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Monday, September 26, 2016

WCCASP Conference Registration and Agenda

If you wish to register for the West Coast Consortium of Academic Support Professionals conference on Saturday, November 5th, the registration and information link is here.     The agenda for the meeting is below.

WEST COAST CONSORTIUM OF ACADEMIC SUPPORT PROFESSIONALS
Fifth Annual Conference: Preparing Our Students for What’s Next
McGeorge School of Law, Sacramento, CA
Saturday, November 5, 2016                                                                                                                                           

AGENDA


9:00-9:30: Breakfast & Welcome
Jay Mootz, Dean and Professor of Law

9:30-10:15: The MPT: A Tool for Preparing Students to Critically Self-Assess During Bar
Preparation
DeShun Harris, Texas A&M University School of Law
This interactive presentation will focus on how the Multistate Performance Test can be used as a
mechanism for preparing students to critically self-assess during their bar preparation and the
presentation will engage in a discussion about other possible tools that may assist students in
developing their ability to self-assess.

10:15-10:25: Break

10:25-11:10: Harnessing the Power of Self-Control to Create Better Learning Outcomes for
Law Students
Kevin Sherrill, University of La Verne College of Law
Are there very simple strategies we could be using in law school classrooms to increase student
learning? Psychological scientists would say yes, and there is ample evidence to support such an
assertion. This presentation will examine some of these strategies organized in the process model of
self-control.

11:10-11:20: Break


11:20-12:20: Exam First Aid: Teaching a Multiple Choice Exam System
Jennifer Kamita and Chris Hawthorne, Loyola Law School Los Angeles
Jennifer Kamita and Chris Hawthorne, two of the authors of Exam First Aid: Multiple Choice, will explain
how to train your students in this innovative system and improve their multiple choice scores.

12:20-1:15: Lunch

1:15-2:00: There’s No App for That: Teaching Students Synthesis in an Era of Information
Overload
Reichi Lee and Rana Boujaoude, Golden Gate University School of Law
In this presentation, participants will:
• Understand why students today are less equipped than they have ever been to perform at the
level that the study of law requires.
• Articulate a short list of core skills – with emphasis on synthesis – that all students need to
master in order to excel in law school, on the bar exam, and in the practice of law.
• Identify concrete ideas for incorporating the teaching of synthesis into the law school curriculum
that does not require major curriculum reform or additional resources.

2:00-2:10: Break

2:10-2:55: Helping Students Add Value to the Team Through Learning Styles-Directed Tasks
Shane Dizon, California Western School of Law
This presentation will share my ongoing efforts to revise all small-group work modules in existing
academic support curriculum to suggest specific tasks to students based on learning styles. The
presentation will also detail how this learning styles-directed task builds successfully on early
introduction of learning styles to entering students, as opposed to the novel challenges of embedding of
such task divisions in upper-division/remediation courses or programming. Ultimately, this presentation
hopes to inspire others to actively incorporate learning style task suggestion into their own group work
modules in classes and programs (building greater engagement), and to cross-promote the importance
of value adding and active giving in a teamwork setting on future career success.

2:55-3:05: Break

3:05-4:05: Putting Students at the Center of Academic Success Programming
Devin Kinyon and Liza-Jane Capatos, Santa Clara University School of Law
Over the past five years, we’ve made some big (and small) changes to our first-year academic success
programming at Santa Clara. All of those changes have been guided by the simple idea that we serve
students, and they should be at the center of everything we do. The changes have been helped by our
own experience as former peer academic success leaders.
This session will look at two big ideas we’ve implements in recent years: (1) We’ve changed the way we
hire, train, and work with our upper-division peer leaders, and have some ideas about how to make the
most of that role; and (2) we’ve shifted our communications focus to better reach students,
recalibrating our individual and large-format messaging so that it really “speaks” to them. Join us to
hear our ideas and share some of yours.

