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UW Law Professor Kim Ambrose Earns Emerging Clinician Award

SEATTLE -- Professor Kimberly Ambrose, Director of the Race and Justice Clinic at the University of Washington School of Law, has been selected for this year’s Shanara Gilbert Emerging Clinician Award, presented by the Association of American Law Schools Section on Clinical Legal Education.

The awards committee noted that “Professor Ambrose’s body of work involves direct service to children in deprivation and delinquency cases, and incorporates a strong awareness of and deep professional background in criminal defense . . . show a deep and fully considered effort to address and to teach about the racial dimensions of the problems encountered by her clients…”

The clinical legal section of AALS named the award in honor of City University of New York Law School Professor M. Shanara Gilbert who dedicated her life to equality, equity and justice. Gilbert passed away in a car accident while visiting South Africa in 1996.

Since then, the society has annually given out the award to honor a clinical professor, who has ten or less years of experience, but has shown a strong commitment to teaching and advocating for social justice. The Awards Committee looks for individuals who provide access to legal services to individuals and groups in need, have a passion for service toward clinical legal education or to the AALS Section on Clinical Legal Education, demonstrate an interest in global clinical legal education and lastly, have an interest in nature.

Professor Deborah Maranville, Director of the Clinical Law Program at the University of Washington School of Law described Ambrose’s contribution to the clinical program. “She is an idea generator. It was her idea to creative our legislative clinic, taking advantage of her connections and her work with the WSBA Juvenile Law Section and her work with Street Youth Legal Advocates of Washington (SYLAW). Her work and enthusiasm inspires many and she is devoted to social justice for youth of color. ”

Ambrose is the second UW Law clinician to receive this award. Prof. Ron Whitener was presented the award in 2009.

The award will be presented to Ambrose during a luncheon at the American Association of Law Schools Conference on Clinical Legal Education in Los Angeles in May.


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