Nottingham Law School Centre for Legal Education international conference

Members of the Centre for Legal Education, Nottingham Law School's dedicated research hub for all aspects of legal education in the university and in the workplace, are delighted with the success of only their second academic conference.

Members of the Centre for Legal Education, Nottingham Law School's dedicated research hub for all aspects of legal education in the university and in the workplace, are delighted with the success of only their second academic conference, informally known as CLE15.

Focused around the concept of 'access to justice', participants were invited to be creative and many were extremely innovative, including drama, interactive workshopping and participation by video conference from the other side of the globe. In addition, friendships and links were forged, in sessions and in more informal activities (which included a dinner at the ground of the world-famous Nottingham Forest Football Club).

Keynote sessions anchored and challenged the audience, including sessions by Amerdeep Somal, NLS alumna and last year's NTU Alumna of the Year, Professor Janine Griffiths-Baker, Simao Paxi-Cato of Invictus Chambers and Young Legal Aid Lawyers and Professor Ron Staudt from Chicago on innovative ways in which US law students have worked to provide legal resources and templates for use by the public.

Professor Pat Leighton of the Legal Education Research Network provided rousing closing comments encouraging participants to follow up their innovations and ideas by exposing them to rigorous research and critique.

Welcoming visitors to the University from around the world (including Ireland, Turkey, India, Chile, Fiji, the US, Canada, Australia and New Zealand, as well as the UK,and including a large number of members of the Centre), the conference spread itself through formal and informal spaces beside, above and below the law school's clinic, which served as an important reminder of the way in which universities are now a key provider of access to justice for members of the public.

Director of the Centre and Professor of Professional Legal Education, Jane Ching, said "We have really been able to build on the success of our first conference in 2014, in a way that is consistent with the Centre's key working values of friendliness and collaboration.

"The level and quality of global participation has been really phenomenal about which my co-organiser, Jo Boylan-Kemp, and I are delighted.

"A wonderful extra dimension has been added by the efforts of my colleagues Professor Paul Maharg and Pamela Henderson in liveblogging every session at paulmaharg.com. Over 700 people followed the conference through the blog."

Nottingham Law School Centre for Legal Education international conference

Published on 10 July 2015
  • Category: Research; Nottingham Law School

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