Tuesday, October 26, 2010
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!
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!
Monday, October 25, 2010
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)
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.
Thursday, October 21, 2010
Please welcome Stefanie Sidortsova to the ASP community! Stefanie has become the Interim Director of Academic Sucess Programs at Vermont Law School. She has been the writing specialist at Vermont for the past two years. During spring semester after the new Director arrives, she will continue to serve as the writing specialist and as an Assistant Professor for ASP. You can find Stefanie's bio here: Stefanie Sidortsova. (Amy Jarmon)
Tuesday, October 19, 2010
Claudia Diamond joined the University of Baltimore staff as Director of Academic Support in mid-Spring. Please welcome her to our professional community. She provided the information below so that you can get to know her. (Amy Jarmon)
Although our hyperlink function is not working, ou can read more about her on the University of Baltimore faculty page:
Ms. Diamond’s responsibilities include supporting the teaching and learning goals of the school by specifically designing and implementing strategies to assist student learning, including assisting students with preparation for the bar examination. She participates in individual and group academic advising and monitoring of at risk students’ progress, teaches academic workshops and supports both full time and adjunct faculty. She is responsible for hiring, training and supervising over 40 student mentors who provide structured academic support. She will occasionally teach classes and engage in research and publication.
A 1995 magna cum laude graduate of the law school and winner of the Law Faculty Award, Ms. Diamond clerked for the Honorable John Eldridge of the Court of Appeals of Maryland and Chief Magistrate Judges Daniel Klein and Paul Grimm of the United States District Court for the District of Maryland. Her professional experience includes time as a litigation associate at Gordon, Feinblatt, Hoffman, & Hoffberger in Baltimore and as a prosecutor for a professional licensing board with the Attorney General’s Office of Maryland. For a number of years, she has taught legal writing as an adjunct professor at the University of Maryland School of Law. She’s an avid long distance runner and is forming a running group at the law school; she is active in a number of local community groups and is on the board of her synagogue. She’s the mom to one daughter, age 12.
Monday, October 18, 2010
We would like to welcome Hillary Wandler to the academic support community! Hillary kindly provided us with the information below. Please say hello when you see her at a conference or workshop. (Amy Jarmon)
Hillary Wadler has joined The University of Montana School of Law faculty as an Assistant Professor teaching legal writing and academic support. She earned her law degree from The University of Montana in 2004, then clerked for the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals and U.S. District Court, District of Montana before entering private practice in Missoula, Montana. She has been the Legal Writing Fellow at The University of Montana School of Law since fall semester 2008. She also represents veterans before the VA and U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims.
Monday, October 4, 2010
Congratulations to Danielle Bifulci Focal (pictured above) who has been promoted from Associate Director of Academic Support at Pace School of Law to the Director position. Danielle has kindly provided us with a bio if you have not previously met her at conferences: Danielle Bifulci Kocal first joined Pace Law School as an adjunct professor, when she taught the Advanced Analytical Skills course to third-year students preparing for the Bar Exam. She then became the Associate Director of the Academic Support Program, and was involved in all aspects of academic support at the law school. She is now thrilled to be the Director of the Academic Support Program, and to have the opportunity to use her experiences at Pace, both as a student and a Professor, to expand and improve the Academic Support Program. Danielle graduated magna cum laude from Pace Law School in 2006. Prior to joining the Academic Support Program at Pace, Danielle was an associate at the law office of Elizabeth Swire Falker, Esq., PC, where she practiced in the areas of reproductive and adoption law. In addition, Pace has a new Associate Director of Academic Support in Elizabeth Corwin who previously was connected with Pace in other capacities. Again, we have obtained a bio to help you get acquainted with Elizabeth: Elizabeth Corwin is the new Associate Director of Academic Support at Pace. Previously, she worked as a Staff Attorney representing victims of domestic violence in family courts at the Pace Women’s Justice Center and as an Associate in commercial litigation and government investigations at Day, Pitney LLP in Stamford, Connecticut. She has been an adjunct professor at Pace, co-teaching Interviewing, Counseling and Negotiating for the past several years. Elizabeth graduated magna cum laude from Pace Law School in 1999.
