39th Annual Conference on Clinical Legal Education


AALS Clinical Conference Baltimore 2016


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39th Annual Conference on Clinical Legal Education

Clinics and Communities: Exploring Community Engagement Through Clinical Education

Saturday, April 30 – Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Baltimore Marriott Waterfront

Baltimore, Maryland



39th Annual Conference on Clinical Legal Education

Clinics and Communities: Exploring Community Engagement Through Clinical Education


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Why Attend?


Founding conceptions of clinical legal education situated law school clinics as allies of communities in need. Law students flocked to clinics to engage in lawyering on behalf of people whose needs, while rooted in social and legal structures, might also be ameliorated by legal process. Whether and how law could effectively support communities and endeavor to redress the harms that community members experienced were central questions in clinical education that continue to require persistent examination.

This conference focuses on the role of clinics in communities and the role of communities in clinics in 2016. Drawing on conversations at the 2014 and 2015 conferences on changes in clinical education, we will look both forward and back to ask how the relationship between clinics and communities has developed as clinical education has evolved and as it continues to evolve. We use the terms “clinics,” “clinical programs,” and “clinical education” with the intention of including in-house clinics and externship programs.

The location of the 2016 conference in Baltimore, Maryland is an appropriate setting for exploring these topics. The death of Freddie Gray, a young African-American man, in April, 2015, from injuries he suffered while in police custody, made Baltimore a locus of community action, linking it with other communities (such as Staten Island, Cleveland, Ferguson, Charleston) and a national movement organized around #BlackLivesMatter, also known as the Movement for Black Lives. Baltimore, then, represents a community interacting with law both for better and for worse, and struggling with issues such as poverty, racism, unemployment, inadequate health care, overcriminalization, and poor public education, issues with which many law school clinics have engaged.

In considering the evolving relationship between clinics and communities, we ask:

  • What have we learned about community engagement through clinical education?
  • What is the relationship between them now?

Related to these overarching questions are many others, a number of which fall into these categories:

  1. Partnerships with Communities—How do we define community and community engagement? What communities do clinics and externship programs serve? How should we prioritize? Which clinical program goals do these partnerships advance? What role does social justice play in clinics’ community engagement? What forms of community engagement and collaboration have we used? What is our role in these partnerships—supporters, participants, lawyers? How does the choice of role affect the clients we choose and the pedagogies we use? Can we collaborate across programs to serve communities? Can we develop the flexibility to respond to community incidents and needs as they emerge? How do we partner with international communities?
  2. Clients and Communities—Can client centeredness include a community focus? Does it require it? How can we best respond to the issues affecting our clients and the communities we aim to serve? What program design issues are raised by these questions and how do we address them? What case selection issues are raised by these questions and how do we address them? What institutional issues are raised by these questions and how do we address them?
  3. Pedagogies and Communities–As our pedagogical focus has sharpened, how has it affected the relationship of clinics and communities? Have we developed a pedagogy of engagement with communities? What does it entail? Can we further develop it? How does it link to social justice goals and inquiries? What are the trade-offs? What role does scholarship play in addressing these issues?
    During the conference, we will explore these and related questions in a variety of formats, including keynote addresses, plenary presentations, concurrent sessions, poster sessions, workshops, and working groups. In keeping with its theme, the conference will also feature a Clinical Law Review symposium, “Reflecting on Rebellious Lawyering at Twenty-Five,” which commemorates the upcoming twenty-fifth anniversary of Gerald Lopez’s seminal book, Rebellious Lawyering: One Chicano’s View of Progressive Law Practice. All conference registrants are welcome to participate in the symposium.


Who Should Attend?


This conference will be of interest to all experience levels of clinicians and clinic administrators.


Planning Committee


The Planning Committee for the 2016 AALS Conference on Clinical Legal Education:

Phyllis Goldfarb, The George Washington University Law School, Chair
Carolyn B. Grose, Mitchell | Hamline School of Law
Margaret E. Johnson, University of Baltimore School of Law
Tamara Kuennen, University of Denver Sturm College of Law
Julie D. Lawton, DePaul University College of Law
JoNel Newman, University of Miami School of Law
Daniel M. Schaffzin, The University of Memphis, Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law



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How Do I Register?

