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Thursday, January 22, 2009

A Retrospective of Forty Years of Clinical Education at Yale: Liman Colloquium March 5-6

| Colloquium videos |

On Thursday and Friday, March 5-6, 2009, Yale Law School will host the twelfth annual Arthur Liman Public Interest Colloquium, which will analyze the development of clinical education in the United States and globally and consider its impact and contemporary challenges. The event, “Forty Years of Clinical Education at Yale: Generating Rights, Remedies, and Legal Services,” marks the 40th anniversary of the founding of Yale Law School’s clinical program and honors the contributions of clinical professors Dennis Curtis, Frank Dineen, Carroll Lucht, and Stephen Wizner. The Colloquium is sponsored by Yale Law School, the Arthur Liman Public Interest Program, and the Oscar M. Ruebhausen Fund.

“This year’s Liman Conference will be a great combination of stimulating conversation and thoughtful discussion, with a good deal of reminiscing, and plenty of opportunity to toast and roast Denny, Frank, Carroll, and Steve—our beloved mentors, colleagues, teachers, and friends,” said Clinical Professor of Law Bob Solomon, who is Director of Clinical Studies at Yale Law School. “This is such a great moment in history, and this event is so much more than a conference—it is a reunion of all who have been involved with clinical education at Yale Law School, to honor the past and seize the future.”

The opening panel on Thursday afternoon will reflect on what shaped clinical education in its early years and compare those programs and challenges to contemporary ones. Thursday evening, Dean Harold Hongju Koh and Sterling Professor Emeritus Guido Calabresi will serve as masters of ceremonies at an event honoring Professors Curtis, Dineen, Lucht, and Wizner. Speaking about the honorees will be their former students and colleagues including Emily Bazelon, Donald Elliott, Abbe Gluck, Steven Gunn, Jean Han, Dale Ho, Vicki Jackson, Tom Jawetz, Amy Marx, Elliott Milstein, Jean Koh Peters, Deborah Rhode, Avi Soifer, and Charles Weisselberg. Playing in their honor will be the Clamdiggers, a jazz band.

Friday morning, concurrent roundtables will focus on: Criminal Justice and Local Communities, Economic Justice, Supporting and Caring for Children, Globalization, and Worker and Immigrant Rights. During the rest of the day, panels will address substantive areas of law in which Yale’s clinical programs have been centered—sentencing, detention, institutionalization, and international human rights. The lunch session will examine the role of law schools in the provision of legal services in the United States and around the world. The closing panel explores law schools’ commitment to and the status and stature of clinical education. Throughout, participants will address how to set priorities in terms of subject matter and forms of engagement in a world in which faculty and student time and attention can be devoted to many issues.

In addition to the honorees, participants from Yale Law School will be Dean Harold Hongju Koh, Elizabeth Brundige, Guido Calabresi, Brett Dignam, Donald Elliott, Sameera Fazili, Dan Freed, Robin Golden, Jean Koh Peters, J. L. Pottenger, Judith Resnik, Kate Stith, Bob Solomon, and Michael Wishnie.

Professors from other law schools who will be speaking are Muneer Ahmad and Robert Dinerstein (American); Barbara Babcock and Pamela Karlan (Stanford); Laurel Fletcher and Jeffrey Selbin (UC Berkeley); Michael Churgin (University of Texas at Austin); Juliette Lemaitre and Daniel Bonilla (Universidad de los Andes); Rory Little (UC Hastings); Peter Rosenblum and Susan Sturm (Columbia); Kristin Henning (Georgetown); Deena R. Hurwitz (University of Virginia); Rachel F. Moran (AALS President and UC Irvine); and Kenneth Mann (University of Tel Aviv). Also speaking are federal district judges Nancy Gertner and William K. Sessions, III; Helaine Barnett (President, Legal Services Corporation); Kevin Blackwell (U.S. Sentencing Commission); and Lewis Liman (Cleary Gottlieb). 

Also taking part are the 2008-2009 Liman Fellows—Justin Cox (CASA de Maryland); Zahra Hayat (National Center for Youth Law); Stacie Jonas (Southern Migrant Legal Services); Deborah Marcuse (New Haven City Hall); Allegra McLeod (Immigration Justice Project); Marisol Orihuela (ACLU of Southern California); Michael Tan (ACLU Immigrants’ Rights Project); and Tianna Terry (Legal Aid Society of DC). 

Ten new Liman Fellows, all graduates of Yale Law School, have been selected to receive public interest fellowships in 2009-2010. The Fellows and their host organizations are: Alicia Bannon ’07, Brennan Center for Justice, New York; Josh Berman ’07, Natural Resources Defense Council, Chicago; Rebecca Engel ’09, Bronx Defenders, New York; Jean C. Han ’06, Ayuda, Washington, D.C.; Kathy Hunt ’09, New York Civil Liberties Union, New York; Sonia Kumar ’08, American Civil Liberties Union, Maryland; Margot Mendelson ’09, University of Arizona, Tucson, and Migration Policy Institute, Washington, D.C.; Kirill Penteshin ’09, UNITE HERE Local 11, Los Angeles; Benjamin Plener ’09, Special Litigation Department at the Orleans Public Defenders, New Orleans; and Vasudha Talla ’09, Sanctuary for Families, New York.

| 2009-2010 Liman Fellows Bios | 

The Arthur Liman Public Interest Colloquium is free and open to the public. Advance registration is required, with RSVPs for the dinner due February 25. To register online, or for more information about the schedule and speakers, visit the Colloquium website. If you have questions, please email YLSclinic.colloquium@yale.edu.