Law School Academic Support Blog

Editor: Amy Jarmon
Texas Tech Univ. School of Law

Saturday, October 30, 2010

Director of Diversity and Outreach Position at Roger Williams

Director of Diversity & Outreach at Roger Williams University School of Law

The Director of Diversity & Outreach (DDO) will oversee and monitor a comprehensive strategy to recruit, retain and assist the academic and professional development of diverse students within the School of Law.  The DDO will provide programmatic, personal, social and cultural support to diverse students and will organize programs throughout the academic year.  The DDO will also serve as a member of the Dean’s Senior Staff and oversee Study Abroad Programs at the School of Law.

Minimum qualifications include (1) a J. D. from an ABA accredited law school or a Masters degree with a minimum of three years experience in a law school or other academic setting; (2) strong understanding and commitment to diversity issues as the relate to students in a law school community; (3) strong interpersonal and counseling skills including the ability to communicate effectively with diverse students; and (4) strong organizational skills.  Experience in diversity programming in a university or law school setting is preferred.

To view a more detailed job description and to apply, Please visit the Roger Williams website at:




October 30, 2010 in Jobs - Descriptions & Announcements | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

Friday, October 29, 2010

Five stages of grading

Sarah Klaper at DePaul University School of Law shared the following link to the "not that kind of doctor blog" with the Legal Research and Writing Professor listserv.  As those of us who teach ASP courses, pre-law courses, or law school doctrinal courses move into grading season, I thought this link might be of interest.  I found myself saying "Been there, done that."  The blog posting can be found at: The five stages of grading.  (Amy Jarmon)

October 29, 2010 in Miscellany, Stress & Anxiety, Teaching Tips | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Mandy Carter is new ASP'er at Charlotte Law

Anthea des Etages, Director of Academic Success, announced on the listserv this summer that Amanda Carter had joined the Academic Success  staff at Charlotte Law.  The information below is from Anthea's listserv announcement.  Please welcome Amanda when you see her at a conference or workshop.  (Amy Jarmon)

I am very pleased to announce that Amanda Carter has joined the Academic Success team at Charlotte School of Law.  Mandy is from Shelby, North Carolina.  She attended University of North Carolina School of Law, where she was the Articles and Notes Editor of the First Amendment Law Review.  She also led the Client Counseling Team as a member of the Moot Court, trained as a Guardian Ad Litem and participated in a variety of pro bono projects before graduating in 2006. For the last four years, Mandy has practiced in the areas of real estate and trust and estates in NC.     

October 28, 2010 in Academic Support Spotlight | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Navigating the Milky Way

Recently I spent several days in the middle of the North Carolina mountains.  I was on a farm far from any city.  One night, we walked out into an open area away from the farmhouse lights and looked up into the evening sky.

There stretched above us in the sky were wide expanses of the Milky Way.  Millions of stars twinkled in the heavens.  Mixed in were bright stars and planets that beckoned with a brillance greater than their other shining companions.  They intertwined in patterns above our heads.

Now I once upon a time as a child learned the basic constellations.  However, I have forgotten most of my former star-gazing knowledge - and at its best, it was meagre.  So, as I looked up, I felt disoriented. 

Several scientists in the group began rattling off the constellations, planets, and stars.  They quickly pointed out the patterns in the sky.  They explained why certain bright points could or could not be planets.  They talked about different quadrants of the sky and why we could not see this or that constellation.  They conferred about how the array would shift by the next evening.  They excitedly discussed the finer points of a comet that coursed through a constellation right on schedule.

Perhaps if I could have stretched out on my back in the grass and stared at the same segment for a good while, I could have absorbed all they were telling us.  But, it went by too quickly for me.  There was too much to take in at once.  It was organized in a way that made sense to them, but which I couldn't fully follow because I didn't grasp all the basics that were second nature to them.  I felt like I was getting a bit lost in the discussion because everyone in the group was interrupting with questions at different levels of understanding from where I was.  I wished for a one-on-one tutorial so I could get up to speed.  And suddenly it was over, not to be repeated another night.

