March 2013 —

Donald J. PoldenGreensboro, NC – Donald J. Polden, Dean of the Santa Clara University School of Law, will serve as the Center for Creative Leadership’s Visiting Legal Scholar for 2013-14.

Polden will work closely with senior research faculty member Roland Smith and faculty member Corey Criswell, who head CCL’s legal sector practice, on several initiatives related to law and leadership. Among them: expanding the curriculum and instructional materials for leadership courses at law schools, describing the changing nature of leadership for lawyers in various segments of the legal community and how “leading” lawyers foster entrepreneurship and innovation in Silicon Valley.

“Dean Polden, like CCL, is a pioneer in exploring the potential that leadership education holds for transforming the legal sector,” said CCL President and CEO John R. Ryan. “We feel privileged to partner with him on work that we believe will benefit legal professionals across the country.”

Having led the Santa Clara School of Law since 2003, Polden also served as chair of the Standards Review Committee of the American Bar Association during its comprehensive review of accreditation standards for American legal education. Prior to joining Santa Clara, he was dean and professor of law at the University of Memphis School of Law and associate dean and professor at Drake University School of Law. He also clerked for the chief judge of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Iowa.

Polden was instrumental in instituting an annual national conference, known as the Leadership Roundtable, at Santa Clara University; it brings together law faculty teaching leadership in law schools, law firm professional development experts, and corporate general counsel and law firm partners to discuss advancing leadership education in law schools and law practice. He also has published articles on leadership education in law schools and in the legal profession, including the first law review symposium issue on the subject.

“I am very honored to be associated with the Center for Creative Leadership, a top-ranked, international provider of leadership education and professional and executive development,” Polden said. “I look forward to working with the tremendously talented staff and faculty at CCL on projects that will advance leadership education for lawyers, judges and law students.”

Polden holds a bachelor’s degree from George Washington University and earned a J.D. from the Indiana University-Indianapolis Law School. Polden is CCL’s second Visiting Legal Scholar and follows Leary Davis, founding dean of Elon University School of Law in Greensboro, N.C.

About Santa Clara University School of Law
Santa Clara Law, founded in 1911 on the site of Santa Clara University, California’s oldest operating higher-education institution, is dedicated to educating lawyers who lead, with a commitment to excellence, ethics, and social justice. As one of the nation’s most diverse law schools, Santa Clara Law offers its 975 students an academically rigorous program, including graduate degrees in international law and intellectual property law; a combined J.D./MBA degree; a combined J.D./MSIS degree; and certificates in high tech law, international law, and public interest and social justice law. Santa Clara Law is located in the world-class business center of Silicon Valley and is distinguished nationally for its top-ranked program in intellectual property. For more information, see

About the Center for Creative Leadership

The Center for Creative Leadership (CCL®) is a top-ranked, global provider of leadership development. By leveraging the power of leadership to drive results that matter most to clients, CCL transforms individual leaders, teams, organizations, and society. Our array of cutting-edge solutions is steeped in extensive research and experience gained from working with hundreds of thousands of leaders at all levels. Ranked among the world’s top providers of executive education, CCL has locations in countries worldwide.

Stephen Martin
Center for Creative Leadership
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