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Editor: Amy Jarmon
Texas Tech Univ. School of Law

Friday, February 23, 2018

Reminder SWCASP Registration for March 9th Workshop

The Southwest regional workshop at UNT Dallas is fast approaching! The agenda for the 6th annual SWCASP workshop is here: Download 6th Annual SWCASP Workshop. There is a dinner on the evening of March 8th and the program is being held on March 9th. The registration deadline is February 28th with a PDF of the registration form here:  Download 2018 Registration Form SWCASP.

February 23, 2018 in Meetings | Permalink | Comments (0)

Information on the April 13th New York Academic Support Workshop

Dear ASP friends,

 We are pleased to announce this year’s full-day NY Academic Support Workshop, to be held from 9:30 to 5:00 at Brooklyn Law School on Friday, April 13th. This will be an intimate gathering of academic support professionals and colleagues actively working to learn from one another. 

As is our usual practice, the afternoon sessions of the workshop will have an open agenda and room to include any subject of interest to those in attendance, while the morning sessions will be have a more specific theme. For this last pre-retirement version of the Linda&Kris Show™, in the morning session we would like to share Discussions, Ideas and Exercises Inspired by Our ASP Colleagues. Please suggest conversations to facilitate, revised lessons to simulate, or exercises to engage in. Come ready to let your colleagues learn more both about what you are doing, and about what inspired it.

One thing that makes all ASP gatherings exciting has always been our unique emphasis on collaboration—ASP folks DO things together so that we can learn together. NY Workshop participants work with each other to develop or enhance our individual lessons, materials, presentations, or any other part of our professional endeavors. No one who comes is allowed to be a back-bencher. Please let us know what you would like do with your fellow workshop participants. And if you aren’t certain, let us know that too; we are happy to help brainstorm. For every part of the day’s agenda, please let us know how we can actively engage all attendees. We will send out a finalized workshop agenda when we confirm who will attend and what specific topics the participants plan to address. 

RSVP to Kris and Linda, at addresses below and cc’d above. Since this workshop is not a formal conference there will be no fee to attend. 

We hope to see many of you soon!

Linda Feldman                                    Kris Franklin                                                       

Brooklyn Law School                          New York Law School                     

linda.feldman@brooklaw.edu            kris.franklin@nyls.edu       

February 23, 2018 in Meetings | Permalink | Comments (0)

Friday, February 16, 2018

Two Upcoming Conferences from the Institute for Law Teaching and Learning

From Sandra L. Simpson, Co-Director of ILTL:

  1. Spring: We now have the registration information up for the Spring conference at Texas A&M.  You can register for this conference at http://lawteaching.org/conferences/ .  As a reminder, this conference is for adjunct professors and new professors.  Truth be told, though, we could all use to brush up on our “Teaching Law by Design” skills. Thus, even if you aren’t an adjunct or aren’t a new professor, consider the conference.   Included in this exciting conference is a great opportunity (on a first-come, first-serve basis) to have one-on-one time with retired Professor (and teaching guru)  Gerry Hess.  There is a box to check on the registration form if you are interested in such a session.  Further, participants will receive a copy of the now famous teaching book by Michael Hunter-Schwartz, Sophie Sparrow, and Gerry Hess, titled “Teaching Law by Design.”  This is a one day conference on April 28th
  2. Summer: The summer conference is covering the use of technology in the classroom.  This conference is in Spokane at Gonzaga University School of Law on June 18-20th. The deadline for proposals has been extended to March 2, 2018.

February 16, 2018 in Meetings | Permalink | Comments (0)

Deadline for proposals for summer ILTL conference extended

Summer: ILTL is still accepting proposals for the summer conference covering the use of technology in the classroom.  The deadline is extended to March 2, so get us those proposals!  If you know someone at your school who is really good with technology or is doing something unique with technology, encourage them to send in an proposal.  The link is http://lawteaching.org/conferences/ which has the formal call for proposal.  This conference is in Spokane at Gonzaga University School of Law on June 18-20th

February 16, 2018 in Meetings | Permalink | Comments (0)

Saturday, January 27, 2018

Lineup Announced for 6th Annual SWCASP Workshop

Join your ASP colleagues on Friday, March 9, 2018 at UNT Dallas College of Law for a one-day conference focused on innovative ideas for supporting the current generation of law students.  The conference theme is "Assisting the Modern Law Student: Academic Support in Changing Times." 

The conference will kick off on Thursday evening with a welcome dinner at 6:30 p.m. at Wild Salsa, sponsored by BarBri. A block of rooms has been reserved at the Hampton Inn and Suites at 1700 Commerce Street, directly across from the street from the conference. Rooms can be reserved using the link included in the registration form. The tentative schedule for Friday, March 9 is below.

8:45 a.m.        Registration and Breakfast at UNT Dallas College of Law

9:00 a.m.       Scrapbooking for 1Ls: A Hands-On Approach to Legal Synthesis with Preyal Shah and Jessica Haseltine, UNT Dallas College of Law

10:00 a.m.    Emerging Adults with Rebecca Flanagan, University of Massachusetts School of Law

11:00 a.m.    Helicopter Professors with Emily Grant, Washburn University School of Law

12:00 p.m.    Lunch at UNT Dallas College of Law

1:00 p.m.    For Technical Assistance, Please Press 9 with Kirsha Trychta, West Virginia University College of Law

2:00 p.m.    Law Success after Year One: Using a Mandatory Skills Curriculum to Tackle Bar Passage Rates with Zoe Niesel and Mike Barry, St. Mary’s University School of Law

January 27, 2018 in Meetings, Travel, Web/Tech | Permalink | Comments (0)

Friday, January 26, 2018

Call for Proposals: ILTL Technology Conference

The Institute for Law Teaching and Learning invites proposals for conference workshops addressing the many ways that law teachers are utilizing technology in their classrooms across the curriculum. With the rising demands for teachers who are educated on active learning techniques and with technology changing so rapidly, this topic has taken on increased urgency in recent years.  The Institute is interested in proposals that deal with all types of technology, and the technology demonstrated should be focused on helping students learn actively in areas such as legal theory and knowledge, practice skills, and guided reflection, etc.  Accordingly, we welcome proposals for workshops on incorporating technology in the classrooms of doctrinal, clinical, externship, writing, seminar, hybrid, and interdisciplinary courses.  

