Friday, April 19, 2013

Update from the NY ASP Workshop (Myra Orlen)

A huge thank you to Myra Orlen, who wrote this summary of events for the blog.

The 2013 NY Academic Support Workshop was held on Thursday, April 2013, at Brooklyn Law School.  Thanks – once again -- to Linda Feldman and Kris Franklin for organizing and convening a totally successful event.   This workshop consistently convenes a dynamic group of presenters in a supportive setting in which everyone participates and comes away inspired.  This year’s event was no exception. 

Morning Sessions:

David Nadvorney, of CUNY School of Law, began the day with a presentation entitled “Teaching Students Legal Reading.”  David demonstrated methods of working with students on law school reading that I will use with my students.  He stressed that the best method of delivering ASP is across the curriculum, i.e. in a doctrinal context. David shared materials from his close case reading workshops.  In these workshops, he teaches students to recognize rhetorical devises that will enhance their comprehension.

Next Shane Dizon, of the Maurice A. Deane School of Law at Hosfstra University, gave a presentation entitled “Professional Advisory: Explicit Content! Make Labeling Mandatory.”  Shane’s presentation focused on the importance of students’ ability to spot issues on exam questions.  Shane led us in an exercise; with scissors and preprinted labels in hand– we marked  up a constitutional law essay question.  The labels corresponded to the issues that the professor wanted students to identify on the exam question and will ideally come from the students’ course outlines.  This exercise teaches close reading and can serve as an intermediate step between the professor’s memo on the exam and the students’ understanding of the exam question. 

Robin Boyle, of St. Johns University School of Law, addressed critical reading skills and placed those skills in the exam context.  She noted that our legal writing colleagues are noticing that students are evincing increased difficulty in critical reading this year.  Robin shared her experience in working with students on exam taking skills – with a focus on critical reading.

Zelma Rios, of Cardozo School of Law, shared her idea of having students annotate portions of briefs: the question presented and the statement of the case.  In doing so, students focus on language structure, word choice, and tone.  Students then meet in groups to discuss their annotations.  This exercise affords students the opportunity to see cases in context.  The cases are the continuation of the story presented in the brief.  When asked how to use this exercise in the ASP context, Zelma had a ready answer; she distributed the briefs copies of the Palsgraf briefs.  As one person noted, this exercise allows students to see themselves as lawyers from day one.  

Afternoon Sessions:

Jeremiah Ho, of the U. Mass. School of Law - Dartmouth and Rebecca Flanagan, currently of the U. Conn. Law school and soon to be at the U. Mass. School of Law- Dartmouth,  explained how to use Jerome Bruner’s Spiral Curriculum in 1L Contracts.  Using the process that Rebecca described in her April 12, 2031 entry to this blog, she and Jeremiah demonstrated how the Spiral Curriculum can be used in Contracts to teach the mirror image rule. 

Angela Baker, of Rutgers Law School, presented on the development of summer pre-law programs for law students.  She told us about the development and implementation of Rutgers’ program which brought diverse, rising sophomores to Rutgers for a four-week program. The program was an intense mixture of classes, speakers, and field trips aimed at encouraging participants to consider law school.

Kris Franklin, of the New York Law School, led us in an exciting game of TabooTM Law.  The objective of the TabooTM is to get your teammates to guess a word, without using a set of words that are listed on the card as “taboo.”  After providing a demonstration, Kris distributed Civil Procedure cards that her students made.   In making the cards, students knew which words to put on the cards to “screw” their classmates. The game illustrated that law school can be fun and that one need not be afraid of the law.  To give good clues, students use legally descriptive terms.  Thus, the students learn to explain and, thereby understand the terms.

Ann Forlino, of the U. Mass. School of Law – Dartmouth, spoke about the necessary relationship between ASP and Disability Services.  Through the discussion that Ann led, we learned of some of the different ways that these two areas are treated in law schools. 

