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  • 29 Oct 2021 2:01 PM | Lauren Bartlett (Administrator)

    The 2021 election for CLEA's Board of Directors and Executive Committee will open this Monday November 1, 2021, and the voting will close at 11:59pm ET on December 1, 2021.

    On November 1, all CLEA members in good standing will receive an email with a link to the voting platform.  We recommend that you remove “noreply@qemailserver.com” from your email spam filters before November 1 to be sure that you receive your ballot. 

    In advance of the opening of the Board elections, please review the candidate’s statements and bios linked here.

    This year’s slate of candidates for the CLEA Board are as follows:

    • Andy Budzinski
    • Lauren Godshall
    • Neha Lall
    • Serge Martinez
    • Nickole Miller
    • Michael Murphy
    • Natalie Netzel
    • Sarah M. Nissel
    • Thiadora A. Pina
    • Esther Park
    • Anne Sidwell
    • Jonathan Smith
    • June Tai
    • Madalyn Wasilczuk

    And the nominees for the Executive Committee are:

    • Co-Vice Presidents: Lynnise Pantin & Gautam Hans

    Thank you and we look forward to CLEA’s election season!

    Sincerely,

    The CLEA Elections Committee

    Melanie DeRousse, University of Kansas School of Law

    Shobha Mahadev, Northwestern Pritzker School of Law

    Crystal Grant, Duke University School of Law

    Lauren Bartlett, St. Louis University School of Law


  • 26 Sep 2021 2:55 PM | Michael Murphy (Administrator)

    Please see below for an invitation for CLEA members to participate in this year's LatCrit, Inc./SALT Annual Faculty Development Workshop on October 7, 2021:

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    We are writing to invite you the LatCrit, Inc./SALT Annual Faculty Development Workshop (FDW), which will take place on October 7, 2021, the day before the 2021 LatCrit Biennial Conference “Resistance and Transformation: Mapping Critical Geographies and Alternative Possibilities in Legal Scholarship and Praxis for the Next Twenty-Five Years.” The Conference is sponsored by the University of Denver Sturm College of Law.  

    The FDW is designed for those who are planning to enter or who have recently joined the legal academy.  The day-long workshop includes sessions on topics facing prospective, junior, and pre-tenured faculty, while providing opportunities to network and form mentoring relationships with established faculty.  The FDW is an invaluable learning and professional development opportunity! 

    Registration for the FDW is free for attendees of the LatCrit conference. Please feel free to e-mail Professor Ron Hochbaum at rhochbaum@pacific.edu with any questions.  

    For more information about the LatCrit Conference, please visit https://latcrit.org/latcrit-2021-biennial-conference-and-related-events/. We hope to see you on October 7th! 

    Sincerely yours,

    2021 FDW Committee (Ron Hochbaum, Nancy Chi Cantalupo, Kyle Velte, Saru Matambanadzo, Marissa Jackson Sow, T. Anansi Wilson, and Tania Valdez)


  • 26 Sep 2021 2:52 PM | Michael Murphy (Administrator)

    Check out our Teaching Justice Webinar Series page for more information about their fall programs and to register. Here's the schedule:

    October 12, 2021
    Teaching Justice through Teaching Ethics
    1pm EST/12pm CST/11am MST/10am PST
    Gautam Hans, Vanderbilt Law

    November 11, 2021
    Teaching Justice through Freedom Pedagogy
    2pm EST/1pm CST/12pm MST/11am PST
    Norrinda Hayat, Rutgers Law

    December 7, 2021
    Teaching Justice and Equity through Externships
    1:30pm EST/ 12:30 CST/11:30am MST/ 10:30am PST
    Alexi Freeman, Denver Sturm College of Law


  • 28 Jun 2021 1:33 PM | Michael Murphy (Administrator)

    On June 28, 2021, CLEA sent a letter to the ABA Council of the Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar suggesting revisions to the language of proposed Standard 303(c) to require “education and training in antiracism,” throughout the curriculum, including through a required course.

    Click here to read CLEA's letter. 


  • 21 Jun 2021 4:56 PM | Michael Murphy (Administrator)

    We are most pleased to announce the 2021 recipients of the  CLEA Outstanding Clinic Student or Outstanding Clinic Team Award, and the CLEA Outstanding Externship Student Award. These awards are given annually at the completion of the academic year. 

    Visit our awards page to learn more about the CLEA student awards. 


