College of Law News
Cunningham to Join Distinguished Legal Education Reform Effort
November 20, 2007
| Professor Clark Cunningham
Stanford Law School has extended an invitation to College of Law
Professor Clark Cunningham to join a distinguished Legal Education Reform
Group sponsored by the Stanford Law School and the Carnegie Foundation for
the Advancement of Teaching.
The group will prepare
and issue a report that has the potential to build on the Carngie
Foundation’s 2007 publication, “Educating Lawyers,” and play a major
role in the advancement of legal education.
Professor Cunningham’s invitation follows on the heels
of an Oct. 31 New York Times story on law schools'
reaction to the Carnegie Report on Legal Education. The article
noted Carnegie’s report, "has galvanized reflection at many law
schools," including Stanford Law School, which is hosting a
meeting in December of representatives from 10 schools that have designed
innovative curriculums, with the goal of forming a group that will
continue working on innovative legal education through 2010.
The day after the Times story was
published, Professor Cunningham was invited to participate in this
meeting by Stanford Law Dean Lawrence Marshall. The group will be
made up of three representatives from 10 participating law schools and
approximately a dozen leaders in legal education who have written and/or
thought about the future of law school curricula and pedagogy. The
goal is that the report issued by the reform group will have a deep impact
on how law schools educate their students.
Cunningham’s participation as a member of this prestigious group is both
an honor for him and for the college,” said COL Dean Steven Kaminshine,
“as it gives us a seat at a very distinguished table. This Legal Education
Reform Group is expected to make substantial contributions to the training
and education of the next law school generation, and we are pleased that a
member of our faculty will be included in this initiative.”