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  • 13 Nov 2014 1:19 PM | Maritza Karmely



    to the

    Council of the American Bar Association

    Section of Legal Education and Admission to the Bar

    for its meeting on

    December 5, 2014


    The Clinical Legal Education Association (CLEA) is pleased to submit this report of its activities since it last reported to the Council in August 2014.

    CLEA’s membership is comprised of over 1000 dues paying legal educators who teach students in a variety of real practice settings – from in-house clinics where students represent clients under our supervision; to externship placements where students work under the supervision of lawyers in-the-field with whom we collaborate closely to oversee our students’ learning experience; to an almost infinite variety of hybrids between the two.  Our members are at the forefront of responding to and planning for the on-going changes in legal education, particularly the relatively recent recognition of the importance and value of experiential education.  We are commited to the process of innovation in clinical legal education to best train law students for practice in the twenty-first century.  CLEA remains an important clearinghouse of information, communicating proposed regulatory changes and developments to our members, and providing a conduit through which these experienced educators can add to the national dialogue about the best practices in legal education.

    Some highlights of CLEA’s activities since our last report include:

    • CLEA’s State Bar Initiatives Working Group provided written comments to the California Bar Association’s Task Force on Admission Regulation Reform which has been working to implement the requirement that all law students have 15 units of practice-based, experiential training; in part, we advocated that the 15 units be earned through credit-bearing law school courses so that California’s state-specific reform could incorporate by reference the national standards adopted by the ABA for experiential education;

    • CLEA continues to collaborate with the American Association of Law School’s (AALS) Clinical Section; for example, our Per Diem Committee is working with the AALS Conference Planning Committee to coordinate the selection and presentation of CLEA’s Per Diem Award to a local not-for-profit in Rancho Mirage, CA, where the May 2015 annual clinical conference will take place; likewise CLEA’s and AALS’s Newsletter Committees are coordinating to provide better coverage of news and new developments in our community;

    • Through its Conference Committee, CLEA continues to financially support regional clinical conferences and externship conferences.  Since August 2014, CLEA has given an average grant of $500.00 to the Southern Regional Clinical Conference, Externships 7 Conference, and the Northern California Clinical Conference;


    • CLEA’s Election Committee has successfully solicited nominations for candidates to be elected to the CLEA Board and Executive Committee, and worked to ensure that every Member receives an electronic ballot and is able to vote in our upcoming elections.


    As always, we appreciate the opportunity to participate in the Council’s work as an affiliate and look forward to continued constructive engagement with the shared goal of improving legal education.


    Donna H. Lee                                            Jenny Roberts

    CUNY School of Law                                  American University, Washington College of Law

    CLEA Co-President                                    CLEA Co-President

  • 11 Sep 2014 10:31 AM | Maritza Karmely
    CLEA’s Comment on the Phase II Implementing Recommendations of the California Task Force on Admissions Regulation can be read here. 
  • 10 Sep 2014 10:11 AM | Maritza Karmely

    Please go here to read CLEA's Statement on Law School Clinical Program Rankings in the U.S. News and World Report.

  • 30 May 2014 1:44 PM | Maritza Karmely
    Please click here to view the newest edition of the CLEA newsletter (or go to the News Tab to see all editions of the CLEA Newsletter)
  • 10 Feb 2014 11:00 AM | Maritza Karmely

    We invite you to read CLEA's latest responses to proposals for new standards by the Council for the Section of Legal Education and Admission to the Bar.
    • CLEA’s letter to the SRC regarding failure to provide any notice for proposed elimination of Standard 803(d) (Feb. 2014)
    • CLEA and the Society of American Law Teachers (SALT)'s joint letter on proposed Standard 316 concerning bar passage. (Jan. 2014)
    • CLEA's comments on the interpretation of proposed Standard 305-3 and the question of paid externships in law school. (Jan. 2014)
    • CLEA's comments on proposed Standard 303 regarding alternatives to a 15 credit hours requirement for experiential courses. (Jan. 2014)
    • CLEA's comments on alternatives to Standard 405 discussing the importance of secure faculty positions for experiential education. (Jan. 2014)
  • 02 Jan 2014 12:36 PM | Maritza Karmely

    We want to encourage you to come to an ABA Section on Legal Education session on proposed changes to law school accreditation standards that will be held at the AALS meeting in NYC on Saturday, 1/4/14 from 4pm-5:45pm at the Sutton Center, second floor, NY Hilton Midtown.

  • 02 Jan 2014 12:31 PM | Maritza Karmely

    CLEA Membership Meeting - 7:30 am-8:30 am at Fordham Law School, room 118

    CLEA Board Meeting - 8:30 am-9:30 am at Fordham Law School, room 118

  • 20 Dec 2013 4:51 PM | Tanya Cooper
    Please click here to view the newest edition of the CLEA Newsletter or go to the News Tab to see all editions of the Newsletter.
  • 03 Sep 2013 9:40 AM | Maritza Karmely

    The CLEA Elections Committee (Binny Miller, Alex Scherr, Kele Stewart, Evelyn Cruz, Laura McNally, Sameer Ashar, and Maritza Karmely) is soliciting nominations through October 1, 2013 of individuals to serve on the CLEA Board starting in January 2014.

    This year, there are a total of 5 open Board positions, with 1 current Board member likely to seek election to a second term.  All positions require a three-year commitment.  I am attaching a memo prepared by the CLEA Elections Committee, which sets forth the activities and responsibilities of CLEA Board members in more detail. 

    Current CLEA members are invited to nominate themselves or other CLEA members as candidates for one of these open positions.  The committee also encourages "new clinicians" (defined as clinicians with fewer than 6 years of experience) to run for the CLEA Board.  Our Bylaws create a separate election process for candidates identified as "new clinicians," to ensure that the identified "new clinician" candidate who receives the greatest number of votes will be assured a place on the Board.

    The Committee strongly encourages CLEA members to nominate individuals from groups that are currently underrepresented within the leadership of various clinical institutions, including CLEA, the AALS Section on Clinical Legal Education, and the Clinical Law Review.

    The nomination process is simple.  Nominate yourself or someone else by contacting the chair of the CLEA Elections Committee, Binny Miller at If you are nominating yourself, please include a paragraph or two about why you are running and a link to your faculty profile, which will be included with the election materials to be sent later in the fall.  If you are nominating another CLEA member, there is no need to include such a paragraph; the name alone will suffice and the Election Committee will contact the nominee for further information.  If you have less than six years of clinical teaching experience and wish to be identified as a "new clinician" candidate, or if you want to nominate a candidate for the "new clinician" category, please indicate that as well.

    Although the process of nomination is easy, our Bylaws set a strict deadline for receiving nominations.  All nominations must be received by October 1, 2013.

    If you have questions about the CLEA Elections process, please feel free to contact me or Binny Miller at


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