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  • 19 Oct 2011 10:35 AM | Laura McNally-Levine (Administrator)
    The Clinical Legal Education Association (CLEA) issues this statement because the US News & World Report rankings are upon us.  Many of those who receive ballots in their capacity as clinical directors or faculty members find this ranking process very uncomfortable.  There are a number of problems with the ranking of clinical programs, not the least of which is that it pits us in competition with each other, when we as a group see ourselves on the same team in a shared struggle for social justice, equality, and improved legal education.  Second, there are no articulated factors for ranking clinical programs, so to a degree the voting is a bit of a popularity contest.  Third, some schools unfairly suffer because they do not have the budget or the support of their administration to produce and mail clinic brochures or to send their clinic faculty to annual conferences.

     

    While we might wish the rankings would disappear or hope for collective action, the USN&WR rankings are likely here to stay and this year's clinical program ballots are now arriving.  So, what can we as faculty who teach clinics do?  CLEA, acting on the recommendation of its Rankings Committee (Carolyn Grose, Margaret Johnson, Bob Kuehn, Michael Pinard & Karen Tokarz), urges those ranking clinical programs to focus on key factors such as:  1) the range and quality of clinical curricular offerings available to students; 2) the law school's security of position, academic freedom, and governance rights for faculty who teach clinics; and 3) the extent to which the school has fulfilled the goal of diversity in hiring for clinical positions with long-term security.

     

    Beyond the issue of how to handle this year's ballots, CLEA believes that the issue of clinical program rankings and of infusing clinical education more into the equation (and balloting) for overall school rankings are topics worthy of continued conversation and strategizing and welcomes further ideas and input on these issues.

  • 19 Oct 2011 12:42 AM | Laura McNally-Levine (Administrator)
    To read the current CLEA Newsletter click here or go to the News Tab and select Newsletters - where you will find the current newsletter and an archive of all previous newsletters.
  • 19 Jul 2011 4:24 PM | Laura McNally-Levine (Administrator)
    To read CLEAs comment letter filed with the ABA Council on the proposed Model Rule on Admission of Foreign-Educated Lawyers click here.
  • 14 Jul 2011 4:07 PM | Laura McNally-Levine (Administrator)

    The Standards Review Committee met on July 9th & 10th in Minneapolis, Minnesota. You can read a report of the meeting, written by Claudia Angelos & Carol Chomsky, here along with the Security of Position Alternatives presented at the meeting.

  • 13 Jul 2011 11:30 AM | Laura McNally-Levine (Administrator)
    CLEA submitted comments on the proposed revision to Standard 301-6 regarding Bar Passage Requirements. To read the comments look on CLEAs Advocacy page or click here.
  • 13 Jul 2011 10:47 AM | Laura McNally-Levine (Administrator)
    CLEA submitted this chart to the Standards Review Committee on proposed revisions to Std. 405.  Because a chart posted by the committee just yesterday only compared the 2 proposals that have come out of its subcommittee (Don Polden's proposal and the Wolff/Barry proposal), we put together this quick chart that also shows how proposals from CLEA and from an ABA committee headed by Randy Hertz and Judith Wegner would revise 405.  This chart should be useful during discussions with faculty about the impacts of proposals presently before the committee.
  • 28 Jun 2011 6:50 PM | Laura McNally-Levine (Administrator)
    The most recent version of the newsletter can be found here.
  • 08 Jun 2011 7:28 PM | Laura McNally-Levine (Administrator)
    The award for Outstanding Advocate for Clinical Law Teachers will be presented to Deborah Epstein from Georgetown Law Center and the award for Excellence in a Public Interest Case or Project will be presented to the Albany Law School Civil Rights and Disability Law Clinic directed by Bridgit Burke for its Community Integration Project.

    Outstanding Advocate for Clinical Law Teachers – Deborah Epstein
    Deborah Epstein, Director of the Georgetown University Law Center’s Domestic Violence Clinic and Associate Dean for Clinical and Public Interest Programs.  Dean Epstein was instrumental in creating the Georgetown Summer Institute on Clinical Teaching, which brings together a small group of experienced clinicians in an intensive effort designed to improve teaching through plenary sessions, hands-on work and particularized feedback for each participant.  Dean Epstein has spent more than twenty-five years working as an advocate for victims of domestic violence and has represented hundreds of women in civil protection order cases.  Epstein co-chaired the DC Superior Court's effort to design and implement its Domestic Violence Unit, an early effort to integrate civil and criminal cases involving intimate abuse and, from 1996-2001, she served as Co-Director of the court’s Domestic Violence Intake Center.  She has served as Chair of the DC Domestic Violence Fatality Review Board, as well as a member of the DC Mayor’s Commission on Violence Against Women, the DC Superior Court Domestic Violence Coordinating Council, and the DC Coalition Against Domestic Violence Board of Directors.  From 1993-2001 she directed the Emergency Domestic Relations Project (EDRP), a non-profit organization providing advocacy services within the Intake Center.  She has published numerous articles and is a regular speaker on clinical education and issues facing domestic violence survivors in the legal system, at local, national, and international gatherings.  Her nomination for this award was submitted by a group of clinicians from 10 different law schools, a testament to her generous contributions to the national clinical community.

    Excellence in a Public Interest Case or Project – Albany Law School Civil Rights and Disability Law Clinic Community Integration Project For the last seven years Albany Law School’s Civil Rights & Disability Law Clinic has been advocating for individuals with developmental disabilities who have languished in institutional settings despite a clear legal mandate that individuals be given the opportunity to live in less restrictive settings.  Through a combination of individual client representatives, impact litigation, policy development, community education and collaboration, the faculty and students have made it possible for numerous individuals to move to less restrictive community settings and they have paved the way for many more to do so.  
  • 01 Feb 2011 1:52 PM | Membership Staff (Administrator)
    CLEA Newsletter February 2011

    Inside this issue: 
    Committee Reports  4 
    Conferences  6 
    New Clinicians  12 
    Transitions  15 
    Promotions, Honors & Awards 17 
    News from Clinical Programs 21 
    Books & Publications  60 
    Job Announcements 69
  • 01 Sep 2010 2:46 PM | Membership Staff (Administrator)
    Clea newsletter September 2010

    Inside this issue: 
    Committee Reports 3
    Notices    5          
    Conferences  10 
    New Clinicians  13 
    Transitions  17 
    Promotions, Honors & Awards 20   
    News from Clinical Programs 24 
    Books & Publications  54 
    Job Announcements  60 
    CLEA Writing Contest 67

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