February 5, 2009
Soliciting Nominations for the Shanara Gilbert Award
The Awards Committee of the AALS Section on Clinical Legal Education is now accepting nominations for the Shanara Gilbert Award, which will be given out during the AALS’s Workshop on Clinical Legal Education in Cleveland, Ohio, from May 6 – May 9, 2009. The deadline for submitting nominations is March 6, 2009.
Designed to honor an "emerging clinician," the award is for a recent entrant (10 years or fewer) into clinical legal education who has demonstrated some or all of the following qualities:
1) a commitment to teaching and achieving social justice, particularly in the areas of race and the criminal justice system;
2) a passion for providing legal services and access to justice to individuals and groups most in need;
3) service to the cause of clinical legal education or to the AALS Section on Clinical Legal Education;
4) an interest in international clinical legal education; and
5) an interest in the beauty of nature (desirable, but not required).
Nominations for the Gilbert Award must be received no later than March 6, 2009.
Past recipients include:
2001 Adele Bernhard (Pace University)
2002 Grady Jessup (North Carolina Central University)
2003 Beth Lyon (Villanova University)
2004 Esther Canty-Barnes (Rutgers School of Law — Newark)
2005 Melissa Breger (Albany)
2006 Michael Pinard (University of Maryland)
2007 Pam Metzger (Tulane)
2008 Kris Henning (Georgetown)
NOMINATIONS GUIDELINES: To ensure that the Awards Committee has uniformity in what it is considering in support of each candidate, the Committee requests that nominations adhere to the following guidelines:
1) To nominate someone, send the name of the nominee and a nominating statement setting forth why the Section should honor the individual, specifically referencing the award criteria outlined above where relevant. The Committee strongly encourages nominators to obtain some supporting letters for the candidate, given that its deliberations are assisted immensely by a variety of voices speaking about a particular nominee. Please note that there is a limit on the amount of supporting material that will be considered. Supporting materials for nominations include: nominating statement of no more than five pages in length (required); a copy of the nominee's resume (required); a list of any scholarship, but not copies of the scholarship (required, but do not duplicate this if it is in the nominee's resume); no more than five letters or e-mails in support (no letter or e-mail should be more than four single-spaced pages long, exclusive of signatures, which may be multiple); and no more than five pages of any other materials. The nomination and documentary support must be submitted via e-mail either in Word or pdf files. Any nominators who want to submit supporting materials that they have in hard copy are responsible for converting them into portable document format or scanning them and cleaning and submitting them via pdf files attached to e-mail.
2) Members of the clinical community who have nominated a person previously are encouraged to re-nominate that person for this year’s award, provided that the person is still a recent entrant (10 years or fewer) into clinical legal education. The selection of one nominee over another should not be viewed as a statement against those not selected. The Committee can select only one person and someone not selected one year might be selected the next.
3) The Committee’s deliberations are assisted immensely by a variety of voices speaking about a particular nominee. Nominators are strongly encouraged to seek letters in support of the nominee from colleagues. Such letters may also include letters of support from students whom the candidate has supervised in a clinical setting.
Please send your nominations by e-mail no later than March 6, 2009 to BOTH of the following emails:
Gordon Beggs, Cleveland State University
Deborah Epstein, Georgetown University
Zelda Harris, University of Arizona
Peter Joy, Awards Committee Chair, Washington University in St. Louis
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