Do law clinics need trigger warnings?

This presentation explores the philosophical, pedagogical and practical implications of the deployment of trigger warnings in clinics. I argue that although trigger warnings may appear to align with the values that many clinicians would see as being at the heart of clinical legal education, including social justice, respect for clients, minorities and disadvantaged populations, trigger warnings have the potential to paradoxically instantiate power dynamics, to entrench injustice, and to foreclose intellectual curiosity. They also have a series of implications for the ethics and politics of legal practice, some of which are antithetical to the proper practice of clinical legal education.

IJCLE Conference Presentation [.ppt]