Associate Dean Goldfarb Awarded "Outstanding Advocate for Clinical Teachers"

Jacob Burns Foundation Professor of Clinical Law and Associate Dean for
Clinical Affairs Phyllis Goldfarb

The Clinical Legal Education Association (CLEA)—
a national organization of clinical educators which seeks to integrate clinical teaching methods into legal education and promote excellence in clinical teaching and scholarship—has named Jacob Burns Foundation Professor of Clinical Law and Associate Dean for Clinical Affairs Phyllis Goldfarb the winner of its "2012 Outstanding Advocate for Clinical Teachers" Award.  The award recognizes an individual who has shown commitment to the field of clinical legal education, has contributed to its advancement, and has fostered a spirit of community.

"Phyllis Goldfarb has, for many years, been a towering figure in clinical legal education, and there is no one more deserving of this award," said Dean Paul Schiff Berman.  "The Clinical Program at GW Law is a national leader, and that is due in no small part to Phyllis's guidance and vision."

The award was presented to Associate Dean Goldfarb in Los Angeles on May 3, 2012, at the Association of American Law School’s Conference on Clinical Legal Education.  Letters supporting Phyllis’s nomination for the award came from colleagues, both clinical and non-clinical, at GW and Boston College, where she taught until 2007.  She also received letters of support from other professional colleagues, and from many former students whom she mentored, including some who are now teaching themselves.

"Her contributions have been extraordinary," said New York University School of Law Professor Tony Amsterdam. "She’s gotten rave reviews from conference participants for her lectures, leadership of workshop sessions, critiques, and insights offered during plenary and small-group discussions. These were consistent with the renown that Phyllis enjoys in the national clinical teaching community for a powerful combination of imaginative thinking, practical sophistication, technical excellence, and resourcefulness in advocacy and in teaching advocacy."