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Saturday, May 3, 2014

The Fourth "Colonial Frontier" Legal Writing Conference — Saturday, December 6, 2014

The Fourth "Colonial Frontier" Legal Writing Conference — Saturday, December 6, 2014

Hosted by: The Duquesne University School of Law, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Conference Theme: Teaching the Academically Underprepared Law Student

            For generations, college and law school educators have often voiced the belief that their students are not as prepared as they used to be.  Although some educators may disagree about whether there really has been a change in students since the apocryphal “good old days,” there is a growing body of scholarship suggesting that 21st Century college graduates and law students lack the critical thinking skills necessary for law study and that as educators we are facing new challenges in teaching these students.  See e.g. Richard Arum & Josipa Roksa, Academically Adrift: Limited Learning On College Campuses (2011); Susan Stuart & Ruth Vance, Bringing a Knife to a Gunfight: The Academically Underprepared Law Student & Legal Education Reform,  48 Val. L. Rev. 1 (forthcoming 2013), available at  http://works.bepress.com/ruth_vance/1 (the theme of this conference is based on this article’s title).  Scholars and other commentators have pointed to many causes for the real (and perhaps perceived) problems that new law students have coping with the demands of academic and professional training.  These causes include the declining quality of pre-college schooling and a focus on standardized testing, lowered expectations at the undergraduate level, a decrease in the numbers and “quality” of incoming law students, the generational characteristics of current law students, the effects on student learning from psychological problems such as anxiety disorders, the deleterious influence of the Internet and computer technology, and more.  This conference will offer attendees an opportunity to hear from others who are interested in these questions, and, hopefully, learn how to better teach current law students or change the current educational environment.

            We invite proposals from educators who want to speak to these issues.   The Duquesne Law Review, which has published papers from two previous Colonial Frontier conferences, plans to devote space in its Spring 2015 symposium issue to papers from the conference.

            We welcome proposals for 30-minute and 50-minute presentations on these topics, by individuals or panels.  Proposals for presentations should be sent as an e-mail file attachment in MS Word to Professor Jan Levine at levinej@duq.edu by June 2, 2014.  He will confirm receipt of all submissions.  Proposals for presentations should be 1000 to 2000 words long, and should denote the topic to be addressed, the amount of time sought for the presentation, any special technological needs for the session, the presenter’s background and institutional affiliation, and contact information.  Proposals should note whether the presenter intends to submit an article to the Duquesne Law Review, based on the presentation.  Proposals by co-presenters are welcome.  Proposals will be reviewed by Professors Julia Glencer, Jan Levine, Ann Schiavone, and Tara Willke of the Duquesne University School of Law, and by the editorial staff of the Duquesne Law Review.

            Proposals for presentations will be accepted by June 15, 2014.  Full drafts of related articles will be due by September 5, 2014; within a month of that date the Duquesne Law Review will determine which of those articles it wishes to publish; and final versions of articles will be due by January 12, 2015.

The attendance fee for the conference will be $50 for non-presenters.  Duquesne will provide free on-site parking to conference  attendees.  The conference will begin 9:00 a.m. with a welcoming breakfast and reception at the Duquesne University School of Law, followed by two hours of presentations.  We will provide a catered, on-campus lunch, followed by 90 additional minutes of presentations, ending at approximately 3:00 p.m.  We will then host a closing reception in the “Bridget and Alfred Pelaez Legal Writing Center,” the home of Duquesne’s LRW program.  

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

 

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Saturday, April 26, 2014

Fun Night at the AASE Conference

Are you ready for Fun Night at AASE 2014? 

We have a great event planned for Saturday, May 31st

 

Indianapolis Indians vs. Scranton baseball game

Where: Victory Field (walking distance from the conference hotel)

Time: 7:05pm

Cost: $8 per ticket (children 2 years+ must have a ticket)

RSVP Deadline: Please email Fun Night Committee member Freda Coleman-Jackson at fbcolema@indiana .edu to RSVP for the baseball game by Friday, May 16th (payment information will be provided upon RSVP)

 

We look forward to seeing you at Fun Night!

Fun Night Committee

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Wednesday, April 23, 2014

AASE National Conference - What will you discover in Indianapolis?

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2nd Annual AASE National Conference

May 29 through June 1, 2014

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What will you discover in Indianapolis?

 

·         Four days of learning, collaborating and strengthening the academic support community;

·         Three distinct program tracks focused on professional development; techniques for law school success; and bar exam preparation;

·         Networking opportunities and social gatherings!

