Margaret (Peggy) Maisel
Professor of Law and Director of the Law Clinics
B.A., Pomona College
M.A. (Urban Studies), Occidental College
J.D., Boston University School of Law
M.A. (Clinical Teaching), Antioch School of Law
Peggy Maisel is a Professor of Law who has been the Director of the Clinical Legal Education Program at Florida International University College of Law since its inception in 2003. Under her leadership, the Program has grown to eight in-house Clinics, the majority of which receive outside funding. Since 2011, Professor Maisel has taught an innovative Health Law and Policy Clinic in partnership with the NeighborhoodHELP Program at the FIU College of Medicine. Previously she helped create another interdisciplinary course, the Community Development Clinic for law and business students. It served as a one-stop shop in Miami for low-income entrepreneurs seeking to start their own businesses or non-profits. She received a University Kaufmann Professor award for her work.
Professor Maisel also has extensive international teaching experience which began at the University of KwaZulu Natal in Durban, South Africa in 1996. There, first as a Fulbright Professor and then as an Associate Professor of Law for five years, she worked with her colleagues to transform two key aspects of the Law School. The first was the operation of an in-house Law Clinic which moved from providing individual representation on random cases to attacking the systemic issues of land reform, domestic violence and education reform. The other was to change the first year curriculum from a broad, large lecture survey course to one taught in small sections that emphasized human rights issues and legal and problem-solving skills. As part of the latter effort, she co-authored two textbooks: Introduction to Law and Legal Skills and Foundations of South African Law: Critical Issues for Law Students. Professor Maisel is a founding member of the Global Alliance for Justice Education which supports the development of the international clinical law movement and consults on clinical legal education around the globe.
Prior to teaching in South Africa, Professor Maisel served as Dean of the New College of California School of Law, as a Clinic Supervisor at the Harvard Legal Aid Bureau and the Legal Services Institute, and as an Assistant Professor, University of Maryland School of Law. She is a pioneer in the development of supervisory skills training within the national Legal Services movement and for law teachers. Finally, she is co-chair of the AALS International Clinical Committee, a former member of the Board of Directors of the Society of American Law Teachers, and former Chair of the AALS Africa Section.
Legal Education At A Crossroads: Answering The Clamor For Reform With Expanded Experiential Legal Education and Required Clinical Education, 43 WASH. U.J.L. & POL’Y (forthcoming fall 2013) (with Karen Tokarz, Antoinette Sedillo-Lopez, and Robert Seibel)
Small Business Disaster Assistance, in BUILDING COMMUNITY RESILIENCE POST DISASTER, American Bar Association 2013 (with Natalie Roman)
Peggy Maisel, Greensboro and Beyond: Remediating the Structural Sexism in Truth and Reconciliation Processes and Determining the Potential Impact and Benefits of Truth Processes in the United States, in FEMINIST PERSPECTIVES ON TRANSITIONAL JUSTICE, (Intersentia Press 2013).
The Consumer Indebtedness Crisis: Law School Clinics as Laboratories for Generating Effective Legal Responses, Clinical Law Review, Volume 18, Issue No. 1, Fall 2011, pp. 133 – 182, Peggy Maisel & Natalie Roman.FIU Legal Studies Research Paper Series, Research Paper No. 12-04
Have Truth and Reconciliation Commissions Helped Remediate Human Rights Violations Against Women? A Feminist Analysis of the Past and Formula for the Future, Cardozo Journal of International and Comparative Law, Vol. 20, Issue No. 1 (Fall 2011), pp. 143 – 184, Margaret (Peggy) Maisel. FIU Legal Studies Research Paper Series, Research Paper No. 12-05
Margaret (Peggy) Maisel, Setting an Agenda for the Global Clinical Movement, in THE GLOBAL CLINICAL MOVEMENT: EDUCATING LAWYERS FOR SOCIAL JUSTICE 335 (Oxford University Press 2010).
Peggy Maisel & Susan Jones, Implementing the Social and Economic Promise of the Constitution: The Role of South African Legal Education, in LAW AND RIGHTS: GLOBAL PERSPECTIVES ON CONSTITUTIONALISM AND GOVERNANCE 243-259 (Vandeplas 2008).
Peggy Maisel, The Education and Licensing of Attorneys and Advocates in South Africa, 79 The Bar Examiner 2:15 (May 2010).
Expanding and Sustaining Clinical Legal Education in Developing Countries: What We Can Learn from South Africa
Fordham International Law Journal, Vol. 30, No. 2, January 2007, Florida International University Legal Studies Research Paper No. 08-15
An Alternative Model to United States Bar Examinations: The South African Community Service Experience in Licensing
Georgia State University Law Review, Vol. 20, No.4, Summer 2004, Florida International University Legal Studies Research Paper No. 08-16
The Roles of U.S. Law Faculty in Developing Countries: Striving for Effective Cross-Cultural Collaboration
Clinical Law Review, Vol. 14, No. 2, p. 465, 2008, Florida International University Legal Studies Research Paper No. 08-17
Lessons from the World Conference Against Racism: South Africa as a Case Study
Oregon Law Review, Vol. 81, No. 3, 739-770, Fall 2002, Florida International University Legal Studies Research Paper No. 08-18
Peggy Maisel And Lesley Greenbaum, Foundations of South African Law: Critical Issues for Law Students (Butterworths 2002)
Peggy Maisel and Lesley Greenbaum, Introduction to Law and Legal Skills (Butterworths 2001)
Peggy Maisel, Lesley Greenbaum, and Brook Baker, Teacher’s Manual for Introduction to Law and Legal Skills (Butterworths 2001)