Monday, October 10, 2022
We gathered for Externships 11 last weekend, Friday and Saturday, Oct. 7 and 8, 2022, at Pepperdine Caruso School of Law. The externships community has met for these vital conferences every other year since Externships 1, but this was the first in-person conference for four and half years. It was the first major, in-person, clinical conference in three years. As teachers, we know the deep value of intentional reflection, sharing, exchanging, and engaging in person, so the time together was inspiring, rejuvenating, and full of joy in the work.
Representing well over one hundred law schools, one hundred and eight professors and administrators gathered in person, and another fifty joined us online. Professors from Australia and a large delegation from law schools in the Philippines joined the conference to share, learn, and further develop their programs.
The substance of the conference was critical and important. Our high calling in externships is the formation of excellent, ethical lawyers and public citizens, so the plenary and concurrent sessions addressed practice, pedagogy, and professional formation. Several sessions specifically focused on implementing the new Section 303 standards from the ABA on cultural competence, bias, and racism. Experienced professors led sessions for new clinicians, and multiple professors presented scholarly works in progress for comment and critique.
The experience of the conference together was beautiful, a long awaited return for a rich, dedicated community. True to the values of externships and clinics, the conference raised $1200 for donations to Neighborhood Legal Services of Los Angeles County and Bet Tzedek, to support the field supervisors who support our students in critical public interest placements.
Personally, I am profoundly grateful for the collaboration, creativity, and hard work from the organizing committee and an all-hands effort from our teams at Pepperdine. These were good days that will make us better teachers, mentors, lawyers, and colleagues.
Wednesday, August 24, 2022
Via Prof. Nickole Miller:
Register for the Midwest Clinical Conference (October 28-30, 2022)
Drake University Law School is pleased to announce the in-person return of the Midwest Clinical Conference planned for October 28-30, 2022 at the Neal and Bea Smith Law Center in Des Moines, Iowa. This year’s theme is Honoring the Past, Evaluating the Present, Shaping the Future, which will allow attendees to celebrate the development and progress of clinical pedagogy in the law school curriculum while preparing for the next generation of experiential education.
The Planning Committee invites proposals for Concurrent Sessions (60-minute sessions) and Teaching Spotlights (20-minute presentations highlighting innovative or successful teaching strategies or ideas) that expand on the conference theme. The Planning Committee also invites authors to submit works-in-progress or incubator ideas and conference attendees to serve as commentators for the WIP sessions.
Deadline for proposal submissions is 12 p.m. Central Time September 1, 2022 at this website under “Request for Proposals.”
Please direct any questions to Suzie Pritchett, Director of Clinics and Experiential Education, suz[email protected]. We look forward to seeing you this fall!
Wednesday, March 23, 2022
EVENTS: Conversations with Clinicians -- Evolving Experiential Education Standards with Laila Hlass and Allison Korn
UDC Law is proud to present the second in our new remote Conversations with Clinicians series.
On Friday March 25 at 12:30pm EST, we will host two leading lights in our community: Prof. Laila Hlass currently serves as Associate Provost for International Affairs and Co-Director of the Immigrants Rights Clinic at Tulane, along with Allison Korn, Assistant Dean for Experiential Education at UCLA Law, where she also directs the Food Law & Policy Clinic. Together, Profs. Hlass and Korn conducted a key survey of law schools and published the results here with the Villanova Law Review.
UDC Law's Associate Dean for Clinical and Experiential Programs, Lindsay M. Harris, will engage with Profs. Hlass and Korn. We will discuss a little bit about our speakers' path into experiential education, the leadership roles they hold, the survey they conducted and the key takeaways. We will also likely touch on the emerging amendments to ABA standard 303 and think about how law schools might adapt to think about professional identity formation and addressing racism, bias, and cultural humility throughout the curriculum.
Bring your lunch or coffee and engage with us next Friday March 25 from 12:30-1:30EST. The flyer is attached and you can register here: https://bit.ly/ConvosUDCLaw
Tuesday, March 1, 2022
UDC Law is launching our Conversations with Clinicians speaker series. Each conversation in our series will feature a UDC Law clinician hosting a special guest or two to discuss a topic of interest to the clinical community.
