CFP: “Effective Faculty/Student Collaborations and Student Initiatives”

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From the FLP mailbox, this notice from the AALS Section on Balance in Legal Education:

The section on Balance in Legal Education is pleased to announce its program topic for the 2012 annual meeting of the American Association of Law Schools as “’Effective Faculty/Student Collaborations and Student Initiatives: Working Together to Enhance Students’ Professional Identity and Personal Integrity.”

Despite the Carnegie Institute’s admonition in Educating Lawyers about the important role law schools play in shaping our students’ values and understanding of their roles and responsibilities as lawyers, discussion of these important topics is not part of the typical law school curriculum. Likewise, law schools have done little in the way of curricular reform to specifically address the deleterious effects experienced by law students and documented by various researchers. This program will explore the spectrum of successful courses and programs that have emerged in response to these concerns, which frequently have resulted from the collaborative efforts of faculty, students, and administrators.

The Balance in Legal Education section draws both its governing board and its general membership from all segments of the legal academic community, and believes that its program topic will be both interesting and relevant to many of you.

The Section has obtained a commitment from the Touro Law Review to publish papers relating to this program. The list of speakers is currently only partially formulated and so we invite proposals for speakers, as well as papers from non-speakers. If you have an interest in being considered as a panel member on this topic, or in submitting a paper for publication, please contact me at your earliest opportunity, but in any event no later than May 1, 2011, at julie.sandine@vanderbilt.edu. Your submission should include a brief description of the perspective that you would bring to the topic, whether you wish to be a member of the panel and/or prepare a paper for publication, and a copy of a current curriculum vitae.

-Bridget Crawford

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