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27 Clinical L. Rev. 309 (2020-2021)
Experiential Leadership: Teaching Collaboration through a Shared Leadership Model

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EXPERIENTIAL LEADERSHIP: TEACHING
  COLLABORATION THROUGH A SHARED
                  LEADERSHIP MODEL

                           PAUL   RADVANY*

         Lawyers serve as leaders throughout our society, and it is more
     important than ever that these leaders are effective in order to address
     the country's challenges. Yet few lawyers have had any formal lead-
     ership training. Contrary to popular belief, leadership opportunities
     are not limited to those who serve in traditional positional leadership
     roles because leadership is increasingly thought of as an influence
     process. Thus, lawyers have many opportunities to lead, including
     leading their colleagues who are peers. As a result, the opportunities
     to lead can come early in a lawyer's career, even in law school.
         This Article provides a framework for students to learn and
    practice leadership skills while taking a clinic. The clinic is an ideal
    setting to teach leadership because so much of the work is accom-
    plished by teams  in a collaborative manner. The author adopts a
    Shared  Leadership Model of collaboration where students take turns
    leading and supporting each other throughout the semester. Clinical
    professors are ideally situated to provide leadership training as they
    are experts in teaching skills. As a result, by using the Shared Lead-
    ership Model, students will have the opportunity to learn and practice
    leadership skills in an experiential setting and be equipped to lead
    early in their careers.

                            INTRODUCTION

     Recent   events  have  demonstrated   that  effective leadership  is
more  important  than  ever as our country  seeks  to address numerous
challenges, including combating  racism  and fighting the pandemic   and
its effects, in order to create a more just society. Lawyers will need to
learn new   and innovative  ways  to lead not  only our  profession, but

   * Clinical Professor of Law at Fordham Law School. Professor Radvany teaches Lead-
ership for Lawyers, the Securities Arbitration and Litigation Clinic, a judicial externship
and trial practice. The author thanks the participants of the 2020 NYU Clinical Law Re-
view Writer's Workshop, the facilitators for his group, Professors Carolyn Grose and Mar-
garet Johnson, and his research assistants and former students for their very helpful
contributions: Kimberly Ayudant, William Council, Jacqueline Hennelly, Larysa Kern,
Nikol Oydanich, John Winton, and Zulkifl Zargar. He would also like to thank Professors
David Gibbs, Michelle Greenberg-Kobrin, Susan Jones, Stephen Rispoli, Leah Witcher
Jackson Teague and Anthony Thompson who were generous with their time when the au-
thor began to focus on leadership pedagogy.


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