Law School Academic Support Blog

Editor: Amy Jarmon
Texas Tech Univ. School of Law

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

AASE: Want to be an ASP Mentor next week at CUNY? Need an ASP Mentor to show you the ropes next week at the CUNY conference?

Are you an experienced ASP or bar prep person at a law school? We need volunteer Mentors who have worked in ASP for a number of years to help at the ASP conference. We are also looking for Mentors for next academic year.

The newly formed AASE Mentoring and Continuity Committee will be matching interested ASP mentors with first-time attendees for the annual AASE conference at CUNY next week. If you are willing to Mentor a first-time attendee at the conference, please e-mail Elizabeth Bloom, Chair of the Mentoring and Continuity Committee, at EBloom@nesl.edu.

If you are a first-time ASP attendee, the registration form asks if you are interested in a having an assigned Mentor. Please check the “yes” box, and we will happily match you with a seasoned ASP Mentor for the entire conference.  Mentors will assist you with selecting appropriate sessions during the conference, introduce you to other ASP professionals, and answer questions that you might have about ASP in general.

In addition, the Committee provides new ASP members (zero to three years) an opportunity to develop a professional relationship with an experienced ASP professional for an academic year. A sign-up sheet for Mentors and Mentees will be available in the conference packet. Come see us at our table Wednesday morning during the Committee meetings to drop off your sign-up sheet and chat with us about being an academic year Mentor or Mentee. The Committee is currently looking for enthusiastic Mentors for the 2016-2017 academic year. Some of the ways that Mentors can assist new colleagues is to offer professional guidance and support, help develop an ASP or bar-related course, provide feedback on scholarly works, identify professional development opportunities, and assist the Mentee with overall career growth.

We look forward to discussing the Mentoring and Continuity Committee’s future strategies with you at the conference next week.

May 17, 2016 in Meetings | Permalink | Comments (0)

Reminder: AASE Registration Closes on Friday

REGISTRATION WILL CLOSE FRIDAY, MAY 20, 2016

4th Annual AASE National Conference

CUNY School of Law

Long Island City, NY

May 24-26, 2016 

To register go to:

http://www.associationofacademicsupporteducators.org/2016-conference.html

You can update your AASE membership at the time of registration!

May 17, 2016 in Meetings | Permalink | Comments (0)

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Reminder: Deadline for Need-Based Travel Scholarships for AASE is May 6th

AASE is aware that law school travel budgets are dwindling.  In fact, some of you may not even have a travel budget at all.  The purpose of the AASE National Conference is to further the professional development of the academic support community.  To do this we need “you” at the conference.

In order to help subsidize some of the costs of attending the 4th Annual National Conference in Long Island City, NY next month, AASE will be awarding need-based travel scholarships. More information about the scholarships is attached.

The deadline to apply has been extended to next Friday, May 6.

Best,

Haley

Haley A. Meade ∙ Director of Skills Center ∙ CUNY School of Law ∙ 718.340.4556

AASE NATIONAL CONFERENCE TRAVEL SCHOLARSHIPS


AASE is pleased to announce that we will be awarding a limited number of scholarships to attend the AASE National Conference on Tuesday, May 24, 2016 through Thursday, May 26, 2016, at The City University of New York (CUNY) School of Law, Long Island City, New York. Further information about the conference can be found at www.associationofacademicsupporteducators.org/conferencesevents.html.


AASE is aware that law school travel budgets are shrinking. In some cases, academic support professionals may not even have a travel budget at all. The purpose of the AASE National Conference is to further the professional development of the academic support community. To do this we need “you” at the conference.


To help subsidize some of the costs of attending the AASE National Conference, we will be awarding need-based travel scholarships. AASE members will be given preference when awarding travel scholarships. To become an AASE member, please go to www.associationofacademicsupportproessionals.org.


If you wish to apply for a travel scholarship, please submit the following information to aaseconference@gmail.com by May 6, 2016:
Name;
Position;
School Affiliation;
Email and phone number;
Describe your academic support responsibilities at your school;
State whether you are an AASE member;
Describe the circumstances evidencing a need for a travel scholarship;
State the amount of financial assistance being requested; and
Provide any additional information you feel is relevant to your application.

May 3, 2016 in Meetings | Permalink | Comments (0)

Monday, May 2, 2016

Reminder AASE Mentors and Mentees

The newly formed AASE Mentoring and Continuity Committee provides new ASP members (one to three years) an opportunity to develop a professional relationship with an experienced ASP professional for an academic year. The Committee is currently looking for enthusiastic mentors for the 2016-2017 academic year. Some of the ways that mentors can assist new colleagues is to offer professional guidance and support, help develop an ASP or bar-related course, provide feedback on scholarly works, identify professional development opportunities, and assist the mentee with overall career growth.

In addition, during the annual AASE conference at CUNY in May 2016, the Committee will be matching interested ASP mentors with first time attendees. If you are willing to mentor a first-time attendee at the conference, please e-mail Elizabeth Bloom, Chair of the Mentoring and Continuity Committee at EBloom@nesl.edu.

If you are a first-time ASP attendee, the registration form asks if you are interested in a having an assigned mentor. Please check the “yes” box, and we will happily match you with a seasoned ASP mentor for the entire conference.  Mentors will assist you with selecting appropriate sessions during the conference, introduce you to other ASP professionals, and answer questions that you might have about ASP in general.

