workshopsThe Leadership Skills Workshops are designed to help Moritz students develop management and leadership skills outside of the traditional curriculum. Complementing the law school’s established courses, these workshops help students sharpen the skills required to succeed as leaders in organizational settings. Led by world-class, professional trainers, as well as Moritz’s faculty and staff and other units at the University, a range of program workshops are offered each year.


Leadership Skills Workshop: Difficult Conversations for Leaders

February 2, 2018 | “Law students — poised to have leadership positions in the future — should learn just what it takes to become a good leader. Not only does this include capturing the respect of your employees and setting a positive example, but it also includes learning how to have those difficult conversations that often make or break someone’s leadership potential. Who better to learn this from than the Michael E. Moritz Chair in Alternative Dispute Resolution, Joseph B. Stulberg. Having been involved in the field as a teacher, a practitioner, and a scholar for over 40 years, Joseph Stulberg presents a comprehensive knowledge base and vast skill set — one that each and every student at Moritz should be eager to learn from.”~~Jen Hengst, ’18, PLL Advisory Board member

Leadership Skills Workshop: Communications for Leaders in a Crisis

September 29, 2017 | “A difficult crisis may strike when you least expect it. As future lawyers and leaders, it will be our job to respond. Whether we do so effectively will depend on how we communicate with our organization, the media, and the public. Mark Weaver is a crisis communications expert that has provided media advice to thousands of government officials across the country. Prior to founding Communications Counsel, a national communications consulting firm, Mr. Weaver served as the Deputy Attorney General of Ohio and as the Assistant Director of Public Affairs for the U.S Department of Justice. Mr. Weaver’s extensive experience is an invaluable opportunity for law students to develop their leadership potential regarding crisis management,” PLL Advisory Board member Michelle Esparza, ‘19

Leadership Skills Workshop: Personal Strengths in Leadership

April 17, 2015 | Leadership is often achieved by mastering your own strengths, and the best law is practiced by men and women whose practices fully utilize their unique skills and strengths. The Program on Law and Leadership produced a workshop tailored to law students, and their strengths. Participants took the Strengths Finder test, then attend this workshop to find out how to apply their strengths in law school and at work.

Leadership Skills Workshop: Executive Communication in the Electronic Age

September 19, 2014 | This two hour workshop, “Executive Communication in the Electronic Age,” taught by author and e-policy expert, Nancy Flynn, gave students a crash course in electronic communication at the executive level. Participants gained valuable e-policy knowledge from the best!

Leadership Skills Workshop: Facilitating Group Decision Making

October 25, 2013 | Facilitation is a process by which a person acceptable to all members of a group, who is neutral and has no decision making authority, intervenes to help a group improve the way it identifies and solves problems and makes decisions. Students in the Program on Law and Leadership enhanced their facilitation skills at this workshop.


Would You Share a Few Words? Preparing Short Talks Lawyers are Called to Make

October 7, 2016 | “Would You Share a Few Words? Preparing Short Talks Lawyers are Called to Make,”  presented by premier communications consultant Ruth Milligan, using the format of a TED talk to illustrate what makes a compelling talk, how to draw in a listener, and the best way to make a few salient points. She highlighted the process of developing an interesting, short talk.

Lawyer-leaders are frequently asked to say a few words; sometimes there is an opportunity to prepare, and at other times, the comments are off-the-cuff. This workshop helped build a speaker’s confidence in delivering a message that is easily understood, and memorable.

Ruth Milligan is the co-curator of the TEDx Columbus program, and founder and principal of, where she is the lead executive speech coach, trainer and facilitator. She pulls from her over 25 years of communication expertise, helping individuals at all levels move from good to great in the communication influence. She is highly regarded for her curation of TEDxColumbus, as well as for her passion and skill in developing communications’ talent.

Leadership Skills Workshop: Business Development for Lawyers: How to be a Rainmaker

November 13, 2015 | In many instances, lawyers don’t just practice the law. They also are running businesses in the forms of their firms and practices. Business development, rainmaking, and networking are often key components to leadership in the law. In this workshop, Mark Beese, president of Leadership for Lawyers, LLC, taught students how to:

•Present a framework for consultative selling

•Deliver a succinct verbal business card

•How to build a positive first impression using neuro-linguistic programming techniques

•Network with a purpose

•Leverage social media to build a professional network

•Understand the elements of a personal business development plan

Leadership Skills Workshop: Emotional Intelligence

January 31, 2014 | Emotional intelligence (EQ) is concerned with understanding oneself and others, relating to people, and adapting to and coping with the immediate surroundings to be more successful in dealing with environmental demands.  EQ helps to predict success because it reflects how a person applies knowledge to the immediate situation. Students in this workshop learned about this important concept and how it relates to good leadership.