Friday, December 21, 2018

Join Us at AALS in January!


I hope many of you are able to attend AALS this year.  I write to highlight what the Section on Academic Support has planned for this year’s annual conference.

AALS Section on Academic Support Workshop.  We have partnered with the Section on Empirical Research to consider, “Circling the Square:  Fresh Partnerships to Understand Student Learning and Bar Performance through Empirical Studies.”  Our workshop will be held from 1:30 to 4:30 on Thursday, January 3.  This three-hour workshop includes two plenary panels that will feature empirical research on bar examination performance and related issues, followed by eleven concurrent break-out sessions through which participants can explore in greater depth topics covered in the plenary sessions and works in progress on academic support and related issues.  I have attached a summary of our workshop, which includes the names of all panelists/presenters. (More info here:  Download AALSworkshop.FIN092718updated.)

2019 AALS Section on Academic Support Award Presentation.  I am proud to announce that David Nadvorney, Director of Academic Support Programs at the City University of New York School of Law, has been selected to receive the 2019 AALS Section on Academic Support Award.  Please join us to honor David and his outstanding contributions to the academic support community immediately following our workshop at 4:30 on Thursday, January 3, in the Jefferson Ballroom, Hilton New Orleans Riverside Hotel. 

Section Business Meeting.  Our business meeting will be held at 7:00 am on Friday, January 4.  This is not only an opportunity to meet and greet new and old colleagues, it is also a time to learn how to get more involved in our Section.  If you are unable to join us in person, please feel free to call into the meeting at 302-202-1118.  The conference code is 285361. 

National Conference of Bar Examiners Focus Groups.  This is just a reminder about the research underway by the NCBE’s Testing Task Force to consider what changes may be needed in Bar examination and licensure practices going forward. The Task Force’s affiliated researchers have arranged to hold six focus groups on January 3 and January 4, during the AALS Annual meeting this year.  If you have not already done so, I encourage you learn more about the study here and sign up for one of the focus groups here

Should you have any questions at all, please feel free to contact me.  I hope to see many of you in New Orleans!

Wishing all of you a peaceful break,

Staci P. Rucker

Chair, AALS Section on Academic Support

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