We look forward to discussing the Mentoring and Continuity Committee’s future strategies at the May 2016 conference.

May 2, 2016 in Meetings | Permalink | Comments (0)

Friday, April 29, 2016

Need-Based Travel Scholarships for AASE - Deadline May 6th

Good morning!

AASE is aware that law school travel budgets are dwindling.  In fact, some of you may not even have a travel budget at all.  The purpose of the AASE National Conference is to further the professional development of the academic support community.  To do this we need “you” at the conference.

In order to help subsidize some of the costs of attending the 4th Annual National Conference in Long Island City, NY next month, AASE will be awarding need-based travel scholarships. More information about the scholarships is attached.

The deadline to apply has been extended to next Friday, May 6.

Best,

Haley

Haley A. Meade ∙ Director of Skills Center ∙ CUNY School of Law ∙ 718.340.4556

 

AASE NATIONAL CONFERENCE TRAVEL SCHOLARSHIPS


AASE is pleased to announce that we will be awarding a limited number of scholarships to attend the AASE National Conference on Tuesday, May 24, 2016 through Thursday, May 26, 2016, at The City University of New York (CUNY) School of Law, Long Island City, New York. Further information about the conference can be found at www.associationofacademicsupporteducators.org/conferencesevents.html.


AASE is aware that law school travel budgets are shrinking. In some cases, academic support professionals may not even have a travel budget at all. The purpose of the AASE National Conference is to further the professional development of the academic support community. To do this we need “you” at the conference.


To help subsidize some of the costs of attending the AASE National Conference, we will be awarding need-based travel scholarships. AASE members will be given preference when awarding travel scholarships. To become an AASE member, please go to www.associationofacademicsupportproessionals.org.


If you wish to apply for a travel scholarship, please submit the following information to aaseconference@gmail.com by May 6, 2016:
Name;
Position;
School Affiliation;
Email and phone number;
Describe your academic support responsibilities at your school;
State whether you are an AASE member;
Describe the circumstances evidencing a need for a travel scholarship;
State the amount of financial assistance being requested; and
Provide any additional information you feel is relevant to your application.

April 29, 2016 in Meetings | Permalink | Comments (0)

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Report from the New York Academic Support Workshop

New York Academic Support Workshop

The April 15th New York Academic Support Workshop organized by Linda Feldman and Kris Franklin was a resounding success.  The morning “Topic Session” focused on “Incorporating New (or Newer) Learning Theories into our Academic Support Work.”   Here are a few highlights:

Kris Franklin began her presentation on the point that ASP’ers need to be seen as the experts on learning in law schools.  ASP’ers are in positions to influence their institutions; Kris led the group in a discussion of how learning theories – old and new – can be used to enhance learning in law school.

Linda Feldman wrapped up the morning session with a demonstration of putting learning theories to work in the law school classroom.  Because students often lack personal context necessary to understand what they are reading in their casebooks, they may have difficulty reading and understanding cases.  Students often try to bridge the gap by looking to commercially prepared course supplements.  But those supplements do not fill the gap resulting from a lack of personal context.  One way to provide context might be first structuring a discussion that touches on the issues raised in any particular case with a discussion that places those issues in contexts familiar to the students.

The afternoon sessions were open topic sessions and covered a variety of areas of interest.  Again, here are a few highlights:

Scott Johns lead an interactive session on writing MEE answers.  Danielle Bifulci Kocal and Kerriann Stout spoke about introducing Mindfulness to students.  Rebecca Flanagan lead a discussion on pre-law competencies, drawing from the work that has been done in other fields of education, such as medicine.   

April 27, 2016 in Meetings | Permalink | Comments (0)

Saturday, April 23, 2016

Association of Academic Support Educators - Mentors and Mentees

The newly formed AASE Mentoring and Continuity Committee provides new ASP members (one to three years) an opportunity to develop a professional relationship with an experienced ASP professional for an academic year. The Committee is currently looking for enthusiastic mentors for the 2016-2017 academic year. Some of the ways that mentors can assist new colleagues is to offer professional guidance and support, help develop an ASP or bar-related course, provide feedback on scholarly works, identify professional development opportunities, and assist the mentee with overall career growth.

In addition, during the annual AASE conference at CUNY in May 2016, the Committee will be matching interested ASP mentors with first time attendees. If you are willing to mentor a first-time attendee at the conference, please e-mail Elizabeth Bloom, Chair of the Mentoring and Continuity Committee at EBloom@nesl.edu.

If you are a first-time ASP attendee, the registration form asks if you are interested in a having an assigned mentor. Please check the “yes” box, and we will happily match you with a seasoned ASP mentor for the entire conference.  Mentors will assist you with selecting appropriate sessions during the conference, introduce you to other ASP professionals, and answer questions that you might have about ASP in general.

We look forward to discussing the Mentoring and Continuity Committee’s future strategies at the May 2016 conference.

April 23, 2016 in Meetings | Permalink | Comments (0)

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Hotel Reservation Deadlines for AASE - 4/23 or 4/25 Depending on Hotel - Don't Miss Out!

REMINDER: REGISTER FOR THE CONFERENCE AND BOOK YOUR HOTEL ROOM!

4th Annual AASE National Conference

CUNY School of Law

Long Island City, NY

 May 24-26, 2016

To register go to:

http://www.associationofacademicsupporteducators.org/2016-conference.html

You can update your AASE membership at the time of registration! 

