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Editor: Amy Jarmon
Texas Tech Univ. School of Law

Thursday, June 8, 2017

AALS Call for Scholarly Papers


Call for Scholarly Papers for Presentation at 2018 AALS Annual Meeting

Jumpstart your scholarship by competing to present at the AALS 112th Annual Meeting. The Scholarly Papers competition is open to new and emerging law faculty, including VAPs (Visiting Assistant Professors), who have been teaching for 5 years or fewer. Time spent as a VAP counts toward the requirement of being a full-time educator for five years or less. The submission deadline is August 4, 2017.


If you are a full-time law teacher at an AALS member or fee-paid school and have been a full-time educator for five years or less as of July 1, 2017, you are eligible to submit a paper on a topic related to or concerning law.

A committee of established scholars will review the submitted papers with the authors’ identities concealed.


Papers that make a substantial contribution to legal literature will be selected for presentation at the AALS Annual Meeting in San Diego, January 3-6, 2018. Previous winners have cited their AALS Annual Meeting presentation as making a difference to the law review editors considering publication of their articles.


To be considered in the competition, email an electronic version of your manuscript and a cover letter to no later than August 4, 2017, 11:59p.m. EST. Papers are expected to reflect original research, and are not eligible for consideration if they will have been published before February 2018. For more guidelines and complete submission instructions, visit

Thank you for helping us encourage and recognize excellent legal scholarship among the future leaders of our profession.

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Saturday, May 27, 2017

Institute for Law Teaching and Learning's Summer Conference in July at UALR

The conference will focus on teaching cultural competency and other professional skills suggested by ABA Standard 302.  The conference announcement, which includes the complete schedule of workshop topics and presenters, is inserted below .  You can find information about the registration process and hotel accommodations here:

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


Conference Theme:  This conference will focus on how law schools are responding to ABA Standard 302’s call to establish learning outcomes related to “other professional skills needed for competent and ethical participation as a member of the legal profession,” 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.”  Conference sessions will concentrate on how law school faculty and administrators are incorporating these skills, particularly the skills of cultural competency, self-evaluation, and collaboration, into their institutional outcomes, designing courses to encompass these skills, and teaching and assessing these skills.  

Registration Information and Hotel Accommodations:  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 fee for presenters is $300.  To register, please use this link:  This link also provides information about hotel rooms available for the conference at the Little Rock Marriot Hotel, 3 Statehouse Plaza, Little Rock, AR 72201.  Reservations also may be made by calling 877-759-6290 and referencing the UALR Bowen School of Law/ ILTL Conference Room Block.

Conference Schedule:

Thursday, July 6, 2017

Welcome Reception:  5:00—7:00 p.m.

Friday, July 7, 2017

Registration and Breakfast:  8:00—8:30 a.m. 

Opening and Welcome:  8:30—9:00 a.m.

Workshop 1:  9:00—10:00 a.m.  

Session A

Session B

Teaching Cultural Competence to Law Students:  A Necessary Skill in an Increasingly Multi-Cultural World


Janet Heppard, University of Houston Law Center; Tasha Willis, University of Houston Law Center; and Thelma Harmon, Thurgood Marshall School of Law, Texas Southern University

Bringing Marginalized Populations into the Classroom


Catherine Wasson, Thomas Noble, and Patricia Perkins, Elon University School of Law

Workshop 2:  10:30—11:30 a.m.

Session A

Session B

A Blueprint For Cultural Competency in the Classroom


Danné L. Johnson, Oklahoma City University School of Law

Building Student Capacity for Self-Evaluation


Laura Onkeles-Klein and Robert Dinerstein, American University, Washington College of Law

Workshop 3:  12:30—1:30 p.m.

Session A

Session B

Using the Workshop Format to Introduce 1L Students to Professional Skills and Values


Sandra Simpson, Gonzaga University School of Law

How to Grow Future Lawyers in the Image of ABA Standard 302: Plant Seeds of Strong Learning Outcomes in a Collaborative Cross-Curriculum Garden, and Sprinkle with a Healthy Dose of Ethics, Skills, Cultural Competency, Collaborative Exercises, and Self-Evaluative Techniques

Tracey Brame, Tonya Krause-Phelan, and Victoria Vuletich, Western Michigan University—Thomas M. Cooley Law School


Workshop 4:  2:00—3:00 p.m.

