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Saturday, November 19, 2016

Call for Proposals for ILTL Summer Conference


Institute for Law Teaching and Learning—Summer 2017 Conference

Teaching Cultural Competency and Other Professional Skills Suggested by ABA Standard 302

July 7-8, 2017

University of Arkansas at Little Rock William H. Bowen School of Law


ABA Standard 302 requires all law schools to establish learning outcomes in certain areas, such as knowledge of substantive and procedural law, legal analysis and reasoning, and the exercise of professional and ethical responsibilities.  While requiring outcomes in these areas, however, the ABA also has given law schools discretion under Standard 302(d) to individualize their programs by establishing learning outcomes related to “other professional skills needed for competent and ethical participation as a member of the legal profession.”  These other professional skills “are determined by the law school and may include skills such as  interviewing, counseling, negotiation, fact development and analysis, trial practice, document drafting, conflict resolution, organization and management of legal work, collaboration, cultural competency and self-evaluation.”  This language encourages law schools to be innovative and to differentiate themselves by creating learning outcomes that are consistent with their own unique values and particular educational mission. 

The Institute for Law Teaching and Learning invites proposals for conference workshops addressing the many ways that law schools are establishing learning outcomes related to “other professional skills,” particularly the skills of cultural competency, conflict resolution, collaboration, self-evaluation, and other relational skills.  Which, if any, of the outcomes suggested in Standard 302(d) have law schools established for themselves, and why did they select those outcomes?  How are law professors teaching and assessing skills such as cultural competency, conflict resolution, collaboration, and self-evaluation?  Have law schools established outcomes related to professional skills other than those suggested in Standard 302(d)?  If so, what are those skills, and how are professors teaching and assessing them?

The Institute welcomes proposals for workshops on the teaching and assessment of such skills in doctrinal, clinical, externship, writing, seminar, hybrid, and interdisciplinary courses.  Workshops can address the teaching or assessment of such skills in first-year courses, upper-level courses, required courses, electives, academic support teaching, or extracurricular programs.  Workshops can present innovative teaching materials, teaching methods, course designs, assessment methods, curricular, or program designs.  Each workshop should include materials that participants can use during the workshop and also when they return to their campuses.  Presenters should model best practices in teaching methods by actively engaging the workshop participants. 

The Institute invites proposals for 60-minute workshops consistent with a broad interpretation of the conference theme.  To be considered for the conference, proposals should be one single-spaced page (maximum) and should include the following information:

  • the title of the workshop;
  • the name, address, telephone number, and email address of the presenter(s);
  • a summary of the contents of the workshop, including its goals and methods; and
  • an explanation of the interactive teaching methods the presenter(s) will use to engage the audience.

The Institute must receive proposals by February 1, 2017.  Submit proposals via email to Kelly Terry, Co-Director, Institute for Law Teaching and Learning, at

Conference Details

Schedule of Events:

The UALR Bowen School of Law will host a welcome reception on the evening of Thursday, July 6.  The conference will consist of concurrent workshop sessions that will take place at the law school all day on Friday, July 7 and until the early afternoon on Saturday, July 8. 

Travel and Lodging:

A block of hotel rooms for conference attendees has been reserved at the Little Rock Marriot Hotel, 3 Statehouse Plaza, Little Rock, AR 72201.  The discounted rate will be available until June 5, 2017.  Reservations may be made online by using this link: Group rate for UALR School of Law Room Block July 2017.  Reservations also may be made by calling the hotel’s reservations department at 877-759-6290 and referencing the UALR Bowen School of Law/ ILTL Conference Room Block.


The conference fee for participants is $400, which includes materials, meals during the conference (two breakfasts and two lunches), and the welcome reception on Thursday evening, July 6.  The conference fee for presenters is $300. 