  • 16 Jun 2021 2:23 PM | Jeff Baker (Administrator)

    From the organizers: 

    Pepperdine Caruso School of Law and UCLA School of Law are proud to announce that we will jointly host the Externships 11 Conference February 18th - 20th, 2022. Participants will have the opportunity to spend time in Southern California on both campuses. The Externships 11 Conference will provide an exceptional opportunity for externship faculty and administrators from across the nation to convene after more than a year of distanced collaboration and share best practices and innovations.

    Pepperdine Caruso School of Law provides well-established, extensive externship programs through the Clinical Education Program, Global Programs, and Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution that continually strive to expand and improve. Students enrolled in these programs participate in diverse externships from the Malibu campus, the Washington DC Externship Semester, the London program, and other international initiatives.

    UCLA School of Law’s Externship Program places hundreds of students annually at placements across Greater Los Angeles, from the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals to the Sundance Institute to the ACLU, as well as in Washington D.C. and the Hague. Students participate in seminars organized by practice area alongside their placements in order to deepen their reflection and their commitment to doing ethical, excellent legal work.

    Please save the date and make plans to join us in Los Angeles and Malibu next year. More information, RFPs and details will be forthcoming throughout the year.

  • 03 May 2021 2:19 PM | D'lorah Hughes (Administrator)

    GAJE/IJCLE/ACCLE

    Global Alliance for Justice Education

    International Journal of Clinical Legal Education

    Association for Canadian Clinical Legal Education

     

    Worldwide Online Conference

    Hosted by Northumbria University

     

    16th-18th June 2021 

    "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
    à Proposal Deadline: 21st 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 
    à Registration Deadline: 28th May 2021
     
    The conference will offer – amongst others – the following highlights: 
    à 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.
     
    à 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. 
     
    à 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.
     
    à 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).


  • 27 Apr 2021 3:46 PM | Michael Murphy (Administrator)

    Following the success of CLEA's first ever virtual Trivia Night, we are inviting you all to join us for another round of trivia fun.

    The next Trivia Night will take place on Wednesday, May 19th, at 8pm ET / 5pm PT, via Zoom.

    We estimate the trivia portion will take approximately one hour, during which you will be able to socialize with your team members and with other teams, and there will be additional time to socialize afterward.

    We encourage you all to form teams now. The deadline to sign your team up is May 7, 2021. Team captains: sign up here: https://forms.gle/ofBtdutLaLnFQpcR6. Some information about teams and the event:

    • Teams may have anywhere from 4-12 members (we recommend 6-10), and team members can be anywhere in the country (or world, really). Each team member will be on Zoom on their own device; no need to meet up in person! During the event, one member from each team will have to input the team's answers using a separate device (a smart phone is great for this). You will be conferring about, and answering, questions as a team, and your team will be competing against a number of other teams (no one person will be put on the spot).

    • Teams can include anyone you know. Do you have a group of "conference peeps" you normally meet up with at conferences? Form a team! Looking for a bonding event for your outgoing or incoming clinic students? Form a team! Want to do a social event for clinic faculty at your own school? Form some teams!

    • There is no theme for the questions; they could be about anything from 90s pop music to flags of the world to astrophysics. The only rule is that you not cheat by looking up the answers. Use your noodle, not your google!

    • The winning team(s) will receive a prize. And this time, to continue the hilarious tradition started by the participants of our first Trivia Night, a special prize will also go to the team that tells the best story of how they met (truthfulness optional).

    • The event is free to attend and open to the clinical/experiential community (and your teammates). In lieu of charging for the event, CLEA is accepting donations to help defray event costs here: https://www.cleaweb.org/Donations. While we wish we could DoorDash refreshments to all of you, the event sadly will be BYOB.

    • Once you have formed a team and decided on a team name, the team captain should sign your team up using this form: https://forms.gle/ofBtdutLaLnFQpcR6, no later than May 7, 2021. (Small changes to the makeup of the team will be permitted after that date.)

    • If you don't have a team but would like to participate, you may also fill out that same form no later than May 7, and we will match you with others looking for a team.

    • Closer to the date of the event, team captains will receive a Zoom link for the event, which they can then share with their team members.

    We hope to see you there, and don't forget to attend the upcoming CLEA Membership Meeting during the AALS Clinical Conference on April 28 at 10am ET / 7am PT!

