The Association for Canadian Clinical Legal Education (ACCLE) is delighted to confirm that we will be hosting our 11th Annual Conference at the Holiday Inn – Toronto Yorkdale, happening June 3-5, 2020.

The focus of our 2020 conference is “Perseverance, Resilience, and Resistance in Canadian Clinical Legal Education”. We are interested in exploring questions such as:

  • What are the ongoing and future challenges to clinical legal education in Canada and worldwide?
  • In what ways do clinics and/or clinicians employ strategies of perseverance, resilience, and/or resistance?
  • How can fiscal challenges provide opportunities for students to embrace modes of perseverance and resilience in pursuing access to justice for vulnerable client populations?
  • Alternatively, how might narratives of resilience be damaging to clinics’ clients, students, and clinicians?
  • How can community partnerships and interdisciplinary approaches facilitate new opportunities for clinics, clinicians, and law students?
  • During times of fiscal challenge, how can resistance help you serve your mandate?

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

The deadline to submit is January 31, 2020.

See the official call for proposals here.

Dear ACCLE members,

We are pleased to announce that the ACCLE Repository will be launching December 2019. The repository will hold various resources for clinicians including training materials, academic papers, policy papers, and more. Members will also be able to contribute their own materials, as we hope to grow the repository into a wide-ranging, knowledge sharing platform for clinicians.

Registration is simple. You will head over to, where you will be prompted for a login. We will be emailing out a universal login for all members to use in the next month through the listserv. The password for this login will change each year, and with your membership renewal, you will receive the updated passwords.

When the login is distributed, we will also include details about how to use the repository, such as searching for and submitting materials.

If you are interested in accessing the repository, please ensure that you are registered as an ACCLE Member for the 2019/2020 year and have paid your membership fee.




Canadian Association of Law Teachers Conference

Location: Western University, London, ON

Date: 1-3 June, 2020

We are pleased to release this Call for Proposals for the 2020 annual conference of the Canadian Association of Law Teachers, which is being held as part of the 2020 Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences and includes an overlap day with the conference of the Canadian Law and Society Association. The program for the overlap day will be co-ordinated to encourage integrated participation.

The Congress theme is “Bridging Divides: Confronting Colonialism & Anti-Black Racism”, which has been explained as follows:

Congress 2020 will encourage multidisciplinary engagement under the broad concept of bridging divides, while specifically emphasizing the dispossession of Indigenous peoples and the enslavement of Africans in the new world. Settler colonialism, as part of a broader imperial project, erases Indigenous peoples by appropriating land and delegitimizing traditional knowledge, and dehumanizes Black people, subjecting them to the tropes of everyday anti-Black racism. As we come together to confront white privilege and white supremacy, and examine experiences shared by Indigenous peoples and African Canadians, we also invite our community to reflect critically on social, ethnic, political and epistemological divisions more broadly, forming a future vision that bridges divides between divergent ways of knowing and navigating our world.

Please send all proposals, in Word format, as well as any suggestions or expressions of interest, to <> no later than Monday 25 November.

See the official call for proposals here

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.

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