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Texas Tech Univ. School of Law

Thursday, February 13, 2014

NY ASP Workshop - Call for Proposals

ASP friends,

We are pleased to announce this year’s one-day N.Y. Academic Support Workshop,
to be held on Friday, April 4 from 9:30 to 5:30 at CUNY School of Law in
Long Island City, N.Y
. For those of you who are not familiar with Long
Island City, it is conveniently located minutes from midtown Manhattan and
accessible by all forms of public transportation. We want to thank Linda
Feldman of Brooklyn Law School and Kris Franklin of New York Law School for
graciously sharing with the opportunity host and plan this year’s workshop, now
that we have a beautiful, more accessible building. We are delighted to be able
to continue the wonderful workshops that Linda and Kris have held over the

We anticipate that the workshop will be an intimate and intensive gathering of
academic support professionals learning from one another. In keeping with
tradition, this year’s workshop agenda will focus on a particular theme in the
morning; in the afternoon, the agenda will be generated by the interests and
topics suggested by participants.  

The title of the morning session is: Note-Taking: The Skill that Dare Not
Speak its Name
. Although we have addressed this issue before, we thought
that the time seemed right to revisit it.  Aside from being an almost
impossible skill to teach (hence the subtitle of the workshop), students’ need
to do it well from the very start of their law school careers, as well as
recent developments and practices (e.g., the now almost-ubiquitous use of
laptops and the classrooms in which they are banned, the “flipped” classroom,
distance learning, e-casebooks, etc.) raise new and lingering challenges to our
students and faculty colleagues.  The basic pedagogy of law school - the
modified Socratic method - remains a difficult environment in which to take
notes.  Since most of us advocate the linear process of note-taking -
revision - outlining, we thought it would be useful to share our techniques and
strategies for helping students learn this critical and difficult skill, and
perhaps also to bring to the group problems and issues that we have run up

Please consider this a friendly Call for Proposals, as well as a “Save the
Date.”  Let us know if you want to share one of your own lessons, issues,
ideas, etc., or comment on ones brought by other participants. Also, please let
us know whether your proposed discussion relates to our theme of note-taking,
or would be more appropriate for the open agenda portion of the day.  We
will send out a finalized workshop agenda in mid-March. Please RSVP to Haley at Proposals d be happy to talk with you before then, as you think about possibly presenting.

There is no fee to attend.  If you are coming from outside the immediate
N.Y. area and would like advice about hotels, etc., please let us know. Also,
if you’d love to attend but just don’t have the budget to stay overnight, let
us know and we’ll see if it is possible to help you find housing with local

We are looking forward to seeing many of you in April! 

Haley and David

Haley A. Meade
Director of Professional Skills Center



David Nadvorney                        

Director of Academic Support Programs 


CUNY School of Law

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