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  • 31 Oct 2012 4:36 PM | Tanya Cooper (Administrator)
    To view the newest edition of the CLEA Newsletter click here or go to News Tab to see all editions of the Newsletter.

  • 19 Jul 2012 4:07 PM | Laura McNally-Levine (Administrator)
    To view the newest edition of the CLEA Newsletter click here or go to News Tab to see all editions of the Newsletter.
  • 14 Mar 2012 2:02 PM | Laura McNally-Levine (Administrator)
    To read the current CLEA Newsletter click here or go to the News Tab and select Newsletters - where you will find the current newsletter and an archive of all previous newsletters.
  • 19 Oct 2011 10:35 AM | Laura McNally-Levine (Administrator)
    The Clinical Legal Education Association (CLEA) issues this statement because the US News & World Report rankings are upon us.  Many of those who receive ballots in their capacity as clinical directors or faculty members find this ranking process very uncomfortable.  There are a number of problems with the ranking of clinical programs, not the least of which is that it pits us in competition with each other, when we as a group see ourselves on the same team in a shared struggle for social justice, equality, and improved legal education.  Second, there are no articulated factors for ranking clinical programs, so to a degree the voting is a bit of a popularity contest.  Third, some schools unfairly suffer because they do not have the budget or the support of their administration to produce and mail clinic brochures or to send their clinic faculty to annual conferences.

     

    While we might wish the rankings would disappear or hope for collective action, the USN&WR rankings are likely here to stay and this year's clinical program ballots are now arriving.  So, what can we as faculty who teach clinics do?  CLEA, acting on the recommendation of its Rankings Committee (Carolyn Grose, Margaret Johnson, Bob Kuehn, Michael Pinard & Karen Tokarz), urges those ranking clinical programs to focus on key factors such as:  1) the range and quality of clinical curricular offerings available to students; 2) the law school's security of position, academic freedom, and governance rights for faculty who teach clinics; and 3) the extent to which the school has fulfilled the goal of diversity in hiring for clinical positions with long-term security.

     

    Beyond the issue of how to handle this year's ballots, CLEA believes that the issue of clinical program rankings and of infusing clinical education more into the equation (and balloting) for overall school rankings are topics worthy of continued conversation and strategizing and welcomes further ideas and input on these issues.

  • 19 Oct 2011 12:42 AM | Laura McNally-Levine (Administrator)
    To read the current CLEA Newsletter click here or go to the News Tab and select Newsletters - where you will find the current newsletter and an archive of all previous newsletters.
  • 19 Jul 2011 4:24 PM | Laura McNally-Levine (Administrator)
    To read CLEAs comment letter filed with the ABA Council on the proposed Model Rule on Admission of Foreign-Educated Lawyers click here.
  • 14 Jul 2011 4:07 PM | Laura McNally-Levine (Administrator)

    The Standards Review Committee met on July 9th & 10th in Minneapolis, Minnesota. You can read a report of the meeting, written by Claudia Angelos & Carol Chomsky, here along with the Security of Position Alternatives presented at the meeting.

  • 13 Jul 2011 11:30 AM | Laura McNally-Levine (Administrator)
    CLEA submitted comments on the proposed revision to Standard 301-6 regarding Bar Passage Requirements. To read the comments look on CLEAs Advocacy page or click here.
  • 13 Jul 2011 10:47 AM | Laura McNally-Levine (Administrator)
    CLEA submitted this chart to the Standards Review Committee on proposed revisions to Std. 405.  Because a chart posted by the committee just yesterday only compared the 2 proposals that have come out of its subcommittee (Don Polden's proposal and the Wolff/Barry proposal), we put together this quick chart that also shows how proposals from CLEA and from an ABA committee headed by Randy Hertz and Judith Wegner would revise 405.  This chart should be useful during discussions with faculty about the impacts of proposals presently before the committee.
  • 28 Jun 2011 6:50 PM | Laura McNally-Levine (Administrator)
    The most recent version of the newsletter can be found here.

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