Friday, March 6, 2015

NY Regional ASP Conference: Friday April 17

We are pleased to announce this year’s full-day NY Academic Support Workshop, to be held from 9:30 to 5:30 at New York Law School on Friday, April 17.  As usual, 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 working with law students who have recently been placed on academic supervision or probation. How do we best help these students? What unique problems do they face? What sorts of pedagogies help them become motivated and effective learners?  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 interaction – 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 issues, ideas, etc., comment on ones brought 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 at kris.franklin@nyls.edu.  

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

March 6, 2015 in Academic Support Spotlight, Current Affairs, Meetings, Miscellany, News | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

Monday, March 2, 2015

Third Annual AASE Conference

 
 
Registration is NOW OPEN
for the
3rd Annual AASE National Conference
May 26-28, 2015
The John Marshall Law School
Chicago, Illinois
To register go to:
You can update your AASE membership at the time of registration!
 
We have reserved a block of rooms at the Hilton Chicago, 720 South Michigan Ave., Chicago, IL 60605.  Conference attendees should make their reservations directly with the Hilton Chicago through this web link https://resweb.passkey.com/go/AASE2015, or by calling the toll-free number 1-877-865-5320 and referring to the room rate for AASE.  The conference rates are $169/night for run of the house or $189/night for a room with 2 double beds and 2 baths.  Reservations must be made by May 4, 2015 to take advantage of the rate.
 
The conference schedule is available at the conference web site. 
The schedule is subject to change.
 
 

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Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Call for Proposals AALS Section on Academic Support

Call for Proposals

AALS Section on Academic Support

January 2016 Annual Meeting in New York, New York

 

Raising the Bar

 

As law schools react to a changing bar exam landscape, many schools have adapted new and different programming to meet the current needs of students.  Bar exam support and preparation is no longer something that begins post-graduation, and its influence can be felt from admissions through curriculum planning and beyond. This program will explore how schools strive to stay ahead of trends, analyze data and out-perform their predictors in order to help their students succeed on the exam.

 

Topics might include, but are not limited to: statistical analysis of bar exam data and results; innovative programs for preparing students for the bar exam; curricular changes based on exam results and preparation; criteria for selecting students to participate in bar preparation programming and identifying at-risk students. 

 

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

Proposals must include the following information:

1.  A title for your presentation.

2.  A brief description of the objectives or outcomes of your presentation.

3.  A brief description of how your presentation will support your stated objectives or outcomes.

4.  The amount of time requested for your presentation. No single presenter should exceed 45 minutes in total.  Presentations as short as 15 minutes are welcomed.

5.  A detailed description of both the substantive content and the techniques to be employed, if any, to engage the audience.

6.  Whether you plan to distribute handouts, use PowerPoint, or employother technology.

7.  A list of the conferences at which you have presented within the last three years, such as AALS, national or regional ASP or writing conferences, or other academic conferences.  (The Committee is interested in this information because we wish to select and showcase seasoned, as well as fresh, talent.)

8.  Your school affiliation, title, courses taught, and contact information (please include email address and telephone number).

9.  Any articles or books that you have published that relate to your proposed presentation.

10. Any other information you think will help the Committee appreciate the value your presentation will provide.

 

Proposals will be reviewed on a rolling basis, so please send yours as soon as possible, but no later than Wednesday, March 25th 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

Goldie Pritchard, Past Chair

Robert Coulthard

Steven Foster

Marsha Griggs

Melinda Drew

Myra Orlen

ASP Section Chair:  Lisa Young

 

February 25, 2015 in Bar Exam Issues, Bar Exam Preparation, Bar Exams, Meetings | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Why You Should Attend the AASE Conference

Being in ASP is unlike most any other position in a law school. First, there is usually only one ASP professional at the school, and if you’re really lucky, two. Second, most ASP professionals are administrators, program directors, and have teaching responsibilities. Summers are not slow with plenty of time to write. Summers are full of bar prep, classes, programming, and planning for the next academic year. ASP professionals work with students for three years and get to share in growth and success. It is a wonderful position but it can be a bit lonely, especially when you have questions or need a little support of your own. You can’t just walk down the hall to all the other folks who do what you do because, there isn’t anyone. The listserv and this blog are great sources of support and inspiration but so is attending the AASE conference. Hundreds of ASPer’s from all over the country converge in one place, and if you’ve ever attended you know what a magical few days it is. Yes, you get some great ideas, but more importantly it is an opportunity to recharge and get in-person support from your peers. I love technology but there is something about actual contact that cannot be replaced. You deserve it. You need it. Find a way to attend this year’s AASE conference. (KSK)

