Date Chartered: 1/1/1973

Purpose

The Section on Clinical Legal Education promotes the communication of ideas, interests and activities among members of the Section and makes recommendations on matters concerning clinical legal education.

Leadership     Listserv & Member-Only Content

Message from the Chairs

Dear Colleagues:

Welcome to the holiday season and winter break! The past year has brought some challenges for many of our clients and communities, which we’ve navigated bravely with our students and clinical colleagues. At the same time, there’s also been good news and much to celebrate. We take this familiar balance in stride, knowing that our community remains a strong source of strength and support. We rock! And, the Clinical Section is pleased to share some of the good news that has occurred in our community during the past year – much of which we could not have accomplished without the dedicated work of our committees.

2020 William Pincus Awardee – Professor Paul Tremblay

I am delighted to announce that Professor Paul Tremblay at Boston College Law School is the 2020 recipient of the Clinical Section’s William Pincus Award! The Pincus award honors individuals, groups, or institutions for outstanding contributions to clinical legal education through service, scholarship, program design and implementation, and other activities beneficial to clinical education or to the advancement of justice. Paul’s service to our community extends in depth and breadth across these areas, including an unwavering commitment to mentoring clinicians (particularly transactional clinicians) across the country. As noted in the nomination materials reviewed by our Awards Committee: “Like the best of superheroes, Paul’s quiet, modest demeanor hides great powers. But those powers are quickly apparent to and have a powerful impact on students lucky enough to have him as a supervisor, colleagues who engage him in discussions of teaching, clients whose lives are improved by his advocacy, and lawyers, teachers and judges who benefit from the analytical rigor and moral clarity of his writings. The consistent theme that runs through all of Paul’s work is devotion to ensuring that our legal system and those working within it fulfill their promise of justice for all.”

I want to thank our outstanding Awards Committee, JoNel Newman (Chair, Miami), Kinda Abdus-Sabor (Georgia State), Jon Dubin (Rutgers), Claire Raj (South Carolina), and Laura Rovner (Denver), for its work soliciting and selecting such an outstanding honoree!

Nominations to the Clinical Section Executive

I’m excited to present the next slate of members and officers for election in January 2020!

Officers

  • Chair – Wendy Bach (Tennessee)
  • Chair Elect – Fatma Marouf (Texas A&M)
  • Secretary – Elizabeth (Liz) Keyes (Baltimore)
  • Treasurer – Shawn Watts (Kansas)
  • New Members
  • Norrinda Hayat (Rutgers)
  • Kele Stewart (Miami)
  • Cindy Wilson (Northwestern)
  • Claire Raj (South Carolina)
  • Anita Sinha (American)

I want to thank our Nominating Committee, Emily Suski (Co-Chair, South Carolina), Natalie Chin (Co-Chair, CUNY), Bob Jones (Notre Dame), Bob Probasco (Texas A&M), Charles Auffant (Rutgers), and Amy Pritchard (UA, Little Rock) for its work in recruiting such a dynamic slate of new members!

2020 AALS Annual Meeting Clinical Section Events

Please note below the Clinical Section events that will occur at the 2020 AALS Annual Meeting in Washington, DC.

  • Clinical Legal Education Luncheon: Friday, January 3rd at 12:15pm – 1:30 pm
  • William Pincus Award presented to Paul Tremblay (Boston College School of Law)
  • Election of New Officers and Members
  • Clinical Section Program: Exploring Immigrant Justice from Intersectional Perspectives on Friday, January 3rd at 1:30pm
  • Co-Sponsored Program: International Legal Exchange, Co-Sponsored by Clinical Legal Education, Comparative Law, and Teaching Methods – What Translates? Investigating Those Aspects of U.S. Law That Are Viewed as Inspiring and Aspirational

Celebrating the Communications Committee

As noted above, the Clinical Section thrives because of the diligent work of our committees. In addition, I’d like to thank the Communications Committee (Michael Martin (Fordham), Kim Ambrose (University of Washington), Keeshea Turner Roberts (Howard), Janet Heppard (Houston) and Susan Hazeldean (Brooklyn), under the steadfast leadership of Gail Silverstein (Chair, Hastings) for its remarkable work delivering the Clinical Section’s newsletter and managing the content on our website. I want to thank Natalie Nanasi (SMU) and Adrienne Smith for providing extraordinary service as Newsletter Editors as well as Keesha Turner Roberts (Howard) and Janet Heppard (Houston) for being willing to take up the helm of service as our new Newsletter Editors. The Communications Committee recently established a new “Web Editor” position, and I want to welcome Susan Hazeldean (Brooklyn) as the inaugural Web Editor. Thank you!

In addition to the above accomplishments, the Clinical Section also provided funding for several regional conferences. Plans for the new year under the energetic leadership of Wendy Bach (Chair Elect, Tennessee), include strategic planning (including a review of the our committee structure), the formal launch of a scholarship award in honor of Stephen Ellman (New York Law School), and a new look at how the Clinical Section can leverage its resources to support our community.

