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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,



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.




All conference sessions will be held at the Neal and Bea Smith Law Center, unless otherwise noted.

Friday, October 28

10 a.m. - 1 p.m. Registration

10:30 a.m. - Noon Works in Progress

Noon - 1 p.m. Lunch on your own

1 - 2:30 p.m. Welcome and Opening Plenary Session

2:30 - 2:40 p.m. Break

2:40 - 3:40 p.m. Concurrent Session 1

3:40 - 3:50 p.m. Break

3:50 - 4:50 p.m. Concurrent Session 2

5 - 6 p.m. Reception
Neal and Bea Smith Law Center Atrium

6 - 8 p.m. Dinner
1159 24th Street, Des Moines

Saturday, October 29

8 - 9 a.m. Continental Breakfast

9 - 10:15 a.m. Plenary Session 2

10:15 - 10:25 a.m. Break

10:25 - 11:25 a.m. Concurrent Session 3

11:25 - 11:35 a.m. Break

11:35 a.m. - 12:20 p.m. Spotlights on Teaching 1

12:20 - 12:30 p.m. Break

12:30-1:30 p.m. Lunch Session
Bringing the Courtroom to Life: The Trial Practicum

1:30 - 1:40 p.m. Break

1:40 - 2:40 p.m. Concurrent Session 4

2:40 - 2:50 p.m. Break

2:50 - 4:05 p.m. Papers of the Drake Law Review Clinic Symposium Issue

4:15 - 5:15 p.m. Reception

Dinner on your own OR

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

Sunday, October 30

8 - 9 a.m. Continental Breakfast

9 - 10:15 a.m. Plenary Session 3

10:15 - 10:25 a.m. Break

10:25 - 11:25 a.m. Concurrent Session 5

11:25 - 11:35 a.m. Break

11:35 - 11:55 a.m. Spotlights on Teaching 2


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
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
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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