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  • 02 Jan 2019 11:06 AM | Lauren Bartlett (Administrator)

    The Members of the Clinical Legal Education Association (CLEA) Board of Directors cordially invite you to CLEA's bi-annual board and membership meeting and a post-meeting dinner at the 2019 AALS Annual Conference in New Orleans. 

    CLEA's board and membership meetings are open to members and others interested in learning more about CLEA's advocacy and other work.  Attending this meeting is a great way to meet up with CLEA Board Members and other clinicians attending the AALS Conference, as well as to find out how to get involved with CLEA.  The post-meeting dinner is open to anyone interested in a social gathering of CLEA members and other clinicians from across the U.S. All are welcome to attend either or both the meeting/dinner.

    The board and membership meeting will take place on Thursday January 3, 2019 from 5:00-6:30pm CT in the ACLU of Louisiana Conference room at Orleans Tower, 1340 Poydras Street, 21st Floor Conference Room, New Orleans, LA  70112.

    The post-meeting dinner will take place at 7pm at Domenica Restaurant, 123 Baronne Street, New Orleans, LA  70112.  Dinner attendees are required to RSVP and to pay for their own dinner and drinks.

  • 20 Dec 2018 11:42 AM | Lauren Bartlett (Administrator)

    The New Clinicians Conference 

    Saturday, May 4, 2019

    Golden Gate University School of Law 

    536 Mission Street

    San Francisco, CA 94105

    More information about the conference is forthcoming and registration will be  available on our website soon.

  • 17 Oct 2018 12:25 PM | Lauren Bartlett (Administrator)

    The call for proposals is now open for the seventh biennial conference on Applied Legal Storytelling. We are offering two deadlines for submitting proposals: January 21, 2019 (priority deadline) and March 11, 2019 (extended deadline).  

    About the Conference 

    The Applied Legal Storytelling Conference brings together academics, judges, and practitioners. The conference has previously convened in 2007 (London), 2009 (Portland), 2011 (Denver), 2013 (London), Seattle (2015), and Washington D.C. (2017). We are very excited to bring it back to the Mountain West (Boulder) in July 2019.

    Applied Legal Storytelling (AppLS) examines the use of stories—and of storytelling or narrative elements—in law practice, legal education, and the law. This definition is intentionally broad in order to allow people creativity in the way they think and present on the topic. Such topics may include: the ways in which fiction-writing techniques or narrative theory can inform legal storytelling; stories in the law, or law as stories; legal storytelling and metaphor; client story advocacy; legal storytelling and cognitive science; and ethical considerations in legal storytelling. 

    In an effort to continue the storytelling conversation for this seventh conference, and to welcome new attendees, we are providing resources for those interested in submitting a proposal and who wish to generate ideas or respond to others’. The first is a list of topics from past conferences, available at http://www.lwionline.org/sites/default/files/Topics%20and%20ideas%20from%20past%20AppLS%20conferences%20(1).pdf. The second is a link to a bibliography on AppLS, including articles that have emerged from previous storytelling conferences, available at http://www.alwd.org/wp-contentuploads20151108-rideout_article2015-pdf/. We are also happy to answer questions and offer you suggestions—if you are a newcomer and interested in becoming involved, please reach out.

    This conference will be hosted by the University of Colorado School of Law, University of Denver Sturm College of Law, and University of Wyoming School of Law, and coordinated by the Rocky Mountain Legal Writing Scholarship Group.  The conference is co-sponsored by the Clinical Legal Education Association.

  • 09 Oct 2018 1:28 PM | Lauren Bartlett (Administrator)

    The CLEA Externship Committee is delighted to share its much-anticipated Report:  Survey of Schools on Payment of Students for For-Credit Externships.

    The Report analyzes data generated by a March 2018 survey on how law schools responded to ABA Standards revisions that removed the prohibition on paid externships.  An impressive 151 law schools responded to the survey, but the Report notes the following caveat:  the minority of schools that are experimenting with payment only recently implemented such policies and have little experience to report at this time.  For that reason, CLEA plans to continue examining this issue in future data collection efforts.

    In conjunction with the survey, the CLEA Externship Committee conducted two webinars last May and June that shared preliminary survey results, and examined considerations and challenges in permitting and implementing paid externships.  Over 80 law schools participated in the webinars, and a version of it is available on the LexternWeb site.

    Many thanks to the CLEA Externship Committee members whose initiative, hard work, and brainpower brought this project to fruition:  D’lorah Hughes (Irvine), Kendall Kerew (Georgia State), Amy Sankaran (University of Michigan), and Alex Scherr (University of Georgia).

