Thursday, March 17, 2016

Call for Proposals AALS Section on Academic Support January 2017 Annual Meeting in San Francisco, CA

Call for Proposals: AALS Section on Academic Support

January 2017 Annual Meeting in San Francisco, CA

 Why Academic Support Matters

In order to address the needs of a changing law school student body in recent years, Academic Support has become increasingly ingrained in the broader law school curriculum.  From first year courses to the bar exam, Academic Support is no longer the standalone skills component of legal education.  In many schools, ASP has become a vital part of how doctrine and substance are presented as well.  This program will explore the importance of Academic Support, and why Academic Support Programs matter to the law school experience, now more than ever before.

Topics might include, but are not limited to: innovative programs combining skill and substance in the law school curriculum; statistical analysis of Academic Support programming from first year to the bar exam; ideas for expanding Academic Support programming; partnerships between doctrinal faculty and academic support professionals. 

Proposals should contain a detailed explanation of both the substance of the presentation and the methods to be employed.  Individuals as well as groups are invited to propose topics.  The Committee would prefer to highlight talent across a spectrum of law schools and disciplines and is especially interested in new and innovative ideas. Please share this call with colleagues—both within and outside of the legal academy and the academic support community.

Proposals must include the following information:

  1. A title for your presentation.
  2. A brief description of the objectives or outcomes of your presentation.
  3. A brief description of how your presentation will support your stated objectives or outcomes.
  4. The amount of time requested for your presentation. No single presenter should exceed 45 minutes in total. Presentations as short as 15 minutes are welcomed.
  5. A detailed description of both the substantive content and the techniques to be employed, if any, to engage the audience.
  6. Whether you plan to distribute handouts, use PowerPoint, or employ other technology.
  7. A list of the conferences at which you have presented within the last three years, such as AALS, AASE, national or regional ASP or writing conferences, or other academic conferences. (The Committee is interested in this information because we wish to select and showcase seasoned, as well as fresh, talent.)
  8. Your school affiliation, title, courses taught, and contact information (please include email address and telephone number).
  9. Any articles or books that you have published that relate to your proposed presentation.
  10. Any other information you think will help the Committee appreciate the value your presentation will provide.

Proposals will be reviewed on a rolling basis, so please send yours as soon as possible, but no later than Wednesday, May 4th at 5pm to Danielle Kocal, Pace Law School,  If you have any questions, please email Danielle Kocal or call 914-422-4108.

The Section on Academic Support Program Committee:

Danielle Kocal, Chair

Robert Coulthard

Melinda Drew

Marsha Griggs

Amy Jarmon

Twinette Johnson

Jamie Kleppetsch

Myra Orlen

Goldie Pritchard

ASP Section Chair:  Lisa Young



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