March 14, 2011
Clinical education faculty members from eight ABA-accredited law schools gathered at McGeorge on February 26, 2011, for the annual Northern California Clinicians Conference.
The all-day workshop, "Meeting Students Where They Are: Assessing Challenges and Strategizing For Success," attracted 56 clinicians from McGeorge, Golden Gate, Santa Clara, Stanford, UC Berkeley, UC Davis, UC Hastings, and the University of San Francisco.
Kathleen Benton, Melissa Brown and Dorothy Landsberg organized the event, which was opened with a welcoming address from Associate Dean for Academic Affairs Julie Davis. Global Lawyering Skills Professor Jennifer Gibson was a participant in a plenary session on the topic of "Diagnosing Supervision Challenges with Clinical Law Students." Clinical Director Landsberg moderated the debriefing/closing town hall meeting of the workshop. Benton, Brown, Gibson, Warren Jones, Cary Bricker, Blake Nordahl, Colleen Truden, Bob Parker, Brian Landsberg and adjunct professors Linda Harter and John Balazs led or participated in affinity group breakout sessions.
A pioneer in clinical legal education, McGeorge operates nine on-campus specialty clinics. The Sacramento law school launched its on-campus Community Legal Services clinic in 1972 when some in legal education considered it a radical idea. That innovation — a belief that working with real clients motivates, stimulates and molds law students into attorneys -- is now de rigueur in all law schools.