Leader-in- Residence Program

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Current C|M|LAW Leaders-in-Residence:

Professor Howard Katz, Legal Educator-in-Residence

Steve Percy ’76, Leader-in-Residence

Kelly Tompkins '81, Leader-in-Residence

Professor Eric Tucker, Scholar-in-Residence

The C|M|LAW Leader-in Residence (LIR) program was launched in February 2017. Our first Leader-in-Residence was Steve Percy, a prominent C|M|LAW alumnus who volunteered his time and expertise in his latest of many acts of generosity to C|M|LAW.

The program also includes those with a particular specialty such as Technologist-in-Residence and Legal Educator-in- Residence.

Such in-residence programs are very common at graduate business schools, but far less common among law schools. CSU's Ahuja College of Business has eight Executives-in-Residence as of February 2018.


The LIR program is designed to more closely connect our students, staff, and faculty with key community leaders from whom we can learn and benefit.

While C|M|LAW hosts many lawyers and business practitioners as visiting lecturers, panelists, and conference participants each year, the LIRs maintain uniquely deep, long-term relationships with the law school.

Each LIR volunteers their time and talent, and works with the Dean and one or more designated faculty and staff to design a program customized to the mutual needs of the LIR and the law school.

LIR Qualifications:

Community leaders willing to devote time to the program on a regular basis throughout the term of their service. While most LIRs will be retired or semi-retired, the key commitment is a willingness and availability to be at the law school on a regular basis. While most LIRs will be lawyers and C|M|LAW alumni, it is not necessary that the LIR be an alumnus or a lawyer.


Possible activities include, but are not limited to:

  • Mentor, coach, and advise students on their prospective career choices
  • Work on specific projects related to the law school’s strategic priorities
  • Strengthen our relationships with employers and donors
  • Speak in classes
  • Design and/or participate in a workshop, seminar, or symposium
  • Participate in breakfasts, lunches, and/or informal gatherings with students, staff, and/or faculty
  • Judge competitions
  • Advise law student organizations
  • Participate in monthly Dean’s Cabinet meetings (non-voting)
  • Participate in faculty meetings (non-voting)


  • The Dean selects the LIR after consultation with the Associate Deans. Before any announcement, the Dean also consults the faculty.
  • The Dean works to ensure that LIRs reflect the diversity of the community.
  • The law school provides an office and/or conference room and computer access for the LIR’s use when they are at the law school.
  • The law school provides business cards for the LIR.
  • Each LIR has a lead faculty liaison.
  • The length of time of the LIR appointment varies from one semester to several years.


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