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.

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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)

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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Saturday, October 4, 2014

Upcoming Conference - Watch for Future Registration Information

Engaging the Entire Class—Strategies for Enhancing Participation and Inclusion in Law School Classroom Learning

Institute for Law Teaching and Learning

Spring Conference 2015

Saturday, February 28, 2015

The UCLA School of Law and the Institute for Law Teaching and Learning (ILTL) are collaborating to present a one-day conference in Los Angeles on February 28, 2015. The conference theme is:  “Engaging the Entire Class—Strategies for Enhancing Participation and Inclusion in Law School Classroom Learning.”

Conference Structure:  The conference will include an opening and closing led by ILTL Co-Directors and Consultants, and five workshop sessions. Each workshop session will be presented by a teacher featured in What the Best Law Teachers Do. 

Conference Presenters: Workshop presenters include:

  • Patti Alleva (University of North Dakota)
  • Steve Friedland (Elon University)
  • Steven Homer (University of New Mexico)
  • Nancy Levit (University of Missouri – Kansas City)
  • Hiroshi Motomura (UCLA)

By the end of the conference, participants will have concrete ideas for enhancing participation and inclusion in law school classrooms to take back to their students, colleagues, and institutions.

 

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Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Nominations for the AALS Section on Academic Support Award

The following announcement is from Joyce Savio Herleth, Chair of the Awards Committee for the section:

The Awards Committee for the AALS Section on Academic Support is soliciting nominations for our section award.  The Association of American Law Schools Section on Academic Support’s Award will be presented at the January 2015 AALS meeting and will be awarded to an outstanding member of the ASP community.  Please review the eligibility and criteria information below and send nominations directly to Awards Committee Chair, Joyce Savio Herleth via email herlethj@slu.edu. The deadline to submit nominations is October 1, 2014 at 5pm PDT.  For a nomination to be considered, it must include (at a minimum) a one to two paragraph explanation of why the nominee is deserving of the award.  Only AALS ASP Section members may make nominations, but all those within the ASP community may be nominated.  Membership in the section is free and can be processed within minutes at AALS Section Membership.  For detailed instructions on how to become a member, please view this page:  https://memberaccess.aals.org/eWeb/DynamicPage.aspx?Site=AALS&WebKey=87e3b982-657e-4a7c-be71-33605903d797

Eligibility and Criteria for Selection.  The eligible nominees for the Award will be Section members and any other individuals who have made significant or long-term contributions to the development of the field of law student academic support.  All legal educators, regardless of the nature or longevity of their appointment or position, who have at some point in their careers worked part-time or full-time in academic support are eligible for the Award.  The Award will be granted to recognize those who have made such contributions through any combination of the following activities:  assumption of leadership roles in the ASP community; support to and mentoring of colleagues; service to institutions, including but not limited to schools, the ASP Section, and to other organizations; expansion of legal opportunities to traditionally underserved segments of society; teaching and presenting; and scholarship, both traditional and creative. 

Law schools, institutions, or organizations cannot receive an award.  Prior year or current year Section officers are excluded from being selected as an award winner.

 

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Monday, September 8, 2014

Request for Proposals: Academic Support Conference

New England Consortium of Academic Support Professionals

Conference

December 8, 2014

Suffolk University Law School

Boston, Massachusetts

Request for Proposals

 

Presentation of Scholarly Works in Progress

 

NECASP has designated time for the presentation of scholarly works in progress at its December conference on Hybrid Learning and Flipped Classroom Principles.  The subject of the work to be presented must be related to Law School Academic Support or Bar Study/Passage.

 

If you wish to present a “work in progress” the proposal process is as follows:

  1. Submit your proposal by September 26, 2014, via email to morlen@law.wne.edu .
  2. Proposals may be submitted as a Word document or as a PDF
  3. Proposals must include the following:
    1. Name and title, of presenter
    2. Law School
    3. Address, Email address, and telephone number
    4. Title of work in progress to be presented
    5. Abstract of your scholarly work in progress, no more than 500 words
    6. Statement regarding the status of the work; i.e., whether in outline form, early draft, or near completion).
    7. Media or computer presentation needs.
    8. As noted above, proposals are due on September 26, 2014.  The NECASP Board will review the proposals and reply to each by October 3, 2014.

