EdUp Legal Podcast, Episode 16: Conversation with April M. Barton

EdUp Legal Podcast, Episode 16: Conversation with April M. Barton



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EdUp Legal Podcast with Host Patty Roberts

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Digital Commons at St. Mary's University


In this episode, we hear from Dean and Professor April M. Barton, Duquesne University School of Law. Dean Barton shares with us her passion for a topic she believes is critical for law students, leadership development, and the Leadership Fellows Program started during her tenure that includes 1L Dean Scholars, the leadership of registered student organizations, and other students who self-nominate or are nominated. She describes initial steps to incorporate leadership development into the curriculum for all students, through the required Professional Responsibility course, and how leadership is approached as a mindset, not the result of title or hierarchy. Dean Barton recounts the origin of Duquesne, the only Catholic Spiritan institution in the world, one that was originally created to educate immigrants. Dean Barton explains that the future of Duquesne School of Law is focused on the three pillars of interdisciplinary learning, leadership development, and community well-being. New programs developed under these pillars include a 9 credit business micro-credential, a 1 credit financial toolkit course, and hi-flex opportunities for learning. Topics discussed when considering the future of legal education involved belonging, DEI, and improving access to legal education for those currently underrepresented.


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EdUp Legal, podcast, Dean Patty Roberts, St. Mary's University School of Law, legal education, legal scholarship, law professor, April M. barton, Duquesne University School of Law, leadership development, Leadership Fellows Program, Dean Scholars, student organizations, Professional Responsibility, Catholic, Spiritan, immigrants, interdisciplinary learning, leadership development, community well-being, business micro-credential, credit financial toolkit, diversity, equity, inclusion, underrepresented communities


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October 2023



EdUp Legal Podcast, Episode 16: Conversation with April M. Barton