UMass Law Professor Margaret Drew presented at Pepperdine Law School for the bi- annual Lextern National Conference. The conference was themed Externship 11, "Embracing Community: Learning from Each Other, Deepening Local Connections, and Refining Remote Relationships," which explored the ways the externship community has developed, and externship pedagogy has matured. Professor Drew represented UMass Law at the conference as part of a collaborative group she co-founded called the New England Externship Consortium (NExt). Alongside other members of NExt, Professor Drew presented on challenges of teaching externships in a post-Covid world.
The mission of NExt is to share externship-related information and to support development of rigorous educational experiences for law students engaged in field work. The consortium has developed recommendations on remote work, explored ways to enhance diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) issues in their programs, and collaborated on a training for supervising attorneys and judges. NExt was formalized in 2019 with current member schools: Boston College, Boston University, Harvard Law, New England Law Boston, Northeastern, Quinnipiac University, Roger Williams University, Suffolk University, UMass Dartmouth, University of Connecticut, University of Maine, University of New Hampshire, Vermont Law and Graduate School, Western New England.