Abstracts

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Title: Emerging New Clinical Education Projects: Sharing Stories And Developing Practices Together

Lead Presenter: Jose Garcia-Añón

Co-Presenters:

  1. Maria Lucia Torres-Villarreal

Session Abstract: This session aims to create a space for new Clinical Legal Education Projects to share drafts of new ideas, discuss teaching techniques and promote collaboration among clinics. We will begin the session by sharing stories from several clinics around the world, stressing successful ideas and best practices for sustainability for new clinical legal education projects. The panel will have presenters from both established and developing clinics. The established clinics include the Community and Economic Development Clinic (CEDC) at the University of Michigan (USA), the Public Interest Legal Clinic of Universidad del Rosario (Colombia), and the Legal Clinic for Social Justice at the University of Valencia (Spain). These clinics, from three different regions of the world and engaged in different lawyering practices, provide a range of examples. The CEDC provides transactional legal services to non-profit, community-based organizations and social enterprises. Founded in 1999, the Public Interest Legal Clinic of the Universidad del Rosario engages in litigation in defence of the human rights for vulnerable groups. Since 2006, the Legal Clinic for Social Justice at the University of Valencia has used a variety of approaches to teach its students including street law, serving as a legal aid office and writing advocacy reports that advocate an international strategy. New clinic projects have recently developed in the Universidad Autónoma de Coahuila en Saltillo (México, http://www.uadec.mx) and in the University of Torino (Italy). New clinic projects have recently developed in the Universidad Autónoma de Coahuila en Saltillo (México, http://www.uadec.mx) and in the University of Torino (Italy). The project “Spazi violenti: clinic for the empowerment” arises in 2014/5 from the legal clinic Prison and Rights (born in 2013/14) in University of Torino. It aims to promote the well-being in spaces of exclusion (such as prisons) and the access to rights through the coworking of students and vulnerable people (such as inmates and refugees). It uses an interdisciplinary perspective, new technologies and interactive methodologies (such as theatre, co-teaching, graphic design, urban planning and activities against school dropout) We plan to discuss strategies to assure the on- going success of clinical programs such as engagement with civil society and empowerment of communities, helping students further develop critical thinking skills, working together in clinical projects around the world, and train the trainers activities. Previous resources can be downloaded and read in this website: clinical-legal-education-projects.blogspot.com It is recommended to read this text: R. Wilson or other you propose: (Wilson, Richard J., Ten Practical Steps to Organization and Operation of a Law School Clinic (February 1, 2004). Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=2465038 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2465038)

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