Monday, April 28, 2014


At the AALS conference, I am serving as a co-leader of the working group for Community Economic Development clinicians. (Dana Malkus of SLU is my partner facilitator.)

This is a new field for me and have an ulterior motive in volunteering to lead this group in which I have little experience. At Pepperdine in the Fall, we are launching the Community Justice Clinic in which we will provide legal services for nonprofits, community and religious organizations. I told the group of 20 professors that I hoped to learn from them about this new project.

As I knew they would, our counterparts jumped to share their ideas, guidance, challenges, failures, successes and hopes. No one was proprietary, even from the schools who would be our competitors. We are working in common cause and celebrate success and collaboration.

This is an academic conference, but we are not inclined to read papers to each other but to be useful and to help each other get better. It's good lawyering and good teaching, too.

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