 

What are you waiting for?Register today and join your colleagues as we explore the trends and issues facing the academic support and legal education community.

 

http://mckinneylaw.iu.edu/events/current.cfm?eid=165

 

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LEARN MORE ABOUT AASE: Visit www.academicsupporteducators.org to learn about the organization and become a member.

 

STAY CONNECTED: Join the AASE Facebook and LinkedIn pages and follow us on Twitter. 

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Saturday, April 19, 2014

Reminder: What the Best Law Teachers Do Conference in June

It is not too late to register for What the Best Law Teachers Do: Educators in Action, hosted by Northwestern Law and the Institute for Law Teaching and Learning, June 25-27, 2014, in Chicago, Illinois. 

What the Best Law Teachers Do: Education in Action is a two-and-a-half day conference that will provide a forum to hear the insights and teaching techniques of one-dozen remarkable law educators from among those interviewed in Harvard Press’s recently-released book. Our educators will share their insights and teaching techniques over the course of two full days.

For detailed information about our presenters and their discussion topics, to register for the conference and to make reservations for our exquisite hotel accommodations, please visit our website.

Register now! Registration closes May 23, 2014 (which is approaching faster than spring here in Chicago).

Meanwhile, summer in Chicago is a delight to behold. Steps from Lake Michigan and just a short walk from the Magnificent Mile, the exciting Second City is at your doorstep.

Hope to see you in the Windy City!

Debbie Borman,

Northwestern University School of Law

Emily Grant,

Gerry Hess,

Michael Hunter Schwartz,

Sandra Simpson,

Sophie Sparrow,

Kelly Terry,

Institute for Law Teaching and Learning

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Friday, April 18, 2014

AASE National Conference Has Three Tracks of Programs

Don’t forget to register for the 2nd Annual AASE National Conference in Indianapolis, IN, May 29 through June 1. This year AASE is proud to offer three distinct program tracks focused on professional
development; techniques for law school success; and bar exam preparation. Stick with one track all day, or switch it up based on your school’s needs, it is entirely up to you.   For the full conference schedule as well as registration and hotel details, click on the link below to visit the conference
web page.

AASE 2nd Annual Conference Registration Link

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Thursday, April 17, 2014

CAll for Papers for the AALS Section on Academic Support

Call for Papers

AALS Section on Academic Support

January 2015 Annual Meeting in Washington, D.C.

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

This year, the Academic Support Program Committee opted to have a call for papers and one speaker will be selected from the call.  From isolated academic support efforts to more formalized multifaceted programs, academic support has fundamentally changed itself and legal education over the years.  In light of shrinking budgets, disappearing positions, smaller applicant pools, changing profiles of incoming students, and media attacks on legal education, academic support programs face newer and varied challenges. We seek papers highlighting innovative methods, programs, or ideas related to these challenges.

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

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

Papers must include the following information:

1.  A title for your paper.

2.  An abstract of your paper.

3.  A final draft of your paper.

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

5.  A detailed description of both the substantive content and the techniques to be employed, if any, to engage the audience.

6.  Whether you plan to distribute handouts, use PowerPoint, or employother technology.

7.  A list of the conferences at which you have presented within the last three years, such as AALS, national or regional ASP or writing conferences, or other academic conferences.

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

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

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

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

The Section on Academic Support Program Committee:

Goldie Pritchard, Chair

Robin Boyle Laisure

Ilana Ben-zeev

Robert Coulthard

Steven Foster

Lyndsay Garmond

DeShun Harris

Danielle Kocal

Haley Meade

Maysa Nichter

Brendon Taga

ASP Section Chair:  Amy Jarmon

 

 

 

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Friday, April 11, 2014

Second Annual AASE National Conference

2nd Annual AASE National Conference

May 29 through June 1, 2014

 

Dear Academic Support & Bar Preparation Colleagues,   

Registration for 2014 AASE Annual Conference is now open!  We are thrilled to be able to offer this opportunity again to share and learn from colleagues across the country and hope that you will join us.  This year's conference will take place at the Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law in beautiful downtown Indianapolis.  

See you in Indy!   

Carlota Toledo

Host Planning Committee

Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law 

REGISTRATION DETAILS 

Conference registration ends Sunday May 2 and the hotel block will close Sunday, April 27th. 

Complete conference and registration details, as well as hotel information can be found by clicking this link.

PLEASE NOTE: While the conference is being held May 29 through June 1, our conference rate (starting at $119) at the Westin Indianapolis can be utilized as early as May 27 for those who might like to arrive early.