 

 

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Friday, September 5, 2014

West Coast Consortium of ASP Conference

West Coast Consortium of

Academic Support Professionals

 

Re-Energizing Academic Success Programs, Personnel, and Research Projects

 

October 10, 2014
9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Seattle University School of Law

 

Spend a day sharing with and learning from your colleagues! We spend most of our year dedicating ourselves to the needs of our students, our school, and our communities.  It is time to take a day to re-energize our programs and ourselves!  The West Coast Consortium of Academic Support Professionals invites you to attend a day of professional development focused on this topic in the Emerald City on the campus of Seattle University School of Law.

 

PART 1 - Scholarship:  Are you looking for feedback on a paper in progress?  Would you like suggestions on how to strengthen an almost done piece of scholarship?  Would you like to present a paper to a group of supportive colleagues and participate in a critique?  We will look at best practices in developing scholarship, the steps necessary to finalize and submit papers for publication, and discuss further strengthening the ASP area of scholarship. 

 

PART 2 – Teaching and Service:  Would you like to reinvigorate your ASP program?  Looking to get a few more ideas for bolstering presentations in the classroom?We will look at innovative teaching methods, new ideas for ASP programming, and discuss how you can best be of service to your students, school, and ASP community.  We welcome your ideas if you have specific areas you would like to discuss. 

 

WE NEED YOU!  If you would like to present a work in progress during Part 1 or be a presenter for Part 2, please email a summary of your paper or presentation idea along with your contact information and a list of your past presentations to Lisa Young at youngl@seattleu.edu.  The summary should be no more than 250 words and must be submitted no later than Monday, September 22, 2014.  We welcome proposals, presenters, and participants from across the country, not just from the West Coast!

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Monday, September 1, 2014

NECASP December Conference

Save the Date

New England Consortium of Academic Support Professionals

Conference

December 8, 2014

Suffolk University Law School

Boston, Massachusetts

 

Using Hybrid Learning and Flipped Classroom Principles in Academic Support

 &

Opportunities to Present Scholarly Works in Progress

(ASP Topics)

 Registration fee $25.00

Additional details comins soon.

(Myra Orlen)

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Saturday, August 23, 2014

Jr. Faculty Scholarship Exchange--Oct. 17, 2014

August 18, 2014

Dear colleagues:

As the summer wanes and we move into the fall semester, the University of Massachusetts – Dartmouth School of Law wishes to invite you to our Second Annual Junior Faculty Scholarship Exchange. This is an opportunity for junior faculty in the New England region to gather together to discuss works in progress, finished papers, research interests, and to network with peers from other institutions. Our hope is to provide a local forum for legal scholars to develop their ideas and scholarship with input and constructive criticism from fellow law teachers. This event is especially aimed at faculty with seven, or fewer, years of law teaching experience.

We are hosting this conference at the UMass Club, located in the heart of Boston’s financial district, on the 33rd floor of 225 Franklin Street. The venue is close to South Station, and the red and orange lines of the MBTA, several parking garages and local hotels. A hot buffet lunch, with morning and afternoon snack services will be provided. For directions, see: http://www.clubcorp.com/Clubs/University-of-Massachusetts-Club/About-the-Club/Directions-Hours.

Please consider joining us for this event by marking your calendar for Friday, October 17th, 2014, from 10 to 4. Seating will be limited. To register for the Junior Faculty Scholarship Exchange, send me an email at sclough@umassd.edu. Kindly include a short abstract of the work you wish to share with our group. We will confirm your registration for the event. Once we achieve capacity, we will need to decline further registrations . As this event is being underwritten by the University of Massachusetts-Dartmouth School of Law there is no registration fee. Attendees will need to assume responsibility for their personal travel or lodging expenses.

Feel free to forward this invitation to a junior faculty member that you believe may be interested.  If this is information that you would prefer not to receive, please let us know and we will take you off of our list. If you have any immediate questions or concerns please call us at (509)985-1121, and ask to speak with Emma or me. Thank you.

Sincerely,

Spencer E. Clough

Associate Dean/Director of the Law Library

The University of Massachusetts – Dartmouth School of Law


 

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Friday, July 18, 2014

Reminder about Call for Papers for AALS Section on Academic Support - Deadline August 15th

Call for Papers

AALS Section on Academic Support

January 2015 Annual Meeting in Washington, D.C.