For more information:

Please visit our website ( or contact one of the ILTL Co-Directors:

Professor Kelly Terry; 501-324-9946

Professor Emily Grant; 785-670-1677

Associate Dean Sandra Simpson; 509-313-3809

November 19, 2016 in Meetings | Permalink | Comments (0)

Sunday, November 13, 2016

Registration Open for NECASP Conference

I am pleased to announce that we are now accepting registrations for the 2016 NECASP Conference at Western New England University School of Law in Springfield, MA on Monday, December 5, 2016. 

ASP Tackles new ABA Standards: ASP's Indispensable Role  will be our focus this year.  This one day conference is open to all and is FREE!  Come learn about the various new ABA standards, implementation at the law schools and how our colleagues are using teaching strategies and guiding students' success in compliance with these standards.  

To register please email  your name, email address, and institution to Joe Brennan at  Deadline for registration is Monday, November 21, 2016. 

We do have hotel rooms reserved for people who wish to come early and/or stay late.  Just let Joe or me know and we will forward the information to you.

Hope to see you.


Kandace J. Kukas

Assistant Dean & Director of Bar Admission Programs

Western New England University School of Law

(o) 413-782-1751

(c) 978-210-0497

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Saturday, November 12, 2016

Registration Open for the LWI One-Day Workshops

Registration is now open for the LWI One Day Workshops in December! You can register for the site of your choice here. If you have any questions about registration, please contact Renee Allen.  

We look forward to seeing you – either in person or virtually – in December!

The LWI One Day Workshop Committee Co-Chairs

Renee Allen, Cindy Archer, and Meredith Stange

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Wednesday, November 9, 2016

Nominations for the Balance in Legal Education Section of AALS - November 14 Deadline

The Nominating Committee of the Balance in Legal Education Section of the AALS is requesting nominations for the following positions:

-           Executive Committee Board Member

-           Chair Elect

The Balance in Legal Education Section seeks to make law school a more humane experience and to better prepare law students to become effective and well-rounded practitioners. We strive for diversity in our membership and on the Executive Committee, wanting representation from all aspects of our community. We look for participation from our colleagues in private and public schools from different regions of the country. We also seek members with a variety of years and types of experience as well as diverse perspectives and backgrounds.

Participation as a member of the Executive Committee involves:

-           Monthly (hour long) telephone meetings

-           Work on a committee (averages 2-3 hours a month over the year)

-           One in-person meeting at the Annual AALS meeting in January, and typically one social event at the AALS meeting as well

Beyond that, the Executive Committee seeks to facilitate flexible participation based on each member’s interest and availability. Our goal is to facilitate meaningful engagement that is also sensitive to the time commitments of our members. The term for a board member is typically three years, unless we are filling a vacant unexpired term. Members wishing to seek additional terms are easily accommodated.

If you are interested, please address the following questions:

-           How would you describe your enthusiasm, energy, and time for work with the Section?

            -           Do you think you could commit to roughly 3 hours per month? (More or less?)

-           How would your work for the Section add to, or complement, the work you are already doing?

-           What committees might you be interested in serving on? (Work in addition to the meetings ebbs and flows, but takes approximately 2-3 hours per month on average)

o   Scholarship – supporting and creating access to scholarship in this area and creating opportunities for new scholarship

o   Nominations – recruiting nominees for the Board

o   Section Program – planning each year’s program at the Annual AALS meeting

o   Outreach – sharing information, newsletter, website, list serv, etc.

o   Other Programming – planning other conferences and events, including bi-monthly topic open calls to discuss matters of interest

-           Do you have a particular project or initiative that you would want to work on?

Please feel free to nominate yourself or others. Please note that AALS currently requires Executive Committee members to be a full-time faculty or professional staff member (with some teaching responsibilities) at an AALS member school.

To make a nomination, please send a one-paragraph description of interest to:

Kathy Hessler ‑ by November 14, 2016.

