Wednesday, November 18, 2015
If you want to finish your semester with a budget-friendly trip to a workshop, consider the Legal Writing Institute's 1-day workshops during December. Many of the topics are ASPish in nature. The locations are throughout the U.S., so there is a good chance that there is one near you. The link to the information on dates and locations is here: LWI One-Day Workshops. (Amy Jarmon)
Monday, November 16, 2015
You want to register by the early bird deadline if at all possible to get savings on your registration fee. The link for the AALS annual meeting including the program, registration and hotel information, and more is: http://www.aals.org/am2016/.
AALS is being held in New York City from Wednesday, January 6th through Sunday, January 10th. The co-headquarters hotels are the New York Times Square Hotel and the Hilton Midtown Hotel. The Section on Academic Support business meeting and program will be held on the morning of Saturday, January 9th. Thursday, January 7th sessions will include those for the Section on Student Services and the Section on Legal Writing, Reasoning and Research. On Friday, January 8th, there will be a session for the Section on Balance in Legal Education.
We hope you will plan to attend!
Tuesday, October 27, 2015
Hello ASP Colleagues:
Even though we are in the early stages of preparing for next summer’s conference in New York City, the AASE executive committee is already looking to identify possible conference venues for 2017 and beyond. To identify the pool of possibilities, we are asking for your help. If you have an interest in hosting an AASE annual conference at your school at some point in the future, will you please let us know?
While this is not a formal request for proposals, it would be helpful if you could let us know answers to the following questions:
(1) Do you have large room capacity–i.e., the ability to have as many as 150 people meeting together in a single room–for plenary sessions? (The room must be available in late May, which may rule out schools that already have made commitments for other conferences or for bar review lectures.)
(2) Are there smaller rooms available for breakout sessions?
(3) What are the general technical features (e.g., projectors/audio/wifi) in the building?
Please respond directly to Pavel Wonsowicz, who can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thanks in advance for responding!
The AASE Executive Committee
Pavel Wonsowicz, President
Thursday, October 22, 2015
Dear ASPers – hope all is well. Just a quick reminder that registration is still open for the WCCASP Conference on November 6!
As an addendum to our earlier post, please contact me at email@example.com as soon as possible for lodging assistance. Our partner hotel is asking that we submit a list of individual attendees as soon as possible but may release excess rooms to due to another major downtown convention that weekend. If you need more time to finalize your travel details and/or you are slightly more flexible with your location arrangements, we can find you lodging arrangements that are still a very short distance from CWSL and also reasonably priced.
We apologize the inconvenience in this regard. It’s a more-than-occasional consequence of living in a convention-friendly city!
Take care, hope to see you in San Diego in a few short weeks, and have a great weekend in the meantime.
Assistant Dean for Academic Achievement
California Western School of Law
225 Cedar Street
San Diego, CA 92101
Office: 350 Building, 2nd Floor
Registration is open for the 2015 LWI One-Day Workshops.
Each school has selected a theme for its workshop. A list of the host schools for the One-Day Workshops, the site chairs, and the particular theme can be found here. Registration for the One-Day Workshop, which may include breakfast and/or lunch, is $45 for attendees, $25 for host school faculty members, and $25 for speakers. All proceeds will benefit the Legal Writing Institute. Additional details about the One-Day Workshop will be available on the registration website and on the LWI website.
We look forward to seeing you at a workshop.
All the best,
Cindy Archer, Loyola Law School Los Angeles
Jason Palmer, Stetson Law
Amy Stein, Hofstra Law School
2015 One-Day Workshops Co-Chairs
Friday, October 2, 2015
The 2015 Annual Conference of the New England Consortium of Academic Support Professionals will take place on December 7, 2015, from 10:00 to 3:00, at the New England School of Law in Boston, Massachusetts.
This conference provides a great opportunity to gather with colleagues in a supportive and collaborative environment to discuss our topic this year:
“Changing Students, Evolving Roles for ASP.”
