Date Chartered: 1/1/1973


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.

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The section is committed to assisting clinicians in responding to COVID-19 and its impact on our clients, students and communities. As a first step we have set up a dropbox folder to collect and make available any policy materials folks are generating.  We encourage clinicians to add files to this folder and access materials posted by colleagues.

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March 21, 2020


This is a challenging time for all of us, facing the global COVID-19 pandemic and trying our best to mitigate its harmful impact on our clients, students, and communities. My thoughts go out to any clinicians who are ill or caring for sick loved ones, and my thoughts dwell on the enormous and disproportionate harm our client communities face in these extraordinary times. I have been incredibly inspired, over the last week, watching all of you coming together to support each other and to support our client communities. I have never been prouder to be a member of this community.

The Clinical Section is committed to assisting our community in weathering this very difficult situation. We have created shared locations for resource materials as schools and teachers formulate policies and curriculum in response to closing or going to online learning. At the top of this page, you can find links both to submit sample materials and to access the materials that we have already collected. If you are comfortable doing so, please share any materials you develop that might be useful to colleagues across the country. We have also drafted and published a statement, on behalf of the Section and CLEA on the particular impact of this crisis on our client communities.

I am sad that we will not all be gathering in May in Orlando and am grateful to the planning committee for all the work they did. We will see it all come to life in a year. The Section Award process, however, is continuing. Please stay tuned for news and some online celebrations to come.

If you have any suggestions about how the Section could further assist clinicians in this difficult time, please reach out to me directly at or by cell at 917-287-3578 or reach out to any of committee chairs. You can find their names and contact information at the bottom of this website.

With enormous respect and thanks,


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.

The AALS Clinical Section and Clinical Legal Education Association (CLEA) held a virtual conference via Zoom on July 21-23, 2020.

Please visit this link for conference materials, including videos of the plenaries.

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

Designed to honor an “emerging clinician,” the M. Shanara Gilbert Award is for a recent entrant (10 years or fewer) into clinical legal education who has demonstrated some or all of the following qualities:

  1. a commitment to teaching and achieving social justice, particularly in the areas of race and the criminal justice system;
  2. a passion for providing legal services and access to justice to individuals and groups most in need;
  3. service to the cause of clinical legal education or to the AALS Section on Clinical Legal Education;
  4. an interest in international clinical legal education; and
  5. an interest in the beauty of nature (desirable, but not required).

2020 Awards Ceremony Video



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

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