Law School Academic Support Blog

Editor: Amy Jarmon
Texas Tech Univ. School of Law

Sunday, July 15, 2018

Reminder August 1st Deadline for AALS 2019 Joint Section Workshop Proposals

Call for Proposals:  Joint Workshop 

AALS Sections on Academic Support (ASP) & the Empirical Study of Legal Education and the Legal Profession

 January 2019 Annual Meeting in New Orleans, LA:  Thursday January 3, 2019, 1:30-4:30 p.m.

Circling the Square: Fresh Partnerships to Understand Student Learning through Empirical Studies

Introduction. Academic support plays a critical role in promoting student success and learning, and empirical research into various learning processes can yield vital information to help all law faculty promote effective learning. The Section on Academic Support Programs and the Section on Empirical Study of Legal Education and the Legal Profession are joining forces to provide a three-hour workshop at the 2019 AALS annual meeting in order to help jump-start collaborative empirical research on understanding student learning and related issues. 

Design.  The Workshop will have two major components.  First, a plenary panel presentation will highlight current research based on empirical studies and address the need for additional research focused on specific issues arising in several key areas, such as 1) assessment of law school programs and courses; 2) design and evaluation of law school academic support programs; and 3) the design and evaluation of measures intended to improve bar exam success.  This will be followed by presenters from the Academic Support community, who will identify areas of need for future empirical research.  Next, the program will break into multiple concurrent small-group break-out sessions focused on specific areas for empirical study in the area of academic support.  Each group will brainstorm and identify potential partnerships for future research, engage in constructive feedback to those with ongoing research and those who are beginning to identify questions for further study.  We hope that this format will strengthen individual research proposals, create potential for collaborative or parallel work in different institutions, and bring together insights from across a wide spectrum of law faculty and professionals.

Depending on proposals received, we may modify the focus and format slightly.  At this point, we anticipate 15 minutes allocated to each plenary presenter and one hour for the concurrent break-out sessions, which may include one or more facilitators and/or presenters who will be grouped based on common themes of interest.  Depending on the nature and quality of proposals, we may seek to publish associated papers in a law review symposium issue.  All submissions will be subject to peer review by a program committee composed of those from the two sponsoring sections.

Call for Proposals.  Based on the above-described program design, we are seeking proposals in three different areas:

(1) For the first part of the plenary presentation, we are soliciting proposals focused on empirical research in one of the identified areas.  These proposals should be 1-2 pages in length and contain the following:

(a) a title of your paper and/or presentation,

(b) a description of the objectives and/or outcomes of the research question you have pursued or are pursuing,

(c) a description of the empirical methods used,

(d) a statement of why your work would benefit from a collegial review process,

(e) a summary of the presentation methods to be used,

(f) an attached abstract and draft of a current paper on the subject, if appropriate, or an explanation of the stage of your research process, and

(g) an attached curriculum vitae and a brief bio explaining any teaching or scholarly expertise or experience in the area of your presentation.

 (2) For the second part of the plenary presentations, we are soliciting proposals that will identify and discuss areas of need for future research on issues relating to academic support. These proposals should be 1-2 pages in length and contain the following:

 (a) a title of your presentation,

(b) a description of the objectives and/or outcomes of the research question you have pursued or are pursuing,

(c) a statement of why the research question presented would benefit from a collegial review process,

(d) an explanation about why the proposed research is important to academic support and/or legal education,

(e) a summary of the presentation methods to be used,

(f) an attached abstract and draft of a current paper on the subject, or an explanation of the stage of your research process, if any, and

(g) an attached curriculum vitae and a brief bio explaining any teaching or scholarly expertise or experience in the area of your presentation.

