Law School Professionalism Orientation Program
The Chief Justice's Commission on Professionalism is available to sponsor professionalism and ethics programs at North Carolina law schools and also assists law schools implement professionalism program. All North Carolina law schools have professionalism orientation programs. With the enthusiastic support of the law school deans and faculty members as well as local attorney and judge alumni serving as facilitators, the program serves as an effective tool for introducing first year law students to professionalism and ethical issues on an introductory level.
Professionalism and Ethics Simulations
The Chief Justice's Commission on Professionalism routinely facilitates law schools with major programs dealing with professionalism and ethical issues. The Travis Divorce Simulation and the Devon Simulation, both programs developed by faculty at Columbia University School of Law in New York, have been used at Campbell University School of Law and Elon University School of Law during their winter intersession programs for first year students and Duke University School of Law during its Spring Ethics Exercise for second year students. The CJCP encourages all law schools to implement similar programs in order to bolster their curriculum.
The Executive Director and members of the CJCP are available to give professionalism presentations to law students at all levels.
The Historical Video Series
The CJCP provides each North Carolina law school with copies of completed installments of the Historical Video Series for their libraries. In addition, the HVS is now available online at our website under "Historical Video Series."
Character & Fitness Program
In 2010, Wake Forest University School of Law held the first Character & Fitness Program. This program was developed in response to the increasing amount of Character & Fitness matters that have come before the Board of Law Examiners in recent years. The program includes a panel of representatives from the Board of Law Examiners, the Chief Justice's Commission on Professionalism, the Law School, and a young lawyer who has had to answer for Character & Fitness issues raised on his/her application to the Bar. The program is held in the first year, and all students are asked to sign a statement that they received the information.
The University of North Carolina School of Law, Campbell University School of Law, North Carolina Central University School of Law, and Elon School of Law host or have hosted professionalism dinners for students and alumni. Patterned after the Witt Professionalism Roundtable, this dinner includes a keynote speaker and an ethics/professionalism hypothetical at each table, where the attendees discuss the various issues.