Georgetown Law Establishes Executive Education Program

April 10, 2012 —

Georgetown University Law Center is pleased to announce the establishment of an Executive Education program for lawyers. It will be only the second of its kind affiliated with a law school in the United States.

"Modern law practice requires not only proficiency in legal analysis, but the ability to work effectively with others, draw on their talents and coordinate their efforts," said Georgetown Law Dean William M. Treanor. "The Law Center’s program will enhance lawyers’ ability to master these critical skills."

The program will include courses focused on leadership, management, decision-making, communications and collaborative problem-solving for members of law firms and legal departments. Future plans include extending course offerings to lawyers in government and non-profit organizations. The initiative will also feature open-enrollment programs and customized courses for particular organizations.

The Executive Education program will be led by James Jones, senior fellow at Georgetown Law’s Center for the Study of the Legal Profession; Lisa Rohrer, director of executive education and research fellow; Heather Bock, executive director; and Professor Mitt Regan, co-director.

Jones spent some twenty-five years at Arnold & Porter, serving as managing partner from 1986 to 1995. He was also managing director at the consulting firm Hildebrandt Baker Robbins. Rohrer, a former research fellow at Harvard’s Program on the Legal Profession, served as director of research at Hildebrandt Baker Robbins.

Bock, a leading authority on organizational development and change and the chief professional development officer at a global law firm, teaches courses on leadership and teams at the Law Center. Regan, McDevitt Professor of Jurisprudence, teaches a course on law firms, and conducts research and writes widely on the legal profession and organizational culture.

A distinguished advisory board of law firm and legal department leaders will offer guidance on program design and development. The members of this board are:

-Ralph Baxter, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP;

-Frank Burch, Co-Chairman, DLA Piper Global Board;

-Ted Burke, Chief Executive and Global Managing Partner, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer;

-Mark Chandler, Senior Vice-President, General Counsel, and Secretary, Cisco Systems, Inc.;

-J. Warren Gorrell, Jr., Co-Chief Executive Officer, Hogan Lovells;

-Gregory B. Jordan, Global Managing Partner, Reed Smith LLP;

-Rupert Li, International Managing Partner, King & Wood Mallesons;

-Rosemary Martin, Group General Counsel and Secretary, Vodafone Group Plc;

-R. Bruce McLean, Chairman, Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP;

-Michael E. Nannes, Chairman, Dickstein Shapiro LLP;

-William J. Perlstein, former Co-Managing Partner, Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale & Dorr LLP;

-Thomas L. Sager, Senior Vice President and General Counsel, DuPont;

-Leslie M. Turner, General Counsel, Coca-Cola North America; and

-Roger E. Warin, Chair of the Executive Committee, Steptoe & Johnson LLP.

Three programs are being prepared through January 2013. "Partnering for Value: Achieving Effective Collaboration between In-House Counsel and Law Firms" is designed to help attorneys lead, influence and collaborate with internal and external clients. "Partner Compensation: Smart Practices and Costly Mistakes" will equip senior law firm leaders to make partner compensation policies and decisions that are consistent with a firm’s strategy and values. A two-part leadership course designed to prepare new and emerging law firm leaders for the competitive firm environment will also be offered. For more information on these programs, please contact Lisa Rohrer at lr590@law.georgetown.edu.

The Executive Education initiative will be a joint undertaking of Georgetown Law’s Center for the Study of the Legal Profession, whose co-directors are Professor Mitt Regan and Professor Jeff Bauman, and the Law Center’s Office of Academic Conferences and Continuing Legal Education (ACCLE), headed by Assistant Dean Larry Center. ACCLE has more than thirty years of experience in coordinating educational programs for practicing lawyers.