Last – but certainly not least – Elizabeth Corwin of Pace Law School spoke on her experiences working with at-risk 2Ls.  In her presentation Elizabeth described the course that she teaches to at-risk students: Overview of Legal Analysis.  The course is designed to enhance students’ exam taking skills.  Elizabeth noticed that her students had problems with logical thinking and introduced us to a series of videos that explain concepts in logic:

(Myra Orlen, WNE Law via RCF)

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Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Podcasts from 2013 AALS Annual Meeting Available to AALS Member and Fee-Paid Law Schools

Jane La Barbera, Managing Director of AALS, recently e-mailed the following announcement.  If you are faculty or professional staff from AALS memer and fee-paid law schools, you would be able to access the podcasts.  Please notice the restrictions on access and use.  (Amy Jarmon)

"Over 70 sessions from the 2013 AALS Annual Meeting in New Orleans were digitally audio recorded. These recordings are available at no charge to faculty and professional staff from AALS member and fee-paid law schools.

Visit to download and listen to these podcasts from the 2013 Annual Meeting.

A user name and password is required to access the podcasts. Your user name is your primary e-mail address. If you do not have or do not remember your password, click the 'forgot password' link on the bottom of the login screen.

The podcasts are listed chronologically. You can browse by scrolling down, or search for a specific session by typing "Ctrl F" and then typing a keyword.

Click "listen" underneath the session you are interested in and your media player should open and begin playing the recording. Or you can right click and save the link to download the file.

AALS makes its podcasts available for exclusive use by members of AALS for teaching and related purposes. Commercial and unauthorized use or distribution is prohibited. The podcasts may not be altered in any way without written permission from AALS and the speakers."

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Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Call for Proposals for AALS 2014 Balance in Legal Education Section

The section on Balance in Legal Education is pleased to announce its program topic for the 2014 annual meeting of the American Association of Law Schools as "The Many Connections Between Well-Being and Professionalism in the Practice of Law."  The focus of this topic will be how well-being contributes to, and may indeed be necessary for, the ethical, civil, and responsible practice of law.  This topic naturally calls upon presenters to think about the intersection between the growing research in the field of law student and lawyer well-being and traditional law school subjects such as professional responsibility, as well as practice-oriented classes such as clinical courses, legal writing, and trial practice.

The Section is seeking a double session for this program consisting of two 90-minute parts.  The first part would be devoted to more theoretical presentations on what the psychological and sociological literature tells us about how problems with well-being might affect the professional development of law students and the responsible practice of law.  The second part would be devoted to presentations and demonstrations on how we can teach students to improve their well-being as part of an integrated approach to the development of a personally satisfying and ethically responsible professional identity.

The Balance in Legal Education section draws both its governing board and its general membership from all segments of the legal academic community, and believes that its program topic will be both interesting and relevant to many of you.

The list of speakers is currently only partially formulated, so we invite proposals for speakers, as well as papers from non-speakers.  The Section has obtained a commitment from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock Law Review to publish papers relating to this program.  If you have an interest in being considered as a panel member on this topic, or in submitting a paper for publication (or both), please contact me at your earliest opportunity, but in any event no later than April 30, 2013, at Your submission should include a brief description of the perspective that you would bring to the topic, whether you wish to be a member of the panel and/or prepare a paper for publication, and a copy of a current curriculum vitae. We encourage new as well as experienced teachers to submit proposals.  We will give preference to presentation proposals that include interactive demonstrations of teaching methods and collaborative work with other program participants, and we are especially interested in how these issues can be addressed in large traditional classroom settings.

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Monday, February 18, 2013

Register Now for the 2013 Association of Academic Support Educators Conference

If you are planning to attend the inaugural AASE conference in Las Vegas this May, the registration page is now available.  The conference is being held May 28-30, 2013 at UNLV William S. Boyd School of Law.  The link to the registration page is .

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Thursday, January 3, 2013

ASP Section Newsletter - Check It Out

Check out the ASP Section's Winter Newsletter that Herb Ramy just distributed through the AALS listserv.  There is lots of information included on the Section's AALS highlights: speakers for our program, posters to view, officer/board candidates, committee members and chairs, other events, and the section award.

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ASP Business Meeting at AALS Update

Here is an update from Herb Ramy on the location for the ASP Business Meeting at AALS:

Regarding the section business meeting, please note that the original AALS Program did not contain a time or room for the event.  The most recent online version of the program lists the Section Business Meeting as occurring on Sunday, January 6, 7:00 – 7:30 p.m. Windsor, Third Floor, Hilton New Orleans Riverside.  This is an hour and 15 minutes after our section program concludes.  Unfortunately, we could not meet immediately after the section program due to a conflict with another event.