UDC Law has a dual mission: to provide legal services to indigent district residents and to empower students from marginalized and unrepresented communities to join the legal profession. A pioneer in clinical legal education, UDC Law remains deeply committed to the advancement of clinical education. The Conversations with Clinicians series will engage leading clinicians across the country to explore various topics of interest to our community. Here are details on the three conversations scheduled this semester:
On Friday March 11 from 12:30-1:30pm EST UDC Law Dean Renee Hutchins will be in conversation with the University of Maryland’s Michael Pinard. Dean Hutchins and Prof. Pinard will explore career trajectories for clinicians. To register for this first conversation, please visit https://bit.ly/UDCLawConvos
On Friday March 25, UDC Law Associate Dean for Clinical and Experiential Programs, Lindsay M. Harris, will engage with Prof. & Associate Provost Laila Hlass of Tulane and Assistant Dean for Experiential Education Allison Korn of UCLA to discuss trends in experiential legal education discussed in their 2020 Villanova Law Review article, Assessing the Experiential Revolution. Save the date!
Last but certainly not least, on Friday April 22, UDC Law General Practice Co-Director, Tianna Gibbs, will engage with Prof. Norrinda Hayat, Director of the Civil Justice Clinic at Rutgers Law, to discuss Prof. Hayat’s critically important 2021 Clinical Law Review piece, Freedom Pedagogy: Towards Teaching Antiracist Clinics. Save the date!
All are welcome to join in these conversations.
Wednesday, July 7, 2021
Ibmec University law school and Mackenzie Presbyterian University law school in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Universidad del Rosario law school in Bogota, Colombia, and Pepperdine Caruso School of Law in Los Angeles, USA, are co-hosting the online (and free) International Conference on Legal Clinics and Access to Justice on August 4-6, 2021.
This is a gathering of law school clinics and clinical professors from Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Mexico, the Philippines, the United Kingdom, the United States, and other nations to discuss our work, build collaborations, and advance clinical legal education, access to justice, and the rule of law in our communities.
See the schedule, speakers, panels, and more details in Portuguese, Spanish, and English below.
The conference has space for 250, so please register here if you're interested in joining these conversations.
Wednesday, May 5, 2021
Midwest Clinical Conference (Nov. 5-7, 2021) and CFP for the Drake Law Review Symposium Issue on Clinical Legal Education
While it was wonderful to see many of you virtually at the AALS Clinical Conference last week, we are excited to extend an invitation to you to attend the Midwest Clinical Conference in person this fall (circumstances permitting) at Drake Law School. We hope you can join us.
The Midwest Clinical Conference will be held on November 5-7, 2021 in Des Moines Iowa. Additional information regarding the conference theme and a request for proposals will be circulated early this summer.
In addition, 2021 marks the Drake Legal Clinic’s 50th anniversary. The Drake Law Review is sponsoring a symposium issue celebrating clinical legal education and invites submissions for its Spring 2022 volume. Please see the attached Call for Papers for additional details. Authors will be invited to present at the Midwest Clinicians Conference in November.
Please contact Suzie Pritchett, Director of Clinics and Experiential Education, ([email protected]) with any questions, and we hope to see you in November.
Monday, May 3, 2021
Global Alliance for Justice Education
International Journal of Clinical Legal Education
Association for Canadian Clinical Legal Education
Worldwide Online Conference
Hosted by Northumbria University
16th-18th June 2021
"Turning Challenges into Opportunities: Justice Education in Times of Crises"
A reminder of the GAJE/IJCLE/ACCLE Worldwide Online Conference which will take place on 16th, 17th and 18th June 2021. The conference is hosted and organized with the technical support of Northumbria University (UK).
Information about the conference is attached and available here: https://gaje.org/Upcoming-Conferences or https://northumbria.ac.uk/about-us/news-events/turning-challenges-into-opportunities.
If you wish to make a proposal (using the new symposia or our usual interactive workshops format), please click here: https://northumbria.ac.uk/about-us/news-events/turning-challenges-into-opportunities/taking-part.