 

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Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Reminder: April 1st Deadline for AALS Program Proposals for the Section on Academic Support

Call for Proposals

AALS Section on Academic Support

January 2015 Annual Meeting in Washington, D.C. 

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

From isolated academic support efforts to more formalized multifaceted programs, academic support has fundamentally changed itself and legal education over the years.  In light of shrinking budgets, disappearing positions, smaller applicant pools, and media attacks on legal education, academic support programs face newer and varied challenges.  The Program Committee seeks proposals highlighting innovative methods, programs, or ideas related to these challenges. 

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

Preference will be given to presentations designed to engage the workshop audience, so proposals should contain a detailed explanation of both the substance of the presentation and the methods to be employed.  Individuals as well as groups are invited to propose topics.  The Committee would prefer to highlight talent across a spectrum of law schools and disciplines and is especially interested in new and innovative ideas. Please share this call with colleagues—both within the legal academy and the academic support community. 

Proposals must include the following information:

1.  A title for your presentation.

2.  A brief description of the objectives or outcomes of your presentation.

3.  A brief description of how your presentation will support your stated objectives or outcomes.

4.  The amount of time requested for your presentation. No single presenter should exceed 30 minutes in total.  Presentations as short as 15 minutes are welcomed.

5.  A detailed description of both the substantive content and the techniques to be employed, if any, to engage the audience.

6.  Whether you plan to distribute handouts, use PowerPoint, or employ other technology.

7.  A list of the conferences at which you have presented within the last three years, such as AALS, national or regional ASP or writing conferences, or other academic conferences.  (The Committee is interested in this information because we wish to select and showcase seasoned, as well as fresh, talent.)

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

9.  Any articles or books that you have published that relate to your proposed presentation.

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

Proposals will be reviewed on a rolling basis, so please send yours as soon as possible, but no later than Tuesday, April 1st at 5pm to Goldie Pritchard, Michigan State University College of Law, gpritch@law.msu.edu.  If you have questions, please email Goldie Pritchard or call at 517.432.6881.

The Section on Academic Support Program Committee:

Goldie Pritchard, Chair

Robin Boyle Laisure

Ilana Ben-zeev

Robert Coulthard

Steven Foster

Lyndsay Garmond

DeShun Harris

Danielle Kocal

Haley Meade

Maysa Nichter

Brendon Taga

ASP Section Chair:  Amy Jarmon

 

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Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Call for Paper Proposals for the AALS Academic Support Section

Call for Proposals

AALS Section on Academic Support

January 2015 Annual Meeting in Washington, D.C. 

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

From isolated academic support efforts to more formalized multifaceted programs, academic support has fundamentally changed itself and legal education over the years.  In light of shrinking budgets, disappearing positions, smaller applicant pools, and media attacks on legal education, academic support programs face newer and varied challenges.  The Program Committee seeks proposals highlighting innovative methods, programs, or ideas related to these challenges. 

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

Preference will be given to presentations designed to engage the workshop audience, so proposals should contain a detailed explanation of both the substance of the presentation and the methods to be employed.  Individuals as well as groups are invited to propose topics.  The Committee would prefer to highlight talent across a spectrum of law schools and disciplines and is especially interested in new and innovative ideas. Please share this call with colleagues—both within the legal academy and the academic support community. 

Proposals must include the following information:

1.  A title for your presentation.

2.  A brief description of the objectives or outcomes of your presentation.

3.  A brief description of how your presentation will support your stated objectives or outcomes.

4.  The amount of time requested for your presentation. No single presenter should exceed 30 minutes in total.  Presentations as short as 15 minutes are welcomed.

5.  A detailed description of both the substantive content and the techniques to be employed, if any, to engage the audience.

6.  Whether you plan to distribute handouts, use PowerPoint, or employother technology.

7.  A list of the conferences at which you have presented within the last three years, such as AALS, national or regional ASP or writing conferences, or other academic conferences.  (The Committee is interested in this information because we wish to select and showcase seasoned, as well as fresh, talent.)

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

9.  Any articles or books that you have published that relate to your proposed presentation.

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

Proposals will be reviewed on a rolling basis, so please send yours as soon as possible, but no later than Tuesday, April 1st at 5pm to Goldie Pritchard, Michigan State University College of Law, gpritch@law.msu.edu.  If you have questions, please email Goldie Pritchard or call at 517.432.6881.

