The Catholic University of America

CUA Clinical Legal Instructors in Forefront at
Professional Conference in Cleveland

Five Catholic University clinical legal professors were featured prominently at the AALS Conference on "Clinical Legal Education: Emerging Lawyers: Clients, Complexity and Collaboration in a Cross-Disciplinary Lens," held May 6 to 9, 2009, in Cleveland.

Among the presentations given and workshops led by CUA faculty members:

Professors Ellen Scully and Lisa Martin co-presented a session called "Love Thy Neighbor: Teaching Students to Grapple with Morality in Legal Practice." The session explored how personal morality impacts legal practice and offered tools for clinical teachers to use to help students become aware of and grapple with moral conflicts in client representation.

Professor Catherine Klein co-facilitated a session titled "Working with the Global Alliance for Justice Education." Klein was recently re-elected to a second four-year term as a member of the steering committee of the international legal education organization, which has more than 500 members from more than 55 countries.

Professor Faith Mullen presented at a session for the 2009 Bellow Award winners. She discussed her project "Access to Justice and Community Lawyering for the Teaching-Service Mission of Clinics." In January 2009, Faith was selected to be a Bellow Fellow, which is a two-year commitment. The award is named in honor of Gary Bellow, one of the founders of clinical legal education and a long-time teacher at Harvard University.

Professor Sandy Ogilvy co-presented a session called "Filmmaking as an Advocacy Tool in Clinical Education." The workshop focused on the various uses of filmmaking in service of education and advocacy, examined the process of making a film, and brainstormed ideas about how such a tool might be useful to address the problem of affordable housing and mortgage foreclosure.