Interim Dean Suzanne Reynolds (’77) discusses legal education and changing legal marketplace with deans of Campbell and Elon law schools

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Dean Suzanne Reynolds ('77)

Interim Dean Suzanne Reynolds (’77) participated in North Carolina Bar Association  (NCBA) Continuing Legal Education program,”Strange Days Indeed:  Understanding and Navigating the Changing Legal Marketplace,” on May 14.  Also on the panel entitled, “School Daze: Legal Education and the Changing Legal Marketplace,” were the deans of Campbell University and Elon University law schools.

The following is from the NCBA website:

Whether we like it or not, the legal marketplace is changing.

Once known as a professional calling, lawyers in firms of all sizes are now being faced with the application of business principles in order to just maintain pace.

Clients are demanding better, faster, and cheaper legal services, and they have begun to look to non-traditional legal service providers to meet their needs.

To know how to respond to these challenges, lawyers should be aware of what led to them and how structural changes in the practice of law can alter—for good or ill—the future of the practice.

  • Hear from a distinguished panel of law school deans and educators about how they see law school curricula and the training of lawyers changing in response to globalization, the flattening technological universe, and the entry of non-traditional legal service providers into the legal marketplace
  • Discover what our clients really want—what drives them and how to be the lawyers they hire and keep
Agenda
  • Dark Side of the Law | Substance Abuse/Mental Health
  • What Do Our Clients Want?
  • What Happened to My Big Beautiful Tomorrow? Where the New Normal Came From, Who’s Being Affected Most, and How You Can Learn to Live with It
  • Adapting to a World that Wants Better, Faster, Cheaper Legal Solutions: A Few Simple Models that Work | Ethics | Video from Toward a Leaner & Cleaner Practice: A Professional Responsibility to Innovate? (December 5, 2014)
  • School Daze

Planned by the NCBA Lawyer Effectiveness & Quality of Life (LEQL) Committee and BarCARES

Interim Dean Reynolds is widely respected for her scholarship and teaching about family law and for her public service. She was a principal drafter of statutes that modernized the law of both alimony and of adoption, and she co-founded a domestic violence program that received national recognition by the ABA for providing legal assistance to the poor. She authored a three-volume treatise on North Carolina family law that has become the authoritative source for law students, lawyers and judges, and for many years she has taught the family law portion of the bar review course. Her empirical work has focused on outcomes in high conflict custody disputes. She was the recipient of a Distinguished Woman of the Year award presented by Governor Hunt in 1998 and of the Gwyneth B. Davis award for Public Service presented by N.C. Association of Women Attorneys in 1996. She was a candidate for the North Carolina Supreme Court in November 2008, narrowly losing her bid for that seat. Before teaching, she practiced civil litigation in private practice in North Carolina.