The Legal Study Project held its first meeting of the ten law schools
(CUNY, Dayton, Georgetown, Harvard, Indiana-Bloomington, New Mexico,
NYU, Stanford, Southwestern, and Vanderbilt) at the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation on the Stanford campus.
"Forming a Regional Community to Share and Define Best Practices", Syracuse University College of Law
The conference explored and critically examined issues raised in the
new Carnegie Report, entitled "Educating Lawyers: Preparation for the
Profession of Law," and the Clincial Legal Education Association's
(CLEA) "Best Practices for Legal Education: A Vision and a Road Map."
The Mercer Law Review hosted a symposium on The Opportunity for Legal Education.
A conference of 57 reform-minded law school deans, associate deans,
clinical teachers, traditional teachers, legal writing teachers, and
academic support people discussed how to implement recommendations for
improving legal education contained in two recently published books. Educating Lawyers was published by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, and Best Practices for Legal Education
was published by the Clinical Legal Education Association. Both books
call on law schools to implement significant, fundamental changes in
what they teach and how they teach it.
The by-invitation-only conference, Legal Education at the Crossroads,
Ideas to Action, Part I, was planned and facilitated by the primary
author of Best Practices for Legal Education, Professor Roy Stuckey, University of South Carolina School of Law; and one of the authors of Educating Lawyers,
Professor Judith Wegner, University of North Carolina School of Law.
Professor Wegner delivered the keynote address, but most of the
conference time was spent in small group discussions followed by group
reports and discussions.
Vanessa Merto of Pace Law School led an informal faculty colloquium discussing Educating Lawyers and Best Practices for Legal Education at Wake Forest University School of Law.
A respectable portion of the faculty attended (there was a free lunch)
and seemed intrigued by the notion of seriously and systematically
applying assessment techniques to law school teaching.
Antoinette Sedillo Lopez and Paul Holland were the luncheon speakers
on Leading Change in Legal Education: The Carnegie Study, Educating
Lawyers and the book by Roy Stuckey, Best Practices in Legal Education
at the Seattle University / SALT Deanship workshop, " Promoting
Diversity in Deanships".