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Editor: Amy Jarmon
Texas Tech Univ. School of Law

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Dec 7: Save the Date! NECASP Conference on TA's and Student Mentors in ASP

On Monday, December 7, 2009, NECASP (New England Consortium of Academic Support Professionals) will be holding its first conference at Suffolk University Law School.  This will be a one-day conference that will run from approximately 9:30 AM to 4:00 PM.  The fee for attending the conference is $20, and this cost will cover your breakfast and lunch at the event.  

As this is our nascent organization's first conference, we are extremely fortunate that two of the ASP community's "heavy hitters" have agreed to speak at the event.  Joanne Harvest Koren of the University of Miami School of Law and Paula Manning of Whittier Law School (short bios appear below) will speak on the use of teaching assistants and student mentors as integral parts of an Academic Support Program.

As the date of the conference gets closer, we will be in touch with more information about registration, additional speakers, local hotels, etc.

We look forward to seeing you in December, and remember to save the date!

The NECASP Executive Committee

Herbert Ramy (Suffolk University Law School

Louis Schulze (New England Law Boston)

Melinda Drew (Northeastern University School of Law)

Sunny Mulligan (Franklin Pierce Law Center)

Rebecca Flanagan (University of Connecticut School of Law)


Joanne Harvest Koren, Director of the Academic Achievement Program, earned a B.A. in Education with high honors from the University of Florida in 1977 and a J.D. in 1984 from the University of Miami School of Law, where she was an associate editor of the University of Miami Law Review.  She taught in the Miami-Dade County public schools before she earned her law degree. After graduating from the Law School, she practiced law in Miami and worked as a pro bono attorney for the Miami-Dade County Guardian Ad Litem Program.  She is a member of the American Bar Association, the Florida Bar, and the Dade County Bar. She taught as a Legal Research and Writing instructor at the Law School from 1984-1988, and then again from 1990-1994.  She also taught Legal Analysis and Legal Writing at the Law School's James Weldon Johnson /Robert H. Waters Summer Institute from 1991-2006.  In the summer of 1994, she created the Academic Achievement Program and was named its Director. Under her direction, the program has gained national attention and grown into a multi-faceted program, with more than 350 law students regularly participating every semester.  In the fall of 1996, she was named the director the Law School's Writing Center. Additionally, she is a member of the AALS Section on Academic Support and the Executive Committee of the AALS Section on Women in Legal Education. In addition, she served as a member of the 2008 Florida Democratic Lawyers' Council-Obama for America.


Paula Manning is Associate Dean for Student and Graduate Academic Support at Whittier Law School in Costa Mesa, California. Ms. Manning directs the school's academic support programs, including an extensive Bar Preparation Program. Before joining the faculty at Whittier, she held faculty and administrative positions at Western State University College of Law; she taught substantive and bar preparation courses, and served as Assistant Director of both the Legal Writing and Academic Support programs. For the past eight years, she has developed curricula and provided instruction in various bar preparation courses. She has lectured locally and nationally on preparing students for the bar examination.

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