à Proposal Deadline: 7th May 2021
If you wish to register, please click here: https://northumbria.ac.uk/about-us/news-events/turning-challenges-into-opportunities/fees-and-registration
à Registration Deadline: 21st May 2021
The conference will offer – amongst others – the following highlights:
International Clinicians’ Café: Sharing and Reflecting on Stories of Transformation and Resilience : Susan L. Brooks, Associate Dean and Professor, Drexel University Kline School of Law; Neil Gold, Professor Emeritus, Faculty of Law, University of Windsor. This interactive workshop will provide a lively and enjoyable forum for our international clinical community to share and reflect on our stories of transformation. An opportunity to bring along the beverage of your choice and meet clinicians in small groups. By listening deeply to each other’s stories of transformation and resilience we will identify common themes and threads. These will lead us to more tools and strategies for continuing to thrive as we face ongoing conditions of uncertainty.
The conference will offer rooms for “Lightning Talks”. Here anyone can book a space/time for a maximum 5 minutes presentation in order to give others a quick glimpse at a work in progress in your clinic, or seek out for fellow campaigners to join you in an access to justice project, or share an innovative legal education method etc. It will be the ideal space to share ideas, projects, funny moments and of course to get in contact with other legal educators/justice activists from all over the world.
At this conference, an e-TOT course program including three 90-minute interactive sessions will be held with experienced instructors and facilitators. The titles of these three sessions are:1- Designing a Clinic; 2- Lesson Plans and Interactive methods; 3- Supervision and Student Assessment.
GAJE and IJCLE conferences have always been important meeting points in order to connect and to get engaged with other justice educators around the world. Albeit online, we are planning to create specific rooms/spaces at the conference, where “newcomers" can connect to each other and to already connected clinicians/educators/justice activists from all over the world.
GET INVOLVED - YOUR SUPPORT FOR THE CONFERENCE:
- SHARE INFORMATION OF THE CONFERENCE: Please help us spreading the information about the conference around!
- GET INVOLVED: GAJE conferences have always been ideal occasions of GAJE members to get involved. We are still looking for persons who would be available to support the conference planning, in particular linked to the “Conference Program - Stream Coordination”. If you are interested, please send a us a message (email to [email protected])!
- SEEKING OUT FOR CONFERENCE SUPPORT: Inspired by the experiences of the prior successful GAJE conferences, we believe that GAJE conferences - also the upcoming online edition - are ideal occasions to create collaborative opportunities with interested institutions and organizations. Support could include but are not limited to: (1) Undertaking part of the technical costs of holding the Conference online, (2) Supporting the registration fees of some participants, who are otherwise unable to attend, etc. Please contact us, if you have any idea related to potential supporters (email to [email protected]).
Tuesday, March 2, 2021
Please feel free to share – we hope to see you there!
Explore the event website at https://www.swlaw.edu/CalExWebinar.
The CLEA New Clinicians Committees is excited to share that registration is now open for the 2021 Virtual New Clinicians Conference! This year's Conference, which will again be FREE, will take place from Monday, May 17th to Thursday, May 20th.Like last year's conference, which brought together more than 250 attendees, the 2021 CLEA Virtual New Clinicians Conference will convene over four days. Each day's program will begin at 11:00 a.m. Eastern and conclude at 1:30 or 2:00 p.m. Eastern. Our varied conference format will include live and asynchronous webinar programming, concurrent sessions, and facilitated small group discussions. We also expect to offer some fun networking opportunities, including an evening social event during the week of the conference.Registrants can sign up to participate in all or some webinars and can choose whether to participate in small group discussions. To build community and maximize the value of small group discussions, we ask participants who register for small groups to plan to join all four scheduled discussions. To participate in a small group, please register by May 3.To see the full conference schedule and program, and to register, please visit https://www.cleaweb.org/
Monday, March 1, 2021
23d Annual Trina Grillo Public Interest and Social Justice Retreat (online March 12 at Pepperdine Caruso)
The Trina Grillo Public Interest and Social Justice Retreat, now in its 23d year, is an annual event for California and Nevada law students, law professors, and public interest attorneys. It's usually a smaller weekend gathering, sponsored by several area law schools and SALT, to learn, develop friendships and mentorship, and to gain new energy for public interest and social justice work. This year, Pepperdine Caruso School of Law is hosting the event online, and the sponsoring schools have eagerly agreed to throw wide the doors and invite law students, profs, and lawyers from around the nation for a single day event on Friday, March 12.
