The event

Roundtable on Leadership Development

Leaders today face challenges of incredible breadth and complexity, and the problems we face as a society can only be solved by trained and committed leaders. 

 The University of Tennessee College of Law founded the Institute for Professional Leadership to address these sorts of challenges.

We join with law schools throughout the country that are stepping forward to train students, faculty, and leaders in the legal field. 

This roundtable will provide an opportunity for those involved in legal leadership education to share ideas and experiences. Workshops will address integrating well-being into legal leadership curricula, how to develop effective leadership skills, and how to best assess those leadership development efforts.

The event will feature keynote addresses from American Bar Association President Robert Carlson and North Carolina Supreme Court Justice Cheri Beasley.

Plan to join us for this program that will inspire and provide you with new ideas to help law students and lawyers develop as leaders.


Event Speakers

Cheri Beasley

North Carolina Supreme Court

Robert Carlson

American Bar Association

Don Polden

Santa Clara University School of Law

Deborah Rhode

Professor and Director
Center on the Legal Profession
Stanford University

Paula Schaefer

Associate Dean
University of Tennessee College of Law

Leah Jackson Teague

Associate Dean
Baylor University College of Law

Day 1

  • Welcome Lunch Noon - 1 p.m.

    Doug Blaze, Professor and Director of the Institute for Professional Leadership, UT College of Law

  • Workshops Session I - Collaborating with Career Services; Integrating Well-Being into Leadership Curricula 1 - 2:30 p.m.
  • Workshops Session II - Assessing our Leadership Development Efforts; Effective Leadership Skill Development Exercises 2:45 - 4:45 p.m.
  • Dinner at University of Tennessee Student Union 5:30 - 8:30 p.m.

    Keynote Speaker: ABA President Robert Carlson

Day 2

  • Breakfast 8 - 8:45 a.m.

    Doug Blaze, Professor and Director of the Institute for Professional Leadership, UT College of Law

  • A View from the Bench 8:45 - 9:30 a.m.

    Keynote Speaker: Justice Cheri Beasley, NC Supreme Court

  • Roundtable Discussion - What Are We Doing Now? 9:30 - 10:45 a.m.

    Moderator: Leah Jackson Teague

  • Break 10:45 - 11 a.m.
  • Roundtable Discussion - View from Practice: What Does the Profession Need? 11 - 12:15 p.m.

    Moderator: Don Polden

  • Lunch 12:15 - 1:15 p.m.

    Student Panel: What Do Students Want and Need?

  • Roundtable Discussion - Challenges for New Leaders in Diversity, Inclusion, and Gender Equality 1:15 - 2:30 p.m.

    Moderator: Paula Schaefer

  • Break 2:30 - 2:45 p.m.
  • Roundtable Discussion - Where Do We Go From Here? 2:45 - 4 p.m.

    Moderator: Deborah Rhode

  • Wrap up and Closing Remarks 4 - 4:15 p.m.
  • Reception 4:15 - 6 p.m.

Additional info


University of Tennessee
College of Law
1505 Cumberland Ave.
Knoxville, TN 37996


Four Points Sheraton
1109 White Ave.
Knoxville, TN

Hilton Garden Inn
1706 Cumberland Ave. 
Knoxville, TN


McGhee Tyson Airport
GPS: 2055 Alcoa Hwy

Taxi, Lyft, Uber – Parking available throughout the conference at the College of Law.


Contact Us

Doug Blaze

Phone : (865) 974-5951