We will explore ideas on issues surrounding our challenges as academic support professionals in light of the changing student body (e.g., initiatives to support the influx of students who are scoring lower on LSAT and GPA scales, increased promotion of formative assessment, bar support initiatives, etc.). We will be setting aside time for presentations, discussion, and workshop activities and look forward to making the most of our time together!
Tuesday, September 29, 2015
Invitation to submit a proposal to the 2015 Conference of the New England Consortium of Academic Support Professionals
The 2015 Conference of the New England Consortium of Academic Support Professionals offers a great opportunity to present in a supportive and collaborative environment. NECASP welcomes proposals on works-in-progress from idea to fruition. The topic this year is “Changing Students, Evolving Roles for ASP.” We will explore ideas on issues surrounding our challenges as academic support professionals in light of the changing student body (e.g., initiatives to support the influx of students who are scoring lower on LSAT and GPA scales, increased promotion of formative assessment, academic standing issues and grading, etc.). If you wish to present a Work in Progress, the proposal process is as follows:
1. Submit your proposal by October 9, 2015, via email to Lisa Freudenheim at firstname.lastname@example.org.
2. Proposals may be submitted as a Word document or as a PDF
3. Proposals must include the following:
a. Name and title of presenter
b. Law School
c. Address, email address, and telephone number
d. Title of Work in Progress to be presented
e. Abstract of your scholarly Work in Progress, no more than 500 words
f. Statement regarding the status of the work (whether in outline form, early draft, or near done).
g. Media or computer presentation needs.
If you have any questions about your proposal, please do not hesitate to contact me and we hope to see many of you in Boston later this year! And if you would like to attend but not present, please email Philip Kaplan at email@example.com to register for the FREE full-day event!
Friday, September 25, 2015
This year's AALS Annual Meeting will be held Wednesday, January 6 - Sunday, January 10, 2016. Note that these dates are later than usual.
The location is New York City. The co-headquarters hotels are the New York Hilton Midtown and Sheraton New York Times Square.
The Section on Academic Support business meeting will be on Saturday, January 9th 7:00 - 8:30 a.m. The Section's Program (Raising the Bar) will be on Saturday also from 10:30 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.
For more information and to register, go to AALS Annual Meeting 2016.
Thursday, September 17, 2015
Save the Date!
West Coast Consortium of Academic Support Professionals
California Western School of Law, San Diego, CA
Friday, November 6, 2015
9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
We all say to our students, “You’re going to have to do this as a lawyer.” Yet saying so is only the beginning, especially as “practice-ready” continues to be the buzzword driving legal education reform nationwide. Learn from your colleagues how to build practice-ready programming into academic support and bar preparation efforts, and join a discussion about how we can highlight our contributions to the practice-ready movement to our law schools and to the legal education community at large.
We are pleased to announce our keynote speaker, Karen Barbieri. Karen is a former California bar examiner and calibration session leader who will share her valuable insights on “practice-ready skills” from the perspective of the professional bar examiner. (Her comments will address all of us in ASP, not just those teaching at California law schools.)
Call for Proposals:
We are now accepting proposals for 45-minute presentations that show how ASPers have incorporated practice-readiness into their programs. Have you used a practice-centered exercise to build academic skills as well as contribute to the overall mission of producing practice-ready lawyers – for example, an interview simulation, sample oral argument, drafting assignment, client letter, or even a performance test from a bar exam? Can you share insights from participating in and grappling with practice-ready initiatives, such as learning outcomes and assessment efforts that examine practice-ready objectives? How have you handled changes to experiential learning requirements, and any challenges posed to required-course and early-bar-prep programs targeting at-risk students? Can you help inform colleagues as to how to promote such innovation to their home institutions?
These are just suggestions; we welcome all proposals relating to practice-ready legal education, from both ASP and “ASP-friendly” faculty. Though preference will be given to presentations that fit at least generally within this theme, if time and space permit, we also may be able to accommodate a few presentations on other topics of interest.