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Monday, November 7, 2016

New Professional Organization for Law School Professionals in Student Affairs

Thank you to Emily L. Scivoletto at UCLA School of Law for providing the following information on NALSAP:

Introducing NALSAP

We would like to share some exciting news with you. An organization has recently been formed to serve as the professional home for those who work at law schools in student affairs. You can join now by clicking here

The National Association of Law Student Affairs Professionals (NALSAP) was first imagined in January during the AALS meeting. We brainstormed about how helpful it would be to have a national organization solely dedicated to providing leadership, professional development, and resources for those who work in student affairs at law schools... Then in March 2016, we founded NALSAP, a 501(c)(6) nonprofit organization.

The NALSAP vision is that this organization will bring together a broad array of professionals working in the field of law student affairs. Some of us have decades of experience and others are brand new to the field. We imagine a collaborative and collegial group, with an emphasis on providing practical tools for members.

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Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Two Upcoming Conferences for the Institute for Law Teaching and Learning

March 25, 2017

Formative Assessment in Large Classes
Emory University School of Law

ILTL Conference at Emory
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July 7-8, 2017

Teaching Cultural Competency and Other Professional Skills
University of Arkansas at Little Rock William H. Bowen School of Law

Plan to join us for an opening reception on the evening of July 6.
More details to come.

October 18, 2016 in Meetings | Permalink | Comments (0)

Saturday, October 15, 2016

Call for Proposals for Formative Assessment Symposium at Detroit Mercy


The Impact of Formative Assessment:

Emphasizing Outcome Measures in Legal Education

The University of Detroit Mercy Law Review is pleased to announce its annual academic Symposium to be held on March 3, 2017, at the University of Detroit Mercy School of Law. The Symposium will contemplate how the American Bar Association’s emphasis on outcome measures in its revised Standards for Approval will affect law students’ educational experience.

Specific topics may address, but are not limited to, the following issues:

  1. The Need for and Benefits of Incorporating Formative Assessments into the


• The importance of self-regulated learning and qualitative feedback; the benefits of formative assessment versus using only summative assessment; the effect of

formative assessments on professors’ teaching experience.

  1. Methods for Incorporating Formative Assessments into the Classroom

• The types of formative assessments that satisfy the ABA’s requirements; when qualitative feedback is most effective for student success; ways in which to

implement formative assessments to improve student learning.

  1. Measuring the Success of Formative Assessments

• The methods by which law schools can conduct ongoing evaluation of the assessment methods to adequately “measure the degree to which students have

attained competency in the school’s learning outcomes” as required by the new ABA Standards.

The Law Review invites interested individuals to submit an abstract of 250-300 words that detail their proposed topic and presentation. Since the above list of topics is non-exhaustive, the University of Detroit Mercy Law Review encourages all interested parties to develop their own topic to present at the Symposium. Included with the abstract should be the author’s name, contact information, and a copy of their resume/curriculum vitae.

Abstracts should indicate whether the proposal is for presentation and publication or for presentation only. Although publication is not required to present at the Symposium, preference will be given to proposals that include a commitment to produce a publishable article for the Symposium edition of the Law Review (to be published Fall 2017).

The deadline for abstract submissions is October 31, 2016. Individuals selected to present at the Symposium will be contacted by November 14, 2016. Submissions, and any questions regarding the Symposium or the abstract process, should be directed to Law Review Symposium Director Erin Cobane at

October 15, 2016 in Meetings, Publishing | Permalink | Comments (0)

Call for Proposals for AASE 2017 National Conference

2017 Annual Conference
May 23 – 25: Fort Worth, Texas
Texas A&M School of Law
Call for Proposals

The 2017 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).

The program committee prioritizes proposals on diversity and inclusion related topics that are related to legal education and academic support.

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 at the conference. An example of a proposal is available below.

Presentation Topics
The committee seeks various presentations and topics, including but not limited to presentations that address:
• diversity and inclusion (particularly programs that focus on sustaining women and minorities in legal careers);
• teaching ideas for new and veteran teachers;
• scholarship;
• research;
• professional growth;
• assessment;
• hot topics in legal education;
• 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 Workshop
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 conversations and interaction. The committee encourages presentations that will foster dialogue among conference attendees. These sessions are particularly well suited for hot topics.

