Professor Mary Lynch was recently elected co-vice president of the Clinical Legal Education Association (CLEA) Board of Directors. Professor Benjie Louis was also elected as an officer of the board.
CLEA advocates for clinical legal education as fundamental to the education of lawyers. CLEA and its members seek to:
Foster excellent teaching and scholarship by clinical educators
Integrate clinical teaching and extend its methods into the legal education program of every law school
Reform legal education so as to prepare law students for excellent and reflective law practice
Advance regulation of legal education that insures the continued vitality of clinical education in law schools
Pursue and promote justice and diversity as core values of the legal profession
Albany Law School's award-winning Clinic & Justice Center, established in 1981, combines theory and practice through its in-house public interest law firm, providing free legal services to eligible clients in the Capital Region.
In a typical academic year, the Clinic recruits more than 200 students for clinic projects, representing hundreds of clients and assisting many more individuals and organizations through technical assistance and community education activities.
Professor Lynch is director of the Domestic Violence Prosecution Hybrid Clinic, as well as the Center for Excellence in Law Teaching. Professor Louis is director of the Introduction to Litigation Clinic.