The Section on Academic Support Program Committee:

Goldie Pritchard, Chair

Robin Boyle Laisure, Past Chair

Ilana Ben-zeev

Robert Coulthard

Steven Foster

Lyndsay Garmond

DeShun Harris

Danielle Kocal

Haley Meade

Maysa Nichter

Brendon Taga

ASP Section Chair:  Amy Jarmon

 

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Monday, March 10, 2014

AASE Conference Heads Up

Save the dates for the Association of Academic Support Educators (AASE) conference at University of Indiana McKinney School of Law from May 29 - June 1 in Indianapolis!  Registration will open on Thursday, May 29th from 10:30 a.m. - noon with the program beginning at noon.  Friday and Saturday will be full programming days with evening events.  The conference programming will end at 11:00 a.m. on Sunday, June 1st.  Detailed information on registrations, hotels, and the conference sessions will be sent out once the final program is ready.

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Sunday, March 9, 2014

What the Best Law Teachers Do Conference

Colleagues: 

Northwestern Law and the Institute for Law Teaching and Learning are proud to present:  What the Best Law Teachers Do: Educators in Action, a two-and-a-half day conference, June 25-27, 2014, in Chicago, Illinois.  

What the Best Law Teachers Do: Educators in Action provides a forum to hear the presentations of one-dozen remarkable law educators featured in Harvard Press’s newly-released book. These outstanding educators will share their insights and teaching techniques over the course of two full days. For more information, please visit our website

Summer in Chicago is a delight to behold. Steps from Lake Michigan and just a short walk from the Magnificent Mile, the exciting Second City is at your doorstep. 

For details about the conference, to review our speakers, organizers, and sponsors, and to register for the conference and for our exquisite accommodations, please visit our website

See you in the Windy City! 

Debbie Borman,

Northwestern University School of Law

 

Emily Grant,

Gerry Hess,

Michael Hunter Schwartz,

Sandra Simpson,

Sophie Sparrow,

Kelly Terry,

Institute for Law Teaching and Learning

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Sunday, February 16, 2014

Reminder: April Assessment Conference

Assessment Across The Curriculum

Institute for Law Teaching and Learning

Spring Conference 2014

Saturday, April 5, 2014

 

“Assessment Across the Curriculum” is a one-day conference for new and experienced law teachers who are interested in designing and implementing effective techniques for assessing student learning.  The conference will take place on Saturday, April 5, 2014, at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock William H. Bowen School of Law in Little Rock, Arkansas. 

Conference Content:  Sessions will address topics such as

  • Formative Assessment in Large Classes
  • Classroom Assessment Techniques
  • Using Rubrics for Formative and Summative Assessment
  • Assessing the Ineffable: Professionalism, Judgment, and Teamwork
  • Assessment Techniques for Statutory or Transactional Courses 

By the end of the conference, participants will have concrete ideas and assessment practices to take back to their students, colleagues, and institutions. 

Who Should Attend:  This conference is for all law faculty (full-time and adjunct) who want to learn about best practices for course-level assessment of student learning. 

Conference Structure:  The conference opens with an optional informal gathering on Friday evening, April 4.  The conference will officially start with an opening session on Saturday, April 5, followed by a series of workshops.  Breaks are scheduled with adequate time to provide participants with opportunities to discuss ideas from the conference.  The conference ends at 4:30 p.m. on Saturday.  Details about the conference are available on the websites of the Institute for Law Teaching and Learning (www.lawteaching.org) and the University of Arkansas at Little Rock William H. Bowen School of Law (ualr.edu/law). 

Conference Faculty:  Conference workshops will be taught by experienced faculty, including Michael Hunter Schwartz (UALR Bowen), Rory Bahadur (Washburn), Sandra Simpson (Gonzaga), Sophie Sparrow (University of New Hampshire), Lyn Entrikin (UALR Bowen), and Richard Neumann (Hofstra).

Accommodations:  A block of hotel rooms for conference participants has been reserved at The DoubleTree Little Rock, 424 West Markham Street, Little Rock, AR 72201.  Reservations may be made by calling the hotel directly at 501-372-4371, calling the DoubleTree Central Reservations System at 800-222-TREE, or booking online at www.doubletreelr.com.  The group code to use when making reservations for the conference is “LAW.” 

 

 

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Thursday, February 13, 2014

NY ASP Workshop - Call for Proposals

Dear
ASP friends,

We are pleased to announce this year’s one-day N.Y. Academic Support Workshop,
to be held on Friday, April 4 from 9:30 to 5:30 at CUNY School of Law in
Long Island City, N.Y
. For those of you who are not familiar with Long
Island City, it is conveniently located minutes from midtown Manhattan and
accessible by all forms of public transportation. We want to thank Linda
Feldman of Brooklyn Law School and Kris Franklin of New York Law School for
graciously sharing with the opportunity host and plan this year’s workshop, now
that we have a beautiful, more accessible building. We are delighted to be able
to continue the wonderful workshops that Linda and Kris have held over the
years. 

