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The Eighth International Clinical Legal Education Conference 2010

IN ASSOCIATION WITH THE CLINICAL LEGAL EDUCATION ORGANISATION CONFERENCE

NORTHUMBRIA UNIVERSITY – NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE
7 – 9 JULY 2010


“Education is not a preparation for life but is life itself” (John Dewey)
Clinic and the lawyers of the future

 

What is the role of clinical legal education in modern law schools?  It serves many functions such as educating students about (in)justice, enhancing legal knowledge, developing legal skills and providing a community service.  It is not possible to identify a universal rationale for clinical projects as they are bound to reflect the particular needs of stakeholders in the area served by the clinic.  However, a key purpose of clinic is to equip the lawyers of tomorrow with a richer notion of their role in the service of clients and in the broader public realm.  The conference will focus on the impact that clinical learning might have on the life of future lawyers and thus on the legal systems they help to shape. 


CONFERENCE HIGHLIGHTS:

* Excellent keynote speakers
* Lively parallel sessions
* International and domestic focused papers
* Student panel and poster competition
* Practical pre-conference sessions (optional)
* Exciting social events


KEYNOTE SPEAKERS:

Professor Peter Joy, Professor of Law and Director of the Criminal Justice Clinic, Washington University in St. Louis School of Law, St. Louis, Missouri.  Peter is on the Board of Editors of the Clinical Law Review and is Contributing Editor, ABA Criminal Justice.  He has published widely and presented numerous papers in the fields of legal ethics, criminal process and clinical legal education.  He is a former holder of the Association of American Law Schools Section on Clinical Legal Education Pincus Award.  He is currently Visiting Clinical Professor at Northumbria University.

Professor Paul Maharg, Professor of Law, University of Strathclyde, Glasgow.  Paul has published widely in the fields of legal education and professional learning design. His specialisms include interdisciplinary educational design, experiential learning and the use of ICT at all levels of legal education.  He has a particular interest in the use of Simulated Clients in clinical legal education.  His 2007 book, “Transforming Legal Education: Learning and Teaching the Law in the Early Twenty-first Century” was described by Professor Richard Susskind OBE as confirming his position as a “leading world authority on the future of legal education”.  From February 2010, Paul will join Northumbria University School of Law as Professor of Legal Education where he will head up a new legal educational research centre.

Professor Catherine Klein, Professor of Law at Catholic University of America, Columbus School of Law, and Director of Columbus Community Legal Services, the umbrella organization for the law school's live-client clinical program.  Catherine has written numerous articles on domestic violence, family law and clinical education.  She has been active in developing sustainable clinical projects in Eastern Europe, particularly in Poland and in states of the former Soviet Union.  She is also a current member of the Global Alliance for Justice Education (GAJE) Steering Committee, serving as one of two representatives from North America.

Professor Beryl Blaustone, Professor of Law at City University of New York Law School, New York, USA and Director of the Mediation Clinic of Main Street Legal Services, CUNY’s unique live client clinical legal education programme.  Beryl has published widely in the fields of clinical legal education, evidence and mediation and has a particular interest in clinical feedback and the teaching of self-critique and self-awareness to law students.  She has presented numerous scholarly papers at academic conferences including particularly well received papers at previous IJCLE conferences in South Africa, Ireland and Australia.  She is currently Visiting Clinical Professor at Northumbria University.