We have reserved a block of rooms at Hotel Edison, 228 West 47th Street, New York, NY 10036.  Conference attendees should make their reservations directly with the Hotel Edison by calling 1-212-840-5000 ext. 8010 and referring to the room rate for the AASE group.  The conference rates are $209/night for a signature queen or $229/night for a room with 2 double beds.  This hotel is located in the heart of Times Square and is only a 15 minute train ride away from CUNY School of Law. AASE will provide MetroCards. More details coming soon.

Reservations must be made by 4:00pm EST on Monday, April 25th to take advantage of the rate.

 

We have also reserved a small block of rooms at the Wyndham Garden, 44-29 9th Street, Long Island City, NY 11101. Conference attendees should make their reservations directly with the Wyndham Garden by calling 1-718-906-1900 and referring to the Association of Academic Support Educators group. The conference rate is $179/night for a king non-view room. This hotel is located in the same neighborhood as CUNY School of Law, but if you are looking for the “NYC experience” you are better off booking at the Hotel Edison.

Reservations must be made by this Saturday, April 23rd to take advantage of the rate.

For more information about directions to the law school check this out:  http://www.law.cuny.edu/about/location/directions.html

Haley A. Meade ∙ Director of Skills Center ∙ CUNY School of Law ∙ 718.340.4556

April 20, 2016 in Meetings | Permalink | Comments (0)

Saturday, April 16, 2016

Reminder: AASE Registration Is Open

4th Annual AASE National Conference

May 24-26, 2016

CUNY School of Law

Long Island City, NY

To register go to:

http://www.associationofacademicsupporteducators.org/2016-conference.html

You can update your AASE membership at the time of registration!

We have reserved a block of rooms at Hotel Edison, 228 West 47th Street, New York, NY 10036.  Conference attendees should make their reservations directly with the Hotel Edison by calling 1-212-840-5000 ext. 8010 and referring to the room rate for the AASE group.  The conference rates are $209/night for a signature queen or $229/night for a room with 2 double beds.  Reservations must be made by 4:00pm EST on Monday, April 25th to take advantage of the rate.

Please note:

This year’s conference will include a first day “pre-conference” session called Academic Support Essentials for the New Professional. It will be an intensive training for new professionals, which will cover basic topics such as learning theory, course design and teaching methods, as well as an introduction to the key scholarship and literature in our field. The 2-hour session is designed for newcomers to ASP, but all are welcome to attend. 

The conference schedule is below. The schedule is subject to change.

Day One: Tuesday, May 24

8:15 – 8:45 a.m.

Breakfast/ Pre- Conference Check-in

Pre-Conference Workshop 

9:00 – 11: 00 a.m.

Academic Support Essentials for the New Professional 

Various Presenters

Will include basic topics such as learning theory, course

design and teaching methods, as well

as an introduction to the key scholarship and literature in

our field.

11:00 -- 12:00 p.m.

General Conference Check-in

12:00  -- 1:00 p.m.

Lunch & Welcome by Dean Michelle Anderson

Plenary 1 

1:00 – 2:15 p.m.

Expert Learning for Law Students 2.0

Michael Hunter Schwartz & Paula Manning

2:15 – 2:30 p.m.

Transition

Breakout Session 1

2:30 --3:00 p.m.

 

Taking a Socratic Timeout: Approaches to Motivating Underperforming, Upper Level Students  &  Using Counseling to Help Foster a Supportive Learning Environment

Eurilynne Anise Williams

It Takes a Village:       Incorporating Doctrinal Faculty into Academic Support Programing to Meet the Needs of the

New Normal

in Law Students

Danielle Kocal

The Seven Deadly Sins of Bar Prep Behavior

Shane Dizon & Carly Sassi

Bar Exam Business Plans: Strategic Planning for Success on the Bar Exam

 

Sara Berman

3:00 – 3:15 p.m.

Transition

Break/ Coffee Talks

3:15 - 4:00 p.m.

Putting Highly Effective Learning Techniques to Work: Convincing Your Administration and Faculty

James McGrath

Should academically underperforming law students be encouraged—rather than prohibited—from participating in legal externships?

 

Kirsha Weyandt Trychta

 

A Discussion About the New York State Bar Skills Requirement

 

 

Kris Franklin

4:00 – 4:15 p.m.

Transition

Speed Rounds

4:15 -- 5:00 p.m.

Free to Be You and Me: Helping Law Students Identify and Embrace

Their Personal

Learning Styles for Success in Law School and On the Bar Exam

Antonia Miceli

What Your Students Want You to Know About Preparing Them for the Bar Exam

 

Kerriann Stout

Tracking for the MBE: How to Help Students Identify

Problem Areas and Improve

Melissa A. Gill

An Exercise Illustrating Use of Facts and Themes

Phillip Kaplan

Increasing the Effectiveness of Law School Pedagogy by

Incorporating  Mandatory

Sustained Professional Development Seminars

Marla L. Dickerson

  5:00 p.m.

First Day Conference Close

5:15 p.m.

Themis Bar Review Reception

                   

 

 

Day Two: Wednesday, May 25

8:45  – 9:30 a.m.

Breakfast

Breakout Session #1 (Diversity)

 

9:30  – 10:15 a.m.

Academic Support: Barriers and Pathways to Advising

Twinette Johnson, J.D. and Goldie Pritchard, J.D., M.Ed.

