Please save the date for ACCLE’s 2020 Conference to be held in Toronto, Ontario June 3-5, 2020. More information will be posted to the ACCLE website soon.

Registration for ACCLE’s 10th Annual Conference “Looking Back, Moving Forward: Future Challenges for Clinical Legal Education in Canada” is now open.    We are delighted to confirm  Justice Gloria Epstein will be our opening keynote speaker.  On day 2,  Professor David A. Santacroce, founder and president of the Center for the Study of Applied Legal Education at Michigan Law will offer participants a introduction to CSALE and its work.

In addition to these honoured guests, we have an exciting line-up of concurrent sessions on a wide variety of issues relating to clinical and experiential education.  And because we have heard from you, our membership, year over year that the primary value of these annual conferences is the ability to connect with each other, we have built-in generous break times and a series of social events  (a pre-conference reception & conference dinner, followed by our now annual disco!) to create these opportunities for connection.

The conference will take place in beautiful London, Ontario, ACCLE’s “birthplace”.  It will begin with a pre-conference reception the evening of June 12 and will run through to end of day Friday, June 14.

Details about the conference schedule, registration and accommodation options can all be found on the registration site.

Please join us in London for this very special event.


Dear Colleagues,

A number of ACCLE’s current Board members are finishing their terms this year. We anticipate there will be 4 openings for new Board members. We invite all ACCLE members to consider putting your name forward to serve on the Board.  Please note that ACCLE is a working Board – we rely on all Board member to participate and share the work load.  Board members are required to participate in monthly Board meetings via conference call, and to sit on at least 1 of our committees.  Most of the work of the Board happens at the committee level, and the committees typically meet 1-2 times/ month, in addition to the regular Board meetings. We welcome submissions from people involved in any part of clinical legal education. We will prioritize geographical diversity, variety in clinical legal education roles, and diversity based on social markers.

If you are interested in putting your name forward, please send Gemma Smyth an email ( with a brief statement (250 words maximum) outlining your experience in clinical legal education and your interest in the Board by Friday, April 26, 2019.

Thanks for your consideration.


The Association for Canadian Clinical Legal Education (ACCLE) is delighted to confirm that we will be returning to Western University, Faculty of Law, for our 10th Annual Conference, happening June 12-14, 2019.

The focus of our 2019 conference is “Looking Back, Moving Forward: Future Challenges for Clinical Legal Education in Canada”. We are interested in exploring questions such as:

  • How do we assess clinic performance with integrity in a world with grading curves?
  • How do we manage program funding during times of austerity budgets?
  • How can we practice reconciliation in our clinical and experiential education programs?
  • Tech in clinical programs – what’s new and exciting?
  • Gaps in the Canadian clinical landscape –what’s missing?
  • How can we promote student wellness in our programs?
  • Is there a uniquely Canadian approach to clinic legal education in Canada?
  • What is the role of clinical legal education in a world without articling?
  • What issues will influence clinical legal education in the next ten years?

ACCLE invites proposals for papers or workshops that fit within the general theme of “future challenges for clinical legal education in Canada”. We welcome participation and submissions from all legal educators, as well as professionals from other related fields. We encourage proposals for individual papers, panels or workshops. We are especially interested in proposals seeking to engage the audience in an interactive and dynamic way.

The deadline for submissions is  February 25, 2019. 

See the official call for proposals here.

Canadian Clinical Legal Education:  Celebrating the 10th Anniversary of the Association of Canadian Clinical Legal Education (ACCLE)

ACCLE JLSP Call – Ext Deadline

New Deadline for Submissions: January 7, 2019

Guest Editors: Patricia Barkaskas, Sarah Buhler, Martha Simmons, and Mirja Trilsch

The Journal of Law and Social Policy in collaboration with the Association of Canadian Clinic Legal Education, will publish a special issue on clinical legal education in Canada to mark the 10th anniversary of the founding of the Association.  The collection will seek to describe, assess, interrogate, and reflect on clinical legal education in Canada and to contextualize clinical legal education within ongoing and critical debates about legal education and access to justice in this country.

Deadline for submissions:  January 7, 2019 but if you are planning to submit something, please contact Sarah Buhler at as soon as possible – this will assist us for planning purposes.

Veuillez noter que la revue publie uniquement en anglais. Nous regrettons que seulement les soumissions en anglais seront acceptées.


Conference: “The History of Legal Aid in the Premodern and Modern World”

Deadline for paper proposals with abstracts: November 18, 2018

Date: March 18-19, 2019

Location: University of Turku, Finland

This conference aims to bring together the various aspects of legal aid around the world and throughout history, highlighting common features and individual particularities.

Confirmed keynote lectures will be given by Prof. Felice Batlan (Chicago-Kent College of Law, Illinois Institute of Technology) and Dr. Hiroki Kawamura (University of Frankfurt).

See the official call for papers here.

ACCLE is pleased to submit feedback on Bill C-75, An Act to amend the Criminal Code, the Youth Criminal Justice Act and other Acts and to make consequential amendments to other Acts. ACCLE heard from members that they were concerned with the impacts of Bill C-75 on students’ ability to represent clients in summary conviction criminal matters, as well as the impacts on clients. This submission (please see below pdf) speaks to both concerns. Many thanks to the ACCLE Board, Professors Jillian Rogin and Gemma Smyth, Ms. Johanna Dennie and law student Parmis Goudzarzimalayeri for their work on this submission.

Bill C75 ACCLE Feedback Final

Please save the date for our 2019 Conference to be held in London, Ontario, site of the first ACCLE Conference. We will gather together June 13-15, 2019 with ACCLE as sole host and conference organiser. We have greatly enjoyed our last two conferences with the Canadian Association of Law Teachers, and look forward to a conference focused on the needs, stories, interests, and research of clinicians across Canada and around the world. We can’t wait to see you next year!

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