    Sincerely,
    Lauren Bartlett & Anju Gupta
    CLEA Co-Presidents


  • 27 Apr 2021 12:41 PM | Anonymous

    The Spring 2021 CLEA Newsletter is out now and filled with announcements, updates, celebrations, and articles of interest to our wonderful clinical community. Enjoy and best wishes for the end of the semester. 

    Click here to download the newsletter!


  • 22 Apr 2021 12:04 PM | Michael Murphy (Administrator)

    The CLEA Awards Committee is thrilled to announce that Bob Kuehn, Professor of Law and Associate Dean for Clinical Education at Washington University in St. Louis School of Law, is the recipient of the 2021 CLEA Award for Outstanding Advocate for Clinical Teachers. CLEA is equally thrilled to announce that the Irwin County Detention Center Project (a collaboration of six schools’ clinics) is the recipient of the 2021 CLEA Award for Excellence in a Public Interest Case or Project. 

    Outstanding Advocate for Clinical Teachers: 

    Bob Kuehn’s many contributions to clinical legal education and his tireless advocacy for and on behalf of clinical teachers makes him more than deserving of this award. Organizationally, Bob has been on the Board of CLEA, serving as its president in 2011; he is the co-founder and vice president of the Center for the Study of Applied Legal Education (CSALE); and he has served on several AALS committees advancing clinical education and the status of clinical faculty. Bob is also very well known for advocating for the protection of the academic freedom rights of clinical faculty through his work on the AALS Clinical Section’s Political Interference Group and many journal articles and essays. In addition, Bob has authored articles debunking myths about clinical legal education including empirical evidence that: taking clinical courses does not negatively affect bar exam outcomes; universal clinical legal education is feasible and affordable; and clinical education is not responsible for high law school tuition. Bob has also been an active participant in planning conferences and speaking at national and regional conferences, especially about CSALE data.  

    For over thirty years, Bob has been dedicated to the field of clinical legal education through his teaching and service. Bob started teaching in the clinical legal education program at Tulane University School of Law in 1989, where he taught in and directed the Tulane Environmental Law Clinic until 1999. After visiting at the law schools of Washington University, University of Michigan, and University of Utah, Bob joined the faculty of the University of Alabama School of Law in 2001, where he was the Associate Dean for Skills Programs and taught both in-house clinical and externship courses. Bob then joined the faculty at Washington University School of Law in 2009, where he has taught in-house clinical and externship courses and has been the Associate Dean for Clinical Education.  

    Through his work, Bob has made invaluable contributions advancing clinical pedagogy, teaching, and the implementation of effective clinic and externship courses. On almost every issue affecting clinical legal education, Bob has been a spokesperson through his organizational work, scholarship, and speaking. 

    Excellence in a Public Interest Case or Project: 

    The Irwin County Detention Center Project addresses the welfare and legal rights of women detained by U.S. Immigration & Customs Enforcement at the Irwin County Detention Center (ICDC) in Ocilla, Georgia. These women were subjected to non-consensual, medically unindicated, or invasive gynecological procedures at ICDC, many of which amounted to sexual assaults. They suffered severe retaliation when they tried to speak out about these procedures, including actual or attempted accelerated deportation.  

    A group of six law school clinicians and clinics formed to help these women: Professors Sabi Ardalan (Harvard Law School); Jason Cade (University of Georgia School of Law); Fatma Marouf (Texas A&M School of Law); Elora Mukherjee (Columbia Law School); Clare Norins (University of Georgia School of Law); and Sarah Sherman-Stokes (Boston University School of Law). Aware of the magnitude of the challenge, they elicited collaborators that included non-profits, private firms, legislative advocates, and community organizers.  

    The Project’s advocacy includes a federal class action on behalf of 14 of the women and others similarly situated, immigration proceedings, administrative complaints, and legislative advocacy. The clinics have won stays of deportation for most of the plaintiffs. The Project’s efforts have resulted in the release of nearly all 80 women in ICDC, as well as over 200 men. The work has generated national media coverage and elicited a crucial intervention from 100 members of Congress. Overcoming barriers of geography, access, and the pandemic, the clinics’ work exemplifies the use of multi-faceted strategy and collaborative practice to address a shocking injustice. 

    Honorable Mentions

    The CLEA Awards Committee received numerous outstanding nominations and determined that the following nominations merited an honorable mention. 