We anticipate that the workshop will be an intimate and intensive gathering of
academic support professionals learning from one another. In keeping with
tradition, this year’s workshop agenda will focus on a particular theme in the
morning; in the afternoon, the agenda will be generated by the interests and
topics suggested by participants.  

The title of the morning session is: Note-Taking: The Skill that Dare Not
Speak its Name
. Although we have addressed this issue before, we thought
that the time seemed right to revisit it.  Aside from being an almost
impossible skill to teach (hence the subtitle of the workshop), students’ need
to do it well from the very start of their law school careers, as well as
recent developments and practices (e.g., the now almost-ubiquitous use of
laptops and the classrooms in which they are banned, the “flipped” classroom,
distance learning, e-casebooks, etc.) raise new and lingering challenges to our
students and faculty colleagues.  The basic pedagogy of law school - the
modified Socratic method - remains a difficult environment in which to take
notes.  Since most of us advocate the linear process of note-taking -
revision - outlining, we thought it would be useful to share our techniques and
strategies for helping students learn this critical and difficult skill, and
perhaps also to bring to the group problems and issues that we have run up
against.  

Please consider this a friendly Call for Proposals, as well as a “Save the
Date.”  Let us know if you want to share one of your own lessons, issues,
ideas, etc., or comment on ones brought by other participants. Also, please let
us know whether your proposed discussion relates to our theme of note-taking,
or would be more appropriate for the open agenda portion of the day.  We
will send out a finalized workshop agenda in mid-March. Please RSVP to Haley at
haley.meade@law.cuny.edu. Proposals d be happy to talk with you before then, as you think about possibly presenting.

There is no fee to attend.  If you are coming from outside the immediate
N.Y. area and would like advice about hotels, etc., please let us know. Also,
if you’d love to attend but just don’t have the budget to stay overnight, let
us know and we’ll see if it is possible to help you find housing with local
ASPers. 

We are looking forward to seeing many of you in April! 

Haley and David



Haley A. Meade
                                                             
Director of Professional Skills Center

haley.meade@law.cuny.edu

718.340.4556

AND

David Nadvorney                        

Director of Academic Support Programs

david.nadvorney@law.cuny.edu 

718.340.4343

CUNY School of Law

 

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Friday, January 31, 2014

LegalED Conference on Law Teaching - Call for Presenters

Hat tip to David Nadvorney for alerting ASP'ers to a conference that we can contribute to in many ways.

                      First LegalED Conference – Igniting Law Teaching

CALL FOR TALKS 

LegalED, with the generous support of American University, Washington College of Law and its Pence Law Library, is organizing a one-day conference about Legal Education and Pedagogy and we would like to invite members to participate.   The conference, part of WCL’s Founders Program, is Friday, April 4, 2014 at Washington College of Law, in Washington D.C.

Given the current market conditions, law school administrators and faculty are being asked to do more with less -- to teach more practical skills, to establish learning outcomes, to provide students with formative assessment, to graduate practice-ready lawyers.  Many of these requests ask members of the academy to stretch beyond our typical ways of teaching and to add more to our curriculum generally and to each individual course. 

Recognizing that many professors are not trained to teach in this new way, this conference will gather leading law school educators together for a conference about law school pedagogy. Each presentation will be videotaped and uploaded to  LegalED for professors around the country and the world to watch at their own pace.  Instead of having panels of speakers, the conference will be structured like a TED conference. During the conference, each speaker will be asked to stand on the stage alone and speak for anywhere between 5 and 10 minutes, preferably without a podium.  If a podium is used, it is not to read a written script, but to refer to brief notes.  If powerpoint is used, it is mostly for graphics and images, with little text on the screen. 

This presentation format is different from what we are used to at academic conferences.  It calls for speakers to have given thought to their content, practice out loud in advance for substance and length, for powerpoints with more graphics than words, and for more of a sensitivity to presentation styles (like intonation, pause, emphasis) than are typical in academic conferences. 

Here are some examples of TED talks by law profs using this presentation style:  Larry Lessig and  Bryan Stevenson.  Additional material on how to prepare a TED Talk and other good presentation preparation tips will be shared with our selected speakers. 