 

ASP a Roadmap at the Crossroad: How Academic Support Will Meet Today’s Varied Challenges

 

This year, the Academic Support Program Committee opted to have a call for papers and one speaker will be selected from the call.  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. We seek papers highlighting innovative methods, programs, or ideas related to these challenges.

 

Topics might include, but are not limited to, efficient and effective ways to:  collaborate with faculty; manage limited human and financial resources; attract and retain students; provide resources for students with learning and other disabilities; and create programming for diverse populations to address any social isolation and/or bridge any skills deficiencies.

 

As the deadline for program proposals was April 1, 2014, our list of program proposal speakers will be forthcoming.  The selected paper speaker will join those speakers as one of the presenters.  There is no formal requirement as to length of the abstract and paper submission.  Preference will be given to papers that offer novel scholarly insights on the panel topic.  A paper may have already been accepted for publication as long as it will not be published prior to the Annual Meeting.  The Section does not have plans to publish the papers, so individual presenters are free to seek their own publishing opportunities.

 

Papers must include the following information:

1.  A title for your paper.

2.  An abstract of your paper.

3.  A final draft of your paper.

4.  The amount of time requested for your presentation. No single presenter should exceed 30 minutes in total.  [Deleted statement about shorter presentations because paper speaker should be given at least 30 minutes.]

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.

8. A list of your published scholarly articles or books within the last three years.

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

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

 

Please submit your paper by Friday, August 15, 2014 at 5pm to Goldie Pritchard, Michigan State University College of Law, gpritch@law.msu.edu.  If you have questions, please email Goldie Pritchard or call at 517.432.6881.

The Section on Academic Support Program Committee:

Goldie Pritchard, Chair

Robin Boyle Laisure

Robert Coulthard

Steven Foster

Lyndsay Garmond

DeShun Harris

Danielle Kocal

Haley Meade

Maysa Nichter

Brendon Taga

ASP Section Chair:  Amy Jarmon

 

 

July 18, 2014 in Meetings | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Dispatch from LWI

I just returned from the LWI Biennial in Philadelphia. Unfortunately, I was unable to stay the full three days, but I was able to attend the majority of the conference. And it was well worth it. I would strongly suggest Academic Support professionals with the means to attend legal writing conferences to do so. Legal writing and ASP have collaborated for as long as we have been a part of legal education, and our histories are intertwined.  ASP well-represented at LWI, and the sessions gave me much food for thought. An example was the presentation by Jeremy Francis of Michigan State. He presented on a long-term study of writing support. The study was one that could easily be replicated by ASP folks (with the assistance of institutional research or statisticians), and I found his results to be fascinating.  Katie Rose Guest Pryal of UNC Law gave a fascinating presentation on genre theory. For everyone reading this, thinking, "that's so legal writing, and I have nothing to do with legal writing," let me clarify. She presented on how to teach students the basics of all legal documents, but examining the similarities and differences between them. I left her presentation thinking, "WOW! This is a revolution in legal writing, and it has SO much applicability to ASP!" The ASP work being done by Chelsea Baldwin of Oklahoma City Law School has significant overlaps with Dr. Pryal; Chelsea is looking at the difference between doctrinal subject matter, and Dr. Pryal is looking at similarities. Both scholars are examining law in ways that can help our students see the big picture.

I would be remiss if I did not mention the number of ASPers who presented at LWI; Kris Franklin and Paula Manning had an amazing presentation on using visuals to teach students about applying and distinguishing cases, Corie Rosen (formerly of ASP, but still a friend of ASP) presented on positive psychology, Myra Orlen presented on the new normal, and Courtney Lee presented on bar support. I strongly recommend that ASPer's beg, borrow, or steal a copy of Kris and Paula's presentation materials--their material was a game changer. It is a credit to Kris that I have seen a version of her presentation several times, and yet I get something new from it each time. And if I missed anyone, I sincerely apologize, I wasn't able to attend the entire conference.

