2010 Events


December 10-11, 2010 - "Teaching in a Transformative Era: The Law School of the Future"

Hosted by SALT, at the William S. Richardson School of Law in Honolulu, Hawaii, the conference's theme will examine the most pressing challenges law schools face in the 21st century. Speakers will discuss "justice" in various socio-economic settings, student diversity and rising indebtedness, as well as issues affecting law faculty, such as tenure and accreditation standards.

SALT is seeking ideas for a range of sessions including panels and workshops that fit within the conference themes, and are encouraging proposals from small groups of three or four as well as from individuals. If you are proposing a panel discussion, please note whether you would be open to an additional speaker. We welcome a variety of session formats from formal papers to more informal discussion topics. Please send your proposals to Ngai Pindell (ngai.pindell@unlv.edu) by March 15, 2010, proposals will be accepted on a rolling basis.

May 27, 2010 - Assessment And Student Outcomes Conference - Implications Of The Proposed ABA Standard On Student Learning Outcomes

The recently proposed ABA Standard on Student Learning Outcomes makes clear that law schools will need to be more versed in assessing and measuring the development of their students. This conference seeks to further the dialogue by introducing in more detail methods by which such assessment may be accomplished. This one-day conference will be hosted by the Charlotte School of Law. 

May 4-8, 2010 - "Answering the Call for Reform: Using Outcomes Assessment, Critical Theory and Strategic Thinking to Implement Change."

The 2010 AALS Conference on Clinical Legal Education will take place at the Renaissance Harborplace Baltimore Hotel in Baltimore, Maryland. The Conference's planning committee has described the event as follows:

Best Practices for Legal Education and the Carnegie Report, Educating Lawyers, have stimulated a conversation about change in many law schools, including about how and whether to educate lawyers for practice. As professors who have played a central role in educating graduates for practice and in pushing reform in legal education, clinicians have been and will be an important voice in these conversations. This Conference aims to provide clinical educators with knowledge and skills needed for improving their own programs and participating meaningfully in institutional change. The conference's goal is to empower clinicians and other faculty whether their school is deeply engaged in discussions about Carnegie and Best Practices or whether the conversation has not even begun. To that end, the conference will follow an arc that considers the possibility of change in our own teaching (through examination of outcomes-based approaches), in the vision of lawyering we employ and transmit to our students (through engagement of the role of critical perspectives in effecting positive change), and, finally, in our clinical programs, academic institutions and legal education as a whole (through examination of theoretical models that explore how change occurs).

For more information on the conference contact, Susan Bryant, City University of New York School of Law, Chair (bryant@mail.law.cuny.edu).

April 10, 2010 - "Teaching Law for Engaged Learning"

This one-day conference for new and experienced legal educators interested in developing as teachers will take place at the Elon University School of Law in Greensboro, North Carolina. The conference co-sponsors are the Institute for Law Teaching and Learning (Gonzaga and Washburn) and the Center for Engaged Learning in the Law (Elon). The conference will consist of four sessions: (1) course and class planning; (2) teaching methods; (3) assessment and exams; and (4) developing as a teacher.

April 9-10, 2010 - "Challenges in Constructing and Reconstructing Experiential Education Programs

University of Minnesota Law will host a curriculum and development roundtable where, selected clinical and experiential program faculty will present working documents to be discussed in facilitated groups. This will be an opportunity for peer collaboration in responding to the Carnegie Report, Best Practices, and the MacCrate Report. The organizers hope to provide a forum for the publication and dissemination of papers defining issues, outlining strategies, and addressing needs in the changing experiential education environment.

For more information contact Ms. Lori Peterson at pete6294@umn.edu.

April 2010 - Alternative Bar Licensing Conference

Franklin Pierce Law Center and the Society of American Law Teachers (SALT) are co-hosting a small national conference of law faculty, law deans, state Supreme Court justices, and state Bar Examiners interested in learning more about Franklin Pierce Law School's Daniel Webster Scholar Honors Program (DWS) with an eye toward potentially developing a similar program in their states.

DWS is designed to help make students "client ready." Students enrolled in DWS take a variety of doctrinal courses, simulation courses, clinics, and externships. Professionalism experiences are infused through this course of study. DWS students develop a portfolio containing both written and videotaped material. Their portfolio and skills performances are assessed by law faculty, practitioners, Justices of the NH Supreme Court , NH Bar Examiners, and "standardized clients." Students successfully completing the DWS program are licensed in NH without having to take the traditional bar exam.

Please contact Tim Floyd, Chair of the SALT Subcommittee on Alternatives to the Bar Exam, at Floyd_tw@law.mercer.edu to get more information about the upcoming April conference.

March 19-21, 2010 - Spring 2010 Workshop of the National Institute for Teaching Ethics and Professionalism (NIFTEP)

This NIFTEP workshop took place at the Red Top Mountain Lodge, located 40 miles northwest of Atlanta, and will be entitled, "New Professionalism Opportunities in a Time of Crisis." Attendance at this highly participatory event is limited to invited speakers and to those selected to be Spring 2010 NIFTEP Fellows.

March 19-20, 2010 - "Vulnerable Populations and Economic Realities:
An interdisciplinary approach to law teaching"

Golden Gate University School of Law and the Society of American Law Teachers (SALT) are presenting a two-day teaching conference in San Francisco. The conference will explore questions such as: how can law teachers integrate economic issues precipitated by class, race, and gender into a broad range of courses, including, for example, first-year Contracts or Professional Responsibility, Health or Environmental Law, Clinics and Externships? What types of nontraditional classes would most effectively focus student interest on the economic needs of vulnerable populations? How do law schools initiate and encourage collaborative alliances to broaden discussions and promote positive change? The conference will consider these issues from the perspectives of interdisciplinary academics, practitioners, and activists.

March 4 - 7, 2010 - "Externships 5: Externships in Changing Times"

To be held at University of Miami School of Law, Externships 5 will explore how externships respond to and advance changes in the legal profession, legal education, and the economy B changes both past and future. The questions to explore include: "How can externship clinics advance the promise of Carnegie and Best Practices? "How should changes in our students' career prospects affect our programs? "How might changing roles for lawyers affect our teaching and clinical supervision? and "How might new ABA Standards affect the externship community?"