2008 Events


September 5 -7, 2008 - University of Washington School of Law

University of Washington School of Law hosted a conference addressing efforts to implement the insights from Best Practices and Educating Lawyers. The conference was entitled Legal Education at the Crossroads: Ideas to Implementation.

July 24-25, 2008 - Michigan State University College of Law

Michigan State University College of Law hosted the Great Lakes Symposium on Clinical Scholarship & Best Practices. This conference "initiated a dialogue among clinical educators in an effort to enhance the clinical experience for all participants," while allowing clinicians to identify appropriate clinical scholarship opportunities and best practices for clinical legal education. The program provided a forum for clinicians to share experiences, teaching and research methods, and recent innovations in clinical education.

June 19-21, 2008 - University of Maryland School of Law

University of Maryland School of Law hosted the annual CALI conference (Conference for Law School Computing). This year's theme was " Transforming Legal Education." The keynote speaker was Paul Mah​arq.

June 12-14, 2008 - Second Annual Indian Law Clinics & Externship Program Symposium

Hosted by the University of New Mexico School of Law & The Southwest Indian Law Clinic hosted the entitled, Moving towards Best Practices for Indigenous Representation: "Listening to our Communities, Assessing our past, Reframing our future-clinical methodology, pedagogy, and curriculum design." This event was designed for clinicians or extern program supervisors training future lawyers to represent Native peoples, those who work with tribes or in Indigenous communities, lawyers who work with clinics to deliver legal services to these communities, and other community lawyering clinicians. It was held at the Tamaya Hyatt Resort at Santa Ana Pueblo, New Mexico, just 20 minutes North of Albuquerque, NM.

March 28 - 29, 2008 - Haywood Burns Conference - "Teaching Law in a Multi-cultural, Multi-lingual Context."

CUNY School of Law and the Center for Diversity in the Legal Profession hosted the 2008 Haywood Burns Conference. Among the topics presented: providing access and diversity through Pipeline programs; the immigrant experience in law school , understanding the multiplicity of "cultures" within law students; clinical approaches to multiculturalism from the perspective of faculty, student, and client; strategies for reaching first-year students in the small or large classroom.

March 21, 2008 - American University Washington College of Law

American University Washington College of Law hosted "Innovations in First Year Curriculum.".

Affirmation of the importance of rethinking the first year is evident in the Carnegie Foundation Report issued in 2007, the Best Practices for Legal Education project, and most recently in the Session at the Annual Meeting of the AALS in January 2008 (Reassessing Our Role As Scholars and Educators in Light of Change).This event brought together academic leaders to discuss some of the dynamic changes in theory and pedagogy related to the first year experience.

February 20-23, 2008 - Georgia State Law School

Georgia State Law School hosted anInternational Conference on the Future of Legal Education. The conference focused on two questions: 1) if one was starting a new law school, how would one incorporate the recommendations of the Carnegie Foundation's report on legal education, and 2) how might an existing law school transform itself into the kind of law school envisioned by Carnegie?

January 4, 2008 - Plenary session at AALS

"Rethinking Legal Education for the 21st Century" featuring Edward L. Rubin (Vanderbilt University Law School), Vicki C. Jackson (Georgetown University Law Center), Robert Mac Crate, Esq. (Senior Counsel, Sullivan and Cromwell), Martha L. Minow (Harvard Law School), Suellyn Scarnecchia (University of New Mexico School of Law), William M. Sullivan (Senior Scholar The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching), Judith W. Wegner (University of North Carolina School of Law). (Outline) (podcast)