The 2021 Consortium Schools:
UC Hastings School of Law
UC Irvine School of Law
Santa Clara University School of Law
Pacific McGeorge School of Law
Pepperdine Caruso School of Law
Southwestern Law School
UCLA School of Law
UC Berkeley School of Law
UNLV William S. Boyd School of Law
University of San Francisco School of Law
USC Gould School of Law
LSU Law Journal for Social Justice & Policy Symposium: Fighting White Supremacy in the 21st Century (March 19)
Via Prof. Clare Ryan:
The LSU Law Journal for Social Justice & Policy is hosting its inaugural symposium, “Fighting White Supremacy in the 21st Century,” on Friday, March 19, 2021 (3-5 PM CST). The panel will consist of five distinguished legal scholars.
The virtual symposium is free and open to the public. To register – and learn more about the event, the journal, and the panelists – please visit https://www.law.lsu.edu/
From the site:
At its inaugural symposium on Friday, March 19, at 3 p.m. (CST), the LSU Law Journal for Social Justice & Policy will host a panel of legal scholars from law schools across the country to discuss the fight against white supremacy in the 21st century, present their research, and submit their papers for publication in the journal’s first issue this spring. The event will be held virtually via Zoom and 1.3 CLE credit hours (Course #: 5170210319) are available for participants.
About the LSU Law Journal for Social Justice & Policy
The LSU Law Journal for Social Justice & Policy is a student-edited, academic journal based at the LSU Paul M. Hebert Law Center. The journal was spearheaded in Fall 2019 by a pair of students who were interested in promoting the discussion of issues relating to social justice and public policy at LSU Law. The mission of the journal is to reach current and future members of the legal profession with fresh perspectives on controversial issues relating to social justice and policy, and address a gap in the types of matters explored in the context of academic legal writing at LSU Law. Moreover, the journal hopes to provide students with an additional forum to express their views concerning this subject and develop their legal writing skills through journal membership. The journal is committed to elevating the voices of law students, practitioners, and academics of color in legal scholarship.
Thursday, February 4, 2021
We are excited to share that CLEA will again offer a FREE Virtual New Clinicians Conference on May 17-20, 2021.
Like last year's conference, which brought together more than 250 attendees, the 2021 CLEA Virtual New Clinicians Conference will convene over four days. Each day's program will begin at 11:00 a.m. Eastern and conclude at 1:30 or 2:00 p.m. Eastern. Our varied conference format will include live and asynchronous webinar programming, concurrent sessions, and facilitated small group discussions. We also expect to offer some fun networking opportunities, including an evening social event during the week of the conference. Session topics will include:
Foundations of Clinical Teaching: An Overview of Best Practices
Racial Justice in the Classroom and in Practice
Technology Innovations in Clinical Teaching and Practice
Teaching Movement Lawyering
Clinical Teaching and Practice During Crisis
Pedagogy Deep-Dive: Clinic Design
Pedagogy Deep-Dive: Externship Design
Plus: Case Rounds, Supervision, and More!
We will be back in touch later this month to share a detailed schedule and information for how you can register to attend the 2021 CLEA Virtual New Clinicians Conference. For now, please SAVE THE DATES (May 17-20, 2021) and do not hesitate to contact us or any of the CLEA New Clinicians Committee members identified below with questions.
We look forward to “seeing” you in May for the 2021 CLEA Virtual New Clinicians!