4:05-4:15: Break

4:15-5:00: Engaging the Unengaged: Breathing Life into Lessons to Re-engage Students
Anne Wells, Loyola Law School Los Angeles
Over the course of a semester or the year, there are times when some students may disengage from a
class, whether from disappointing grades, anxiety, fatigue, burnout or even boredom. To re-engage
these students, sometimes all that is needed is something that reminds them that the law can be
interesting, engaging, relevant and even fun. This talk will present various ideas, exercises and
techniques for use in the classroom that students respond to and relate to, and, in the process, once
again become more positively and fully engaged in and excited about the material.

5:00: Conference Close

September 26, 2016 in Meetings | Permalink | Comments (0)

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Call for Proposals for NECASP Conference

Request for Proposals: Presentation of Scholarly “Works in Progress”

New England Consortium of Academic Support Professionals (NECASP) Conference

December 5, 2016

Western New England University School of Law

Springfield, MA

NECASP will be holding its annual one-day conference and has designated time for the presentation of scholarly “Works in Progress.”  Our topic this year is “ASP Tackles new ABA Standards; ASP’s Indispensable Role.”  We will gather in Springfield to share and explore ideas with ASP colleagues on issues surrounding the plethora of new ABA standards.  We are all required to comply with new bar pass, learning outcome, experiential learning and many other standards. We welcome a broad range of proposals – from presenters in the New England Region and beyond – and at various stages of completion – from idea to fruition!  If you wish to present a Work in Progress, the proposal process is as follows:

  1. Submit your proposal by October 11, 2016, via email to Kandace Kukas at Kandace.kukas@law.wne.edu
  2. Proposals may be submitted as a Word document or as a PDF
  3. Proposals must include the following:
  4. Name and title of presenter
  5. Law School
  6. Address, email address, and telephone number
  7. Title of Work in Progress to be presented
  8. Abstract of your scholarly Work in Progress, no more than 500 words
  9. Statement regarding the status of the work (whether in outline form, early draft, or near completion).
  10. Media or computer presentation needs
  11. As noted above, proposals are due on October 11, 2016.  The NECASP Board will review the proposals and reply to each by November 1, 2016.

If you have any questions about your proposal, please do not hesitate to contact one of us, and we hope to see many of you in Springfield later this year!

NECASP Board members are as follows:

Chair:              Kandace J. Kukas

                        Assistant Dean and Director of Bar Admission Programs

                        Western New England University School of Law

Vice Chair:      Philip Kaplan

                        Associate Professor of Academic Support

                        Suffolk University Law School

Treasurer:        Lori Albin

                        Director of Bar Success

                        UMASS School of Law

Secretary:         Joe Brennan

                        Director of Academic Success and Assistant Professor

                        Vermont Law School

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Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Reminder: September 12th Deadline for WCCASP Program Proposals

WEST COAST CONSORTIUM
OF ACADEMIC SUPPORT PROFESSIONALS


Fifth Annual Conference: Preparing Our Students for What’s Next
McGeorge School of Law, Sacramento, CA
Saturday, November 5, 2016


CALL FOR PROPOSALS


Academic support staff and faculty from anywhere in the country (as well as “ASP ally” faculty
and staff) are welcome and encouraged to submit proposals for presentations addressing the
conference theme of Preparing Our Students for What’s Next. Presentation topics may include:
- Novel ways to introduce incoming first-year students to the rigors of law school;
- Incorporating experiential exercises into programs;
- Successfully pairing students with upper-division student and alumni mentors;
- Helping students form effective professional identities;
- Supporting students’ well-being to better enable them to handle the stresses of law
school, the bar exam, and practice;
- Adapting to new ABA requirements, evolving entering class preparedness levels, or
changes to bar exam format;
- Exciting ways to motivate students to prepare successfully for the bar during law school,
after graduation, or both;
- Or other ideas!
Please send your proposal to clee1@pacific.edu (be sure to add the “1”), and include:
- Presenter Contact Information: name, title, school, email, phone
- Presentation Description (up to 400 words) and summary blurb (up to 150 words)
- Presentation Time: Most presentations will be scheduled in 45-minute blocks, but we
will do our best to accommodate reasonable requests for different time spans.
- Requested Equipment: Internet connection, projection for PowerPoint, etc.