Session A

Session B

Transaction Planning—Creating a Roadmap for Transactional Clinics

Joseph Pileri and Lauren Rogal, Georgetown University Law Center

Establishing Learning Outcomes, Cultural Competency, and the Underprepared Law Student as “Other”


Deborah Zalesne and David Nadvorney, CUNY School of Law

Workshop 5:  3:30—4:30 p.m.

Session A

Session B

Building on Best Practices: A Resource and Advocacy Tool to Keep Our Teaching, Our Law Schools, and Legal Education on the Right Track with Teaching Professional Skills


Carolyn Wilkes Kaas, Quinnipiac University School of Law; Melanie DeRousse, University of Kansas School of Law

“It’s All a Bit Hippy Isn’t It?”: The Importance of Teaching Self-Evaluation and Reflection in Law School

Andrew Henderson, University of Canberra (Australia)

Saturday, July 8, 2017


Workshop 6:  9:00—10:00 a.m.

Session A

Session B

Teaching Cultural Competence as a Reflective Instructor


Andrij Kowalsky, Wilfrid Laurier University

Helping Millenials Develop Self-Reflection

Benjamin Madison, Regent University School of Law

Workshop 7:  10:30—11 :30 a.m.

Session A

Session B

Students Learning Lawyering Skills:  Immerse Them

Christine Church, Western Michigan University—Thomas M. Cooley Law School

Teaching Students to Receive Feedback


Miranda Johnson, Loyola University Chicago School of Law



Workshop 8:  12:30—1:30 p.m.

Session A

Session B

The Role of Leadership in Law School Education (More Than Just an “Other” Skill)

David Gibbs, Chapman University Dale E. Fowler School of Law; Leah Witcher Jackson Teague, Baylor University School of Law

Developing Critical Legal Reading and Analytical Skills Through the Use of Charts and Diagrams


Constance Fain, Texas Southern University Thurgood Marshall School of Law

Closing:  1:30—2:00 p.m.



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Sunday, May 21, 2017

See you at the AASE Conference in Fort Worth This Week!

The editorial group here at the  Law School Academic Support Blog are looking forward to saying howdy to those of you who are able to attend the 5th annual conference this week. If we do not already know you, please introduce yourself to us during the conference. We appreciate your readership! 

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Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Correction: AASE Conference Registration Closes May 17th


5th Annual AASE National Conference

Texas A&M University School of Law

Fort Worth, Texas

 May 23-25, 2017


To register go to: 

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

Please make sure that you submit all payments at the time of registration.

For more information about directions to the law school visit:

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Monday, May 1, 2017

Reminder: Registration for AASE National Conference Closes on Wednesday


5th Annual AASE National Conference

Texas A&M University School of Law

Fort Worth, Texas

 May 23-25, 2017


To register go to: You can update your AASE membership at the time of registration! 

Please make sure that you submit all payments at the time of registration.

For more information about directions to the law school visit:


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Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Update on hotel accommodations for AASE 2017

Hi all,

We have some solutions for all of you who have not booked your hotel rooms yet.  Camesha has worked tirelessly all day to get the Hilton to open up some more rooms.  They were only willing to open up 5 more rooms under the AASE block on Monday.  Those rooms are open now for reservations.  Apparently there is another conference going on in Fort Worth the same week.  This is a new group utilizing the Fort Worth area and our hosts were not able to anticipate their presence.

We also have another hotel option for you.  You can stay at the Sheraton Forth Worth Downtown for the same rate.  You can book at this link:

Texas A&M Law School (OR copy and paste the following link into a web browser)  I recommend pasting the link if you have any problems.  I just tried it to make sure it works. 

Please feel free to contact me or Camesha if you have questions or issues.  We are so excited to see all of you next month in Texas!!  Please make sure you are registering for the conference and nominating officers on the AASE website

Have a wonderful evening!



Jamie Kleppetsch
Assistant Professor & Associate Director
Academic Achievement Program
The John Marshall Law School

315 S Plymouth Ct
Chicago, IL 60604
(312) 427-2737  x448
Direct: (312) 987-1448
Academic Achievement Program

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Travel Scholarships for AASE 2017 Conference

If you wish to apply for a need-based, travel scholarship for the AASE conference, the information is here: Download NATIONAL CONFERENCE TRAVEL SCHOLARSHIP.2017.



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Schedule for the 2017 AASE Conference

The 2017 AASE conference is May 23 - 25 in Fort Worth, TX with the host school of Texas A&M. The full schedule of presentations for the 2017 AASE Conference is at this link: Download AASE 2017 Conference Schedule (002).

