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  • 12 Mar 2019 10:48 AM | Lauren Bartlett (Administrator)

    We hope to see many of you in San Francisco for the AALS Clinical Conference in May 2019.  As you make your arrangements for the Conference, we hope that you will calendar and consider joining us for the following CLEA activities:

    -  The biennial CLEA New Clinician's Conference will be on Saturday, May 4th, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., at Golden Gate University School of Law.  There are only 60 spots, so interested clinicians should register for the New Clinician's Conference as soon as possible on CLEA's website at

    - This year's CLEA Reception for all CLEA members will be held at the conclusion of the New Clinician's Conference on Saturday, May 4th.  The Reception will take place at the Golden Gate University School of Law, starting at 4:30 p.m. and ending at 6:00 p.m., in time to return to the Hilton Union Square for the opening AALS Conference Reception and Poster Session.  Please join our new colleagues and catch up with old friends at the CLEA Reception on Saturday, May 4th, at 4:30 p.m.-6:00 p.m, at Golden Gate University School of Law.  Food will be served and drink tickets provided!

    - This year's CLEA Board and Open Membership Meeting will be on Tuesday May 7th, at 7:30 a.m.-8:45 a.m.  The meeting is open to all and is a wonderful way to learn more about the important work that CLEA is doing on so many fronts.  We will announce room information for the meeting closer to the conference.     

    - In addition to the activities noted above, please plan to stop by and say hi (and pick up some cool swag) at the CLEA Table at the conference.

  • 28 Feb 2019 8:07 AM | Lauren Bartlett (Administrator)

    CLEA will hold its New Clinicians Conference in San Francisco, CA, on Saturday, May 4, 2019, from 8:00am to 4:30pm.  The New Clinicians Conference will be held at Golden Gate University School of Law, a short distance from the AALS conference hotel.

    This full-day program is structured to provide important guidance from leaders in the field and then allow for group discussion after each topic. This format provides community-building and structure conversations on foundational topics like clinical teaching, supervision and feedback, a lay of the land, complexities in clinical teaching, critical and reflective practice and learning for transfer, difficult conversations, and assessment and grading.   After a full day of conversations, you may need a refreshment at the end of the day reception where you will meet fellow CLEA members and clinical colleagues.  Don't miss this opportunity to connect with this fabulous community!

    Your registration fee includes a one-year CLEA membership, CLEA’s New Clinicians Handbook (recently updated), a full day of programming, conversations and meals (breakfast, lunch, and a reception to follow).

    The deadline to register for one of the sixty spots at the conference is April 19, 2019. To register, visit

  • 26 Feb 2019 2:39 PM | Lauren Bartlett (Administrator)

    CLEA's recent advocacy efforts with the ABA Legal Education Council have been highlighted in the following news articles:

    ABA Journal, ABA legal ed council delays decision on stricter bar passage standards (Feb. 22,  2019),

    ABA Journal, Legal ed groups ask ABA for more transparency while awaiting possible changes to bar passage standard (Feb. 22, 2019),

    The National Law Journal, Tougher Bar Pass Standard for Law Schools is Back on the Table (Feb. 21, 2019),

  • 21 Feb 2019 9:37 AM | Lauren Bartlett (Administrator)

    On February 20, 2019, CLEA submitted two joint advocacy memorandums, with the Society of American Law Teachers (SALT) and others, to the Council on the ABA Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar

    In the first joint memo, CLEA and SALT urge the Council to increase transparency in its processes and engage in meaningful dialogue with all interested constituencies before making decisions that affect law schools and the legal profession.

    The second advocacy memo urges the Council to once again reject the proposed changes to Standard 316 relating to bar passage.  The second memo is co-signed by SALT, the ABA Coalition on Racial and Ethnic JusticeABA Commission on Disability RightsABA Commission on Hispanic Legal Rights & ResponsibilitiesABA Commission on Sexual Orientation & Gender IdentityABA Commission on Women in the ProfessionABA Council for Diversity in the Educational PipelineABA Law Student DivisionABA Young Lawyers DivisionHBCU Law Deans Gary Bledsoe, John C. Brittain, Elaine O’Neal, John Pierre, & LeRoy Pernell and the Hispanic National Bar Association (HNBA).

  • 01 Feb 2019 2:00 PM | Lauren Bartlett (Administrator)

    Teaching Justice Webinar Series

    A project of the Best Practices Committee

    What is the Teaching Justice Webinar Series?

    Over the next year, the Teaching Justice Webinar series will feature a number of innovative faculty who will discuss new approaches to teaching justice in the classroom. Each session will draw on the wisdom of current resistance movement and examine its intersections with criminal justice, immigration policy, racial justice, economic justice, and international human rights, among other issues. 

    This series will explore the theory behind experiential faculty’s decision-making processes during an intense political movement, asking the question, “How do we show up as lawyers and teachers?” Presenters also hope to develop a shared vocabulary and a deeper understanding of what it means to be a lawyer, whether we consider ourselves movement lawyers, rebellious lawyers, or transformative lawyers. 