Experiences of Academically Dismissed Minority Law Students: Stereotype Threat, Fight or Flight Coping Mechanism, Isolation and Feelings of Systemic Betrayal

Erin Lain

Understanding Implicit Bias

 

Jack Manhire

Growing National Problem—Diversity and Inclusivity at our Law Schools: What Can We Do to Help Foster a Supportive Learning Environment for ALL of Our Students?

 

O.J. Salinas

10:15 – 10:30 a.m.

Transition

Breakout Session #2 (Diversity)

10:30 –11:00 a.m.

Mike is Right, It’s Andragogy! -- How Restorative Andragogy Can Enhance Equity and Inclusion in the Law School Classroom

 

Emily Scivoletto and

Tony Tolbert 

Undergraduate Academic Support’s Focus on Diversity: Learning from our Heritage

 

David Nadvorney

Less is More, But Doing Nothing is Worse: Including Faculty in the Diversity Dialogue

 

Betsy Brand Six

Discussion for Increased Diversity in the Bar Through Bar Passage Mentorship

 

Kandace Kukas

11:00 – 11:15 a.m.

Transition

11:15 – 11:45 a.m.

AASE Meeting: Committee Meetings/ Sign Up

Advocacy Committee                                Assessment Committee

Bar Exam Advocacy Committee              Diversity Committee

Governance Committee                            Membership Committee

Mentoring and Continuity Committee    Online Presence Committee

Programming Committee                         Scholarship and Journal Committee

Note: You may sign up for a committee during this time, by attending the meeting and notifying the current chair of your interest.

 

11:45 am -12:00 p.m.

Transition

Breakout Session #3

12:00 -- 12:30 p.m.

 

Filling the Gaping Hole: Reinforcing Academic Skills in the Second Year

Reichi Lee

Improving Summer Start and ASP Orientation Programming

Natt Gantt

Gloria Whittico

Building a Foundation Together: Integrating ASP into the 1L Curriculum

 

Kimberly Kass & Bethany Lesniewski

Using Social Media to Motivate and Monitor Students for the

Bar Exam

Alex Schimel

Teaching Bar Exam Study Skills to the Instant Gratification Generation

 

Cynara Hermes McQuillan

12:30 -- 1:30 p.m.

Lunch

Plenary 2 

1:45 -- 2:45 p.m.

A Discussion with the National Conference of Bar Examiners

Judith Gundersen, Director of Testing

Coffee Talk/ Break 

 3:00 -- 3:45 p.m.

Partnering with Bar Prep Companies: A Valuable Resource or the Outsourcing of ASP Services

Herbert N. Ramy

TREATS affect performance: Six categories of intervention for at-risk law students

Chelsea M. Baldwin

Preventing Burnout in Academic Support Professionals

 

Katherine M. Bender & Charlotte D. Taylor

3:45 – 4:00 p.m.

Transition

Breakout Session #4

4:00 – 4:45 p.m.

The Mindful Path to Success

Courtney Lee

A Holistic and Integrated Approach to Bar Exam Success

 

Rena M. Lindevaldsen, Susan Patrick & Caleb Sweazey

 

Real and Perceived Differences Between the MBE and Practice Questions

Laura DellAntonio & Maryann Herman

What Matters Is What You Can Measure: ABA Learning Outcomes and Academic Competencies

Rebecca Flanagan & Dawn Kelleher

5:00 p.m.

Kaplan Reception

  7:00 p.m.

Dine Around and Sight-seeing

             

 Day Three: Thursday, May 26

8:45 -- 9:30 a.m.

Breakfast

9:30 – 9:45 a.m.

Transition

Breakout Session#1

9:45 -- 10:30 am

Academic Success and Summary Judgment: Using Client-Based Strategies to Improve Analytical Skills

 

Alison M. Nissen and Nancy McCrea Iannone

 

Formative Assessment in a Box: Partnering with Doctrinal Faculty to Teach Substance and Skills

 

Elizabeth Bloom and Lisa Freudenheim,

Getting the Biggest Bang for the Buck: Formative Assessment through Live-Critique Conferences

Amanda L. Smith

Breaking It Down: Practicing Issue Spotting and Rule Application on Bar Exam Essays

Allie Robbins & Florence Kerner

Plenary 3

10:45 -- 11:45 a.m.

Status of the Academy Panel Discussion

Pavel Wonsowicz

11:45 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. p.m.

Transition

Breakout Session #2

 

12:00 – 12:45 p.m.

Bar Exam Boot Camp: Building Success on the Bar Exam

 

Jamie Kleppetsch

The 1L Project

 

Michael Flynn

Using a Choose-Your-Own Adventure Model in Workshops & Courses

Kathleen Bolus and Karen Harkins

Flip The Classroom, Flip The Curriculum

 

Chuck Splawn

12:45 --1:30 p.m.

 Lunch

Breakout Session #3

1:45 --2:30 p.m.

Using Cognitive Science to Convince Students of the Importance of Outlining

Louis Schulze

Integrating Assessments into the Curriculum using Bar Exam Question

 

Suzanne Darrow-Kleinhaus

Statistics 101, 201, and 301: Hard Data on Student Credentials and Bar Pass

Cassie Christopher

2:45 --3:45 p.m.

AASE Meeting: Business meeting/install new officers

4:00 – 4:30 p.m.

Closing of Conference

April 16, 2016 in Meetings | Permalink | Comments (0)

Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Announcement of Election Information for AASE

Hello All,

On behalf of AASE, I would like to announce the nomination and election procedures for the Executive Board for the upcoming year.  Our bylaws mandate an electronic election completed by the first day of our national conference that is overseen by an election committee.  For those of you who are fans of reading bylaws, they are attached below.