Lisa Martin and Danny Schaffzin
On behalf of the CLEA New Clinicians Committee:
Lisa Martin (University of South Carolina) (Co-Chair)
Danny Schaffzin (University of Memphis) (Co-Chair)
Jeff Baker (Pepperdine)
Kathryn Banks (Washington University in St. Louis)
Lauren Bartlett (St. Louis University)
Christine Cerniglia (Stetson)
Crisanne Hazen (Harvard)
Rachael Kohl (Michigan)
Praveen Kosuri (Penn)
C. Benjie Louis (Hofstra)
Nickole Miller (University of Baltimore)
Sue Schechter (Berkeley)
Shonda Sibley (Temple University)
Anita Sinha (American University)
Kele Stewart (Miami)
Wendy Vaughn (Northern Illinois University)
Tuesday, November 19, 2019
The Sleeping Lady Resort (Leavenworth, WA) on the ancestral land of the Yakima and Wenatchi tribes provided a stunning mountain backdrop and intimate meeting space for the Northwest Clinical Conference November 8-10, 2019. We paused to breathe, reflect, and plan for the year to come. We shared and learned from different schools, different disciplines, and different countries. We brainstormed and strategized. We nourished our minds and bodies (the food was not exaggerated). We walked, listened to poetry, sang, and embraced new mottos complete with stickers ("Transcend the Bullshit.") Our northwest clinical colleagues kindly welcomed those of us who work outside the traditional boundaries of the Northwest. The founder’s quote on the back page of the resort’s notebook was spot on:
“I want people to leave here and feel as though they can change their corner of the world.” – Harriet Bullitt
Many thanks to all of the planners!
Wednesday, March 20, 2019
Please join us for the 11th Feminist Legal Theory Conference at University of Baltimore School of Law sponsored by the Center on Applied Feminism, University of Baltimore Law Review, and CLEA. The focus of the conference is “Applied Feminism and #MeToo,” and our keynote speaker is Debra Katz, who represented Christine Blasey Ford in the Justice Kavanaugh confirmation hearings. The conference is being held at the University of Baltimore School of Law April 11 and 12, 2019. There is no registration fee, but we do ask that people RSVP.
Conference webpage including the RSVP is available here: http://law.ubalt.edu/centers/caf/conference/EleventhFeministLegalTheoryConf.cfm
Wednesday, October 24, 2018
The next session of the Mid-Atlantic Clinicians’ Writing Workshop is taking place at the University of the District of Columbia David A. Clarke School of Law on Friday, October 27 at 9:30 am. Lindsay Harris, Assistant Professor of Law, University of the District of Columbia David A. Clarke School of Law, will present her paper entitled Withholding Protection.
The schedule for the remaining fall writing workshops is as follows:
At 9:30 am on December 7, professors Nichole Tuchinda of Georgetown University Law Center, Saba Ahmed of the University of the District of Columbia David A. Clarke School of Law, and Kim Rolla of the University of Virginia School of Law will be presenting at Georgetown University Law Center.
Wednesday, September 5, 2018
via Jessica Long (University of Idaho) and Kathryn Moakley (University of Oregon)
For anyone still considering attending the Northwest Clinical Law Conference on Oct. 19-21, 2018 in Sunriver, Oregon, there is good news. Yesterday's registration deadline was extended to accommodate those who needed a little more time. Please complete the registration form Download NWCLC2018Invitation, and send it to Kathryn Moakley ASAP at the address provided on the form.
Monday, April 2, 2018
Calling all fans of clinical education and warm weather: mark your calendars for the 8th Annual Southern Clinical Conference “Overcoming Divisions.” The conference will be hosted by the University of South Carolina School of Law on Friday October 19th and Saturday, October 20th, 2018.
Requests for proposals coming later this Spring. We look forward to seeing you in Columbia next Fall!
For more information please contact Emily Suski at [email protected].
The Southern Clinical Conference planning committee:
Danny Schaffzin, Memphis,
Alex Scherr, Georgia
Kendall Kerew, Georgia State
Susan Donovan, Alabama
Lauren Aronson, LSU
Bob Lancaster, LSU
Crystal Schin, Virginia
Lisa Martin, South Carolina
Emily Suski, South Carolina
Ken Gaines, South Carolina
Annie Eisenberg, South Carolina
Claire Raj, South Carolina
Josh Gupta-Kaga, South Carolina
Friday, December 1, 2017
The Clinical Law Review will hold its next Clinical Writers’ Workshop on Saturday, September 22, 2018, at NYU Law School.