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Monday, April 10, 2017

AASE Diversity Conference Call for Proposals

The inaugural AASE Diversity Conference, entitled Fulfilling Promises: Providing Effective Academic and Bar Exam Support to Diverse Students, will be held October 12-13 at the University of Maryland in Baltimore, MD.

The deadline for proposal submissions is on April 28th. The call for proposals can be found here: Download DIVERSITY Call for Proposals 2017.

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AASE 2017 Conference

The 2017 conference will be at Texas A&M School of Law in Fort Worth, TX. Links to the conference information are:

Registration –

Hotel -

Note that hotel reservations must be made by April 22nd to get the conference rate of $179.

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Sunday, April 9, 2017

News from the New York Academic Support Workshop

Thank you to Kandace J. Kukas, Assistant Dean & Director of Bar Admission Programs at Western New England University School of Law, for providing us with a write-up regarding this recent New York event:

Fifteenth Successful Conference in the Books!

The New York Academic Support Workshop celebrated its fifteenth year at New York Law School on Friday, March 31, 2017.  With more than 25 attendees from New York, New England and the East Coast, the one-day conference re-energized ASP professionals for the end of year and bar exam stress, as well as creating thoughtful discussion of how to more effectively and efficiently reach our students.

Hosts Kris Franklin of New York Law School and Linda Feldman of Brooklyn Law School set up a robust agenda consisting of insightful conversations, activities and sharing.  One of the day’s highlights was the “Improvising Your Way to Good Legal Analysis” session led by Victoria Eastus of New York Law School.  All participants formed a circle and learned how improv can help break the ice with our students as well as show the students they already know how to implement legal analysis.  Our everyday living requires analysis, when shifted to the legal arena the connections proved to be quite powerful and generated quite a buzz in the room!

Additional “take-aways” from the day included a recognition that a flipped class may have some draw backs for students who learn differently, project management is a crucial part of legal work and we can guide our students through creative means to understanding task management, and none of us likes homework; especially ASP Professionals!  In addition, we discussed and shared experiences creating an Academic Support Program, helping the students with doctrine comprehension using creative methods, and the components necessary to writing well; rules, doctrine, issues and facts. Finally, we shared our time management techniques, with students and ourselves; we are pulled in many directions as are our students, we can use ourselves as guides and examples of superior time management.

Most importantly we shared support and comradery!  It is crucial that every now and then we reach out beyond our school’s walls and remember there are a number of brilliant people across the country working very hard to ensure student success in law school and beyond.  These friendships and the support felt in the room are some of the reasons I am honored to be in academic support!

April 9, 2017 in Guest Column, Meetings | Permalink | Comments (0)

Saturday, March 25, 2017

Global Legal Skills Conference XII - A Recap

I had the privilege of presenting at the Global Legal Skills XII Conference in Monterrey, Mexico last week. It was a wonderful conference. Presenters and participants came from around the world to discuss issues in international legal education. This conference specifically addressed international L.L.M and exchange student populations as well as teaching, legal research and writing, and technology issues for global legal education. I met legal educators from Australia, Canada, Estonia, Italy, Mexico, Netherlands, Qatar, United Kingdom to just name a few of the countries represented. Law schools throughout the United States were represented at the conference in large numbers as well.

All of us work with international or L.L.M. students in our ASP and bar preparation work. We are familiar with their adjustments to U.S. legal education, their struggles, and their successes. It was a pleasure to spend a week with others who are dedicated to providing support to these students. The participants at the conference are as friendly and ready to share ideas and materials as our fellow ASP'ers here in the U.S.

Here is a very brief sample of a few ASPish presentation topics:

  • Beyond IRAC: Introducing LLM Students to Problem Solving -  Lurene Cotento, John Marshall Law School, Chicago
  • Teaching Common Law Skills to Civil Law Students - Amrita Bahri, ITAM, Mexico
  • Teaching and Diversity: How MBTI Might Assist an Inclusive Approach to Individual Consultations, Chantal Morton, Melbourne Law School, Australia
  • Put It To Practice: Role-Play Exercises in the International Graduate Classroom - Kathryn Edwards Piper and Sarah Kelly, St. Johns School of Law
  • Facilitating Online, Peer Support Student Study Networks Using a Number of Social Media Solutions - Matthew Homewood, Nottingham Law School, UK
  • LLM Orientation Design for Cohort-Building and Academic Success: Two Models - Miki Pike Hamstra and Cathy Beck, Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law
  • Using Film to Teach about Foreign Legal Systems - Lauren Fielder, University of Texas at Austin School of Law

