Law School Academic Support Blog

Editor: Amy Jarmon
Texas Tech Univ. School of Law

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Public Speaking and Nervous Students

Hat tip to Professor Louis J. Sirico of Villanova for his post on the Legal Writing listserv recommending an article on advice for students nervous about public speaking. The information he gave is here:

Mark Cooney has written a helpful article in the ABA’s Student Lawyer: “It’s OK to Get Nervous.” His advice on public speaking: “Always nervous, but never scared.” I think this is a very helpful article to pass on to students. You can access more on the Legal Skills Prof blog. http://lawprofessors.typepad.com/legal_skills/2017/01/public-speaking-always-nervous-but-never-scared.html 

February 14, 2017 in Miscellany | Permalink | Comments (0)

Cold and Flu Season - Lessons Learned the Hard Way

A parade of sick students has marched through my office for the last several weeks, so I was not surprised when I finally succumbed myself last week. Just like my students though, I had tried to soldier on for a day and a half and get my work done rather than give in and visit the doctor at the very first signs. (My doctor kindly did not roll her eyes at me when I stated that I guessed I would be home in bed for a few days.)

As I lay in bed for four and a half days feeling really sick, I reminded myself of all the reasons why we tell our students to go to the student health center, stay home in bed, and get well. All we do if we persevere is get more ill, prolong our illnesses, and possibly pass our germs on to others.

So, the voice of consequences (if not wisdom), intones this advice to one and all: Go to the doctor, climb in bed, and stay there until you are well. Do not keep showing up for class. Do not infect your fellow students, faculty, and staff. Do not fool yourself into thinking you are being noble or heroic to continue in your academic slog.

For those of you who can, stay well. For those of you who cannot, face reality and go to bed.

Happy Valentine's Day. Hoping yours is germ free.

(Amy Jarmon)

 

February 14, 2017 in Miscellany | Permalink | Comments (0)

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Best Articles 2016 Legal Education

Paul Caron, over on the TaxProfBlog, has included a list of the best for 2016. Several ASP and legal writing folks are the authors of some of the articles. Check it out here: Best of 2016.

January 3, 2017 in Miscellany, Publishing | Permalink | Comments (0)

Monday, January 2, 2017

Happy New Year and Your Resolutions

I hope that all of our readers had blessed holidays! Some of you were snowed in; some of you were basking in the sun. Wherever you spent your time off, I know you enjoyed the break from your busy academic schedules.

AALS is this week in San Francisco. There is a plethora of sessions to attend including our Section on Academic Support business meeting and program. Other interesting programs are being offered by the Sections for Legal Research and Writing, Teaching Methods, Balance in Legal Education, and Student Services. Although I will be unable to attend this year, I will look forward to hearing about the programs from colleagues who do attend.

As you dive into the new semester and think about New Year's resolutions, I would suggest the following:

  • Pick one professional development goal for the semester: attending a regional workshop, signing up for AALS or AASE committees, writing an article for publication, finding a mentor to encourage you in your work, being a mentor for a new ASP'er, etc.
  • Pick one innovation goal for the semester: redesigning a series of workshops for your students, working more closely with student organizations, working cooperatively with career services or student services colleagues on programs that overlap your areas, etc.
  • Pick one community service goal for the semester: helping with a pro bono clinic, working at the local food bank, serving meals at a homeless shelter, socializing the animals at the local shelter, teaching Sunday School at your church, etc.
  • Pick one personal goal for the semester: reading a non-law book each month, spending more time with family, taking time for yourself each evening/weekend to rest and reflect, learning a new hobby, getting in touch with your spiritual side, etc.

We tend to make long lists of resolutions. So many, in fact, we can never meet them all! So focus on these four areas of your personal life and work and choose just one goal. Then work on sustaining that effort throughout the semester.

If you are a go-getter and complete and sustain goals easily and quickly, then set a new goal to add in each area that you have completed and sustained. But don't be an over-achiever burning the candle at both ends. Savor your goals and the processes that accompany them.

