Short abstracts of the presentations were submitted by many of the speakers in advance of the conference. The titles of those that were submitted are underlined; to view those abstracts, click on the title.

Title: Keeping The Focus On Social Justice In Our Clinics In An Environment Of Competing Priorities

Lead Presenter: Paula Galowitz


  1. Catherine Klein
  2. Marzia Barbera
  3. Ulrich Stege

Session Abstract: This session addresses ways to develop and/or maintain the social justice focus of clinical legal education programs. There has been some discussion among some faculty about whether clinical legal education should be more focused on social justice or on skills training. The potential conflict will be explored, in this time of competing priorities. Students may have different interests in what they hope to achieve from participating in a clinic. For example, in the current economic climate, students may be more interested in business clinics that serve companies as compared to serving underrepresented clients and groups. In the session, we will discuss different reasons and models of keeping the focus on social justice education in clinical programs in many countries. We will also explore the competing priorities and barriers. Then we will use the session to brainstorm and explore various ideas to strengthen social justice in our clinical programs in various forms in many jurisdictions around the world.

Session Material:

  1. GAJE Social Justice vs Skills Participant Agenda FINAL

See full list of abstracts here.