Law School Academic Support Blog

Editor: Amy Jarmon
Texas Tech Univ. School of Law

Friday, October 26, 2012

Let Us Introduce You

Calling all new ASP staff members and ASP job changers

Are you a new academic support professional?  Have you been an ASP'er for some time but have switched schools?  Did you get promoted within ASP this past summer?  Please let us know your news!

We would like to do an academic support spotlight posting to introduce you if you are new.  If you have switched schools or were promoted, we would like to use the same postings to update colleagues on your new position.

For us to include you in a spotlight posting, just send me the following information:
  • If new: One paragraph that can be posted with information on your position, law school, and you (education, past work experience, and interests).
  • If job changing or promotion: Similar but with a focus on your new position and duties and where you moved from/title you held before.
  • Everyone: A link to your law school's faculty profile on the website if one exists for you.
  • Everyone: A link to your picture on your law school's website if one exists.  (If not, you can send a small jpeg file.)

We welcome all of you who are new to the profession!  Congratulations to those of you who have switched jobs or received promotions!  We look forward to spotlighting you later this month.  (Amy Jarmon)

October 26, 2012 in Academic Support Spotlight | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Associate Dean of Student Services Position in Hawaii

Associate Dean of Student Services at the William S. Richardson School of Law

Duties and Responsibilities: 

The Associate Dean of Student Services provides leadership and manages all major matters involving student services at the Law School including, but not limited to, student advising and counseling, professional development/career services, student records, registration, and issues of student conduct and safety. The Associate Dean is a member of the senior management team, provides a direct link between students and the faculty and administration, collaborates closely with admissions and financial aid staff, and has possible teaching opportunities.

Minimum Qualifications:

  1. Juris Doctor (J.D.) Degree.
  2. Strong counseling skills.
  3. Progressively responsible administrative experience in a law school or other professional school involving student services administration, or equivalent.
  4. Knowledge of theories, principles, and practices of higher education program administration.

Desirable Qualifications:

  1. Extensive relevant experience, preferably at least six years in an academic setting or with academic programs.
  2. Knowledge of personal computers and job related software programs.
  3. Knowledge of the legal profession and professional school accreditation.
  4. Knowledge of law school administration.
  5. Indicia of potential for leadership and creativity in legal education.
  6. Bar passage.

To Apply:

Submit cover letter indicating how you satisfy the minimum and desirable qualifications, names, contact information (including e-mail address) of at least three professional references and résumé.

Electronic submissions to: James Pietsch, Professor of Law preferred. 

Address:  William S. Richardson School of Law, 2515 Dole Street, Honolulu, HI 96822
Inquiries: James Pietsch; 808-956-6785;

October 25, 2012 in Jobs - Descriptions & Announcements | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

International Conference on Bullying November 4-6 in Kansas City


      This November 4-6, bullying in higher education will be a major focus of at the International Bullying Prevention Association’s annual conference in Kansas City, Missouri.  Because research into bullying in higher education is in its infancy, this conference and the international experts it will bring to Kansas City will present a unique opportunity for administrators and legal and educational scholars and to step into the field early on and to become national leaders in the fight against peer-on-peer abuse in colleges and universities.

      The conference will provide a full slate of sessions focusing on such topics as bullying, hazing, incivility, and harassment in classrooms, professional schools, athletic programs, residential settings, and the Greek system. The sessions will be designed to be as informative and practical as possible, with a strong emphasis on prevention and response. In addition, several sessions will focus on the legal implications of peer-on-peer abuse among college students.

      Higher education professionals will take back to their schools valuable insights into the problem and the prevention of bullying in college settings, and they will have the opportunity to forge ongoing relationships with bullying prevention experts from around the globe. In keeping with this year’s conference theme, “The Courage to Act:  Working Together to End Bullying,” the conference will offer higher education professionals the opportunity to partner with one another to address peer-on-peer aggression and abuse with effective, evidence-based strategies.

A Special Conference Rate of $80 per day is now available for those who work in higher education.  Attendees can register for either one or two days.  Each registration will include a free pass to attend a panel discussion of the Tyler Clementi tragedy at Rutgers University on Sunday afternoon, November 4.  Tyler Clementi committed suicide after being surreptitiously filmed having romantic relations with another man.  The panel will include Rutgers in-house counsel as well as three top level administrators who were deeply involved in responding to the tragedy.