Congratulations to Danielle Bifulci Focal (pictured above) who has been promoted from Associate Director of Academic Support at Pace School of Law to the Director position. Danielle has kindly provided us with a bio if you have not previously met her at conferences:
Danielle Bifulci Kocal first joined Pace Law School as an adjunct professor, when she taught the Advanced Analytical Skills course to third-year students preparing for the Bar Exam. She then became the Associate Director of the Academic Support Program, and was involved in all aspects of academic support at the law school. She is now thrilled to be the Director of the Academic Support Program, and to have the opportunity to use her experiences at Pace, both as a student and a Professor, to expand and improve the Academic Support Program. Danielle graduated magna cum laude from Pace Law School in 2006. Prior to joining the Academic Support Program at Pace, Danielle was an associate at the law office of Elizabeth Swire Falker, Esq., PC, where she practiced in the areas of reproductive and adoption law.
In addition, Pace has a new Associate Director of Academic Support in Elizabeth Corwin who previously was connected with Pace in other capacities. Again, we have obtained a bio to help you get acquainted with Elizabeth:
Elizabeth Corwin is the new Associate Director of Academic Support at Pace. Previously, she worked as a Staff Attorney representing victims of domestic violence in family courts at the Pace Women’s Justice Center and as an Associate in commercial litigation and government investigations at Day, Pitney LLP in Stamford, Connecticut. She has been an adjunct professor at Pace, co-teaching Interviewing, Counseling and Negotiating for the past several years. Elizabeth graduated magna cum laude from Pace Law School in 1999.
Please introduce yourselves when you see these Pace colleagues at a future workshop. (Amy Jarmon)
Friday, October 1, 2010
This summer Selina Farrell, Assistant Professor of Law, announced on the ASP listserv that Jeff Wyss has joined the Pepperdine University School of Law as the new Director of the Academic Success Program. Please welcome Jeff to the ASP community with your usual ASP friendliness and enthusiasm! I have included here part of Selina's listserv announcement. (Amy Jarmon)
Jeff graduated from Pepperdine in 2009, and we are thrilled to welcome him back to the law school. Jeff most recently held the position of associate at Latham & Watkins in San Diego. I know Jeff will be an excellent leader for our academic support and bar prep programs, and the students will benefit greatly from his guidance and enthusiasm.
Jeff graduated from Pepperdine in 2009, and we are thrilled to welcome him back to the law school. Jeff most recently held the position of associate at Latham & Watkins in San Diego. I know Jeff will be an excellent leader for our academic support and bar prep programs, and the students will benefit greatly from his guidance and enthusiasm.
Thursday, September 30, 2010
This summer Jeffrey Minnetti, Director of Academic Success and Associate Professor of Legal Skills, announced on the ASP listserv that Tishia Dunham had joined the Stetson School of Law academic success program as the Director of Bar Preparation Services and an Assistant Professor of Legal Skills. We would like to welcome Tishia to the ASP community! Hopefully many of you will get a chance to meet her at LSAC and other regional workshops. (Amy Jarmon)
Included here is part of Jeffrey's announcement on the listserv:
Prior to joining the Stetson faculty, Professor Dunham practiced law for seven years in the areas of employment law, commercial and business litigation and real property with an emphasis on community associations. Professor Dunham also served as a bar exam grader for the Florida Board of Bar Examiners for five years before joining Stetson. Professor Dunham’s experience as a bar exam grader has given her unique insight into the specific skills students must master to pass the Florida Bar Examination. Professor Dunham has used this insight to help repeat takers pass the bar exam.
Wednesday, September 15, 2010
We want to welcome Gabriela Ryan at Southwestern to the ASP community.
Paul Bateman alerted us through the listserv this summer that Gabriela was joining the academic support staff. Here is part of the text of his e-mail introducing her:
Gabriela has been appointed Associate Professor of Law and Director of Southwestern's Academic Support and Bar Exam Related Programming. Gabriela is assuming my former position as Director of Academic Support, as well as taking on responsibilities for bar exam support.