Please submit your proposal by no later than Monday, September 12.

 

September 6, 2016 in Meetings | Permalink | Comments (0)

AALS Balance Section's October Topic Call

The AALS Balance Section’s next topic call features Alli Gerkman, Director of Educating Tomorrow’s Lawyers, speaking about  ETL’s ground-breaking report on the foundations that are necessary for new attorneys.  The report - based on 24k+ respondents from 37 states and over 70 practice areas - shows that new lawyers are successful when they have a broad blend of legal skills, professional competencies, and most importantly, characteristics that comprise the "whole lawyer."  Here are the details of our call.

What:

AALS Balance Section Topic Call

Foundations for Practice: the Whole Lawyer and the Character Quotient Presented by Alli Gerkman, Director, Educating Tomorrow’s Lawyers

When:

October 6, 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. Pacific Time

Where:

Call (712) 432-0850, access code 422626#

Reading:

Foundations for Practice: the Whole Lawyer and the Character Quotient Report

Format:

Our speaker Alli Gerkman will provide a brief overview of the report and how the findings were used in the summer session and orientation at Sturm College of Law.  The call will then focus on the participants' comments, reactions, and questions, along the following topics:

  • Is your school in some way implementing the findings of Foundations for Practice into the school learning outcomes or a course/program?
  • What suggestions do you have for a toolkit of resources that Educating Tomorrow's Lawyers is developing to help use the Foundations for Practice in law school curricula/programs?
  • Other comments, reactions, and questions welcome!

 

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Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Registration Deadline Extended to September 6th for Texas A&M Writing Scholars Colloquium

Although named the “Texas Academic Support and Legal Writing Scholars Colloquium," this gathering is open to legal writing and academic support faculty/instructors from anywhere to present works-in-progress across all disciplines within the law, doctrinal or pedagogical.  Academic Support and Legal Writing faculty have complicated time commitments in our jobs, so we would like to create a forum to discuss our scholarship in light of our responsibilities that are somewhat different from other faculty members.  The works presented can be in the very early stages to elicit comments for fully developing the project, to more complete articles for honing before publication.  You can also participate without presenting if you like, to discuss your ideas informally with like-minded colleagues during the breaks in the program.

Depending on the response, we will make every effort to create panels that share some common attributes. We would like to be able to distribute drafts, or even outlines of works in progress to the other members of the panel if possible. 

The colloquium will be all day on Friday, September 23, 2016 at the Texas A&M University School of Law in Fort Worth, TX.  There is no fee to participate, but registration is required so that we may plan our panels, plan for lunch and other logistic needs.  

To register for the colloquium, email DeShun Harris at dharris@tamu.edu by Tuesday, September 6, 2016. In the email, please include the title of your presentation topic (if you have one), your school name, previous publications/presentations, and your title.  Please also let us know of any food or other accommodations that we can make to enhance your visit.  Additionally, please note whether you will be attending the September 22, 2016 evening reception. Presenters are encouraged to submit a summary or draft paper two weeks prior to the colloquium (September 9) to ensure adequate time for review by panel members.

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Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Call for Presenters for AALS Section on Balance in Legal Education

The Section on Balance in Legal Education is pleased to announce a Call for Presenters from which at least one additional presenter will be selected for the section’s program to be held during the AALS Annual 2017 Annual Meeting in San Francisco. The program is on “Transformative Learning: Helping Students Discover Motivation, Values and Voice.”

Program Summary: “It is no secret that law school can be a transformative experience. In this program, participants will discuss strategies to support the kind of transformation that will poise students to flourish in their post-law school lives. Drawing on psychology, education theory and the growing literature on professional identity development, participants will explore the factors that contribute to student motivation, as well as those that encourage students to discover their own values and begin to develop their own voices as professionals.  Featured speakers from outside as well as inside the legal academy will contribute their ideas and expertise to this lively and engaging program, which will include concrete teaching suggestions and techniques. The format will be interactive to allow for broad discussion and the exchange of experiences and ideas.”