The Institute invites proposals for 60-minute workshops consistent with a broad interpretation of the conference theme. The workshops can address the use of technology in first-year courses, upper-level courses, required courses, electives, or academic support roles. Each workshop should include materials that participants can use during the workshop and when they return to their campuses. Presenters should model effective teaching methods by actively engaging the workshop participants. The Institute Co-Directors are glad to work with anyone who would like advice on designing their presentations to be interactive.

To be considered for the conference, proposals should be one page (maximum), single-spaced, and include the following information:

  • The title of the workshop;
  • The name, address, telephone number, and email address of the presenter(s); and
  • A summary of the contents of the workshop, including its goals and methods.

The Institute must receive proposals by February 15, 2018. Submit proposals via email to Professor Sandra Simpson, Co-Director, Institute for Law Teaching and Learning, at simpsons@gonzaga.edu.

The conference is self-supporting. The conference fee for participants is $450, which includes materials, meals during the conference (two breakfasts and two lunches), and a welcome reception on Monday evening, June 18, 2018. The conference fee for presenters is $350.  The conference workshops will take place all day on Tuesday, June 19, and until the early afternoon on Wednesday, June 20. Gonzaga University School of Law is hosting a welcome reception on the evening of June 18, 2018, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Barrister Winery, located in the downtown area.  

Presenters and participants must cover their own travel and accommodation expenses. Local hotel accommodations and additional information can be viewed here: Download Call for Proposals Gonzaga Summer 2018.  (Kirsha Trychta)

January 26, 2018 in Meetings, Travel, Web/Tech | Permalink | Comments (0)

Friday, January 19, 2018

News from the AALS Section on Academic Support

Congratulations to the 2018-2019 Officers and Board Members for the AALS Section on Academic Support! The officer/board list is:

  • Chair: Staci Rucker (Cincinnati)
  • Chair-Elect: Courtney Lee (McGeorge)
  • Secretary: Jennifer Carr (McGeorge)
  • Treasurer: Jamie Kleppetsch (John Marshall - Chicago)
  • Immediate Past Chair: Danielle Bifulci Kocal (Pace)
  • Board Member: Raul Ruiz (Florida International)
  • Board Member: Goldie Pritchard (Michigan State)
  • Board Member: Zoe Niesel (St. Mary's)
  • Board Member: Susan Landrum (St. John's)

 The winner of the AALS Section on Academic Support Award was Linda Feldman (Brooklyn).

If you were not at the AALS Annual Meeting in San Diego and want to serve on a committee for the Section, please contact Staci Rucker to discuss committee positions. (Amy Jarmon)

 

January 19, 2018 in Meetings, Miscellany | Permalink | Comments (0)

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Section on Academic Support at the AALS 2018 Conference

“Equal Access to Justice: Supporting Law Students from Diverse Backgrounds from Admission through the Bar Exam” was the title of the Section on Academic Support program at the Association of American Law Schools (AALS) 2018 Annual Meeting. The line-up included five presenters and was moderated by Jamie A. Kleppetsch who also served as chair of the programming committee. The program highlighted available support mechanisms for law students from diverse racial, ethnic, and socioeconomic backgrounds from admissions through passing the bar exam. The papers from this program will be published in the University of Maryland Law Journal of Race, Religion, Gender and Class.

Russell A. McClain presented on the history of academic support and proposed a way forward that brings academic support back, in part, to a focus on improving minority performance.

Renee Nicole Allen and DeShun Harris emphasized promoting social justice by combating implicit bias. The general assumption is that Millennials are a colorblind generation but they are equally susceptible to biases and microaggressions so how do we help them?

Jeffrey Minneti discussed how we diversify the legal profession through commitment to access admissions and support of these students as they prepare for and sit for the bar exam.

Leslie Y. Garfield Tenzer described success with an on-line academic support class aimed at fostering learning, overall academic improvement, and removing sigma associated with receiving assistance.

The presenters all had interesting tidbits that can help us all support our diverse students from the beginning of their law school career and through their preparation for the bar exam.

The ASP program committee this year included chair Jamie A Kleppetsch, Danielle Bifulci Kocal, Robert Coulthard, Marsha Griggs, Goldie Pritchard, Natalie Rodriguez, Stacie Rucker, and Laurie Zimet. (Goldie Pritchard)

January 17, 2018 in Academic Support Spotlight, Current Affairs, Diversity Issues, Meetings | Permalink | Comments (0)

Monday, January 15, 2018

SWCASP Conference Registration

6th Annual SWCASP Workshop

UNT Dallas College of Law

 

March 9th, 2018

 

Assisting the Modern Law Student: Academic Support in Changing Times

Join us in downtown Dallas for a one-day conference focused on innovative ideas for supporting the current generation of law students. Registration is open to anyone interested in academic support. Please complete the attached form to register. This year, our great schedule of presenters will include:

Scrapbooking for 1Ls: A Hands-On Approach to Legal Synthesis

Preyal Shah and Jessica Haseltine, UNT Dallas College of Law

Law Success after Year One: Using a Mandatory Skills Curriculum to Tackle Bar Passage Rates

Zoe Niesel and Mike Barry, St. Mary’s University School of Law

For Technical Assistance, Please Press 9

Kirsha Trychta, West Virginia University College of Law

Emerging Adults

Rebecca Flanagan, University of Massachusetts School of Law

 

Helicopter Professors

Emily Grant, Washburn University School of Law

We hope to see you there! Download 2018 Registration Form SWCASP

January 15, 2018 in Meetings | Permalink | Comments (0)

Tuesday, January 2, 2018

Academic Support, Teaching, and Legal Writing Conferences in 2018

Happy New Year! Can you believe that it is 2018?!  Here is a list of upcoming events for your 2018 calendar.   