January 21, 2015 in Meetings | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Southwestern Consortium of Academic Support Professionals Workshop March 6th, 2015

3rd Annual Southwestern Consortium of Academic Support Professionals Workshop

March 6th, 2015

 

Assessing Students and Programs to Develop

a Targeted Approach to Academic Support

at

Texas A&M’s School of Law

in Ft. Worth, Texas

The Southwestern Consortium of Academic Support Professionals will host a one day workshop focused on targeting our efforts for maximum efficiency.  Decreased enrollment created a budget crunch for most schools.  Decreased budgets can disproportionately fall on ASP shoulders, but we are still expected to provide the same level of support.  We must be efficient to provide a high level of service with the decreased resources.  To maximize efficiency, we need to assess where to utilize resources and whether our programs are making an impact.  This year’s workshop will include programs to help us assess which students need our help from pre-matriculation through the bar exam.  We will also discuss ways to determine whether our programs are working and more efficient ways to deliver our services. 

Registration is open to anyone interested in academic support.  There is no registration fee.  If you are interested in attending, please fill out the attached form and return to:  Camesha Little, Assistant Director of Academic Support at cflittle@law.tamu.edu.  Forms will be accepted through February 27th.

Hotel Information:

A block of rooms has been reserved at the Sheraton Ft. Worth Hotel and Spa, 1701 Commerce St., Ft. Worth, TX 76102.  This hotel is located right across from the law school.  We negotiated a rate of $139.00 per night.  Please be advised that this block will release and the price will expire on February 20, 2015.  You can book your room online at https://www.starwoodmeeting.com/StarGroupsWeb/res?id=1409306215&key=216B6F3F, or by phone by calling (800) 325-3535 and referencing Southwest Consortium of Academic Support Professionals.

Schedule:

March 5th:

6:30 – Dinner for anyone arriving early.

March 6th:

9-9:50 – Assessing Students before they enter – Marta Miller, Director of Academic Achievement at Texas A&M School of Law

10-10:50 – How to use LSSSE Data in ASP – Dr. Evan Parker, Director of Analytics at Lawyer Metrics

11-11:50 – Developing a targeted class to improve academic performance – John Murphy, Associate Professor of Law at Texas A&M School of Law

12-12:50 – Lunch

1-1:50 – Assessing the effectiveness of Voluntary ASP Programs – Rebecca Flanagan, Assistant Professor of Law, Director of Academic Skills Program at UMass School of Law

2-2:50 – Determining who is at-risk for Bar Struggles and creating a program to improve success – Jamie Kleppetsch, Assistant Professor, Associate Director, Academic Achievement Program at The John Marshall Law School

2:50-3 – Closing Remarks

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact:

Steven Foster (sfoster@okcu.edu)

Director of Academic Achievement at Oklahoma City University

Marta Miller (marta.miller@law.tamu.edu)

Director of Academic Support at Texas A&M School of Law

January 14, 2015 in Meetings, Program Evaluation | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

Monday, January 12, 2015

If you can't say it, it does not exist.

When it comes to legal writing, "if you cannot say it, it does not exist." 

While attending the 2015 meeting of the American Association of Law Schools, I had the opportunity to attend the Blackwell Reception.  The Blackwell Reception is put on by the Legal Writing Institute and the Association of Legal Writing Directors.

At the 2015 Blackwell Reception, these organizations presented two awards:

The Blackwell Award went to Helene Shapo.

The Golden Pen Award went to the Honorable Michael Ponsor, Judge  for the United States District court for the Western District of Massachusetts.

So, finally -- the significance of the title of this blog post:  "If you cannot say it, it does not exist."  Judge Ponsor made this statement as he accepted his award and, not surprisingly, received much applause from the roomful of legal writing professors.  Judge Ponsor's statement goes well beyond the confines of legal research and writing classes. 