I wish you a restorative winter break.

Peace,

Patience


Clinical Law Review

The Clinical Law Review is a semi-annual, peer-edited journal devoted to issues of lawyering theory and clinical legal education. It is jointly sponsored by the AALS, the Clinical Legal Education Association (CLEA), and New York University School of Law. The Review is edited, administered and financially supported by New York University School of Law.


Newsletters

Clinical Legal Education Fall 2019 Newsletter (PDF)
Clinical Legal Education Spring 2019 Newsletter (PDF)
Clinical Legal Education Winter 2018 Newsletter (PDF)
Clinical Legal Education Spring 2018 Newsletter (PDF)
Clinical Legal Education Fall/Winter 2017 Newsletter (PDF)
Clinical Legal Education Spring 2017 Newsletter (PDF)
Clinical Legal Education April 2016 Newsletter (PDF)
Clinical Legal Education Fall 2012 Newsletter (PDF)
Clinical Legal Education Spring 2012 Newsletter (PDF)
Clinical Legal Education Fall 2011 Newsletter (PDF)
Clinical Legal Education Spring 2011 Newsletter (PDF)
Clinical Legal Education Fall 2010 Newsletter (PDF)
Addendum to Fall 2010 AALS Clinical Section Newsletter (PDF)
Clinical Legal Education Spring 2010 Newsletter (PDF)
Clinical Legal Education Fall 2009 Newsletter (PDF)
Clinical Legal Education Spring 2009 Newsletter (PDF)
Clinical Legal Education Fall 2008 Newsletter (PDF)
Clinical Legal Education Spring 2008 Newsletter (PDF)
Clinical Legal Education Fall 2007 Newsletter (PDF)
Clinical Legal Education Spring 2007 Newsletter (PDF)
Clinical Legal Education Fall 2006 Newsletter (PDF)
Clinical Legal Education Spring 2006 Newsletter (PDF)
Clinical Legal Education Fall 2005 Newsletter (PDF)
Clinical Legal Education Spring 2005 Newsletter (PDF)
Clinical Legal Education Fall 2004 Newsletter (PDF)


Annual Meeting Programs

2020

Main Program
Luncheon
International Legal Exchange

2019

Main Program
Luncheon


Awards

 

William Pincus Award

The purpose of this award is to honor individuals, groups or institutions for effecting an outstanding contribution to the cause of clinical legal education. This award may be announced formally at the AALS annual meeting or at an annual clinical conference or workshop. The criteria for the William Pincus Award shall be based on scholarship, program design and implementation, or other activity beneficial to clinical education or to the advancement of justice.

Shanara Gilbert Award

The purpose of this award is to honor individuals, groups or institutions for effecting an outstanding contribution to the cause of clinical legal education. This award may be announced formally at the AALS annual meeting or at an annual clinical conference or workshop. The criteria for the William Pincus Award shall be based on scholarship, program design and implementation, or other activity beneficial to clinical education or to the advancement of justice. The Shanara Gilbert “emerging clinician” award will be awarded to a recent entrant (10 years or less) into the clinical legal education community who has demonstrated some or all of the following qualities:

  • a commitment to teaching and achieving social justice particularly in the areas of race and the criminal justice system;
  • an interest in international clinical legal education;
  • a passion for providing legal services and access to justice to individuals and groups most in need;
  • service to the cause of clinical legal education or to the AALS section; and,
  • desirable, but not required, an interest in the beauty of nature.

 