    University of Alabama Domestic Violence Clinic 

    Between 2017 and 2020, the University of Alabama School of Law Domestic Violence (DV) Clinic, under the supervision of Professor Courtney Cross, represented Geneva Cooley, an elderly survivor of domestic violence, who had been sentenced to life without parole for drug trafficking in 2002. As a result of the DV Clinic’s advocacy, Ms. Cooley was resentenced from life without parole to life with the possibility of parole in 2019. The case was the first of its kind and paved the way for several other prisoners to be released. Following resentencing, the DV Clinic successfully represented Ms. Cooley at her parole hearing, and she was released to a transitional home in Alabama. Though Ms. Cooley lived in Alabama, her entire family lived in New York. Through a collaboration with St. John Law School’s Consumer Justice for the Elderly Clinic, Ms. Cooley was able to regain ownership of a family property in New York City and finally returned home to New York in Fall 2020. 

    University of Detroit Mercy Federal  Pro Se Legal Assistance Clinic  

    The University of Detroit Mercy Federal Pro Se Legal Assistance Clinic provides limited scope representation to low-income non-prisoner pro se litigants who have civil cases pending or to be filed in the United States District Court, Eastern District of Michigan, Southern Division. The Clinic operates under Administrative Order of the Court, and prior to its opening on January 18, 2018, low-income pro se litigants were without free legal assistance options. The Clinic has assisted over 500 individuals and provided more than 10,000 hours of free legal services to date. The Clinic is housed at the Eastern District’s courthouse in downtown Detroit but has operated remotely since March 2020, due to the Court’s pandemic restrictions.  

    Duke Law School’s Wrongful Convictions Clinic 

    Duke Law School’s Wrongful Convictions Clinic helped secure the release of Ronnie Long, who had spent 44 years in North Carolina prisons for a rape he did not commit. The State convicted Mr. Long by suppressing favorable evidence, including results of tests on evidence from the crime scene that did not implicate him, evidence that ultimately exonerated him. Numerous students worked with clinic faculty on the case over the course of five years, culminating in a hearing before the entire Fourth Circuit that was argued virtually due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The case attracted significant national and regional media attention and helped to further highlight the many persistent injustices of our system of criminal law, particularly those suffered by Black men. Mr. Long was the ninth client exonerated through the work of the Wrongful Convictions Clinic since it was founded in 2008. 

    Florida State University College of Law Forced Child Labor Project

    In response to the UN declaring 2021 the International Year for the Elimination of Child Labor, Florida State University College of Law created the Forced Child Labor Project, which advocates against forced child labor in international supply chains. The goal of the Project is two-fold: 1) to educate the legal community of the pervasive practice of forced child labor in goods we consume; and 2) to enforce Section 307 of the Smoot-Hawley Tariff Act of 1930 which prohibits the importation into the United States of forced child labor goods. Please view: Cocoa and Valentine’s Day Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pC0BtL6BwYE&t=3s

    University of Nebraska College of Law Tenant Assistance Project 

    The Tenants Assistance Project (TAP) was developed to change and improve the representation paradigm that exists in landlord-tenant cases. Since the Project began a year ago, more than 60 Lincoln-area attorneys and several dozen senior-certified law students from the University of Nebraska College of Law have ensured that every tenant that appears for an eviction hearing and seeks assistance is provided legal representation. Law students Alan Dugger, Tessa Lengeling, Sarah O’Neill, and Amy Sonnenfeld have all made significant contributions to the Project, and in doing so have helped many low-income families in the Lincoln community. 

    West Virginia University College of Law Immigration Clinic 

    The West Virginia University College of Law Immigration Clinic is fighting to represent and empower a long-underserved immigrant population. There is only one other full-time immigration practitioner for a statewide community of 30,000 foreign-born residents and their families, so the Immigration Clinic is bridging the gap through a uniquely holistic legal practice, community education and resources, and systemic advocacy. The clinic is also working to build a local immigration bar from the group up, by facilitating attorney mentorship, developing a CLE certificate program, and recruiting law students who will commit to local immigration practice. 

    The 2021 CLEA Awards will be presented at the AALS Conference on Clinical Legal Education on Friday, April 30, 12:00-1:00 Eastern. We look forward to celebrating our clinical community! 


    The CLEA
     Awards Committee

    • Anju Gupta (Rutgers-Newark)
    • D’lorah Hughes (Irvine) 
    • Praveen Kosuri (Pennsylvania)
    • Perry Moriearty (Minnesota)
    • Kele Stewart, Co-Chair (Miami)
    • Jane Stoever, Co-Chair (Irvine) 


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