Gabriela comes to Southwestern from the University of Southern California Law School, where she most recently served as Assistant Dean and Dean of Students, and Adjunct Assistant Professor of Law.
Sunday, September 12, 2010
Welcome to Jeremiah Ho who has joined ASP at Washburn.
Michael Hunter Schwartz alerted us through the listserv this summer to the arrival of Jeremiah Ho at Washburn University School of Law's program. A modified version of Michael's listserv announcement is included here:
Jeremiah Ho has joined Washburn's academic success program, Ex-L at Washburn Law, as the inaugural Institute for Law Teaching and Learning (ILTL) Academic Success Fellow. Jeremiah is not new to academic support (he previously taught in Whittier's academic support program). As an ILTL Fellow, Jeremiah will:
1. Design and implement an expanded version of Washburn's Ex-L bar pass program
2. Assess at least one aspect of Ex-L
3. Author a law review article on the teaching and learning subject of his choice (on which he will receive extensive feedback from one or both of the ILTL co-directors)
4. Co-teach a doctrinal course with one of the ILTL co-directors
5. Receive regular and in-depth feedback on all aspects of his work with Ex-L
6. Assist with all other aspects of Ex-L
7. Receive training on all aspects of academic success work, including: program design, teaching, program assessment, professional development, and counseling.
The fellowship is designed as a one-year experience, but it may be extended to a second year by mutual agreement of the fellow and Washburn.
Friday, September 10, 2010
Please welcome Leslie Eanes to the ASP community.
Anthea M. des Etages alerted us this summer to Leslie's arrival in ASP work at Charlotte School of Law. Anthea's listserv post included the following background on Leslie:
Leslie originally hails from Martinsville, Virginia, and more recently from Atlanta, Georgia. She attended Mercer University’s Walter F. George School of Law, where she participated in Mercer’s Habeas Project clinic and acted as the Student Writing Editor for the Mercer Law Review before graduating in the top 5% of her class. Before relocating to Charlotte and joining the CharlotteLaw as our newest Academic Success Counselor, Leslie practiced labor and employment law in Atlanta and volunteered as a guardian ad litem in Fulton County Juvenile Court.
Thursday, September 9, 2010
Prior to joining ASP, Chris was an Associate at the Law Firm of Solomon M. Musyimi in Houston where he prepared pretrial motions and wrote appellate briefs. He has: a B.A. in Anthropology from the University of Nairobi Kenya; a Master of Arts in Anthropology and Master of Public Health in Community Health Education from the University of Massachusetts Amherst; a J.D. from Thurgood Marshall School of Law, Texas Southern University; and a LL.M. in Health Law from the University of Houston Law Centre.
Please make a point of getting to know Chris when you see him at the next conference or workshop!
Wednesday, August 18, 2010
During July, I requested news on new folks in ASP at law schools so that we could introduce them on the Blog to the entire ASP community. I am repeating the item now that we are nearing the start of school in case some folks did not see it earlier. (Amy Jarmon)
It is the time of year when we begin collecting short profiles, pictures, and web links for folks who are joining ASP work for the first time or who have moved to different ASP positions over the summer.
If someone new has joined your ASP staff since May 1st or if you have moved to a different school or position, please send us a one paragraph blurb (title, duties, law degree, work experience, awards, hobbies, etc.) as well as a link to your law school's faculty/administrator profile on the web. If that profile does not include a picture, please also send us a picture of the person as an e-mail attachment.
We will begin a series of Academic Support Spotlight postings after the new academic year begins so that all of us in ASP can meet the new members of our community and congratulate our current colleagues on their job moves. Our community is so friendly that it will give folks a "heads up" so that they can watch for new colleagues at conferences and workshops.
If you would like us to do a spotlight posting on you or someone new to your ASP staff, please send the requested information to email@example.com.
Welcome to everyone new! Congrats to all of you who have re-located this summer! I look forward to hearing from you.