May you all have blessed semesters and success in all you resolve to do. (Amy Jarmon)

 

January 2, 2017 in Encouragement & Inspiration, Miscellany | Permalink | Comments (0)

Thursday, December 29, 2016

Deadline Today at Noon EST for Nominations for AALS Section on Academic Support Officers and Board Members

Good afternoon, 

I was asked recently to chair the nominations committee of the AALS Section on Academic Support.  Below  are instructions for submitting nominations.  There are four positions open:  secretary, treasurer, and two board positions.  I encourage everyone in our community to consider volunteering for these positions or nominating someone.  You can participate meaningfully even if you do not regularly attend the AALS Annual Meetings.

Best regards, 

Louis Schulze, FIU Law

CALL FOR NOMINATIONS FOR OFFICERS AND BOARD MEMBERS FOR THE AALS SECTION ON ACADEMIC SUPPORT

At the 2017 Annual Meeting of the Association of American Law Schools (AALS) in San Francisco, the Section on Academic Support will have its Business Meeting on Friday, January 6th at 7:30AM (Room TBA).  Section members will elect the 2017 Executive Committee.  The Nomination Committee is now accepting nominations for positions to be elected at the 2017 meeting. 

The Executive Committee is comprised of:  Chair, Chair-Elect, Secretary, Treasurer, four board members, and the Immediate Past Chair.  Two Board Members are elected each year, serving two-year terms.  Per the bylaws’ rotation rules, Danielle Kocal (Pace) becomes the Chair of the Section for 2017, and Staci Rucker (Cincinnati) becomes Chair-elect.  Positions to be filled at the upcoming meeting: Secretary, Treasurer, and two Board Members (with terms expiring 2019).  The Secretary and Treasurer serve as a Chair or Co-Chair of a committee during the year.  Board Members serve as members of at least one committee during their terms.

Who May Be Nominated: Candidates must be faculty or professional staff at AALS-member law schools (link to AALS-member-school list: http://www.aals.org/member-schools/).  The nominated person need not be present at the AALS Annual Meeting.

Who May Submit a Nomination: You may nominate yourself or any other eligible candidate at an AALS member school.

Contents of Nomination: Nominations must be in writing and include:  (1) the candidate's name, title, institutional affiliation, and business email address; (2) a brief description of the candidate's professional role at his/her institution and connection with law school academic support (3) a statement confirming that the candidate is willing to be nominated.

Deadline: Noon (Eastern Time) on December 29, 2016.

Where to send Nominations: Send nominations to Louis Schulze at LSchulze@FIU.edu.

The process after nominations close: The Nomination Committee’s three members will confirm nominees’ interest in serving; review nominations; choose a slate of candidates to recommend at the Business Meeting; and seek additional nominations at the Business Meeting.

December 29, 2016 in Meetings, Miscellany | Permalink | Comments (0)

Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Reminder Nominations for AALS Section on Academic Support Officers and Board Members - Deadline Tomorrow at Noon EST

Good afternoon, 

I was asked recently to chair the nominations committee of the AALS Section on Academic Support.  Below  are instructions for submitting nominations.  There are four positions open:  secretary, treasurer, and two board positions.  I encourage everyone in our community to consider volunteering for these positions or nominating someone.  You can participate meaningfully even if you do not regularly attend the AALS Annual Meetings.

Best regards, 

Louis Schulze, FIU Law

CALL FOR NOMINATIONS FOR OFFICERS AND BOARD MEMBERS FOR THE AALS SECTION ON ACADEMIC SUPPORT

At the 2017 Annual Meeting of the Association of American Law Schools (AALS) in San Francisco, the Section on Academic Support will have its Business Meeting on Friday, January 6th at 7:30AM (Room TBA).  Section members will elect the 2017 Executive Committee.  The Nomination Committee is now accepting nominations for positions to be elected at the 2017 meeting. 

The Executive Committee is comprised of:  Chair, Chair-Elect, Secretary, Treasurer, four board members, and the Immediate Past Chair.  Two Board Members are elected each year, serving two-year terms.  Per the bylaws’ rotation rules, Danielle Kocal (Pace) becomes the Chair of the Section for 2017, and Staci Rucker (Cincinnati) becomes Chair-elect.  Positions to be filled at the upcoming meeting: Secretary, Treasurer, and two Board Members (with terms expiring 2019).  The Secretary and Treasurer serve as a Chair or Co-Chair of a committee during the year.  Board Members serve as members of at least one committee during their terms.

