2009 Events

December 4, 2009 - "Developing and Defining Measurable Goals for Teaching Law Students"

Hosted by Albany Law School, the conference focused on the importance of setting measurable learning goals and implementing them in both the clinic and non-clinic classroom setting. Participants discussed both general trends in curriculum reform and specific ways to develop goals to measure student learning.

Professor Roy Stuckey, author of Best Practices for Legal Education and a Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Law at the University of South Carolina School of Law, spoke about "Setting Measureable Goals for Law Student Teaching," calling out legal education for preparing students to think like appellate judges rather than lawyers.

The conference was sponsored by the AALS Section on Legal Education, Albany Law School, Syracuse University College of Law, University at Buffalo Law School and Vermont Law School.


October 16-17, 2009 - "The Pedagogy of Interviewing and Counseling II: Continuing the Quest for Improved Methodology."

UCLA School of Law and Brigham Young University J. Reuben Clark Law School are co-hosting a second conference to focus on the pedagogy of Interviewing and Counseling at the UCLA School of Law. Through interactive panels, small group discussion, and demonstration, this conference will explore methods teachers can use to increase student retention in experiential coursework.

September 25 - 26, 2009 - "2nd Biennial Workshop on Promoting Diversity in Law School Leadership"

Co-hosted by Seattle University School of Law, through its Korematsu Center for Law and Equality and the Society of American Law Teachers (SALT), this conference targeted those who are interested in pursuing deanships or other administrative positions with the legal academy, as well as those who are involved in search committies for decanal positions.

September 24-25, 2009 - "Interdisciplinary Collaborative Education: Partnerships Between Law Schools and the Health Professions"

Hosted by the Georgia State University College of Law in Atlanta Georgia. Law schools are increasingly partnering with other professional schools and other professionals in their community who work in health-relateddisciplines, such as medicine, social work, public health, nursing, mental health, and education. This conference explores the opportunities and challenges in interdisciplinary collaborations in various educational settings.

September 11-13, 2009 - Legal Education at the Crossroads v.3.0 - "Assessment Demystified, Demonstrated, and Deployed: Driving Curriculum Reform at your Law School"

The University of Denver, Sturm College of Law requests proposals to participate in a working conference on assessment in legal education. This conference is intended to respond to the calls for better methods of assessment made in the Carnegie Report, and BEST PRACTICES.

June 23-24, 2009 - "Implementing Best Practices and Educating Lawyers: Teaching Skills and Professionalism Across the Curriculum"

Sponsored by the Institute of Law Teaching and Education of Gonzaga University School of Law. This conference explored techniques for teaching skills and professionalism across the law school curriculum. Building on the energy generated by the publications of Carnegie's Educating Lawyers and CLEA's Best Practices for Legal Education, the Institute's summer conference provided a forum for dedicated teachers to share with colleagues innovative ideas and effective methods for modern legal education.

June 7 - 9, 2009 - 3rd Annual Indian Law Clinics and Externship Programs: Symposium and Workshop

Sponsored by UNM School of Law and University of Denver College of Law, the goal of this gathering is to allow Indian Law Clinics, and other clinicians working with minority populations to work in solidarity on Poverty Law and community lawyering issues, to discuss our shared mission and differing perspectives, and to support new ideas.

  • Where: Isleta Casino & Resort, Pueblo of Isleta (South of Albuquerque, NM)
  • Contacts: Professor Chrsitine Zuni Cruz, UNM School of Law - zunich@law.unm.edu ; Professor Aliza Organick, Washburn University School of Law - aliza.organick@washburn.edu ; Professor Barbara Creel, UNM School of Law - creel@law.unm.edu .

April 17, 2009 - Rutgers Law Review 2009 Symposium

"A LegalEducation Prospectus: Law Schools & Emerging Frontiers in Curriculum, Lawyering, and Social Justice"!

Rutgers gathered an amazing group of speakers to discuss innovative approaches to legal education, including curricular reform, the use of technology, and the unique potential for law schools to inculcate public and professional values in students.

March 6 - 7, 2009 - University of Maryland School of Law

University of Maryland School of Law hosted a national conference on Best Practices in Clinical Legal Education. The conference gathered educators to explore and summarize the best practices discussions taking place all over the country and in the academy in response to the recently published Carnegie Report Educating Lawyers, and Best Practices for Legal Education by Roy Stuckey. Programs that are implementing the reports' recommendations were explored.January 7, 2009 - AALS Section - Teaching to the Entire Class: Innovative and Effective Instruction to Engage Every Student