Monday, July 12, 2010
Alas, it is conference season. I know many ASPer's are just getting back from Elon Law School and LSAC's conference on counseling. I wish I could have joined everyone, but sadly, I am still in a travel freeze. After 5 years, and countless conferences, here are some tips for making the most of the experience:
1) Be social, even if you are an introvert
Yes, sadly, ASP can be sort of clique-y. It's not intentional; many of us have known each other for many years, and some of us worked together for years before we switched schools, moved, etc. However, it is worth remembering that 90% of us where the uncool kids in school growing up (we were way too smart) so we welcome everyone as adults. We are not mean girls (and boys), I promise. Say hi. If you are shy and uncomfortable, let us know. Most of us were uncomfortable at our first conferences as well. The only way to get the advice and help you want is to break into the cliques and start talking to people. Really, we are like a congregation of kindergarten teachers once you know us.
2) Be a joiner, even if you are not a joiner.
You need exposure. To get exposure for your program, school, etc, you need to join things. AALS, LSAC, Institute for Law School Teaching and Learning, Humanizing Legal Education. When you are at those conferences, be a joiner. Go to the (sometimes stupid and quirky) social functions. Join subcommittees. When you join things, be social and let people get to know you and what is great about your program. The legal academy is a tiny place, so everyone knows someone at your school. This is instrumental for your career. You never know when you may need a phone call placed on your behalf to your boss/dean, letting her/him know what a great job you are doing. the only way to for that to happen is to be social, and be a joiner.
3) Ask questions
We tell our students there are no stupid questions, and then we are afraid to ask questions as conferences for fear of sounding stupid. As someone who has presented a ton, I don't think I have ever heard a stupid question. We completely understand that people new to the profession need to ask basic questions. We want to help. Conferences are places where you should be asking questions.
4) Toot your own horn. No one else will.
While being social, be sure to mention your accomplishments. If you feel like you don't have any accomplishments, then just tell people what you are doing. No one else is going to let others know the great things you are doing at your school. ASPer's are the modest, non-competitive ones in the legal academy, which is self-defeating at times.
5) If you are would like to present at a conference in the future, tell somebody
The powers-that-be (that change from year to year, conference to conference) don't know if you would like to present unless you let people know. ASP is unlike other areas of the legal academy, in that you don't necessarily have to write a paper in order to present something that you are doing. While we are a many-talented group, I haven't encountered any mind readers among ASPer's as of yet.
Wednesday, March 31, 2010
We would like to welcome two new Contributing Editors for the Law School Academic Support Blog: Paul Bateman and Lisa Young. As Contributing Editors, they will be posting at least once a month to share their insights with our readers. Several additional Contributing Editors will be joining us over the coming months.
Paul Bateman is Director of Academic Support and Associate Professor of Legal Analysis, Writing and Skills at Southwestern Law School in Los Angeles, California. A picture and biography can be found at Paul Bateman Profile. Paul has served on the AALS Executive Committee for the Academic Support Section as well as Chair for the Section. He has also been active as a speaker and committee member for LSAC. In addition to his expertise in academic support and legal analysis, writing and skills, Paul is involved in integrating academic support concepts and skills into the doctrinal classroom. You can view the web pages for Paul's ASP program at Academic Support Program at Southwestern.
Lisa Young is the Director of the Bar Exam Skills Lab at Seattle University School of Law in Seattle, Washington. A picture and biography can be found at Lisa Young Profile. She has been working with students for nine years on bar preparation matters for both the Washington and Oregon bar examinations. You can view the web page for Lisa's bar studies program at Bar Exam Program at Seattle U.
We are delighted to have Paul and Lisa join the editorial staff for the Blog. All of us will look forward to and benefit from their future postings. Welcome!