Please submit your proposal to firstname.lastname@example.org by September 28, 2015, and please include the following:
- The presenter(s) name(s), school(s), and contact information
- Whether your presentation requires outside equipment (e.g., PowerPoint projection)
- Your presentation title
- A description of your presentation (not to exceed one page)
- A short blurb (100 words) to include in the conference materials, if accepted
Tuesday, August 25, 2015
Twelve law schools across the country are hosting LWI One-Day Legal Writing Conferences on one of the first two weekends in December. The Conferences are hosted by schools in every region of the country. They are great opportunities for first-time presenters as well as the seasoned legal writing, lawyering skills, and academic support professionals. Many locations include Academic Support as part of their theme: collaborating with ASP, preparing the academically unprepared law student, meeting the needs of different learners, and integrating legal writing and academic success, to name a few.
For more information about attending or presenting, please use the following link:
The link includes information about the schools hosting, the themes for each school's conference, the date and the site coordinators.
For those interested in submitting a presentation proposal, it also includes an area to submit proposals and to rank the sites in order of your preference to participate. Proposals are due by Thursday, September 17, 2015 10:00 PM PST.
After you submit a proposal the information will be compiled and distributed to the site coordinators. The site coordinators will then invite those whose proposals fit well within their schedule to participate.
If you don't want to present but are interested in attending, registration will open soon after the proposal submission process is complete.
Send any questions about the link or proposal submission process to email@example.com, and questions about the specific locations to the site coordinators.
This is a great opportunity for ASP professionals to learn, share, and collaborate with colleagues at different schools across the county. I encourage you to consider submitting a presentation proposal.
Thursday, July 16, 2015
Call for Proposals: 2015 New England Consortium of Legal Writing Teachers - Maximizing Student and Faculty Potential"
Call for proposals
2015 New England Consortium of Legal Writing Teachers
“Maximizing Student and Faculty Potential”
Suffolk University Law School is pleased to host the 2015 New England Consortium of Legal Writing Teachers Conference on Friday, September 18, 2015. We are now accepting proposals for presentations at the conference. The theme of the conference is “Maximizing Student and Faculty Potential.” This broad theme encompasses a wide range of interests, including topics relevant to legal writing, academic support, career and professional development, diversity, technology, and innovation.
You may submit a proposal for a 25 or 50 minute presentation, or a 30-minute workshop. We are offering a workshop format for discussion of teaching or scholarship ideas or other topics in small groups. The workshop will entail a 10-minute presentation followed by 20 minutes of discussion.
The deadline for proposals is Friday, August 21, 2015 at 5 pm EST. Please submit the following information by completing the form attached and emailing it to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
1). Name and contact information of presenter(s)
2). Title of presentation
3). Preference for 25 minutes, 50 minutes, or workshop
4). Brief (one paragraph) description of the presentation or workshop topic
5). Technology needs (if any) for the presentation
Writing Lockdown on Thursday, September 17, 2015, 2:00-5:00 p.m. We are offering a “writing lockdown” for anyone attending the conference who will be in town on Thursday afternoon and would like to enjoy a block of uninterrupted time for writing, while enjoying a view of the Boston Common and refreshments. Come with a writing goal in mind. Bring your writing project (an article, book, etc.) to work on as well as any materials you need (laptop, paper, writing utensil, etc.). We provide the space and location – you provide the words. No submissions are necessary as your writing can be at any stage (notes, an outline, a draft, etc.) and will not be reviewed; just let us know if you would like to attend all or part of the lockdown.
Registration is free for all presenters and attendees. Suffolk University Law School is located in the heart of beautiful historic Boston. We will provide details on accommodations and travel arrangements in the coming weeks. Please contact Professor Rosa Kim (email@example.com) or Professor Kathleen Elliott Vinson (firstname.lastname@example.org) with any questions.