Even if this bloger did not do double duty in both Academic Support and Legal Writing and even if this blogger did not work at a law school in Western Massachusetts (where Judge Ponsor is a welcome and respected speaker) his statement would be worthy of this blog.  The statement applies to every aspect of a law student's journey toward success in law school and in law practice.  As law professors, law students, or lawyers, if we cannot explain or articulate our analysis, that analysis does not exist.  I have already used Judge Ponsor's statement -- in the first class of my upper level course.

Have a great Spring Semester!

 

(MGO)

 

January 12, 2015 in Advice, Meetings, Writing | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

Saturday, January 10, 2015

Writing Presentation Proposals- You Can Do It!

Interested in presenting, but do not know where to start?  There are many great conferences in the coming year and you should share your insights, practices, and teaching methods with the ASP community at one of them. If you have never presented or feel like you need a fresh perspective to writing your proposal, I have included a few ideas to get you started:

  • Carefully read the call for proposals and craft your proposal by using that as your template. If there are samples, even better. Use them as a guide, but add your unique viewpoints to set yours apart.
  • Think about the audience that is attending the conference. What do they want to know? And, how would they like you to deliver it? Lecture, poster presentation, or interactive involvement.
  • Be specific, but not too specific. Make a few broad statements and support them with a few specific examples. You do not want your proposal to be too amorphous, but you also do not want it to be too narrow. This flexibility will allow you to make changes between submitting the proposals and giving the presentation.
  • Brainstorm ideas:
    • Think about the best presentations that you have seen. Why were they meaningful to you? What did you take away from those presentations?
    • Think about your year.  What is something impressive that you accomplished in the classroom or within your school? What was your lightbulb moment? What was your biggest challenge in the classroom, with your co-workers, or with your students? How did you overcome those challenges? What was the best article your read, book you read, or class you attended? What did you learn? How did it change your teaching?
    • Write ten things that are you really good at doing. Go!
    • Write ten things that you wish you were really good at doing. Go!
    • Look over recent listserve threads, blog posts, or news stories. Think about how you can add to the discussions or elaborate on the issues.
    • Make a bold statement- something provocative, debatable, or controversial. Go boldly where no ASPer has gone before!
    • Once you have brainstormed your ideas, draft the outcomes you expect. What do you want the participants to be able to do or do differently after they hear your presentation?
    • Revise, edit, and redraft.  Use spell check and have someone you trust read through your draft. This will help you appeal to a wider audience and will ensure that you do not have typos or confusing goals.
    • Submit your proposal and do not get discouraged if it is not selected. It is not personal! There are typically many more submissions than available openings. The important thing is to keep trying if your proposal is not at first selected.
    • If your proposal is selected- congratulations!  Now, begin thinking about your presentation straightaway. Record your thoughts and start preparing while your ideas are still percolating.

I can’t wait to hear your presentation!

Lisa Bove Young

 

January 10, 2015 in Advice, Meetings | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Proposals for the AASE 2014 Conference are due on January 12th

There is still time to submit proposals to present at the 2015 AASE Conference at The John Marshall Law School in Chicago.  The conference will take place on May 26th - May 28th.  The Call for Proposals is available on the AASE Web Site.

 

(Myra Orlen)

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Friday, January 2, 2015

AALS: So Much to Do, So Much to See

The Association of American Law Schools annual conference begins today.  Like it was yesterday, I remember arriving at the hotel in San Diego for my first AALS conference. (It was six years ago!) I was overwhelmed with the labyrinthine maze of halls and conference rooms. I was equally overwhelmed by the sheer number of suits navigating the labyrinth. But, once I got my bearings, I jumped right in. I attended as many presentations as I could and I introduced myself to numerous ASPers. I joined committees and exchanged business cards and learned so many things from that first conference. If it is your first or your tenth AALS, I hope you get involved, meet someone new, and learn something relevant to your work. If you are a seasoned ASPer, consider reaching out to a newbie.

The AALS Section on Academic Support is hosting its business meeting Friday, January 2nd, 6:30 – 7:30 p.m. and its program on Saturday, January 3rd from 1:30 to 3:15 p.m. Academic Support -ASP a Roadmap at the Crossroad:  How Academic Support with Meet Today’s Varied Challenges. I hope to see you there!