You can choose to register for the conference on Clinical Legal Education by one of the methods below. If you cannot register online, you may not be in the AALS database. In that case, before you register, contact your law school dean’s office and have yourself added to the AALS Law School roster with your position, whether it is a tenure, tenure track, contract, visiting, adjunct, or fellow at the law school. Once you have been added to your law school’s roster, you can register online. If you need assistance, contact [email protected].




Online Individual Registration Online Group Registration

You can pay the registration fee online by using American Express, Visa, and MasterCard.


Fax or Mail

If you prefer to register via a paper form or are paying the registration fee by check, you may request a registration form by sending an email to [email protected]. Complete the registration form and send it to AALS with payment of the registration fee. AALS accepts American Express, Visa, MasterCard, or checks (made payable to AALS). If you are paying with American Express, Visa, or MasterCard, please fax the form to AALS at (202) 872-1829. If you are paying by check, please mail the form and check directly to AALS, 1614 20th Street, N.W., Washington, DC 20009-1001.


Registration Fees

AALS will email a confirmation letter for your paid registration. If you do not receive a confirmation email (after one day for the online registration, after one week for the faxed form and two weeks for the payment by check), call AALS at (202) 296-2355 to verify your registration.


Faculty of AALS member and fee-paid law schools: $455
Faculty of non-fee-paid schools: $505
Faculty of international law schools: $455


On-Site Registration

There is an additional charge of $50 for registration received after April 13, 2016. Plan to register on site if you cannot meet the April 21 deadline. AALS accepts cash, personal or school checks, American Express, Visa, and MasterCard for the conference.


Cancellation Policy

The registration fee will be refunded in full for cancellations through April 13; a refund less $50 will be given for cancellations received April 14 through 22; no refunds will be given after April 22.



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AALS Registration will open Friday evening, April 29, 5 – 8 p.m. The conference will begin on Saturday, April 30 with a Workshop for New Law School Clinical Teachers 8:45 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. The Clinical Conference will begin at 1:45 p.m. A Reception with Posters will take place at 6 p.m. The program includes three days of plenary sessions, concurrent sessions, workshops and working group discussions and will feature a keynote address by Gerald Lopez. The conference will conclude at 3 p.m., Tuesday, May 3. There will be luncheons on Sunday, Monday and Tuesday and receptions sponsored and held at local law schools on Sunday and Monday.


The conference will include four multi-session workshops, which are included in the registration fee. Workshops will take place during concurrent session time slots. Enrollment is limited in order to allow you to work collaboratively on projects during the conference. Some workshops will require preparation in advance of the sessions. Participants should plan to attend all sessions of the chosen workshop. For more details, see pages 5-6 of the brochure. Workshop topics include:


  • Scholarship Support
  • (Re-)Designing a Clinic Using Backward Design
  • Making Educational Videos
  • Training Students in Private Practice Skills as Another Path to Justice


Clinical Law Review Symposium: Rebellious Lawyering at 25

Sunday, May 1, 9 am – 12:15 pm

Since its publication almost 25 years ago, Gerald López’s Rebellious Lawyering text (and a group of related works of legal scholarship written during a fertile period of critical thinking and writing on poverty law) has had an abiding impact on lawyering practice and theory. It has inspired generations of lawyers and shaped public interest legal practice. To celebrate the 25th anniversary of Rebellious Lawyering, the Clinical Law Review has invited scholarly articles on the themes of Lopez’s seminal work and is hosting a symposium during the conference to invite reflection on the evolution in the text’s meaning and the insights it offers to public interest lawyers and clinical educators today. During the symposium, authors will present their ideas and moderated discussions will follow. In 2016-17, these articles and reflections on the symposium will be published in two volumes of the Clinical Law Review. The Clinical Law Review is a semi-annual peer-edited journal devoted to issues of lawyering theory and clinical legal education. The Review is jointly sponsored by the Association of American Law Schools (AALS), the Clinical Legal Education Association (CLEA), and New York University School of Law.

