Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Schedule for Academic Support Section at the AALS Annual Meeting

The following letter is from Louis Schultze, Section Chair:

Dear academic support colleagues:  

I write today to share some details about the Section on Academic Support’s events at the upcoming AALS Annual Meeting.  Our numerous committees have done an outstanding job planning a great program, and I’m very pleased to let you know that AALS has been very accommodating in
meeting our schedule requests.  All of our events occur in the brief window from Friday evening to early Saturday afternoon, so those who can only attend the annual meeting for a short time can do so easily.  Also, our Section Program time does not conflict with the program times of other sections
typically frequented by our members (i.e. Student Services, Legal Writing, Balance, Teaching Methods, etc.). 

I hope you all will take a moment at the annual meeting to join me in thanking our committee members for their diligent work.  In the meantime, the schedule of events is as follows: 

1.  Section on Academic Support Business Meeting: 
Friday, January 3, 2014, 6:30pm. 

2.  Informal/ Unofficial Dinner Gathering: 
Friday, January 3, 2014, 7:30pm.  More information to follow. 

3.  Section on Academic Support Program:  “Early
Intervention for At-Risk Students.”  Saturday, January 4, 2014,

In light of shrinking budgets, smaller applicant pools, and media criticism of legal education, how can law schools proactively address the potential influx of at-risk students?  What does “at-risk” really mean?  Are law schools responsible for ensuring that students succeed once they are admitted?  Should law schools even admit at-risk students?  This panel will address these questions and provide helpful insights to benefit faculty, administrators, and institutions.  Specifically, panelists will discuss programs and methods for supporting at-risk students, the important issue of “stereotype threat,” at-risk students and bar passage, and a unique empirical method of predicting academic success. 

Joanne Harvest Koren and Alex Schimel
(Univ. of Miami):  “At Risk” of What?  Definitional Issues in Law
School Academic Intervention  

Chelsea Baldwin (Oklahoma City
Univ.):  Intervention Without

Jamie Kleppetsch (John Marshall Law
School):  Providing “At-Risk” Students with the Skills Necessary to be
Successful on the Bar

Allison Martin (Indiana University
Robert H. McKinney School of Law) and Kevin Rand (Indiana University – Purdue
Univ. Indianapolis):  Early Identification & Intervention: Is There
“Hope” for At-Risk Students?                            

4.  Informal/ Unofficial Lunch Gathering: 
Saturday, January 4, 2014, 12:30pm-2:00pm.  More information to follow.

Best regards,

Louis Schulze

Section Chair, AALS Section on Academic Support

(Professor of Law & Director of Academic Support, New England Law, Boston)

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