Who May Be Nominated: Candidates must be faculty or professional staff at AALS-member law schools (link to AALS-member-school list: http://www.aals.org/member-schools/).  The nominated person need not be present at the AALS Annual Meeting.

Who May Submit a Nomination: You may nominate yourself or any other eligible candidate at an AALS member school.

Contents of Nomination: Nominations must be in writing and include:  (1) the candidate's name, title, institutional affiliation, and business email address; (2) a brief description of the candidate's professional role at his/her institution and connection with law school academic support (3) a statement confirming that the candidate is willing to be nominated.

Deadline: Noon (Eastern Time) on December 29, 2016.

Where to send Nominations: Send nominations to Louis Schulze at LSchulze@FIU.edu.

The process after nominations close: The Nomination Committee’s three members will confirm nominees’ interest in serving; review nominations; choose a slate of candidates to recommend at the Business Meeting; and seek additional nominations at the Business Meeting.

December 28, 2016 in Meetings, Miscellany | Permalink | Comments (0)

Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Reminder Nominations for AALS Section on Academic Support Officers and Board Members - Deadline 12/29/16

Good afternoon, 

I was asked recently to chair the nominations committee of the AALS Section on Academic Support.  Below  are instructions for submitting nominations.  There are four positions open:  secretary, treasurer, and two board positions.  I encourage everyone in our community to consider volunteering for these positions or nominating someone.  You can participate meaningfully even if you do not regularly attend the AALS Annual Meetings.

Best regards, 

Louis Schulze, FIU Law

CALL FOR NOMINATIONS FOR OFFICERS AND BOARD MEMBERS FOR THE AALS SECTION ON ACADEMIC SUPPORT

At the 2017 Annual Meeting of the Association of American Law Schools (AALS) in San Francisco, the Section on Academic Support will have its Business Meeting on Friday, January 6th at 7:30AM (Room TBA).  Section members will elect the 2017 Executive Committee.  The Nomination Committee is now accepting nominations for positions to be elected at the 2017 meeting. 

The Executive Committee is comprised of:  Chair, Chair-Elect, Secretary, Treasurer, four board members, and the Immediate Past Chair.  Two Board Members are elected each year, serving two-year terms.  Per the bylaws’ rotation rules, Danielle Kocal (Pace) becomes the Chair of the Section for 2017, and Staci Rucker (Cincinnati) becomes Chair-elect.  Positions to be filled at the upcoming meeting: Secretary, Treasurer, and two Board Members (with terms expiring 2019).  The Secretary and Treasurer serve as a Chair or Co-Chair of a committee during the year.  Board Members serve as members of at least one committee during their terms.

Who May Be Nominated: Candidates must be faculty or professional staff at AALS-member law schools (link to AALS-member-school list: http://www.aals.org/member-schools/).  The nominated person need not be present at the AALS Annual Meeting.

Who May Submit a Nomination: You may nominate yourself or any other eligible candidate at an AALS member school.

Contents of Nomination: Nominations must be in writing and include:  (1) the candidate's name, title, institutional affiliation, and business email address; (2) a brief description of the candidate's professional role at his/her institution and connection with law school academic support (3) a statement confirming that the candidate is willing to be nominated.

Deadline: Noon (Eastern Time) on December 29, 2016.

Where to send Nominations: Send nominations to Louis Schulze at LSchulze@FIU.edu.

The process after nominations close: The Nomination Committee’s three members will confirm nominees’ interest in serving; review nominations; choose a slate of candidates to recommend at the Business Meeting; and seek additional nominations at the Business Meeting.

December 27, 2016 in Meetings, Miscellany | Permalink | Comments (0)

Saturday, December 24, 2016

Happy Holidays to Our Readers

All of us here at the Law School Academic Support Blog wish you and yours the happiest of holiday seasons. Enjoy the days off while your law school is closed. Spend time with family and friends. Eat lots of wonderful food. Catch up on sleep and recharge your batteries. Count your many blessings. Best wishes for 2017!

The Blog will be taking a partial holiday break with a few posts and resume daily posts after the new year begins.

