This award recognizes an individual who has served as a voice for clinical teachers and who has contributed to the advancement of clinical legal education, particularly in the political arena. The criteria for the award are: commitment to the field of clinical legal education; advancement of the field (e.g. by working within organizations that affect the contours of legal education, by writing and speaking about the field, or by serving as a spokesperson for the field in the litigation, legislative, administrative or other arenas); and fostering a spirit of community (e.g., by planning or leading conferences or sponsoring initiatives).

Prior recipients of the award are:

2002 Mark Heyrmann (Chicago) and Liz Ryan Cole (Vermont)

2003 Nancy Cook and Robert Seibel (then at Cornell)

2004 Paul Tremblay (Boston College)

2005 Jay Pottenger (Yale)

2006 Margaret Martin Barry (Catholic)

2007 Roy Stuckey (South Carolina)

2008 Karen Tokarz (Washington U. in St. Louis)

2009 Ann Shalleck (American)

2010 Jane Barett (Maryland)

2011 Deborah Epstein (Georgetown)

2012 Phyllis Goldfarb (George Washington)

2014 Jon C. Dubin (Rutgers-Newark)

2015 Claudia Angelos (NYU)

2016 Gary Palm (posthumously)   

2017 Elliott Milstein (American)

2019 Stephen J. Ellmann (posthumously)

    Nominations should be in the form of a letter of no more than three single-spaced pages. Each nomination should be endorsed by at least three individuals. At least one of those individuals must be a full-time clinical faculty member at a law school and a member of CLEA. The other two individuals need not be CLEA members, nor clinical law professors. The nominating letter should clearly indicate which of the nominators are CLEA members. Letters of support in addition to the nomination letter are also welcome, and the letters of support may come from CLEA members or non-members. The letters of support must be submitted in the same email as the nominating letter. All materials should be submitted as a single PDF. Individuals who currently are, or at any time during this academic year were, CLEA board members or executive committee members are not eligible to receive the award this year.

    The next nomination deadline will be in April 2020. Please send nominations via email to with the subject line: CLEA Awards. All materials should be submitted as a single PDF.


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