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Stetson LawStetson University College of Law’s “Professional Development Conference: Campus to Career” has won the 2019 ABA’s E. Smythe Gambrell Professionalism Award.

“We are honored to be recognized by the American Bar Association and presented with the E. Smythe Gambrell Professionalism Award,” said Joann Grages Burnett, Campus to Career co-chair and associate director of career and professional development. “Receiving this award is a tremendous honor and we are thrilled to be included among so many other wonderful programs.”

The one-day conference, now in its third year, is geared toward the professional development of first-year law students, but is open to all students and prepares participants for success by introducing and strengthening their knowledge and skills through programs focused on key professional development and professional identity competencies, which included resilience, time management, professionalism, decision-making, planning, civility, self-assessment, mentoring, and wellness.

Last February, the “Professional Development Conference: Campus to Career” was held at Stetson Law’s Gulfport campus and included keynote speakers who provided insight about their student-to-professional journey, breakout sessions that offered guidance on a variety of topics, including self-advocacy, teamwork, financial and time management, and mentoring and a networking reception. Next year’s conference is scheduled for Friday, January 31, 2020.

The $3,500 award, which was established in 1991, is named after E. Smythe Gambrell who was a former ABA and American Bar Foundation president during the 1950s.

The accolade will make a difference during next year’s professional development conference.

“The award funds will directly support the “Professional Development Conference: Campus to Career” in 2020 and other professional development innovations,” said Burnett. “The committee is already in planning mode and this award will help ensure 2020 is the best year yet.”

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