 

December 24, 2016 in Miscellany | Permalink | Comments (0)

Friday, December 23, 2016

Call for Nominations for AALS Section on Academic Support Officers and Board Members - Deadline 12/29/16

Good afternoon, 

I was asked Friday to chair the nominations committee of the AALS Section on Academic Support.  Below  are instructions for submitting nominations.  There are four positions open:  secretary, treasurer, and two board positions.  I encourage everyone in our community to consider volunteering for these positions or nominating someone.  You can participate meaningfully even if you do not regularly attend the AALS Annual Meetings.

Best regards, 

Louis Schulze, FIU Law

CALL FOR NOMINATIONS FOR OFFICERS AND BOARD MEMBERS FOR THE AALS SECTION ON ACADEMIC SUPPORT

At the 2017 Annual Meeting of the Association of American Law Schools (AALS) in San Francisco, the Section on Academic Support will have its Business Meeting on Friday, January 6th at 7:30AM (Room TBA).  Section members will elect the 2017 Executive Committee.  The Nomination Committee is now accepting nominations for positions to be elected at the 2017 meeting. 

The Executive Committee is comprised of:  Chair, Chair-Elect, Secretary, Treasurer, four board members, and the Immediate Past Chair.  Two Board Members are elected each year, serving two-year terms.  Per the bylaws’ rotation rules, Danielle Kocal (Pace) becomes the Chair of the Section for 2017, and Staci Rucker (Cincinnati) becomes Chair-elect.  Positions to be filled at the upcoming meeting: Secretary, Treasurer, and two Board Members (with terms expiring 2019).  The Secretary and Treasurer serve as a Chair or Co-Chair of a committee during the year.  Board Members serve as members of at least one committee during their terms.

Who May Be Nominated: Candidates must be faculty or professional staff at AALS-member law schools (link to AALS-member-school list: http://www.aals.org/member-schools/).  The nominated person need not be present at the AALS Annual Meeting.

Who May Submit a Nomination: You may nominate yourself or any other eligible candidate at an AALS member school.

Contents of Nomination: Nominations must be in writing and include:  (1) the candidate's name, title, institutional affiliation, and business email address; (2) a brief description of the candidate's professional role at his/her institution and connection with law school academic support (3) a statement confirming that the candidate is willing to be nominated.

Deadline: Noon (Eastern Time) on December 29, 2016.

Where to send Nominations: Send nominations to Louis Schulze at LSchulze@FIU.edu.

The process after nominations close: The Nomination Committee’s three members will confirm nominees’ interest in serving; review nominations; choose a slate of candidates to recommend at the Business Meeting; and seek additional nominations at the Business Meeting.

December 23, 2016 in Meetings, Miscellany | Permalink | Comments (0)

Thursday, December 22, 2016

Call for Nominations for AALS Section on Academic Support Officers and Board Members - Deadline 12/29/16

Good afternoon, 

I was asked Friday to chair the nominations committee of the AALS Section on Academic Support.  Below  are instructions for submitting nominations.  There are four positions open:  secretary, treasurer, and two board positions.  I encourage everyone in our community to consider volunteering for these positions or nominating someone.  You can participate meaningfully even if you do not regularly attend the AALS Annual Meetings.

Best regards, 

Louis Schulze, FIU Law

CALL FOR NOMINATIONS FOR OFFICERS AND BOARD MEMBERS FOR THE AALS SECTION ON ACADEMIC SUPPORT

At the 2017 Annual Meeting of the Association of American Law Schools (AALS) in San Francisco, the Section on Academic Support will have its Business Meeting on Friday, January 6th at 7:30AM (Room TBA).  Section members will elect the 2017 Executive Committee.  The Nomination Committee is now accepting nominations for positions to be elected at the 2017 meeting. 

The Executive Committee is comprised of:  Chair, Chair-Elect, Secretary, Treasurer, four board members, and the Immediate Past Chair.  Two Board Members are elected each year, serving two-year terms.  Per the bylaws’ rotation rules, Danielle Kocal (Pace) becomes the Chair of the Section for 2017, and Staci Rucker (Cincinnati) becomes Chair-elect.  Positions to be filled at the upcoming meeting: Secretary, Treasurer, and two Board Members (with terms expiring 2019).  The Secretary and Treasurer serve as a Chair or Co-Chair of a committee during the year.  Board Members serve as members of at least one committee during their terms.