    Upcoming Webinar Sessions:

    Teaching Justice through Misdemeanor Defense

    April 9th, 2019 at 9am PT/10am MT/11am CT/12pm ET (75-minute session)

    Taught by M. Eve Hanan (UNLV, Boyd School of Law), Robin Walker Sterling (Denver, Sturm College of Law), Rachal Moran (University of St. Thomas School of Law), and Anne Traum (UNLV, Boyd School of Law).

    Registration is required prior to the webinar in order to participate:

    Teaching Racial Justice (Rescheduled, TBA)

    Past Webinar Sessions:

    Teaching Justice in the Context of Immigrants’ Rights

    December 6, 2018

    Taught by Annie Lai, Clinical Professor of Law and Co-Director of the Immigrant Rights Clinic at the University of California, Irvine School of Law, and Sameer Ashar, Vice Dean for Experiential Education and Professor of Law, UCLA. 

    Download the powerpoint presentation used during the December 6th webinar here.

    Shifting Power througTransformative Lawyering in Community Economic Development

    September 26, 2018 

    Taught by Renee Hatcher, Assistant Professor of Law and Director of the Business Enterprise Law Clinic at The John Marshall Law School, Alicia Alvarez (Michigan Law), Dorcas Gilmore (Univ. of Maryland Law), and Susan Bennett (American University – WCL).

    For questions about this series please contact the co-directors of the webinar series sub-committee, Laila Hlass or Allison Korn

  • 27 Jan 2019 4:18 PM | Lauren Bartlett (Administrator)

    CLEA has submitted a letter urging the Members of the Members of the American Bar Association House of Delegates to reject a proposed resolution to amend Standard 316.  If passed, the amendment would required nationally accredited law schools to demonstrate that 75% of the members of each graduation class who sat for the bar within two years of graduation. 

    CLEA joins SALT and others in our criticism of this proposal to amend Section 316.

  • 02 Jan 2019 11:06 AM | Lauren Bartlett (Administrator)

    The Members of the Clinical Legal Education Association (CLEA) Board of Directors cordially invite you to CLEA's bi-annual board and membership meeting and a post-meeting dinner at the 2019 AALS Annual Conference in New Orleans. 

    CLEA's board and membership meetings are open to members and others interested in learning more about CLEA's advocacy and other work.  Attending this meeting is a great way to meet up with CLEA Board Members and other clinicians attending the AALS Conference, as well as to find out how to get involved with CLEA.  The post-meeting dinner is open to anyone interested in a social gathering of CLEA members and other clinicians from across the U.S. All are welcome to attend either or both the meeting/dinner.

    The board and membership meeting will take place on Thursday January 3, 2019 from 5:00-6:30pm CT in the ACLU of Louisiana Conference room at Orleans Tower, 1340 Poydras Street, 21st Floor Conference Room, New Orleans, LA  70112.

    The post-meeting dinner will take place at 7pm at Domenica Restaurant, 123 Baronne Street, New Orleans, LA  70112.  Dinner attendees are required to RSVP and to pay for their own dinner and drinks.

  • 20 Dec 2018 11:42 AM | Lauren Bartlett (Administrator)

    The New Clinicians Conference 

    Saturday, May 4, 2019

    Golden Gate University School of Law 

    536 Mission Street

    San Francisco, CA 94105

    More information about the conference is forthcoming and registration will be  available on our website soon.

  • 17 Oct 2018 12:25 PM | Lauren Bartlett (Administrator)

    The call for proposals is now open for the seventh biennial conference on Applied Legal Storytelling. We are offering two deadlines for submitting proposals: January 21, 2019 (priority deadline) and March 11, 2019 (extended deadline).  

    About the Conference 

    The Applied Legal Storytelling Conference brings together academics, judges, and practitioners. The conference has previously convened in 2007 (London), 2009 (Portland), 2011 (Denver), 2013 (London), Seattle (2015), and Washington D.C. (2017). We are very excited to bring it back to the Mountain West (Boulder) in July 2019.

    Applied Legal Storytelling (AppLS) examines the use of stories—and of storytelling or narrative elements—in law practice, legal education, and the law. This definition is intentionally broad in order to allow people creativity in the way they think and present on the topic. Such topics may include: the ways in which fiction-writing techniques or narrative theory can inform legal storytelling; stories in the law, or law as stories; legal storytelling and metaphor; client story advocacy; legal storytelling and cognitive science; and ethical considerations in legal storytelling. 

    In an effort to continue the storytelling conversation for this seventh conference, and to welcome new attendees, we are providing resources for those interested in submitting a proposal and who wish to generate ideas or respond to others’. The first is a list of topics from past conferences, available at The second is a link to a bibliography on AppLS, including articles that have emerged from previous storytelling conferences, available at We are also happy to answer questions and offer you suggestions—if you are a newcomer and interested in becoming involved, please reach out.

    This conference will be hosted by the University of Colorado School of Law, University of Denver Sturm College of Law, and University of Wyoming School of Law, and coordinated by the Rocky Mountain Legal Writing Scholarship Group.  The conference is co-sponsored by the Clinical Legal Education Association.

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