Good afternoon and welcome to April! I’m Mathew and I will be your humble Alumni Guest Blogger for this fine, fine month.
I suppose I should start off by noting that I don’t practice law. Never have, never intended to. I’m starting with that note because I plan on bloggin’ about alternative uses for the law degree. That particular post is still incubating, but it has been subtly hinted to me that such an entry may be of interest. I earn a living as a clinical ethicist. Did you know that the law school has a joint degree program with the Medical College of Wisconsin?
The Bioethics and Medical Humanities Department at MCW is the third-oldest bioethics program in the nation. Its faculty are well known and active in the bioethics community, and the curriculum is robust and challenging (with good planning, you can walk away with a MA along with the JD without lengthening your graduate experience). Though, much of what I do involves varying degrees of dispute resolution. Hey, did you know that Marquette University Law School once again ranks in the Top 10 in the nation in alternative dispute resolution?
6TH IN THE COUNTRY! (I’m not sure how to put that in bold. Please—imagine that in bold. Consider adding an extra exclamation point.)
I did a cursory (actually, a thorough) search of the Law School’s website, and I couldn’t find mention of that achievement so I wanted to highlight it here. Kudos to Andrea Schneider, Jay Grenig, Janine Geske, and Natalie Fleury for their excellence in running that program. I had the opportunity to teach negotiation to medical students in Chicago last year, and it was the foundation laid by Andrea Schneider and Joanne Lipo Zovic that prepped me to facilitate that class. But you want to know something else?
MARQUETTE UNIVERSITY HAS A GRADUATE PROGRAM IN DISPUTE RESOLUTION!
Now, this is my personal opinion, but I am going to wager that one reason MULS grads are so grossly competent and savvy in dispute resolution is in part because a significant number of us went down the block to take advantage of the Center for Dispute Resolution’s excellent program. It’s a multi-disciplinary program where your classmates are bringing perspectives from a number of fields, such as teaching, environmental engineering, and pastoral care. And you’re all (presumably) united by a passion for conflict resolution. Graduate-level work makes for a more well-rounded practitioner.
So… yeah… that about captures the areas of interest I will focus on this April: alternative careers for the JD, bioethics, and conflict resolution. I may also post on other things. Like the importance and appropriateness of levity in austere environments, fashion, and perhaps Dr. Who.
Hey, did I mention, MULS has a stupendous ADR program? I am very proud to have been able to participate in the program. It’s the first day of April and I can think of no better way to ring-in this month by telling Andrea Schneider what a great job she is doing. If you agree, join me in sending her a celebratory email this first day of April. The Andrea I know has always been very gracious in responding to each of her emails.