Meeting and Hotel Information


AALS Conference on Clinical Education 2016 Baltimore Maryland
Image Credit: Visit Baltimore


New Hotel Added


Residence Inn Baltimore Downtown/ Inner Harbor
17 Light Street, Baltimore, MD 21202
(410) 962-1220

(.9 mile from Baltimore Marriott Waterfront – 20 minute walk; 7 minute cab; 2 blocks from Inner Harbor)

One bedroom Suite – $199* per night plus taxes

Each suite includes a living area w sofa bed, separate bedroom with queen bed, a fully-equipped kitchen; complimentary hot/cold breakfast buffet (value of $15 per person per day); complimentary wired/wireless internet access

*4 night minimum stay – for stays of fewer than 4 nights, prevailing rates will apply

Cancellation: Guests must cancel 24 hours prior to arrival to avoid charge of one night’s stay.

Cut-off date: Friday, April 22, 2016


Hotel Reservations

The conference sessions and sleeping accommodations will be at the Baltimore Marriott Waterfront, 700 Aliceanna Street, Baltimore, MD 21202.

To make reservations, attendees should first register for the conference. After completing the meeting registration process, you will receive a confirmation email from AALS with a link to book your hotel reservation. The hotel is smoke-free.

The room rate is $199 for single and double accommodations, subject to established taxes, currently tax in 2016 is 15.5 percent.

The cut-off date for making a reservation is April 6, 2016. Making a reservation prior to the cut-off date does not guarantee availability of the AALS rate. To ensure accommodations, please make your reservation early.

The hotel requires a one-night’s room rate deposit with one of the following credit cards (Visa, MasterCard, American Express, Diners Club, Discover, JCB). Deposits will be fully refunded for reservations cancelled by 6 p.m. on the expected arrival date.

Internet Access

Guest room internet is provided to AALS registrants on a complimentary basis. Complimentary internet is also available in the hotel lobby, public areas and meeting rooms for registrants.

Babysitting Services

For standard babysitting services, contact the hotel concierge for information. Neither the hotel nor AALS endorses these services, but the hotel provides this information for your reference.

Hotel Parking

Self-Parking: $8.50 USD hourly, $26 daily

Valet Parking: $45 daily

Parking garage does not accommodate oversized vehicles-height clearance 6 feet 8 inches.

Transportation, Dining, and Attractions


Visit Baltimore Show Your Badge Program | Local Transportation | The Inner Harbor | The National Aquarium | Maryland Science Center | Fell’s Point | The Maryland Zoo in Baltimore | Fort McHenry | Pier Six Pavilion | The Baltimore Orioles |


Visit Baltimore Show Your Badge Program

Baltimore welcomes AALS conference attendees by offering discounts on dining, attractions, shopping and transportation with their Show Your Badge Program!


Local Transportation

Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport (BWI) is about 11 miles from the hotel. Estimated taxi fare is $35.00 each way. Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA) is 43 miles from the hotel. Estimated taxi fare is $115.00 each way. Dulles international Airport (IAD) is approximately 60 miles from the hotel. Estimated taxi fare is $150.00 each way.

SuperShuttle provides service from BWI, Reagan National, and Dulles. SuperShuttle reservations can be made by visiting www.SuperShuttle.com or calling 1(800) BLUE-VAN (258-3826).


Baltimore’s train station, Penn Station, is about 2 miles from the hotel; estimated taxi fare is $11.00 each way. Penn Station services both Amtrak and MARC (Maryland’s commuter rail system). For more information about the trains with routes to Baltimore’s Penn Station, please visit www.Amtrak.com.


Things to Do


The Inner Harbor


The Baltimore Marriott Waterfront is located in Baltimore’s Inner Harbor, a historic seaport, tourist attraction, and landmark of the city of Baltimore, Maryland. It was described by the Urban Land Institute in 2009 as “the model for post-industrial waterfront redevelopment around the world.” The Inner Harbor is located at the mouth of Jones Falls, creating the wide and short northwest branch of the Patapsco River. The district includes any water west of a line drawn between the foot of President Street and the American Visionary Art Museum.

The name “Inner Harbor” is used not just for the water but for the surrounding area of the city, with approximate street boundaries of President Street to the east, Lombard Street to the north, Greene Street to the west, and Key Highway on the south. The harbor is within walking distance of Camden Yards and M&T Bank Stadium. A water taxi connects passengers to Fell’s Point, Canton, and Fort McHenry.