(3) For the concurrent sessions, we are soliciting proposals that will identify and discuss works in progress at any stage of research or thinking, with the goal of developing potential partnerships for future research and receiving constructive feedback and input on the ideas presented.  These proposals should be 1-2 pages in length and contain the following:

(a) a title and/or description of your area of interest,

(b) an explanation about why the research question is important to academic support and/or legal education,

(c) a statement of why the research question presented would benefit from a collegial review process,

(e) a summary of the presentation methods to be used,

(f) an attached abstract and draft of a current paper on the subject, or an explanation of the stage of your research process, if any, and

(g) an attached curriculum vitae and a brief bio explaining any teaching or scholarly expertise or experience in the area of your presentation.

The planning committee would prefer to highlight talent across a spectrum of law schools and disciplines and is especially interested in new and innovative ideas.  In addition, we welcome proposals from scholars and educators at all stages of research.  Please share this call with colleagues—both within and outside of the legal academy and the academic support community.

Proposals will be reviewed on a rolling basis, so please send yours as soon as possible, but no later than Wednesday, August 1st, to Professor Raul Ruiz, Florida International University College of Law, rauruiz@fiu.edu .  If you have any questions, please email Professor Ruiz or call 305-348-7821.

AALS Section on Empirical Study of Legal Education and the Legal Profession Program Committee:

AALS Section on Academic Support

Program Committee:

Louis Schulze, Chair

Raul Ruiz, Chair

Jennifer Gundlach

Melissa Berry

Neil W. Hamilton

Robert Coulthard

Victor David Quintanilla

Jamie Kleppetsch

 

Daniel M. Kocal

 

Zoe Niesel

 

Goldie Prichard

Empirical Study Section Chair: Judith Welch Wegner

ASP Section Chair: Staci P. Rucker

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

Friday, June 29, 2018

Call for Proposals for 2019 AALS Joint Section Workshop

Call for Proposals:  Joint Workshop

AALS Sections on Academic Support (ASP) & the Empirical Study of Legal Education and the Legal Profession

January 2019 Annual Meeting in New Orleans, LA:  Thursday January 3, 2019, 1:30-4:30 p.m.

 Circling the Square: Fresh Partnerships to Understand Student Learning through Empirical Studies

Introduction. Academic support plays a critical role in promoting student success and learning, and empirical research into various learning processes can yield vital information to help all law faculty promote effective learning. The Section on Academic Support Programs and the Section on Empirical Study of Legal Education and the Legal Profession are joining forces to provide a three-hour workshop at the 2019 AALS annual meeting in order to help jump-start collaborative empirical research on understanding student learning and related issues.

Design.  The Workshop will have two major components.  First, a plenary panel presentation will highlight current research based on empirical studies and address the need for additional research focused on specific issues arising in several key areas, such as 1) assessment of law school programs and courses; 2) design and evaluation of law school academic support programs; and 3) the design and evaluation of measures intended to improve bar exam success.  This will be followed by presenters from the Academic Support community, who will identify areas of need for future empirical research.  Next, the program will break into multiple concurrent small-group break-out sessions focused on specific areas for empirical study in the area of academic support.  Each group will brainstorm and identify potential partnerships for future research, engage in constructive feedback to those with ongoing research and those who are beginning to identify questions for further study.  We hope that this format will strengthen individual research proposals, create potential for collaborative or parallel work in different institutions, and bring together insights from across a wide spectrum of law faculty and professionals.

Depending on proposals received, we may modify the focus and format slightly.  At this point, we anticipate 15 minutes allocated to each plenary presenter and one hour for the concurrent break-out sessions, which may include one or more facilitators and/or presenters who will be grouped based on common themes of interest.  Depending on the nature and quality of proposals, we may seek to publish associated papers in a law review symposium issue.  All submissions will be subject to peer review by a program committee composed of those from the two sponsoring sections.

Call for Proposals.  Based on the above-described program design, we are seeking proposals in three different areas:

(1) For the first part of the plenary presentation, we are soliciting proposals focused on empirical research in one of the identified areas.  These proposals should be 1-2 pages in length and contain the following:

(a) a title of your paper and/or presentation,

(b) a description of the objectives and/or outcomes of the research question you have pursued or are pursuing,

(c) a description of the empirical methods used,

(d) a statement of why your work would benefit from a collegial review process,

(e) a summary of the presentation methods to be used,

(f) an attached abstract and draft of a current paper on the subject, if appropriate, or an explanation of the stage of your research process, and

(g) an attached curriculum vitae and a brief bio explaining any teaching or scholarly expertise or experience in the area of your presentation.

