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: Forging A Law School Culture That Inspires A Commitment To Access To Justice

Lead Presenter: Marianne Artusio


  1. Chikosa Banda
  2. Doug Colbert
  3. Mai Linh Spencer
  4. Rachel Stalker
  5. Sadie O'Mahoney

Session Abstract: Through curriculum, teaching methods, extra-curricular activities and programs, allocation of resources and myriad explicit and subtle messages, every law school develops a culture that conveys the professional values that the school admires and values. This presentation offers examples of how schools may build a culture that forges a sense among students that, as professionals, they have an obligation to make access to justice available to disadvantaged populations. The presentation showcases different projects and methods that hold the promise of developing this culture. Panel members’ focus includes classroom and clinical teaching, activities, and programs that infused their school with the ingredients needed for a lifetime commitment to make representation available to marginalized groups. Depending upon available resources, schools may or may not be able to offer clinical programs for credit. Panelists’ presentations emphasize creating an environment that arouses students’ understanding of the enormous need for representation in powerless communities. They offer ideas to enable every school to move toward fashioning this ethos and inspiring steadfast allegiance to access to justice as an ethical obligation.

Session Material:

  1. Malawi

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