January 2018

AALS Annual Meeting is happening right now! The Academic Support Business Meeting is Friday, January 5, 2018 from 7:30 – 8:30 a.m. Pacific Time in Temecula Room 4, North Tower/Ground Level.  This year, the committee will be providing the option of calling (or video chatting) into the Business Meeting via a Zoom Meeting, so that members who are not in attendance can still participate. The instructions for calling into the meeting are below.

Topic: AALS Business Meeting - Academic Support. Time: Jan 5, 2018 7:30 AM Pacific Time (US and Canada).

  • Join from iPhone one-tap: US: +16699006833,,4693069357# or +14086380968,,4693069357#
  • Join by telephone: dial +1 669 900 6833 or +1 408 638 0968 or +1 646 876 9923. For higher quality, dial a number based on your current location.
  • Meeting ID: 469 306 9357

The Academic Support Section Program is Saturday, January 6, 2018 from 9:00 a.m. to Noon Pacific Time in the Pacific Ballroom Salon 15, North Tower/Ground Level.

 

February 2018

Sharing Scholarship & Building Teachers Conference hosted by the Albany Law School. The conference committee has not yet released the schedule and the upcoming conference is not posted anywhere. However, this conference is typically held in February. The focus of this conference is on junior faculty who teach a wide variety of subjects.  Click here for last year’s announcement.

 

March 2018

6th Annual Southwestern Consortium of Academic Support Professionals Workshop hosted by UNT Dallas College of Law in Dallas, Texas on March 9, 2018. The theme is “Assisting the Modern Law Student: Academic Support in Changing Times.”  The save-the-date announcement, including a list of presenters, is available here.

Clinical Legal Education Association (CLEA) Externships 9 Conference hosted by the University of Georgia School of Law in Athens, Georgia from March 9–11, 2018. A full schedule of events is currently available online.

Rocky Mountain Legal Writing Conference hosted by the University of Denver Sturm College Of Law in Denver, Colorado from March 23–24, 2018. The conference committee has not yet released the schedule. This conference is free but advance registration is required.

 

April 2018

Southeastern Legal Writing Conference co-hosted by Emory University College of Law and Georgia State University College of Law at Georgia State College of Law in Atlanta, Georgia from April 21–22, 2018. The conference committee has not yet released the schedule.  

AALS Conference on Clinical Legal Education in Chicago, Illinois from April 29—May 2, 2018. The schedule is available to view online.

 

May 2018

Association of Academic Support Educators (AASE) Conference, hosted by the St. Louis University School of Law in St. Louis, Missouri from May 22–24, 2018. Proposals are currently being accepted.  The save-the-date announcement and rules for submitting a proposal can be found here.

Empire State Legal Writing Conference. Location and date to be announced. The conference committee has not yet released the schedule.

 

June 2018

Law and Society Association’s Annual Meeting in Toronto, Canada from June 7–10, 2018.  The conference committee has not yet released the schedule.

AALS Workshop for New Law School Teachers in Washington, D.C. from June 7–9, 2018.  The schedule for this conference is not yet published, but the primary focus is on helping new law teachers with teaching. 

Institute for Law Teaching and Learning Conference hosted by Gonzaga University School of Law in Spokane, Washington from June 18 – 20, 2018. The conference committee has not yet released the schedule.  Presentation proposals are still being accepted through February 1, 2018.  For my blogpost review of the 2017 conference, click here

 

July 2018

Legal Writing Institute (LWI) Biennial Conference hosted by the Marquette University Law School in Milwaukee, Wisconsin on July 11–14, 2018. The conference committee has not yet released the schedule.

 

August 2018

Southeastern Association of Law Schools (SEALS) Conference at the Marriott Harbor Beach Resort & Spa in Fort Lauderdale, Florida from August 5–11, 2018. A tentative proposal is available online, and, among the various teaching topics, it includes a presentation entitled “Bar Preparation Strategies for Law Professors and Academic Support Programs.”  For my blogpost review of the 2017 conference, click here.

Western Regional Legal Writing Conference. The location and date for 2018 have not been announced. To view the 2017 announcement, click here.

 

September 2018

Central States Legal Writing Conference. The location and date for 2018 have not been announced. To view the 2017 announcement, click here.

 

October 2018

Society of American Law Teachers (SALT) Teaching Conference & LatCrit Junior Faculty Development Workshop hosted by Penn State Law at University Park, Pennsylvania from October 4 – 6, 2018. The conference committee has not yet released the schedule.

October/November Regional Conferences. The following conferences typically occur in October, but specific details are not yet available:

 

December 2018

LWI One-Day Workshops in various locations across the country during the first two weeks of December. The details are not yet available, but you can check the LWI webpage here periodically for updates.

Global Legal Skills Conference hosted by Melbourne Law School in Melbourne, Australia from December 10–12, 2018. A tentative schedule is available to view online.

 

Coming in 2019

Applied Legal Storytelling. The location and date for 2019 have not been announced.

Association of Legal Writing Directors (ALWD) Biennial Conference. The location and date for 2019 have not been announced.