Some of our students must feel in their courses that they are viewing the Milky Way far too quickly with too little understanding in the midst of too many rapid-fire comments and questions.  I now remember how that feels.  (Amy Jarmon)


October 27, 2010 in Study Tips - General | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Welcome Alicia Jackson to FAMU College of Law

Jendayi Saada, Director of Academic Success and Bar Preparation, at Florida A&M University College of Law announced on the ASP listserv this fall that Alicia Jackson had joined the FAMU ASP staff.  Jendayi's announcement is included in part below so that you will know more about Alicia.  Please welcome her to the ASP fold!  (Amy Jarmon)

Professor Alicia Jackson has joined our FAMU family, as the Coordinator for Academic Success & Bar Preparation. Professor Jackson comes to the FAMU College of Law from the Law Center at Nova Southeastern University where she served as a professor in the Critical Skills Program.  She was also a member of the faculty for the Criminal Justice Institute where she developed the criminal law course for the Ph.D. program.   She is the former Chair of an undergraduate criminal justice program and during her tenure developed and taught various courses, including, Criminal Law, Criminal Procedure, Victimology, and Constitutional law.  She has extensive experience in both curriculum design and course development.  Her research and teaching interest include criminal law and procedure, juvenile delinquency, victimology and academic support programs in law schools.

Prior to teaching, Professor Jackson worked as an associate in a South Florida law firm, and subsequently opened her own practice.  She practiced law in the areas of wills, trusts and estates, personal injury, landlord-tenant and criminal law.  Prior to teaching, Professor Jackson served as the executive director of a juvenile diversionary program sponsored by the Department of Justice Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention and the Broward Sheriff’s Office.

Professor Jackson is a member of the Bar of the Supreme Court of the United States and the Florida Bar and previously served as a Florida State Supreme Court certified mediator.    She received her Juris Doctorate from Nova Southeastern University and both a Master’s of Public Administration and Bachelor of Science degrees from Grambling State University.

While she not new to ASP, Professor Jackson is a breath of fresh air here at FAMU!



October 26, 2010 in Academic Support Spotlight | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

Monday, October 25, 2010

Welcome the Co-Directors at Michigan State

Michigan State law school has two new Co-Directors in Academic Support: Goldie Pritchard and Meghan Short.  Please welcome them.  They have kindly provided us with the additional information below so that you can get to know them and their program.  (Amy Jarmon)

Goldie Pritchard 
Goldie Pritchard

Meghan Short 
Meghan Short

In 2009, Michigan State University (MSU) College of Law launched a program designed to provide structured academic support to the entire law student population. This program was spearheaded by Goldie Pritchard who served as the interim director for the 2009-2010 academic year. The Academic Success Program was such a success that the administration retained Goldie as the Co-Director and hired a Co-Director to assist in further expanding the reach of the Academic Success Program in 2010.  Meghan Short, an alum of the Law College, is the newest addition to the Academic Success Program and has been with us since June 2010.

After graduating from MSU College of Law in 2004, Meghan moved to Chicago where she worked for a little over 5 1/2 years.  She was an Assistant Corporation Counsel for the City of Chicago Law Department for nearly 4 years before she moved to the Cook County Office of the Public Defender, where she practiced (as a P.D.) until she joined our office.  As a student, Meghan was a Teaching Assistant, a Research Assistant, on Law Review, and was a participant in the Geoffrey Fieger Trial Practice Institute.

The Academic Success Program at MSU Law is a resource for students to utilize as they identify and strengthen their academic abilities during law school. Individual academic counseling, available to all students, allows ASP staff to provide targeted guidance and instruction to students as they cultivate and enhance the critical skills necessary for success in law school. MSU ASP also offers a series of study strategy and exam taking workshops for first year students.

This fall, the Academic Success Program is also beginning a "Pilot TA Program." In all first-year Civil Procedure and Torts classes, teaching assistants, under the training and guidance of ASP staff (as well as the course professors), will hold bi-weekly TA labs. These labs are designed to enhance and reinforce necessary law school skills within the context of the doctrinal material being covered in class. Asp also supports upper class students through various Bar preparation workshops.


October 25, 2010 in Academic Support Spotlight | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)