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Wednesday, December 19, 2012

More on AALS

To piggy-back on Lisa's post today on getting the most out of AALS, I wanted to post an e-mail that was on the listserv from Herb Ramy reminding all of us of days/times/rooms for the sessions at AALS.  (Amy Jarmon)

Hello everyone,

Just a quick reminder that the AALS Section on Academic Support will be presenting our first section award to Kent Lollis during the section breakfast on January 5th.  The breakfast begins at 7:00 AM in the Grand Salon 9 & 12, First Floor, Hilton New Orleans, Riverside.  This is a separate fee event, so please be sure to purchase your tickets in advance.  Tickets are available online through the AALS Website (pre-registration is required) and at the AALS meeting site until Friday evening, January 4th, if space is available.  No tickets for the breakfast will be sold at the door.

In addition to the section breakfast and the awards ceremony, here is an updated list (including locations) of other events related to our section:


Poster Presentations

Saturday, January 5th, 1:30 – 2:30 PM

Court Assembly, Third Floor, Hilton New Orleans Riverside


Sunday, January 6, 4:00–5:45 p.m.

AALS Section Program, Assessing Our Students, Our Success and Ourselves

Grand Ballroom C, First Floor, Hilton New Orleans Riverside


In response to a growing need within the legal academy, many institutions and individuals have developed programs to assure the success of law students as well as techniques to assess those programs. Increasingly, law schools are interested in institutional assessment but lack the expertise to reach beyond the obvious measures to fully evaluate the relationships between programs and outcomes. Each of these presentations highlights a different aspect of assessment to inform participants about sources of existing data, methods of gathering additional information, and uses of that information to create new programs and assess existing ones.


Section Business Meeting, Windsor, Third Floor, Hilton New Orleans Riverside

Sunday, January 6, 7:00 – 7:30 p.m.

Court Assembly, Third Floor, Hilton New Orleans Riverside


The Section Business Meeting did not appear in the AALS Preliminary Program or in the programs that were mailed to AALS members.  It does appear in the online version of the program.

I look forward to seeing all of you in New Orleans!


Herb Ramy, Section Chair

AALS Section on Academic Support

Professor Herbert N. Ramy, Director
Academic Support Program
Suffolk University Law School
120 Tremont St.
Suite 210B
Boston, MA 02108
(617) 573-8709

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Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Association of Academic Support Educators (AASE) Conference Announced

Association of Academic Support Educators (AASE)

Inaugural Conference: May 28-30, 2013

UNLV William S. Boyd School of Law

Las Vegas, Nevada

Save-the-date!  The Association of Academic Support Educators (AASE) is pleased to announce the inaugural AASE conference will be held May28-30, 2013 at UNLV William S. Boyd School of Law in Las Vegas, Nevada. 

The AASE is a new national professional organization for law school academic support educators.  We invite fellow academic support educators, interested faculty, administrators and friends to join us in Las Vegas in May 2013 to:

  •  Learn about innovative academic support and bar pass programs from around the country;
  • Discuss the latest academic support research trends;
  • Engage in professional development topics  including publishing, teaching skills development, social media, and effective communication strategies;
  • Network and share ideas with academic support colleagues;
  • Celebrate another successful academic year for our members; and
  • Most importantly – help build the foundation necessary for AASE to be the great national organization we all know it can be:
    • Discuss and vote upon our mission and by-laws; and
    • Elect our inaugural executive board and regional representatives from the membership.   

A call for proposals and additional conference details coming soon.

AASE website content contributors needed: If you would like to submit content and articles for the new AASE website please contact Hillary Burgess at

AASE 2012 Conference Planning Committee Members (alphabetical order)

Hillary Burgess – Charlotte School of Law

Jennifer Carr – William S. Boyd School of Law (UNLV)

Linda Feldman – Brooklyn Law School

Kris Franklin – New York Law School

Twinette Johnson – Southern Illinois University School of law

Joanne Harvest Koren – University of Miami School of Law

Paula Manning – Western State College of Law

LaRasz Moody – Villanova Law School

Louis N. Schulze Jr.- New England Law - Boston

Michael Hunter Schwartz – Washburn University School of Law

Carlota Toledo – IU Robert H. McKinney School of Law (Indianapolis)

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Thursday, October 25, 2012

International Conference on Bullying November 4-6 in Kansas City


      This November 4-6, bullying in higher education will be a major focus of at the International Bullying Prevention Association’s annual conference in Kansas City, Missouri.  Because research into bullying in higher education is in its infancy, this conference and the international experts it will bring to Kansas City will present a unique opportunity for administrators and legal and educational scholars and to step into the field early on and to become national leaders in the fight against peer-on-peer abuse in colleges and universities.

