ACCLE wishes to extend its sincere thanks to Signa Daum Shanks and Brian Eyolfson for their deeply informative and helpful remarks at our recent AGM.  Their discussion offers a helpful framework and some practical advice as we begin to consider the implications of the TRC’s Calls to Action for our clinical programs.  For our members who missed this important session, we hope to have the recording available on our website shortly.  In the interim, Professor Shanks has shared an important new article – Dr. Shauneen Pete’s 100 Ways: Indigenizing & Decolonizing Academic Programs – to assist us in our thinking on these issues.




Congratulations to ACCLE Board Member Martha Simmons on the publication of her new text Mediation: A Comprehensive Guide to Effective Client Advocacy.  Described as a “must-read” for lawyers and law students, the book offers step-by-step guidance in navigating the mediation process, including case and client assessment, how to choose an effective mediator, mediation preparation, ethical considerations, how to overcome barriers to settlement, and when to end mediation.  Professor Martha Simmons is a visiting professor at Osgoode Hall Law School and the Director of the Mediation Intensive Program and Clinic.




We are delighted to finally be able to share the full program for our upcoming 2016 Joint Conference with the IJCLE. The Risks and Rewards of Clinical Legal Education Programs will take place July 10-12, 2016 in Toronto, Ontario.

Planning continues in earnest for The Risks & Rewards of Clinical Legal Education Programs, our 2016  joint conference with the IJCLE.  Check out our conference brochure for details about the conference schedule, our keynote speakers and numerous optional social events. Remember that early bird pricing ends April 30, 2106.  Register now!



ACCLE Treasurer Michelle Christopher, Q.C. was recently honoured by the Law Society of Alberta and the Canadian Bar Association – Alberta Beach with a Distinguished Service Award for her exemplary service to the community. Michelle is the Executive Director of Student Legal Assistance, the pro bono legal clinic located at the University of Calgary. Congratulations Michelle on this tremendous achievement!

Clinical Law: Practice, Theory, and Social Justice Advocacy (Sarah Buhler, Sarah Marsden, Gemma Smyth) is now available from Emond Publishing. Clinical Law focuses on the different contexts in which clinical law is practised, discusses approaches to building relationships with clients and communities, and explores the future of clinical legal practice. It also provides instructional guidance for lawyers on how to effectively strategize, negotiate, and verbally advocate for their clients.

ACCLE is thrilled to announce that it will co-host its 2016 Conference with the IJCLE (International Journal of Clinical Legal Education). The Risks and Rewards of Clinic will take place in Toronto, from July 10 – 13, 2016 at the University of Toronto Faculty of Law. Registration is now open. Please mark the date on your calendars and plan to join us in Toronto next summer for this exciting event!

The full program for our upcoming 6th Annual Conference, The Place of Clinical Legal Education, is now available. Visit the Conference page on this website to view the program and for full details about the conference. If you haven’t registered yet, don’t delay – registration closes October 21, 2015.

ACCLE is thrilled to confirm that Maria Campbell, writer, playwright and & teacher, will deliver the keynote address at our 2015 Conference, “The Place of Clinical Legal Education”.

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