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Editor: Amy Jarmon
Texas Tech Univ. School of Law

Friday, January 6, 2017

History Lesson -- Part II

Positive life change always arises out of a failure of some sort.  Sometimes these failures are large and sometimes these failures are small, but ultimately our lives are better for them, even if they hurt at the time.

Right now, law students are starting to get their grades back from the fall semester.  The thing I hear most often from students around this time, especially from 1Ls, is "this is the worst semester grades I have ever had."  It seems like almost everyone feels this way.  I hear it from students all over the spectrum.  Just this morning, I heard it from a student who received two Ds and a student who received a B+ and an A.  Consequently, I'm guessing that almost every law student is planning on making some life changes this coming semester.

Even among those who aren't law students, the New Year is a famous time for people to make resolutions for positive life choices that only last until February.  There are two tricks to making positive life changes stick.

First, a student should look back at his or her past semester and be specific in what needs to change.  He or she should also make sure that the planned change reflects the seriousness of the failure.  As an example, after a show my band played last month, I felt so sore the next day from jumping around on stage with a guitar strapped to my shoulders that I couldn't move.  I figured the basic problem was that I've gained 50 pounds in the five years that I've lived surrounded by South Carolina's deliciousness and lack of public transportation.  So, instead of making some vague promise to myself to "work out more" or "eat healthier," I picked a few specific things I could change.  Those things were:  Dunkin Donuts only one morning a week (down from every morning), take the stairs at work, beer only two nights a week (keeping it under a six-pack and trying to stick with light beer, down from a few craft beers more or less every time we had band practice), lifting weights MWF (up from not exercising at all), and not going back for seconds at dinner (down from probably hitting thirds or fourths).  The failure I'm addressing isn't dramatic (feeling sore after rocking people's faces off), so my changes aren't that big.  If I'd been told I had a heart condition or something, I would feel motivated to do more.

The other day, I spoke with a student who didn't do as well as she had hoped, and we came up with a similar list of specifics:  leave laptop and take class notes by hand, study at undergraduate library instead of at home, do practice questions in every subject every week, and meet with Academic Success once per week.  With these specifics, I have no doubt she is going to drastically improve this coming semester (because I've seen it happen over and over and over again).

Second, if a student wants to change, that student has to seriously take a look at who he or she is.  It never seems to work if a student decides to drastically change ("I'm going to get up every day at five a.m.  to do my work, although I've alway been a night person that sleeps until 10 a.m.!") or tries to mirror a successful student whose life and personality might be drastically different.  The student has to look at himself or herself and see the places that can be tweaked.  As an example, giving up the sweet, sweet ambrosia of Dunkin Donuts and beer entirely would probably be the most effective thing to do, but I know that once I tell myself that I can't have something, that's all I'm going to want.  So, I'm letting myself have a little of both within parameters that work for me (for others, a six-pack might seem like a ridiculous amount of beer to drink in a week--my wife, who doesn't like beer, thinks it's silly, while I can't fathom the amount of ice cream she apparently needs to feel fulfilled--plus, I'm in a band, so there's some cred issues involved).  One size never fits all, and playing someone else's jam leads to bad bar bands covering "Mustang Sally" for the bazillionth time.

So, in the spirit of looking back and doing what works for you, I've included The Minutemen's "History Lesson -- Part II," the punk rock classic that provided this blog entry its title.

The Minutemen -- History Lesson Part II 

(Alex Ruskell)

 

 

January 6, 2017 in Advice | Permalink | Comments (0)

Thursday, January 5, 2017

Courage to Choose: Last Moment Course Selections

With the new academic term shortly beginning (or having just begun), you might still be shopping for an elective course as upper-level law students.  

If so, here's a friendly suggestion:  

Be courageous.

Select courses that catch your eye, that seem passionate to you, that resonate with your heart.  

Here's why?

In my opinion, regardless of your law school GPA (and perhaps contrary to some that advise taking most of the bar-related subject matter courses), if you take courses in which you are all in, in which want to go deep, in which you look forward to challenging yourself and growing as a future attorney, you will in fact develop the necessary skills to do well both on the bar exam and in the practice of law because you have found a place for your voice to shine.  

So, if you have always wanted to take a course on refugee law, even if you might not ever practice in that field, go for it.  Or, perhaps you have always wanted to learn about employment discrimination law.  Get yourself signed up immediately.

And then, take on your studies of that subject with bold-ful abandon.  Don't just read the cases. Rather, dissect them.  As you read, be aggressive with the text.  Ask yourself what is the function of each sentence and explore whether the sentences, the language, and the structure of the opinion supports the court's conclusion or instead undermines it.  Dialogue with your cases.  Don't just accept the word of the judges.  Probe, proud, and push on the opinion to see if it has any merit at all.

In the process, you will no longer be a mere spectator of the legal process but you will be an active participant.  And, significantly with respect to your future encounter with the bar exam, you will be well-positioned to demonstrate to your supreme court upon graduation that you are an adept legal problem-solver because you have learned through active engagement in law school to pay scrupulous attention to detail and to marshall your analysis in an organized lawyerly fashion.