The program is an extended one, and is scheduled for 1:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. on Friday, January 6, 2017.  The section’s Program Committee hopes that the extended format will allow participants to explore the topic individually, yet also accommodate collaborative elements and audience engagement. Social psychologist Dacher Keltner (Professor of Psychology and Co-Director of the Greater Good Science Center, University of California at Berkeley) will speak about awe, compassion, empathy, and power. Other confirmed presenters are Professors Alexi Freeman (University of Denver Sturm College of Law) and Jerry Organ (St. Thomas University School of Law).  Peter Huang (University of Colorado Law School) and Amy Bushaw (Lewis & Clark Law School) will coordinate the planning process and moderate the program.

Form and length of submission: This call seeks one or more presenters to provide concrete teaching suggestions and techniques, as well as to collaborate with the other presenters in developing the structure and content of the overall program. To respond to this call for presenters, please submit a proposal containing a description of your proposed contribution to the program. Proposals should be no longer than one page in length. If you wish to provide examples of written teaching or other materials to supplement your proposal, feel free to do so but please confine the substance of your proposal to the one-page limit. Please include your name, professional affiliation and contact information. We hope to feature presenters with a broad range of backgrounds, perspectives and experience levels, and encourage anyone who is interested in participating to submit a proposal.

Submission method and due date: Proposals should be submitted electronically to Amy Bushaw at bushaw@lclark.edu  by Friday, September 16, 2016. The selected presenter(s) will be notified by Wednesday, September 28, 2016. Any presenter chosen through this Call for Presenters will be responsible for paying his or her registration fee and hotel and travel expenses.

Submission review:  Presenter(s) will be selected after review by members of the section’s Program Committee. In the event insufficient proposals are received prior to the deadline, the section reserves the right to solicit additional proposals before making final selections.

Inquiries or questions: Please contact the section Chair, Susan Brooks at sb589@drexel.edu or either of the Co-Chairs of the section’s Program Committee, Peter Huang at peter.huang@colorado.edu or Amy Bushaw at bushaw@lclark.edu.---

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

Submit an abstract if you want to participate in a discussion group panel for AALS

AALS 2017 Annual Meeting

A Call for Participation in Discussion Groups

January 3-7, 2017
San Francisco, CA

Register | E-Brochure

Discussion Groups are a new session format introduced by the Program Committee in 2016 to facilitate scholarly discussion and engagement. Discussion Groups do not feature formal presentations; rather, the objective is to facilitate a lively and engaging real-time discussion. Participants consist of a mix of the invitees identified in the original proposal along with additional individuals selected on the basis of this call for participation. There will be limited audience seating for those not selected in advance.

The selected Discussion Groups for the 2017 Annual Meeting are:

If you would like to participate in one of these Discussion Groups, please submit an abstract using the online submission form here by August 30, 2016. For specific details on the submission requirements for participation in each of the specific Discussion Groups, click the links above.

Program Committee for the 2017 Annual Meeting
D. Benjamin Barros, University of Toledo College of Law
George W. Dent, Jr., Case Western Reserve University School of Law
Rachel F. Moran, University of California, Los Angeles School of Law
Donna M. Nagy, Indiana University Maurer School of Law, Chair
Hillary A. Sale, Washington University in St. Louis School of Law

 

 

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Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Report from SEALS

The Southeastern Association of Law Schools just held its 2016 Annual Conference at Amelia Island, Florida. Academic support educators sometimes overlook SEALS as a conference to attend. Over the last few years, SEALS has made a concerted effort to include more programs that would appeal to academic support educators and legal writing professors.

The Workshops on Legal Education and Discussion Groups especially covered a number of ASPish topics (with ASP or prior ASP colleagues presenting on some of these panels). Just a few examples in an extensive 7-day conference were: Incorporating Mindfulness into Legal Education (Jane Grise and Courtney Lee); Formative Assessment and Learning Outcomes (Barbara Gleisner-Fines); Adapting to New Realities in Legal Education (Amy Jarmon); Preparing Students for Solo and Small Firm Practice (Cynthia Fontaine); The Art and Science of Mentoring Law Students (our long-time friend at LSAC Kent Lollis and Laurie Zimet).