So, in accordance with the bylaws, we have set up the following process.  Please go to the Membership page of the AASE website and follow the Nomination link which can be found here:  http://www.associationofacademicsupporteducators.org/membership.html.  To nominate someone, you must be an AASE Member. If you are unsure whether you are an AASE member, please contact us at aasemembership@gmail.com.  You many nominate only one person for each position, but you can nominate the same person for more than one position. Self-nominations are allowed.

Nominations are due by April 22, 2016.  All nominees confirmed by the election committee (Jamie Kleppetsch, Paula Manning, and myself – the members of the Executive Board who are not eligible to run for an office) will be forwarded to the Executive Board by May 1, 2016.  We will then circulate an online ballot.  Voting will be open for one week leading up to the national conference and will close on May 24, 2016, the end of the first day of the national conference.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me, Jamie, or Paula. 

Thanks,

Pavel Wonsowicz

President, AASE

RELEVANT BYLAWS:

  1. Elections.  Any member of the Association in good standing, except an Emeritus Member, is eligible for elected office.

(A)            Pursuant to Article VIII, the President of the Association shall each year appoint an Elections Committee. By April 1 of each year, the chair of the Elections Committee shall invite AASE members to nominate candidates for officer election.

(B) A nomination may be transmitted to the Elections Committee in any form, but, to be effective, it must be received by April 22.  The Elections Committee shall determine whether each nominated person is eligible.  The Elections Committee shall also contact each nominated person to determine whether each nominated person is willing to serve.

(C) By May 1 of each year, the Elections Committee shall forward to the Executive Committee a list of eligible persons who have been nominated and have confirmed their willingness to serve (the “nominees”) together with statements of interest submitted by the nominees.

(D) In accordance with Article IV(8), the Elections Committee shall schedule an electronic mail election to be completed no later than the first day of the annual meeting for that year.

(E) The Elections Committee, under the supervision of the President and the President Elect, shall oversee the counting of ballots and shall certify the results to the Secretary.  Nominees receiving the largest number of votes shall be deemed elected whether or not they receive a majority of the votes cast.  In the event of a tie vote, the Elections Committee shall schedule a runoff election between the nominees who received an equal number of votes on the first ballot. The Elections Committee shall provide seven days’ notice of any such runoff election.

April 5, 2016 in Meetings, Miscellany | Permalink | Comments (0)

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

AASE Registration for the May Conference Is Open

REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN!

4th Annual AASE National Conference
May 24-26, 2016
CUNY School of Law
Long Island City, NY

To register go to:
http://www.associationofacademicsupporteducators.org/conferencesevents.html
You can update your AASE membership at the time of registration!

We have reserved a block of rooms at Hotel Edison, 228 West 47th Street, New York, NY 10036. Conference attendees should make their reservations directly with the Hotel Edison by calling 1-212-840-5000 ext. 8010 and referring to the room rate for the AASE group. The conference rates are $209/night for a signature queen or $229/night for a room with 2 double beds. Reservations must be made by 4:00pm EST on Monday, April 25th to take advantage of the rate.

Please note:
This year’s conference will include a first day “pre-conference” session called Academic Support Essentials for the New Professional. It will be an intensive training for new professionals, which will cover basic topics such as learning theory, course design and teaching methods, as well as an introduction to the key scholarship and literature in
our field. The 2-hour session is designed for newcomers to ASP, but all are welcome to attend.

Also, AASE is pleased to announce that in order to help subsidize some of the costs of attending the AASE National Conference, we will be awarding need-based travel scholarships. More information about the scholarships is attached. The deadline to apply is April 1, 2016.


Haley A. Meade ∙ Director of Skills Center ∙ CUNY School of Law ∙ 718.340.4556

 

March 23, 2016 in Meetings | Permalink | Comments (0)

Monday, March 21, 2016

Assistant Director Position at Vermont Law School

Assistant Director, Academic Success Program
 
 
 

About Vermont Law School:

Vermont Law School (VLS) is a private, American Bar Association-accredited law school located along the banks of the beautiful White River in central South Royalton, VT. The Law School offers the nation's premier environmental law program, and it is currently ranked #1 in Environmental Law by U.S. News and World Report (no lower than #2 since rankings began in 1991). The school offers several degrees, including Juris Doctor, Master of Laws (LL.M) in Environmental Law, Master of Environmental Law, Master of Laws in Energy Law, as well as dual degrees with a diverse range of institutions, including the University of Cambridge, the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, the Thunderbird School of Global Management, and the University of Vermont, offering more courses in the field than any other law school in the country.

Vermont Law School is distinguished by the character of the students, faculty and staff who have chosen to learn, teach and work here. From its founding, VLS has consistently drawn individuals from across the country and world with a passion for public service, a concern for justice, and an interest in pursuing legal education as a means to make a difference in the world. It is not surprising that Vermont Law School has risen to the top as a place to study environmental law and a place to work.


Job Description:

Position Summary:

The Assistant Director of Academic Success will assist the Director by developing and executing classes, workshops and other initiatives to improve the academic skills of J.D. and master's students.

Duties & Responsibilities:

Responsible for first-year J.D. student programming, including, but not limited to, curriculum design and implementation of annual first year J.D. student skills-based course.Success will be determined by student evaluations and feedback, evaluation by the Director and other appropriate faculty and administrators, and by student success in their doctrinal classes.

