Clinical Law Review
litigation practice, inclusive language, Rules of Professional Conduct
Law | Legal Ethics and Professional Responsibility | Legal Profession | Litigation
Drawing from legal pedagogy, litigation practice, and teaching experience, this article seeks to compile a set of key considerations for inclusive language decision-making in the clinical setting. Using a multi-factor framework--accuracy, precision, relevance, audience, and respect-this analysis explores the process for deciding on terms to use in practice and the potential implications of those choices on student learning, case outcomes, and attorney-client relationships. In addition, this article explores some current trends and best practices when adopting these principles in the context of specific groups. This article connects these principles to broader academic and practice is- sues, including the American Bar Association accreditation standards and Rules of Professional Conduct.
Jennifer Safstrom and Joseph Mead,
Developing Inclusive Language Competency in Clinical Teaching, 29 Clinical Law Review. 349
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