Who May Be Nominated: Candidates must be faculty or professional staff at AALS-member law schools (link to AALS-member-school list: http://www.aals.org/member-schools/).  The nominated person need not be present at the AALS Annual Meeting.

Who May Submit a Nomination: You may nominate yourself or any other eligible candidate at an AALS member school.

Contents of Nomination: Nominations must be in writing and include:  (1) the candidate's name, title, institutional affiliation, and business email address; (2) a brief description of the candidate's professional role at his/her institution and connection with law school academic support (3) a statement confirming that the candidate is willing to be nominated.

Deadline: Noon (Eastern Time) on December 29, 2016.

Where to send Nominations: Send nominations to Louis Schulze at LSchulze@FIU.edu.

The process after nominations close: The Nomination Committee’s three members will confirm nominees’ interest in serving; review nominations; choose a slate of candidates to recommend at the Business Meeting; and seek additional nominations at the Business Meeting.

December 22, 2016 in Meetings, Miscellany | Permalink | Comments (0)

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Call for Nominations for AALS Section on Academic Support Officers and Board Members - Deadline 12/29/16

Good afternoon, 

I was asked Friday to chair the nominations committee of the AALS Section on Academic Support.  Below  are instructions for submitting nominations.  There are four positions open:  secretary, treasurer, and two board positions.  I encourage everyone in our community to consider volunteering for these positions or nominating someone.  You can participate meaningfully even if you do not regularly attend the AALS Annual Meetings.

Best regards, 

Louis Schulze, FIU Law

CALL FOR NOMINATIONS FOR OFFICERS AND BOARD MEMBERS FOR THE AALS SECTION ON ACADEMIC SUPPORT

At the 2017 Annual Meeting of the Association of American Law Schools (AALS) in San Francisco, the Section on Academic Support will have its Business Meeting on Friday, January 6th at 7:30AM (Room TBA).  Section members will elect the 2017 Executive Committee.  The Nomination Committee is now accepting nominations for positions to be elected at the 2017 meeting. 

The Executive Committee is comprised of:  Chair, Chair-Elect, Secretary, Treasurer, four board members, and the Immediate Past Chair.  Two Board Members are elected each year, serving two-year terms.  Per the bylaws’ rotation rules, Danielle Kocal (Pace) becomes the Chair of the Section for 2017, and Staci Rucker (Cincinnati) becomes Chair-elect.  Positions to be filled at the upcoming meeting: Secretary, Treasurer, and two Board Members (with terms expiring 2019).  The Secretary and Treasurer serve as a Chair or Co-Chair of a committee during the year.  Board Members serve as members of at least one committee during their terms.

Who May Be Nominated: Candidates must be faculty or professional staff at AALS-member law schools (link to AALS-member-school list: http://www.aals.org/member-schools/).  The nominated person need not be present at the AALS Annual Meeting.

Who May Submit a Nomination: You may nominate yourself or any other eligible candidate at an AALS member school.

Contents of Nomination: Nominations must be in writing and include:  (1) the candidate's name, title, institutional affiliation, and business email address; (2) a brief description of the candidate's professional role at his/her institution and connection with law school academic support (3) a statement confirming that the candidate is willing to be nominated.

Deadline: Noon (Eastern Time) on December 29, 2016.

Where to send Nominations: Send nominations to Louis Schulze at LSchulze@FIU.edu.

The process after nominations close: The Nomination Committee’s three members will confirm nominees’ interest in serving; review nominations; choose a slate of candidates to recommend at the Business Meeting; and seek additional nominations at the Business Meeting.

December 21, 2016 in Meetings, Miscellany | Permalink | Comments (0)

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Call for Nominations for AALS Section on Academic Support Officers and Board Members - Deadline 12/29/16

Good afternoon, 

I was asked Friday to chair the nominations committee of the AALS Section on Academic Support.  Below  are instructions for submitting nominations.  There are four positions open:  secretary, treasurer, and two board positions.  I encourage everyone in our community to consider volunteering for these positions or nominating someone.  You can participate meaningfully even if you do not regularly attend the AALS Annual Meetings.