Responsible for master's student programming, including, but not limited to, curriculum design and implementation of annual master's student skills-based course.Success will be determined by student evaluations and feedback, evaluation by the Director and other appropriate faculty and administrators, and by student success in their doctrinal classes.

Design and implement workshop series and informational resources for all first year J.D. and master's students, manage TWEN web sites, bulletin boards, send emails and distribute flyers advertising programs.Success will be determined by student evaluations, attendance at programs, Director, and faculty feedback.

Provide individual counseling and tutoring for students on study habits, skills, tools for improvement, time management, outlining, exam preparation, etc.Success will be determined by student feedback, evaluation by the Director and other appropriate faculty and administrators.

Assist in design and implementation of pre-orientation and orientation activities for incoming students.Success will be determined by student evaluations and feedback, evaluation by the Director and other appropriate faculty and administrators.

Assist in design and implementation of for-credit bar preparation course, bar information workshops, and individual student bar counseling.

Assist in increasing awareness of ASP services and provide support to doctrinal faculty in using those services.

Assist in coordinating Student Mentors' activities and assist in Mentor selection, training, and support.  Meet regularly with Student Mentors to monitor mentor and mentee progress.


Requirements:

Education, Skills and Experience:

B.A., J.D., Admitted to bar in at least one jurisdiction.

Experience in higher education administration and/or teaching.

Experience in actual practice of law.

Training in learning theories.

Experience in multi-cultural setting and/or with diverse student body.

Background in environmental law not required, but preferred.

Knowledge of legal theories.

Knowledge of legal analytical and writing skills.

Strong interpersonal and communications skills.

Computer skills.


Additional Information:

Please include a cover letter and salary requirements along with your resume.

Vermont Law School has an opening for its Assistant Director, Academic Success Program position. A full description of the position and required qualifications is posted on the Vermont Law School website at: https://vermontlaw.interviewexchange.com/jobofferdetails.jsp?JOBID=69646 All applications should be submitted through the link on the website. Please pass on to anyone who might be interested in the position.

Sincerely,

Joe Brennan
Director, Academic Success Program; Assistant Professor of Law
164 Chelsea Street, P.O. Box 96, South Royalton, VT 05068
T: 802-831-1244

 

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Sunday, March 20, 2016

Reminder: New York Academic Support Workshop

Dear ASP friends;

There is still time for you to RSVP and attend our full-day NY Academic Support Workshop, to be held from 9:30 to 5:30 at Brooklyn Law School on Friday, April 15. This will be a small and rather-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 centered on a specific topic. For this year’s morning session we would like to concentrate on incorporating new (or newer) learning theories into our academic support work. What sorts of learning theories are especially exciting you right now? Do they affect what you teach? How you advise students to study or work? What insights into law school learning can we or should we derive from general learning theories and apply or adapt for law students? Any and all insights, discussions, ideas or presentations will be welcome.

One thing that makes all ASP gatherings exciting has always been our unique emphasis on interactions—ASP folks DO things together so that we can learn together. NY Workshop participants work with one another 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. If you would like to attend, please let us know whether you want to share one of your own materials or ideas, lead a discussion on a topic we all wrestle with etc., or comment on ideas presented by other participants, or both. And please let us know whether you think your topic/question/issue/material/presentation lends itself to our morning’s theme or to the more open-ended part of our agenda. When we confirm who will attend and what specific questions the participants plan to address, we will send out a finalized workshop agenda.

RSVP to Kris and Linda, at addresses below and cc’d above

Since this is not a formal conference there is no fee to attend. We hope to see many of you soon!

Kris Franklin Linda Feldman
New York Law School Brooklyn Law School
kris.franklin@nyls.edu linda.feldman@brooklaw.edu

Kris Franklin/Professor of Law/Director, Academic Initiatives & Co-Director, NYLS Initiative for Excellence in Law Teaching
New York Law School/185 West Broadway/New York, NY 10013/212.431.2353
Linda

Linda Feldman/Associate Professor and Director, Academic Success Program.
Brooklyn Law School/250 Joralemon Street/Brooklyn, New York, 11201/718.780.7929

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Thursday, March 17, 2016

Call for Proposals AALS Section on Academic Support January 2017 Annual Meeting in San Francisco, CA

Call for Proposals: AALS Section on Academic Support

January 2017 Annual Meeting in San Francisco, CA

 Why Academic Support Matters

In order to address the needs of a changing law school student body in recent years, Academic Support has become increasingly ingrained in the broader law school curriculum.  From first year courses to the bar exam, Academic Support is no longer the standalone skills component of legal education.  In many schools, ASP has become a vital part of how doctrine and substance are presented as well.  This program will explore the importance of Academic Support, and why Academic Support Programs matter to the law school experience, now more than ever before.

Topics might include, but are not limited to: innovative programs combining skill and substance in the law school curriculum; statistical analysis of Academic Support programming from first year to the bar exam; ideas for expanding Academic Support programming; partnerships between doctrinal faculty and academic support professionals. 

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

Proposals must include the following information:

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

Proposals will be reviewed on a rolling basis, so please send yours as soon as possible, but no later than Wednesday, May 4th at 5pm to Danielle Kocal, Pace Law School, dkocal@law.pace.edu.  If you have any questions, please email Danielle Kocal or call 914-422-4108.