Thursday, June 11, 2015
Wednesday, April 29, 2015
On April 8th, 2015, law school students, administrators, faculty, academic support educators, and admissions officers along with members of the judiciary and leaders within the Law School Admissions Council congregated in a large hotel conference room within walking distance of the Las Vegas strip and a short bus ride from the UNLV William S. Boyd School of Law. They had a common purpose: to discuss how to work together to better meet the needs of our diverse law students. Dr. Terrell Strayhorn gave the keynote speech, an inspirational start to an energizing and thought-provoking three days. Below are my notes from his keynote speech and some of the themes that I took back to Rhode Island with me from the conference. I also have pasted some links below for those of you who wish to read more about the topics touched on in this blog. I have a lot more to learn, but this conference was a wonderful starting point for me, and a much-appreciated opportunity to deepen my understanding of my own diverse students. Much thanks to Kent Lollis, LSAC’s Executive Director of Diversity Initiatives, Rod Fong, Chair of the LSAC Diversity Retention Conference Planning Group, Professor Nancy Rappaport of UNLV, and many others for their hard work in providing this opportunity for all of us.
Dr. Terrell Strayhorn, a Professor of Higher Education at the Department of Educational Studies within Ohio State’s College of Education and Human Ecology, is also the Director of the Ohio State Center for Higher Education Enterprise (CHEE).
During his keynote address, Dr. Strayhorn spoke about the need for students of color to feel that they “belong” to a community, to feel included. In his book, College Students Sense of Belonging, A Key to Educational Success for All Students, Dr. Strayhorn defines a “sense of belonging” as “a basic human need and motivation, sufficient to influence behavior. [It] refers to students’ perceived social support on campus, a feeling or sensation of connectedness, the experience of mattering or feeling cared about, accepted, respected, valued by, and important to the group (e.g., campus community) or others on campus (e.g., faculty, peers). It’s a cognitive evaluation that typically leads to an affective response or behavior.” According to Dr. Strayhorn, a “sense of belonging” is “relational” in that “members matter to one another and to the group,” and that “each member benefits from the group” and the “group benefits from the contributions of each member.”
This sense of “belonging” is an important factor in a diverse student’s potential for success, more significant than her LSAT score. A “sense of belonging” arises from both “structural” and “curricular” diversity. “Structural” diversity refers to the number of diverse students who are in a class overall & within each individual classroom. Curricular diversity refers to bringing both diverse and non-diverse students together in a meaningful way to discuss their experiences and perspectives. Cross-racial understanding comes from this curricular diversity. Simply having a number of diverse students in the classroom does not, by itself, facilitate inclusion. True inclusion involves interaction among students about their different perspectives and experiences. This “interactional diversity” is what impacts the student body. Many law faculty across the country, however, are unready to have these conversations. (See suggestions below)
If law schools do not bring students together to discuss their diverse experiences, cross-racial understanding and inclusion suffers because understanding and inclusion results from these interactions. A lack of conversations in law school classrooms about diverse perspectives among students is a missed opportunity to provide for a deeper sense of belonging for students of color. Students of color need to feel they belong to the community in which they learn. Curricular diversity engenders a sense of belonging, which, in turn, engenders self-efficacy among students of color.
For these conversations to facilitate understanding and inclusion there must be a sufficient number of students of color in the classroom for them to disagree with one another. The risk of having these conversations with too few students of color in the classroom is that these students feel they have to be the spokespersons for their entire race. In terms of structural diversity, law schools across the country still have a long way to go.
Dr. Strayhorn, and, in fact, every member of the panel on that first day, spoke about the importance of effective pipelines that reach deep into the diverse student community as early as middle school or preschool. In addition, he spoke about mentor programs for diverse students, and the need to enhance these programs by providing more oversight and training to the mentors about how to mentor a student. Mentors should not just meet a student for lunch to periodically “breathe on a student.” Rather, he spoke about three steps to being an effective mentor: 1) believe in the students and set high expectations for the students; 2) build character and invest in the students by providing specific strategies, sharing perspectives, and teaching them tools to achieve; and 3) push them to accomplish more (he called it “intrusive exposure”).
Once students of color decide to attend law school, and must choose which school to attend, they typically will view the law school’s website, but do not typically speak with staff or faculty about the law school. Instead, they choose to speak with people outside the law school, particularly family and friends. In fact, during his research, Dr. Strayhorn heard repeatedly from students of color that they chose to attend law school because they wanted to help their family by attaining a well-paying job to make money to give to their family. This family may include spouses and children, but also parents, brothers, sisters, and grandparents or others. In addition, students of color may feel responsible for financially supporting their families while in law school. They have an aversion to taking out debt.
