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Midwest Clinical Legal Education Conference

Drake University Law School
October 28-30, 2022

Drake University Law School is pleased to announce the in-person return of the Midwest Clinical Conference planned for October 28-30, 2022 at the Neal and Bea Smith Law Center in Des Moines, Iowa. This year’s theme is Honoring the Past, Evaluating the Present, Shaping the Future, which will allow attendees to celebrate the development and progress of clinical education in the law school curriculum while preparing for the next generation of experiential education.  

The past several years have presented unprecedented challenges to us as lawyers, as educators, and as members of our communities. Despite the changing environment we are living and working in, it is worth remembering that experiential educators are no strangers to challenge. The role of experiential education has expanded despite recessions, enrollment challenges, threats to civil and human rights, and institutional change. This conference will reflect on past practices that may help us navigate a new future. In addition, it will provide us with an opportunity to strategically consider the role of experiential education in meeting the new ABA standards focused on professional identity and diversity, equity, and inclusion. 

* This conference is supported in part by CLEA, the Clinical Legal Education Association, cleaweb.org.

 

REGISTRATION INFORMATION

Thank you for your interest in the upcoming Midwest Clinical Legal Education Conference on October 28-30, 2022, at Drake University Law School. 

A registration fee of $125 covers your participation in all conference sessions as well as the meals indicated in the Schedule Overview.

A discount will be applied to groups of two or more from the same institution.

REGISTER HERE

 

CONFERENCE MATERIALS

The Trial Practicum, Bringing the Courtroom to Life for First-Year Students

INTRODUCTION: CELEBRATING THE DRAKE LEGAL CLINIC AT 50! DRAKE LAW EXPERIENTIAL EDUCATION AT 157! A PROUD TRADITION SINCE 1865
Russell E. Lovell, II

Trial Practicum integral to first year law school curriculum
Russell E. Lovell, II

Plenary III: Shaping the Future: The New ABA Standards
Carolyn Grose, Carwina Weng, and Meg Reuter

Presentation Description and Presenter Biographies
ABA Accreditation Standard 303
Shaping the Future: The New ABA Standards, presentation slides

 

CONFERENCE SCHEDULE

Friday, October 28

Neal and Bea Smith Law Center, Drake Legal Clinic, 2400 University Ave, Des Moines, IA

3:30 p.m. Welcome, Jerry Anderson and Suzie Pritchett 
Legal Clinic Courtroom

3:40 – 5:00 p.m. Plenary I, Honoring the Past: Reflections on the Growth of Experiential Education
Jane Aiken, Robert Kuehn, David Santacroce
Moderator: Suzie Pritchett
Legal Clinic Courtroom

5:00 p.m. Opening Reception at xBK Live (1159 24th St, Des Moines, IA 50311) 
Drinks, dinner, conversation, and relaxation with live music 

Saturday, October 29

Cartwright Hall, Drake University Law School, 2621 Carpenter Ave.,
Des Moines, IA 50311

8 - 8:45 a.m. Continental Breakfast
Kern Commons, 2nd Floor of Cartwright Hall

8:45 a.m. Announcements 
Kern Commons 

9 - 10:15 a.m.  Plenary II, Evaluating the Present: Responding to Current Challenges
Liliana Zaragoza, Dana Thompson, June Tai
Moderator: Sally Frank

 Room 213 

10:15 - 10:20 a.m. Break
Refreshments available in Kern Commons 

10:20 - 11:00 a.m. Teaching Spotlights
Room 201
Experiential Legal Education Commons
David Moss
Reflective Practice: Leading from the Inside Out
Michelle Paxton

Room 203 
Tenant Assistance Project, A Proven Model for Incorporating Limited-Scope Eviction Defense Work into an Existing Clinic Course or Pro Bono Program
Ryan Sullivan, Rachel Tomlinson, and Alan Dugger

Some of My Favorite Lawyers are Clinic Students: A View From the Bench, Judge Brent Pattison

11:00 - 11:10 a.m. Break
Refreshments Available in Kern Commons 

11:10 a.m. - 12:10 p.m. Concurrent Sessions 
Room 201, Concurrent A
Mistakes We Make
Brad Colbert, Mira K. Edmonds, Lula A. Hagos, Laurie S. Kohn 

