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Editor: Amy Jarmon
Texas Tech Univ. School of Law

Saturday, January 23, 2010

NY ASP Conference

We are excited 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, February 26.  As usual, this will be a small and rather intensive gathering of academic support professionals and colleagues actively working to learn from one another.  While most are from the New York area, we invite and have welcomed ASP folks from across the country.  In order to share ideas most effectively, we cap attendance at 20 participants. 


There will be two parts to this year’s workshop.  In the morning session we will hold individual “rounds” on our work with ASP students.  Last year we had a wonderful presentation from David Nadvorney and Mary Lu Bilek of CUNY Law School, who demonstrated how holding “rounds” discussions can help us look carefully and critically at our own ASP work.  The session was such a hit that we thought it would be enormously valuable to expand the project and have several of us present rounds on particular issues or interactions with our students.  For more background about the “rounds” concept, I am attaching an article by Sue Bryant and Elliot Milstein about rounds in clinical teaching.  Faculty in other schools have adapted the method to looking at their own teaching, and we found it equally helpful for all aspects of ASP work.


In the afternoon we will follow our usual format of an agenda based on the interests of those attending.  Those planning to attend should let us know if there are particular materials you would like to demonstrate or share, or particular topics/ issues you would like to lead a conversation about.  


No one who attends is allowed to be a back-bencher.  If you’d like to come, please let us know whether you would like to present or facilitate during the morning rounds, have a particular topic for the afternoon agenda, or both.  Once we have a clearer sense of who is coming and what the participants would like to cover we will send out a more completed 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 someone to stay with.


Hope to see many of you soon!


Kris Franklin                                                   Linda Feldman

New York Law School                                   Brooklyn Law School                         

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