GALA - Gender And Law Association


Gala Meeting, Pune, India
December 2005

GALA held a meeting at the Indian Law Society College in Pune, India to discuss the future development of GALA, to reflect on the October 2005 Network Exchange Trip to the Washington College of Law and discuss ways that experiential learning models can be integrated into India legal education curricula, and to further refine the GALA feminist jurisprudence syllabus for use in Indian law schools.

Professor Brenda Smith, Hadar Harris, Executive Director of the Center for Human Rights and Humanitarian Law, and April Fehling, Women and International Law Program Coordinator also traveled to India for the meeting. Professor Smith participated in an all-India Clinical Legal Education conference in Goa, and Hadar Harris lectured at the Tata Institute for Social Sciences in Mumbai.

Network Exchange Trip, Washington, DC
October 16-23, 2005
Network Development and Exchange

Seven GALA members traveled to Washington, DC to participate in an experiential learning Network Exchange Trip sponsored and hosted by the Women and International Law Program and the Center for Human Rights and Humanitarian Law at the American University Washington College of Law. The study trip introduced the delegates to how hands-on learning or "experiential" learning is taught at WCL and the role it plays in preparing law students for their future careers.

While in Washington, the delegates observed experiential learning models offered at the Washington College of Law and devised ways that experiential learning can be encouraged in the Indian context. During their visit, delegates explored clinical programs, internship/externship programs, and student-run legal advocacy projects. The delegates also visited NGOs and courts where students assist in providing legal services. The program included discussions with clinic faculty, observations of clinic and externship seminars, and discussions with students, staff and faculty engaged with in other types of experiential learning such as the Marshall Brennan Constitutional Literacy Project, where law students teach a course on the US Constitution in secondary schools. The delegates also met with alumni from the clinical program, who shared how their clinic experience has informed their work as practicing lawyers.

In addition, the delegation visited local NGOs where WCL frequently places students, including Ayuda, Inc., the Employment Justice Center's Worker's Rights Clinic, the DC Public Defender Service and Women Empowered Against Violence. The program also included observations of students practicing at the DC Superior Court, and a luncheon with District Court Judges Henry Kennedy, Gladys Kessler and Emmet Sullivan.

For more information about the visit, please click here to download GALA member Sanober Keshwaar's report.

GALA Meeting, Bangalore
December 2004

GALA convened a meeting in December 2004 at the National Law School of India University in Bangalore.

GALA members collaboratively created a Feminist Jurisprudence course syllabus, which members will pilot at their institutions in the coming months. GALA also developed proposals for panels on gender and legal education for the upcoming annual meeting of the May 2005 Indian Association of Women's Studies Conference.

WCL faculty and staff also presented lectures to students and faculty at the National Law School and the University of Delhi Law Faculty, including presentations on Legal Ethics, Clinical Methodology, Post- 9/11 Policy in the United States, and Anti-Terrorism Policy Globally.

Network Exchange Trip, Portland, Oregon and Washington, DC
June 2004
Network Development and Information Sharing

6 GALA members traveled to the United States to explore comparative experiences in domestic and international network development. Participants attended the American Association of Law Schools (AALS) Mid-Year Workshop on Racial Equality, in Portland, Oregon, followed by several days at the American University Washington College of Law. Through discussions and site visits to local NGOs, the group discussed how activists in gender and the law have created coalitions, collaborations and ongoing networks to expand their reach and become effective.