2020 AALS/CLEA Virtual Clinical Conference Materials
The AALS/CLEA Virtual Clinical Conference was held from Tuesday-Thursday, July 21-23, 2020.
We write this call at an unprecedented moment. Streets are filled with protesters rising up in response to horrific and ongoing systemic racism manifested by the continued attack on black and brown lives, and the COVID-19 pandemic has changed our daily reality. This has and will impact our professional and personal lives in critical ways. We are called upon as clinical faculty to reflect on and approach our pedagogy and practice differently. We are in new territory trying to determine the best way to run our clinical programs with the need for all or some of our teaching, services, and advocacy to be delivered remotely. We must re-examine the best way to teach about racial injustice and leverage clinical resources to take action to bring about real, lasting change. With these challenges and the inability to connect in-person, it is our goal to build community, draw on our collective wisdom, and provide a forum for discussion.
The conference consisted of two plenaries, a webinar, asynchronous video presentations, large group discussions, small group discussions focused on specific topics or within affinity groups, programming sponsored by Clinicians of Color (a committee of the Section), and a final community-building session.
Please see below for the conference materials:
Plenary Sessions and Webinars
Tuesday, July 21, 2020
Facing New Suns: Futuristic Lawyering for Black Liberation
Wednesday, July 22, 2020
Black Lives Matter and the Future of Clinical Legal Education
Presenters: Desiree Mims (Black Organizing Project), Alexi Freeman (Denver), Nicole Smith Futrell (CUNY), and Renee Hatcher (UIC John Marshall), Donna Lee (CUNY),Oscar Lopez (East Bay Community Law Center)
Thursday, July 23, 2020
Top 5 Tips for Teaching Clinic Online
Presenter: Michele Pistone (Villanova)
Asynchronous Video Presentations
Thank you to the over 300 clinicians who attended the conference!
AALS/CLEA Virtual Clinical Conference Planning Committee:
Wendy Bach (Co-Chair)
Kendall Kerew (Co-Chair)