Sessions Information

  • January 5, 2018
    1:30 pm - 3:15 pm
    Session Type: AALS Discussion Groups
    Session Capacity: N/A
    Hotel: N/A
    Room: Point Loma
    Floor: South Tower/Ground Level


    Discussion Groups provide an in-depth discussion of a topic by a small group of invited discussants selected in advance by the Annual Meeting Program Committee. In addition to the invited discussants, additional discussants were selected through a Call for Participation. There will be limited seating for audience members to observe the discussion groups on a first-come, first-served basis.


    This session discusses implementing key ABA initiatives to produce competent, skilled lawyers ready to serve the underserved. For justice to be accessible, lawyers must perform their role in a cost-effective manner, and law students must understand the nature of the legal and societal problems to effectively meet the need for professional services. Most programs look at access to justice from the client perspective—how to get clients to the resources from which they could get help. We focus on training lawyers who are ready to provide affordable, meaningful legal service to the underserved through simulation, clinic experience, and a philosophy of servant leadership. This approach integrates technology and innovation. Many law schools struggle to meet the technological competence, practice readiness, and access to justice requirements of the ABA; this program provides a template for accomplishing all three benchmarks. This session provides a meaningful toolkit for change. Discussion will center on the development of courses, integration between departments, and post-graduate training producing lawyers ready to serve the public. The panel will address the challenges of moving from traditional teaching modes to more usable products which indigent clients may need. The panel will address integrating written product with innovative programming.

Session Speakers
Organization: Georgia State University College of Law
Discussion Group Participant

Organization: University of California, Hastings College of the Law
Discussion Group Participant

Organization: Baylor University School of Law
Discussion Group Moderator

Organization: University of North Texas at Dallas College of Law
Discussion Group Participant

Organization: Harvard Law School
Discussion Group Participant

Organization: Southern University Law Center
Discussion Group Participant

Organization: University of California, Davis, School of Law
Discussion Group Participant

Organization: Baylor University School of Law
Discussion Group Moderator

Session Fees

Fees information is not available at this time.