Looking Back: How I Managed the Pandemic as a [Fill in the Blank] Professor

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2022 Conference on Clinical Legal Education

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Virtual Conference


The Association of American Law Schools

Hosting Organization

The Association of American Law Schools


A core tenet of clinical pedagogy is reflective practice, which nurtures the development of life-long learning and learning for transfer. Yet we, as clinicians, often struggle to create the necessary time and space for this critical reflective practice. We are inundated with cases, supervision, scholarship, and academic service obligations; and the pandemic only increased these demands and pressures. This session is designed to reclaim our time, providing discussants with a dedicated space for reflection. Participants will engage in guided discussion, reflecting upon how they managed to teach a clinic through a pandemic with a particular focus on the intersection of their identity and its impact on their resilience, tribulations, and failures through the pandemic. Clinicians will discuss their myriad identities, including identities as parents, spouses, children to elderly parents, people of color, LGBTQIA identities, etc. Clinicians will essentially “fill in the blank” with respect to their identities as a lens to reflect on how they processed and managed the COVID-19 pandemic. The facilitators will bring their own identities to the discussion as clinicians of color and parents.