Keith E. Sealing
Boulder, Colorado host city to the National Conference of Bar Examiners and Council of Bar Admission Administrators is nestled against the eastern side of the Rocky Mountains. This formation – known as the Flatirons – is the iconic representation of the area’s natural beauty. Photo Courtesy Keith E. Sealing.
, Dean of Students for the Harrisburg Campus, spoke about “The Challenges of the Millennial Generation” at the Annual Meeting of the National Conference of Bar Examiners and Council of Bar Admission Administrators on August 14th in Boulder, Colorado.
As the majority of law students taking the Bar Examination now are from the Millennial Generation (or Generation Y, generally covering those born between 1982 and 2001), Dean Sealing provided advice gleaned from his personal experiences working with Millennials. He discussed differences between Millenials and the previous generations, Boomers (1943 – 1960) and Generation X (1961 – 1981), in terms of the historic events that shaped their worldviews, their use of technology in general, and their favored modes of communication.
He noted that they often feel that “Email is for old people” and that they instead prefer Instant Messaging and Facebook. In an interesting exchange, Dean Sealing listed the four state Boards that had Facebook pages and how he was told by a spokesperson for one of the states that she wasn’t aware that the state had a Facebook page. In the ensuing discussion it emerged that the individual had inadvertently created the Facebook page herself and did not realize that she had done it!
“This exchange simultaneously demonstrated the pitfalls of Facebook and also the necessity of monitoring what is being said about you on Facebook and in cyberspace generally,” Sealing said.