Aspen Publishing

Fundamentals of Lawyer Leadership

Leah W. Teague, Elizabeth M. Fraley, Stephen L. Rispoli


  • ISBN: 9781543825251

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    Leadership is a mindset, not a title or position. In Fundamentals of Lawyer Leadership, we explore the aspects of leadership that law students can develop and improve during their time in law school. This textbook begins with the underpinnings of leadership, what it means, and how history guides our view of it. In Part One – Leadership of Self: Growing into Leadership, the leadership journey requires a look inward to examine who you are, what type of lawyer you want to be, and how you will lead. In Part Two – Leadership with Others: Effective Group Dynamics, the book covers topics such as building and nurturing relationships, developing emotional and cultural intelligence, establishing effective teams, and inspiring others. Finally, in Part Three – Leadership within Community: Service and Impact, the book examines the role of the lawyer in society and how you can use your skills to have influence even when you are not in charge. Contributing your energy to worthy causes about which you are passionate will bring purpose and satisfaction to your life. Just as developing legal skills is a life-long endeavor, growing as a leader is a process that evolves over a lifetime.

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    Publication Date: 2/1/2021
    Copyright Year: 2021
    Pages: 300
    Print: 9781543825251

    Join Elizabeth M. Fraley, Stephen Rispoli, and Leah W. Teague for a discussion on training tomorrow's leaders today.
  • Author Information

    Elizabeth Fraley

    Elizabeth M. Fraley is an Associate Professor at Baylor Law School, teaching Practice Court and serving as co-director of the Executive LL.M. in Litigation Management. She serves as faculty at the Academy of the Advocate in St. Andrews, Scotland. Liz is an actively practicing attorney with more than 30 years of trial and mediation experience representing health care providers and businesses. She has been named a Texas Super Lawyer every year starting in 2004 and has been a D Magazine "Best Lawyers in Dallas" annually since 2011. She is a member of the American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA), is president of the Waco Chapter and a national board member. She acted as faculty in the ABOTA Masters in Trial series. She serves as faculty for the Judicial Education Conference, teaching evidence to sitting judges. She is a member of the Abner McCall Inn of Court, the McLennan County Bar Association and is chair of the State Bar Advanced Medical Torts Course. She is a co-author of Texas Commercial Causes of Action, author of the updated Powell and Kinkeade’s Practical Guide to Texas Evidence and co-author of Fundamentals of Lawyer Leadership. Liz is a frequent author and speaker on trial skills, procedure and evidence. An avid runner and traveler, she is the mother of three children.

    Stephen Rispoli

    Dean Stephen Rispoli earned his political science degree from Baylor University in 2009, his J.D. from Baylor Law in 2012, and his LL.M. from the University of Texas School of Law in 2018. Dean Rispoli serves as Assistant Dean of Student Affairs and Pro Bono Programs and as the Director of Innovation and Scholarship for the school’s Executive LL.M. in Litigation Management.

    Upon graduation from Baylor Law, Dean Rispoli began working with Associate Dean Leah Teague to create and implement an innovate Leadership Development Program for law students. Together, they created the Leadership Engagement and Development Course, which they have been teaching since 2012. In 2020, Professor Patricia Wilson joined the team and the three co-taught the class. When Dean Teague endeavored to create a Section on Leadership for the Association of American Law Schools with legendary Stanford Law Professor Deborah Rhode, Dean Rispoli joined the effort by becoming a newsletter editor for the Section and helping grow membership and interest in the Section. Last year, Dean Rispoli, Dean Teague, and Professor Elizabeth Fraley teamed up to write Fundamentals of Lawyer Leadership, a textbook aimed at encouraging all law students and lawyers to use their time, talent, and training to make a positive difference in the world, no matter their position or title.

    Fundamental to Baylor Law’s mission is to prepare all students to be competent, ethical lawyers at graduation and beyond, who are prepared to serve their clients and their communities. As Assistant Dean of Student Affairs and Pro Bono Programs, Rispoli seeks new ways to accomplish this mission and help law students succeed at Baylor Law and in their future careers.

    Leah Teague

    Associate Dean Leah W. Teague’s 30-year tenure as an associate dean is unique in law school academe, especially at the same law school. With the average tenure at most other law schools is three to six years, she explains her longevity, &"I love Baylor Law and I believe in our mission. Baylor Law is a very special place. Baylor is rich in the tradition of faculty and staff who love what they do here and choose to stay. Dean Toben and I are in our 30th year working together for the law school and we have an incredible faculty who are just as committed as we are to our first priority—teaching and training the next generation of Baylor Lawyers who will serve their clients and communities with honor and integrity.”

    Dean Teague graduated from Baylor Law with a J.D., cum laude, after completing her B.B.A., summa cum laude, in accounting at Baylor. Before joining the Baylor Law faculty, she practiced law in the business section of the law firm of Naman Howell Smith & Lee, P.C. After joining the Baylor Law faculty, she became the primary tax professor and then associate dean and tax professor. Still serving as associate dean, but more recently focused on leadership development for lawyers to help her students and lawyers understand lawyers’ obligation to contribute to society in meaningful ways and to better equip them for the opportunities they will have to positively influence and impact their clients and communities.

    Leah is very active in professional and charitable organizations on a local, state, and national basis. She writes and speaks on tax, business, non-profit and leadership t

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