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.


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. 

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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

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