Wednesday, October 19, 2005

Welcome to Mario

Mainero673_1Mario W. Mainero
Director, Academic Success Program
Whittier Law School

And now ... Contributing Editor to this Academic Support Blog.

We are pleased to welcome Mario as a Contributing Editor to this active blog site.  Those of you who have met Mario at Academic Support gatherings across the country over the past few years are aware that he brings a unique set of talents, experience and perspective to the profession.  His insight, his exuberance and his zeal will add quite a bit to the readers' enlightenment and, I'm hoping, entertainment.

Perspective and entertainment?  You bet.  Mario, a singing mathematician, once sang the National Anthem on “Gene Autry Day” at Anaheim Stadium, home of Major League Baseball’s Angels.

Professor Mainero joined Whittier Law School as its first Director of the Academic Success Program in August 2001, after practicing for 21 years in Orange County, California, in the areas of commercial and probate litigation. He also served for 5 years as a Judge pro tem in Orange County Municipal Court, hearing small claims and traffic cases.  Although we value his vocal and numerical talents, this (the practice) is the perspective that makes Mario a superior Academic Support professional.

Since joining the faculty at Whittier Law School, he has developed an Academic Support Program that includes a two-week Summer Program for at-risk incoming admittees, a program for all first-year law students that includes both large-group lectures and small group weekly sessions to teach note-taking, outlining, study and exam-writing skills, one-on-one weekly meetings with students in academic difficulty, and a full-year Early Bar Preparation Program that addresses all subjects and examination styles on the California Bar Exam, and includes a three-day Simulated Bar Exam administered during Spring Break.

Mario and his wife, Denise, live in Corona del Mar, California, with their two children, Christina, 16, and Anthony, 13, and their two dogs, “Belle” and “Electra.” 

Watch for more posts by Mario Mainero.  (djt)

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