Other Programs of Interest for Academic Support Professionals

  • Saturday, January 3rd from 8:30  to 10:15 a.m. Teaching Methods – Incorporating Teaching Professional Identity into the Legal Education Curriculum
  • Saturday, January 3rd from 3:30 to 5:15 p.m. Balance in Legal Education – The Future of Educating Effective Lawyers
  • Saturday, January 3rd from 5:15 to 6:30 p.m. Balance in Legal Education – Pedagogy Promoting Practice – Ready Law Students: Lessons Learned from Recent Practice
  • Saturday, January 3rd from 5:15 to 6:30 p.m. Legal Writing, Reasoning & Research – Lessons Learned: Know Thy Student – International Students in American Law Schools – and in Your Class!
  • Sunday, January 4th from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.   AALS Committee on Curriculum Issues Program – Teaching to the New Class
  • Sunday, January 4th from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.   Post-Graduate Legal Education – The Exploding Post-Graduate Degree: Alternative Degrees, Online Degrees and Economics
  • Sunday, January 4th from 2-3:45 p.m.  for New Law Professors- Behind the Veil: Learning Teaching Techniques from the Best
  • Sunday, January 4th from 4:00 to 5:45 p.m. Law Libraries and Legal Information – Should We Be Teaching Law Practice Technology?
  • Monday, January 5th from 9:00 to 4:30 p.m.  – Student Services Day-Long Program of Workshops

(LBY)

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Saturday, December 20, 2014

Planning Your New Year's Resolutions for Professional Impact?

Calling All Volunteers for AALS Section on Academic Support Committees!!!!

 Get involved in your Section by participating on one of the committees.  The committees that need your help are:

  • Awards Committee: The Committee decides whether the Section will present a Section award at the next AALS Annual Meeting, solicits nominations, votes on the nominations, and recommends a recipient to the Executive Committee for submission to AALS for approval.
  • Bar Passage Committee: The Committee discusses aspects that affect law graduates’ success on the bar exam and considers hot topics that should be brought to the attention of the membership.
  • Learning Curve: Learning Curve is the Section publication for articles on academic support and related issues; one issue is electronic, and one issue is hard copy.
  • Nominations Committee: Solicits nominations for the open officer and board positions and presents a slate to the Executive Committee for election at the Business Meeting at the AALS Annual Meeting. 
  • Program Committee: Plans the main program for the Section at the AALS Annual Meeting.  The committee chooses a theme to complement the main conference theme, solicits proposals and papers for potential presenters, and plans the details of the program.
  • Website Committee: Oversees the Law School Academic Success Project website for the Section.  The website includes a directory and a variety of resources for ASP’ers and students including podcasts, conference information, job postings, and more.

To become involved on a committee, either sign up at the business meeting or program at the AALS Annual Meeting in Washington, D.C. or send an email to Lisa Young, Chair-Elect at youngl@seattle.edu.

December 20, 2014 in Meetings | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

Monday, December 15, 2014

The 2015 AASE Conference at The John Marshall Law School in Chicago, Illinois

The 2015 Association of Academic Support Educators (AASE) Conference is set for May 26-28, at The John Marshall Law School in Chicago, Illinois. 

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 available at the new AASE website.  Proposals to present at the 2015 conference are due on January, 12, 2015. 

 (Myra Orlen)

December 15, 2014 in Meetings, Professionalism | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

Saturday, December 6, 2014

Looking for an Opportunity to Expand Your Professional Credentials?

Calling All Volunteers for AALS Section on Academic Support Committees!!!!

Get involved in your Section by participating on one of the committees.  The committees that need your help are:

  • Awards Committee: The Committee decides whether the Section will present a Section award at the next AALS Annual Meeting, solicits nominations, votes on the nominations, and recommends a recipient to the Executive Committee for submission to AALS for approval.
  • Bar Passage Committee: The Committee discusses aspects that affect law graduates’ success on the bar exam and considers hot topics that should be brought to the attention of the membership.
  • Learning Curve: Learning Curve is the Section publication for articles on academic support and related issues; one issue is electronic, and one issue is hard copy.
  • Nominations Committee: Solicits nominations for the open officer and board positions and presents a slate to the Executive Committee for election at the Business Meeting at the AALS Annual Meeting. 
  • Program Committee: Plans the main program for the Section at the AALS Annual Meeting.  The committee chooses a theme to complement the main conference theme, solicits proposals and papers for potential presenters, and plans the details of the program.
  • Website Committee: Oversees the Law School Academic Success Project website for the Section.  The website includes a directory and a variety of resources for ASP’ers and students including podcasts, conference information, job postings, and more.

