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Thursday, March 14, 2013

AALS ASP 2014 Call for Proposals

Call for Proposals

AALS Section on Academic Support

January 2014 Annual Meeting in
New York, New York

Early Intervention for At-Risk Students


In response to a growing need within the legal academy, many institutions and individuals have developed programs to assure the success of law students.  To broaden the impact of such efforts, the Program Committee seeks proposals highlighting innovative methods, programs, or ideas related to early intervention for at-risk students. In light of shrinking budgets, smaller applicant pools, and media attacks on legal education, how can we proactively address a potential influx of at-risk students?  Should law schools admit at-risk students?  What does at-risk really mean?  Are law schools responsible for ensuring student success once they are admitted?

Topics might include, but are not limited to: identifying at-risk students before they begin law school, in their first year of law school, or prior to taking the bar exam; criteria for identifying at-risk students; stereotype threat; stigmatization; orientation programs; pre-law programs; conditional admission; or using empirical studies to assess risk factors affecting law students.

Preference will be given to presentations designed to engage the workshop audience, so proposals should contain a detailed explanation of both the substance of the presentation and the methods to be employed.  Individuals as well as groups are invited to propose topics.  The Committee would prefer to highlight talent across a spectrum of law schools and disciplines and is especially interested in new and innovative ideas. Please share this call with colleagues—both within and outside of the legal academy and the academic support community.

Proposals must include the following information:

  1. A title for your presentation.
  2. A brief description of the objectives or outcomes of your presentation.
  3. A brief description of how your presentation will support your stated objectives or outcomes.
  4. The amount of time requested for your presentation. No single presenter should exceed 45 minutes in total.  Presentations as short as 15 minutes are welcomed.
  5. A detailed description of both the substantive content and the techniques to be employed, if any, to engage the audience.
  6. Whether you plan to distribute handouts, use PowerPoint, or employ other technology.
  7. A list of the conferences at which you have presented within the last three years, such as AALS, national or regional ASP or writing conferences, or other academic conferences. (The Committee is interested in this information because we wish to select and showcase seasoned, as well as fresh, talent.)
  8. Your school affiliation, title, courses taught, and contact information (please include email address and telephone number).
  9. Any articles or books that you have published that relate to your proposed presentation.
  10. Any other information you think will help the Committee appreciate the value your presentation will provide.


Proposals will be reviewed on a rolling basis, so please send yours as soon as possible, but no later than Monday, April 1st at 5pm to Lisa Young, Seattle University School of Law,  If you have questions, please email Lisa Young or call at 206-398-4323.

The Section on Academic Support Program Committee:

Lisa Young, Chair

Barbara McFarland, Past Chair

Robin Boyle Laisure, Past Chair

Robert Coulthard

Steven Foster

Danielle Kocal

Goldie Pritchard

Brendon Taga

ASP Section Chair:  Louis Schulze

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