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A Symposium Celebrating the Work of Professor Stephen J. Ellmann

April 17 @ 9:00 am5:00 pm

To keep our NYLS community as safe and healthy as possible amid changing coronavirus circumstances and guidance, we have cancelled this event. We understand the impact this has, and we will make every effort to reschedule events. For more information, please see NYLS’s announcement relating to the coronavirus updates.

Inspiring the Next Generation of Social Justice Advocates, Professors, and Practitioners

Join us to celebrate the late NYLS Professor Stephen J. Ellmann (1951–2019) and to explore his work in South African constitutionalism and law school clinical theory and practice. Professor Ellmann founded the Clinical Law Review and co-founded the Clinical Theory Workshop and the South Africa Reading Group.

Call for Papers: If you are interested in presenting a paper at the symposium, please submit your proposal to Rick Marsico at richard.marsico@nyls.edu by March 31.


Friday, April 17, 2020


9:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.


New York Law School
185 West Broadway
New York, NY 10013

Event Schedule

09:00 a.m.–09:30 a.m.     Breakfast and CLE Registration

09:30 a.m.–09:45 a.m.     Opening Remarks

Anthony W. Crowell, Dean and President, NYLS and Teresa Delcorso-Ellmann

09:45 a.m.–11:15 a.m.     Panel One: Apartheid South Africa and the Transitional Period

This panel will consider the contributions of Professor Ellmann to the struggle against apartheid as well as during the transition from apartheid to democracy.

Moderator: Professor Penelope Andrews, NYLS

Speakers: Professor Frank Michelman, Harvard Law School; Deputy Chief Justice Dikgang Moseneke, Constitutional Court of South Africa (retired), Rubenstein Fellow, Duke University; Professor Catherine Admay, Duke University; Professor Heinz Klug, University of Wisconsin

1.5 CLE credits in Professional Practice

11:15 a.m.–11:30 a.m.      Break

11:30 a.m.–12:45 p.m.     Panel Two:  Steve Ellmann—Innovator, Justice Seeker, Clinical Educator and All-around Mensch

Panelists will identify Steve’s unique contributions to clinical education and lead the audience to explore how current teachers can build on these contributions to continue to improve our teaching, our relationships with clients, and the laws and practice that affect our clients.

Moderator: Sue Bryant, City University of New York School of Law

Speakers: Professor Gowri Krishna, NYLS; Professor Anne Shalleck, American University; Professor Conrad Johnson, Columbia Law School; Professor Jason Parkin, City University of New York School of Law

1 CLE credit in Professional Practice and 0.5 CLE credit in Ethics

12:45 p.m.–2:30 p.m.       Lunch

2:30 p.m.–2:45 p.m.         Break and Transition to the Auditorium

2:45 p.m.–4:00 p.m.         Panel Three: Post-Apartheid South Africa

This panel will look at the post-apartheid era and the contributions of Professor Ellmann, through analysis of his scholarship, including his majestic biography of Chief Justice Arthur Chaskalson*, as well as personal reflections.

Moderator: Professor Penelope Andrews, NYLS

Speakers:  Judge Margie Victor, Acting Justice, Constitutional Court of South Africa; Professor Harvey Dale, New York University; Professor Peter Danchin, University of Maryland

1.5 CLE credit in Professional Practice

4:00 p.m.–5:00 p.m.        Toast in the Auditorium Gallery

Professor Frank Munger, NYLS

*Copies of And Justice For All: Arthur Chaskalson and the Struggle for Equality in South Africa by Professor Stephen Ellmann will be sold at the Symposium. Teresa Delcorso-Ellmann will be available to sign copies. Price: $40

You can also order your copies from Amazon.


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April 17
9:00 am–5:00 pm
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New York Law School
185 West Broadway
New York, NY 10009 United States


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