The Workshop provides an opportunity for clinical teachers who are writing about any subject (clinical pedagogy, substantive law, interdisciplinary analysis, empirical work, etc.) to meet with other clinicians writing on related topics to discuss their works-in-progress and brainstorm ideas for further development of their articles. Attendees will meet in small groups organized, to the extent possible, by the subject matter in which they are writing. Each group will “workshop” the draft of each member of the group.
Participation in the Workshop requires the submission of a paper because the workshop takes the form of small group sessions in which all members of the group comment on each other’s manuscripts. By June 30, 2018, all applicants must submit a mini-draft or prospectus, 3-5 pages in length, of the article they intend to present at the workshop. Full drafts of the articles will be due by September 1, 2018.
As in the previous Clinical Law Review Workshops, participants will not have to pay an admission or registration fee but will have to arrange and pay for their own travel and lodging. To assist those who wish to participate but who need assistance for travel and lodging, NYU Law School has created a fund for scholarships to help pay for travel and lodging. The scholarships are designed for those clinical faculty who receive little or no travel support from their law schools and who otherwise would not be able to attend this workshop without scholarship support. Applicants for scholarships will be required to submit, with their 3-5 page prospectus that is due by June 30, a proposed budget for travel and lodging and a brief statement of why the scholarship would be helpful in supporting their attendance at this conference. The Board will review all scholarship applications and issue decisions about scholarships in early July. The scholarships are conditioned upon recipients’ meeting all requirements for workshop participation, including submission of drafts by the deadlines set forth above, and will be capped at a maximum of $750 per person.
If you have any comments or suggestions you would like to send us, we would be very happy to hear from you. Comments and suggestions should be sent to Randy Hertz at [email protected].
-- The Board of Editors of the Clinical Law Review
Thursday, July 13, 2017
Call for Panelists
Innovations in Teaching Access to Justice Across the Law School Curriculum
2018 AALS Annual Meeting – Open Source Program
Friday, January 5, 2018, 8:30 – 10:15 a.m.
We invite applications to speak on a panel about how law school faculty can innovate in the classroom to create future attorneys who are concerned about access to justice and playing a role in solving the access to justice crisis. Each panelist will speak about a recent experiment incorporating access to justice into the law school curriculum. We hope to identify an additional panelist who has (or will in the Fall 2017 semester) integrated access to justice concepts in a first-year or core law school course.
The program will begin with a roundtable discussion of each panelist’s recent efforts to highlight and incorporate access to justice in their own classrooms. The program will continue with a facilitated discussion that will allow audience members to share and develop their own classroom experiments, including ideas to incorporate access to justice in core and first-year courses. The planned panelists are Anna Carpenter (Tulsa), Lauren Sudeall Lucas (Georgia State), Victor Quintanilla (Indiana), and Colleen Shanahan (Temple).
To be considered as a panelist, please email a short (1-2 paragraph) statement of interest and description of your recent or upcoming effort to teach access to justice in the classroom to Colleen Shanahan ([email protected]) by September 1.
Thursday, July 6, 2017
From the organizers:
2017 Northwest Clinical Law Conference
On behalf of the NWCLC 2017 Planning Committee, we are pleased to provide details regarding the 2017 Northwest Clinical Law Conference, to be heldat Sleeping Lady.
Our theme this year will be "From Competence to Social Justice: The Role of Legal Clinics in Forming Professional Identity and Values." Below are a request for proposals with additional details regarding the theme and our call for presenters. Please note that we are also seeking proposals from clinic administrators in hopes of having a separate conference track for administrative professionals who wish to attend. Proposals can be sent to me ([email protected]) for distribution to the Planning Committee and are due by .
Also attached is a flyer with registration details. The registration and payment deadline is [email protected]).and your completed registration form and fees can be returned to Geri Sturgill (
We look forward to seeing your proposals and to a great conference later this year!