Feelings of belonging also impacted students’ choice of law school: Meaningful connections with law staff and faculty made a critical difference to students of color. Some sentiments that Dr. Strayhorn consistently heard when he asked students why they had chosen their law school was “it was the only law school where the faculty made time to get to know me,” or the staff had an “honest conversation with me about the strengths and challenges of each law school I had applied to.” They “cared about me.” They “helped me with my application.” “Something about the school felt like a family.” Very few students spoke of the law school’s ranking in U.S. News & World Report or the law school’s reputation. Students also rarely spoke about the alumni placement data, bar passage rates, library holdings.
Dr. Strayhorn’s final comments: Minorities are severely underrepresented in the legal profession. The legal profession should better reflect our society. A diverse workforce will make better decisions. Although some great pipeline programs exist, the critical problem facing law schools and diverse students is the lack of a preschool to undergraduate pipeline.
Kathryn Thompson, Director of Academic Success Program, Roger Williams Law School
ASSOCIATION OF ACADEMIC SUPPORT EDUCATORS
3rd Annual AASE National Conference
May 26-28, 2015
The John Marshall Law School
Conference Registration closes on May 8.
To register go to:
You can update your AASE membership at the time of registration.
Make sure you make your hotel reservations by May 4 to obtain the conference rate at the Hilton Chicago: https://resweb.passkey.com/go/AASE2015, or 1-877-865-5320 (ask for AASE room rate).
If you stay at the conference hotel you will receive Garrett’s Popcorn in your room.
Thursday, April 23, 2015
The NY Area Academic Support Workshop took place on April 17th at the New York Law School. As usual for this event, ASP'ers attended from near and far and were not disappointed. Kris Franklin, of NYLS, and Linda Feldman, of Brooklyn Law School put together a full day of presentations.
Linda Feldman lead a discussion on working with students, once they have been identified and placed on Academic Supervision.
Angela Baker and Alison Nissen, presented on the topic of Serving Today's Students.
Martha Hochberger of NYLS gave attendees a new tool via her presentation on Charting the Way to Case Synthesis.
Debra Cohen of the David A. Clarke Law School, spoke of the transition from undergrad to law school via her presentation entitled Unlearning -- the Hardest Part of Law School. Deb's presentation was a preview of her upcoming presentation at the Third Annual AASE Conference.
Coral M. Rivera Torres, of the Pontifical Catholic University of Puerto Rico School of Law, spoke on Integrating ASP Strategies for Exam Preparation - through practice and feedback for students.
After a lunch that involved networking and a presentation on bar exam topics by Mike Power of Kaplan, there were additional sessions.
Carmen Morales, of Fordham Law School, reported on the LSAC Diversity and Retention Conference, which was held in Las Vegas on April 8-10. That conference addressed issues faced by under represented minorities in law schools - both as students and faculty members.
Joseph Brennan, of the Charlotte School of Law, spoke on Practicing High Quality Critical Writing in Law School.
Kris Kranklin, of NYLS, lead attendees in a "Questions Only" Negligence Exercise. The exercise was a team affair, and we were given a fact pattern and charged with generating a list of relevant questions. through this exercise, students come to understand what is important when working with a fact pattern.
Myra Orlen, of Western New England University School of Law, presented on the topic of Multitasking in the "New Normal": Managing an Ever-Increasing ASP Load." This topic was addressed after participants had shared many wonderful and effective ways of working with under-performing law students. As usual, participants at the Workshop offered support and good ideas.
Wednesday, April 1, 2015
Director, Academic Achievement Program
Friday, March 6, 2015
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 email@example.com.
Since this is not a formal conference there is no fee to attend. We hope to see many of you soon!
Monday, March 2, 2015
Wednesday, February 25, 2015
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, firstname.lastname@example.org. 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
ASP Section Chair: Lisa Young
Wednesday, January 21, 2015
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)