The goal of the conference is to create a collection of short, 10-minute videos, on law school-related pedagogy that will inspire innovation and experimentation by law professors around the country and the world to bring more active learning and practical skills training into the law school curriculum.  The videos will be available for viewing by the larger academic community on  LegalED

Interested in presenting at the conference? 

The value of making short presentations is that we can hear a lot of different ideas/speakers in one conference. Once the speakers are selected, we will arrange them into panels (of not more than 4-5) and then organize a break between panels during which the audience could talk among themselves and with the speakers. There will not be a Q&A during the formal presentations. Presenters will be asked to be available for smaller conversations with participants during the breaks. 

Topic ideas to get your juices flowing:

•    5 things every law professor should know about learning theory

•    the value of reflection in learning

•    beyond quizzes: 5 formative assessment tools for legal education

•    top 5 things to consider when using a portfolio to teach writing skills

•    faculty teaching rounds: how they work and why you should host them

•    what I learned about flipping the law school classroom

•    flipping my 1L      course

•    flipping my upper level        course

•    who are these digital natives anyway?

•    teaching collaboration

•    how to add a negotiation/mediation/interviewing/oral advocacy/drafting exercise into a course

•    5 things that make a simulation successful

•    how to bring cross-cultural lawyering into a doctrinal course

•    top 5 tips for training externship field supervisors

•    what I’ve learned from being a law professor for      years

•    5 things I’ve learned about advising students 

These topics are just illustrative; the value of this format is we can be open to ideas brought forth by potential speakers. 

If you are interested in presenting, please submit a one-page summary of your topic to Professor Michele Pistone pistone@law.villanova.edu and Assoc. Dean Billie Jo Kaufman bkaufman@wcl.american.edu by Friday, February 14th. Those who are selected will be asked to script out, practice and be ready for video-taping, preferably without any notes, by the day of the conference.

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Saturday, January 18, 2014

For ASP'ers Who Also Teach

Assessment Across The Curriculum

Institute for Law Teaching and Learning

Spring Conference 2014

Saturday, April 5, 2014

“Assessment Across the Curriculum” is a one-day conference for new and experienced law teachers who are interested in designing and implementing effective techniques for assessing student learning.  The conference will take place on Saturday, April 5, 2014, at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock William H. Bowen School of Law in Little Rock, Arkansas.

Conference Content:  Sessions will address topics such as

  • Formative Assessment in Large Classes
  • Classroom Assessment Techniques
  • Using Rubrics for Formative and Summative Assessment
  • Assessing the Ineffable: Professionalism, Judgment, and Teamwork
  • Assessment Techniques for a Legislation or Statutory Interpretation Course

By the end of the conference, participants will have concrete ideas and assessment practices to take back to their students, colleagues, and institutions.

Who Should Attend:  This conference is for all law faculty (full-time and adjunct) who want to learn about best practices for course-level assessment of student learning.

Conference Structure:  The conference opens with an optional informal gathering on Friday evening, April 4.  The conference will officially start with an opening session on Saturday, April 5, followed by a series of workshops.  Breaks are scheduled with adequate time to provide participants with opportunities to discuss ideas from the conference.  The conference ends at 4:30 p.m. on Saturday.  Details about the conference will be available on the websites of the Institute for Law Teaching and Learning and the University of Arkansas at Little Rock William H. Bowen School of Law. 

Conference Faculty:  Conference workshops will be taught by experienced faculty, including Michael Hunter Schwartz (UALR Bowen), Rory Bahadur (Washburn), Sandra Simpson (Gonzaga), Sophie Sparrow (University of New Hampshire), and Lyn Entrikin (UALR Bowen).

Accommodations:  A block of hotel rooms for conference participants has been reserved at The DoubleTree Little Rock, 424 West Markham Street, Little Rock, AR 72201.  Reservations may be made by calling the hotel directly at 501-372-4371, calling the DoubleTree Central Reservations System at 800-222-TREE, or booking online at www.doubletreelr.com.  The group code to use when making reservations for the conference is “LAW.”

 

Michael Hunter Schwartz | Dean and Professor of Law

UALR William H. Bowen School of Law

(o) 501.324.9450 | (f) 501.324.9433

twitter.com/deanmhschwartz | ualr.edu/law

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Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Southwestern Consortium Workshop

Save the Date – March 6-7th, 2014 for the

2nd Annual Southwestern Consortium of Academic Support Professionals Workshop

 From Admission to Bar Passage:  Increasing the Reach

of Your Academic Support Program

at

St. Mary’s School of Law

in San Antonio, Texas

The Southwestern Consortium of Academic Support Professionals will host a one day conference focused on increasing participation and awareness of academic support among students, faculty, and administration.  The workshop will be a collaborative working experience where colleagues will discuss the important factors to consider when creating pre-law school orientation programs, marketing to students, and asking faculty for assistance.

