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Tuesday, May 10  

11 am – 12:30 pm

Welcome and Introduction

Erwin Chemerinsky, AALS President and Dean, University of California, Berkeley School of Law

Carwina Weng, Indiana University Maurer School of Law

Plenary: Creating for Equity & Access to Justice

Jonathan Askin, Brooklyn Law School

Dr. Christine Marie Ortiz Guzman, Founder, Equity Meets Design

Moderator:  Sherley Cruz, University of Tennessee College of Law

“Creativity takes courage” – Henri Matisse Matisse should know, as he revolutionized art in the early 1900s with his bright colors, expressive brushwork and abstract shapes. And he is right, for creativity calls on us to step away from what is familiar and safe, to risk rejection and ridicule, and to be true to our own identities and passions in the face of failure. This concept is often antithetical to what we do as lawyers and what students learn in law school about strict adherence to rules and precedent. Design process offers a synthesis of structure and creativity to foster creativity in legal thinking and delivery of services to marginalized, vulnerable constituencies. Creative designers experience an Aha! moment that inspires their designs, and designers who are the most creative spend more time exploring the design prompt and moving iteratively between the prompt and ideas for their expression/product. This session therefore unites experts in creative design process and deployment of technology and other innovations to advance access to justice to discuss how they work with creative designers and technologists and stimulate creativity in themselves and others. They also will share examples of creative work in equity and access to justice to help spark ideas in our own work.

1 – 2:30 pm                    

Concurrent Workshops

2:50 – 4:05 pm                            

Concurrent Discussions

4:30 – 5:45 pm

Concurrent Discussions

6:05 – 7 pm
Poetry Performance

Join us to hear a poetry performance from acclaimed poet, Hieu Minh Nguyen. Hieu Minh Nguyen is the author of This Way to the Sugar (Write Bloody Publishing, 2014) and Not Here (Coffee House Press, 2018). In 2019, Hieu was awarded the Wallace Stegner Fellowship from Stanford University. He is also the 2018 Ruth Lily and Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Fellow, 2018 McKnight Writing Fellow, a Kundiman Fellow, a 2017 National Endowment for the Arts Literature Fellow, and a poetry editor for Muzzle Magazine. His work has also appeared in Poetry Magazine, the New York Times, Best American Poetry, the Academy of American Poets, BuzzFeed, and elsewhere. He lives in Oakland and is a graduate from the MFA Program for Writers at Warren Wilson College.

Wednesday, May 11

10 – 11 am                                   

AALS Section on Clinical Legal Education Committees

New Clinicians Coffee Break with Membership, Outreach & Training (MOT) Committee

Wellness Talk and Group Meditation

11 am – 12:30 pm                       
Concurrent Workshops

1 – 2:15 pm                                  

Concurrent Discussions

2:35 – 3:35 pm               

Works in Progress

Reports of Bellow Scholars

3:55 – 5:10 pm                            

Concurrent Discussions

5:30– 6:45 pm                             

AALS Section on Clinical Legal Education M. Shanara Gilbert Award and Ellmann Memorial Clinical Scholarship Award Presentations

Thursday, May 12

10 – 11 am                                   

Clinical Legal Education Clinicians of Color Committee

Yoga and Mindfulness

11 am – 12:30 pm          

Concurrent Workshops

1 – 2:15 pm                                  

Concurrent Discussions

2:35 – 3:35 pm                            

Works in Progress

3:55 – 5:10 pm                            

Plenary – Seizing the Moment

Lydia X.Z. Brown, Policy Counsel, Privacy and Data Project, Center for Democracy and Technology

Angela Winfield, Chief Diversity Officer, Law School Admission Council

Moderator: Britney R. Wilson, New York Law School

Can you be creative and have fun while working to dismantle structural barriers that gird the legal academy, education, and profession? We certainly hope so, as being creative is about seeing problems, connections, and patterns anew. Our present moment of “apparent wokeness” provides an opportunity to rethink equity in practice and policy. Should we focus on traditional metrics and demographics of inclusion and belonging? Can we dismantle the hierarchies that exist in our experiential spaces and beyond? Is radical inclusion possible? Finally, how can we as clinicians raise these questions, garner necessary support, and enforce accountability and recognition? Sharing their intersectional personal and professional experiences within the law and other disciplines, our speakers will explore these questions and more.

5:30 – 6:30 pm                            

Clinical Legal Education Association (CLEA) Awards Presentation

6:30 – 7:15 pm                            

Engagement Event

Friday, May 13

10 – 11 am                                   

AALS Section on Clinical Legal Education Committees

Sparking Joy

11 am – 12:30 pm                        

Concurrent Workshops

11 am – 4:30 pm                         

Clinicians of Color Workshop

1 – 3:30 pm                                  

Concurrent Workshops