Skip to main content area Skip to institutional navigation Skip to search Skip to section navigation

Alan M. Lerner

Practice Professor of Law

In Memoriam: Penn Law Mourns the Loss of Professor Alan Lerner »

Alan Lerner Memorial Fund: To continue Professor Lerner's work, a fund to provide summer stipends to Penn Law students working in child advocacy has been established.

Alan Lerner

Curriculum Vitae (PDF)

  • LL.B. - University of Pennsylvania - '65
  • B.S. - University of Pennsylvania - '62

Courses Taught

  • Interdisciplinary Child Advocacy Clinic
  • Civil Practice Clinic

Research Areas

  • Lawyering and Clinical Supervision (including Professional Responsibility)
  • Child Advocacy
  • Child Welfare Law
  • Employment Discrimination Law


  • Child Dependency Law and Practice
  • Child Welfare Law
  • Civil Rights Law
  • Employment Law
  • Litigation
  • Professional Responsibility

Representative Professional Positions

Penn Law - Practice Professor (1993-2010)

Law Clerk to the Hon. A. Leon Higginbotham, Jr., U.S. District Court (1966-68)

Partner - Cohen, Shapiro, Polisher, Shiekman and Cohen (1968-93)

Co-Director - Field Center for Children's Policy Practice and Research, University of Pennsylvania (2003-10)

Representative Publications

Teaching Law And Educating Lawyers: Closing The Gap Through Multidisciplinary Experiential Learning, INT'L J. CLINICAL LEGAL EDUC. 96 (2006) (with Erin Talati).

Sexual Harassment in the Law of the American Workplace, 20 J. CHINA WOMEN'S U. (April 2008) (with Jeffrey I. Pasek, Esq. and Jei Feng Liu, JD, SJD) (Chinese language).

Clinicians In The Courtroom: What Every Clinician Needs to Know About Testifying In Court (with Dr. Cindy Christian and Mimi Rose) Organized and chaired a workshop, sponsored by The Field Center for Children's Policy, Practice, and Research, February 2005.

Using Our Brains: Reaching Our Students' Hearts and Minds Through Their Limbic System, Presentation at the Global Alliance for Justice Education, Third International Conference, Krakow, Poland, July 2004.

Using Our Brains: What Cognitive Science and Social Psychology Teach us About Teaching Law Students to Make Ethical, Professionally Responsible, Choices, 23 QUINNIPIAC L. REV. 643 (2004).
[View Document]

Panel Member, Building Better Lawyers: Innovative Approaches to Teaching Judgment and Problem Solving. American Bar Association, Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar, Annual Meeting, Atlanta, GA., August 1999.

Moderator, Education for Children In Foster Care, Fifty Years After Brown v. Board of Education, Field Center Public Forum, April 2004.

Law & Lawyering In The Workplace: Building Better Lawyers By Teaching Students to Exercise Critical Judgment as Creative Problem Solvers, 32 AKRON L. REV. 107 (1999).

LEGAL INTERVIEWING AND LEGAL INTERVIEWING: A VIDEO WORKSHOP (Teaching Video and 110 page manual, with Dr. Angie Hermann), National Institute for Trial Advocacy, Notre Dame, Ind., 1999.

Small Group Leader, New Clinicians Conference, Clinical Legal Education Association, Lake Tahoe, CA., May 1999.

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.: The Journey of a Dreamer and Activist, Presentation, Medford Leas Retirement Community, January 2004.

Moderator, Emerging Legal Issues in Child Welfare, Field Center Public Forum, December 2003.

Recent Developments in the Law Affecting Evidence Issues in Employment Discrimination Litigation, First Annual Employment Law Institute, Pennsylvania Bar Institute (1995).

Round Table Participant, Developing Problem-Solving Skills For Lawyers: Rethinking the Role of Law School Education. United States Department of Justice, Washington, D.C., April 1999.

For additional publications, please consult
Current & Recent Research

Representative Professional Activities

Prepared a report for the Dependency Court, Court Improvement Project to submit to the newly appointed Administrative Judge of the Court regarding the efficacy of pre-hearing conferences in dependency proceedings, May 2006.

Why the Silk Road to Globalized Legal Education Runs Through the Limbic System, presented to the International Consortium on Legal Education, Second Annual Conference, Istanbul, Turkey, July 2005.

Kids In Care: Where We Are and Where We Need to Go. (with Anne Marie Ambrose, Dr. Gillian Blair, Angel Flores, Esquire, and Marcia Levick, Esquire) Organized and moderated panel discussion for The Field Center for Children's Policy, Practice, and Res

Organized a committee of lawyers representing all of the constituencies in the Philadelphia Child, Welfare System to work together to analyze and comment upon proposed state-wide rules of procedure for Dependency Court, fall 2005.