In addition, there were many sessions on teaching methods, scholarship and getting published, the changes in ABA standards, and more that would interest ASP professionals. Next year's conference will be held in Boca Raton, FL during July 30 - August 6. Keep it in mind if your travel funds provide for a regional conference (though you do not have to be from the region to attend or present).

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Monday, August 15, 2016

Registration Open for AALS

AALS ANNUAL MEETING
January 3 – January 7, 2017
San Francisco, CA

Register | E-Brochure


Online registration is now open for the 111th AALS Annual Meeting! We are delighted to return to San Francisco next January with the theme “Why Law Matters,” selected by AALS President Kellye Y. Testy.

Reasons to Attend

1. Programming. This Annual Meeting will provide a forum for novel thinking and fresh perspectives on the role of law in society and the academy’s role in advancing respect for and understanding of the rule of law. Our program, which you can preview here, offers valuable sessions for every stage of your career, whether you’re a dean or an adjunct, a first-year teacher or emeritus. Attend a hot topic session, a discussion group, or a session from our 100 volunteer-led Sections. You are certain to find programming to suit your needs and interests.

2. Connection. As always, you’ll have the opportunity to catch up with colleagues and renew relationships at more than 50 networking events, both formal and informal, sponsored by law schools and legal education organizations.

You’ll also be able to take advantage of events held in the Exhibit Hall, where you can mingle while connecting with vendors and sponsors who support the legal academy and the Annual Meeting and provide us with necessary products and services.

3. Affordability. We’ve continued our efforts to keep the Annual Meeting affordable:

  • Registration fees have not been increased from last year
  • 50% registration discount for new teachers and emeriti/retired faculty
  • Discounted registration fee for early bird registrants — register by November 17
  • Reduced rates for guest rooms at our headquarters hotel – $171 per night plus taxes for single/double occupancy at the Hilton San Francisco Union Square and Parc 55 Hilton

Click here to register now.

4. New topics, including a new President’s Program on Diversity. Diversity is a core value of AALS and is critical to our law schools, the legal profession, and the world. Recognizing its importance, the current and incoming AALS Presidents have joined together to launch a two-year focus on diversity, encompassing its many facets, starting with this Presidential Program at the Annual Meeting.

For more information on the 2017 Annual Meeting visit our website or download the Registration Brochure. View our request for proposals page for more information on open RFPs including the AALS President’s Program on Diversity, Hot Topic Programs, and Discussion Groups.

We hope you’ll join us in San Francisco in January.

 

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Saturday, July 30, 2016

Several ASPish Topics in AALS Call for Discussion Group Participation

 
 

AALS 2017 Annual Meeting

A Call for Participation in Discussion Groups

January 3-7, 2017
San Francisco, CA

Discussion Groups are a new session format introduced by the Program Committee in 2016 to facilitate scholarly discussion and engagement. Discussion Groups do not feature formal presentations; rather, the objective is to facilitate a lively and engaging real-time discussion. Participants consist of a mix of the invitees identified in the original proposal along with additional individuals selected on the basis of this call for participation. There will be limited audience seating for those not selected in advance.

The selected Discussion Groups for the 2017 Annual Meeting are:

If you would like to participate in one of these Discussion Groups, please submit an abstract using the online submission form here by August 30, 2016. For specific details on the submission requirements for participation in each of the specific Discussion Groups, click the links above.

