Keynote Speakers

James E. Moliterno – Vincent Bradford Professor of Law, Washington and Lee University, School of Law.

One of the U.S. leading educators in experiential learning and legal professionalism, Prof. Moliterno was the architect of William and Mary law school’s award winning ethics, skills, and professionalism program, which won the 1991 American Bar Association Gambrell Professionalism Award, as the best law school or bar association program for the teaching of ethics and professionalism. Professor Moliterno is the author of numerous works examining legal education and professional responsibility, including The Law of Professional Responsibility, Cases and Materials on the Law Governing Lawyers and Ethics of the Lawyers Work. Professor Moliterno has worked with USAID Rule of Law project in Serbia to establish legal skills training programs. At W&L, Professor Moliterno will teach all sections of Professional Responsibility and a third-year practicum course. He will also have a leadership role in guiding the school through the implementation of its new third-year curriculum which expands upon the lessons and law of the first- and second-year curriculum, moving students out of the classroom and into the real world of legal practice.

Philip M. Genty – Everett B. Birch Innovative Teaching Clinical Professor in Professional Responsibility, Columbia Law School, New York.

Prof. Genty worked as an attorney at Prisoners’ Legal Services of New York; the New York City Department of Housing, Preservation and Development; and the Bedford-Stuyvesant Community Legal Services Corporation. Joined the faculty of Brooklyn Law School in 1987; taught legal writing and a seminar on the rights of prisoners. Prof. Genty joined the Columbia faculty in 1989. He has consulted with clinical legal education programs in Central and Eastern Europe and Israel. Prof. Genty assisted with legal resource materials for incarcerated parents and works with several organizations that assist women prisoners. Research and teaching interests are in professional responsibility, clinical education, prisoners’ rights, family law, and appellate advocacy. Prof. Genty directs first year Legal Practice Workshop and Law School Moot Court program. He serves on Columbia University Senate, Education Committee and in 2008 he received Willis L.M. Reese Prize for Excellence in Teaching.

Stefan Krieger – Professor of Law, Director of Center for Applied Legal Reasoning and Director Emeritus of Hofstra Clinical Programs, Maurice A. Deane School of Law, Hofstra University, Hempstead, New York

Following law school, Professor Krieger served as a law clerk to Judge Hubert L. Will, United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, in Chicago. He was a staff attorney at the West Side Office of Legal Assistance Foundation of Chicago from 1977 to 1979. Professor Krieger was a clinical teacher for 13 years at the University of Chicago Law School and Southern Methodist University School of Law, and has taught at Hofstra since 1992. He teaches clinical courses and Evidence. He is Director Emeritus of Clinical Programs. Professor Krieger specializes in the areas of housing and community development. In 1996-1997 Prof. Krieger helped the Law Faculty of Palacky University in Olomouc to establish the first live-client clinic in the Czech Republic as well as in Central Europe. Professor Krieger’s scholarly interests are in the areas of litigation strategy and legal education. He is the author, with Professor Neumann, of Essential Lawyering Skills: Interviewing, Counseling, Negotiation, and Persuasive Fact Analysis, a text for clinical and other skills courses published by Wolters Kluwer, a leading legal textbook publisher.

Rick Roe – Professor of Law and Director, D.C. Street Law Program, Georgetown University Law Center, Washington DC

Professor Roe directs the Law Center’s D.C. Street Law Project and specializes in educating the public about the law. In the Street Law High Schools Clinic, law students teach practical law in high schools in the District of Columbia. In the Street Law Community Clinic, law students teach in community and correctional settings, such as the D.C. Jail, homeless shelters, addiction treatment centers and juvenile correctional settings. He also teaches the Literacy and Law seminar in fall semesters, examining how emergent readers develop their legal culture. Prior to joining the Law Center faculty full time in 1983, he served as Program Director of the National Institute for Citizen Education in the Law and Executive Director of the Coalition for Law Related Education in Washington, D.C., and as an adjunct professor in the former Street Law Corrections clinic. He also conducts numerous workshops throughout the country and the world on teaching about the law to the public. Since 2000, he has consulted with Street Law programs in the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Turkey, England and Cambodia and has participated in several international conferences in the field.