The next Global Legal Skills Conference (XIII) will be held in Melbourne, Australia in December 2018. (Amy Jarmon)



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Tuesday, March 7, 2017

NALSAP: Registration Now Open for June 1-3 Conference


We are thrilled to announce that NALSAP Conference registration is NOW OPEN! Registration is $100 for NALSAP members and $150 for non-members. The conference will take place on June 1-3, 2017, at UCLA School of Law in Los Angeles, California. You can register online here:

Here are some highlights of what the inaugural conference will feature:

  • Connie Horton will provide us with a “counseling toolbox” for student affairs professionals. Specific counseling tools us laypeople can employ as we’re meeting with students on the front lines. Dr. Horton, Ph.D. and a Licensed Psychologist, is the Associate Vice President for Student Life and the Senior Director of Counseling, Health, and Wellness at Pepperdine University.
  • Catherine Matthews, J.D., Ph.D., Indiana University Maurer School of Law, will provide a higher education law primer aimed specifically at law school student affairs professionals.
  • 14 concurrent sessions covering a broad range of topics, such as supporting marginalized students, Generation Z, mentorship programs, conduct, strategies for doing more with less in an era of decreasing budgets, strategies for inclusion of Graduate Program & International Students, diversity and implicit bias, student development theory, and so much more!
  • Opportunities for networking with colleagues from across the nation at the first conference entirely devoted to law student affairs professionals, including a welcome mixer, networking lunches, wellness activities with the NALSAP Conference Committee, and more.
  • Two NALSAP business meetings where you can learn more about this brand new organization and get involved in various leadership roles.
  • Wellness, wellness, wellness! Mindfulness, meditation, self-care (for students AND for US!) will be woven throughout the conference into various plenary/concurrent sessions, as well as some fun experiential offerings.
  • Optional QPR suicide prevention training on Saturday afternoon. QPR is an emergency response to someone in crisis and can save lives. QPR’s suicide prevention course is designed to teach professionals how to reduce the immediate risk of suicide and provide longer-term care for those at risk.

Please don’t hesitate to reach out with any questions. We look forward to seeing you in June!  


Rebekah Grodsky & Emily Scivoletto

NALSAP Conference Co-Chairs

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Register for the NALSAP Conference:

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Monday, February 27, 2017

Oops! Correction to AALS Section Officers/Exec Board Post

Our apologies to Jenn Car! She was incorrectly listed as still being at UNLV. She is now at Thomas Jefferson School of Law. The corrected Exec Board list is below:

    Chair: Danielle Kocal (Pace)

    Chair-Elect: Staci Rucker (Dayton)

    Secretary: Courtney Lee (McGeorge)

    Treasurer: Jenn Carr (Thomas Jefferson)

    Past Chair: Amy Jarmon (Texas Tech)

    Board position (expiring January 2018): Twinette Johnson (Southern Illinois)

    Board position (expiring January 2018): Philip Kaplan (Suffolk)

    Board position (expiring January 2019): Raul Ruiz (Florida International)

    Board position (expiring January 2019): Goldie Pritchard (Michigan State)

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Saturday, February 25, 2017

Do You Know Who Your Exec Board and Officers Are for AALS Section on Academic Support?

In case you were not at the January 2017 business meeting and are wondering who to contact about the AALS Section on Academic Support, here is a list of the 2017-2018 leadership:

    Chair: Danielle Kocal (Pace)

    Chair-Elect: Staci Rucker (Dayton)

    Secretary: Courtney Lee (McGeorge)

    Treasurer: Jenn Carr (UNLV)

    Past Chair: Amy Jarmon (Texas Tech)

    Board position (expiring January 2018): Twinette Johnson (Southern Illinois)

    Board position (expiring January 2018): Philip Kaplan (Suffolk)

    Board position (expiring January 2019): Raul Ruiz (Florida International)

    Board position (expiring January 2019): Goldie Pritchard (Michigan State)

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Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Save the Date for Inaugural AASE Diversity Conference

Inaugural AASE Diversity Conference 

Fulfilling Promises:  Providing Effective Academic and Bar Exam Support to Diverse Students

October 12-13, 2017

University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law

Baltimore, MD

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Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Law School Diversity Professionals Annual Meeting

Information about this April 27-28 conference was recently posted to the ASP Listserv. The information is here: Download ASP-L6688 AMLSDP - Conference Hotel Rooms Available.

