Forty Years of Clinical Education at Yale Law School Examined at Liman Colloquium, March 5-6, 2009

Yale Law School and its Arthur Liman Public Interest Program will host a major colloquium titled “Forty Years of Clinical Education at Yale: Generating Rights, Remedies and Legal Services,” on March 5 and 6 in the Sterling Law Buildings, 127 Wall St.

Speakers at the colloquium will analyze the development of clinical education in the United States and globally and consider its impact and contemporary challenges. The event marks the 40th anniversary of the founding of Yale Law School’s clinical program and honors the contributions of clinical professors Dennis Curtis, Frank Dineen, Carroll Lucht and Stephen Wizner.

“This year’s Liman Conference will be a great combination of stimulating conversation and thoughtful discussion, with a good deal of reminiscing and plenty of opportunity to toast and roast Denny, Frank, Carroll, and Steve—our beloved mentors, colleagues, teachers and friends,” said Clinical Professor of Law Robert Solomon, who is director of Clinical Studies at Yale Law School. “This is such a great moment in history, and this event is so much more than a conference—it is a reunion of all who have been involved with clinical education at Yale Law School, to honor the past and seize the future.”

The opening panel on Thursday afternoon will reflect on what shaped clinical education in its early years and compare those programs and challenges to contemporary ones. Thursday evening, Dean Harold Hongju Koh and Sterling Professor Emeritus Guido Calabresi will serve as masters of ceremonies at an event honoring Curtis, Dineen, Lucht and Wizner. Speaking about the honorees will be their former students and colleagues including Emily Bazelon, Donald Elliott, Abbe Gluck, Steven Gunn, Jean Han, Dale Ho, Vicki Jackson, Tom Jawetz, Amy Marx, Elliott Milstein, Jean Koh Peters, Deborah Rhode, Avi Soifer and Charles Weisselberg.

Friday morning, concurrent roundtables will focus on “Criminal Justice and Local Communities,” “Economic Justice,” “Supporting and Caring for Children,” “Globalization,” and “Worker and Immigrant Rights.” During the rest of the day, panels will address areas of law in which Yale’s clinical programs have been centered—sentencing, detention, institutionalization and international human rights. The lunch session will examine the role of law schools in the provision of legal services in the United States and around the world. The closing panel will explore law schools’ commitment to and the status and stature of clinical education. Throughout, participants will address how to set priorities in terms of subject matter and forms of engagement in a world in which faculty and student time and attention can be devoted to many issues.

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