Sunday, October 7, 2018

Welcome Bill MacDonald as a Contributing Editor to the Blog


Please welcome William MacDonald as one of the new Contributing Editors for the Law School Academic Support Blog. I am sure you have enjoyed reading his posts for the past few weeks.

For those of you who have not had the pleasure of meeting Bill at various ASP and bar prep workshops or conferences, here is some information about his background and interests:

Bill is the Director of Academic Success at SUNY University at Buffalo, a position that encompasses both academic support and bar preparation.  He teaches a course for the entire 1L class that introduces students to academic and professional skills, and a course for about half of the 3L class that introduces them to the Bar examination and prepares them for the rigors of an intensive summer bar preparation course. 

Prior to arriving at SUNY-Buffalo, Bill served for four years as the Director of Academic Support at Whittier Law School in Costa Mesa, California. He had earlier worked as Assistant Director of Graduate Career and Professional Development at his alma mater, Georgetown University Law Center.

Before his career move to academia, Bill practiced in taxation in Washington, DC for six years. He then returned to school to obtain his LL.M. in Estate Planning from University of Miami School of Law.  He transitioned into estate planning practice in Naples, FL before heading to McLean, VA to continue his practice. 

Bill is a native of Massachusetts. In addition to his years in the DC area, Florida, and southern California, he lived and taught in Japan for a few years. He is glad to be in Buffalo which he describes as a land with proper seasons and snowfall.

Bill wrote a blog on career growth and fulfillment for several years with his writing partner. The two bloggers discontinued their blog to work together on a novel examining the same issues – a lightly satirical story of a robot named Tendo who is tired of feeling like a robot, and her adventures as she moves from one profession to another to try to find her fit.  The novel is now complete, and Bill and his co-author are looking for an agent and a publisher. We wish them the best of success in these endeavors!

Bill tells us that he is blessed to have a brilliant wife, Deborah Pratt, who is a wizard in organization development and professional training, and two bright, kind, and creative children.  And you may be fascinated to learn that Bill was a finalist in the 2006 Jeopardy! Tournament of Champions as well as an early contestant on Who Wants to Be a Millionaire – in fact, he still holds the record as the only person ever to have won at least $125,000 on both shows.

We look forward to Bill's insights in his future posts! (Amy Jarmon)

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