2011 Midwest Clinical Law Conference

True Grit: The Grit of What We Do

The University of Wisconsin Law School is pleased to host the 2011 Midwest Clinical Law Conference on November 11-13, 2011. We hope you will join us to see old friends, meet new colleagues, and engage in a weekend-long discussion about improving clinical legal education. And where else to hold this conference than the center of news and media attention, Madison, Wisconsin, on a beautiful fall weekend on the vibrant campus between the lakes?

The theme for this year’s conference is "True Grit: The Grit of What We Do." Over the course of the weekend, we hope to explore three facets of clinical focus: telling our clients’ stories, fostering systemic change in a variety of legal fields, and developing innovative pedagogical teaching methods. We will explore these “grains” of our work through a unique track-based presentation schedule, designed to focus on one of these three areas.

While we encourage you to follow a given track throughout the conference, you are more than welcome to explore the various concurrent sessions going on at any given time. In addition, each day we will have a plenary session from a different “track” to provide a complete coverage of the three topics. In addition to our scheduled track events, we will also have opening day remarks from UW Law School Dean Margaret Raymond and a lunchtime talk from Wisconsin Supreme Court Chief Justice Shirley Abrahamson.

In addition to our wonderful speakers and presentations, we also invite you to come to the conference to tell your story.  Modeled on NPR's StoryCorps project, this year's conference will provide participants with an opportunity to record and share a story in either audio or visual format.  We encourage you to record your story during the conference.  Click here for some suggestions for telling your story.  In addition, here are mp3 audio files with sample stories from Clinical Professor Meredith Ross, Director of the Frank J. Remington Center and a supervising attorney in the Legal Assistance to Institutionalized Persons Project (LAIP); Clinical Associate Professor Pete DeWind, Director of the Restorative Justice Project; and Adjunct Professor Eric Englund and Clinical Assistant Professor Anne Smith, Co-Directors of the Law and Entrepreneurship Clinic.

This conference is made possible in part through the generous support of the AALS Section on Clinical Legal Education.

Contact Us

For more information about this conference, please contact Meredith Ross or Adam Stevenson.

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