Best regards, 

Louis Schulze, FIU Law

 

CALL FOR NOMINATIONS FOR OFFICERS AND BOARD MEMBERS FOR THE AALS SECTION ON ACADEMIC SUPPORT

At the 2017 Annual Meeting of the Association of American Law Schools (AALS) in San Francisco, the Section on Academic Support will have its Business Meeting on Friday, January 6th at 7:30AM (Room TBA).  Section members will elect the 2017 Executive Committee.  The Nomination Committee is now accepting nominations for positions to be elected at the 2017 meeting. 

The Executive Committee is comprised of:  Chair, Chair-Elect, Secretary, Treasurer, four board members, and the Immediate Past Chair.  Two Board Members are elected each year, serving two-year terms.  Per the bylaws’ rotation rules, Danielle Kocal (Pace) becomes the Chair of the Section for 2017, and Staci Rucker (Cincinnati) becomes Chair-elect.  Positions to be filled at the upcoming meeting: Secretary, Treasurer, and two Board Members (with terms expiring 2019).  The Secretary and Treasurer serve as a Chair or Co-Chair of a committee during the year.  Board Members serve as members of at least one committee during their terms.

Who May Be Nominated: Candidates must be faculty or professional staff at AALS-member law schools (link to AALS-member-school list: http://www.aals.org/member-schools/).  The nominated person need not be present at the AALS Annual Meeting.

Who May Submit a Nomination: You may nominate yourself or any other eligible candidate at an AALS member school.

Contents of Nomination: Nominations must be in writing and include:  (1) the candidate's name, title, institutional affiliation, and business email address; (2) a brief description of the candidate's professional role at his/her institution and connection with law school academic support (3) a statement confirming that the candidate is willing to be nominated.

Deadline: Noon (Eastern Time) on December 29, 2016.

Where to send Nominations: Send nominations to Louis Schulze at LSchulze@FIU.edu.

The process after nominations close: The Nomination Committee’s three members will confirm nominees’ interest in serving; review nominations; choose a slate of candidates to recommend at the Business Meeting; and seek additional nominations at the Business Meeting.

December 20, 2016 in Meetings, Miscellany | Permalink | Comments (0)

Monday, December 5, 2016

Women in the Law

If you have not had an opportunity to view this series, I encourage you to have a look-see: Women in the Law. (Amy Jarmon)

December 5, 2016 in Diversity Issues, Miscellany | Permalink | Comments (0)

Monday, November 28, 2016

ABA Actions on Three Law Schools

An update on University of North Texas can be found here: UNT Second Chance. An update on Valparaiso and Charlotte can be found here: ABA Actions.

November 28, 2016 in Miscellany | Permalink | Comments (0)

Sunday, November 27, 2016

Grow a Forest While Avoiding Distractions

One of my law students has told me about an app that she is using to stay focused while she is studying:  Forest App. The app is free for Android phones (of course with ads) and modestly priced for others.

The app reminds me of Pomidoro (the tomato for those of you who visualize rather than have name recognition). You can choose the number of minutes that you want to stay focused: 10 minutes up to two hours.  

If you avoid distractions for 30 minutes, your animated sapling begins growing into a tree right before your eyes. Platitudes such as "What you plant now you will harvest later" and "You are almost there" pop up at intervals. 10 - 25 minutes grows a bush.

Keep planting trees through 30-minute sessions of focusing to get a woodland, and eventually a forest. You can track your daily progress and view your woodland.

If you get distracted away from your tree, the sapling or tree dies - in fact if you tap "give up," the app will remind you that you will kill your cute little tree. Definitely a visualization of the cost of losing focus!

Like many of these apps you can cheat - walk away from task and let the timer run or go to another screen before returning to task, for example. But, as long as you care about being more productive and stay honest, it works as a good focus timer.

The press kit and some reviews of the app talk about how users can earn virtual credits/gold coins that will result in real trees being planted in deforested areas through a tie-in with WeForest. I earned 9 gold coins for a 25-minute session and 3 gold coins for 10 minutes. It apparently takes 2500 gold coins to plant a real tree

For those of us who are environmentally friendly, the real-tree incentive can help us stay on task, so the earth benefits from our study or work efforts. (Amy Jarmon)

November 27, 2016 in Miscellany, Study Tips - General | Permalink | Comments (0)

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Congratulations to Goldie Pritchard on a Top Ten Honor

Congratulations to Goldie Pritchard for being chosen for a Top Ten Blog Posts by Texas Bar Today for her post Hidden Duties of Aspers.

