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This article introduces the essays, articles, and remarks celebrating the fortieth anniversary of the establishment of the Council on Legal Education for Professional Responsibility (CLEPR). The Section on Professional Responsibility and Section on Clinical Legal Education of the Association of American Law Schools (AALS) jointly sponsored a half-day program at the 2009 AALS Annual Meeting in San Diego, California, in recognition of the fortieth anniversary of CLEPR and the one hundredth anniversary of the promulgation of the American Bar Association Canons of Professional Ethics, the ABA's first effort at establishing a private law of lawyering to govern its members. After the program, the AALS Section on Clinical Legal Education, the Clinical Legal Education Association, and the ABA Section of Legal Education & Admissions to the Bar held a reception and dinner recognizing and celebrating the contributions of CLEPR and its predecessor organizations in creating the modern clinical education movement and fostering the teaching of professional responsibility. The introduction also provides the reader with short histories of clinical legal education and the teaching of professional responsibility in American law schools, providing context for the materials that follow in this issue.



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