The Section on Academic Support Program Committee:

Danielle Kocal, Chair

Robert Coulthard

Melinda Drew

Marsha Griggs

Amy Jarmon

Twinette Johnson

Jamie Kleppetsch

Myra Orlen

Goldie Pritchard

ASP Section Chair:  Lisa Young

 

(MGO)

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Monday, March 7, 2016

AASE Conference in May 2016

SAVE THE DATE!

4th Annual AASE National Conference
May 24-26, 2016
CUNY School of Law
Long Island City, NY

We have reserved a block of rooms at Hotel Edison, 228 West 47th Street, New York, NY 10036. Conference attendees should make their reservations directly with the Hotel Edison by calling 1-212-840-5000 ext. 8010 and referring to the room rate for the AASE group. The conference rates are $209/night for a signature queen or $229/night for a room with 2 double beds. Reservations must be made by 4:00pm EST on Monday, April 25th to take advantage of the rate.

Registration Fees:
Members- $100 (plus $35 membership fee)
Non-members- $200

More details regarding registration are coming soon!

Haley A. Meade ∙ Director of Skills Center ∙ CUNY School of Law ∙ 718.340.4556

 

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Wednesday, March 2, 2016

Call for Proposals AALS 2017 Annual Meeting: The Arc of Your Career Programs

Call for Proposals: “The Arc of Your Career” Revisited
2017 Annual Meeting
January 3-7
San Francisco, California

Online submissions proposals due: March 30, 2016

After a first round of successful Arc of Career programs in New York, the AALS Task Force on Professional Development is again requesting proposals that address a broad spectrum of issues related to the professional careers of faculty and administrations for the 2017 AALS Annual Meeting to be held January 3-7, 2017, in San Francisco.

The AALS Task Force on Professional Development encourages Arc of Career proposals for creative and interactive sessions that may include (but are not limited to):
• Exploring alternative media, such as blogs, electronic postings, and social media, for projecting your intellectual voice
• Modes of engagement as a public intellectual
• Life stage theory and “editing” commitments
• Lateral moves
• Alternatives to traditional scholarship
• Public service
• Interdisciplinary collaboration
• Consulting, expert witness work, board appointments
• Retirement and other transitions
• Transitioning from academia: part-time teaching? Cold turkey? Other pursuits?
• Financial planning and budgeting
• Mindfulness, design thinking, and other ways of escaping the “law professor” mental box

Strong preference will be given to proposals that incorporate interactive experiences for the audience other than or in addition to Q and A. Preference will also be given to proposals:
• Submitted by collaborative groups spanning more than one law school;
• With an interdisciplinary element and/or suggestions of participants with perspectives from other disciplines. (Funds may be available for non-law school speakers);
• Reflecting diversity of schools and presenters (geographic, institutional rankings, race, gender, ideology, etc.)

Online submissions of Arc of Career Program proposals are due by March 30, 2016.
To view the complete Arc of Career request of proposal, click here: Call for Proposals
Click here for the online submission form: Submission Form

Questions may be directed to profdev@aals.org.

The AALS Task Force on Professional Development:
Bennett Capers, Brooklyn Law School
Susan D. Carle, American University Washington College of Law, Chair
Sheila R. Foster, Fordham University School of Law
Shauna I. Marshall, University of California Hastings College of Law
Elizabeth E. Mertz, University of Wisconsin Law School
Carol A. Needham, Saint Louis University School of Law
Jason Palmer, Stetson University, College of Law
Barbara A. Schatz, Columbia University School of Law
Michael E. Waterstone, Loyola Law School

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Saturday, February 27, 2016

Save the Date for the NY 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 5:30 at Brooklyn Law School on Friday, April 15. This will be a small and rather-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 centered on a specific topic. For this year’s morning session we would like to concentrate on incorporating new (or newer) learning theories into our academic support work. What sorts of learning theories are especially exciting you right now? Do they affect what you teach? How you advise students to study or work? What insights into law school learning can we or should we derive from general learning theories and apply or adapt for law students? Any and all insights, discussions, ideas or presentations will be welcome.

One thing that makes all ASP gatherings exciting has always been our unique emphasis on interactions—ASP folks DO things together so that we can learn together. NY Workshop participants work with one another 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. If you would like to attend, please let us know whether you want to share one of your own materials or ideas, lead a discussion on a topic we all wrestle with etc., or comment on ideas presented by other participants, or both. And please let us know whether you think your topic/question/issue/material/presentation lends itself to our morning’s theme or to the more open-ended part of our agenda. When we confirm who will attend and what specific questions the participants plan to address, we will send out a finalized workshop agenda.

RSVP to Kris and Linda, at addresses below and cc’d above

Since this is not a formal conference there is no fee to attend. We hope to see many of you soon!