 

Kudos and Attributions

Professor Cathren Page of Barry University School of Law (with the help of Sue Liemer, Lurene Contento, Terry Pollman, Renee Allen, Sandra Simpson, and Kate Aschenbrenner) complied a non-exhaustive list of conferences that include presentations on teaching, legal writing, and academic support related topics and graciously shared their list with the legal writing listserv. Their listserv posting serves as the basis for this blog post.  I added a few events, updated some of the details, and provided hyperlinks to the conference webpages when possible.  I owe a big "thank you" to Professor Page and her colleagues.  (Kirsha Trychta)

January 2, 2018 in Meetings, Travel | Permalink | Comments (0)

Friday, December 15, 2017

Reminder AALS Section on Academic Support Sessions in San Diego

The AALS Annual Meeting is fast approaching! This year's meeting is in San Diego on January 3 - 6, 2018. Registration for the conference is still possible: Information and Registration. The business meeting for the Section on Academic Support is scheduled for 7:30 - 8:30 a.m. on Friday, January 5th. At that meeting the slate of officers/board members will be voted on and the section award will be presented. In addition, section members can sign up for committees, and other items of business can be raised. On Saturday, January 6th, the section program "Equal Access to Justice: Supporting Law Students from Diverse Backgrounds from Admission Through the Bar Exam" will be held from 9:00 a.m. - noon. We are excited to have an extended program slot this year! We hope you will be able to join us in San Diego!

December 15, 2017 in Meetings | Permalink | Comments (0)

Monday, December 11, 2017

Call for Proposals for 2018 AASE Conference

Download AASE 2018 Call for Proposals

The 2018 Association of Academic Support Educators (AASE) Conference is set for May 22-24, 2018, at St. Louis University School of Law in Saint Louis, Missouri.

The conference presents a wonderful opportunity to expand and enhance your professional experience by sharing your skills and knowledge with an audience of peers from law schools across the country. The Call for Proposals is attached. Proposals must be submitted using the required online form no later than January 19, 2018. Late submissions will not be accepted.

Please use this link to access the online form: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSf4Aj5KzEZwfmktAya8DxQKENJ1okuasGMImWWZk4Drpk1Izw/viewform?usp=sf_link.

For any questions, please email the programming committee at aaseconference@gmail.com.

Thank you,

Isabel Freitas Peres and Megan Kreminski, AASE Programming Committee Co-Chairs

December 11, 2017 in Meetings | Permalink | Comments (0)

Friday, December 1, 2017

Save the Date for SWCASP Workshop in March

Save the Date

 

March 9th, 2018

 

6th Annual Southwestern Consortium of Academic Support Professionals Workshop

at

UNT Dallas College of Law

in Dallas, Texas

 

Assisting the Modern Law Student: Academic Support in Changing Times

Join us in downtown Dallas for a one-day conference focused on innovative ideas for supporting the current generation of law students. Registration is open to anyone interested in academic support.  Registration forms, hotel information, and additional details will be provided in early January. This year, our great schedule of presenters will include:

Scrapbooking for 1Ls: A Hands-On Approach to Legal Synthesis

Preyal Shah and Jessica Haseltine, UNT Dallas College of Law

Law Success after Year One: Using a Mandatory Skills Curriculum to Tackle Bar Passage Rates

Zoe Niesel and Mike Barry, St. Mary’s University School of Law

For Technical Assistance, Please Press 9

Kirsha Trychta, West Virginia University College of Law

Emerging Adults

Rebecca Flanagan, University of Massachusetts School of Law

Helicopter Professors

Emily Grant, Washburn University School of Law

We hope to see you there!

December 1, 2017 in Meetings | Permalink | Comments (0)

Sunday, November 19, 2017

Save the Date for the AASE Conference in May

The dates for the sixth annual Association of Academic Support Educators conference are May 22-26, 2018. The conference is in St. Louis, Missouri with Saint Louis University School of Law as the host school. If you are new to the ASP/bar prep community, you will find this conference very helpful. Experienced ASP'ers always look forward to the sessions. Hope to see you there!

November 19, 2017 in Meetings | Permalink | Comments (0)

Monday, November 13, 2017

Call for Presentation Proposals for 2018 AASE Conference

2018 Annual Conference
May 22 – 24: St. Louis, MO
St. Louis University School of Law
Call for Proposals

Introduction
The 2018 Conference of the Association of Academic Support Educators will bring together colleagues interested in legal education and academic support. In this collegial and collaborative environment, colleagues will have a chance to meet, reconnect, and share ideas about pedagogy, scholarship, and professional growth.

In order to present at the conference, you need to be a current AASE member and current with your annual dues at the time of the submission. If you are not an AASE member, you must submit an application to verify membership eligibility and pay your annual dues before submitting your proposal.

The program committee welcomes proposals on any subject relating to legal education and academic support.

Please craft your proposal carefully using the required online form. The program committee will only look at proposals submitted through this online form. Please copy and paste the following link into your browser to access the required online form and follow the instructions to submit a proposal: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSf4Aj5KzEZwfmktAya8DxQKENJ1okuasGMImWWZk4Drpk1Izw/viewform?usp=sf_link.

A “Sample Proposal” is available at the end of this document and it contains more detailed explanations and sample answers of the questions you will see in the required online form. The program committee will look for proposals that describe the presentation and its goals in detail. Our assumption is that a clear and detailed proposal today will lead to a stronger presentation at the conference. Please review the Sample Proposal before submitting the required online form.

Presentation Topics
The committee seeks various presentations and topics, including but not limited to presentations
that address:
• diversity and inclusion (particularly programs that focus on sustaining women and minorities in legal careers);
• teaching ideas for new and veteran teachers;
• scholarship;
• research;
• professional growth;
• assessment;
• hot topics in legal education;
• creativity in law teaching and learning;
• teaching methods;
• analytical and academic competencies necessary for success in law school, on the bar, and in practice;
• counseling;
• educational psychology;
• assisting students with learning disabilities;
• the role and status of Academic Support Professionals in the legal academy; and
• intersections between academic support, legal writing and doctrinal teaching.