 (2) For the second part of the plenary presentations, we are soliciting proposals that will identify and discuss areas of need for future research on issues relating to academic support. These proposals should be 1-2 pages in length and contain the following:

(a) a title of your presentation,

(b) a description of the objectives and/or outcomes of the research question you have pursued or are pursuing,

(c) a statement of why the research question presented would benefit from a collegial review process,

(d) an explanation about why the proposed research is important to academic support and/or legal education,

(e) a summary of the presentation methods to be used,

(f) an attached abstract and draft of a current paper on the subject, or an explanation of the stage of your research process, if any, and

(g) an attached curriculum vitae and a brief bio explaining any teaching or scholarly expertise or experience in the area of your presentation.

(3) For the concurrent sessions, we are soliciting proposals that will identify and discuss works in progress at any stage of research or thinking, with the goal of developing potential partnerships for future research and receiving constructive feedback and input on the ideas presented.  These proposals should be 1-2 pages in length and contain the following:

(a) a title and/or description of your area of interest,

(b) an explanation about why the research question is important to academic support and/or legal education,

(c) a statement of why the research question presented would benefit from a collegial review process,

(e) a summary of the presentation methods to be used,

(f) an attached abstract and draft of a current paper on the subject, or an explanation of the stage of your research process, if any, and

(g) an attached curriculum vitae and a brief bio explaining any teaching or scholarly expertise or experience in the area of your presentation.

The planning committee would prefer to highlight talent across a spectrum of law schools and disciplines and is especially interested in new and innovative ideas.  In addition, we welcome proposals from scholars and educators at all stages of research.  Please share this call with colleagues—both within and outside of the legal academy and the academic support community.

Proposals will be reviewed on a rolling basis, so please send yours as soon as possible, but no later than Wednesday, August 1st, to Professor Raul Ruiz, Florida International University College of Law, rauruiz@fiu.edu .  If you have any questions, please email Professor Ruiz or call 305-348-7821.

AALS Section on Empirical Study of Legal Education and the Legal Profession Program Committee:

AALS Section on Academic Support

Program Committee:

Louis Schulze, Chair

Raul Ruiz, Chair

Jennifer Gundlach

Melissa Berry

Neil W. Hamilton

Robert Coulthard

Victor David Quintanilla

Jamie Kleppetsch

 

Daniel M. Kocal

 

Zoe Niesel

 

Goldie Prichard

Empirical Study Section Chair: Judith Welch Wegner

ASP Section Chair: Staci P. Rucker

June 29, 2018 in Meetings | Permalink | Comments (0)

Friday, June 15, 2018

AccessLex Legal Education Research Symposium

Text from a recent email from AccessLex:

Registration is open for the 2018 AccessLex Legal Education Research Symposium on November 11-12 at the beautiful Omni Scottsdale Resort & Spa at Montelucia.

The AccessLex Legal Education Research Symposium offers law school deans, administrators, faculty and researchers the opportunity to engage in thought-provoking discussions on the most critical issues facing legal education today. Network with colleagues from across the nation and meet the grant winners and scholars producing the latest research on diversity issues, bar success and so much more.

Join us for this one-of-a-kind event that examines access, affordability and the value of legal education and the promising practices and innovative strategies to address these issues.

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

Friday, June 8, 2018

Looking for a summer conference?

For those of you who are fortunate enough to have some extra conference funds, think about the June 18-20 Institute for Law Teaching and Learning (ILTL) technology conference in Spokane, Washington: http://lawteaching.org/conferences/.

June 8, 2018 in Meetings | Permalink | Comments (0)

Saturday, June 2, 2018

Extension of the AASE Survey Deadline to August 10th

Law school contacts who have not completed the survey for AASE yet for their law schools have been emailed this week with information on the restructuring of the survey to make it easier to complete and on the new deadline. The new deadline is 11:59 p.m. on Friday, August 10, 2018 – please use 2017-2018 information still.

