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New director Lucas Cupps takes over Center for Professional Development

December 03, 2013

Lucas Cupps, the new director of the Center for Professional Development, is familiar to many students and alumni who took Legal Writing from him.

Lucas CuppsCupps was a member of the Legal Writing faculty from 2005-2007 and rejoined the faculty as a visiting assistant professor of lawyering skills in fall 2013 after two years in New Zealand and three years in British Columbia. While there, he used his legal skills in the private financial sector as a senior enforcement administrator and as a director of investigations in the health regulation sector. He previously was a staff attorney with The Defender Association in Seattle. 

Cupps was chosen in a national search to replace outgoing Assistant Dean Shawn Lipton, who will continue to devote half his time to CPD as an associate director while he also pursues other professional endeavors.

The interview committee was impressed with Cupps and his thoughtfulness about how the School of Law and CPD can best assist students and graduates in their professional development and in obtaining employment. As a legal writing professor, he has counseled and advised many students on their career paths.

"He brings energy, enthusiasm, passion, intellect and visionary ideas to this leadership position," Clark said. "Lucas also has a deep connection to this law school and excellent professional connections in the region that he will be able to use for the benefit of our students and alumni."

Cupps looks forward to working closely with students and employers.

"In this changing and challenging legal marketplace, I am excited to continue the law's school work in building bridges to the legal community and in helping our students build their own bridges to the world of practice," he said.

Shawn LiptonLipton joined the law school in 2002. He oversaw Continuing Legal Education and started the Summer Study in Alaska Program before focusing solely on CPD in 2005.

 "Shawn developed new programs, including our successful Summer in D.C. Program. He created partnerships with students, alumni, and employers that will benefit students for years to come," Clark said.  "We thank him for his outstanding dedication to our students and graduates."

 "My time at the law school has been an unbelievable journey," he said. "In my eight years at CPD, I've worked with more 1,000 students and alumni, and it has been an incredible experience to watch careers develop and passions crystalize. To know that I played a small part in a student's success has been wonderfully gratifying."