(RCF)

 

July 3, 2014 in Current Affairs, Meetings, Miscellany | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

Monday, June 30, 2014

Conference Announcement: Teaching the Academically Under-Prepared Law Student

Teaching the Academically Under-Prepared Law Student
The Fourth Colonial Frontier Legal Writing Conference
Hosted by the Duquesne University School of Law
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Saturday, December 6, 2014

For generations, college and law school educators have often voiced the belief that their students are not as prepared as they used to be.  Although some educators may disagree about whether there really has been a change in students since the apocryphal “good old days,” there is a growing body of scholarship suggesting that 21st Century college graduates and law students lack the critical thinking skills necessary for law study and that as educators we are facing new challenges in teaching these students.  Scholars and other commentators have pointed to many causes for the real (and perhaps perceived) problems that new law students experience while trying to cope with the demands of academic and professional training.  These causes include the declining quality of pre-college schooling, the focus on standardized testing, lowered expectations at the undergraduate level, a decrease in the numbers and “quality” of incoming law students, the generational characteristics of current law students, the effects on student learning from psychological problems such as anxiety disorders, the deleterious influence of the Internet and computer technology, and more.  This conference will offer attendees an opportunity to hear from others who are interested in these questions, and, hopefully, learn how to better teach current law students or change the current educational environment.  The DUQUESNE LAW REVIEW, which has published papers from two previous Colonial Frontier conferences, will devote space in its Spring 2015 symposium issue to papers from the conference. 

Here is an alphabetical list of the presenters, their schools, and the topics of the twelve 30-minute presentations:

• Mary Ann Becker, Loyola Univ. Chicago College of Law – Understanding the Tethered Generation: Net Gens Come to Law School
• Heidi Brown, New York Law School – Empowering Millennial and Generation Z Students to Overcome Extreme Public Speaking Anxiety in the Socratic Law School Classroom
• Catherine Christopher, Texas Tech Univ. School of Law – Eye of the Beholder: How Perception Management Can Counter Stereotype Threat Among Struggling Law Students
• Rebecca Flanagan, Univ. of Massachusetts Law School – Should Law School Admissions Follow a Medical School Model?  An Argument for A Pre-Law Curriculum 
• Shailini George, Suffolk Univ. Law School – How Mindfulness Training Can Improve Learning in Law School
• Julia Glencer, Duquesne Univ. School of Law – Emerging Adults, “Rules” and Authority: Navigating the Minefield to Cultivate Professional Behavior
• Jane Bloom Grisé, Univ. of Kentucky College of Law – Critical Reading and Legal Writing
• Sherri Keene, Univ. of Maryland School of Law – Are We There Yet? Aligning the Expectations and Realities of Gaining Competency in Legal Writing
• Susan Landrum, Savannah Law School – Drawing Inspiration from the Flipped Classroom Model: An Integrated Approach to Academic Support for the Academically Underprepared Law Student
• Courtney Lee, Pacific McGeorge School of Law – Changing Gears to Meet the New Normal in Legal Education
• Tammy Pettinato, Univ. of North Dakota School of Law – Special Challenges for Law Students from Lower Socio-Economic Backgrounds
• Ruth Vance and Susan Stuart, Valparaiso Univ. School of Law – Academically Underprepared Yet Overconfident: Teaching the Learning-Resistant Law Student

The attendance fee for the conference will be $50 for non-presenters.  Duquesne will provide free on-site parking to conference attendees.  The conference will begin 8:00 a.m. with a breakfast reception at the Duquesne University School of Law, followed by a welcome and a series of presentations beginning at 9:00 a.m.  We will provide a catered, on-campus lunch, followed by a series of afternoon presentations, ending at approximately 3:00 p.m.  The conference will close with food and drinks in the “Bridget and Alfred Pelaez Legal Writing Center,” the home of Duquesne’s Legal Research and Writing Program.  

Pittsburgh is an easy drive or short flight from many cities.  To accommodate persons wishing to stay over in Pittsburgh on Friday or Saturday evenings, Duquesne will arrange for a block of discounted rooms at a downtown hotel adjacent to campus, within walking distance of the law school and downtown Pittsburgh.  We will also provide attendees with information about the Pittsburgh area’s attractions, including our architectural treasures, museums, art collections, shopping, and world-class professional sports teams.

For more information contact Professor Jan M. Levine at 412.396.1048 or levinej@duq.edu.  Online registration for the conference and hotel will be available in September 2014, at www.duq.edu/law/legalwritingconference.  
 
(Myra G. Orlen)

June 30, 2014 in Meetings | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)