by Peter Jetton
The ABA Journal’s Legal Rebels project, which features lawyers, scholars and others who are committed to innovation in the legal profession, made a stop in Lexington today (Sept. 24) as part of their 2009 tour. Between Sept. 14th and 25th, they are visiting a new “Legal Rebel” each day. The ABA Journal selected Dean Rod Smolla and W&L’s third year curriculum reform as representative of the kind of innovation defined in their Legal Rebels Manifesto.
The Dean was traveling today, so the reporters from the ABA Journal spoke with some other W&L Legal Rebels, including Asst. Dean for Clinical Education and Public Service Mary Natkin and 3L students Gene Hamilton and April Finn. Dean Natkin provided an overview of the new program and some of its distinguishing characteristics. The students focused on the extent to which the program attracted them to W&L and also shared their initial impressions of third year.
Look for a profile of Dean Smolla and the video interviews to be posted later today on the Legal Rebels website. In the meantime, you can watch videos of eight 3Ls in the program who were interviewed following the two-week skill immersion that kicked off the school year.