Thursday, November 6, 2014

Second Annual Law School Incubator Conference - West Coast Edition

This February California Western School of Law will host the Second Annual Law School Icubator Conference in beautiful San Diego.  Check out the Website here for full details on the program schedule, how to register, where to stay, etc.    Here's a brief overview from the conference website:

Program Description


The rapid growth of incubator and residency programs over the past 2 years is proof that good ideas spread fast.  Law schools, Legal Aid programs and bar associations across the United States, and now the world, are assuming an increasing role in the development of post-graduate training and support programs for attorneys wishing to establish solo and small firms or not-for-profit organizations. Inherent in these programs is a focus on training lawyers who can help to resolve the unmet legal needs of individuals and entities from moderate to low-income communities while they build economically sustainable practices that will continue to serve those client needs.  


These incubator and residency programs are expanding rapidly and reflect the fact that increasingly the people who choose to attend law school do so because they are committed to expanding access to affordable legal services for the mainstream groups that have not been adequately served, and because they recognize that solo and small firm practice has long been the most popular career path for lawyers. 


This conference addresses the opportunities and challenges institutions face in the conceptualization, design and implementation of successful incubators and residency programs.


It is co-sponsored by:


  • California Western School of Law
  • Touro Law Center
  • UMKC School of Law
  • The American Bar Association's Standing Committee on the Delivery of Legal Services*
  • State Bar of California Access to Justice Commission


*pending approval from the ABA Board of Governors 


The conference will describe and advance the phenomenal growth of post graduate law programs and the new wave of affordable legal services for groups without access to legal resources.  In addition to the basics of creating and implementing incubator programs it will address the impact on law school curricular reform; collaboration between bench, bar and academics; technology and delivery of legal services; evolution of lawyering role models; and access to justice.


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