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The Section on Clinical Legal Education promotes the communication of ideas, interests and activities among members of the Section and makes recommendations on matters concerning clinical legal education. The AALS Externship Committee is a subcommittee of the this section. The AALS Clinical Section developed the Clinicians' Desk Reference Handbook for new clinicians and runs the Clinican's Helping Hand Project. AALS also jointly sponsors the Clinical Law Reviewa semi-annual, peer-edited journal devoted to issues of lawyering theory and clinical legal education, with the Clinical Legal Education Association (CLEA) and New York University School of Law. 

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AALS Externship Newsletter

This newsletter is a quarterly publication of the AALS Externship Subcommittee.

Fall 2019 Issue

AALS Externship Subcommittee Co-Chairs

Anahid Gharakhanian, Southwestern (

Meg Reuter, UMKC (

Teaching Methodologies Subcommittee

Co-Chairs: Anne Gordon (Duke), Dori Pina (Santa Clara) and Avis Sanders (American)


Our newest committee devoted to the issues of the pedagogy of externship and teaching resources. A project within the committee focuses on the development and management of faculty who teach companion seminars (project leaders Bob Jones (Notre Dame) and Sarah Shalf (Emory)).

Communications and Content Subcommittee

Co-Chairs: Kendall Kerew (Georgia State) and Amy Sankaran (Michigan)

Develop independent website ( to share resources and promote best practices within the greater law school externship community.

Membership and Outreach Subcommittee

Co-Chairs: Lauren Donald (University of Tulsa) and Sue Schechter (UC Berkeley)

Develop and maintain database of externship programs at all ABA-approved law schools. Ensure that training for new externship faculty is included at the AALS Clinical and Externships conferences. ​

Scholarship and Professional Engagement Subcommittee

Co-Chairs: Chrissy Cerniglia (Stetson) and D'lorah Hughes (UC Irvine)


Introduce new/newer members of the externship community to methods for producing scholarship, and to assist the latter with their professional development within the academic community. Experienced externship faculty serve as committee members, mentors, and facilitators.

International and Semester Away Externships Subcommittee

Co-Chairs: Jill Dutton (Seattle), Amy Sankaran (Michigan), Sue Schechter (Berkeley) and June Tai (Iowa)


Develop a platform for sharing resources, creating opportunities for collaboration on seminars, and demonstration of additional technology for extern program allowing placements remotely (whether other parts of the country, or internationally).

How to Get Involved

To get involved, please contact the AALS Externship Co-Chairs or any members of the various subcommittees.

Past AALS Externship Committee Co-Chairs

2017-2019: Amy Sankaran (Michigan) and Sue Schechter (UC Berkeley)

2015-2017: Kendall Kerew (Georgia State) and Danny Schaffzin (Memphis)

2013-2015: Inga Laurent (Gonzaga) and Lisa Smith (Brooklyn)

2011-2013: Nancy Maurer (Albany) and Jennifer Zawid (Miami)

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