Experiential Learning Symposium

Agenda

Friday, June 13, 2014

3:30 – 4:00pm - Welcome and Call to Order

  • Luke Bierman, Dean, Elon University School of Law
  • Introductions, acknowledgments and symposium design and goals

4:00 – 5:30pm - Roundtable

The roundtable set the context in terms of next steps, goals of symposium, and an overview of the state of experiential learning as of today: what issues are in play, how have we been responding effectively, what are the successes and what are the barriers and challenges.

Moderator: Margaret Barry, Professor of Law and Associate Dean for Clinical and Experiential Programs, Vermont Law School

Panelists:

  • Roberto Corrado, Professor of Law and Mulligan Burleson Chair in Modern Learning, University of Denver, Sturm College of Law
  • Bob Dinerstein, Professor of Law and Associate Dean for Experiential Education, American University, Washington College of Law
  • Olympia Duhart, Professor of Law and Director of First Year Lawyering Skills and Values Program, NOVA Southeastern University, Shepard Broad Law Center
  • Steve Friedland, Professor of Law and Scholar, Elon University School of Law
  • Sharon Press, Professor of Law and Director of Dispute Resolution Institute, Hamline School of Law

5:45 – 7:00pm - Reception at the International Civil Rights Center and Museum

7:00pm - Dinner 
 

Saturday, June 14, 2014

7:15 – 8:00am - Continental Breakfast

8:00 - 9:00am - Keynote 1

William Henderson, Professor of Law, Van Nolan Faculty Fellow and Director of the Center on the Global Legal Profession at the Maurer School of Law, Indiana University at Bloomington, presented preliminary findings of the three-year Outcome Assessment Project at the Northeastern University School of Law and the implications for legal education generally and experiential learning specifically.

9:00 – 10:00am - Plenary 1: Reports and Synthesis of Alliance Working Groups

In preparation for the symposium, Alliance working groups prepared 10-page papers that laid out their vision and reference activities currently underway in legal education and the profession reflecting the developments since the first symposium, including noteworthy literature, curricular experiments, and other innovations. Ongoing work by the Alliance was the topic of the first session of the first plenary.

Moderator: Sharon Reich Paulsen, Associate Dean, University of Minnesota Law School

Panelists:

  • “Creative Initiatives at U.S. Law Schools”
    Creative Initiatives Working Group
    Christine Cimini, Associate Dean of Research and Faculty Development, Director of JD Externship Programs and Professor of Law, Vermont Law School
     
  • “Measuring the Values and Costs of Experiential Education”
    Cost and Sustainability Working Group
    Katherine Kruse, Associate Dean for Experiential Education and Curriculum, Hamline School of Law
     
  • “Integrating Experiential Learning into the Law School Curriculum”
    Integrating Curricular Goals Working Group
    Bob Jones, Clinical Professor of Law and Associate Dean for Experiential Programs, Notre Dame Law School
     
  • “[I]s it Not Plain That … Our Law Schools Should Once More Bring Themselves into Close Contact with what Clients Need and What Courts and Lawyers Actually Do?”
    Integration with the Profession Working Group
    Margaret Barry, Professor of Law and Associate Dean for Clinical and Experiential Programs, Vermont Law School
     
  • “Report of the Vision and Mission Subcommittee”
    Vision and Mission Working Group
    Bob Dinerstein, Professor of Law and Associate Dean for Experiential Education, American University, Washington College of Law
     
  • “A Glossary for Experiential Education in Law Schools”
    Vocabulary and Collaboration Working Group
    Cindy Adcock, Associate Professor, Charlotte School of Law

10:00 – 10:15am - Break

10:15 – 11:45am - Plenary 2: Perspectives from Other Disciplines

Approaches from other disciplines, such as medicine, business, technology, design, and architecture, were reviewed in response to the work of the Alliance. This critique of Alliance suggestions provided a framework for the ongoing activities of the symposium.

