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.
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.
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 Maharq.
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.
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.
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.
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?
"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)