Law School Wins International Continuing Education Award

6/4/2008

Suffolk University Law School’s Center for Advanced Legal Studies will receive the top public interest award from the international Association for Continuing Legal Education (ACLEA) in recognition of the Center’s 2007 “Centennial Conference on International Human Rights.”

The ACLEA Award for Professional Excellence -- one of 15 annual awards granted to competitors from more than 300 organizations -- recognizes Suffolk Law’s Center for Advanced Legal Studies in the Public Interest category. Suffolk is the first law school to receive the top award in the Public Interest category.

Building awareness

“We are honored that Suffolk Law School’s international human rights conference drew the attention of the ACLEA judges,” said Advanced Legal Studies Director Carole Wagan. “More important, the Law School is proud that we were able to build awareness among lawyers and the public regarding the scope of the problems and the need for legislative action and advocacy.”

The two-day “Centennial Conference on International Human Rights” focused on two distinct but related areas:

  • “Implementing Human Rights in Massachusetts: Legislative Strategies & Responsibilities” was the first conference in the United States to address the human rights responsibilities of state and municipal officials.
  • “Hidden Epidemic: Child Sex Trafficking” brought together a panel of national experts who illustrated the nature of the problem, the scope and what can be done. The goal was to educate but also to inspire with success stories.

The conference attracted 75 lawyers, including government attorneys, human rights commission members and legal services lawyers; government officials; human rights advocates; academics; law school and high school students.

Partners

It was presented in partnership with Suffolk University’s Center for Women’s Health and Human Rights, National Women Law Student Association and Moakley Institute. Additional supporters were the Massachusetts CEDAW Project, the National Lawyers Guild, Northeastern University Law School’s Program on Human Rights and the Global Economy, the Women’s Bar Association, the Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights under the Law and the Massachusetts Bar Association.

ACLEA members are professionals in the fields of continuing legal education, and legal publishing. The organization’s annual awards are highly competitive, and winning projects represent the highest level of achievement for the staff and volunteers involved.

A formal presentation of the award will be made at the ACLEA annual meeting in Vancouver, British Columbia, on Aug. 5, 2008.

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