      The conference will provide a full slate of sessions focusing on such topics as bullying, hazing, incivility, and harassment in classrooms, professional schools, athletic programs, residential settings, and the Greek system. The sessions will be designed to be as informative and practical as possible, with a strong emphasis on prevention and response. In addition, several sessions will focus on the legal implications of peer-on-peer abuse among college students.

      Higher education professionals will take back to their schools valuable insights into the problem and the prevention of bullying in college settings, and they will have the opportunity to forge ongoing relationships with bullying prevention experts from around the globe. In keeping with this year’s conference theme, “The Courage to Act:  Working Together to End Bullying,” the conference will offer higher education professionals the opportunity to partner with one another to address peer-on-peer aggression and abuse with effective, evidence-based strategies.

A Special Conference Rate of $80 per day is now available for those who work in higher education.  Attendees can register for either one or two days.  Each registration will include a free pass to attend a panel discussion of the Tyler Clementi tragedy at Rutgers University on Sunday afternoon, November 4.  Tyler Clementi committed suicide after being surreptitiously filmed having romantic relations with another man.  The panel will include Rutgers in-house counsel as well as three top level administrators who were deeply involved in responding to the tragedy.

  To register for the higher education rate, contact Lynn Lonsway at or at 1-800-483-0728.  You can see the conference program at

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Wednesday, October 17, 2012

WCCASP Meeting Agenda for November 2nd

West Coast Consortium of Academic Support Professionals

Teaching, Scholarship, and Service:  Professional Development for Academic Support Professionals

Friday, November 2, 2012 ~ 9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Held at the University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law in Sacramento, CA

[Optional dinner out on Thursday evening for those in town!]


9:30 a.m.              Coffee and Registration

10:00 a.m.           Welcome to the WCCASP Conference – Courtney Lee, Pacific McGeorge

10:05 a.m.           Welcome to Pacific McGeorge – Tim Naccarato, Pacific McGeorge

10:15 a.m.           Advancing Your ASP Career and Communicating the Importance of ASP

Presented by Jendayi Saada, University of La Verne

11:10 a.m.           Developing a Classroom Outcome & Assessment Plan

Presented by Joan Harrington, Santa Clara & Jagdish (Jay) Bijlani, Golden Gate

12:00 p.m.           LUNCH and ASP Idea Laboratory

Moderated by Emily Scivoletto, University of San Diego

                                Lunch provided by Pacific McGeorge

1:00 p.m.             KEYNOTE:  Writing and Publishing ASP Scholarship

                                Presented by Louis Schulze, New England School of Law

2:00 p.m.             Writing Topic Roundtable and Steps to Get Your Writing Moving

                                Moderated by Lisa Young, Seattle University

2:30 p.m.             Well-deserved Break

2:45 p.m.             Best Practices in Making Scholarly Presentations and Drafting Presentation Proposals

                                Presented by Courtney Lee, Pacific McGeorge & Lisa Young, Seattle University

3:15 p.m.             A Tale of Two Performance Test Courses

                                Presented by Paul Bateman, Southwestern & Chris Ide-Don, UC Davis

4:00 p.m.             Our Wonderful Demanding Profession:  Avoiding ASP Burnout

                                Presented by Jennifer Carr, UNLV

4:45 p.m.             Wrap-up and Next Steps for WCCASP 

(Registration materials were attached to the ASP listserv announcement sent out this week.) 


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Friday, October 12, 2012

Heads Up New Orleans AALS Dates

Herb Ramy, Chair of the Academic Support Section for AALS, has recently sent out a listserv announcement regarding the dates for our section events in New Orleans this coming January.  In case you missed his e-mail, here are the dates that you need to note on your calendars:

Saturday, January 5, 7:00 – 8:30 AM – Separate Fee Required ($35)

Section on Academic Support Breakfast 

Sunday, January 6, 4:00–5:45 p.m.

