Law School Academic Support Blog

Editor: Amy Jarmon
Texas Tech Univ. School of Law

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Association of Academic Support Educators (AASE) Conference Announced

Association of Academic Support Educators (AASE)

Inaugural Conference: May 28-30, 2013

UNLV William S. Boyd School of Law

Las Vegas, Nevada

Save-the-date!  The Association of Academic Support Educators (AASE) is pleased to announce the inaugural AASE conference will be held May28-30, 2013 at UNLV William S. Boyd School of Law in Las Vegas, Nevada. 

The AASE is a new national professional organization for law school academic support educators.  We invite fellow academic support educators, interested faculty, administrators and friends to join us in Las Vegas in May 2013 to:

  •  Learn about innovative academic support and bar pass programs from around the country;
  • Discuss the latest academic support research trends;
  • Engage in professional development topics  including publishing, teaching skills development, social media, and effective communication strategies;
  • Network and share ideas with academic support colleagues;
  • Celebrate another successful academic year for our members; and
  • Most importantly – help build the foundation necessary for AASE to be the great national organization we all know it can be:
    • Discuss and vote upon our mission and by-laws; and
    • Elect our inaugural executive board and regional representatives from the membership.   

A call for proposals and additional conference details coming soon.

AASE website content contributors needed: If you would like to submit content and articles for the new AASE website please contact Hillary Burgess at

AASE 2012 Conference Planning Committee Members (alphabetical order)

Hillary Burgess – Charlotte School of Law

Jennifer Carr – William S. Boyd School of Law (UNLV)

Linda Feldman – Brooklyn Law School

Kris Franklin – New York Law School

Twinette Johnson – Southern Illinois University School of law

Joanne Harvest Koren – University of Miami School of Law

Paula Manning – Western State College of Law

LaRasz Moody – Villanova Law School

Louis N. Schulze Jr.- New England Law - Boston

Michael Hunter Schwartz – Washburn University School of Law

Carlota Toledo – IU Robert H. McKinney School of Law (Indianapolis)

November 28, 2012 in Meetings | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

Monday, November 26, 2012

Resource: Reading Like a Lawyer, Second Edition

Many of us have recommended Ruth Ann McKinney's book, Reading Like a Lawyer: Time-Saving Strategies for Reading Law Like an Expert, to our students over the past seven years.  If you have not taken a look at the second edition of the book, I would encourage you to do so. 

Ruth Ann has added a chapter which has very interesting observations about dealing with technology in our reading of law on a screen.  In addition to referencing studies about reading on-line, she also gives practical tips for the three new literacy skills needed: mastering technology, making wise choices about what to read and how deeply to read, and managing one's energy. 

Ruth Ann McKinney is a Clinical Professor of Law Emeritus at UNC School of Law.  For many years before her retirement, Ruth Ann was a mainstay and inspiration to our ASP community.  We are all so glad that she is still active through her writing and listserv comments.  (Amy Jarmon)   

November 26, 2012 in Books | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

Sunday, November 25, 2012

Why I Work in ASP - Part V


Emily L. Scivoletto, Assistant Dean for JD Student Affairs at University of San Diego School of Law, has been involved in ASP work for eight years.  She shares the following about why she works in our professional niche:   

"I work in ASP to provide direct support to our world’s future leaders.  I truly believe there is no greater calling than the law and no better job than preparing students to be ethical, kind, smart, compassionate and hard-working advocates.  I also learn so much about myself through this work."

Thank you, Emily, for your dedication to the success of law students.  As colleagues, we also learn so much from one another.  Your contributions to ASP are greatly appreciated.  (Amy Jarmon)

November 25, 2012 in Academic Support Spotlight | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)