On March 10, 2006, the Harvard Journal of Law & Gender, cosponsoring with the Harvard Civil Rights-Civil Liberties Law Review and the Harvard Law Review, hosted a conference, "Results: Legal Education, Institutional Change, and a Decade of Gender Studies," to address the number of student experience studies that detail women's lower performance in and dissatisfaction with law school. Rather than advocate for a particular set of responses to the different experiences of men and women in legal education, this conference sought to foster a discussion about the institutional challenges these patterns highlight. As one means of accomplishing this end, law school deans from across the country spoke about their strategies to change legal education. Edward Rubin, dean of Vanderbilt Law School, discussed how law school still acts as a "rite of passage" that is more suited to an era when the public sphere was male-dominated, and suggested reforms in legal curriculum in light of changes in the legal profession. W. H. Knight, dean of the University of Washington School of Law, concentrated on how law school culture might change as to become more rewarding for students and more inclusive of students from diverse backgrounds. Katherine Bartlett, dean of Duke Law School, spoke about the role of technology in infusing the context in which law operates in the study of law, as well as the "Duke Blueprint," a mission statement that helps students (and faculty) examine the motives and values they will bring to becoming a lawyer.
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