Section on Academic Support

Topic: Assessing Our Students, Our Success and Ourselves - Three presentations will highlight different aspects of assessment to inform participants about sources of existing data, methods of gathering additional information, and uses of that information to assess existing programs and to develop new ones. 

Sunday, January 6, 7:00 – 7:30 p.m.

Section Business Meeting – If others are interested, we can try to gather for dinner after the business meeting.  In this way, folks who cannot make the breakfast can have another opportunity to meet with old friends and make new ones.

We look forward to seeing all of you in New Orleans.  The Section events are always worthwhile as is the networking before and after.  (Amy Jarmon) 

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Tuesday, September 25, 2012

West Coast Consortium of Academic Support Professionals

November 2, 2012 Conference

Teaching, Scholarship, and Service:

Professional Development for

Academic Support Professionals


Rarely do we, as academic support professionals, have the opportunity to spend a day with our colleagues discussing our development as professionals in this wonderful field.  As stated by Ruth McKinney on our Law School Academic Support website, “Regardless of … time pressures, or maybe because of them, developing a strong sense of professional identity is a key component of a successful and personally rewarding career in this field. Developing that sense of professionalism, in turn, rests on holding realistic expectations, setting appropriate boundaries regarding time management, developing a strong network of supportive cohorts, finding mentors and seeking leadership opportunities, and staying intellectually engaged in the work that we do.”

We spend most of our year dedicating ourselves to the needs of our students, our school, and our communities.  It is time to take a day just for us!  The West Coast Consortium of Academic Support Professionals invites you to attend just such a day in sunny Northern California at the beautiful campus of the University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law in Sacramento. 

We will explore topics related to teaching, scholarship, and service.  Specifically we will look at best practices in teaching and presenting at conferences and workshops, further developing the body of ASP scholarship, the process of developing your own piece of scholarship, service opportunities within a law school and developing as a professional in all three of these areas.  We welcome your ideas if you have specific areas you would like to discuss. If you would like to be a presenter, please email a summary of your presentation idea along with your contact information and a list of your past presentations to Lisa Young at  The summary should be no more than 250 words.

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Sunday, July 8, 2012


It was wonderful to see everyone in Denver at the LSAC AATW.  There were many new faces, lots of returning ASP'ers, and colleagues we missed because of their having conflicting obligations. 

This time together is always rewarding, not only because of the presentations but because of the networking.  There are so many talented people in ASP who are running tremendous programs.  It is easy to come back from the conference with lots of new ideas.

The plenary topics included:

  • the evolution of academic assistance,
  • recent events and the future of academic assistance,
  • outcomes assessment - the basics
  • establishing learning outcomes and planning assessment - the practice
  • planning strategically for tomorrow and beyond.

A wide variety of concurrent sessions were also included during the workshop:

  • who are our students
  • new innovations in accommodations for students with disabilities
  • reducing the effects of stereotype threat and other barriers that hinder students from diverse backgrounds
  • implementing an institutional culture and climate of inclusion
  • who will we be serving - future demographics of students
  • evaluating and diagnosing student performance
  • teaching students to become better learners
  • developing a classroom assessment plan
  • counseling students on academic and nonacademic issues
  • integrating academic assistance with the casebook classroom
  • developing an institutional assessment plan
  • everything you want to know about scholarship and didn't know to ask
  • developing your program's strategic plan
  • where to find AAP resources
  • supervising and managing your staff
  • allocating limited resources for solo and small staff departments
  • exploring the life cycle of academic support professionals

If you were unable to attend the workshop, be on the look-out for regional workshops sponsored by LSAC in the future months and for the more informal gatherings hosted by ASP regional groups or individual schools.

Thank you to all of my ASP colleagues for being an inspiration and re-charging my batteries for another year!  (Amy Jarmon)   

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Monday, June 18, 2012

Assessment Institute Coming in the Fall

Thanks to Carlota Toledo for posting the link recently on the ASP listserv for The 2012 Assessment Institute at Indiana University - Indianapolis in October.  If you want more information on the institute's workshops you can find the web pages at: 2012 Assessment Institute .  (Amy Jarmon)

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Friday, May 11, 2012

If you were waitlisted for LSAC AATW, you made it!