The National Aquarium


A non-profit public aquarium, the National Aquarium is located at 501 E Pratt Street in the Inner Harbor, and is about a 10 minute walk from the hotel. The National Aquarium houses several exhibits including the Upland Tropical Rain Forest, a multiple-story Atlantic Coral Reef, and an open ocean shark tank. Ticket prices vary from $24.95 – $39.95, and discounts are offered for children ages 3-11 and adults over the age of 65.


Maryland Science Center


It includes three levels of exhibits, a planetarium, and an observatory. It was one of the original structures that drove the revitalization of the Baltimore Inner Harbor from its industrial roots to a thriving downtown destination. with hands-on exhibits and spectacular displays about the wonderful world of science and technology.


Fell’s Point


A historic waterfront neighborhood, Fell’s Point is a mere 10 minute walk from the Baltimore Marriott Waterfront. Fell’s Point, established in 1763, is a vibrant community with many antique stores, restaurants, and coffee houses to explore.

Fell’s Point also houses the famous Broadway Market, located at 1640 Aliceanna Street. A two-building, 12,000-square foot facility, the Broadway Market has vendors selling upscale sweet treats alongside stalls of meat and produce, as well as lunch counters serving filling fare at bargain prices.


The Maryland Zoo in Baltimore


Founded in 1876, The Maryland Zoo in Baltimore is the third oldest zoo in the United States and is internationally known for its conservation and research contributions. The Zoo is accredited by the Association of Zoos & Aquariums (AZA), assuring excellent care for animals, a great experience for visitors and a better future for all living things. The Zoo is open daily from 10 a.m. – 4:00 p.m., and is situated on more than 160 acres in Druid Hill Park, about 10 minutes north of Baltimore’s Inner Harbor.


Fort McHenry


Fort McHenry is a coastal star-shaped fort best known for its role in the War of 1812, when it successfully defended Baltimore Harbor from an attack by the British navy in Chesapeake Bay and inspired Francis Scott Key to pen The-Star Spangled Banner. Fort McHenry is located at 2400 East Fort Avenue, and is about a 24 minute drive from the Baltimore Marriott Waterfront. It is open from 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. each day, and has an entrance fee of $10 for adults 16 years of age and older; children 15 and younger are free.


Pier Six Pavilion


Just steps away from the Baltimore Marriott Waterfront, the waterfront Pier Six Pavilion is a music venue at 731 Eastern Avenue. The venue opened in 1981 and has featured a wide variety of music acts, ranging from rock to jazz. Check for of performances.

The Baltimore Orioles

Oriole Park at Camden Yards is within walking distance from the hotel. The O’s are home during the conference dates, with games each day. Visit Baltimore.orioles.mlb.com/schedule.





AALS is committed to making our meetings and events accessible to all of our attendees. Please contact the AALS at [email protected] no later than March 30, 2016 so that we may assist you with services that you need.


Chemical Sensitivity

All AALS events are smoke-free and, as often as possible, held in smoke-free venues. Smoking is not permitted in any meeting or session rooms, business or networking events, or AALS-sponsored social events. Please be aware that some venues (i.e. off-site) may allow smoking in public areas. Cigarettes may be used in designated smoking areas as determined by the venue. Specific requests can be made to hotels within our block and the meeting venues that chemicals not be used in guest rooms on carpeting or other surfaces.


Nursing Mothers

AALS will provide a room with electrical power, a refrigerator and a locking door for nursing mothers who attend AALS meetings. Please visit the AALS Registration Desk for access to the room.

Meeting Room Setup

AALS hotels and meeting venues will be asked to provide adequate aisle space and cut-outs for persons with wheelchairs and other mobility devices in all meeting rooms and locations. Please note standard head tables (when used) include a podium and microphones on the tables and podium. If you are presenting and require additional accommodations (such as a ramp, or lavaliere microphone) please contact AALS at [email protected] in advance. Every effort will be made to set meeting rooms/locations to accommodate all attendees, both speakers and audience members.


