Northeastern University School of Law is thrilled to host the
New England Clinical Conference on Friday, March 26, 2021.

Racial Injustice in the Law and Institutions: Building Toward an Anti-Racist Future in Experiential Programs

8:30 AM – 2:30 PM 


Keynote Speaker

Associate Director of Policy, Center for Antiracist Research, Boston University 

Jasmine Gonzales Rose is a professor at Boston University School of Law. She is a critical proceduralist and is particularly interested in the intersections of racism and linguicism within two areas: juries and evidence. She is a leading criticalist voice on Evidence Law, with a focus on the evidentiary issues raised by racialized police violence. She is also an expert on juror language disenfranchisement. Professor Gonzales Rose is an award-winning teacher who has taught courses on Evidence; Criminal Law; Race and the Law; Latinxs and the Law; Civil Procedure; Civil Rights Law; and Complex Litigation for Social Change.

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Friday, March 26, 2021

8:30 - 9:30  AM

Works in Progress

9:00 - 9:30 AM

Open Community Zom Room Hour

9:30 - 9:45 AM 

Welcome and introduction

10:00 - 11:00 AM

Concurrent 1

'Building the Container' for Anti-Racist Learning Communities that Foster a Sense of Belonging
Susan Brooks has close to 30 years of experience as an educator, facilitator, presenter and trainer in the areas of experiential learning, relational practices, professional development, civic engagement and cross-cultural communication. Since 2007, she has served in the roles of Associate Dean for Experiential Learning and Professor of Law at the Drexel University Kline School of Law in Philadelphia. Susan has written extensively and has conducted workshops in the US and in other parts of the globe to promote “Relational Lawyering,” an integrative humanistic approach to legal education and practice, which includes habits of mind and tools to strengthen emotional intelligence, effective communication and cultural awareness. Susan received her JD degree from New York University in 1990. She received an MA in clinical social work from the University of Chicago in 1984, and earlier received a BA from the same university. Susan is a licensed attorney, mediator, trained peacemaking circle-keeper and Certified Social Worker. She also recently became certified to teach yoga and mindfulness.

Better Than Our Biases: Using Psychological Research to Inform Our Approach To Inclusive, Effective Feedback  
Anne Gordon
is a Clinical Professor of Law and Director of Externships at Duke Law School. Before joining Duke, Gordon taught at the University of California, Berkeley School of Law, where she helped lead the Appellate Advocacy Program and served as a Senior Research Fellow at the California Constitution Center. Gordon was also a staff attorney with the Ninth Circuit US Court of Appeals, and practiced criminal appellate and capital post-conviction law with the Habeas Corpus Resource Center and the Fifth and Sixth District Appellate Projects. Professor Gordon received her A.B. from the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton, and graduated cum laude from the University of Michigan Law School. After law school, she clerked for Judge Boyce F. Martin, Jr. of the US Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit. She has written on issues of bias in teaching and the right to education.

11:15 AM - 12:15 PM  

Concurrent 2

Real Change on Equity and Racial Justice Starts with Your Syllabus: How to Create an Inclusive, Engaging Syllabus and First Class That Serve All of Your Students, Your Classroom and Your Learning Objectives
Constance Browne, BU Law, Clinical Professor of Law, Civil Litigation & Justice Program
Cecily Banks, Director, BU Law, Corporate Counsel Externship Program, and Lecturer
Brian Wilson, BU Law, Lecturer/Clinical Instructor Prosecutor Clinic

Reimagining the Clinic Seminar through the Lens of Justice Lawyering
Anna Welch and Courtney Beer, Maine

12:30 - 1:00 PM

Lightning Sessions

Vacancy and Abandonment in St. Louis: Flipping the Script
Dana Malkus is a clinical professor at Saint Louis University School of Law where she supervises students in the Entrepreneurship and Community Development Clinic and serves as Associate Dean for Experiential Education. In the Clinic, Dana and her students represent both nonprofit organizations and small business entrepreneurs on a range of transactional matters including structuring and formation, operational issues, contract drafting and review, loan document review, regulatory compliance issues, and real estate matters.

Reintegration: Holistic Approaches to Expunction and Nondisclosure Projects
Natalie Thamm, 2L, St. Mary’s University School of Law, Reentry and Reintegration Project Coordinator
Karen Muñoz, 2L, St. Mary’s University School of Law, Reentry and Reintegration Project Coordinator; Co-Founder, Mano Amiga, Community advocacy organization (Mano Amiga website:
Greg Zlotnick, Director of Pro Bono Programs, St. Mary’s University School of Law; Pro Bono Coordinator Award, State Bar of Texas, 2020. (Bio:

Effectuating Policy Through the Clinical Experience: Educating State Legislatures About Your Clinic's Goals
Alexander Simpson, Jasmin Harris
California Western School of Law

1:15 - 2:15 PM

Keynote (with BYO Lunch)
Jasmine Gonzales Rose
Associate Director of Policy, Center for Antiracist Research, Boston University 

2:15 - 2:30 PM 

Final Words / Conclusion

This conference is supported in part by CLEA, the Clinical Legal Education Association,

This conference is made possible in part through the support of the AALS Section on Clinical Legal Education.