So, listen to your heart as you choose your electives this term.  You'll be mighty glad that you did.

(Scott Johns)

January 5, 2017 | Permalink | Comments (0)

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

New Semester Preparation

For those Academic Support Professionals with year-round academic support and bar support responsibilities, there are very few opportunities to plan and organize. One is constantly moving from one task to another and interacting with a variety of students who need a lot of face time. I have always admired those who are able to find a good balance between job duties, personal life, and professional development. I am still trying to strike a healthy balance and seem to fall short often.

In the years I have worked as an Academic Support Professional, I do not believe I have truly taken a vacation. Meaning, I have never completely unplugged from work related tasks. I may not check email messages but I do pick up my phone and apparently my phone seems to ring a lot when I do not check email. The one thing I have refused to do is connect my work email to my phone because I know I will never have a mental break. This year, I decided to make the concerted effort to do what I encourage students to do, truly take a break. I understand that I have to take baby steps and the first was not checking emails for three out of the seven days I had off during winter break and turning off my phone for an entire day. It was uncomfortable but I had a very positive experience because I could explore non-work related interests.

Fall break, Winter break, and Spring break give me a few days to evaluate, plan, and get ahead. I particularly appreciate Dean Jarmon’s post from day before yesterday which can be found here. She provided effective and manageable ways to do things you care about and cater to your professional development. Conferences are the one time I get to work with colleagues, share ideas with them, and learn from them. I bring back a lot of new information and feel rejuvenated. Happy conferencing ASPers! I will see many of you soon and look forward to catching up with others later this year. (Goldie Pritchard)

January 4, 2017 in Advice | 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

Breaking Free from the Stress and Strains of Final Exams: Try Out the "Smile Loop!"

Wow.  At long last, final exams are over...sort of.

For most of us, we have a very difficult time with uncertainty in general, which is particularly exasperating as we wait - sometimes for weeks - for our grades to arrive.

So, despite the festive times of this month, we often find ourselves unable to relax, to enjoy the season, and to simply wind down and rest.  

Nevertheless, there's a simple way - in just a flash of a moment - to help break free from the many stresses and strains of the past few weeks of final exams.  Why not try out, today, the "smile loop?"  It sounds, sort of, fun, doesn't it?  So, here's the scoop (and the science too):

You see, according to an excellent article in the Wall Street Journal by Elizabeth Bernstein:

"Smiling produces neural messaging in your brain that makes you happier. Some studies have shown that when we smile our facial muscles contract, which slightly distorts the shape of the thin facial bones.  This leads to an increase in blood flow into the frontal lobes of the brain and the release of the feel-good chemical dopamine. And, when we smile at someone, that person tends to smile back. So, we've created a feel-good loop."  http://www.wsj.com/articles/how-to-fall-back-in-love

For those of you that are not scientists (that's me!), the short scoop is that smiling brightens not just our days but the days of those around us.  And, it sure seems to me that smiling at another person gets us on the right track to thinking about others rather than worrying about the past few weeks of final exams (with its lingering wait for grades).  

I had the chance to put smiling to the test in very unforgiving circumstances over the course of the past few weeks as a volunteer attorney.  There's a little Greek island just a few short miles off the Turkish coast.  Because of its locale so close to Turkey, thousands of people have been fleeing on small inflatable boats across the Aegean Sea to escape persecution, calamity, and in some cases war in their native countries - from Syria to Iran to Iraq to Afghanistan to South Sudan - with the hope of receiving refugee in the European Union.  I talked with a man, his wife and his adorable small children that risked it all traveling by land from Afghanistan through Iran and Turkey only to be finally living for months in a small UNHCR tent in a refugee camp on the island of Chios.

Despite the lack of resources and the uncertainty of still waiting - for months on end - to receive as of yet an asylum hearing, he smiled.  And, then his children smiled. Why, his whole family smiled.  In the cold of the wind swept coast of this little island refugee camp, we all smiled...together.  He and his family may not have had much to give but they gave something immeasurably priceless...they shared smiles with me.  

Let me say, this was not unique.  As I walked through the refugee camp with a number of refugee-seekers, even though we often didn't speak the same language, we were able to communicate in ways that are often richer than words.  Over and over, refugees would just come up to me with big generous smiles and warm handshakes of greetings.  Memorably, a small Syrian boy grabbed my hand one day by the lunch tent as a group of young people were dancing, asking me to join in the footsteps and singing.

You see, smiles are not just a trick to make your life better or happier.  No, no at all!   Rather, smiles are the sweetness of life itself in helping us to make the world a little better for others.  So, as you wait for final exam grades to come in, be of good courage and share smiles with those around you.  Who knows?  That brief smile might get you up and dancing!

(Scott Johns).

December 22, 2016 in Advice, Encouragement & Inspiration, Exams - Studying, Stress & Anxiety, Study Tips - General | Permalink | Comments (0)

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

Take a Real Break

As my students wrap up the semester and head home, they are filled with excitement. Students recognize that they survived the semester although at various points and particularly during the exam period they viewed this feat as impossible. Smiles on their faces and relief felt from completing exams provide glimmers into their true selves which were previously masked by stress and the rigors of law school. Some students are not quite excited because they are filled with concern about the results of their efforts, grades, and the desire to go through a complete postmortem of their preparation and exams. My job is to calm concern, remind students that they have no control over the results that are now in the hands of their professors and stressing about the results changes nothing about how quickly they will receive the results and what the result will be. I say to them with enthusiasm: “All you can do now is enjoy your break!”

