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Spring 2023

5297 Lawyers as Leaders - GRATZ- 23876

Professor(s): Andrew Gratz (ADJUNCT)

Credits: 2

Course Areas: Law And Society/ Interdisciplinary 

Time: 5:30p-7:30p  TH  Location: 221 

Course Outline: Throughout history, lawyers have played critical leadership roles in both the public and private sector. In every aspect of American society, lawyers lead and actively serve in leadership capacities in their communities and the legal profession. While leadership training is part of the fabric of law school, specific emphasis and training is important and helpful to adequately equip our graduates with the leadership skills needed in this increasingly-complex and ever-changing professional environment. Recent studies show that an ever-increasing number of employers are seeking graduates with leadership skillsets. Topics will include leadership styles and strategies, personality assessments, public service and professional responsibilities, and leadership opportunities for lawyers. Using a variety of study methods, students will discuss leadership lessons learned by experienced leaders through challenging circumstances. Using introspective tools and team-building exercises, students will boost strengths and minimize weaknesses to better equip them for their future.

Course Syllabus: Syllabus revised 1/9/23

Course Notes: (Face-to-Face)  The UH registration system instruction mode for this course is listed in parenthesis. After student registration opens, there may be instruction mode changes to this course up through two weeks before the first day of classes for the term, but notice of such changes will be sent to then-registered students. For this instruction mode, instructors and students are expected to normally be physically present in the classroom. If the course has a final examination, it will be in a classroom requiring your physical presence. Other assessment, such as a mid-term exam, may also be in a classroom. Whether this instructor will offer “remote presence” (starting a zoom meeting from the podium computer to enable student remote access on an occasional basis) for part or all of the semester is not known, but students should not rely on an expectation that remote presence will be available.


First Day Assignments:

Final Exam Schedule:      

This course will have:
Exam: no

Satisfies Senior Upper Level Writing Requirement: No

Experiential Course Type: No

Bar Course: No

DistanceEd ABA: No

Pass-Fail Student Election: Unavailable (Instructor Preference)

Course Materials

Book(s) Required

All assigned reading for class will be from (a) Fundamentals of Lawyer Leadership by Leah W. Teague, Elizabeth M. Fraley, and Stephen L. Rispoli (“Case Book”) ISBN: 978-1543825251; and (b) The Trusted Advisor by David Maister, ISBN: 978-1982157104.

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