 Registration is now open to anyone interested.  There is not a registration fee.  Participants are responsible for their travel and hotel costs.  If you plan on attending, please fill out the attached form and return to either Patricia Solano (academicaffairs@stmarytx.edu) or Kevin Robinowich (krobinowich2@stmarytx.edu) at St. Mary’s.

 St. Mary’s negotiated a great rate at the Grand Hyatt San Antonio Hotel, 600 E. Market Street, San Antonio, TX 78205, which is near Thursday night’s dinner.  This hotel is located downtown on the San Antonio River Walk.  The rate is $189.00 per night.  Please be advised that this block will release and the price will expire on February 13, 2014.  You can book your room online at https://resweb.passkey.com/go/stmarysuniversity, or by phone by calling (888) 421-1442 and referencing St. Mary’s and the Grand Hyatt San Antonio.

Agenda and Speakers:

March 6th:

6:30 – Dinner at The Tower of Americas’ Chart House Restaurant

March 7th:

8:30-9 – Breakfast

9-9:50 – Assessing ASP Programs to Find Expansion Areas - Jennifer Carr

10-10:50 – Building Relationships Prior to Law School by Creating Pre-Matriculation Programming - Kevin Robinowich and Preyal Shah

11-11:50 – Working with Faculty to Enhance Academic Support - Paula Manning

12-1 – Lunch

1:10-2 – Gaining Support and Assistance from Administration - Associate Dean Rey Valencia

2:10-3 – Getting Students into Bar Prep Programs - Steven Foster

 

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

Steven Foster (sfoster@okcu.edu)

Director of Academic Achievement at Oklahoma City University

Kevin Robinowich (krobinowich2@stmarytx.edu)

Director of Academic Support at St. Mary’s School of Law

Preyal Shah (pshah@stmarytx.edu)

Director of Bar Studies at St. Mary’s School of Law

 

 

 

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Tuesday, January 14, 2014

2014-2015 Officers and Board Members AALS Academic Support Section

The membership of the AALS Academic Support Section voted on the officer and board member nominations at its 2014 business meeting at the recent conference in New York City.  The following is the list of officers and board members (both new and continuing positions):

  • Chair: Amy Jarmon (Texas Tech University)
  • Chair-Elect: Lisa Young (Seattle University)
  • Immediate Past Chair: Louis Schulze (Florida International)
  • Secretary: Melinda Drew (Northeastern University)
  • Treasurer: Chelsea Baldwin (Oklahoma City University)
  • Board Position A (expires 2015): Helen Albertson (Loyola, Los Angeles)
  • Board Position B (expires 2015): Jamie Kleppetsch (John Marshall)
  • Board Position C (expires 2016): Linda Puertas (University of California - Irvine)
  • Board Position D (expires 2016): Alex Ruskell (University of South Carolina)

Congratulations to everyone on their positions!  I look forward to working with the new officers and board members during the coming year.  (Amy Jarmon)

 

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Friday, January 10, 2014

AALS Annual Meeting Registration Refund Request Information

Hat tip to Kimberly Holst and Darin Fox for information regarding possible partial or full refunds for inability to attend AALS because of flight cancellations.  Visit the link for the AALS refund request form and specifics at http://aals.org/am2014/refundrequest.pdf.  The deadline for requests is January 31, 2014.  (Amy Jarmon)

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Tuesday, November 19, 2013

AALS Early Bird Registration Extended

The following information was recently sent out by AALS:

Early Bird Registration: Deadline Extended to December 2nd

 We realize that many law faculties have only recently received the printed AALS Annual Meeting Program Booklet. To allow faculty to review the program and make their plans for New York City, we are extending the early bird discounted registration fee to Monday, December 2, 2013.  This promises to be a very successful meeting.  As of early November, our number of registrants is the highest when compared to the past five years of Annual Meeting registrations.  To register, click here.

We hope you will join law school colleagues from all over country and around the world, as we gather in New York City to consider the Annual Meeting theme, Looking Forward: Legal Education in the 21st Century, and engage and debate the over hundred topics offered by our Sections and Committees. 

Take advantage of the extended early bird registration fee and register before the revised deadline of Monday, December 2. 

