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Hacking Legal Education: Deans and Legal Leaders Sound off on Future of Legal Ed

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Updated 11/17/14 - Added Amani Smathers' bio and some better information on her background

In our November meeting we'll tackle everyone's favorite subject: legal education!

Those of us who have gone to law school have horror stories (and maybe even a few fond memories) about our law school experiences. The rest of us have almost certainly seen The Paper Chase, Legally Blonde, and/or How To Get Away with Murder!

But, as The New York Times has recently noted ( - and Above the Law frequently covers ( - there are some significant opportunities and challenges for legal ed right now. And we're going to solve them in one night.


But we're certainly going to have a great discussion about it.

We are very pleased to welcome both of the deans of Seattle's law schools: Dean Kellye Testy from the University of Washington Law School and Dean Annette Clark from Seattle University School of Law. In addition, we'll be joined remotely by Erika Pagano from the University of Miami's innovative LawWithoutWalls program and Amani Smathers currently with Seyfarth Shaw and formerly with ReInvent Law.

In a discussion that we hope will be honest, unconventional, interesting and, of course, respectful, we're excited to have an opportunity to discuss where legal education has been, where it's at, and, with some insight from folks like Erika and others, where it's going.

• Read more about Dean Testy here ( Dean Testy was my first-year contracts teacher and has been exceptionally generous to me with her time listening to my thoughts and rants about the law and legal ed ever since. We're excited to have her with us.

• Read more about Dean Clark here ( While Dean Clark heads up SU law, I never had the pleasure of taking a class from her. However, I had good friends who did and I know that she's a fantastic educator and top notch scholar. We're lucky to have her join us.

• Erika's bio is here ( but I'll add that she's fantastic generally and very gracious to spend her time with us. Erika is Associate Director and Eversheds Fellow at LawWithoutWalls.

• Amani Smathers is a legal solutions architect at Seyfarth Shaw LLP. Previously Amani was Innovation Counsel at Michigan State University Law School's ReInvent Law Laboratory. Here ( is a better, bio more worthy of her accomplishments and a link to her website (

Stay tuned as we'll probably add at least one if not two more panelists before the night of the event.

Looking forward to seeing you.

Dan & Janelle