To become involved on a committee, either sign up at the business meeting or program at the AALS Annual Meeting in Washington, D.C. or send an email to Lisa Young, Chair-Elect at youngl@seattle.edu.

December 6, 2014 in Meetings | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

Monday, November 24, 2014

Correct Email Address for Nominations for AALS Academic Support Section

The correct email address for nominations for Treasurer and Board Members for the AALS Section on Academic Support is to Louis Schulze at lschulze@fiu.edu.  If you sent a nomination to the incorrect address, please re-send it.  Sorry for the inconvenience.

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Saturday, November 22, 2014

Correct Email Address for Nominations for AALS Academic Support Section

The correct email address to send nominations for the AALS Academic Support Section Treasurer and Board Members is to Louis Schulze at lschulze@fiu.edu.  If you sent a nomination to the incorrect address, please re-send it.  Sorry for the inconvenience.

November 22, 2014 in Meetings | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

Friday, November 21, 2014

Call for Nominations for AALS Section on Academic Support Elections for Treasurer and two Board Members

Call for Nominations for AALS Section on Academic Support Treasurer and Two Board Members

Elections are scheduled for the AALS Section on Academic Support business meeting on Friday, January 2nd at 6:30 – 7:30 p.m.at the 2015 AALS Annual Meeting.  The Nominations Committee will receive the nominations and will recommend a slate of candidates at the business meeting.  In addition, nominations will be taken from the floor at business meeting.

The Executive Committee of the Section consists of Officers and Board Members: Chair, Chair-Elect, Secretary, Treasurer, Immediate Past Chair, and four Board Members.  Officers hold one-year terms; Board Members hold two-year terms. 

The 2014 – 2015 Executive Committee is:

Chair: Amy Jarmon

Chair-Elect: Lisa Young

Immediate Past Chair: Louis Schulze

Secretary: Melinda Drew

Treasurer: Chelsea Baldwin

Board Member (term expires January 2015): Jamie Kleppetsch

Board Member (term expires January 2015): Goldie Pritchard

Board Member (term expires January 2016): Linda Puertas

Board Member (term expires January 2016): Alex Ruskell

For 2015 – 2016, a rotation of 2014 – 2015 Officers will occur as follows: the Chair will rotate into the Immediate Past Chair position; the Chair-Elect will rotate into the Chair position; the Secretary will rotate into the Chair-Elect position; the Treasurer will rotate into the Secretary position.  The two January 2016 Board Member positions continue.

Vacancies to be filled by election will occur in the Treasurer position and the two Board positions expiring in January 2015.  Nominations are being solicited for these vacancies.

  • Treasurer: one-year term as Treasurer; the Treasurer will serve as the Co-Chair or Chair of a committee (committee determined in discussion with the incoming Chair); this position would rotate in future years to the Secretary, Chair-Elect, and Chair positions under the current procedures.
  • Board Members: Two vacancies; two-year terms expiring in January 2017; Board Members serve on one of the Section committees (committee determined in discussion with the incoming Chair).

The nomination process:

  • Who may be nominated: Persons nominated must be faculty or professional staff of AALS-member law schools and also be members of the AALS Section on Academic Support.
  • Who may submit a nomination: You may nominate yourself or any other eligible candidate. 
  • Contents of the Nomination: The nomination must be in writing and include the following:
    • The nominee’s name
    • The nominee’s title, institutional affiliation, business address, and business telephone
    • A brief statement (less than 200 words) regarding the nominee’s role at his/her institution and connection with law school academic support.
    • If you nominate someone other than yourself, please indicate whether you have obtained the nominee’s permission.
    • Deadline for submission of nominations: Nominations must be received by Monday, December 15, 2014.
    • Where to send the nominations: Email submissions are preferred and should be sent to Louis Schulze at Florida International University (corrected email: lschulze@fiu.edu); mailed submissions should be sent to Louis N. Schulze, Jr., Assistant Dean and Professor of Academic Support, Florida International University College of Law, Modesto Maidique Campus, RDB Hall 2047, Miami, FL 33199.