Presentation Format
Presentations may be in any form the presenter finds effective. Although the committee does seek to accommodate all presenters with their selection for presentation format and timing, the committee may occasionally ask presenters to change the format or timing of a presentation to fit the needs of a comprehensive and diverse program.
The following is a description of the different types of presentations:

Interactive Workshop
An interactive workshop is a presentation with audience participation throughout. A proposal for an interactive workshop should discuss what you plan to do to make the presentation interactive.

Examples include: pair and share, break-out group discussions, use of demonstrative aids that involve the audience, or other audience participation. Note that providing handouts, although very beneficial for attendees, does not on its own make the presentation interactive.
If you submit a proposal with more than one presenter for your session, your proposal should include the name, e-mail address, and school for each presenter. In determining how many presenters to include in your proposal, please make sure that each person will have sufficient time to fully discuss his or her topic. Because most presentations will last only 45 minutes, we recommend no more than 2 to 3 presenters.

Lesson in a Box
A lesson in a box presentation is a session devoted to the presentation of a lesson on a single topic. Such sessions should include all of the information and materials necessary for attendees to leave the session prepared to deliver the lesson on their own.

Moderated Group Discussion
Moderated Group Discussions are more informal presentations that feature group conversations and interaction. The committee encourages presentations that will foster dialogue among conference attendees. These sessions are particularly well suited for hot topics.

Speed Round
Speed Rounds are 10 minute, fast-paced, high-impact sessions. These are opportunities for new ideas, or for emerging professionals to present ideas that might not have been presented on before. There will be several Speed Rounds running concurrently throughout the period.

Brochure Summary
Please provide a short summary of your presentation for the conference brochure. The summary should not exceed 250 words and should accurately reflect the subject of the presentation.

Technology
As part of your proposal we ask that you explain whether your presentation requires projection, internet access, audio, or other technology and the degree to which each is necessary to your presentation. We ask that proposals identify any technology needs at this early point so that we can be prepared well in advance of the conference to provide accessibility.

Time Slots
The committee expects that nearly all presentations will be assigned a 30 minutes, 45 minutes, or 1 hour time slot. Proposals should indicate the time needed for the presentation. Please also address how the presentation can be adapted if you are allotted a shorter amount of time. However, we recognize that a few presentations are better served with more time. If you are interested in a 75-minute time slot, your proposal should clearly explain why 75 minutes is necessary.

Submission Deadline
Proposals must be submitted no later than January 19, 2018. Late submissions will not be accepted.

Notification
All individuals submitting a proposal will be notified about the status of their proposal on or before February 16, 2018.

Multiple Proposals and the “One-Presentation Rule”
You may submit a maximum of two proposals, and you need not rank your proposals in order of preference. If you are selected for more than one presentation or panel, you will be given the opportunity to select the one presentation or panel in which you would like to participate, as each person is limited to one presentation or panel.

No Marketing
Although the committee welcomes proposals on any topic of interest to academic support faculty, a proposal will not be accepted if it appears to be a means to market a textbook or other for-pay product. AASE does not accept proposals from any commercial vendors. Any commercial vendor interested in promoting their materials may do so as a sponsor of the conference. Please email aaseconference@gmail.com to request information on becoming a sponsor.

Questions
If you have any questions, please contact the Programming Committee at: aaseconference@gmail.com.

SAMPLE PROPOSAL

Proposal for AASE 2018 Annual Summer Conference

Presenter Contact Information: Cai Leonard, Law School, 2 Main Street, Springfield, ST 98765.
T: 112-356-7890 caileo@lawschool.edu

Presentation Title: Building Positive Classroom Environments

Background of Presentation Topic: Creating a positive learning environment is one of the components critical to successful learning (e.g. Bransford et. al, How People Learn 25; Goleman, Social Intelligence 268-76; Hess & Friedland, Techniques for Teaching Law 326-27). Emotional intelligence and neuroscience studies show that we learn better when we are challenged, supported, respected, and engaged. Too much stress impedes learning; lack of challenge does the same. This workshop focuses on how to create a positive learning environment for law students.

Goals of the Presentation: By the end of this workshop participants will:
• Be able to explain the value of positive interpersonal environments in helping students learn;
• Be able to identify methods for building positive interpersonal classroom environments; and
• Be able to engage their own students in exercises that help build positive classroom environments.

Target Audience: Newbies & moderate experience level; all school sizes

Presentation Format: Interactive Workshop

Presentation Methodology: Participants will be actively involved in different techniques that affect classroom dynamics. Participants will engage in:
 Writing
 Discussing ideas in pairs
 Looking at visuals
 Listening & reflecting
 Discussing ideas with the whole group
 Practicing with a small group
Participants will first examine the environments that have been conducive to their own learning, and exchange their ideas with a partner. This will be followed by a short, whole group discussion about the value of creating positive affect — and the value of engaging others in talking about it. Participants will then be given scenarios about classroom behaviors and asked to consider the following kinds of questions:
 What could the professor have done at the beginning of the course to increase the positive interpersonal engagement?
 What are the likely consequences of negative classroom interactions?
 What small steps can professors take to improve the classroom environment?

Participants will be given an overview of how positive and negative interpersonal dynamics and environments affect student learning. They will then discuss things they have noticed within their classes and ways to improve classroom dynamics. Depending on participants’ teaching areas, participants may engage in small group discussions about questions relating to doctrinal areas, upper level vs. first year courses, skills courses, or clinical courses.
Throughout the workshop, I will share my own experiences and give examples of what I have found effective in my classes, others’ classes, and I will answer participants’ questions.

Timing Required: 30 minutes

Materials: Outline of the workshop, scenarios regarding different kinds of classroom environments, questions for participants to respond to, specific techniques professors can use to create positive environments, and short list of resources.

Technology Required: Access to PowerPoint would be very helpful, although the session could be modified to be done without it.

Brochure Summary: We have all witnessed our students struggle in their classes due to too much stress. This workshop focuses on how to create a positive learning environment for law students. Through group discussion and partner work, participants will learn how to build positive interpersonal classroom environments.