Here are my two recommendations to students for the holiday season:

(1) Take a break

Catch up on sleep and enjoy family and friends, if possible. Catching up on sleep is imperative. You probably abused your body and sacrificed sleep as you prepared for exams. Please give yourself a few days to catch up on sleep and to simply be lazy. This is the best time for that. Here is a good resource for an 8 hour deep sleep music or peaceful music for relaxation and meditation: Sleep, Meditation, and Relaxation Music

(2) Plan for next semester

Plan for when you will start the gradual transition to reading and preparing for next semester’s classes so you are not overwhelmed. Set a date and time when you will complete specific tasks. If you are a 3L, this may be the ideal time to plan for your bar application and bar review process. This may also be the time, while at home, to assemble all of the necessary documentation you might need as you prepare to apply for the bar exam, if you have not already. (Goldie Pritchard)

December 21, 2016 in Advice, Stress & Anxiety | Permalink | Comments (0)

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)

More Bad News for Charlotte Law School Students

Federal Aid has been cut for Charlotte Law School. The law school plans to respond to the decision. Read the Inside Higher Ed post here.

December 20, 2016 in News | Permalink | Comments (0)

A Hot Topic Program on Bar Issues at AALS 2017

Are you attending AALS this January? In addition to attending the programs for the Section on Academic Support, you may want to attend one of the Hot Topic Programs: Declining Bar Exam Scores, the New Bar Pass Accreditation Standard, and Ensuring New Lawyer Competence: A Perfect Storm. It is scheduled for Wednesday, January 4 at the 1:30 - 3:15 p.m. time slot.

December 20, 2016 in Bar Exam Issues, Meetings | Permalink | Comments (0)

Monday, December 19, 2016

Congratulations to Our Students

Most law students have completed exams and papers (or will soon). So congratulations on finishing another semester of law school! For those of you who are first-year students, you are now seasoned law students and no longer the newbies! For those of you in second or third year, you are well along your journeys to being law school graduates.

And for those of you who have graduated this December, special congratulations and best wishes come your way! We wish you well in your bar exam study and exam-taking. We wish you well in your new employment or job hunting efforts after bar results. 

Stay focused in your bar study. Complete the entire bar review course including the practice questions - not just some of it - so that you increase your chances of passing the first time. Bar review is essential to prepare well for the exam; this is not a time to coast just because you have been studying for three years. Pace yourselves because this is a marathon and not a sprint. You can do this! (Amy Jarmon)

December 19, 2016 in Bar Exam Preparation, Encouragement & Inspiration | Permalink | Comments (0)

Saturday, December 17, 2016

Save the Date for the Southwestern Consortium Workshop

Save the Date – March 3, 2017 for the

5th Annual Southwestern Consortium of Academic Support Professionals Workshop

 

Outside the Box:  Creative Strategies in Academic Support

at

University of Texas School of Law

in Austin, Texas

 

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

Similar to previous years, we are bringing in a great slate of presenters.  Cassie Christopher from Texas Tech School of Law, Carrie Sperling from the University of Wisconsin School of Law, Ellen Pryor from UNT Dallas College of Law, and Scott Johns from the University of Denver’s Sturm College of Law are among those presenting during the workshop.

Registration is open to anyone interested in academic support.  Registration forms, hotel information, and additional details will be provided in early January.  UT School of Law is located in Texas’ capital city of Austin.  Austin’s music scene and beautiful weather will make this a great place to visit in early March.

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

Steven Foster (sfoster@okcu.edu)

Director of Academic Achievement at Oklahoma City University

 

Tentative Schedule

March 2nd:

Dinner for anyone arriving early.

March 3rd:

9-9:50 – Using a Practical Skills Curriculum to Improve Academic Success

10-10:50 – Practical Methods to Integrate a Growth Mindset into the Curriculum

11-11:50 – Utilizing Early Assessment Tools to Help At-Risk Students in First Semester

12-12:50 – Lunch

1-1:50 – A Deep Look at Variables that Predict Bar Exam Outcome

2-2:50 – Providing the Last Piece of Supplemental Instruction to Get Students Passed the Bar

December 17, 2016 in Meetings | Permalink | Comments (0)

Friday, December 16, 2016

Everyday I Write the Book

If you are gearing up for final exams or the February Bar, one of the most helpful things to do while studying is keep a "Big Book of Things I Did Not Know."  

Basically, as you go over practice answers, keep a legal pad of reasons why you got an answer wrong (or right for the wrong reason).  Keep it short.  So, for example, you might write "Only defendants can remove to federal court."  Every evening, work on memorizing that list.

By doing this, you should never not know those things again.  In my experience, students who do this drastically improve their performance on exams and the bar. (Alex Ruskell)

December 16, 2016 in Advice, Exams - Theory | Permalink | Comments (0)