Recipients

Year Award Name Recipient Law School
2020 William Pincus Award Paul Tremblay Boston College Law School
2019 Shanara Gilbert Award Sara Rogerson Albany Law School
2019 William Pincus Award Alexander Scherr University of Georgia School of Law
2019 William Pincus Award David Santaroce University of Michigan Law School
2018 Shanara Gilbert Award Alina Ball University of California, Hastings College of the Law
2018 William Pincus Award Carol Izumi University of California, Hastings College of the Law
2017 Shanara Gilbert Award Chi Adanna Mgbako Fordham University School of Law
2017 William Pincus Award Frank Askin Rutgers Law School
2017 William Pincus Award Thomas F. Geraghty Northwestern University Pritzker School of Law
2016 Shanara Gilbert Award Perry Moriearty University of Minnesota Law School
2016 William Pincus Award Bryan L. Adamson Seattle University School of Law
2015 Shanara Gilbert Award JoNel Newman University of Miami School of Law
2015 William Pincus Award Ann C. Shalleck American University, Washington College of Law
2014 Shanara Gilbert Award Lisa Bliss Georgia State University College of Law
2014 William Pincus Award Jeanne Charm Harvard Law School
2013 Shanara Gilbert Award Sarah Gerwig-Moore Mercer University School of Law
2013 William Pincus Award Phillip G. Schrag University of California, Los Angeles School of Law
2012 Shanara Gilbert Award Kimberly Ambrose University of Washington School of Law
2012 William Pincus Award Robert R. Kuehn Washington University School of Law
2011 Shanara Gilbert Award Nekima Levy-Pounds University of St. Thomas School of Law
2011 William Pincus Award Christine Zuni Cruz University of New Mexico School of Law
2010 Shanara Gilbert Award Charles Auffant Rutgers School of Law – Newark
2010 William Pincus Award Robert Dinerstein American University, Washington College of Law
2009 Shanara Gilbert Award Ron Whitener University of Washington School of Law
2009 William Pincus Award Margaret Martin Barry The Catholic University of America, Columbus School of Law
2008 Shanara Gilbert Award Kris Henning Georgetown University Law Center
2008 William Pincus Award John Elson Northwestern University Prtizker School of Law
2007 Shanara Gilbert Award Pam Metzger Tulane University School of Law
2007 William Pincus Award Anthony V. Alfieri University of Miami School of Law
2006 Shanara Gilbert Award Michael Pinard University of Maryland School of Law
2006 William Pincus Award David Binder University of California, Los Angeles School of Law
2005 Shanara Gilbert Award Melissa Breger Albany Law School
2005 William Pincus Award J. Michael Norwood University of New Mexico School of Law
2004 Shanara Gilbert Award Esther Canty-Barnes Rutgers School of Law – Newark
2004 William Pincus Award Randy Hertz New York University School of Law
2003 Shanara Gilbert Award Beth Lyon Villanova University Charles Widger School of Law
2003 William Pincus Award Sandy Ogilvy The Catholic University of America, Columbus School of Law
2002 Shanara Gilbert Award Grady Jessup North Carolina Central University School of Law
2002 William Pincus Award Bernida Reagan East Bay Community Law Center
2002 William Pincus Award Louise Trubek University of Wisconsin Law School
2001 Shanara Gilbert Award Adele Bernhard Elisabeth Haub School of Law at Pace University
2001 William Pincus Award Peter A. Joy Washington University in St. Louis School of Law
2000 William Pincus Award E. Clinton Bamberger University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law
1999 William Pincus Award Katherine Shelton Broderick U.D.C. David A. Clarke School of Law
1998 William Pincus Award Steve Wizner Yale Law School
1997 William Pincus Award Edgar Cahn U.D.C. David A. Clarke School of Law
1997 William Pincus Award Jean Cahn Antioch, posthumously
1996 William Pincus Award Wally Mlyniec Georgetown University Law Center
1995 William Pincus Award Clinical Law Review N/A
1994 William Pincus Award Harriet Rabb Columbia Law School
1993 William Pincus Award Roy Stuckey University of South Carolina School of Law
1992 William Pincus Award Elliott Milstein American University, Washington College of Law
1991 William Pincus Award Sue Bryant City University of New York School of Law
1990 William Pincus Award Bea Moulton University of California, Hastings College of Law
1989 William Pincus Award Gary Palm University of Chicago, The Law School
1988 William Pincus Award William Pincus Unlisted
1987 William Pincus Award Gary Bellow Harvard Law School
1986 William Pincus Award Tony Amsterdam New York University School of Law
1985 William Pincus Award Dean Hill Rivkin University of Tennessee College of Law
1984 William Pincus Award Robert McKay Unlisted
1983 William Pincus Award William Greenhalgh Georgetown University Law Center
1982 William Pincus Award Hon. Neil Smith D. IA
1981 William Pincus Award David Barnhizer Cleveland-Marshall College of Law at Cleveland State University

Committee Chairs

Interested in getting more involved in the Clinical Section? Contact a Committee Chair for more information.

Committee Chairs Law School
Alternative Dispute Resolution Deborah Eisenberg University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law
Lydia Nussbaum University of Nevada, Las Vegas, William S. Boyd School of Law
Clinicians of Color Tameka Lester Georgia State University College of Law
Renee Hatcher University of Illinois at Chicago John Marshall Law School
Communications Gail Silverstein University of California, Hastings College of Law
Externships Anahid Gharakhanian Southwestern Law School
Meg Reuter University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Law
Interdisciplinary Committee Colleen Boraca Northern Illinois University College of Law
Lucy Johnston-Walsh The Pennsylvania State University – Penn State Law
Jennifer Olivia Seton Hall University School of Law
International clinical Education Sarah Paoletti University of Pennsylvania Law School
Gillian Dutton Seattle University School of Law
Membership, Training, and Outreach Jodi Balsam New York University School of Law
Katy Ramsey The University of Memphis Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law
Policy Kim Connolly University at Buffalo School of Law, The State University of New York
Technology Michele Pistone Villanova University Charles Widger School of Law
Teaching Methodologies Benjie Louis Maurice A. Deane School of Law at Hofstra University
Jean Phillips University of Kansas School of Law

Additional Resources

Association of American Law Schools – Section on Clinical Legal Education Glossary for Experiential Education
A Pre-Law Student Guide to Experiential Learning: Clinics, Externships, Practicums and More