November 13, 2017 in Meetings | Permalink | Comments (0)

Monday, November 6, 2017

Registration Is Open for the December One-Day LWI Workshops

Registration is now open for the LWI One Day Workshops in December! You can register for the site of your choice here. If you have any questions about registration, please contact Renee Allen.

2017 Dates, Sites & Themes:

December 1, 2017   

Golden Gate University School of Law in San Francisco, California – “Developing Writing and Research Skills from Orientation to Graduation” 

University of South Carolina School of Law in Columbia, South Carolina – “Directing Traffic at the Intersection of Legal Research and Legal Writing: Teaching Analysis” 

December 8, 2017

University of Houston Law Center in Houston, Texas – “Stepping into Spring: Preparing for the Second Semester”

Drexel University Thomas R. Kline School of Law in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania – “Research, Writing and What Else? Expanding the Legal Writing Classroom”

Elon University School of Law in Greensboro, North Carolina – “Legal Writing: Passport to the Profession”

Shepard Broad College of Law Nova Southeastern University in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida – “Small Changes, Big Results: Incremental changes people can make in LRW Classes to Improve Learning, Feedback, and Engagement”

December 9, 2017

University of Arizona James E. Rogers College of Law in Tucson, Arizona – “Innovating Upstream: Meeting New Teaching Demands in an Increasingly Global and Technological Legal World”

We look forward to seeing you in December!

The LWI One Day Workshop Committee Co-Chairs

Renee Allen, Cindy Archer, and Meredith Stange

November 6, 2017 in Meetings | Permalink | Comments (0)

Friday, November 3, 2017

Call for Nominations for AALS Section on Academic Support Officer/Board Positions

Good morning,

I write on behalf of the Nominations Committee of the AALS Section on Academic Support (Amy Jarmon, Phil Kaplan, and myself).  Below  are instructions for submitting nominations to serve in Section leadership.  There are three positions open:  Treasurer and two Board positions.  Please note that according to the Section's rotation rules, the Treasurer moves to the Secretary position the following year, then Chair-Elect and Chair in the years after that.  As stated below, the deadline to submit nominations is Nov. 15, 2017, at noon (Pacific time). 

I encourage everyone in our community to consider volunteering for these positions or nominating someone.  You can participate meaningfully even if you do not regularly attend the AALS Annual Meetings.

CALL FOR NOMINATIONS FOR OFFICERS AND BOARD MEMBERS FOR THE AALS SECTION ON ACADEMIC SUPPORT

At the 2018 Annual Meeting of the Association of American Law Schools (AALS) in San Diego, the Section on Academic Support will have its Business Meeting on Friday, January 5th at 7:30AM.  Section members will elect the 2018 Executive Committee.  The Nominations Committee is now accepting nominations for positions to be elected at the 2018 meeting.

The Executive Committee is comprised of Chair, Chair-Elect, Secretary, Treasurer, four board members, and the Immediate Past Chair.  Two Board Members are elected each year, serving two-year terms.  Per the bylaws’ rotation rules, Staci Rucker (Cincinnati) becomes the Chair of the Section for 2018, Courtney Lee (McGeorge) becomes 2018 Chair-Elect, and Jennifer Carr (McGeorge) becomes 2018 Secretary.  Danielle Kocal (Pace) will move to 2018 Immediate Past Chair. 

Positions to be filled at the upcoming meeting are Treasurer (to advance to Secretary in 2019, Chair-Elect in 2020, and Chair in 2021), and two Board Members (2018-2019).  The Secretary and Treasurer also serve as a chair or co-chair of a committee during the year.  Board Members serve as members of at least one committee during their terms.

Who May Be Nominated: Candidates must be faculty or professional staff at AALS member law schools (see http://www.aals.org/member-schools/).  The nominated person need not be present at the AALS Annual Meeting.

Who May Submit a Nomination: You may nominate yourself or any other eligible candidate at an AALS member school.

Contents of the Nomination: Nominations must be in writing and include:  (1) the candidate’s name, title, institutional affiliation, and business email address; (2) a brief description of the candidate’s professional role at his/her institution and connection with law school academic support; and (3) a statement confirming that the candidate is willing to be nominated. 

Where to send Nominations: Send nominations to Courtney Lee at clee1@pacific.edu (please be sure to include the “1”).

Deadline: Noon (Pacific) on Wednesday, November 15, 2017.

After nominations close, the Nominations Committee will confirm nominees’ interest in serving; review nominations; choose a slate of candidates to recommend at the Business Meeting; and seek additional nominations at the Business Meeting. 

Best,
Courtney, Amy, and Phil

COURTNEY G. LEE
Professor of Lawyering Skills
Director of Bar Support
McGeorge School of Law
University of the Pacific
3200 Fifth Ave., Sacramento, CA 95817
916.739.7242
McGeorge.edu

November 3, 2017 in Meetings | Permalink | Comments (0)

Friday, October 20, 2017

Registration Deadline for WCCASP Conference is Today!

Today is the deadline for registration!!!! The link is here:  Registration for WCCASP

 

West Coast Consortium

of Academic Support Professionals

Sixth Annual Conference:  Lost in Translation

Golden Gate University School of Law, San Francisco, CA

Friday, November 3, 2017

AGENDA

9:00-9:30am:  Breakfast & Welcome

9:30-10:15am:  Critical Reading: Strategies for Success

Jane Bloom Grisé, University of Kentucky College of Law

This presentation will explain why law students need to receive instruction in critical reading and will provide specific strategies that will enable students to understand cases and statutes. Law students should not be expected to learn critical reading techniques in one orientation session in their 1L year. Rather, they should be introduced to these strategies over the course of their law school experience. The presentation will focus on the purpose for reading cases, reading as an advocate and with focus, case structure and civil and criminal procedure, context and overview, understanding the facts, strategies to use to understand text, strategies to use to understand main ideas, finding rules, case evaluation, case briefing, case synthesis, and reading statutes. The presentation also will offer ideas regarding how critical reading instruction can be incorporated into all law school courses.