 

Dr. Amy L. Jarmon

Assistant Dean for Academic Success Programs and Lecturer

Texas Tech University School of Law

2014 – 2015 Chair AALS Section on Academic Support

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Do You Want to Get More Involved in AALS?

Calling All Volunteers for AALS Section on Academic Support Committees!!!!

 Get involved in your Section by participating on one of the committees.  The committees that need your help are:

  • Awards Committee: The Committee decides whether the Section will present a Section award at the next AALS Annual Meeting, solicits nominations, votes on the nominations, and recommends a recipient to the Executive Committee for submission to AALS for approval.
  • Bar Passage Committee: The Committee discusses aspects that affect law graduates’ success on the bar exam and considers hot topics that should be brought to the attention of the membership.
  • Learning Curve: Learning Curve is the Section publication for articles on academic support and related issues; one issue is electronic, and one issue is hard copy.
  • Nominations Committee: Solicits nominations for the open officer and board positions and presents a slate to the Executive Committee for election at the Business Meeting at the AALS Annual Meeting. 
  • Program Committee: Plans the main program for the Section at the AALS Annual Meeting.  The committee chooses a theme to complement the main conference theme, solicits proposals and papers for potential presenters, and plans the details of the program.
  • Website Committee: Oversees the Law School Academic Success Project website for the Section.  The website includes a directory and a variety of resources for ASP’ers and students including podcasts, conference information, job postings, and more.

To become involved on a committee, either sign up at the business meeting or program at the AALS Annual Meeting in Washington, D.C. or send an email to Lisa Young, Chair-Elect at youngl@seattle.edu.

November 21, 2014 in Meetings | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Make Plans Now to Attend AALS Academic Support Section Events in D.C.

Dear Colleagues:

I hope that all of you are making your preparations to join us at the AALS Annual Meeting 2015 in Washington, D.C. during January 2 – 5, 2015.  If you have not made your plans, the link to the AALS registration is found at https://memberaccess.aals.org/eweb//DynamicPage.aspx?Site=AALS&WebKey=f88f5d5d-8aaa-429e-afbc-674344685776&RegPath=&REg_evt_key.

The events for the AALS Academic Support Section are as follows:

Friday, January 2nd, 6:30 – 7:30 p.m. Business Meeting including elections and sign-up for committees

Saturday, January 3rd, approximately 11:15 a.m. Informal early lunch (details to be provided closer to the time)

Saturday, January 3rd, 1:30 – 3:15 p.m. Academic Support Section Program – ASP a Roadmap at the Crossroad: How Academic Support Will Meet Today’s Varied Challenges

From isolated academic support efforts to more formalized multifaceted programs, academic support has fundamentally changed itself and legal education over the years.  In light of shrinking budgets, disappearing positions, smaller applicant pools, changing profiles of incoming students, and media attacks on legal education, academic support programs face newer and varied challenges.

This program highlights some efficient and effective ways academic support programs can provide services in the face of these challenges.  Speakers will focus on how to expand the use of technology for widespread student feedback, how mindfulness and other brain fitness techniques have a positive impact on law student success in law school, how to integrate academic support techniques into traditional doctrinal courses through collaboration with professors, and how law professors can empower diverse law students through their pedagogy.  Participants will leave with concrete ideas they can implement and suggestions on how to refine currently employed techniques and services.

  • Moderator: Goldie Pritchard, Michigan State University College of Law
  • Presenter: Jane B. Grise, University of Kentucky College of Law – Brain Fitness Techniques for Law Students
  • Presenter: Betsy Brand Six, University of Kansas School of Law – Using Technology to Help More Students
  • Presenter: Lisa Young, Seattle University School of Law – Intersection of Academic Support with Doctrinal Courses
  • Paper Presenters: Kristen Holmquist, University of California Berkeley School of Law and Sean Darling-Hammond, Legal Clerk, U.S. District Court, District of Maryland – Creating Wise Classrooms to Empower Diverse Law Students: Lessons in Pedagogy from Transformative Law Professors
  • Presentation of the AALS Section on Academic Support Award to Professor Paula Lustbader, Seattle University School of Law

Please know that the events are open to all AALS attendees, so plan to join our collegial group for these events in Washington, D.C.