The following message from Kent Lollis gives you instructions if you were waitlisted for the conference:


I am happy to report that we have been able to accommodate everyone waitlisted for the June 13-16, 2012 Academic Assistance Training Workshop.  Thank you for your patience.  Please contact Dona Vinall, 215-968-1227 ASAP to complete your travel reservations.  If you have questions, please contact Yusuf Abdul-Kareem,, 215.504.1488. 


Executive Director for Diversity Inchiitiatives

Law School Admission Council

662 Penn Street Newtown, PA 18940-0040

P: 215.968.1227 ● F: 215.944.3227

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Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Latest E-mail from Kent Lollis re: LSAC Academic Assistance Training Workshop

Dear Academic Assistance Professionals, Law School Admission Deans and Directors, and Minority Networkers:

This is a reminder that the priority deadline for registering for the 2012 LSAC Academic Assistance Training Workshop is May 7, 2012.  Please remember that enrollment is limited.  If there is space available after the initial registration period, there will be a lottery for open spots. The lottery will occur on May 9, 2012.   If you have any questions about registration, please contact Yusuf Abdul-Kareem,, 215-504-1488. 

The Planning Committee has selected the following theme and sessions for this Workshop: 

The Future is Now: Planning Today for the Next Twenty Years of Academic Assistance 

Plenary Sessions:

•             The Evolution and Future of Academic Assistance

•             Who Are Our Students

•             Establishing Learning Outcomes & Assessment Methods

•             Planning Strategically for Tomorrow and Beyond 

Concurrent Sessions:

•             Who We Will Be Serving - Future Demographics of the Students

•             New Innovations in Accommodations for Students with Disabilities

•              Reducing the Effects of Stereotype Threat and Other Barriers that Hinder Students from Diverse Backgrounds

•             Evaluating and Diagnosing Student Performance

•              Teaching Students to Become Better Learners

•              Counseling Students on Academic and Non-Academic Issues

•              Integrating Academic Assistance with the Casebook Classroom

•             Developing a Classroom Outcome & Assessment Plan

•             Developing an Institutional Outcome & Assessment Plan

•             Developing Your Program’s Strategic Plan

•             Implementing an Institutional Culture and Climate of Inclusion

•              Where to Find AAP resources

•             Supervising and Managing Your Staff

•              Allocating Limited Resources for Solo & Small Staff Departments

•             Everything You Want to Know About Scholarship and Didn’t Know to Ask

•             Exploring the Life Cycle of AAP Professionals 

Attached below is the link to registration information for the Workshop.

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Thursday, April 26, 2012

LSAC Academic Assistance Training Workshop - Limited Enrollment Information

Have you registered yet for the LSAC Academic Assistance Training Workshop to be held in Denver during June 13-16, 2012? 

Please read the following two e-mail messages sent to the ASP Listserv from Kent Lollis at LSAC regarding the one spot per law school limit and lottery if there are any open spots after May 7th.

4/16/12 Message from Kent Lollis at LSAC:

Dear Academic Assistance Colleagues:

Please note that because enrollment for the 2012 LSAC Academic Assistance Training Workshop is limited, we are permitting ONLY one registration per school during the initial enrollment period that ends on May 7, 2012.  If there is space available after the initial enrollment period, all names will be entered into a lottery for open spots, if any.  The lottery will occur on May 9, 2012.

We thought our online registration would catch multiple registrations from the same school, but that was not possible.  I regret any confusion this may have caused.  In the meantime, be assured that we will be entering multiple registrations from the same school in the lottery.  This will be a transparent process and you will be advised accordingly.  Thank you for your cooperation.

4/13/12 Message from Kent Lollis at LSAC:

Dear Academic Assistance Professionals and Law School Admission Deans and Directors:

Attached below is the link to registration information for the 2012 LSAC Academic Assistance Training Workshop to be held in Denver, CO, June 13-16, 2012. This workshop is for staff, faculty and directors of academic assistance programs at ABA-approved law schools. As in previous workshops, enrollment is limited. Please read the registration information carefully and respond promptly.

To ensure that this information reaches the intended audience, I am asking law school admission professionals and minority network subscribers to assist the planning committee by forwarding this email to the appropriate individuals at your law school.

