levin College of Law
- Danielle Conway, Dean of Penn State University Dickinson Law
Attendance and Participation
Participation is by invitation. Law’s Futures aims to convene big picture, ambitious thinkers and practitioners from across the wide spectrum of experience in law and in adjacent areas: academia, the judiciary, practice, tech, investing, philanthropy, non-profit activism, and more. This is more than a convening of critics and scholars; it is a convening primarily of people who are convinced that it is time to act, and to act on a large scale as well as on numerous smaller ones.
For more information, contact Michael Madison at madison[at]pitt.edu.
Participant List (accepted)
Preparing for the Roundtable and What to Expect
Participants should expect a lively, free-flowing, ambitious day of conversations about re-imagining the fundamental structures of law, legal education, and higher education. There will be no keynotes, panels, or presentations. Imagine the productive “lobby” or “break time” conversations at a typical conference becoming the centerpiece of the event.
- Information about the 2019 Law’s Futures Roundtable is available here.
- Information about the 2018 Law’s Futures Roundtable is available here.
Page last updated on October 17, 2022 by Michael Madison