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: Measuring The Impact Of Social Justice Teaching: Research Design And Oversight

Lead Presenter: Sylvia Caley


  1. Leslie Wolf
  2. Lisa Bliss

Session Abstract: Clinical educators are committed to improving global justice and seek to do so both through the development of students’ professional values and educational experiences and through individual client representation and impact advocacy. Law school clinics long have emphasized response to community needs and social justice goals. However, our understanding of the impact of those efforts typically rely on anecdotal information. Facilitators will discuss taking our efforts to the next level to conduct research on the impact of both educational and clinical endeavors. This means developing research questions that will evaluate the impact of our teaching on our students and separate questions that measure the impact of our client services on their lives. The Health Law Partnership (HeLP) and the HeLP Legal Services Clinic at Georgia State University College of Law has conducted research on both its impact on students and its impact on clients since its inception. HeLP is a medical legal partnership combining the health care expertise of hospital professionals with the legal expertise of lawyers and law students to create an inter-professional team to address the social determinants of health for low-income children. Facilitators will use the HeLP experience to describe how questions can be developed and data collected and analyzed. In addition, they will describe the legal and ethical principles regarding research with human beings that must be followed in conducting such research. The presentation will outline the benefits and challenges of engaging in research in a law school clinic. Knowledge and information gleaned from measuring the impact of our activities can be used to develop new programs, reform programs not meeting anticipated goals and objectives, and address issues at earlier stages facilitating prompt change and improvement. Participants will engage in group discussion and brainstorming. Facilitators will invite participants to identify information they wish to gather for evaluation and research purposes. The group will work together to develop those ideas into questions that could be used in an evaluation tool or research protocol. Participants also will discuss their own experiences and/or circumstances and have the opportunity to obtain feedback.

Session Material:

  1. GAJE 2015 Measuring the Impact of Social Justice Teaching 2015 9 29
  2. GAJE 2015 Measuring Impact Handout FINAL

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