Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Make Plans Now to Attend AALS Academic Support Section Events in D.C.

Dear Colleagues:

I hope that all of you are making your preparations to join us at the AALS Annual Meeting 2015 in Washington, D.C. during January 2 – 5, 2015.  If you have not made your plans, the link to the AALS registration is found at

The events for the AALS Academic Support Section are as follows:

Friday, January 2nd, 6:30 – 7:30 p.m. Business Meeting including elections and sign-up for committees

Saturday, January 3rd, approximately 11:15 a.m. Informal early lunch (details to be provided closer to the time)

Saturday, January 3rd, 1:30 – 3:15 p.m. Academic Support Section Program – ASP a Roadmap at the Crossroad: How Academic Support Will Meet Today’s Varied Challenges

From isolated academic support efforts to more formalized multifaceted programs, academic support has fundamentally changed itself and legal education over the years.  In light of shrinking budgets, disappearing positions, smaller applicant pools, changing profiles of incoming students, and media attacks on legal education, academic support programs face newer and varied challenges.

This program highlights some efficient and effective ways academic support programs can provide services in the face of these challenges.  Speakers will focus on how to expand the use of technology for widespread student feedback, how mindfulness and other brain fitness techniques have a positive impact on law student success in law school, how to integrate academic support techniques into traditional doctrinal courses through collaboration with professors, and how law professors can empower diverse law students through their pedagogy.  Participants will leave with concrete ideas they can implement and suggestions on how to refine currently employed techniques and services.

  • Moderator: Goldie Pritchard, Michigan State University College of Law
  • Presenter: Jane B. Grise, University of Kentucky College of Law – Brain Fitness Techniques for Law Students
  • Presenter: Betsy Brand Six, University of Kansas School of Law – Using Technology to Help More Students
  • Presenter: Lisa Young, Seattle University School of Law – Intersection of Academic Support with Doctrinal Courses
  • Paper Presenters: Kristen Holmquist, University of California Berkeley School of Law and Sean Darling-Hammond, Legal Clerk, U.S. District Court, District of Maryland – Creating Wise Classrooms to Empower Diverse Law Students: Lessons in Pedagogy from Transformative Law Professors
  • Presentation of the AALS Section on Academic Support Award to Professor Paula Lustbader, Seattle University School of Law

Please know that the events are open to all AALS attendees, so plan to join our collegial group for these events in Washington, D.C.

Best regards,

Dr. Amy L. Jarmon

Assistant Dean for Academic Success Programs and Lecturer

Texas Tech University School of Law

2014-2015 Chair, AALS Section on Academic Support

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