Conferences, Events, and Meetings

The Clinical Legal Education Association (CLEA) sponsors several events each year that support CLEA's mission and promotes any events relevant to clinicians.

CLEA’s conference committee reviews applications for event funding and typical grant amounts are $500.00.   There is no set deadline but applications must be received prior to the event with enough time for the committee to review.   Applications and additional guidelines available here.

Please note that conference as well as other events are potentially eligible for funding.   Events might include clinical scholarship workshops, teaching symposia, advocacy trainings, or other forums that support CLEA's mission.  Events that support or benefit only the host school will be not be considered.

UPCOMING EVENTS

Teaching Justice Webinar Series 

A project of the CLEA Best Practices Committee

What is the Teaching Justice Webinar Series?

The Teaching Justice Webinar series features 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. 

Click here for more information. 


GAJE/IJCLE/ACCLE Conference 

16th-18th June 2021 

Global Alliance for Justice Education, International Journal of Clinical Legal Education, and Association for Canadian Clinical Legal Education present : Worldwide Online Conference, Hosted by Northumbria University

"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

  • 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 
  • 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.
 
Lightning Talks
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. 
 
e-TOT
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.
 
Newcomer’s rooms
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 program@gaje.org)! 
- 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 program@gaje.org).


PAST EVENTS  

2020 AALS/CLEA Virtual Clinical Conference 

Click here to see the conference materials and videos of plenary sessions. 

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 AALS/CLEA Virtual Clinical Conference was held from Tuesday-Thursday, July 21-23.

The conference consisted of two plenaries, a webinar, asynchronous videos, 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.

Thank you to the over 300 clinicians who attended the conference! 


Other Past Events:

  • 2019 Northwest Clinical Conference on November 8-10, 2019
    Leavenworth, WA

  • 2019 New England Clinical Conference on November 1, 2019
    Boston, MA

  • 2019 Southern Clinical Conference on October 11-12, 2019
    New Orleans, LA

  • 2019 Midwest Clinical Conference oOctober 18-20, 2019
    University of Michigan Law School in Ann Arbor, MI

  • 2019 CLEA New Clinicians Conference on May 4, 2019
    Golden Gate University School of Law in San Francisco, CA

  • 2019 AALS Conference on Clinical Education May 4-7, 2019
    San Francisco, CA 

  • 2018 Southern Clinical Conference October 19-20, 2018
    University of South Carolina School of Law.

  • 2018 Northwest Clinical Law Conference October 19-21, 2018
    Sunriver, Oregon

  • 2018 Midwest Clinical Conference October 5-6, 2018
    Notre Dame Law School in South Bend, IN

  • 2018 AALS Conference on Clinical Education April 29 - May 2, 2018
    Gathering Momentum: Learning from the Past, Responding to the Now, Planning for the Future
    Chicago, IL

  • Clinical Legal Innovation & Tech Conference April 9, 2018
    Suffolk Law School, Boston, Massachusetts

  • Externships 9 Conference March 9–11, 2018
     Coming of Age
     University of Georgia School of Law in Athens, Georgia

  • 7th Annual Southern Clinical Conference  October 20-21, 2017
    Back to Our Roots: Renewing the Social Justice Mission of Clinics and Externships
    Louisiana State University School of Law in Baton Rouge, Louisiana

  •  3rd Annual New England Clinical Conference  October 20, 2017
    Operating in the New Unknown
    Suffolk University Law School in Boston, Massachusetts

  • 2017 Midwest Clinical Legal Education Conference  October 13-14, 2017
    Justice, Professionalism, and the Lawyer as Public Citizen: Teaching Across Learning Experiences
    University of Kansas School of Law in Lawrence, Kansas

  • CLEA New Clinicians Conference May 6, 2017
    University of Denver School of Law in Denver, CO


Do you have an event you would like to see here? Email events@cleaweb.org

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