Speed Round
Speed Rounds are 10 minute, fast-paced, high-impact sessions. These are opportunities for new ideas, or for emerging professionals to present ideas that might not have been presented on before. There will be several Speed Rounds running concurrently throughout the period.

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.

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 minutes, 45 minutes, or 1 hour time slot. Proposals should indicate the time needed for the presentation. Please also address how the presentation can be adapted if you are allotted a shorter amount of time. 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 no later than January 13, 2017. Late submissions will not be accepted.

All individuals submitting a proposal will be notified about the status of their proposal on or before February 17, 2017.

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. AASE does not accept proposals from any commercial vendors. Any commercial vendor interested in promoting their materials may do so as a sponsor of the conference. Please email to request information on becoming a sponsor.

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


Proposal for AASE 2014 Annual Summer Conference

Title: Building Positive Classroom Environments

Presenter Contact Information: Cai Leonard, Law School, 2 Main Street, Springfield, ST 98765. T: 112- 356-7890

Type of Session: Interactive Workshop

Audience: Newbies & moderate experience level; all school sizes

Goals of the session. By the end of this workshop participants will:
• Be able to explain the value of positive interpersonal environments in helping students learn;
• Be able to identify methods for building positive interpersonal classroom environments; and
• Be able to engage their own students in exercises that help build positive classroom environments.

Background. Creating a positive learning environment is one of the components critical to successful learning (e.g. Bransford et. al, How People Learn 25; Goleman, Social Intelligence 268-76; Hess & Friedland, Techniques for Teaching Law 326-27). Emotional intelligence and neuroscience studies show that we learn better when we are challenged, supported, respected, and engaged. Too much stress impedes learning; lack of challenge does the same. This workshop focuses on how to create a positive learning environment for law students.

Workshop methodology. Participants will be actively involved in different techniques that affect classroom dynamics. Participants will engage in:
 Writing
 Discussing ideas in pairs
 Looking at visuals
 Listening & reflecting
 Discussing ideas with the whole group
 Practicing with a small group

Participants will first examine the environments that have been conducive to their own learning, and exchange their ideas with a partner. This will be followed by a short, whole group discussion about the value of creating positive affect — and the value of engaging others in talking about it. Participants will then be given scenarios about classroom behaviors and asked to consider the following kinds of questions:
 What could the professor have done at the beginning of the course to increase the positive interpersonal engagement?
 What are the likely consequences of negative classroom interactions?
 What small steps can professors take to improve the classroom environment?

Participants will be given an overview of how positive and negative interpersonal dynamics and environments affect student learning. They will then discuss things they have noticed within their classes and ways to improve classroom dynamics. Depending on participants’ teaching areas, participants may engage in small group discussions about questions relating to doctrinal areas, upper level vs. first year courses, skills courses, or clinical courses.

Throughout the workshop, I will share my own experiences and give examples of what I have found effective in my classes, others’ classes, and I will answer participants’ questions.

Materials. Outline of the workshop, scenarios regarding different kinds of classroom environments, questions for participants to respond to, specific techniques professors can use to create positive environments, and short list of resources.

Technology Required: Access to PowerPoint would be very helpful, although the session could be modified to be done without it.

Brochure Summary: We have all witnessed our students struggle in their classes due to too much stress. This workshop focuses on how to create a positive learning environment for law students. Through group discussion and partner work, participants will learn how to build positive interpersonal classroom environments.

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Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Save the Date for the Fifth Annual AASE National Conference


5th Annual AASE National Conference

May 23-25, 2017

Texas A&M School of Law

Fort Worth, TX

Hotel Information and more details regarding registration are coming soon!