TexasBarToday_TopTen_Badge_June2016

November 22, 2016 in Academic Support Spotlight, Miscellany | Permalink | Comments (0)

Wednesday, November 9, 2016

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

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

-           Executive Committee Board Member

-           Chair Elect

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

Participation as a member of the Executive Committee involves:

-           Monthly (hour long) telephone meetings

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

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

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

If you are interested, please address the following questions:

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

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

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

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

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

o   Nominations – recruiting nominees for the Board

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

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

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

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

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

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

Kathy Hessler ‑ khessler@lclark.edu by November 14, 2016.

November 9, 2016 in Meetings, Miscellany | Permalink | Comments (0)

Monday, November 7, 2016

New Professional Organization for Law School Professionals in Student Affairs

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

Introducing NALSAP

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

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

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

November 7, 2016 in Meetings, Miscellany | Permalink | Comments (0)

Sunday, November 6, 2016

Indiana Tech Law School Closing

See the Inside Higher Ed post here.

November 6, 2016 in Current Affairs, Miscellany | Permalink | Comments (0)

Friday, November 4, 2016

Not So O.K. Computer

I am bewildered by how some students approach their commercial bar prep class.  After paying a chunk of money for the class, going through three years of law school, and staking their personal futures on the idea of being employed as a lawyer, some students still fail to do everything the class tells them to do, fail to listen to lectures, fail to attend live classes, and fail to take advantage of practice opportunities.  Even if they do follow along with the class, they take advantage of the class's electronic features by running the lectures at 2 or 3 times speed or skipping sections.

For years, I've been trying to figure out the cause of this behavior, hoping that I could stop it.  For some of them, I suppose there might be depressive burnout and life events and students who didn't really want to be lawyers in the first place, so maybe there's not much that can be done there.  But for the rest of them who don't have an excuse like this, one would think that after all that time, money, and effort, that they'd be all over bar prep.  However, more often than I would like, this isn't the case.

So what is going on?  Ignoring the style of education most of our students receive in high school and college, I think a big part of the issue is the technological time we live in.  Everything is easy, and instantaneous.  On top of this, a large majority of students today grew up in a fairly consequence-free environment where everyone got a trophy and helicopter parents took care of their problems (as a side note, I never worry about college athletes, because they've already learned that not everything should be easy and that you can try "really, really" hard, but that's not going to guarantee you anything).

Basically, I think technology has taught all of us that things can and should be easy and we shouldn't worry too much about keeping things in our heads or the consequences of failing to do so.  I'm as guilty of this as anyone, even though I am, in the recent assessment of a 7th Grade cheerleader, an "old, fat, bald guy."  I have all my bills paid electronically.  I know no one's actual phone number or email (they are all automatically stored on my devices).  I don't have a map in my car and have only a weak understanding of the street names around here even after 5 years in Columbia. I can only imagine what I might have been like growing up with a lifetime of Googles and cell phones.  The other day, I told my kids a story about desperately trying to find a certain club when we were trapped in downtown Houston after a Pixies show.  By the look in their eyes, I could have been explaining to them how I witnessed the invention of fire.  They couldn't figure out why I just didn't look it up on my phone.  I had to explain that this was 1989.

If the problem is culture and technology, I suppose the question is what to do about it.  As of now, legal educators and companies seem to be going with the "easy, 24-hours, fun flow" model that most of society operates on.  There's games to help a student learn the law.  There's online programs that help with briefing cases, spaced repetition, note-taking, keeping focus by locking a student out of fun websites, lectures on demand, etc., etc.  However, bar pass rates continue to slip, so all of this ingenuity and personalized ease of use doesn't seem to be helping that much.

The easy-squeezy tech world genie is out of the bottle.  The question is, would law students be better off if educators tried to fight against the current flow of technology, or would that simply wash students away?  (Alex Ruskell) 

November 4, 2016 in Miscellany | Permalink | Comments (0)