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!

It’s a wrap! Thank you so much for attending the 2018 ACCLE conference, in association with the Canadian Association of Law Teachers. Queen’s Law and Queen’s Legal Clinics were incredible hosts. We had a simulating and productive two and a half days together, and look forward to next year’s conference. Please keep an eye out for ACCLE updates by signing up for a membership.


Dear ACCLE-CALT 2018 Conference Attendees:

We are excited to let you know that the full conference program, with detailed descriptions of the breakout sessions, is now available on our Eventbrite page.   We encourage you to review it online as it contains useful information about the conference schedule and logistics.  Print copies of the program will be available on registration.

As described in the Program, the conference kicks off Thursday, May 31 at 8:30 am with breakfast and registration at Macdonald Hall. Due to our size, we will move to Dunning Hall, the building immediately next to the law school, for the opening ceremonies and keynote address.

Please note: in response to your feedback in previous years that you would like a more balanced breakfast menu, we have added a number of protein options to keep you energized and attentive throughout the morning.  We encourage you to help yourselves generously as we will not be serving additional food on the morning breaks given we have an early lunch on all 3 days.  We will be serving snacks on the afternoon breaks.

Finally, one last reminder that if you would like to join us at the Conference Dinner & Dance on May 31 and / or the Open House at Queen’s Law Clinics on June 1, you must register for these events on the Eventbrite page.  They are not included in the regular conference registration.  Registration for both events closes on Monday, May 28.

We wish you all safe travels and look forward to seeing you on Thursday!


In 2018, the ACCLE Policy Committee conducted a survey of clinicians and clinical legal education programs across Canada to better understand the state of clinical legal education in Canada. The report outlines three primary, overarching themes: the working conditions and status of clinicians, operational concerns, and pedagogical and instructional supports. Based on these results, ACCLE looks forward to further working with our membership in shaping our advocacy over the next several years. Please contact ACCLE President Gemma Smyth ( with any feedback about this report.

Final ACCLE Policy Committee Report (pdf)

Final ACCLE Policy Committee Report (doc)

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

Guest Editors: Sarah Buhler, Lisa Cirillo, 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.

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In 2018, the Association for Canadian Clinical Legal Education (ACCLE) Policy Committee surveyed clinicians and academics working in clinical legal education. Please read our Final ACCLE Policy Committee Report which contains the results of this membership survey. Concerns raised by respondents include funding, working conditions, job security, and pedagogical challenges. We look forward to discussing these results and pathways forward at our 2018 conference.

ACCLE / ACECD (Association for Canadian Clinical Legal Education / Association Canadienne pour l’enseignement clinique du droit) is thrilled to announce that it will once again co-host its annual Conference with CALT / APCD (Canadian Association of Law Teachers / L’Association Canadienne des professeurs de droit) from Thursday, May 31 – Saturday, June 2, 2018. Our joint conference will take place at the Faculty of Law, Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario. Please mark the date on your calendars and plan to join us in Kingston, Ontario for this exciting event!

We have partnered with CALT for our ninth annual conference due to the overwhelmingly positive feedback we received from last year’s conference in Victoria, British Columbia. ACCLE is comprised of a group of individuals and clinics interested in supporting clinical legal education in Canada. The organization shares best practices, pedagogies and other information related to clinical legal education. ACCLE encourages the promotion and improvement of clinical legal education in Canadian law schools, promotes clinical pedagogy and research, and facilitates the dissemination of information pertaining to clinical legal education to clinicians in Canada. Each year, ACCLE hosts a conference in various locations across Canada for the above mentioned purpose. Speakers address a wide range of issues relating to clinical legal education.

Please see our English and French Call for Proposals for Participation for further information.

You can find here the PDF version of the English and French Call for Proposals for Participation.

A Joint Conference of the Association for Canadian Clinical Legal Education & the Canadian Association of Law Teachers

The Association for Canadian Clinical Legal Education (ACCLE) and the Canadian Association of Law Teachers (CALT) are pleased to announce that our annual conferences for 2018 will be held jointly at the Faculty of Law, Queen’s University (Kingston, Ontario), from Thursday 31 May to Saturday 2 June 2018.

The theme of the joint conference is “The Whole Lawyer 2.0” and we are pleased to release this Call for Proposals for Participation. 

Background to Theme

At our 2017 joint conference, we were collectively introduced to and initially explored the notion of “the whole lawyer”. We did so through the work of the Institute for the Advancement of the American Legal System (IAALS) in its “Foundations for Practice” study, as well through the Calls for Action of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission. Our initial explorations raised many issues, concerns and questions of ongoing significance and interest. This successive joint conference will more fully explore key topics related to “the whole lawyer” and continue critical conversations related to several key sub-themes.

Thematic Key Topics

This conference again brings together legal educators, clinicians, and others involved in legal education before, during and after law school. The conference will focus on the contributions of law schools, legal clinics and other experiential education programs, regulators, the bar, and professional development programs in producing “the whole lawyer”. In order to build on last year’s sessions, we have identified, below, a number of key topics within that theme that we suggest are particularly deserving of further exploration:

  1. Legal Education and the TRC Calls for Action: Ongoing responses & critical conversations
  2. App-Lawyer Issues: Technological Know-how in Legal Education
  3. The Concept and Definition of ‘Competency’: Friend or Foe?
  4. The What, Why, and How of Legal Education for ‘The Character Quotient’ and other ‘Soft Skills’
  5. New Approaches to the ‘Old Skills’ in Legal Education: Lectures and Exams are Dead, Long Live the Lecture and the Exam!
  6. Legal Education and Professional Identity Development: So You Want to Be a Community Lawyer?
  7. Addressing and Advancing Access to Justice in Legal Education
  8. Articling and Alternatives: Issues, Challenges and Reform in ‘Transitional Training’
  9. Teaching and Learning Legal Ethics: Approaches in the Classroom and the Clinic

Non-Thematic Topics

CALT and ACCLE each plan to have portions of their programs set aside for non-theme events or sessions (e.g. Teaching Tips & Troubleshooting Workshop; Clinical Supervision Workshop; Regulatory Issues Roundtable; New or Improved Clinics Showcase).  We therefore also welcome proposals for presentations or sessions relating to non-thematic topics.  Please note though that we are NOT inviting proposals relating to general areas of research.

Call for Proposals for Participation

We invite you to submit Proposals for Participation that relate to a thematic key topic or a non-theme topic of interest to the joint audience.  Proposals can be for an individual contribution or for a collective exploration.

Regardless of whether individual or collective, we encourage contributions that aim to activate engagement, exchange and interaction among participants. The traditional session formats used at the joint conference are Panel, Workshop or Roundtable, but proposals for use of other formats are welcome, including demonstrations or experiments in non-traditional or dynamic presentation formats (such as Pecha Kucha). Conference organizers may seek more information on formats for collective explorations.  Individual contributions will usually be grouped thematically and may require collaboration among the individuals to ensure a coherent and engaging session.

Submissions: This year, we are asking conference participants to submit proposals by filling in a Google form, found at  Please submit your proposal via the Google form by Friday January 12, 2018.

Proposals will be reviewed and selected by members of the ACCLE /CALT Conference Committee based on their quality and relevance to the theme and goals of the conference.

Questions about this call for participation should be directed to Prof. Gemma Smyth  (for ACCLE) or Prof. David Wiseman  (for CALT).

PLEASE NOTE: All participants will be responsible for their own conference expenses.

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