AALS Annual Clinic Conference

AALS Clinic ConferenceProfessor Eduardo Capulong is Co-Chair-Elect of the Association of American Law Schools (AALS) Clinical Section and assisted in organizing the 38th Annual AALS Conference on Clinical Education in Rancho Mirage, California, May 4-7, 2015.

Seven hundred clinical professors from across the country attended the conference, “Leading the New Normal: Clinical Education at the Forefront of Change,” which explored the new landscape of the legal academy and profession, clinical professors’ role in it, and its future.

“Clinical legal education has moved from the margins to the center,” Professor Capulong observed. “We should be proud of that, as UMSL has been a leader in experiential education.” Law schools nationwide are expanding experiential curricula, such as clinical offerings, in hopes of placing better-prepared graduates in available positions.

Conference speakers explored current trends, new clinical pedagogies, the role of technology, clinics’ social justice mission, and more. They included Peter Edelman, the former Clinton Administration official who resigned over President’s Clinton’s 1996 signing of the welfare reform bill; Frank Wu, the Chancellor and Dean of UC Hastings College of the Law; and Michele Weise of the Clayton Christensen Institute for Disruptive Innovation.