Moderator: Stephen Ellmann, Professor of Law and Director of the Office of Clinical and Experiential Learning, New York Law School

Panelists:

  • Dr. Kimberly Boland, Program Director, Professor of Pediatrics, Vice Chair for Medical Education, University of Louisville
  • Debbie Chachra, Associate Professor of Materials Science, Olin College of Engineering
  • David Gutterman, PhD, Clinical Director of Behavioral Medicine, LeBauer Health Care
  • Marilyn Moedinger, Principal, Runcible Studios
  • Raghu Tadepalli, Dean of the Martha and Spencer Love School of Business, Elon University

Papers: Alliance Working Groups

11:45 am – 12:15pm - Keynote 2

William C. Hubbard, President-Elect of the American Bar Association, offered insight into the ABA’s ongoing efforts regarding the future of legal education including a new task force on the financing of legal education.

12:30 – 1:30pm - Lunch

1:30 – 2:45pm - Plenary 3: Barriers and Challenges

This plenary addressed the challenges, barriers and opportunities faced by various disciplines during time of transformative change, such as cost and sustainability, models of assessment, admission, accreditation requirements and standards. The panel suggested strategies for addressing those issues.

Moderator: Bob Jones, Clinical Professor of Law and Associate Dean for Experiential Programs, Notre Dame Law School

Panelists:

  • Christina Benson, Associate Professor of Business Law, Elon University
  • Kimberly Boland, MD, Program Director, Professor of Pediatrics, Vice Chair for Medical Education, University of Louisville
  • Bob Kuehn, Professor of Law, Director of Clinical Education, Washington University Law School
  • Andrew Webster, Director, Change and Innovation Solutions, ExperiencePoint

2:45 – 3:00pm - Break

3:00 – 4:00pm - Innovation Demos

Repeating the popular and successful session at the first symposium where innovative programs and activities were highlighted, this session presented additional creative adaptations and ideas that have been developed since the first gathering.

Moderator: Christine Cimini, Associate Dean of Research and Faculty Development, Director of JD Externship Programs and Professor of Law, Vermont Law School

Programs and panelists:

NuLawLab: Situating law school-based Innovation Labs within the historical sweep of experiential legal education, Professor Martha Davis discussed the NuLawLab’s projects engaging students in polydisciplinary teams using design approaches to transform community access to legal information and advocacy. The NuLawLab’s collaborations with socially engaged artists and game designers, and the potential of creative storytelling and mapping, were parts of the presentation.
Martha Davis, Professor of Law, Faculty Director, NuLawLab, Northeastern University School of Law

Legal OnRamp uses technology to solve large-scale legal problems and manage complexity. Legal OnRamp strengthens customers’ abilities to make smart legal decisions by making information useful and usable.
John DeMasi, Attorney, Legal OnRamp 

The Daniel Webster Scholar Honors Program, unique to UNH Law, is a two-year bar practicum. It eliminates the two-day bar exam and in its place offers a two-year exam: Students develop their skills and judgment in both simulated and clinical settings. They counsel clients, work with practicing lawyers, take depositions, appear before judges, create basic business documents and learn to negotiate and mediate. They create portfolios of written work and videos of oral performances that are viewed by their bar examiners after each semester. In short, they do the things law students need to do in order to become client-ready.
John Garvey, Professor of Law and Director, Daniel Webster Scholar Honors Program, University of New Hampshire School of Law

The “Practicum” Course is an innovative model for integrating the three core methodologies of experiential legal education: classroom simulation, clinic and co-op. This model, which has been piloted for two years at Northeastern University School of Law, leverages multiple pedagogies and principles of adult learning theory to offer students a six-month immersive experience in a particular field of practice. 
Katherine Schulte, Staff Attorney, Casa Myrna Vasquez

4:00 – 4:15pm - Break

4:15 – 5:30pm - Breakout Sessions

The breakout sessions allowed attendees the opportunity for in-depth discussion of and reaction to earlier presentations while developing new approaches and methods to enhance the development of innovation in the legal academy as informed by the working groups and the critique of other disciplines.

