I’m thrilled to share this exciting news from the AALS clinical law section with those of you who haven’t yet heard:
Professor Carol Izumi has been awarded the 2017 William Pincus Award for Outstanding Service and Commitment to Clinical Legal Education.
Carol is being recognized for her longtime service to the AALS, including her service as Chair of the section, her election to the American Law Institute, and her work with the ABA, including her service on the ABA Task Force on ABA Standards, as well as numerous other roles. Her impactful scholarship includes co-authoring Race, Rights, and Reparation: Law and the Japanese American Internment (2d ed. 2013). She has also been a leader in the dispute resolution field. Her contributions to program design and development include efforts and advocacy to establish mediation and dispute resolution clinics and helping to develop clinical programs nationwide.
From her nomination letter:
Carol was a leader in advocating for recognition of the legitimacy of ADR within the AALS. She campaigned for establishment of the ADR Committee within the Clinical Section and for many years served as that committee’s co-chair. She helped bring about the creation of the AALS Section on ADR and provided important leadership to the Section during its formative years as a member of the Executive Committee from 1995-1999, as chair of the section in 1996, and as a frequent participant in ADR section programs.
Carol’s activities within the ABA Section on Dispute Resolution paralleled her work as an advocate for ADR within the AALS. She was an active member of the ABA ADR Committee which was the precursor to the ABA ADR Section. The Legal Educators’ Colloquium on the Saturday of the ABA ADR Section’s annual meeting has become a key place for ADR teachers and researchers to gather and learn from each other. Carol has been an organizer of and speaker at those events, facilitating “shop talk” discussions and leading a panel introducing the latest social science research findings. She was also part of the Task Force created in 2015 to ensure inclusion of mediation clinics in the ABA clinical standards.
I know all of us who have worked with and learned from her are thrilled for Carol to receive this award. The award will be presented at the Clinical Section Luncheon at the AALS Annual Meeting in San Diego on Friday, January 5.