"Pepperdine Law Review" Symposium Explores “The Lawyer of the Future”

July 27, 2012  | 1 min read

The School of Law’s premier student publication, Pepperdine Law Review, hosted a symposium on April 20, titled "The Lawyer of the Future," exploring the impact of past and present lawyers and the lessons they provide for future generations about the role of lawyers as working models of the rule of law.

"It is so very important for us to come together and talk meaningfully about what we want the lawyer of the future to look like," says Pepperdine Law Review editor in chief, Margot Parmenter. "Twenty years from now, I hope to be mentoring another generation of bright, motivated, and tal- ented law students. And I will remember the 2012 Symposium as an event that reminded me to be a good steward of the legal community which I have been given."

With 12 presentations from top experts in the field, including public servants, philanthropists, government officials, and business entrepreneurs, each symposium presenter articulated the role that he or she sees lawyers serving in society. Given the cacophony of public and political rhetoric concerning the practice of law, the symposium addressed a new form of lawyer for the future: one who models civil discourse, seeks the orderly resolution of conflict, and participates in informed public discussion and debate.

This year’s symposium was the first to be led by School of Law dean Deanell Reece Tacha. “The Pepperdine Law Review Symposium was an important step in our effort to examine the path that legal education should follow in responding to dramatic changes in the legal profession,” she says. “The interchange among the speakers was inspiring, challenging, and visionary. Their presentations will help this law school and others in legal education steer an informed course in training the lawyers of the future.”