CLEP in the Frontline:

Paving the Way Forward for Greater Access to Justice through Clinical Legal Education

December 1-3, 2022 | Hybrid; Metro Manila | Online via Airmeet

The Legal Education Board, in partnership with the Supreme Court Oversight Committee in the Implementation of the Revised Law Student Practice Rule, the Philippine Association of Law Schools, and the Association of Law Students of the Philippines, and with the support of The Asia Foundation and the U.S. Department of State Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs, is organizing the First Philippine Clinical Legal Education Summit* on December 1 to 3, 2022.

It has been three years since the Revised Rule 138-A (Revised Law Student Practice Rule) was adopted by the Supreme Court. Premised on the need to ensure access to justice of the marginalized sector and the need to instill professional social responsibility for practice-ready future lawyers, the Revised Rule institutionalized Clinical Legal Education Program (CLEP) in law schools nationwide. Since its promulgation, key stakeholders of the Revised Rule have relentlessly designed, developed, and implemented their CLEP and established their law clinics to transform legal education as a potent force to address the legal aid needs of the communities.

The Summit provides an opportunity to bring together scholars and practitioners, and a platform for law schools, legal aid organizations and service providers, and relevant institutions to discuss important theories and principles in clinical legal education, share experiences in designing, developing, and implementing their clinical legal education programs (CLEP) in accordance with the requirements of the Revised Law Student Practice Rule, and identify challenges encountered as well as best practices, and lessons learned in their CLEP journey. It is also envisioned to facilitate a forum in establishing scholarship on clinical legal education and strong connections within the community of legal and justice educators, clinicians, and legal aid practitioners in the Philippines and in the region.

The theme for the Summit is CLEP at the Frontline: Paving the way forward for greater access to justice through clinical legal education. This builds on the experiences, gains, and challenges of key stakeholders of the Rule to optimize the potentials of clinical legal education to address gaps in access to justice.

* The Summit is a culmination of the 5-year Legal Aid Project (Strengthening Rule of Law through Legal Aid Clinics in the Philippines) that supported key stakeholders in the development and implementation of the Revised Law Student Practice Rule and the establishment of law clinics in law schools nationwide, all geared towards strengthening Rule of Law in the Philippines. The project is implemented by The Asia Foundation, with support from the US Department of State – Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs.

What to Expect from the Summit

PROGRAM

The three-day Summit will compose of plenary sessions, panel discussions, and parallel paper presentations and interactive workshops from selected submissions from the Call for Papers and Interactive Workshops. The first and third day will have on-site (face-to-face) activities that will also be accessible online through a virtual conferencing app. The second day will be conducted online. There will also be a Fellowship Night where exemplary law clinics will be recognized and participants will have the opportunity to interact with each other. Publications and knowledge products on CLEP will also be launched during the Summit.

The Final Program will be announced on September 2022, when the Summit Session Registration opens.

 

SPEAKERS & PRESENTORS

The Summit will feature both local and international experts, practitioners, and thought leaders in clinical legal education and legal aid for the plenary and panel discussions. The parallel sessions will showcase paper presentations and interactive workshops from law schools and law clinics, as well as organizations that have been selected from the Call for Papers and Interactive Workshops.

The Speakers and Presentors will be posted on this webpage on September 2022, when the Final Program has been released and the Summit Session Registration opens.

 

PARTICIPANTS

The Summit is designed for:

  • Law school and law clinic administrators (Deans, Law Clinic Director, Supervising Lawyer,
  • Members of the clinical faculty and other law professors)
  • Law Student Practitioners (LSPs) and law students
  • Members of the Judiciary
  • Legal Aid Service Providers (ex. IBP, PAO, etc.) and other law clinic organizational and CLEP partners
  • Law clinic community partners
  • Other stakeholders (ex. development organizations, key government officials, civil society organizations, etc.)

How to Participate

Make a Paper Presentation or Interactive Workshop

Submit a paper abstract or interactive workshop proposal for the second day of the Summit. This could be about your law school or organization’s experiences in the design and implementation of your CLEP or any insights about the Revised Law Student Practice Rule and how it enhances access to justice and transforms legal education. Know more here.

Register for the Summit

Accomplish the online registration form to manifest your intent to participate in the Summit either live (face-to-face)* or online.

*limited seats are alloted for law schools and organizations due to health protocols and consideration

Deadline for registration is on August 29, 2022 (Monday) at 5:00 PM. Confirmed on-site guests will be notified on September 2022.

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For inquiries about the Summit, please contact the Summit Secretariat at PCLESummit@leb.gov.ph.