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Our History, Our Future

February 24, 2023

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The University of Alabama School of Law

also available by live webcast

5.25 MCLE Credit Hours, including 1 Ethics Hour

In recognition of the landmark 150th Anniversary of the Alabama Law School and the 50th Anniversary of the first African-American graduates of Alabama Law School, speakers will come together to discuss the struggles of the past and how changes in legal education came to be, along with an examination of what the model of legal education should be to fit an evolving world.

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Handout materials will be provided in electronic format.  At least 48 hours before the seminar we will email you a link for downloading the materials.  


The Schedule 

9:15 – 9:45: Registration/Continental Breakfast

9:45 – 10:00 Welcome Remarks

  • Mark E. Brandon, Dean and Thomas E. McMillan Professor of Law, University of Alabama School of Law

10:00 – 10:45: 150 Years of UA Law

  • Goal: To give a big picture overview of the evolution of UA Law and how the educational mission and model have changed over time through the lens of UA Law.
    • Paul Pruitt, Jr., Special Collections/Collection Development Librarian, Bounds Law Library Co-editor, University of Alabama School of Law 

10:45 – 11:45: Evolution of Legal Education

  • Goal: To discuss changes to the law school model from the past decades until today and how and why these changes came about, setting the stage for Judge Clemon’s remarks on his experiences.
    • Dean Erwin Chemerinsky, Berkeley School of Law

 11:45 – 12:00: Break For Lunch

12:00 – 1:00: Using the Past to Improve our Future

  • Goal: To discuss the changes in legal education and the profession from a personal and professional lens.
    • Judge U.W. Clemon (Ret.)

1:00 – 2:15: Making the Legal Profession Accessible to the Entire Population

  • Goal: To discuss what aspects of legal education are required to make law school accessible to the entire population instead of a specific subset.
  • Melissa Weresh, Dwight D. Opperman Distinguished Professor of Law, Herb and Karen Baum Chair of Ethics in the Profession, Drake University Law School
  • Lisa R. Pruitt, Martin Luther King, Jr. Professor of Law, University of California Davis School of Law
  • Angela Onwuachi-Willig, Dean and Ryan Roth Gallo & Ernest J. Gallo Professor of Law, Boston University School of Law
  • Eli Wald, Charles W. Delaney, Jr. Professor of Law, University of Denver Sturm College of Law

2:15 – 2:30: Break

2:30 – 3:45: How to Strengthen the Relationship Between Academia and Policy

  • Goal: To discuss how academia can be used to improve policy that benefits the entire population.
  • Vanita Gupta, United States Associate Attorney General
  • Jenny Carroll, Wiggins, Childs, Quinn & Pantazis Professor of Law, University of Alabama School of Law

3:45 – 4:00: Closing Remarks


The University of Alabama School of Law
101 Paul Bryant Drive
TUSCALOOSA, AL 35487 United States

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