 Camesha Little ∙ Assistant Director of Academic Support Program

Texas A&M School of Law ∙ 817.212.4193

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Saturday, October 8, 2016

Upcoming Institute for Law Teaching and Learning Conference at Emory University in March 2017


Institute for Law Teaching & Learning and Emory University School of Law

Spring Conference 2017

“Compliance with ABA Standard 314: Formative Assessment in Large Classes” is a one-day conference for law teachers and administrators who want to learn how to design, implement, and evaluate formative assessment plans. The conference will be interactive workshops during which attendees will learn about formative assessment techniques from games to crafting multiple choice questions to team-based learning. Participants will also learn ways to coordinate assessment across the curriculum. The conference workshop sessions will take place on Saturday, March 25, 2017, at Emory University School of Law.

Conference Content: Sessions will address the following topics:

Why Assess: Empirical Data on How it Helps Students Learn

Games as Formative Assessments in the Classroom

Formative Assessment with Team-Based Learning

Creating Multiple Choice Questions and Ways to Using Them as Formative Assessment

Coordinating Formative Assessment Across the Curriculum

Conference Faculty: Workshops will be taught by experienced faculty: Andrea Curcio (GSU Law), Lindsey Gustafson (UALR Bowen), Michael Hunter-Schwartz (UALR Bowen), Heidi Holland (Gonzaga) and Sandra Simpson (Gonzaga)

Who Should Attend: This conference is for all law faculty and administrators. By the end of the conference, attendees will have concrete and practical knowledge about formative assessment and complying with Standard 314 to take back to their colleagues and institutions. Details about the conference will be available on the websites of the Institute for Law Teaching & Learning and Emory University School of Law.

Registration Information: The registration fee is $225 for the first registrant from each law school. We are offering a discounted fee of $200 for each subsequent registrant from the same school, so that schools may be able to send multiple attendees. Details regarding the registration process will be provided in future announcements.

Accommodations: A block of hotel rooms for conference attendees has been reserved at the Emory Conference Center Hotel for $159/night; at the Courtyard by Marriott in downtown, Decatur for $99/night; and at the Decatur Holiday Inn for $159/night. Reservation phone numbers are : Emory Conference Center Hotel: 1-800-933-6679; Courtyard by Marriott Downtown Decatur: or 1-404-371-0204; Holiday Inn Hotel Decatur 1-888-HOLIDAY. Passkey Link: Attendees can also call 1-800-933-6679 to make reservations. Attendees must identify themselves as part of Emory Law School-Institute for Law Teaching & Leadership conference. The cutoff date to book a room at the Emory Conference Center Hotel is Friday, March 3, 2017.

To book rooms at the Courtyard Atlanta Executive Park/ Emory (1236 Executive Park Dr. Atlanta, Ga 30329) attendees need to call: 1-800-321-2211 or 404-728-0708. Please have attendees identify themselves as part of the Emory Law School group staying on March 24, 2017 at the Courtyard Atlanta Executive Park/Emory located at 1236 Executive Park Dr. Atlanta, GA 30329. Reservations must be made on or before Friday, February 24, 2017.

To book rooms at Holiday Inn Express & Suites Emory (2183 North Decatur Rd. Decatur, GA 30033) attendees need to call: 404-320-0888 and reference that they are with Emory University School of Law group for March 24, 2017. Reservations must be made on or before Friday, February 24, 2017.

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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.

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


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
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

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
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
  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


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


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 (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.


AALS Balance Section Topic Call

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


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


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


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


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!


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

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 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.

August 30, 2016 in Meetings | Permalink | Comments (0)

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  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 or either of the Co-Chairs of the section’s Program Committee, Peter Huang at or Amy Bushaw at

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



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

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

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.


August 15, 2016 in Meetings | Permalink | Comments (0)

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


Association of American Law Schools Advancing Excellence in Legal Education
1614 20th Street, N.W.
Washington D.C. 20009-1001
Phone: 202.296.8851
Fax: 202.296.8869




July 30, 2016 in Meetings | Permalink | Comments (0)