    If you have questions about the Report or suggestions for future data collection, please contact committee co-chairs:

  • 07 Sep 2018 1:13 PM | Lauren Bartlett (Administrator)

    The CLEA Elections Committee (D’lorah Hughes and Lindsay Harris) is soliciting nominations through October 1, 2018, of individuals to serve on the CLEA Board starting in January 2019. This year, there is a VP position and several Board positions open.  All positions require a three-year commitment.  I am attaching a memo prepared by the CLEA Elections Committee, which sets forth the activities and responsibilities of CLEA Board members in more detail.  Current CLEA members are invited to nominate themselves or other CLEA members as candidates for one of these open positions.  The committee also encourages "new clinicians" (defined as clinicians with fewer than 6 years of experience) to run for the CLEA Board.  Our Bylaws create a separate election process for candidates identified as "new clinicians," to ensure that the identified "new clinician" candidate who receives the greatest number of votes will be assured a place on the Board.

    The Committee strongly encourages CLEA members to nominate individuals from groups that are currently underrepresented within the leadership of various clinical institutions, including CLEA, the AALS Section on Clinical Legal Education, and the Clinical Law Review.  The nomination process is simple.  Nominate yourself or someone else by contacting the chair of the CLEA ElectionsCommittee, D’lorah Hughes, dhughes@law.uci.edu. If you are nominating yourself, please include a paragraph or two about why you are running and a link to your faculty profile, which will be included with the election materials to be sent later in the fall.  If you are nominating another CLEA member, there is no need to include such a paragraph; the name alone will suffice, and the Election Committee will contact the nominee for further information.  If you have less than six years of clinical teaching experience and wish to be identified as a "new clinician" candidate, or if you want to nominate a candidate for the "new clinician" category, please indicate that as well.

    Although the process of nomination is easy, our Bylaws set a strict deadline for receiving nominations.  All nominations must be received by October 1, 2018.  If you have questions about the CLEA Elections process, please feel free to contact me or D’lorah Hughes at dhughes@law.uci.edu.
  • 08 Aug 2018 10:54 AM | Lauren Bartlett (Administrator)

    Teaching Justice Webinar Series

    A project of the Best Practices Committee

    What is the Teaching Justice Webinar Series?

    Over the next year, the Teaching Justice Webinar series will feature a number of innovative faculty who will discuss new approaches to teaching justice in the classroom. Each session will draw on the wisdom of current resistance movement and examine its intersections with criminal justice, immigration policy, racial justice, economic justice, and international human rights, among other issues. 

    This series will explore the theory behind experiential faculty’s decision-making processes during an intense political movement, asking the question, “How do we show up as lawyers and teachers?” Presenters also hope to develop a shared vocabulary and a deeper understanding of what it means to be a lawyer, whether we consider ourselves movement lawyers, rebellious lawyers, or transformative lawyers. 

    Upcoming Webinar Sessions:

    Teaching Racial Justice

    March 19, 2019 at 11 a.m. PT/ 12 p.m. MT/ 1 p.m. CT/ 2p.m. ET (one hour session):

    Deborah Archer, Associate Professor of Clinical Law and Director of the Civil Rights Clinic at NYU School of Law

    Teaching Juvenile Justice

    Date TBD

    Eve Hanan, Associate Professor of Law and Director of the Juvenile Justice Clinic at UNLV William S. Boyd School of Law


    Past Webinar Sessions:

    Teaching Justice in the Context of Immigrants’ Rights

    December 6, 2018

    Taught by Annie Lai, Clinical Professor of Law and Co-Director of the Immigrant Rights Clinic at the University of California, Irvine School of Law, and Sameer Ashar, Vice Dean for Experiential Education and Professor of Law, UCLA. 

    Download the powerpoint presentation used during the December 6th webinar here.


    Shifting Power througTransformative Lawyering in Community Economic Development

    September 26, 2018 

    Taught by Renee Hatcher, Assistant Professor of Law and Director of the Business Enterprise Law Clinic at The John Marshall Law School, Alicia Alvarez (Michigan Law), Dorcas Gilmore (Univ. of Maryland Law), and Susan Bennett (American University – WCL).

    For questions about this series please contact the co-directors of the webinar series sub-committee, Laila Hlass lhlass@tulane.edu or Allison Korn korn@law.ucla.edu


  • 05 Dec 2017 12:36 PM | Jeff Baker (Administrator)

    CLEA will hold its board meeting and membership meeting on January 4, 2018, during the AALS Annual Meeting in San Diego. The board will meet at 5:00 p.m. (Pacific), and the membership will meet at 6:00 p.m. (Pacific). CLEA will join with other clinical and externship professors for dinner at a location to be determined after the meetings at 7:30 (Pacific).  

    Thomas Jefferson School of Law is graciously hosting the meetings at 1155 Island Ave, San Diego, CA 92101. 

    CLEA will provide call-in information later for those unable to attend in person. 

    Please RSVP here by December 18 for the board meeting, membership meeting, and dinner, even if you need to call in for the meetings: 

    https://goo.gl/forms/FsYZuAP1GkbgZDZs2


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