Friday, December 11, 2009
On behalf of the Law School Academic Support Blog, I would like to welcome Joel Chanvisanuruk to our community. Please be on the lookout for Joel at upcoming conferences and workshops so that you can welcome him personally to ASP. Joel provided the short bio below so that you can get to know him better. (Amy Jarmon)
Joel Chanvisanuruk the new Director of Academic Success Programs at the Universiry of Cincinnati College of Law. In this role, he presents workshops and works individually with law students to help them adapt to law school curriculum, prepare for exams and improve their academic performance in order to achieve their full academic potential as a law student. Joel also oversees the Pre-Prep Program (3P) that helps 3L law students gear up for the bar examination. Prior to joining the University of Cincinnati College of Law, Joel was the Associate Director of Career Planning and Professional Development at Washington & Lee University School of Law. Before entering the field of law student services, Joel served as a U.S. Presidential Management Fellow (PMF) litigating employment matters for the United States Forest Service and the United States Department of Agriculture in Washington, DC. Joel obtained a Master of Public Affairs in Public Management and Comparative International Affairs from Indiana University, Bloomington and a B.A. in Philosophy from Bradford College. Prior to law school, he served as a U.S. Peace Corps Volunteer in Sosnowiec, Poland.
Joel is a certified administrator of the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI). Joel also currently serves as Chair of the National Association or Law Placement’s (NALP) GLBT Section.
Tuesday, September 8, 2009
We would also like to welcome Jeremiah Ho as a new academic support professional at Whittier Law School in California. Please make him welcome to our group. He provided the information below so that you can get to know him. (Amy Jarmon)
Jeremiah's faculty biography can be found at Whittier Faculty Biographies.
I just started this August as an Assistant Professor of Academic Support at Whittier Law School and will be working with Dean Paula Manning. I obtained my J.D. from Whittier Law in 2008 and worked briefly as an associate atorney in employment defense in Long Beach, California. Prior to law school, I taught literature and writing at the junior high/high school level and I enjoyed teaching so much that I wanted to blend the satisfaction of instructing students with my enjoyment of legal thinking. I am hopeful that my appointment at Whittier Law School will bring this combination to fruition.
Now that we are all back and settled in to our routines, I would like to introduce you to Kimberly Ballard. Kimberly is the new Director of Academic Success at Brandeis School of Law. Kimberly has sent us the following information so that you can get to know her. (Amy Jarmon)
Ms. Ballard joined the Law School in 2009, after having served as a litigation associate in the law firm of Stites & Harbison, PLLC. As a member of that firm's torts and insurance service group, Ms. Ballard represented product manufacturers in mass tort litigation and physicians and hospitals in medical malpractice litigation.
As a law student, Ms. Ballard competed on the championship team for the Intrastate Mock Trial Competition, placed first in the Pirtle-Washer oral advocacy competition, served on the Student Bar Association and Moot Court and Professional Skills Board and was Notes Editor for the Brandeis Law Journal.
In her spare time, Ms. Ballard volunteers for Golden Retriever Resuce and Adoption of Needy Dogs (GRRAND), enjoys playing golf and tennis, and is an avid University of Louisville basketball fan. Ms. Ballard also coaches the Law School's mock trial teams for the Americn College of Trial Lawyers National Trial Competition.
Monday, November 17, 2008
Friday, Nov. 14, 2008, was the New York-area Academic Support Directors Workshop, hosted by Brooklyn Law School. This is different from the conferences sponsored by the LSAC; this conference is the brainchild of Kris Franklin (NYLS) and Linda Feldman (Brooklyn Law); it is designed to get local ASP professionals together to present and chat about issues they have been experiencing. This year's workshop was a great success, with schools from across the country represented. Everyone who attends the workshop is asked to present on a topic relating to a theme. This year's theme was "Working with Doctrinal Faculty." I came away with great new material as well as some new ideas about what to add to my academic success program.
I was the first presenter of the morning, with a discussion on using "the law". My comments were similar to the post I wrote a couple of weeks ago. However, I received some great suggestions on how to add Civil Procedure to my repertoire.
The next presenters were Mary Ferrari and Gail Stern from Quinnipiac on integrating ASP principles into tax courses. This was fabulous discussion on respecting different learning styles in the classroom as a doctrinal teacher, and how to incorporate different processing styles into casebooks and classroom teaching.
