Law School Academic Support Blog

Editor: Amy Jarmon
Texas Tech Univ. School of Law

Friday, December 7, 2018

Free AccessLex Regional Workshops for Law School Administrators

In case you did not receive an email from AccessLex regarding their upcoming regional workshops, I have included the text below. I hope to see some of you at the Houston workshop! (Amy Jarmon)

The More You Know: Delivering Student Success
 
At AccessLex Institute, professional development means not only focusing on the most current issues and challenges of the job, but also – and more importantly – on the people facing those challenges every day. You.
 
Professional development is personal development, and this new series of free, one-day trainings created especially for law school administrators is dedicated to broadening your knowledge within and outside your current role. With locations around the country, you’ll get a full day of high-impact sessions to help you stay up-to-date on the most important topics related to law student success while reaffirming your stake and passion for helping students achieve it.

 

2019 Dates and Locations

 

Los Angeles, CA: January 29
Houston, TX: January 31
Orlando, FL: February 5
Washington, DC: February 14

Raleigh, NC: March 1
Boston, MA: March 19
New York, NY: March 21
Chicago, IL: March 26

These sessions are geared for cross-departmental conversation to promote personal and organizational success, so administrators from all student-focused areas are encouraged to attend. The workshops – and lunch – are complimentary. Space is limited. Pre-registration is required.
 
The professional development you want and need is coming to you in 2019. Happy New Year from AccessLex!

 

Review the agenda and register today!

 

 
 
 

AccessLex Institute is a nonprofit organization committed to helping talented, purpose-driven students find their path from aspiring lawyer to fulfilled professional. In partnership with our nearly 200 member law schools, improving access and positively influencing legal education have been at the heart of our mission since 1983.

December 7, 2018 in Meetings | Permalink | Comments (0)

Call for Proposals for ILTL June Conference

CALL FOR PRESENTATION PROPOSALS 

Institute for Law Teaching and Learning Summer Conference

“Teaching Today’s Law Students”

June 3-5, 2019

Washburn University School of Law

Topeka, Kansas 

The Institute for Law Teaching and Learning invites proposals for conference workshops addressing the many ways that law professors and administrators are reaching today’s law students.   With the ever-changing and heterogeneous nature of law students, this topic has taken on increased urgency for professors thinking about effective teaching strategies. 

The conference theme is intentionally broad and is designed to encompass a wide variety of topics – neuroscientific approaches to effective teaching; generational research about current law students; effective use of technology in the classroom; teaching first-generation college students; classroom behavior in the current political climate; academic approaches to less prepared students; fostering qualities such as growth mindset, resilience, and emotional intelligence in students; or techniques for providing effective formative feedback to students.

Accordingly, the Institute invites proposals for 60-minute workshops consistent with a broad interpretation of the conference theme. Each workshop should include materials that participants can use during the workshop and when they return to their campuses.  Presenters should model effective teaching methods by actively engaging the workshop participants.  The Institute Co-Directors are glad to work with anyone who would like advice on designing their presentations to be interactive.

To be considered for the conference, proposals should be one page (maximum), single-spaced, and include the following information:

  • The title of the workshop;
  • The name, address, telephone number, and email address of the presenter(s); and
  • A summary of the contents of the workshop, including its goals and methods; and
  • A description of the techniques the presenter will use to engage workshop participants and make the workshop interactive.

The proposal deadline is February 15, 2019.  Submit proposals via email to Professor Emily Grant, Co-Director, Institute for Law Teaching and Learning, at emily.grant@washburn.edu.

 

December 7, 2018 in Meetings | Permalink | Comments (0)

Sunday, November 25, 2018

NCBE Invitation for AALS Registrants to Participate in Focus Groups

Invitation from NCBE

The National Conference of Bar Examiners requests your assistance with a significant research study regarding the bar examination. NCBE has created a Testing Task Force to oversee a comprehensive, future-focused research study of the bar examination, and we want and need to tap the insights of legal academics. We would like to invite you to participate in one of six focus group sessions held at the AALS Annual Meeting in New Orleans on January 3 and 4, 2019.

The Task Force is approaching its study with no preconceived notions and is considering the content, format, timing, and delivery methods for the bar exam to ensure it keeps pace with a changing legal profession. For more information about the study, please read the overview of our research plan at www.testingtaskforce.org/research/.

As a legal educator, you are a vital part of the legal licensure process, and gathering input from you and other stakeholders is an essential component of the study. We hope you are as eager to share your ideas and opinions about the bar exam of the future as we are to hear them! The focus group sessions will be facilitated by one of the Testing Task Force’s independent research consulting firms, ACS Ventures LLC. The number of participants will be capped at 12-15 people per 90-minute session to ensure that everyone has an opportunity to provide their input, so you are encouraged to register early to reserve your spot in a session.

To sign up for a focus group session at the AALS Annual Meeting, complete this online registration form. You’ll receive a confirmation with logistical details and additional information about the session by email.

