GAJE announces the Menon Award for the Advancement of Justice Education Worldwide; Professor Frank Bloch named inaugural recipient

GAJE Co-presidents Lisa Bliss and Filip Czernicki announced the establishment of the Menon Award for the Advancement of Justice Education Worldwide, named in honor of the late Professor Dr. N.R. Madhava Menon who passed away on May 8, 2019.  The announcement was part of a program celebrating Dr. Menon during the opening plenary session of the 10th Worldwide Conference at Bandung.  Widely known as “the father of modern legal education in India,” Dr. Menon was devoted throughout his career to the twin causes of social justice and legal education.  As both a professor and a legal education reformer, he sought to integrate legal aid and legal education by championing clinical legal education.  In India, he established a system of national law schools with a curriculum formed around educating law students for social justice; through international collaborations with legal educators around the world he was a leader in promoting a global clinical movement.  He was thus remembered by a panel of colleagues and friends as the “guiding light” GAJE.

Frank Bloch, Professor Emeritus at Vanderbilt University (USA), was named by the GAJE Board of Directors as the inaugural recipient of the Menon Award.  Professor Bloch was among an international group of law teachers who founded GAJE in the late 1990s and has been a part of the GAJE leadership throughout its history.  Together with Dr. Menon, he co-chaired GAJE’s Inaugural Worldwide Conference held in Thiruvananthapuram, India, in 1999.

10th Worldwide GAJE Conference held in Bandung, Indonesia on 4-10 December 2019

GAJE’s 10th Worldwide Conference, celebrating GAJE’s 20th Anniversary, took place in Bandung, Indonesia from the 4th through the 10th of December 2019 on the campus of Pasundan University.  As with past worldwide conferences, the conference consisted of two parts: a General Conference, with plenaries and concurrent sessions on various themes and topics (4-8 December), and a Training-of-Trainers (TOT) workshop on practical aspects for implementing justice education, including clinical teaching methods (9-10 December).

Further information about the conference is available on the current 10th Conference Page; a full report on the conference will be posted on the Past Conferences Page when the report has been completed.

9th Worldwide GAJE Conference was held in Puebla and Tlaxcala, Mexico 5-12 December 2017

GAJE held its 9th Worldwide Conference on the campuses of Instituto Tecnológico de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey in Puebla and Universidad Autónoma of Tlaxcala in Tlaxcala. The theme of the conference was “Breaking Down Walls: The Transformative Power of Justice Education” and consisted of both a General Conference and a Training-of-Trainers Workshop.

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8th Worldwide GAJE Conference was held in Eskişehir, Turkey 22-28 July 2015

GAJE held its 8th Worldwide Conference on July 22-28, 2015, at Anadolu University in Eskişehir, Turkey.  As with the 7th Worldwide Conference in Delhi, the conference consisted of two parts. The first part, which began on July 22, was structured with an emphasis on interactive concurrent sessions.  The second part was an intensive 2-day “Training of Trainers” workshop beginning on July 27. Both parts took place on the Anadolu University campus in Eskişehir.

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7th Worldwide GAJE Conference was held in Delhi, India, in December , 2013

The 7th Worldwide GAJE Conference was held in two parts at the Jindal Global Law School and the National Law University – Delhi. This was GAJE’s second worldwide conference in India after the inaugural conference held in Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala, in 1999.

The first part of the conference (December 10-14), which took place at Jindal Global Law School in Sonipat, Haryana just outside of Delhi, consisted of presentations at plenary and concurrent sessions. Included in the first part of the conference were field trips to rural villages where the Jindal clinical program works with local villagers on rural development and good governance. The second part (December 16-18), which took place at NLU—Delhi in the New Delhi district of Dwarka, was a Training-of-Trainers workshop.

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GAJE participates in the first Middle East Regional Colloquium on Clinical Legal Education.

GAJE was a cooperating partner with The Protection Project at The Johns Hopkins University, School of Advanced International Studies (Washington, DC) in organizing the “Middle East Regional Colloquium on Clinical Legal Education: Developing Clinical Programs and Expanding Access to Justice,” which took place outside Amman, Jordan, on 27-28 May 2012.  The colloquium was the first forum of its kind in the Middle East, and was aimed at generating interest in clinical legal education in the region and building the capacity of faculties of law in the region to establish and develop new, or expand and enhance existing, clinical programs.