10:15-10:25am Break 

10:25-11:10am:  The Power of Post-Its: How to use a set of sticky notes to promote analytical organization, peer communication, and student self-assessment

Katherine Silver Kelly, The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law

The Post-It Note Activity builds on the concept that, because feedback is a vital key to developing strong communication skills, academic support professionals should utilize high-impact and high-engagement modes of feedback that do not impose an impossible time commitment. In other words, get a lot of bang for the buck. The activity also supports the goal of law students developing the necessary ability to self-assess and become independent problem-solvers. The Post-It Note Activity is the perfect balance between guidance and independence that reinforces the importance of synthesizing rules and organizing concepts in order to see and understand an analytical framework. It also develops communication skills in that students must be able to articulate their ideas into a tangible form. This activity works for any type of learner because it allows a student to engage material on multiple analytical levels, recognize multiple solution paths, and use multiple communication tools.

11:10-11:20am Break

11:20-12:20pm: KeyNote Speaker

 Ron Pi, Principal Analyst for the Office of Research & Institutional Accountability at the State Bar of California

In this presentation, Mr. Pi will provide an overview of the various bar exam related studies the California Bar Exam has recently been engaged in with a focus on the content validation study. Mr. Pi organized and monitored the recent content validation workshop. This workshop’s focus included the depth of knowledge, skills and abilities required for passing the bar exam. Mr. Pi will also discuss future research plans to be conducted by the California Bar.

12:20-1:15pm Lunch

1:15-2:00pm:  From Practical Experience to Success in the Classroom, on the Bar Exam, and Beyond.

Marguerite Lee & Heather Varanini, Golden Gate University School of Law

In this presentation we will discuss how practical experiences gained in law school informed our current work teaching first year law students how to build and maintain the skills they need to succeed in law school and on the bar exam. The presentation will explore the connection between explaining complicated legal topics to clients and other non-legal people, and the challenge of breaking down those same legal topics for first year law students and those preparing for the bar.

2:00-2:10pm: Break

2:10-2:55pm: A.S.A.P. as a Multimodal Translator of Student Mindset: Balancing Old School Methods with the New

Any Vaughan-Thomas, California Western School of Law

“It is not that the student can’t do the work, it is that the student does not want to do the work.” This presentation seeks to critically examine the mindsets of 50 students when they entered California Western School of Law’s Academic Support and Assistance Program (A.S.A.P.) in comparison to the mindset of the 34 students that successfully completed the program to advance into upper division. The goal of the presentation is to identify the teaching methods that helped these students translate information, engage with their materials, and apply their knowledge to solve legal problems. Ultimately we ask, “Can this program change a student’s mindset?” And if so, what is it about this program that motivates the change?

2:55-3:05: Break 

3:05-4:05pm The Complete Cycle of Law Study and Exam Preparation Lesson

Laurie Zimet & Jennifer Freeland, UC Hastings College of the Law

In this interactive presentation, we will demonstrate a lesson that provides an overview of the entire legal analysis process. Using active learning pedagogy, students learn how to read a court decision, and how to extract the legal principles from that case to create a brief. Then, using the same and additional cases, we will share active learning exercises for promoting understanding of the precedential value of previous cases and various approaches to reasoning by analogy. Finally, exercises to organize/outline case law for application to essay and multiple choice exams will be addressed as well as methods for student self-assessment. 

4:05-4:15pm: Break 

4:15-5:00pm Back It Up: Improving Analysis by First Improving Rule Comprehension

Queena Mewers, UC Irvine School of Law

When teaching “IRAC,” we tend to focus on the “A” section and help our students express their analysis more fully by prompting them to fill in the following blank with facts and inferences: “Here, [element X] is met because ______.” Although students can typically fill in the blank with facts and inferences when specifically prompted this way, they struggle to generate this formula on their own because they actually often do not understand what are all the rule elements they must apply in the first place to effect a complete analysis of an issue. In this presentation, I will suggest a general method for teaching rule comprehension so that students can better identify, extract, and organize rules in preparation for writing the “A” section. I will also provide several follow-on exercises that utilize and reinforce this teaching method while helping students with critical reading, outlining, and actually writing the “A” section. 

                                                                                5:00pm Conference Close

October 20, 2017 in Meetings | Permalink | Comments (0)

Monday, October 16, 2017

October Slump and Shout-Outs

I first want to provide a special shout-out to Russell McClain, the University of Baltimore School of Law, and everyone involved with the planning and running of the Association of Academic Support Educators (AASE) Diversity Conference. The presentations and accompanying dialogue were informative and thought provoking. And, as always, the camaraderie among the law school academic support community and the community’s genuine interest in law student success were inspiring and helped serve as continued motivation to push us through the rest of the academic semester.

I also want to provide a separate shout-out to my colleague, Rachel Gurvich. I have mentioned Rachel’s name and Twitter handle (@RachelGurvich) on several occasions at law school conferences and on this blog. Rachel recently wrote an ASP-ish post on The #Practice Tuesday blog. The post, entitled, “It’s not so shiny anymore: 1Ls and the October slump”, provides seven tips on how 1Ls can push through the rest of the academic semester. I encourage you and your students to take a look at the post and follow Rachel on Twitter. She’s a great colleague and resource at Carolina and beyond—her Tweets have reached and supported law students throughout the country, including this one and this one.

Rachel and Sean Marotta (@smmarotta) started The #Practice Tuesday blog as an opportunity to expand their #Practice Tuesday discussions on Twitter. On Tuesday afternoons, Rachel and Sean lead great discussions on “advice and musings on legal practice and the profession.” Participants in the discussions include practitioners, judges, and law school faculty and students throughout the country. Feel free to join in on the conversations!