To review the program schedule please visit: www.aals.org/am2014/

 

 

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Monday, November 4, 2013

Call for Program Proposals for AASE Conference

2014 AASE Annual Conference Call for Proposals

Introduction

The 2014 Conference of the Association of Academic Support Educators will bring together colleagues interested in legal education and academic support. In this collegial and collaborative environment, colleagues will have a chance to meet, reconnect, and share ideas about pedagogy, scholarship, and professional growth.

The program committee welcomes proposals on any subject relating to legal education
and academic support. Please read and conform to the Proposal Requirements (below).

Please craft your proposal carefully. The program committee will look for proposals that describe the presentation and its goals in detail. Our assumption is that a clear and detailed proposal today will lead to a stronger presentation. An example of a proposal is available below.

Presentation topics

The committee seeks a mix of presentations, including but not limited to, presentations that address teaching ideas for new and veteran teachers, scholarship, research, professional growth, assessment, and hot topics in legal education. These may include sessions related to: creativity in law teaching and learning; teaching methods; analytical and academic competencies necessary for success in law school, on the bar, and in practice; counseling; educational psychology; assisting students with learning disabilities; the role and status of Academic Support Professionals in the legal academy; and intersections between academic support, legal writing and doctrinal teaching.

Presentation format

Presentations may be in any form the presenter finds effective. Although the committee does seek to accommodate all presenters with their selection for presentation format and timing,
the committee may occasionally ask presenters to change the format or timing of a presentation to fit the needs of a comprehensive and diverse program. The committee is thinking of having “tracks” this year, grouping a series of presentations together around a single theme of interest to a particular audience, as well as larger plenaries designed to appeal to the group as a whole.  Please
indicate your target audience in your proposal. For example: newbies, bar prep, large schools, etc.  The following is a description of the different types of presentations:

Interactive Workshops

An interactive workshop is a presentation with audience participation throughout. A proposal
for an interactive workshop should discuss what you plan to do to make the presentation interactive.

Examples include, but are not limited to: pair and share, break-out group discussions, use of demonstrative aids that involve the audience, or other audience participation. Note that providing handouts, although very beneficial for attendees, does not on its own make the presentation interactive.

If you submit a proposal with more than one presenter for your session, your proposal should include the name, e-mail address, and school for each presenter. In determining how many presenters to include in your proposal, please make sure that each person will have sufficient time to fully discuss his or her topic. Because most presentations will last only 45 minutes, we recommend no more than 2 to 3 presenters.

Lesson in a Box

A lesson in a box presentation is a session devoted to the presentation of a lesson on a single topic.
Such sessions should include all of the information and materials necessary for attendees to leave the session prepared to deliver the lesson on their own.

Moderated Group Discussion

Moderated Group Discussions are more informal presentations that feature group conversation and interaction. The committee encourages presentations that will foster dialogue among conference attendees. These sessions are particularly well suited for hot topics.

Poster Presentation

Posters will be displayed throughout the conference. In addition, a designated time will be set aside for presenters and attendees to discuss the work presented in the poster.

Brochure Summary

Please provide a short summary of your presentation for the conference brochure.  The summary should not exceed 250 words and should accurately reflect the subject of the presentation.

Technology

As part of your proposal we ask that you explain whether your presentation requires projection, internet access, audio, or other technology and the degree to which each is necessary to your presentation. We ask that proposals identify any technology needs at this early point so that we can be prepared well in advance of the conference to provide accessibility.

Time slots

The committee expects that nearly all presentations will be assigned a 45-minute time slot. However, we recognize that a few presentations are better served with more time. For that reason, we have set aside a few 75-minute slots. If you are interested in a 75-minute time slot, your proposal should clearly explain why 75 minutes is necessary.

Submission Deadline

Proposals must be submitted to JKleppetsch@jmls.edu no later than December 6, 2013.

Notification

All individuals submitting a proposal will be notified about the status of their proposal on or before January 17, 2014.

Multiple proposals and the “one-presentation rule”

You may submit a maximum of two proposals, and you need not rank your proposals in order of preference. If you are selected for more than one presentation or panel, you will be given the opportunity to select the one presentation or panel in which you would like to participate, as each person is limited to one presentation or panel.

No marketing

Although the committee welcomes proposals on any topic of interest to academic support faculty, a
proposal will not be accepted if it appears to be a means to market a textbook or other for-pay product.

Questions

If you have any questions, please contact the Program Committee at: JKleppetsch@jmls.edu

SAMPLE PROPOSAL

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 caileo@lawschool.edu

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 ideaswith 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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