The University of Maryland School of Law is celebrating thirty years of providing exceptional clinical education. Such occasions offer unique opportunities to reflect. In thirty years there has been a lot of growth and a lot of change. Some say that the change has detoured us from the ultimate goal of client service and access to justice. I say that the thirty years have changed us for the better. One thing that hasn't changed is that clinicians still have an abiding interest in dealing with social injustices and in playing a proactive role in ensuring a just society. Thirty years ago, it was a hearty band of Legal Aid attorneys who said, “OK, I'm coming into the academy; this is great. You're going to fund my public interest law practice and I'm going to have all these students and we're going to do this clinic stuff. It's going to be terrific.” Things have changed. There's a new breed of clinician coming into the academy and some of us who were already here have evolved into that new breed.
4 U. Md. L.J. Race, Religion, Gender & Class 267-272 (2004)
Scholarly Commons Citation
Aiken, Jane H., "Walking the Clinical Tightrope: Enhancing the Role of Teacher" (2004). Georgetown Law Faculty Publications and Other Works. Paper 1638.