Category Archives: Legal Academia

New Article: “Student Debt and the Siren Song of Systemic Risk”

New Article: Jonathan D. Glater, Student Debt and the Siren Song of Systemic Risk, 53 Harv. J. on Leg. 99 (2016).

New Article: “Deep Critique and Democratic Lawyering in Clinical Practice”

New Article: Sameer M. Ashar, Deep Critique and Democratic Lawyering in Clinical Practice, 104 Calif. L. Rev. 201 (2015).  Abstract below:

The crisis in legal education has been defined and accentuated by urgent and existential critiques. This body of complaint and suggestion — in the form of books, foundation reports, law review articles, major media entries, and blog posts — has two gaping holes that this Essay seeks to fill. First, the critiques fail to attend to the diminishing of social justice values and commitments in legal education in the period leading up to the 2008 recession, especially as clinical education — often designated as the carrier of justice values in law schools — faced generational shifts and law schools extended “practical” education to more students. Second, with the exception of the work of Robin West, there is little in the way of a forward-looking, progressive, and justice-oriented response to the crisis of legal education. The reform discourse since the 2008 recession is composed almost exclusively of proposals, such as those by William Henderson and Brian Tamanaha, undergirded by neoliberal assumptions and constructs. Leading reformers accept the accelerated disaggregation and commodification of legal practice without attention to aspects of the profession that privilege the public good over market norms and rationales. This Essay draws on clinical practice rooted in pedagogies focused on the development of critical analysis and political engagement to make the case for a progressive vision of law school reform — and, more generally, the legal profession — that emphasizes justice, connection, and cogeneration by lawyers and communities of approaches to entrenched social problems.

Wisconsin Law Review Issue on Experiential Learning

Though this is more of an internal law school topic as opposed to strictly poverty law, I thought this issue of the Wisconsin Law Review worth highlighting because of the connections to clinics and other ways in which law students can do poverty law related work.

Three articles from Wisconsin Law Review on Experiential Learning

Does Experiential Learning Improve JD Employment Outcomes?

Jason Webb Yackee

This short article provides an empirical examination of the link between law school experiential learning opportunities and JD employment outcomes. The paper is motivated by the so-called “law school crisis” that has accompanied the bursting of the housing bubble and the ensuing Great Recession. As most readers know, the market for new lawyers collapsed during the recession. Applications to law schools initially rose, but have since fallen dramatically. Entry-level legal hiring remains sluggish, and law school applications remain at or near historic lows.

Assessing Experiential Legal Education: A Response to Professor Yackee

Keith A. Findley

My colleague Jason Yackee offers some interesting data on comparative rates of law-related job placement for graduates of the top 100 U.S. law schools.1 In the end, his analysis in part reaches the entirely unsurprising conclusion that higher-ranked law schools are more successful at placing their graduates in full-time law-related jobs than are lower-ranked schools (although it turns out that holds true only for those in the top 50). . . . Read more

Measuring Clinical Legal Education’s Employment Outcomes

Robert R. Kuehn

Clinical training is one of the most significant developments in legal education over the last century. Legal education experts and bar committees have praised clinical education’s ability to teach law students the competencies necessary for the practice of law and a sense of their professional identity and obligations. Some even identify the added benefit of aiding J.D. students in securing employment and possible negative impact of inadequate skills training on the job market for graduates.

New Article: The Rebellious Law Professor: Combining Cause and Reflective Lawyering

New Article: Harold A. McDougall, The Rebellious Law Professor: Combining Cause and Reflective Lawyering, 65 Howard Univ. J. L. of Ed. 2 (2015).

Blog Post: “Preparing for Law School”

Blog Post:  Nancy Leong, “Preparing for Law School,”, Juky 6, 2015.  Not exactly poverty law, but good advice for prospective law students so I decided to repost it.

Journal Issue Celebrating Duncan Kennedy (with mild self-promotion)

Unbound: the Harvard Journal of the Legal Left has published an issue full of contributions celebrating and reflecting on the work and career of Duncan Kennedy, who recently retired.  My own mini-essay about Duncan is here.

Op-Ed: “Why ‘need-blind’ is the wrong goal for college admissions”

_DSC0224Op-Ed: Nick Anderson, Why ‘need-blind’ is the wrong goal for college admissions, Wash. Post, Oct. 12, 2015.

For Law Professors: AALS Poverty Law Section Newsletter Submissions

It is time for the 2015-2016 edition of the Poverty Law Newsletter.  Please send me,, any items or news from the past year (such as publications or articles accepted for publication) you would like included by Monday, Nov. 30, 2015.  The categories for entries are listed below.  Format your entries by starting with your name in bold and your school in parentheses, followed by the bluebook citation.  If there the article or publication is available online, please include the URL.  Finally, it would help if you let me know what categories to place your entries if it the category is not obvious.  Thanks!


  • Upcoming Conferences
  • Books and Book Updates
  • Articles and Other Publications
  • Other Activities
  • Personal Notes

For inclusion in the newsletter, email me at

Not good news… David Grossman

I suspect many readers of this blog already know this but since I am not on a clinic listserv, I only found out a couple of days ago that David Grossman died over the summer thanks to an alumni magazine.  I decided to go ahead a do a post about it in case others did not know.  I was one of David’s many students in both his clinic and his class, and my Housing Law class borrows heavily from the class he taught and from his mentoring.  This Boston Globe obituary is worth reading not only for what is says about David but what it says about how to make work more about making a difference than about self-promotion.  David was relentless in his defense of people facing eviction; one of the more notable examples of such dedication were “Grossman Agreements” which protected tenants from landlords who signed them.

Property-related presentation opportunity for junior scholars at AALS 2016 NYC

[This is not strictly poverty law related, but I also work in property law and know that lots of property articles have a strong poverty law connection.]

CALL FOR ABSTRACTS  AALS Section on Property Junior Scholar Mentoring Session at the 2016 AALS Annual Meeting Property Section Breakfast 7:30 AM January 7, 2016, New York, NY.

The AALS Section on Property is pleased to invite junior faculty members to submit an abstract of a current writing project or an abstract outlining a possible paper idea. Authors of selected abstracts will informally present their theses/ideas during a mentoring session to be held as one part of the Section breakfast at the 2016 AALS Annual Meeting in New York. The breakfast will take place at 7:30 am on January 7, 2016.

The goal of this event is to create a safe and organized (but informal) space at the AALS meeting for junior property scholars to meet and engage with more experienced scholars.  Selected presenters will have a maximum of 5 minutes to informally present their emerging theses/ideas to their table at the breakfast, after which the members of the Section at each table can offer feedback. Each table will have at least one member of the Section’s Executive Committee as well as other more senior property scholars who will provide mentoring advice, including constructive comments and guidance designed to help suggest ideas and directions of research that might assist with the junior scholar’s project.

Interested full-time, junior faculty members (defined for these purposes as 10 years or less in the academy) of AALS member law schools are invited to submit an abstract of one to three pages to Professor Donald J. Kochan (Chapman University Fowler School of Law), Secretary of the AALS Section on Property, at by September 30, 2015.  A review panel consisting of seven property scholars will select three to five junior scholars’ abstracts for these informal presentations and table discussions at the Section breakfast.  Selected presenters will be notified of the review panel’s decision in mid-October. Each selected presenter will be responsible for paying his/her annual meeting registration fee, the registration fee for attending the Property Section breakfast, and travel expenses.

Please feel free to direct questions to Professor Kristen Barnes (University of Akron School of Law), Chair of the AALS Section on Property,, or Professor Kochan at