Edward Lee O'Brien (1945-2015)
July 24, 2015
The School of Law, University of KwaZulu-Natal invites law teachers, law clinicians, and educators involved in Street Law and legal literacy programs from around the world submit abstracts of best practices lessons of not more than 300 words for an exciting International Ed O’Brien Street Law and Legal Literacy Best Practices Conference (1-3 April 2016) to honour Ed O’Brien and celebrate the 30th Anniversary of the First International Street Law Programme established at the University of KwaZulu-Natal (formerly the University of Natal), South Africa in 1986. The conference will enable participants to share their best practices lessons used in Street Law or law clinic outreach programmes with colleagues from other countries.
The conference will be preceded by a three day Ed O’Brien Memorial Safari (29-31 March 2016) to the world famous Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Game Reserve where the white rhinoceros was saved from extinction.
Information about accommodation, safari bookings, local transport etc. will be available on the conference website at a later date.
Potential participants should indicate their interest in the conference and pre-conference Safari programme by emailing Melanie Reddy at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The cut-off date for submission of abstracts is 30 November 2015, and acceptances will be indicated within three weeks of receipt.
As the abstracts will be collected in a conference booklet and should reflect the title and presenter (name, designation, and institution) in separate headings, followed by an abstract of not more than 300 words.
Abstracts should be sent to Professor David McQuoid-Mason at email@example.com.
Themes of the Conference
The conference will comprise a series of workshops in which best practices lessons will be presented by law teachers, law clinicians and law educators running Street law, community outreach and legal literacy programmes from different parts of the world. The best practices lessons may cover, but are not restricted to
- introduction to law and the legal system
- constitutional law, democracy and human rights
- criminal law and child justice
- civil wrongs - torts and delicts
- consumer law and contracts
- family law
- housing, health, social security and the environment
- employment law
Guidance for Papers
Each paper should begin with a brief introduction to the country and the context within which the Street Law, community outreach or legal literacy program was or will be introduced, during which presenters identify the following:
- problems the program was aiming to solve
- objectives of the program
- target audience of the program
- methodology used
- challenges faced or to be faced in implementing the program
- results of the program in terms of its impact or how it will be evaluated if it is not yet operative
The introduction should be followed by the best practices lesson set out under the headings mentioned below (not more than 5 pages).
Each best practices lesson should be accompanied by a lesson plan consisting of
- topic taught
- outcomes to be achieved in terms of knowledge, skills and values (eg. at the end of this lesson participants will be able to …)
- content required to teach the lesson
- interactive learning activities used and their time frames
- resources required to teach the lesson (eg. hand-outs, flip charts, PowerPoints, etc.)
- evaluation questions to check if the outcomes were achieved
It is envisaged that a selection of the best practices lessons from different parts of the world will be published in a book and also be available electronically.
(Reproduced with permission)