Kris Franklin presented on a class project for her Torts section, where teams of students put together a graphic analysis of a Torts problem using graphic organizer software. Kris's students did a truly magical job on the assignment, and I (among others) encouraged Kris to encourage her students to post some of the results on the web so others can marvel at how bright and talented they are.
Hillary Burgess of Hofstra continued on the theme with a presentation on using flow chart activities in the 1L classroom. Hillary did a fabulous job of showing how flow charts can be used to help students create their own learning activities to support the material they are learning.
Heather Zuber blew us all away with a presentation on how she restructured the Western State 1L colloquium. Heather put in an enormous amount of work to reshape and redesign the program to reflect the needs of current students, and enhance the learning experience of the upperclass TA's. I think everyone was left wondering if Heather ever slept in this past year when she was done talking about all the changes she made to the program.
Carmen Morales of Fordham presented on employing students from law review as tutors for 1L students. This is an area where people can have very strong opinions, and Carmen did a great job showing us how she made this program a success at Fordham.
Linda Cortez of U Baltimore presented on I (heart) IRAC (Where is the IRAC love?). If you are a new ASP professional looking for ways to convince students that IRAC represents the essential elements in an exam, you should get in contact with Linda, ASAP. Linda, as always, did a fabulous job showing the different ways to present IRAC to students, which included models for different learning types.
Catherine Coleman, a new member of our ASP community, did an outstanding job explaining USC's restricted enrollment policy, and their time line for preparing students for exams and the bar. I am taking the idea of restricted enrollment back with me to my school; it creates a category for students who are not in danger of failing out of law school, but need additional supports to achieve their personal best.
Mary Lou Bilek and David Nadvorney of CUNY demonstrated the idea of "rounds" as a pedagogical tool as well as a tool for faculty support. The idea of addressing student concerns in rounds, similar to what is seen in the medical school context, was a revelation. I believe we all were in agreement that this tool is something we need to spend more time exploring in later conferences.
The last presentation of the day was by Micah Yarbrough of Widener-Wilmington on the reporting requirement of 3-106. I have actually sent a copy of Micah's PowerPoint to some of my ASP colleagues; it did a great job organizing the myriad new requirements we are all facing when reporting our bar pass rates to the ABA. His presentation also opened the door to a discussion on working together with other schools to get some clarity regarding interpretation of some provisions within 3-106.
A hearty thank you and good job go out to Kris and Linda, who did a wonderful job getting us all together and providing a forum for us to discuss our issues and challenges in a supportive community.
And I second a call made by Kris and Linda...we should be planning and organizing more of these forums throughout the country. This is was a great learning experience, and we all need more opportunities for professional development and support outside of the LSAC conferences.
Tuesday, September 16, 2008
We are delighted to welcome Katherine Silver Kelly as the Interim Director of Academic Success Programs at the University of Akron School of Law. Your new colleagues in ASP will be more than happy to assist you in any way that we can as you settle in to your new position. Everyone please introduce yourselves to Katherine when you see her ASP workshops.
Unfortunately, Katherine's photo has not been added to the U of Akron web site yet. Katherine provided us with some background information:
Katherine is an alumna of Berea College in Kentucky where she earned a B.A. in History, the University of Kentucky where she earned a M.A. in Social Science Education, and Converse College in South Carolina where she earned a certification in Special Education. She earned her J.D. from the University of Akron School of Law in 2006 where she served as vice president of the Moot Court Honor Society and was a two-time member of the ABA National Appellate Advocacy Moot Court Team. She also served as an ASP tutor, was the student member of the faculty curriculum committee, and was SBA vice-president.
After graduating with honors from law school, Katherine worked at the Summit County Court of common Pleas as a Judicial Attorney. Prior to attending law school, Katherine was a high school teacher for several years. She taught economics, government and world history at several schools in Houston, Texas. She also served as an instructor for the Texas Education Association Teacher Cerification Program for special education certification and coached swimming.
Katherine is excited to be back at the University of Akron and about being Interim Director of ASP as it is the perfect blend of teaching and law. You can link to her office web site at: University of Akron Academic Success Programs. (Posted by Amy L. Jarmon on behalf of the Law School Academic Support Blog Editors)