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Sunday, February 5, 2017

SCASP Workshop Information

5th Annual Southwestern Consortium of Academic Support Professionals Workshop

Outside the Box:  Creative Strategies in Academic Support

at University of Texas School of Law in Austin, Texas on March 3, 2017

The Southwestern Consortium of Academic Support Professionals will host a one day conference focused on creative solutions to help students succeed.  ASP departments face the daunting task of reaching a new generation of learners with diminishing budgets.  Academic Support Professionals must adapt faster than most in academia, so we hope to provide a range of ideas to help all programs from first-year to bar passage. 

Registration is open to anyone interested in academic support.  The registration form is attached.  Return it to Elizabeth Bangs at  UT School of Law is located in Texas’ capital city of Austin.  Austin’s music scene and beautiful weather will make this a great place to visit in early March.

Hotel Information

A block of rooms has been reserved at the AT&T Executive Education and Conference Center at 1900 University Avenue, Austin, TX 78705.  This hotel is located on campus.  You can book your room online at

Conference Dinner – March 2nd

The University of Texas School of Law is hosting an awesome dinner cruise on Lady Bird Lake Thursday night prior to the workshop.  It will be a can’t miss event with a cash bar.  A bus will pick everyone up at the hotel around 5pm and bring everyone back after the cruise.  Please let us know if you plan to attend the dinner so we have an accurate count.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact:

Steven Foster (

Director of Academic Achievement at Oklahoma City University

Elizabeth Bangs (

Assistant Dean for Student Affairs at University of Texas School of Law

(See the ASP Listserv announcement for the attached Registration Form.)


March 2nd:

Dinner for anyone arriving early.

March 3rd:

9-9:50 – Using a Practical Skills Curriculum to Improve Academic Success – Ellen Pryor and team from UNT Dallas’ School of Law

10-10:50 – Practical Methods to Integrate a Growth Mindset into the Curriculum – Carrie Sperling from the University of Wisconsin School of Law

11-11:50 – Utilizing Early Assessment Tools to Help At-Risk Students in First Semester – Camesha Little and DeShun Harris from Texas A&M University School of Law

12-12:50 – Lunch

1-1:50 – A Deep Look at Variables that Predict Bar Exam Outcome – Cassie Christopher from Texas Tech School of Law

2-2:50 – Providing the Last Piece of Supplemental Instruction to Get Students Passed the Bar – Scott Johns from the University of Denver’s Sturm College of Law

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Saturday, February 4, 2017

NY Academic Support Workshop Coming Up

Dear ASP friends;

We are pleased to announce this year’s full-day NY Academic Support Workshop, to be held from 9:30 to 5:30 at New York Law School on March 31st.  This will be an intimate gathering of academic support professionals and colleagues actively working to learn from one another. 

As is our usual practice, the afternoon sessions of the workshop will have an open agenda and room to include any subject of interest to those in attendance, while the morning sessions will be centered on a specific topic. For this year’s morning session we would like to concentrate on interactive/experiential learning and academic support. What new ideas do you have for interactive ASP exercises? Is the new emphasis on experiential learning inherently ASPish? Is ASP inherently experiential? Is there any tension in the curriculum between the two? Any and all insights, discussions, ideas or activities on this topic will be welcome.

One thing that makes all ASP gatherings exciting has always been our unique emphasis on collaboration—ASP folks DO things together so that we can learn together. NY Workshop participants work with one another to develop or enhance our individual lessons, materials, presentations, or any other part of our professional endeavors.  No one who comes is allowed to be a back-bencher.  If you would like to attend, please let us know whether you want to share one of your own materials or ideas, lead a discussion on a topic we all wrestle with etc., or comment on ideas presented by other participants, or both. And please let us know whether you think your topic/question/issue/material/presentation lends itself more to our morning’s theme or to the open-ended part of our day.  When we confirm who will attend and what specific questions the participants plan to address we will send out a finalized workshop agenda. 

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

We hope to see many of you soon!

Kris Franklin                                  Linda Feldman                                                  

New York Law School                  Brooklyn Law School                                           

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Saturday, January 28, 2017

Reminder: Deadline for Proposals to Present at NALSAP Conference Due Feb. 3rd

Reposted from earlier:

The NALSAP Conference Committee is now accepting program proposals! The Call for Proposals document (PDF) is available by clicking here. Because we all wear many hats, presentation proposals will be accepted on a wide variety of topics. An example is included with the Call for Proposals document.

Proposals should be submitted no later than Friday, February 3, 2017. If you have any questions, please email the Conference Committee Co-Chairs Rebekah Grodsky and Emily Scivoletto at

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