If you were previously contacted during April to fill out the survey and did not have time to do so, please check your inbox (and junk mail folder) for the email about the survey that was sent this past week.

If you have any questions, please contact Dr. Amy L. Jarmon at amy.jarmon@ttu.edu.

Best regards,

Amy L. Jarmon, Co-Chair AASE Assessment Committee, Texas Tech School of Law

Karen M. Harkins, Co-Chair AASE Assessment Committee, Thomas Jefferson School of Law

June 2, 2018 in Meetings, Miscellany | Permalink | Comments (0)

Friday, May 11, 2018

Today is the last day to register for AASE Conference in St. Louis May 22-24, 2018

The link to register is: http://www.associationofacademicsupporteducators.org/conferencesevents.html.

May 11, 2018 in Meetings | Permalink | Comments (0)

Tuesday, May 1, 2018

Takeaways from AccessLex's Bar Exam Research Forum

I, along with about 40 other bar-exam professionals, attended the inaugural AccessLex Bar Exam Research Forum in Washington, D.C. on April 26, 2018.

The morning began with a keynote address entitled "The Bar Exam and the Future of Legal Education" presented by Patricia D. White, Dean and Professor of Law at the University of Miami School of Law.  Dean White outlined her role as the chair of a new 10-person Commission on the Future of Legal Education, an initiative of American Bar President Hilarie Bass.  She explained that she and her fellow committee members intend to investigate: (1) the skill set needed to practice law, (2) access to justice issues, and (3) bar exam licensure requirements.  Dean White then spoke about the potential causes for the "downturn" in nationwide MBE scores in 2014 and what it really means to be "minimally competent" to practice law.  I found Dean White's presentation to be insightful, innovative, and inspiring.  If you ever have the chance to hear her speak, I highly recommend it!

Rodney Fong, Associate Dean at The John Marshall Law School, spoke briefly about "Breaking Bar Pass Barriers Today" before we broke into our first of two working group sessions.  Our task for the first working group session was to identify what research needs to be conducted to ensure that today's law students pass today's bar exams.  The working groups suggested developing a database that includes detailed background information on each test taker, similar to the LSAC's handling of the LSAT; increasing collaboration between the ABA, NCBE, and the numerous state boards; and drawing upon other higher education disciplines and professional schools for guidance.  

After lunch, Judith Welch Wegner, Professor Emerita and Dean Emerita of the University of North Carolina School of Law, discussed "The Future of the Bar Exam," focusing on what tomorrow's bar exam should look like and why.  We then broken into our second working group session, with the goal of identifying what research needs to be conducted to produce the best new bar exam format by 2025.  The working groups didn't hold back, offering suggestions ranging from administering sections of the bar exam after each year of law school to eliminating the exam entirely.  

In short, AccessLex put together an extremely innovative and collaborative forum.  With 40 key stakeholders in the same room (including representatives from the ABA and NCBE, law school deans, academic support professionals, statisticians, and higher education specialists), everyone was able to really dive deep into thoughtful discussions about how best to improve legal education generally, and the bar exam specifically.  The program concluded with AccessLex inviting participants to apply for its inaugural Bar Success Research Grant.  Initial letters of inquiry for the grant will be accepted during the month of May.

(Kirsha Trychta)

May 1, 2018 in Bar Exams, Meetings, Science, Teaching Tips, Travel | Permalink | Comments (0)

Saturday, April 28, 2018

Nominations Process for AASE

Dear ASP colleagues,

On behalf of AASE, I would like to announce the nomination and election procedures for the Executive Board for the upcoming year.  Please go to the Membership page of the AASE website and follow the Nomination link which can be found here:  http://www.associationofacademicsupporteducators.org/membership.html.  To nominate someone, you must be an AASE Member. If you are unsure whether you are an AASE member, please contact us at aasemembership@gmail.com.  You many nominate only one person for each position, but you can nominate the same person for more than one position. Self-nominations are allowed.