Moderators:

  • Creative Initiatives
    Christine Cimini, Associate Dean of Research and Faculty Development, Director of JD Externship Programs and Professor of Law, Vermont Law School
    Roberto Corrado, Professor of Law and Mulligan Burleson Chair in Modern Learning, University of Denver, Sturm College of Law
     
  • Cost and Sustainability
    Stephen Ellmann, Professor of Law and Director of the Office of Clinical and Experiential Learning, New York Law School
     
  • Integrating Curricular Goals
    John Erbes, Assistant Professor of Law and Director of Clinical and Experiential Education, Southern Illinois University School of Law
    Bob Jones, Clinical Professor of Law and Associate Dean for Experiential Programs, Notre Dame Law School
     
  • Integration with the Profession
    Margaret Barry, Professor of Law and Associate Dean for Clinical and Experiential Programs, Vermont Law School
    Sharon Reich Paulsen, Associate Dean, University of Minnesota Law School
     
  • Vision and Mission
    Bob Dinerstein, Professor of Law and Associate Dean for Experiential Education, American University, Washington College of Law
     
  • Vocabulary and Collaboration
    Justine Dunlap, Professor of Law, Director of Clinical Programs and Experiential Learning, UMass School of Law
    Carolyn Wilkes Kaas, Associate Professor of Law, Co-Director, Center on Dispute Resolution and Director of Clinical Programs, Quinnipiac University School of Law

Facilitators:

  • Enrique Armijo, Assistant Professor of Law, Elon University School of Law
  • Antonette Barilla, Director of Academic and Bar Support and Assistant Professor of Law, Elon University School of Law
  • Catherine Dunham, Professor of Law, Elon University School of Law
  • James Exum, Distinguished Professor of the Judicial Process, Elon University School of Law
  • John Flynn, Distinguished Practitioner in Residence, Elon University School of Law
  • Andy Haile, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Assistant Professor of Law, Elon University School of Law
  • Peter Hoffman, Professor of Law and Director of Skills Program, Elon University School of Law
  • David Levine, Associate Professor of Law, Elon University School of Law
  • Linda Morton, Professor of Law and Associate Dean for Experiential Learning, California Western School of Law
  • Patricia Perkins, Assistant Professor of Legal Writing, Elon University School of Law
  • Heather Scavone, Assistant Professor of Law and Director of the Humanitarian Immigration Law Clinic, Elon University School of Law
  • Catherine Wasson, Associate Professor of Law and Director of Legal Method and Communication, Elon University School of Law

6:00pm - Dinner
 

Sunday, June 15, 2014

7:45 – 8:30am - Continental Breakfast

8:30 – 9:30am - Plenary 4: The Developing Landscape of Change

This plenary updated attendees of developments in the regulatory and related landscapes of legal education since the first symposium, with particular focus on changes to ABA Accreditation Standards, the emerging framework of state bar regulation, the ABA task forces on the future of the legal education and the financing of legal education and how these developments will affect the Alliance’s work.

Moderator: Katherine Kruse, Associate Dean for Experiential Education and Curriculum, Hamline School of Law

Panelists:

  • Stephen Ellmann, Professor of Law and Director of the Office of Clinical and Experiential Learning, New York Law School
  • Linda Morton, Professor of Law and Associate Dean for Experiential Learning, California Western School of Law
  • Sarah Valentine, Senior Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Professor, CUNY School of Law

9:30 – 10:30am - Working Group Reports

The Working Groups reported on their suggestions as developed in the breakouts during the previous day.

10:30 – 11:30am - Conclusion: A Path Forward

This session afforded participants the opportunity to critique draft materials of the working groups, to focus on key components of the symposium program, and to develop action items and deliverables to be used for strategic planning and implementation. Among possible next steps identified were completion and publication research presented in working-draft form at the symposium, creation of an online clearinghouse of information in experiential legal education, and further research agendas by the Alliance Working Groups or other agreed upon organizational approaches for the Alliance.

11:30 – 11:45 - Closing Remarks/Adjournment

  • Alan Duncan, President, North Carolina Bar Association
  • Luke Bierman, Dean, Elon University School of Law

Thanks and acknowledgements.