Best regards,

Dr. Amy L. Jarmon

Assistant Dean for Academic Success Programs and Lecturer

Texas Tech University School of Law

2014-2015 Chair, AALS Section on Academic Support

 

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Tuesday, November 18, 2014

AALS Section on Academic Support Award

The Awards Committee and Executive Committee of the AALS Section on Academic Support are pleased to announce this year’s recipient of the AALS Section on Academic Support Award. 

Professor Paula Lustbader is being recognized for her long-standing commitment to our academic support community and to the law students we serve.  Paula is Professor of Law and Director of the Academic Resource Center at Seattle University School of Law.  During her 25 years in academic support work, she has pursued excellence in many areas: academic success for students, teaching methods, diversity, and more.  She has served as the chair of both the Academic Support  and the Teaching Methods Sections of AALS.  She has presented at a wide variety of conferences and provided scholarship on legal education.  Among her colleagues, she is known for her enthusiasm for academic support and her willingness to help newcomers to the field.  

The award will be presented at the AALS Annual Meeting 2015 in Washington, D. C. during the Section on Academic Support Program on Saturday, January 3rd (1:30 p.m. – 3:15 p.m.).  Please join us to celebrate Professor Lustbader’s achievements and thank her for her contributions to our profession.

 

Awards Committee:

Joyce Savio Herleth, Chair

Chelsea Baldwin

L. O. Natt Gantt

Berryl Gordon-Thompson

Joanne Harvest Koren

Courtney Lee

Emily L. Scivoletto

 

Executive Committee:

Amy L. Jarmon, Chair

Lisa Young, Chair-Elect

Louis Schulze, Immediate Past Chair

Melinda Drew, Secretary

Chelsea Baldwin, Treasurer

Jamie Kleppetsch, Board Member

Goldie Pritchard, Board Member

Linda Puertas, Board Member

Alex Ruskell, Board Member

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Monday, November 10, 2014

Association of Academic Support Educators: Third Annual Conference

AASE Conference: May 26-28, 2015

The John Marshall Law School, Chicago Illinois

Call for Proposals

The 2015 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.

The program committee welcomes proposals on any subject relating to legal education and academic support. Please read and conform to the Proposal Requirements (below).

Please craft your proposal carefully. 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.

Presentation topics

The committee seeks a mix of presentations, including but not limited to, presentations that address teaching ideas for new and veteran teachers, scholarship, research, professional growth, assessment, and hot topics in legal education. These may include sessions related to: 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.

Please indicate your target audience in your proposal.  For example: newbies, bar prep, large schools, etc. 

The following is a description of the different types of presentations:

Interactive Workshops

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 conversation and interaction. The committee encourages presentations that will foster dialogue among conference attendees. These sessions are particularly well suited for hot topics.

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 min, 45 min, or 1 hour time slot. 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 to no later than January 12, 2015.

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.

Questions

If you have any questions, please contact the Program Committee at:

aaseconference@gmail.com

 

(Myra Orlen)

 

 

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Monday, October 20, 2014

Conference: Hybrid Learning & Flipped Classroom Principles in Academic Support

Hybrid Learning & Flipped Classroom Principles in Academic Support

New England Consortium of Academic Support Professionals (NECASP) Annual Conference

December 8, 2014   at Suffolk University Law School

 10:00 - 2:45

Morning Workshop: Sara Smith, Instructional Designer

Working Lunch

Afternoon - Presentation of Scholarly Works in Progress:

Dyane O'Leary, Suffolk University School of Law: Flipped out & Blended in: Calling Attention to Students with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder.

Kristin Pawlawski, Florida Coastal School of Law: HigherEd.com -- A Recognition of Digital Media's Influence on the Millenial Generation and the Need for Tech-Savvy Teaching Models to he employed in Higher Ed Institutions.

Tshaka Randall, Florida A&M University college of Law: Using an Online Learning Management System to Provide Feedback Opportunities Through Peer-and-Self-Assessment.

NECASP Business Meeting to be held from 2:45 - 3:15 (Open to all Attendees)

Registration Deadline: November 17, 2014:

Registration fee of $25.00 - To register send fee (check payable to the New England Consortiumof Academic Support Professionals) to Kandace J. Kukas, Assistant Dean & Director of Bar Passage, Western New England University School of Law, 1215 Wilbraham Road, Springfield, MA 01119.

Include your name, title, school, address, and email. 

  (Myra Orlen)

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