Meet Lisa Bliss, HeLP Clinic Co-Director

bliss-lisaLisa Radtke Bliss, clinical professor, associate dean of experiential education and co-director of HeLP Legal Services Clinic, teaches in the live-client civil clinic that is part of an interdisciplinary community collaboration among Georgia State Law, Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta and Atlanta Legal Aid Society. Bliss holds an adjunct faculty appointment in the Department of Pediatrics at Morehouse School of Medicine. The clinic enrolls law students, medical students and graduate students in the fields of social work, public health and bioethics.

Bliss is a frequent presenter and consultant on interdisciplinary education and the development of law school clinics in the context of medical-legal partnership. She is active in supporting and developing clinical legal education and experiential education generally. For several years she co-chaired the Clinical Legal Education Association’s Best Practices Implementation Committee. Her study of best practices led to her role as co-editor and author of “Building on Best Practices: Transforming Legal Education in a Changing World,” with Deborah Maranville, Carolyn Kaas and Antoinette Sedillo Lopez, LexisNexis 2015.

In 2014, Bliss received the M. Shanara Gilbert Award from the Association of American Law Schools Section on Clinical Legal Education in recognition of her outstanding contributions to clinical legal education, including her teaching, service and international clinical work. Bliss is an elected member of the Steering Committee of the Global Alliance for Justice Education, the board of directors of the Clinical Legal Education Association and the executive committee of the AALS Section on Clinical Legal Education as secretary.

Bliss has trained dozens of law teachers internationally, particularly in countries in Southeast Asia, including Thailand, Myanmar and Vietnam, where she has worked to develop and strengthen experiential education and law school clinics.  In 2012 and 2013, Bliss served as an international clinician in residence for Bridges Across Borders Southeast Asia Community Legal Education InitiativeIn 2013, she was a trainer for the first national clinical legal education training in Yangon, Myanmar, and in 2014 she was a trainer for the first National Clinical Legal Education Summer School in Taunggyi, Myanmar. Bliss teaches Interviewing and Counseling, Public Interest Law and Social Welfare and Advanced Techniques in Pretrial Litigation.