Association of Canadian Clinical Legal Education – 5th Annual Conference – Program

Clinics, Classrooms and Community: Clinical Legal Education at a Crossroads

DAY ONE: Thursday, October 23, 2014

8:30 – 9:00 am                    Registration and Breakfast

9:00 – 9:25 am                    Welcome and Conference Opening

9:25 – 10:45 am                  Deep Critique and Democratic Lawyering in Clinical Practice – Keynote Address by Sameer Ashar,

Clinical Professor, School of Law, University of California, Irvine

10:45 – 11:00 am                Refreshment Break

11:00 – 12:30 pm                Concurrent Sessions

Session A: Experiential Learning and Education in Ontario’s Community Legal Clinics: Current Opportunities and Future Possibilities

Session B: Reaping the Benefits of Interdisciplinary Collaborations: Integrating Social Work and Clinical Legal Education

Part One: Social Work Students and Humanitarian & Compassionate Grounds Applications: Towards a More Perfect Union

Part Two: Creating Space for Cross-Disciplinary Learning

 Session C: Exploring New Practice Areas

Part One: Employment Law as Clinic Law

Part Two: Establishing Intellectual Property Law Clinics within the Entrepreneurship Eco-system: One Step Forward, Ten Steps Back

12:30 – 1:45 pm                  Lunch & ACCLE Annual General Meeting

1:45 – 3:15 pm                    Concurrent Sessions

 Session A: First Voices in Clinical Legal Education

 Session B: Reaching Out / Reaching In – Using insight from low-income clients in legal education

Part One: Bringing Poor Perspectives into Wealthy Law Schools

Part Two: Cross Country Checkup – Outreach Work Practices in Canadian Clinical Legal Education Programs

 Session C – Teaching Methodologies

Part One: Legal Information and Legal Advice – Embracing the Spectrum

Part Two: Court-Annexed Dispute Resolution in Context: Exploring the Impact of Mediation Typology and Process Choice on Student Learning

 3:15 – 3:30 pm                    Refreshment Break

3:30 – 5:00 pm                    Concurrent Sessions

Session A: Accommodating Students with Disabilities in Experiential Learning Programs

Session B: Promoting Self-Care in Clinic Students – Healthy Responses to Challenging Work

Session C: Student Session

 5:30 – 8:30 pm                  Conference Reception (Pre-Registration Required)


DAY TWO: Friday, October 24, 2014

8:30 – 9:00 am                   Breakfast

9:00 – 10:30 am                  Concurrent Sessions

Session A: Encouraging Reflective Practice: Methods, Motives and Misgivings

Session B: Specializing the SLASS

Session C: Criminal Defense Clinic in Afghanistan: A Successful Model of Cooperation Between University and Community

 10:45 – 12:00 pm              Plenary Panel Discussion: Critical Perspectives on the Work of Professor Sameer Ashar –

Third World and Fourth World Perspectives, and the Challenges of Neoliberalism


Sarah Buhler, Assistant Professor, University of Saskatchewan College of Law

Amanda Dodge, Staff Lawyer, CLASSIC (Community Legal Assistance Services for Saskatoon Inner City)

Gemma Smyth, Associate Professor and Academic Clinic Director, University of Windsor Faculty of Law

Sujith Xavier, Assistant Professor, University of Windsor Faculty of Law

 12:00- 1:00 pm                    Lunch

1:00 – 2:30 pm                    Concurrent Sessions

Session A: International Perspectives on CLE & Community

Part One: Clinical Legal Education as a Facilitator for Change

Part Two: Access to Justice Crisis in Ekiti State of Nigeria: Clinical Legal Education to the Rescue

Session B: Spotlight on Student Writing in Clinical Programs: a presentation of three papers

Clinical Legal Education to Critical Legal Education: In Movement Towards a Theory of Justice

Organizing and Activism as Advocacy Tools: Possibilities and Risks

Legal Clinics attached to Law Faculties: from a top-down to a collaborative model

Session C: Clinical Legal Education & Human Rights

Part One: Advocacy Beyond the Courtroom: fact-finding reports as a means of engaging students, clients and the community

Part Two: The Field, the Faculty & Beyond: Toward a ‘Best Practices’ Model for Clinical Legal Education

2:30 – 2:45 pm                    Refreshment Break

2:45 – 4:15 pm                    Concurrent Sessions

Session A: Working Together? The Transnational Crossroads of Justice, Education, and Migration

Session B: Lakehead’s Integrated Practice Curriculum as a Pathway to Practice

4:15 – 4:45 pm                    Conference Wrap-up