CLEA Award to

an Outstanding Advocate for Clinical Teachers

This award recognizes an individual who has served as a voice for clinical teachers and who has contributed to the advancement of experiential legal education.

The criteria for the award are: commitment to the field of experiential 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, political, or other arenas); commitment to advancing clinical pedagogy, teaching, and the design and implementation of effective clinic or externship courses; and fostering a spirit of community (e.g., by planning or leading conferences or initiatives). Clinical teachers include individuals who teach in-house clinics, externships, hybrid courses, and other forms of experience-based law courses.  

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.

CLEA is now accepting nominations for this award for 2024!

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 and pdf as the nominating letter (but need not fit within the three-page limit). Please find below the criteria for each award.
The nomination deadline for the award has been extended to April 12, 2024. Please send nominations via email to with the subject line: 2024 CLEA Awards. All materials should be submitted as a single PDF.

CLEA will notify the awardees and their nominators as soon as a decision is made. We will ask the nominators to prepare a short video, to be shown at the awards ceremony on May 3, introducing the nominee(s) and explaining the reasons for their nomination. 

Prior award recipients:

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 Ellmann (posthumously)

2021 Robert Kuehn  

2022 Sheila Bedi (Northwestern) and Ian Weinstein (Fordham)

2023 Deborah Archer (NYU)

      Photo: James Greif


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