Nominations are due by April 30, 2018.  All nominees confirmed by the election committee (Russell McClain, Jamie Kleppetsch, and Betsy Six – the members of the Executive Board who are not eligible to run for an office) will be forwarded to the Executive Board.  We will then circulate an online ballot.  Voting will be open for one week leading up to the national conference and will close on May 22, 2018, the end of the first day of the national conference.

The AASE Executive Board meets or communicates on matters every month.  Each Executive Board position has regular duties in addition to being assigned to serve as a liaison on committees and other tasks as needed.  Candidates should be willing to thoroughly fulfill the time commitment required of the office for which they are nominated.

The positions that are open for election are President-Elect, Vice President of Diversity, Secretary, Treasurer, and the newly created position of Treasurer-Elect.  As provided in the AASE Bylaws (relevant portion excerpted below), the Board voted to amend the Bylaws to add this additional Board position. The Treasurer-Elect will serve a two-year term – one year as Treasurer-Elect and one year as Treasurer. This will allow for a smoother transition to a new Treasurer, who must pay many of the expenses associated with the conference almost immediately after taking office. We plan to seek ratification of this Bylaw amendment at the annual business meeting, which will be held on the third day of the conference.

The President-Elect will serve a three-year term on the Board – one year as President-Elect, one year as President, and one year as Past President.  All other positions will serve for one year. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me, Russell, or Jamie. 

Thanks,

Betsy Six

President, AASE

ARTICLE XIII:  AMENDMENTS

 

  1. Amendment of Bylaws.  These bylaws may be amended or repealed by either an affirmative vote of two thirds of the Board of Directors or by an affirmative vote of a majority of the members. The bylaws may not contain any provisions that would be inconsistent with law or the Articles of Incorporation.

April 28, 2018 in Meetings | Permalink | Comments (0)

Saturday, March 24, 2018

Reminder: AASE Registration is open

The AASE annual meeting is a great opportunity to gain new ideas for future programming, meet with fellow ASP/bar professionals, and renew your enthusiasm for your job! Whether you are new to ASP/bar work or have been doing it for years, there is always something to gain from attending the conference.

This year's conference is May 22-24 at the St. Louis University School of Law. Registration information is available here: AASE Conference Registration. Hotel reservations can be made at the Hilton St. Louis at the Ballpark at this link: Hotel information. The room block closes on April 23, 2018.

Hope to see you there!

March 24, 2018 in Meetings | Permalink | Comments (0)

Monday, March 12, 2018

SWCASP Takeaways

Last week's SWCASP workshop at UNT-Dallas was informative once again.  I want to thank everyone who spent time putting the program together and presenting.  I want to personally thank my colleague Jennifer Warren at OCU for taking the lead organizing the event this year.  She worked diligently to put together the slate of speakers and organize the event.  Preyal Shah did an amazing job at UNT Dallas hosting this year’s event.  Lastly, I want to say thank you to all the speakers for preparing such amazing discussions.  Here is my brief synopsis:

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

Preyal Shah and Jessica Haseltine, UNT Dallas College of Law

Preyal and Jessica demonstrated an excellent exercise to help visual and kinesthetic learners.  They provide students with different sizes of paper that are different colors.  The sizes and color correspond to a hierarchy for outlining diversity jurisdiction.  The exercise is setup like a puzzle.  Students must take their Civ Pro class notes and fill in the rules and then piece together the hierarchy.  After visualizing the structure and context, they transition students to writing essays about diversity.  The exercise was outstanding.  I can’t adequately describe the visual effect of seeing the rule structure.  If you have struggling visual learners, definitely contact Preyal (or anyone attending) for information.