Mobility Issues

Because the Conference has numerous programs, there can be considerable distances between meeting rooms. If you are a regular wheelchair user, we suggest you bring your chair with you to the meeting.

Registration of Personal Aide/Companion

Should you require an aide or personal assistant to help navigate the Conference, AALS will register your aide as a complimentary guest. Please contact [email protected] to register your personal aide (name, city and state is required for the badge which can be picked up at AALS Registration.) Personal aides may attend sessions and AALS sponsored meals. If you need AALS to arrange for an aide to help you navigate the meeting, please email your request to [email protected] or call (202) 296-4755 to outline the specific type of assistance required. In order to best accommodate your request, we ask that you notify us of your request as much in advance of the meeting as possible.


Hearing Support Services


Sign Language Interpreters

Attendees may request a sign language interpreter for the Conference. Please email your request to [email protected] by March 30, 2016. Sign language interpreters are provided for AALS-sponsored events only.



Communication Access Real-time Translation (CART) is a word-for-word speech-to-text interpreting service for people with a hearing loss or who would otherwise benefit from this accommodation. Attendees may request CART service for the Conference. CART will be provided for AALS-sponsored events only. Please email your request to [email protected] by March 30, 2016.


Accessible Housing

ADA-designated hotel rooms in the Conference hotel will be specifically set aside for individuals requesting them. Please notify hotel of your request as much in advance as possible as late notice may be difficult to accommodate based on occupancy level.


Frequently Asked Questions


Registration | On-Site | Hotel |




What is the registration deadline this year?

Registrations should be sent in time to arrive at AALS headquarters by April 13, 2016. All registrations received after this date will be assessed a $50 on-site fee.

Is my law school an AALS member school?

You can check your institution’s membership status on the AALS Member Schools website.

Does AALS offer a one-day registration fee?

No, we do not offer a one-day registration or per-session fee. Registration is for the entire Conference on Clinical Legal Education.

What does my registration fee include?

As a full conference registrant you will have access to all Clinical Conference programs, including the Workshop for New Clinical Law School Teachers, Reception with Posters, all general sessions, luncheons, and receptions as described in the 2016 Clinical Conference ebrochure. If a field trip or service project is offered will may be additional fees for these events.

I want to register online but don’t know my username.

Your username is typically your school-affiliated email address. If you have never used online registration, you should first contact your Dean’s Office to ensure you are listed on your school’s AALS Roster for the Directory of Law Teachers. For further assistance with this process you can email AALS support. For all other questions about signing in please email [email protected].

I know my username, but I don’t know my password. How do I get/reset it?

Click here to have an email sent to your school address to reset your AALS account password. You may also use this link if you have never set up a password for your AALS account.

How do I register if I do not want to pay by credit card online?

We strongly encourage online registration using our secure website. We offer the option to submit a paper registration form by fax to (202) 296-1829. You may also submit the paper form by regular mail and pay using a check or credit card. Mailed submissions of the paper form should be sent to: AALS, 1614 20th St. NW, Washington, DC 20009. Please note that we no longer accept submission of registration forms by email.

Why does AALS no longer accept registration forms by email?

In order to meet Payment Card Industry Association (PCIA) standards the AALS no longer accepts credit card payments by email. We recommend that you take advantage of our secure online registration system, and are happy to provide assistance and answer any questions that you may have concerning this change.

My school wants to submit payment by electronic direct deposit or wire transfer; does AALS accept these forms of payment?

Unfortunately, AALS is not able to accept payment by electronic deposit or wire transfer.

What is the cancellation policy for the 2016 Conference on Clinical Legal Education?

Cancellations must be made in writing and sent by email to [email protected], fax to (202) 296-1829, or by regular mail to: AALS Registration, c/o Erick Brown, 1614 20th St. NW, Washington, DC 20009. A refund of all registration fees will be issued for cancellation requests which have been submitted in writing by April 13, 2016. A refund of all registration fees, less $50, will be given for cancellations received April 14 through April 22. Cancellations received after April 22, as well as no-shows to the Clinical Conference, are not eligible to receive a refund of registration fees.

I need to cancel my registration. Can I send another clinical faculty/staff member from my law school in my place?

