2018 Midwest Clinical Legal Education Conference


Location: 2130, 2173, 3130 Eck Hall of Law (View on map.nd.edu)

October 5 & 6, 2018

Conference theme: “The Expanding World of Clinics”

Register for the conference. (Registration closed September 28.)

Midwestclinicalconf Notre Dame Law School

Legal clinics are evolving and diversifying into new areas of the law to better serve their communities and provide practical experience for law students.

In early October, the Midwest Clinical Legal Education Conference will bring educators, scholars, and lawyers together to share the many ways that legal clinics are growing to meet the modern demands of the legal system and promote the cause of justice.

This conference is sponsored by Notre Dame Law School, the Notre Dame Clinical Law Center, the AALS Section on Clinical Legal Education, and the Clinical Legal Education Association.

If you have questions, please contact Professor Judy Fox at jfox@nd.edu.

Register for the conference: Click here. (Registration closed September 28.)


Friday, October 5

  • 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. – Registration, Eck Atrium, Eck Hall of Law
  • 12 to 4 p.m. – New Clinicians Conference, 2130 Eck Hall of Law

Lunch will be provided.


12:15 to 12:30 p.m. – Introductions: Wendy Vaughn, Northern Illinois University College of Law, and Judith Fox, Notre Dame Law School
12:30 to 1:15 p.m. – Classroom Teaching: Carwina Weng, Indiana University Mauer School of Law

1:15 to 2 p.m. – Small Group Discussion

2 to 2:15 p.m. – Break

2:15 to 3 p.m. – Supervision: Michael Jenuwine, Notre Dame Law School

3 to 3:45 p.m. – Small Group Discussion

3:45 to 4 p.m. – Wrap-up: Wendy Vaughn, Northern Illinois University College of Law

  • 4 p.m. – Opening plenary

"Leveraging our Data for Change"
Danielle Wood, Assistant Director for Community-Based Research and Impact
Center for Social Concerns, University of Notre Dame

Saturday, October 6

  • 8:30 a.m. – Registration, Eck Atrium, Eck Hall of Law
  • 9 a.m. – Welcome, 3130 Eck Hall of Law
  • 9:15 to 10:15 a.m. – Concurrent sessions

Breakout One – Teaching the Next Generation of Racial Justice Champions
Breakout Two – Diversity within the Model: Interprofessional Clinics and the Future of Legal Services Practice
Breakout Three – Clinic and Externship Collaboration: Infrastructure for a Successful Experiential Education Program

  • 10:15 to 10:30 a.m. – Break
  • 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. – Concurrent sessions

Breakout One – Bringing Clinical Diversity through International Representation of Human Rights Defenders
Breakout Two – Lies, Damned Lies and Statistics: Teaching Students to Read, Recognize, Understand and Present Data in Client Representation
Breakout Three – Best Practices for Adjunct-Run Hybrid Clinics

  • 11:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. – Quick Takes

    A Human Rights Code of Conduct: Ambitious Moral Aspiration for a Public Interest Law Office or Clinic
    Nonprofit Community Outreach at Indiana University Maurer School of Law

    Strategic Planning: Planning a New Clinic
    Lessons Learned (So Far) From Remote Clinical Teaching
  • 12 to 1:30 p.m. – Plenary

"Access-to-Justice Service Learning"
Victor Quintanilla, Professor of Law and Co-Director of the Center for Law, Society & Culture, Indiana University Maurer School of Law
Adjunct Faculty, Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences, Indiana University Bloomington

Lunch will be provided.

  • 1:45 to 2:45 p.m. – Concurrent sessions

Breakout One – The Challenge of Growing Diversity in Externship Faculties: Nurturing and Harmonizing Reflective Pedagogy Among a Law School's Full-Time and Part-Time Instructors
Breakout Two – Maximizing Available Resources: Combining Disciplines to Create a Better Clinic
Breakout Three – Religious Liberty: A Case Study in Building Clinic Bridges
Breakout Four – Learning About the Forest by Examining the Trees

  • 2:45 to 3 p.m. – Break
  • 3 to 4 p.m. – Concurrent sessions

Breakout One – Access to Justice in Rural Communities: Perspectives from "Country Clinicians" Serving Veterans
Breakout Two – Serving Society's Most Vulnerable: Interdisciplinary Clinical Models for Assisting Children with Disabilities
Breakout Three – Online Chatbot Building, Housing Justice "Clinic"

  • 4 to 4:30 p.m. – Quick Takes

    Hands-On Learning Tools in Consumer Law (and other subjects too!)
    The Importance of a Clinic's IP Self-Awareness in a Complex World of Clinical IP
  • 5 p.m. – Reception and dinner at the Downes Club at Notre Dame Stadium


Two downtown South Bend hotels have reserved a number of rooms for conference attendees and are offering those rooms at special rates. (These rates will be available only for reservations made before September 5.)

Aloft South Bend
111 N. Main St., South Bend, IN 46601
Room rate: $169/night | Book online

Courtyard by Marriott South Bend Downtown
121 S. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., South Bend, IN 46601
Room rate: $139/night | Book online

Visiting Notre Dame and the South Bend region

We hope you will be able to join us for the 2018 Midwest Clinical Legal Education Conference. Notre Dame is located 90 miles east of Chicago along the Indiana Toll Road (I-80/90).

Here are some useful links to help you get here and make the most of your visit.

Visiting Notre Dame – Campus maps, parking information, etc.

Visit South Bend Mishawaka – Things to do, places to stay in the South Bend region

South Bend International Airport – Offers direct flights to 12 cities

South Shore Line – Passenger train connecting downtown Chicago to South Bend airport

If you’re coming here without a car, South Bend has several cab companies as well as Uber and Lyft.