Wake Forest Law Review hosts ‘Revisiting Langdell: Legal Education Reform and the Lawyer’s Craft’ symposium on Friday, Oct. 23

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The Wake Forest Law Review will host its Fall 2015 symposium, “Revisiting Langdell: Legal Education Reform and the Lawyer’s Craft,” on Friday, Oct. 23, at Wake Forest University. The symposium will begin at 8:45 a.m. in the Benson University Center, Room 401. The event is free and open to the public.

Embracing the inseparability of legal doctrine and legal practice sheds much light on the lawyer’s craft, on useful law school curriculum reform and on what the bar might reasonably expect from law schools. Through this unified lens, the symposium will look beyond Langdell’s “Socratic” method, which focused on redacted appellate cases, to explore a richer theoretical understanding of legal education, scholarship and the lawyer’s craft. To paraphrase Kant, the symposium will explore how doctrine without practice is empty, how practice without doctrine is blind and how, as a correlate of this separate emptiness and blindness, the humanities play a critical role in law, legal education and scholarship.

In such explorations, the symposium will expand upon a recent article published in the Wake Forest Law Review entitled “Exercising Common Sense, Exorcising Langdell: The Inseparability of Legal Theory, Practice and the Humanities” available for free download at http://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=2309545.

Symposium speakers include:
Blake Morant, The George Washington University Law School
Roy Stuckey, University of South Carolina School of Law
Harold Lloyd, Wake Forest University School of Law
Mary Beth Beazley, The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law
Jonathan Cardi, Wake Forest University School of Law
Christine Coughlin, Wake Forest University School of Law
Jim Fox, Bell, Davis & Pitt, P.A.
Michael Andersen, Troutman Sanders LLP
Alex Maultsby, Smith Moore Leatherwood LLP
Shannon Joseph, Morningstar Law Group
Linda Edwards, UNLV William S. Boyd School of Law
Kristen Tiscione, Georgetown Law
Deborah Merritt, The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law

For more information, the event schedule or to register, please visit http://wakeforestlawreview.com/category/symposia/

The North Carolina Bar Association has approved this symposium for 4.5 hours of Continuing Legal Education (CLE) credit.