Emerging Adults

Rebecca Flanagan, University of Massachusetts School of Law

Rebecca was amazing, as always.  She explained the characteristics of our new group of students.  The semi-accurate quote that struck me was “Law School is based on students we used to have not the students we have now.”  I definitely agree our students are different now than they were even when I first started in ASP.  Rebecca explained how adulthood is defined by milestones, which can include getting a mortgage or having a full-time career.  Previous generations of students met many of those milestones, but most of our students meet none of the adult milestones.  Her discussion advocated for changing teaching to provide more context, scaffolding, and basic professional skills.  Watch out for Rebecca’s articles as they are published because they will be a great resource for improving our teaching.

Helicopter Professors

Emily Grant, Washburn University School of Law

Emily’s presentation was based on her law review article about Helicopter Professors.  This is an interesting topic.  I felt convicted after listening to her speak because I am probably (most likely) a helicopter professor.  This is also interesting because the research says helicopter parenting is on the rise, and new parents are also our new generation of law professors.  The idea that parenting styles would then enter the classroom makes sense to me.  Helicopter parenting and teaching may not always be bad, but Emily does a great job of demonstrating some of the problems.  I personally always worry that if I am not clearly structuring everything students should be doing on an hourly basis throughout the summer, then students won’t do what is necessary to succeed on the bar.  My strategy may or may not really help students pass the bar, but it is definitely not helping them become an independently motivated attorney.  I need to buy into her quote “Excessive Guidance that hinders learning.”

For Technical Assistance, Please Press 9

Kirsha Trychta, West Virginia University College of Law

Kirsha is definitely more tech savvy than I am.  She provided resources to make ASP work more efficient and fun.  The highlight for me was definitely how to make a lightboard.  If you make videos for students, the lightboard is a fun way to make it more interactive.  Here is the youtube video explaining lightboards.  She was able to make the lightboard for approximately $2,500.  If you want to build one, contact her about her experience.  I plan to setup a meeting with our IT department as soon as I get back to see if this is possible.  She also talked about making her outlook calendar public so students can see whether she is available.  This decreases the number of students emailing or calling asking when she is available.  They can look at her calendar and email for specific appointments.  The aspect I enjoyed was students can’t see the specific appointments, but they can see when she is busy or available. 

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

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

Zoe and Mike built a comprehensive ASP program focusing on law school success, bar exam passage, and practice ready skills.  First, I would applaud St. Mary’s for committing the resources to allow Zoe and Mike the ability to build such an extensive program.  They have classes virtually every semester of law school with over 10 faculty and staff in their program.  I loved their 2nd semester 1L course focused on professionalism and practice ready skills.  They teach client interviewing and business communications among other skills.  Students are grouped in law firms and must interview a simulated client played by a drama school student.  Students then meet with a volunteer local attorney to present a strategy for the simulated client.  I think students interacting with senior attorneys helps build professional skills students will need in the summer after first year.  The contextual learning will also deepen student learning.

 

Great job by all the presenters.  If you are interested in slides, Jennifer Warren from OCU will have all the slides.

(Steven Foster)

March 12, 2018 in Meetings, Publishing, Teaching Tips, Travel | Permalink | Comments (0)

Saturday, March 10, 2018

Law Teaching for Adjunct Faculty and New Professors Conference

Law Teaching for Adjunct Faculty and New Professors
ILTL 2018 Conference
April 27-28, 2018
Texas A&M School of Law
Fort Worth, Texas

Conference
​Saturday, April 28, 2018
8:00 a.m. - 4:15 p.m.
Lecture Hall and Conference Center

Law Teaching for Adjunct Faculty and New Professors is a one-day conference for new and experienced adjunct faculty, new full-time professors, and others who are interested in developing and supporting those colleagues. The conference is co-sponsored by the Institute for Law Teaching and Learning and Texas A&M University School of Law. 

Sessions will address topics such as

  • Course design and learning outcomes creation
  • Assessment methods
  • Active learning approaches
  • Team-based learning
  • Technology and teaching

Additionally, master teacher Gerry Hess will be on hand for one-on-one mentoring sessions throughout the day for a limited number of participants.

By the end of the conference, all participants will have concrete ideas to bring back to their students, colleagues, and institutions.  And each participant will receive a copy of Teaching Law by Design for Adjuncts or Teaching Law by Design.