If you find that you are unable to attend the conference you may authorize the transfer of your registration to another clinician from your law school. Requests to transfer your registration must be made in writing; by email to [email protected], by fax to (202) 872-1829, or by mail to: AALS, 1614 20th St. NW, Washington, DC 20009. Please be certain to include the following information when requesting this transfer:

  • A written authorization to AALS using one of the above methods. Please include your wish to cancel and transfer your registration, as well as the name of the individual you would like to transfer your registration over to.
  • Submission of a paper registration form for the substitute registrant. Please submit only by fax or mail if including any additional payment information by credit card.

How can I request Access-Related Accommodations for the conference?

AALS is committed to making our meetings and events accessible to all of our attendees. For information on access-related accommodations please click on the “Accessibility” tab in the left side menu. Contact AALS accommodations directly at [email protected] (link: [email protected]) so we may assist you.

I have already registered but would like to make a change to my registration that does not require payment. Is there an easy way to do this?

Yes, you can easily add or change Working Sessions or indicate other changes by sending an email to [email protected]. You will receive an email confirmation of the changes requested.




When is AALS Registration set to open at the conference in Baltimore?

Registration will be open on Friday, April 29, from 5 – 8 pm. The conference will begin the next day, on Saturday, April 30.

When is the Workshop for New Law School Clinical Teachers held?

Saturday, Apr 30 from 8:45am – 12:30pm. There is no additional fee to attend this workshop, as it is included in your registration fee.

Am I required to wear my badge?

Yes, badges are required for entry into all Clinical Conference sessions and events.

Will there be internet access in the hotel conference areas?

Guest room internet access is provided to AALS registrants on a complimentary basis. Additionally, complimentary internet is also available in the hotel lobby, public areas, and meeting room for conference registrants.

Does the hotel have on-site parking?

The Baltimore Marriott Waterfront offers hourly and daily rates for parking. Rates are listed below. Please note that the parking garage cannot accommodate vehicles with a height clearance over 6 feet 8 inches.

  • Self-Parking: $8.50 hourly, $26 daily
  • Valet Parking: $45 daily

What is the dress code for the Clinical Conference?

The dress code for the conference is business casual. We also recommend that you bring a sweater or jacket with you as you attend daily sessions, as the meeting rooms can be colder than expected.




How do I make a hotel reservation at the conference hotel?

You will receive a confirmation email from AALS containing a link with instructions for booking a hotel reservation online once you have completed your registration for the Clinical Conference. Reservations at the AALS conference rate can only be made online using this custom link.

I just finished registering but don’t see a hotel reservation email.

If the hotel reservation email does not appear in your Inbox following registration please check your spam filters. Email [email protected] if you’d like a copy resent to you.

Where can I find information about the hotels online?

Click on the “Meeting and Hotel Information” tab on the left side of the Clinical Conference website for more information on the Baltimore Marriott Waterfront (rates, restaurants, complimentary services, amenities, and check-in/out times), as well as information on reserving a suite, travel tips, accessibility, etc.

I called the hotel to make a reservation and they told me to call you; what do I do now?

The AALS conference rate for rooms at the Baltimore Marriott Waterfront is only available when you reserve online through an AALS customer link. You will receive this link to book your hotel online immediately after you complete your AALS Clinical Conference registration. If you have not registered for the conference then you must do so before you can access the hotel reservation website. If you have registered and cannot locate your confirmation email, please contact [email protected].

Is there a deadline for making a hotel reservation?

The cutoff date for making a reservation is April 6, 2016. Please note that making a reservation prior to the cutoff date does not guarantee availability of the AALS rate. To ensure your desired accommodations, we recommend that you book early.

I am mailing in my registration payment, but I want to make my hotel reservation online.

All participants must register for the conference before making hotel reservations through the hotel reservation website. Should you decide to mail your registration and payment by check, please allow 2-3 weeks for processing.

Is there a guarantee required for the hotel? If so, is it refundable?

Hotel reservations require a deposit of one-night’s room rate deposit using a valid credit card. Several types of cards are accepted, and deposits are fully refunded for reservations cancelled by 6pm on the expected arrival date.

How do I change or cancel my reservation?

Please refer to your hotel confirmation email for instructions on how to change or cancel your hotel reservation.