Baylor Law Review publishes leadership article by Dean Barton

Dean April BartonSchool of Law Dean April Barton penned an article in the Baylor Law Review about leadership for lawyers that was recently mentioned on TaxProf blog. Her article entitled "Teaching Lawyers To Think Like Leaders: The Next Big Shift In Legal Education" outlines what Dean Barton sees as a developing and increasingly important facet of legal education.

In the article, Dean Barton defines leadership and provides reasons why lawyers should study leadership. "Helping law graduates understand the nuanced skills of leadership can bring about significant levels of success for their own careers, while simultaneously serving our organizations, enterprises, governments, and society," Dean Barton wrote in the publication.

Providing the details of why developing leadership is crucial to legal studies is only part of her article. Dean Barton adeptly explains how this sometimes intrinsic-often taught-soft skill benefits careers but more effectively aids humanity. She wrote, "...leadership skills map right onto professionalism skills and a lawyer's greater duty to advance justice in our society. As lawyers, we should seek to serve a higher purpose with the privilege of our law degrees and aim to shape our profession to impact society in meaningful ways."

Dean Barton provides detailed research and draws from her own experience teaching leadership principles. She explains how to reframe professional responsibility to have it encompass leadership development, giving lawyers an expanded perspective on that framework.

The School of Law's Leadership Fellows Program began in 2019 as a joint effort between by Dean Barton, admissions, alumni, career services, and faculty. This is the third year for the program that explores topics as versatile as "Value Centered Leadership," "Inclusive Leadership," and "How to Speak and Present with Influence." More than 40 students are enrolled in this year's Leadership Fellows class.

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