More information and the registration page can be found by clicking here.

March 10, 2018 in Meetings | Permalink | Comments (0)

Friday, March 9, 2018

Registration for 12th Annual Meeting of Law School Diversity Professionals

 

REGISTRATION AVAILABLE

12th Annual Meeting of Law School Diversity Professionals

May 2-4, 2018

Hosted by Texas A&M University School of Law

Conference Hotel: The Ashton Hotel

Registration Deadline April 20, 2018

REGISTER NOW

 

March 9, 2018 in Meetings | Permalink | Comments (0)

Sunday, March 4, 2018

Registration is open for AASE 6th Annual Conference

The conference is May 22-24 at the St. Louis University School of Law. Registration information is available here: AASE Conference Registration. Hotel reservations can be made at the Hilton St. Louis at the Ballpark at this link: Hotel information. The room block closes on April 23, 2018. Hope to see you there!

March 4, 2018 in Meetings | Permalink | Comments (0)

Friday, March 2, 2018

Register for the Second Annual NALSAP Conference

Greetings!

We are excited to announce that the Second Annual NALSAP Conference Schedule has been posted at conference website.   Registration has been going strong for the past several weeks, and we’re thrilled to see first-time and returning NALSAP conference attendees from all over the country registered. 

Some of the program highlights of the 2018 NALSAP Conference are:

  • Kellye Testy, President and CEO of the Law School Admission Council, will deliver the opening keynote address, “Why Law School Student Affairs Matters to Inclusive Legal Education.”
  • Four thought-provoking plenary sessions including:
  • National Task Force on Lawyer Well-Being:  Creating a Movement in Law Schools to Improve Well-Being in the Legal Profession
  • Planning a Goal Driven Orientation
  • Advising Students at the Intersection of Identities
  • Legal Issues in Law Student Affairs, in partnership with National Association College and University Attorneys (NACUA)
  • 18 concurrent sessions covering a broad range of topics, such as collaborating with admissions, Title IX best practices, law student success, student support programming, managing crises, ADA accommodations, ABA learning outcomes, strategies for passing character and fitness for the bar, student leadership, managing employees, self-care for student services professionals, and more.
  • A live performance of The Defamation Experience, a riveting courtroom drama with a twist--NALSAP conference attendees will be the jury.
  • Countless opportunities for networking with colleagues from across the nation.

Registration is $125 for NALSAP members and $200 for non-members.  Registration includes all programs as well as two receptions and three lunches.  The conference will be held on June 28-30, 2018 at Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law in Indianapolis.   Be sure to make your hotel reservations to take advantage of the conference rate while space is still available at the SpringHill Suites Downtown Indianapolis. 

SpringHill Suites Downtown Indianapolis:  NALSAP Conference Hotel Reservations.

Register for NALSAP Conference:  Register.

If you have any questions, e-mail us at your convenience.  We look forward to seeing you in June! 

Best,

Johnny D. Pryor, J.D.

NALSAP President and Conference Site Chair

(317) 274-8113

jdpryor@iupui.edu

Macey Lynd Edmondson, J.D., Ph.D.
NALSAP Secretary and Conference Program Chair

(662) 915-6819

maceye@olemiss.edu

March 2, 2018 in Meetings | Permalink | Comments (0)

Friday, February 23, 2018

Reminder SWCASP Registration for March 9th Workshop

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

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

Information on the April 13th New York Academic Support Workshop

Dear ASP friends,

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

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

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

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

We hope to see many of you soon!

Linda Feldman                                    Kris Franklin                                                       

Brooklyn Law School                          New York Law School                     

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

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

Friday, February 16, 2018

Two Upcoming Conferences from the Institute for Law Teaching and Learning

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

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

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

Deadline for proposals for summer ILTL conference extended

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

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

Saturday, January 27, 2018

Lineup Announced for 6th Annual SWCASP Workshop

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Friday, January 26, 2018

Call for Proposals: ILTL Technology Conference

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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