Thursday, November 13, 2014

2015 AALS Section on Clinical Legal Education’s William Pincus Award to Ann Shalleck

This week, Profs. Charles Auffant and  Mary Jo Hunter, co-chairs of the AALS Section on Clinical Legal Education, announced that Professor Ann Shalleck of American University Washington College of Law is the 2015 recipient of the AALS Section on Clinical Law William Pincus Award.   Here is their announcement:

            We are pleased to announce that Professor Ann Shalleck has been chosen as the recipient of the AALS Section on Clinical Legal Education’s William Pincus Award for outstanding contributions to the cause of clinical legal education.  The award will be presented at the Section’s luncheon on Friday, January 3rd at the AALS Annual Meeting in Washington DC.

The Section’s Awards Committee (Margaret Martin Barry and Mary Lynch, co-chairs) recommended Professor Shalleck from among a number of worthy nominees based on Professor Shalleck’s extraordinary contributions in the realms of scholarship, program design and implementation, elevation of the status of clinicians, mentoring clinical professors, and advancement of the cause of justice.   The following is a brief synopsis drawn from the Awards Committee’s report:  

            Ann was described as a tireless advocate on behalf of the clinical movement.  She received CLEA’s Outstanding Advocate for Clinical Teachers in 2009; as a member of the AALS Executive Committee from 2010 to 2013, she represented the AALS at ABA Standards Review Committee meetings and hearings during the contentious re-evaluation of all of the accreditation standards; she has been on at least 10 AALS conference planning committees and done countless presentations at AALS conferences -- she even created a primer for clinical conference or workshop presentations; she has hosted the Women and the Law Breakfast in conjunction with the AALS Annual Meeting for over 15 years; she has been a member of the Georgetown Summer Institute faculty for each of its four years; is a co-founder and co-facilitator of the Rounds About Clinical Teaching for Experienced Clinicians in Washington, DC; she is a past member of the SALT Board; and she has contributed in other venues, such as Law & Society and the Southern Clinical Conference.

            Ann has authored over 25 works, including her recent work as co-author of TRANSFORMING THE EDUCATION OF LAWYERS:  THE THEORY AND PRACTICE OF CLINICAL PEDAGOGY (2014).  We will say what you all undoubtedly know, that Ann has had a profound effect on the teaching of and thinking about clinical legal education.  

            Ann founded WCL’s Women and the Law Program, a key part of which is the Women and the Law Clinic which she has directed since its inception in 1984.  Ann was also involved in creation of the school’s  Domestic Violence Clinic and continues as lead teacher for the joint Women and the Law-Domestic Violence Clinic seminar.  As director of the law school’s clinical program from 1997-2000, Ann created the Practitioner-in Residence programs as a means of expanding the clinical program and to help practitioners learn about clinical teaching and develop scholarship.  The program’s success in meeting its goals of helping practitioners transition is seen in the letter written by 12 of the former practitioners.  “Transformative” and “I consumed [Ann’s article on supervision] in huge gulps, thrilled by Ann’s description of the supervisory relationship as a series of intentional choices by the teacher” and “instrumental” were some of the descriptors used by the practitioners.  

            In addition to her clinical scholarship and teaching, Ann is a feminist scholar.  Her latest focus is developing the Women and the Law Program’s Student Debt and Education Justice Project Inaugural Conference.  

            We hope you will join us in honoring our colleague Professor Shalleck in person in Washington DC.

 Congratulations, Professor Shalleck!

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