The planning committee is continuing to add details to the curriculum, and the schedule provided in the attached registration materials is preliminary. A detailed curriculum will be added to the registration materials as it becomes final. However, I encourage you to make sure your registration materials are completed as soon as possible. If you have questions about the program content, please don't hesitate to send them to the contacts identified in the registration materials. Here's the link:


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Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Call for proposals from AALS Section on Part-Time Programs

Call for proposals:

Unbundling Part-Time Programs from Full-Time Programs

The AALS Section on Part-Time Division Programs is soliciting panelists to discuss and describe ways that law schools have created curricular and extra-curricular offerings for part-time programs that are specifically designed for the schedule and needs of part-time students, rather than mirroring the full-time program.

If your school has an innovative or unusual schedule for part-time students, creates different course configurations from the full-time courses, provides internship or extra-curricular activities designed especially for the part-time program, or in some other way unbundles the part-time program from the full-time program, please take this opportunity to highlight these programs or activities.

ASP professionals might also have insight into innovations or initiatives specifically tailored to support the academic success of students who fit the demographic profile of students in part-time programs: older and returning students with work and family responsibilities.

Proposals need not be long or complicated. Please send a short description of the feature you would like to share with the section. Length of presentations may vary, depending on the final number. Proposals should be forwarded by April 18 to:

(808) 956-3002

Liam Skilling

William S. Richardson, School of Law

University of Hawaii

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Sunday, March 11, 2012

Call for Proposals: AALS Section on Academic Support, January 2013 Meeting

 Call for Proposals

AALS Section on Academic Support

January 2013 Annual Meeting in New Orleans, Louisiana 

Assessing Our Students, Our Successes, and Our Selves 

In response to a growing need within the legal academy, many institutions and individuals have developed programs to assure the success of law students as well as techniques to assess both programs and students.  To broaden the impact of such efforts, the Program Committee seeks proposals highlighting the theme of assessment. What should we assess and how do we accomplish the necessary measurements? Topics might include, but are not limited to, helping new faculty design formative assessment measures for doctrinal classes; evaluating the impact of existing academic or bar support programs on bar passage rates; identifying at-risk students before they start law school; motivating entitled students to work hard enough to succeed; managing time and prioritizing tasks to derive maximum benefit from decreasing budgets; or using empirical studies to impact curricular and programming decisions.  

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 and outside of the legal academy and the academic support community—who are experimenting with assessment methods or doing empirical research.    

Based on participant numbers for the last several years, we anticipate over 100 people attending the program. 

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 45 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 Monday, April 2d to Prof. Barbara McFarland, Northern Kentucky University, Salmon P. Chase College of Law at If you have questions, contact Barbara McFarland at 859.572.7637.

The Section on Academic Support Program Committee:

Barbara McFarland, Chair

Emily Scivoletto, Past Chair

Robin Boyle Laisure, Past Chair

Robert Coulthard

Steven Foster

Danielle Kocal

Claire O’Keefe

Mary Steefel

Brendon Taga

Dan Weddle

Lisa Young

ASP Section Chair:  Herb Ramy


March 11, 2012 in Meetings | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

NY Academic Support Workshop-Friday, April 13

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 Friday, April 13.  As usual, this will be a small and rather intensive gathering of academic support professionals and colleagues actively working to learn from one another. 

One thing that makes all ASP gatherings exciting has always been our unique emphasis on interaction – ASP folks DO things together so that we can learn together. To capture that spirit, for this year’s NY Workshop we are going to work with one another to develop or enhance our individual lessons, materials, presentations, or any other part of our professional endeavors. 

Participants should come with a problem, a set of teaching materials, or a specific student issue that you have been thinking about and want to work on with your colleagues. You’ll show us what you’ve got so far, explain what constraints or concerns you have, and we will work as a group to resolve, refine or sharpen what you have developed. In the process we’ll all benefit from exchanging ideas, and when the workshop concludes all participants will leave with copies of the ideas, learning modules and other materials generated through our collective wisdom.

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 issues, ideas, etc., comment on ones brought by other participants, or both.  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 at

Since this is not a formal conference there is no fee to attend.  If you would like advice about hotels, etc., please let one of us know.  And if you’d love to attend but just don’t have the budget to stay overnight, talk to one of us and we’ll see if it is possible to help you find housing with local ASP folks.

Hope to see many of you soon!

Kris Franklin                                        Linda Feldman                                                   Martha Peters

New York Law School                     Brooklyn Law School                                       Elon School of Law                  


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