UNC Law-CUNY Law School Clinical Faculty Exchange

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Professor Donna Lee of CUNY Law School

This spring we initiated a Clinical Faculty Exchange Program with CUNY Law School. The concept is to focus on clinical pedagogy, including but not limited to, teaching collaboration; clinic design; creating and facilitating rounds sessions; balancing legal representation with policy advocacy; teaching cross-cultural lawyering; encouraging reflection among students; and creating appropriate evaluation criteria.

The structure is that one clinical faculty member from each school spends and evening and a full day with the clinical faculty at the other school. The purpose of the exchange is threefold:

  • For the visitor to share teaching and supervision perspectives, techniques, and methodologies with colleagues at the host school;
  • for the visitor to gather information related to her chosen topic; and
  • for the visitor to share with her home school knowledge gained from the visit through a report and extensive debriefing session.

Professor Donna Lee [photo above] from CUNY Law School visited UNC Law on March 22-23, 2015. Prof. Lee had dinner with Professors Birckhead, Fedders, and Wilson, and discussed clinical program structure, philosophy, and current initiatives and challenges. The following day, Prof. Lee accompanied Prof. Birckhead to juvenile delinquency court in Raleigh, where several Youth Justice Clinic students had cases set for hearings. After court, Prof. Lee joined Professors Britton, Fedders, Posner, and Sabbeth for lunch. That afternoon, Prof. Lee met separately with Prof. Posner to discuss the Immigration and Domestic Violence Clinics, and then met with Professors Sabbeth and Wilson to discuss the work of the Civil Legal Assistance Clinic.

The visit was fruitful for all, and in the fall a faculty member from UNC Clinical Programs will visit CUNY Law's Clinic.

Posted by Tamar R. Birckhead on Tue. March 24, 2015 4:23 PM
Categories: Clinical Programs Events
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