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32 J.L. & Soc. Pol'y 1 (2020)

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Buhler: Introduction


Introduction

SARAH BUHLER*

THIS  SPECIAL  ISSUE OF  THE  JOURNAL   OF  LAW  AND   SOCIAL  POLICY  brings together articles,
conversations, and  reflections in celebration of the tenth anniversary of the Association for
Canadian  Clinical Legal Education  (ACCLE).   Although  clinical legal education has existed in
Canada  for many   decades, it was not until the formation of  ACCLE in   2010  that Canadian
clinical legal educators really began to build a national community and engage  in a sustained,
nation-wide  conversation about clinical pedagogy, clinical law practice, and the challenges and
joys of this work. ACCLE's  mandate  is:

   *   to provide  a  forum  for legal  educators across  Canada   to share  best practices,
       pedagogies and other information related to clinical legal education;
   *   to encourage the promotion  and improvement   of clinical legal education in Canadian
       law schools;
   *   to promote clinical pedagogy and research;
   *   to facilitate the dissemination of information pertaining to clinical legal education to
       clinicians in Canada, and;
   *   to promote or organize conferences or other activities to facilitate the purposes of the
       association.1

       The  importance  of national clinical organizations was  discussed by  Margaret  Martin
Barry  and her co-authors  in an article entitled The Role of National and  Regional  Clinical
Organizations  in  the  Global  Clinical Movement.2 The authors note that clinical law
organizations provide clinicians with the resources needed to develop  clinic programs on the
national, regional, and international level.3 The authors note the key importance of conferences
that provide a forum for clinical legal educators to come together.4 Certainly, this rings true for
ACCLE's annual conferences,   which  have created an infrastructure for personal and professional
relationship-building, and the sharing of  ideas, practices, and pedagogies. Factors including
geographic  distance between  clinics, perpetual precariousness of clinic funding, and variable
support and  recognition from law schools means  that Canadian  clinicians may find themselves
feeling isolated in their work. Therefore, ACCLE's commitment to community-building and
advocacy  is particularly significant. It has permitted, as one clinic director stated, an affirmation
of our reality.5

* Associate Professor, University of Saskatchewan College of Law. With many thanks to ACCLE co-editors Lisa
Cirillo, Mirja Trilsch, and Martha Simmons. We are incredibly grateful for the tireless editorial work of Janet
Mosher, Amar Bhatia, and the student editors of the Journal of Law and Social Policy.
1 Association for Canadian Clinical Legal Education, About ACCLE, online: <http://accle.ca/> [perma.cc/YBK6-
9VWN].
2 Margaret Martin Barry et al, The Role of National and Regional Clinical Organizations in the Global Clinical
Movement, in Frank S Bloch, ed, The Global Clinical Movement: Educating Lawyers for Social Justice (Oxford:
Oxford University Press, 2011) at 279.
3 Ibid at 279.
4 Ibid at 283.
5 See Buhler et al, Clinical Legal Education on the Ground: A Conversation in this volume.


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