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  • 11 Mar 2022 12:06 PM | Michael Murphy (Administrator)

    The CLEA Awards Committee is once again soliciting nominations for two awards that are given annually. This year’s awards will be presented during the virtual AALS Conference on Clinical Legal Education, and we look forward to this opportunity to recognize and celebrate our clinical community’s valuable and inspiring work. Please read this email carefully, as the CLEA Board recently adopted new criteria for the Award for Outstanding Advocate for Clinical Teachers.   

    The awards are:

    (1) Outstanding Advocate for Clinical Teachers, and
    (2) Excellence in a Public Interest Case or Project.

    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 both awards is Friday, April 15. Please send nominations via email to with the subject line: CLEA Awards. All materials should be submitted as a single PDF.



    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 established this award to honor and recognize a case or project that truly contributes to the public good. The award may be given to an individual law student or law students in a clinical program or to a clinic or clinical program.

    The criteria for the award are:

    1. The case or project either:  

    • effectively calls attention to and/or significantly redresses a high priority need of underserved or low income residents or communities; or  
    • makes a notable or meaningful contribution to the advancement of civil rights, civil liberties, human rights, legal services for the underrepresented, environmental protection, or consumer protection; and  
    2. The case or project has been carried out in conformity with the highest standards of professional conduct and competence; and  
    3. The case or project serves as an inspiring model for engaging in legal work under challenging conditions in furtherance of the common good.  


    The nomination deadline for both awards is Friday, April 15. Please send nominations via email to with the subject line: CLEA Awards. All materials should be submitted as a single PDF.


    Schools now have two student award nomination opportunities through CLEA. First, schools have the option to decide between the CLEA Outstanding Clinic Student or Outstanding Clinic Team Award. Second, schools can honor a student with the CLEA Outstanding Externship Student Award. The recent addition of the externship-focused award recognizes the valuable work for justice that law students do through externships and provides schools the opportunity to nominate an outstanding and self-reflective externship student for CLEA’s recognition. The call for nominations for the student awards will be sent separately in the coming weeks, and it will include further details on the nomination process for those awards. Schools will receive their certificates electronically on a rolling basis, and within one week of submitting a nomination.  


    The CLEA Awards Committee  
    Anju Gupta
    D'lorah Hughes
    Serge Martinez (co-chair)
    Esther Park
    Thiadora Pina
    Jane Stoever (co-chair)

  • 28 Feb 2022 4:01 PM | Michael Murphy (Administrator)

    All: Please see below from our friends at the AALS Section on Balance and Well-Being in Legal Education.


    Call for Participation 

    Second Annual Speed Sharing Presentation Series on 

    “Incorporating New ABA Standards for Legal Education: Professional Identity, Cross-Cultural Competency, and Well-Being Resources for Students”

    Micro-Abstracts due March 21, 2022

    First Presentation Date: Mid-Late April (Precise Date TBA based on presenter availability)

    Submit using the online submission form here. 

    The AALS Section on Balance and Well-Being in Legal Education General Programming Committee is tasked with soliciting speakers and coordinating programs and events periodically throughout the year relevant to the purpose of the Section. After the resounding success of last year’s speed sharing series on well-being practices in the law school classroom and clinic, we return this spring and summer to share our ideas on how to successfully implement new ABA Standards for Legal Education, specifically Standards 303(b) (professional identity formation), 303(c) (cross-cultural competency, bias, and racism), and 508(b) (information on law student well-being resources).

    We know that many faculty and administrators have already successfully incorporated opportunities for professional identity formation, education on cross-cultural competency, racism, and bias, and information on student well-being resources. As we are eager to comply with the short ABA window for implementation of the new Standards – law schools must have a plan in place for implementation of Standard 303 by fall of 2022, with full implementation of the plan by fall of 2023 – we want to learn from you!

    Call for Micro-Abstracts:

    The Balance and Well-Being Section General Programming Committee invites faculty and administrators who would like to share their success stories to submit an abstract of 300 words or less describing a topic that you would like to present that relates to the new ABA Standards. Individual presentations will last five minutes or less. Topics may include but are not limited to:

           How have you incorporated cross-cultural competency into a doctrinal law school course you are teaching?

           Are you teaching an innovative course that’s designed to support law students’ professional identity formation? Tell us more.

           What success story can you share about mitigating barriers or stigma related to law student mental health, including substance use disorders, and ensuring law students have the information they need to access resources?

           What have you done at your school (related to new Standards 303(b), 303(c), and 508(b)) that you could share for the benefit of other professors and administrators?

    Each program in the speed sharing series will feature 4-5 presentations and will conclude with a brief Q&A with the presenters. We firmly believe we are stronger together and will benefit from hearing our colleagues’ success stories.

    If you have any questions, or if you are unable to present as part of the Series but want to share your success stories in writing with Series attendees, please contact General Programming Committee Co-Chairs Jordana Confino ( or Janice Craft (

    Submit Your Micro-Abstract Here

  • 02 Jan 2022 10:13 PM | Michael Murphy (Administrator)

    The Winter 2021-2022 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!

  • 20 Dec 2021 3:31 PM | Michael Murphy (Administrator)

    On behalf of the CLEA Elections Committee, we are pleased to announce the results of the 2021 election for CLEA’s Board of Directors and the CLEA Executive Committee. These terms commence on January 1, 2022.

    Executive Committee:

    • Gautam Hans, Co-Vice-President/President-Elect (Vanderbilt Law School)
    • Lynnise Pantin, Co-Vice-President/President-Elect (Columbia Law School)

    Board Members:

    • Esther Park (University of Washington School of Law)
    • June Tai (University of Iowa College of Law)
    • Neha Lall (University of Baltimore School of Law)
    • Serge Martinez (University of New Mexico School of Law)
    • Thiadora Pina (Santa Clara University School of Law)

    Please join us in congratulating these new board members and officers and in thanking them for their service to the clinical teaching community.  

  • 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 “” 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!


    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:


    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 with any questions.  

    For more information about the LatCrit Conference, please visit 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.


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