Centre for Legal Education

We are delighted with the success of our second academic conference, informally known as CLE15 held on 19-21 June 2015. 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 videoconference 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 soccer club).

We enjoy the Nottingham Forest ground

Keynote sessions anchored and challenged the audience, including sessions by Amerdeep Somal, NLS alumna and last year’s Nottingham Trent University 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.

Participants came from Australia, Canada, Chile, China, Fiji, Hungary, India, Ireland, New Zealand, Turkey, the UK and USA. Details of the conference recorded live as it unfolded can be found at paul.maharg.com and received in the region of 700 views.


Talha Abdul Rahman (Advocate, Supreme Court of India) Language of Law and Access to Justice;  Árpád Gyuris (PhD candidate, Pázmány Péter Catholic University, Hungary) consumer rights and access to justice

Papers, posters and presentations were given by the following:

Deborah Ankor (Flinders University Australia): Developing holistic professional identity through clinical legal education 2

Jo Ann Boylan-Kemp and Pamela Henderson, (Nottingham Law School, UK): Developing oral skills in undergraduate stduents to enhance access to justice

Graeme Broadbent (Kingston Law School, UK): Do we need a professor for the public understanding of law?

Jane Ching (Nottingham Law School, UK) and Michele M Leering (Executive Director/Lawyer, Community Advocacy and Legal Centre, Canada): Justice for all: reflective practice and reflective learning

Liz Curran (Australian National University, Australia): Access to justice – making it come alive and a reality for students and enabling engaged future practitioners

Sameena Dalwai (Jindal Global Law School, India): Caste in Law Schools?

Nigel Duncan (City University, UK) and Sally Hughes: Experiential learning in preparaing lawyers to encounter corruption

Graham Ferris (Nottingham Law School, UK): Can provision of Legal Services and Legal Education Conflict When Serving the Ideal of Access to Justice?

Kılınç Ayşe and Akkuş Ezgi Fulya (Afyon Kocatepe University Faculty of Law, Turkey): the role of legal clinics in access to justice in Turkish legal education

Jenny Gibbons (University of York Law School, UK): Ethics in action: Two problem-based learning workshop sessions demonstrating the innovative way legal education can be delivered to enhance student’s consideration of access to justice issues

Yves Goguen (Doctorate in Civil Law (Candidate), Faculty of Law, McGill University , Canada) The Role of Legal Education in the Professional Socialization Process: Whose Responsibility is Public Interest Training, Anyways?

Jane Harries (Director, TNA Training, UK): Training for All

Liz Heffernan (Trinity College Dublin, Ireland): Building a Foundation for Access to Justice: Unlocking the First Year Curriculum

John Hodgson (Nottingham Law School, UK): What is a solicitor?

Henry Holderness and Chris Gallavin (School of Law, University of Canterbury, New Zealand): Treating the Causes instead of the Symptoms: Establishing Law Reform Clinics as integral parts of university-based law clinic programmes

Jenny Holloway, Nick Johnson and Jane Jarman (Nottingham Law School, UK): Creation of a University Teaching Law Firm throuigh the Alternative Business Structure Model – Farsighted or Foolhardy?

Becky Huxley-Binns (University of Law, UK): “A threshold concept of undergraduate law and ethics?”

Jane Jarman (Nottingham Law School, UK): From Agent to Attorney: A niche profession and a trajectory for access for specialist justice

Nick Johnson and Janice Denoncourt (Nottingham Law School, UK); The Nottingham Creative Intellectual Property Project

Jeffrey Kennedy (Doctorate in Civil Law (Candidate), Faculty of Law, McGill University, Canada): The View from Atop the Hill: Spatial Education, Transsystemia and ‘the Space Between’

Veronica Lachkovic (City University, UK): Training law students to be McKenzie friends for victims of domestic abuse

Paul Maharg (Nottingham Law School, UK/ Australian National University, Australia): Well-being and learning: what legal educators and regulators can learn from progressive primary education.

David Ong (Nottingham Law School, UK): Integrating Access to Environmental Justice within the University Law School Curriculum in England

Jennifer E Spreng (Arizona Summit Law School, USA): Suppose the class began the day the case walked in the door 1  2

Ronald W Staudt (Chicago-Kent College of Law, USA): Access to Justice Technology and the Role of Legal Education 1 2

Lynn Su (New York Law School, USA): Access to Justice for Crime Victims, the Accused and the Community: Teaching Law Students about the Role of the Prosecutor in Advancing Social Justice