Again, thanks to Russell McClain and everyone involved with the AASE Diversity Conference! And, thanks, to my amazing colleague Rachel Gurvich! (OJ Salinas)

October 16, 2017 in Advice, Current Affairs, Diversity Issues, Encouragement & Inspiration, Exams - Studying, Learning Styles, Meetings, Miscellany, Stress & Anxiety, Study Tips - General, Teaching Tips, Weblogs | Permalink | Comments (0)

Sunday, October 15, 2017

Deadline for WCCASP Conference registration is Friday, October 20th

The deadline for registration  is Friday, October 20th.

 

West Coast Consortium of Academic Support Professionals Sixth Annual Conference:  Lost in Translation

Golden Gate University School of Law, San Francisco, CA

Friday, November 3, 2017

AGENDA

9:00-9:30am:  Breakfast & Welcome

9:30-10:15am:  Critical Reading: Strategies for Success

Jane Bloom Grisé, University of Kentucky College of Law

This presentation will explain why law students need to receive instruction in critical reading and will provide specific strategies that will enable students to understand cases and statutes. Law students should not be expected to learn critical reading techniques in one orientation session in their 1L year. Rather, they should be introduced to these strategies over the course of their law school experience. The presentation will focus on the purpose for reading cases, reading as an advocate and with focus, case structure and civil and criminal procedure, context and overview, understanding the facts, strategies to use to understand text, strategies to use to understand main ideas, finding rules, case evaluation, case briefing, case synthesis, and reading statutes. The presentation also will offer ideas regarding how critical reading instruction can be incorporated into all law school courses.

10:15-10:25am Break 

10:25-11:10am:  The Power of Post-Its: How to use a set of sticky notes to promote analytical organization, peer communication, and student self-assessment

Katherine Silver Kelly, The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law

The Post-It Note Activity builds on the concept that, because feedback is a vital key to developing strong communication skills, academic support professionals should utilize high-impact and high-engagement modes of feedback that do not impose an impossible time commitment. In other words, get a lot of bang for the buck. The activity also supports the goal of law students developing the necessary ability to self-assess and become independent problem-solvers. The Post-It Note Activity is the perfect balance between guidance and independence that reinforces the importance of synthesizing rules and organizing concepts in order to see and understand an analytical framework. It also develops communication skills in that students must be able to articulate their ideas into a tangible form. This activity works for any type of learner because it allows a student to engage material on multiple analytical levels, recognize multiple solution paths, and use multiple communication tools.

11:10-11:20am Break

11:20-12:20pm: KeyNote Speaker

 Ron Pi, Principal Analyst for the Office of Research & Institutional Accountability at the State Bar of California

In this presentation, Mr. Pi will provide an overview of the various bar exam related studies the California Bar Exam has recently been engaged in with a focus on the content validation study. Mr. Pi organized and monitored the recent content validation workshop. This workshop’s focus included the depth of knowledge, skills and abilities required for passing the bar exam. Mr. Pi will also discuss future research plans to be conducted by the California Bar.

12:20-1:15pm Lunch

1:15-2:00pm:  From Practical Experience to Success in the Classroom, on the Bar Exam, and Beyond.

Marguerite Lee & Heather Varanini, Golden Gate University School of Law

In this presentation we will discuss how practical experiences gained in law school informed our current work teaching first year law students how to build and maintain the skills they need to succeed in law school and on the bar exam. The presentation will explore the connection between explaining complicated legal topics to clients and other non-legal people, and the challenge of breaking down those same legal topics for first year law students and those preparing for the bar.

2:00-2:10pm: Break

2:10-2:55pm: A.S.A.P. as a Multimodal Translator of Student Mindset: Balancing Old School Methods with the New

Any Vaughan-Thomas, California Western School of Law

“It is not that the student can’t do the work, it is that the student does not want to do the work.” This presentation seeks to critically examine the mindsets of 50 students when they entered California Western School of Law’s Academic Support and Assistance Program (A.S.A.P.) in comparison to the mindset of the 34 students that successfully completed the program to advance into upper division. The goal of the presentation is to identify the teaching methods that helped these students translate information, engage with their materials, and apply their knowledge to solve legal problems. Ultimately we ask, “Can this program change a student’s mindset?” And if so, what is it about this program that motivates the change?

2:55-3:05: Break 

3:05-4:05pm The Complete Cycle of Law Study and Exam Preparation Lesson

Laurie Zimet & Jennifer Freeland, UC Hastings College of the Law

In this interactive presentation, we will demonstrate a lesson that provides an overview of the entire legal analysis process. Using active learning pedagogy, students learn how to read a court decision, and how to extract the legal principles from that case to create a brief. Then, using the same and additional cases, we will share active learning exercises for promoting understanding of the precedential value of previous cases and various approaches to reasoning by analogy. Finally, exercises to organize/outline case law for application to essay and multiple choice exams will be addressed as well as methods for student self-assessment. 

4:05-4:15pm: Break 

4:15-5:00pm Back It Up: Improving Analysis by First Improving Rule Comprehension

Queena Mewers, UC Irvine School of Law

When teaching “IRAC,” we tend to focus on the “A” section and help our students express their analysis more fully by prompting them to fill in the following blank with facts and inferences: “Here, [element X] is met because ______.” Although students can typically fill in the blank with facts and inferences when specifically prompted this way, they struggle to generate this formula on their own because they actually often do not understand what are all the rule elements they must apply in the first place to effect a complete analysis of an issue. In this presentation, I will suggest a general method for teaching rule comprehension so that students can better identify, extract, and organize rules in preparation for writing the “A” section. I will also provide several follow-on exercises that utilize and reinforce this teaching method while helping students with critical reading, outlining, and actually writing the “A” section.

 

                                                                                5:00pm Conference Close

October 15, 2017 in Meetings | Permalink | Comments (0)