Invitees included law teachers from established clinics throughout the Middle East, as well as from universities in the region that do not yet have clinical programs but have an expressed interest in clinical legal education.  The colloquium covered six main topics, “Clinical Legal Education: Philosophy, Foundations, and Aims,” “The Global Clinical Movement: National, Regional and International Cooperation and Exchange,” “Clinical Legal Education in Civil Law Jurisdictions,” “Clinical Legal Education and Transitions to Democracy,” “Beyond Client Representation: The Advocacy Role of Legal Clinics,” “Ethics and Professional Responsibility,” “Clinical Methodologies: Theory and Interactive Exercises,” and “Clinical Legal Education in the Middle East: Past, Present and Future – An Open Discussion.”

The conference was chaired by Mohamed Mattar, Executive Director of The Protection Project.  Among the featured speakers were GAJE members Diego Blázquez-Martín, Frank Bloch, Filip Czernicki, José García Añón, Catherine Klein, Bruce Lasky, Mohammad Mahdi Meghdadi, David McQuoid-Mason, Mizanur Rahman, Lina Shabeeb, Seehaam Samaai, Rick Wilson, and Leah Wortham.

GAJE holds Central and Eastern Regional Conference in Poland

GAJE held its first Central and Eastern European regional conference in Szczecin and Świnoujście, Poland, on September 13-16.  The conference, which was  organized by the Association of Social and Legal Education (Ius et Ratio), was held together with the Annual Meeting of the Polish Legal Clinics Foundation and in conjunction with the Annual Meeting of the Deans of Law Schools in Poland.

The conference theme was “Development and new trends in Legal Education” and included a celebration of the 10th anniversary of the Polish Legal Clinics Foundation.  GAJE President Filip Czernicki, who is also President of the Polish Legal Clinics Foundation, chaired the conference.  Other GAJE members who spoke at the conference included:  Marguerite Angelari, Frank Bloch, José García Añón, Arkady Gutnikov, Jonny Hall, Lusine Hovhannisian, Catherine Klein, Liubou Krasnitskaya, Bruce Lasky, Wendy Morrish, David McQuoid-Mason, Atanas Politov, Edwin Rekosh, Maxim Tomoszek, and Leah Wortham.

GAJE incorporated as a tax-free NGO in the United States

GAJE is now non-profit corporation (Global Alliance for Justice Education, Inc.) registered in the US with tax-free status granted by the Internal Revenue Service. As a result, contributions to GAJE can be claimed as a deduction on federal income tax returns for any US taxpayer, corporation, or foundation.

The corporate legal work was provided pro bono by the New York law firm Sullivan & Cromwell, under the leadership of firm Associate Joseph E. White. Others at the firm working on GAJE’s incorporation were Associate Kathleen DeMamiel and Special Counsel Nelle Jennings. GAJE members working with the law firm included Barbara Schatz, Clinical Professor at Columbia University Law School, and Bruce Lasky, Co-Director of Bridges Across Borders-Southeast Asia (BABSEA).

The Board of Directors of Global Alliance for Justice Education, Inc. is the membership of GAJE’s Steering Committee. The Bylaws of the new corporation track the relevant provisions of the GAJE constitution and various administrative policies and procedures adopted by the Steering Committee. The President is the current Convenor of the Steering Committee, Filip Czernicki (Poland); the Secretary is Steering Committee member Celeste Romero (Argentina); the Treasurer is Steering Committee member Frank Bloch (United States).

Oxford University Press Publishes book by GAJE members

Oxford University Press has published THE GLOBAL CLINICAL MOVEMENT: EDUCATING LAWYERS FOR SOCIAL JUSTICE (Frank S. Bloch ed. 2011), an edited volume with contributions by GAJE members from around the world.  THE GLOBAL CLINICAL MOVEMENT describes the central concepts, goals, and methods of clinical legal education from a global perspective, with a particular emphasis on its social justice mission.  With chapters written by leading clinical legal educators from every region of the world, the book demonstrates how the emerging global clinical movement can advance social justice through legal education.  The book also examines the influence of clinical legal education on the legal academy and the legal profession and charts the global clinical movement’s future role in educating lawyers for social justice.  Part I (The Global Reach of Clinical Legal Education) describes clinical legal education programs from every region of the world and discusses those qualities that are unique to a particular country or region.  Part II (The Justice Mission of Global Clinical Education) discusses the various ways that clinical programs and the clinical methodology advance the cause of social justice around the world.  Part III (The Global Clinical Movement and Educating Lawyers for Social Justice) analyzes the current state of the global clinical movement and sets out an agenda for the movement to advance social justice through socially relevant legal education.

All royalties from the book have been assigned to GAJE.

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