Kris Franklin                         Linda Feldman
New York Law School         Brooklyn Law School
kris.franklin@nyls.edu         linda.feldman@brooklaw.edu

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Friday, February 5, 2016

Call for Proposals for the AALS Section on Teaching Methods Program at AALS 2017

Dear Colleagues:

The AALS Teaching Methods Section plans to host an exciting program called “Reaching Students Effectively: Contemporary Challenges and Opportunities in Legal Education” at the 2017 AALS Annual Meeting in San Francisco (January 3-7, 2017). Here is our current vision of the program, followed by the call for proposals:

Reaching Students Effectively: Contemporary Challenges and Opportunities in Legal Education
We are in the midst of a time of great change in legal education. We face new obstacles and new opportunities as we work to find the best means of engaging and teaching today’s law students. As part of this program, we will ask panelists to spotlight effective teaching methods for overcoming new challenges and embracing new opportunities in one or more of these topic areas:
1. Technology (whether used by students inside or outside of the classroom or by educators to teach inside or outside the classroom)

2. Student emotional intelligence or self-awareness

3. Student aptitude (particularly if perceived to be lower due to recent admissions trends)

4. Changing law market needs and demands (e.g., of prospective employers)

5. Developments in learning theory, research, and literature

We hope addressing these topics
also
will help to ignite a broader dialogue about the challenges and opportunities presented by teaching and learning inside and outside the modern law school classroom. By program’s end, attendants should have some concrete ideas for teaching in their own classes in new and inspiring ways.

The Call

We welcome one-page proposals that address effective teaching methods for overcoming new challenges and embracing new opportunities with respect to one or more of the topic areas, as posed by the program description above. In responding, please keep in mind:
• The proposal may address any law school substantive course area, but we hope for the audience (presumed to include educators that teach in a broad variety of course areas) to be able to relate the presented methods to their own classes.
• Proposals featuring any type of interactive learning exercise that will engage the audience — especially a method used by the presenter with her or his own students — will be greeted with heightened enthusiasm.
Please submit proposals to the Program Chair Professor Michael Bloom via email at bloomich@umich.edu by
March 1, 2016. The program committee looks forward to reviewing
your proposals
and to learning about your innovations and ideas for making legal education in the modern era come alive for our students.

MICHAEL L. BLOOM
Director, Transactional Lab & Clinic
Clinical Assistant Professor
Univ. of Michigan Law School
734.763.3812

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Thursday, January 28, 2016

Schedule for ILTL Conference at BU in April

Colleagues,

I am pleased to provide the conference schedule for “Responding to the New ABA Standards: Best Practices in Outcomes Assessment,” which the Boston University School of Law and the Institute for Law Teaching and Learning are co-sponsoring. The schedule is attached and also copied below. The conference will take place on Saturday, April 2, at the Boston University School of Law. It will include a presentation on the new standards by Bill Adams, Deputy Managing Director of the ABA Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar, and workshops led by legal educators who specialize in the area of assessment. There is an opening reception on the evening of Friday, April 1.

We are excited about this conference and hope to see you there; register soon and reserve your spot! You can find a link to the registration process at http://lawteaching.org/conferences/2016spring/

Cordially,

Kelly S. Terry | Associate Professor of Law
Co-Director, Institute for Law Teaching and Learning
Director, Externship Programs & Pro Bono Opportunities
University of Arkansas at Little Rock
William H. Bowen School of Law
1201 McMath Avenue | Little Rock, AR | 72202
Tel. 501.324.9946 | ksterry@ualr.edu

RESPONDING TO THE NEW ABA STANDARDS: BEST PRACTICES IN OUTCOMES ASSESSMENT
Conference Schedule
April 1-2, 2016
Boston University School of Law
Friday, April 1, 2016
4:30—7:00 p.m. Registration

5:00—7:00 p.m. Welcome Reception

Saturday, April 2, 2016
8:00—8:30 a.m. Registration & Breakfast

8:30—8:50 a.m. Dean’s Welcome & Conference Opening—Dean Maureen O’Rourke & ILTL Co-Directors

8:50—9:00 a.m. Break

9:00—10:00 a.m. The New ABA Standards on Outcomes Assessment—William E. (Bill) Adams, Jr., Deputy Managing Director, ABA Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar

10:00—10:15 a.m. Break

10:15—11:15 a.m. Identifying and Creating Institutional Outcomes—Emily Grant & Sandra Simpson

11:15—11:30 a.m. Break

11:30—12:30 p.m. Translating Outcomes Into Competencies and Rubrics—Lindsey Gustafson, Peggy Maisel, & Kelly Terry

12:30—1:30 p.m. Lunch

1:30—2:30 p.m. Curriculum Mapping—Lindsey Gustafson, Peggy Maisel, & Kelly Terry

2:30—2:45 p.m. Break

2:45—3:45 p.m. Evaluating Attainment of Outcomes and Creating an Assessment Plan—Michael Hunter Schwartz, Katharine Silbaugh, & Sophie Sparrow

3:50—4:20 p.m. Closing—Emily Grant, Sandra Simpson, & Kelly Terry

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Friday, January 15, 2016

AALS Section on Academic Support Executive Committee 2016 - 2017

Thank you to everyone who attended the Section on Academic Support business meeting at a very early 7:00 a.m. on Saturday to vote on the slate of officers/board members. The following is the list of the Executive Committee members for the January 2016 - January 2017 rotation.

    Chair: Lisa Young (Seattle)

    Chair-Elect: Corie Rosen Felder (Colorado)

    Secretary: Danielle Bifulci Kocal (Pace)

    Treasurer: Staci Rucker (Dayton)

    Immediate Past Chair: Amy L. Jarmon (Texas Tech U)

    Board Member (term expires January 2017): Scott Johns (Denver)

    Board Member (term expires January 2017): Jamie Kleppetsch (John Marshall)

    Board Member (term expires January 2018): Twinette Johnson (Southern Illinois)

    Board Member (term expires January 2018): Philip Kaplan (Suffolk)

Congratulations to everyone! Thank you for your service to the profession.

 

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