CLEA Virtual New Clinicians Conference 

May 17-20, 2021

Registration is now OPEN!

Like last year's conference, which brought together more than 250 attendees, the 2021 CLEA Virtual New Clinicians Conference will convene over four days and is entirely FREE

Please click here to register for the conference. Attendees wishing to participate in the small group discussions should register by May 3, 2021.  

Each day's program will begin at 11:00 a.m. Eastern and conclude at 1:30 or 2:00 p.m. Eastern. Our varied conference format will include live and asynchronous webinar programming, concurrent sessions, and facilitated small group discussions. We also expect to offer some fun networking opportunities, including an evening social event during the week of the conference. 

Session topics will include:

Monday, May 17th

  • 11:00-11:15am EST Welcome
  • 11:15-12:30pm EST Foundations of Clinical Teaching: An Overview of Best Practices
* Moderator: Danny Schaffzin (Memphis) 
* Alicia Alvarez (UIC John Marshall Law School)
* Kathryn Banks (Wash U)
* Kelly Terry (Arkansas--Little Rock)
        • 12:45-2:00pm EST Small Group Session #1: Case Rounds Demonstrations & Discussions 

        Tuesday, May 18th

        • 11:00-12:15pm EST  Racial Justice in the Classroom and in Practice
        * Priya Baskaran (American)
        * Alexi Freeman (Denver)
        * Alexis Karteron (Rutgers)
        * Brendan Roediger (SLU)
              • 12:45-2:00pm EST Small Group Session #2

              Wednesday, May 19th 

              • 11:00-12:00pm EST  Concurrent Session #1 (Pick One)
                • Option A: Technology Innovations in Clinical Teaching and Practice

              * Conrad Johnson (Columbia)

              * Nickole Miller (Baltimore) 

              * Michelle Pistone (Villanova)

              • Option B: Teaching Movement Lawyering 

              * Sameer Ashar (UCI) 

              * Rachel Lopez (Drexel)

              • 12:15-1:30pm EST Small Group Session #3: Supervision Demonstrations & Discussions 
              • TBD (Evening)  New Clinicians Meet and Greet/Social Event

              Thursday, May 20th 

              • 11:00-12:00pm EST Concurrent Session #2 (Pick One) 
                • Option A: Clinical Teaching and Practice During Crisis

              * Jeff Baker (Pepperdine) 

              * Chrissy Cerniglia (Stetson) 

              * Sherley Cruz (UTK)

              * Kendall Kerew (GA State) 

              * Shobha Mahadev (Northwestern) 

                • Option B: Pedagogy Deep-Dive: Clinic Design
              * Laila Hlass (Tulane)
              * Carwina Weng (Indiana)
                • Option C: Pedagogy Deep-Dive: Externship Design

              * Amanda Rivas (St. Mary’s)

              * Sue Schechter (Berkeley)

              • 12:15-1:30pm EST Small Group Session #4 

                Plus: Asynchronous Presentations on Scholarship, the Teaching Academy, and the CSALE 2020 Survey

                Small group sessions: 

                Small group discussions are the hallmark of CLEA’s New Clinicians Conference.  Small groups provide an opportunity for clinicians to develop lasting relationships with others new to clinical teaching and to work through pedagogical issues unique to clinical courses. To facilitate trust-building and provide the opportunity to for deep discussion of topics throughout the week, we ask conference attendees who register for small groups to commit to attend all four small group meetings during the conference week. Please note that registration for the small group sessions is limited to current clinicians and those who will be teaching in externship programs, in-house clinics, or hybrid clinics during the upcoming school year.

                We will update the website soon with asynchronous video content, session descriptions, and program materials. For now, please SAVE THE DATES (May 17-20, 2021) and do not hesitate to contact CLEA NCC co-chairs Lisa Martin and Danny Schaffzin at and if you have any questions.


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