Room 203, Concurrent B
The Pedagogy of Losing: What losing teaches us, what we gain, lose and how to create perspective
Linus Chan, JaneAnne Murray, Jennifer Green

12:10 - 12:30 p.m. Pick up lunches
Kern Commons

12:30 - 1:30 p.m. Lunch Session
The Trial Practicum, Bringing the Courtroom to Life for First Year Students, Judge Arthur Gamble, Drake Legal Clinic Judge In Residence, Judge David Porter, Erica Nichols Cook, Steve Foritano
Moderator: Nick Roby 
Room 213

1:30 - 1:45 p.m. Break
Refreshments Available in Kern Commons 

1:45 - 3:15 p.m. Plenary III, Shaping the Future: The New ABA Standards
Carwina Weng, Margaret Reuter, Carolyn Grose
Moderator: Nickole Miller 
Please bring your laptops to this session

Room 213

3:15 - 3:30 p.m. Break
Refreshments Available in Kern Commons 

3:30 - 4:45 p.m. Papers of the Drake Law Review Symposium Issue: Volume 70, No. 1, 2022

Melissa L. Kidder, THE FUTURE OF RURAL LAWYERING: HOW LAW SCHOOLS SHOULD EMBRACE A GENERAL PRACTICE LEGAL CLINIC MODEL TO ADDRESS THE CURRENT AND FUTURE LEGAL NEEDS OF RURAL AND SMALLER COMMUNITIES 
 Carolyn Young Larmore, JUST COMPENSATION: AN EMPIRICAL EXAMINATION OF THE SUCCESS OF LEGAL EXTERNSHIPS FOR PAY AND CREDIT  
 Binny Miller, BUILDING FIERCE EMPATHY 
 Robert R. Rigg, A BIT OF HERESY: STUDENT SCHOLARSHIP/WRITING — A CONTINUUM OF LEARNING

Room 213

5:00 p.m. Midwest Clinical Conference Reception hosted by the University of Iowa College of Law
Kern Commons

Dinner on your own OR

Drake Legal Clinic 50th Anniversary Celebration Banquet
Drake University Olmsted Center, Parents Hall
6 p.m. Reception; 7 p.m. Program and dinner

Sunday, October 30

8:00 - 8:45 a.m. Yoga & Co.
2326 University Ave, Des Moines, IA 50311
Donation class with donations going to support holiday gift cards for Drake Legal Clinic clients and their families

8:45 - 9:45 a.m. Coffee at Mars Cafe
2318 University Ave, Des Moines, IA 50311

10:00 - 11:00 a.m. Concurrent Sessions 
Neal and Bea Smith Law Center, Drake Legal Clinic, 2400 University Ave,
Des Moines, IA

Legal Clinic Courtroom – Concurrent C
Clinical Practice Technology: Balancing Uniformity & Flexibility to Prepare the 21st Century Attorney
Brett Stohs 

Legal Clinic Library – Concurrent D 
How We Select Our Students: An Ongoing Dilemma
Stephen Meili, Suzie Pritchett 

11:00 - 11:15 a.m. Break
Refreshments in Legal Clinic Atrium 

11:15 - 11:55 a.m. Teaching Spotlights 

Legal Clinic Courtroom 
Adopting Basic Needs Policies in Law School Syllabi
Ron Hochbaum 

Teaching Spotlight on Institutional Collaboration
Allison McCarthy, Kathy Moccio, Bram Elias 

 

TRAVEL AND ACCOMMODATIONS

Getting to Des Moines

The Des Moines International Airport (DSM) is a short cab or ride share ride from campus.

Hotel Accommodations

Special rates for conference attendees are available at the following hotels:

Home2Suites Des Moines at Drake University
2650 University Avenue, Des Moines, IA 50311
515-264-7960
Group name: Drake University Law School
Rate: $164/night
Click here to reserve a room.

Des Moines Marriott Downtown
700 Grand Avenue, Des Moines, IA 50309
515-245-5500 
Group name: Drake University Room Block
Rate: $119/night
Last day to book: October 7, 2022
Click here to reserve a room.
 
Find more information about attractions and events in Des Moines here
 
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