Dianne M. Piché – Dianne is a civil rights lawyer with 25 years’ experience in litigation, policy development and advocacy in the areas of civil rights and educational equity.  She joined The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights as senior counsel and director of education programs in January 2011. Between 2009 and 2010, Dianne served in the Obama Administration as the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Enforcement and Special Counsel at the Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights. During her tenure as director of the bipartisan Citizens’ Commission on Civil Rights, from 2000-2009, Dianne became a nationally-recognized expert on Title I and the ESEA, and developed many of the reforms that were included in the Improving America’s Schools Act of 1994 and the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001. She has edited or authored seven studies on Title I implementation and the federal role in educating disadvantaged children.  She has a particular interest in improving and equalizing teaching quality and other resources in order to close achievement gaps between rich and poor schools. In the litigation arena, Dianne’s top accomplishments include negotiating comprehensive settlements for African-American school children in desegregation cases in St. Louis, MO and Fort Wayne, Indiana.  She was also a senior member of the legal team that successfully represented the Connecticut NAACP and Title I parents as defendant-interveners in Connecticut v. Spellings, a case challenging states’ obligations to comply with NCLB’s requirements for assessment and accountability.

Kevin Kerrigan – Dean of the Law School, Northumbria University in Newcastle, UK

Kevin Kerrigan is the Dean of the Law School.  Prof. Kerrigan was formerly Associate Dean for Undergraduate and Clinical Programmes and is a National Teaching Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. He is also solicitor and Human Rights Act consultant with experience of conducting criminal and human rights cases in courts at all levels. His teaching and research interests are in the fields of criminal litigation, human rights and legal education. He is the editor of the International Journal of Clinical Legal Education and organizes an annual international clinical conference. Prof. Kerrigan runs the criminal appeal clinic at Northumbria University’s Student Law Office and is a co-ordinator of the Clinical Legal Education Organisation. He has written numerous articles and text books and delivered papers at clinical legal education conferences in Europe, America, Africa and Australia.

Leah Wortham – Professor of Law, The Catholic University of America, Columbus School of Law, Washington DC

Prof. Wortham has been on the faculty of the Columbus School of Law of the Catholic University of America (CUA) since 1981. She served as clinical coordinator from 1981-1990 and associate dean from 1990-95. She teaches Professional Responsibility, Criminal Law, and in the externship clinical program. She is an editor and co-author of “Learning From Practice” published by Thompson Publishing, the first textbook for general externship clinical programs.

Working with entities including the Global Alliance for Justice Education (GAJE), the Ford Foundation, the Soros organizations, the American Bar Association Central European and Eurasia Law Initiative (ABA CEELI), the Public Interest Law Institute (PILI), the European Law Students Association (ELSA), and the UN Commission for Refugees, she has done considerable training of law teachers and law students outside the United States regarding legal ethics, clinical education, and legal education reform. With support from the Ford Foundation, Prof. Wortham along with CUA Prof. Klein assisted the faculty at Jagellonian to establish the first legal clinic in Poland in 1996 and continue to serve as advisors to both faculty and students at the Jagellonian University.

Catherine Klein – Professor of Law, Director of Columbus Community Legal Services, The Catholic University of America, Columbus School of Law, Washington DC

Prof. Klein is Director of Columbus Community Legal Services, the umbrella organization for the law school’s live-client clinical program. She is also Co-Director of the Families and the Law, one of the first law school clinical programs in the United States designed to address the issue of domestic violence through individual representation, community outreach and education and the legislative advocacy. In clinic, Prof. Klein supervises law students in the representation of clients in a variety of family law cases including emergency domestic violence remedies and traditional domestic relations law. She teaches classes on substantive, procedural and ethical topics related to clinic’s practice.  With support from the Ford Foundation, Prof. Klein and Prof. Wortham have assisted the faculty at Jagellonian to establish the first legal clinic in Poland in 1996 and continue to serve as advisors to both faculty and students at the Jagellonian University.

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