  To register for the higher education rate, contact Lynn Lonsway at or at 1-800-483-0728.  You can see the conference program at

October 25, 2012 in Meetings | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

The 3L Blahs

Have you noticed your 3L students struggling a bit?  They stop to chat and tell me that they are lacking motivation, have the blahs, cannot focus, or other descriptions of their malaise when it comes to law school.

For some, it is that they are focusing on their job hunt and have taken their focus off courses.  For some, it is a focus on December graduation and chomping at the bit to be done.  For some it is a focus on taking the bar in February before their final spring semester is over and thinking about bar review now.  For many it is just being sick and tired of law school with this semester and another one left to go.

For many of our 3L students, the third year seems like more of the same.  The study tasks are just like the first two years.  Unless they have elective courses that really grab their attention and introduce them to or re-immerse them in an area of law that they have a passion for, the courses seem uninspiring. 

Some exceptions to the 3L boredom problem are our externship and clinic students.  They seem to be energized by the change of pace they have during the semester.  Other exceptions are those students who are in Trial Advocacy or other practice-oriented classroom experiences.  Students who have traditional classes with even some component that breaks the mold (one drafting assignment, one client interaction, etc.) also seem more engaged in those classes.

What can 3L students with the blahs do to increase their motivation and focus if they do not have any of these types of classroom experiences?  Here are some thoughts:

  • Employ more active study techniques.  Ask questions while reading.  Read aloud instead of silently.  Discuss cases and concepts with others.  Switch up the facts and consider how the court would have responded to that new fact situation.  Answer all of the questions at the ends of cases even if not required. 
  • Imagine that the client in the case had walked into one's own office with the legal problem.  What questions would be asked of the client?  What additional arguments could have been made by each side that were not made?  What would be the strengths and weaknesses of those arguments?  Are there any policy considerations?  What ethical problems could have surfaced in the situation?    
  • Consider after each class how the information could be used in practice.  Create hypothetical scenarios to delve into how the basics learned in the course would relate to a variety of legal situations.
  • Discuss those hypotheticals with classmates.  If you are uncertain how the concepts would work in the scenario, talk with the professor about the scenario.  
  • Volunteer for pro bono opportunities to see the law in action instead of feeling on the sidelines. 
  • Find part-time legal work in the community - even if it is an unpaid internship - to increase one's interaction with lawyers and involvement in the practice of law.
  • Remind oneself of one's original goals for coming to law school and how courses will help one in passing the bar and practicing after graduation.

Even when 3L students feel that they just want to be done with their degrees, they still have the ultimate goal of becoming the best possible attorneys.  Each bit of knowledge, each fact-scenario analysis, each probing question can lead to that goal - even when one is tempted to consider all of it just same old-same old. 

Hang in there and take one day at a time.  Learn as much as you can because for most future attorneys this will be the last time that they have the luxury to focus on learning.  (Amy Jarmon)  





October 24, 2012 in Miscellany, Study Tips - General | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Welcome Seth Aitken to ASP

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We are happy to introduce our readers to Seth Aitken who has started working at U Mass - Dartmouth.  Please make sure you greet him when you see him at a workshop or conference.  Jeremiah Ho, Assistant Professor, has provided the information below so that you will know more about Seth.  (Amy Jarmon)

Seth Aitken currently works as an instructor on staff in the Academic Resources & Writing Center at the University of Massachusetts (UMass) School of Law - Dartmouth under the supervision of Director Anne Walsh Folino. He is new to ASP after serving for nearly three years as an assistant district attorney in Bristol County (Massachusetts). Seth first felt drawn to legal education during his time as a prosecutor, presenting cases and trying to explain essential legal concepts to juries at trial. Later he began training and mentoring new assistant district attorneys working with them to develop strong trial skills and principled, thoughtful approaches to prosecuting crimes.Seth earned his J.D. from Roger Williams University School of Law after serving for eight years as an Army officer in the Corps of Engineers, and four years working with students and student groups at Brown University in the Office of Alumni Relations and the Swearer Center for Public Service. He is very excited to be working with law students at UMass.


October 23, 2012 in Academic Support Spotlight | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)