Program Committee for the 2017 Annual Meeting
D. Benjamin Barros, University of Toledo College of Law
George W. Dent, Jr., Case Western Reserve University School of Law
Rachel F. Moran, University of California, Los Angeles School of Law
Donna M. Nagy, Indiana University Maurer School of Law, Chair
Hillary A. Sale, Washington University in St. Louis School of Law

 
 
 
   
 

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Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Call for Proposals West Coast Consortium of Academic Support Professionals

WEST COAST CONSORTIUM
OF ACADEMIC SUPPORT PROFESSIONALS


Fifth Annual Conference: Preparing Our Students for What’s Next
McGeorge School of Law, Sacramento, CA
Saturday, November 5, 2016


CALL FOR PROPOSALS


Academic support staff and faculty from anywhere in the country (as well as “ASP ally” faculty
and staff) are welcome and encouraged to submit proposals for presentations addressing the
conference theme of Preparing Our Students for What’s Next. Presentation topics may include:
- Novel ways to introduce incoming first-year students to the rigors of law school;
- Incorporating experiential exercises into programs;
- Successfully pairing students with upper-division student and alumni mentors;
- Helping students form effective professional identities;
- Supporting students’ well-being to better enable them to handle the stresses of law
school, the bar exam, and practice;
- Adapting to new ABA requirements, evolving entering class preparedness levels, or
changes to bar exam format;
- Exciting ways to motivate students to prepare successfully for the bar during law school,
after graduation, or both;
- Or other ideas!
Please send your proposal to clee1@pacific.edu (be sure to add the “1”), and include:
- Presenter Contact Information: name, title, school, email, phone
- Presentation Description (up to 400 words) and summary blurb (up to 150 words)
- Presentation Time: Most presentations will be scheduled in 45-minute blocks, but we
will do our best to accommodate reasonable requests for different time spans.
- Requested Equipment: Internet connection, projection for PowerPoint, etc.


Please submit your proposal by no later than Monday, September 12.


We look forward to hearing from you and learning from you this November!

 

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Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Would your school like to be the 2018 AASE conference venue?

Hello Academic Support Professors:

Even though we just concluded the conference in New York City, the AASE executive committee is already looking to identify possible conference venues for 2018.  To identify the pool of possibilities, we are asking for your help.  If you have an interest in hosting the 2018 AASE annual conference at your school, will you please let us know? 

This is a formal request for proposals.  The deadline to submit proposals is July 15, 2016.  Interested academic support professors should let us know the answers to the following questions:

(1)   Do you have large room capacity–i.e., the ability to have as many as 175 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?

(4) How easily can your school be accessed from airports and other public transportation?

(5) Have you ever hosted a conference before (local, regional, or national)?  Please identify the conference(s) you hosted. (Prior hosting experience is not required.)

Please respond directly to Jamie Kleppetsch, who can be reached at JKleppetsch@jmls.edu

Thanks in advance for responding!

Best regards,

The AASE Executive Committee

Jamie Kleppetsch, President

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Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Congratulations to the AASE 2016-2017 Executive Board

The newly elected organizational board members for the Association of Academic Support Educators are:

    President: Jamie Kleppetsch (John Marshall)

    President-Elect: Betsy Brand Six (Kansas)

    Immediate Past President: Pavel Wonsowicz (UCLA)

    Vice-President for Diversity: Russell McClain (Maryland)

    Secretary: Louis Schulze (Florida International)

    Treasurer: Haley Meade (CUNY)

    Host School Representative: Camesha Little (Texas A&M)

The next conference will be May 23-25, 2017 at Texas A&M in Fort Worth, Texas.

 

 

 

 

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Tuesday, May 17, 2016

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Reminder: AASE Registration Closes on Friday

REGISTRATION WILL CLOSE FRIDAY, MAY 20, 2016

4th Annual AASE National Conference

CUNY School of Law

Long Island City, NY

May 24-26, 2016 

To register go to:

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

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

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Tuesday, May 3, 2016

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

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

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

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

Best,

Haley

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

AASE NATIONAL CONFERENCE TRAVEL SCHOLARSHIPS


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


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


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


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

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Monday, May 2, 2016

Reminder AASE Mentors and Mentees

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

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

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

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

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

Friday, April 29, 2016

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

Good morning!

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

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

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

Best,

Haley

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

 

AASE NATIONAL CONFERENCE TRAVEL SCHOLARSHIPS


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


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


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


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

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

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Report from the New York Academic Support Workshop

New York Academic Support Workshop

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

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

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

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

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

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

Saturday, April 23, 2016

Association of Academic Support Educators - Mentors and Mentees

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

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

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

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

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