In August 2014, I participated in a Discussion Group at the annual SEALS Conference in Amelia Island, Florida with leaders in the emerging field of "teaching" formation of professional identity. The concept of "formation of professional identity" comes from the Carnegie report, and it includes a call for more integration of ethical instruction across the law curriculum, and particularly of the kind that leads to ethical formation in our students (as opposed to mere instruction on the ethical rules, an ABA requirement). Since the publication of the Carnegie report, a group of law professors have worked hard to try to address the deficiency in the law school curriculum that Carnegie exposed. This discussion group came out of the previous year's SEALS discussion group on legal education, and I was honored to be included in this year's discussion of this important topic.
I had in mind that I would write a summary of what we discussed over those three hours in August at the SEALS conference, but I never got around to it. However, our Discussion Group Moderator Ben Madison (Regent) wrote a terrific summary of the discussion and sent it around to the participants via email. I asked Ben if he would mind my posting it to the Law School 2.0 blog, and he was happy for me to do so. What follows is Ben's report: