2021-22 Leadership Fellows Program commences

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Dean April Barton welcomed the 2021-22 School of Law's class of Leadership Fellows on Wednesday, September 15. The goal of the program is to instill a leadership mindset in future lawyers and to emphasize leadership is for everyone. This year's class is comprised of more than 40 law students who will participate in sessions throughout the academic year to prepare them for leadership in their law careers.

The sessions-running through the end of March-focus on inspiring future lawyers. Students in the program learn about their own leadership skills, how to hone them, and skills they want to attain to reach the bigger goals they set for themselves, both professionally and personally.

"We wanted to create a place for students to grow and develop skills that are not always taught in our classrooms but are so important in your professional development and life success," Dean Barton said.

The program is in conjunction with the School of Law's mission "Salus populi suprema lex"-"The welfare of the people is the highest law." It conveys the responsibility and power of lawyers to strive for justice in society and to be advocates for others.

"We have a duty as lawyers to be thinking about great leadership; a duty to understand that we are responsible for helping those who do not have a voice in our system of justice. Law firm promotion decisions and performance reviews are very much tied to leadership and management abilities. Lawyers are judged on these competencies in yearly performance reviews and in promotion decisions in nearly every area and type of practice," said Dean Barton.

This is the third year for the program, incepted in 2019 by Dean Barton. Previous graduates of the program are successfully working in government, private practice, social agencies, and businesses.

Duquesne University

Founded in 1878, Duquesne is consistently ranked among the nation's top Catholic universities for its award-winning faculty and horizon-expanding education. A campus of nearly 8,500 graduate and undergraduate students, Duquesne prepares students by having them work alongside faculty to discover and reach their goals. The University’s academic programs, community service, and commitment to equity and opportunity in the Pittsburgh region have earned national acclaim.

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