NCBE and its Testing Task Force are committed to creating additional opportunities for focus groups and web-based interactions to gain insights from legal academics, law students, and other stakeholders in the next six months. Subscribe at the Testing Task Force’s website to receive updates about the study and to be notified about other opportunities to participate.

Thank you for all you do to help prepare law students to become lawyers. If you have questions, please feel free to contact the Testing Task Force at taskforce@ncbex.org. We look forward to hearing from you!

November 25, 2018 in Bar Exam Issues, Bar Exam Preparation, Bar Exams, Meetings, Miscellany | Permalink | Comments (0)

Saturday, November 24, 2018

Reminder: Deadline for NECASP Registration is Monday, November 26th

Dear Colleagues:

I am pleased to announce that we are now accepting registrations for the 2018 New England Consortium of Academic Support Professionals (NECASP) Conference, at University of Massachusetts School of Law – Dartmouth on Friday, December 7, 2018.

“What is ASP?: The Evolving Role of Academic Support Programs” will be our focus this year.  This one day conference is open to all and is FREE!  Come learn about the expanding role of academic support professionals including, inter alia, working with doctrinal professors, providing training to adjuncts, and law student wellness programming.  Full agenda to follow.

To register please email your name, email address, and institution to Sara Marshall at smarshall@nesl.edu.  Deadline for registration is Monday, November 26, 2018.

We have a special hotel rate of $99.00 available for people who wish to come early and/or stay late.  Just me know when you register and I will forward the hotel information to you.

Hope to see you in December,

Sara

NECASP Board

Chair: Lori Albin

Director of Bar Success

UMASS School of Law, lalbin@umassd.edu

Vice Chair: Joe Brennan

Director of Academic Success and Assistant Professor

Vermont Law School, jbrennan@vermontlaw.edu

Treasurer: Liz Stillman

Associate Professor of Academic Support

Suffolk University Law School, estillman@suffolk.edu

Secretary: Sara Marshall

Assistant Professor of Academic Excellence

New England Law / Boston, smarshall@nesl.edu

November 24, 2018 in Meetings | Permalink | Comments (0)

Saturday, November 10, 2018

New England Consortium (NECASP) Conference Registration

Dear Colleagues:

I am pleased to announce that we are now accepting registrations for the 2018 New England Consortium of Academic Support Professionals (NECASP) Conference, at University of Massachusetts School of Law – Dartmouth on Friday, December 7, 2018.

“What is ASP?: The Evolving Role of Academic Support Programs” will be our focus this year.  This one day conference is open to all and is FREE!  Come learn about the expanding role of academic support professionals including, inter alia, working with doctrinal professors, providing training to adjuncts, and law student wellness programming.  Full agenda to follow.

To register please email your name, email address, and institution to Sara Marshall at smarshall@nesl.edu.  Deadline for registration is Monday, November 26, 2018.

We have a special hotel rate of $99.00 available for people who wish to come early and/or stay late.  Just me know when you register and I will forward the hotel information to you.

Hope to see you in December,

Sara

NECASP Board

Chair: Lori Albin

Director of Bar Success

UMASS School of Law, lalbin@umassd.edu

Vice Chair: Joe Brennan

Director of Academic Success and Assistant Professor

Vermont Law School, jbrennan@vermontlaw.edu

Treasurer: Liz Stillman

Associate Professor of Academic Support

Suffolk University Law School, estillman@suffolk.edu

Secretary: Sara Marshall

Assistant Professor of Academic Excellence

New England Law / Boston, smarshall@nesl.edu

November 10, 2018 in Meetings | Permalink | Comments (0)

Saturday, November 3, 2018

Call for Proposals for SWCASP Conference

 Southwest Consortium of Academic Support Professionals

7th Annual Conference

March 8, 2019

St. Mary’s University School of Law

San Antonio, Texas

Call for Proposals

We welcome all law school faculty and staff to submit proposals for presentations addressing this year’s conference theme, Collaboration: Rowing Together in the Same Boat.

Academic support programs are under constant pressure to achieve results, but often find themselves working with students who need more than just traditional academic support in order to succeed. Collaboration – either within the law school or with outside sources – can play a key role in maximizing academic support’s effectiveness and reach. SWCASP invites proposals for presentations that explore how collaboration, in all its forms, can improve academic and bar support for our students.

Please send you proposal to Jennifer Warren at jmwarren@okcu.edu no later than December 15, 2018. Proposals should include presenter contact information (name, title, school, email) and a brief description (300 words or less). Please note that most presentations will be scheduled for 50 minute blocks. Proposals with multiple presenters are welcome!

November 3, 2018 in Meetings | Permalink | Comments (0)

Call for AALS Section on Academic Support Award Nominations

Dear ASP Colleagues,

As the recently appointed Awards Committee Chair, I am pleased to report that the Awards Committee for the AALS Section on Academic Support is soliciting nominations for our annual section award winner.  The AALS Section Award will be presented to an outstanding member of the ASP community likely at our section meeting at the January 2019 AALS Annual Meeting.  Please review the eligibility and criteria information below and send nominations directly to me, Awards Committee Chair, at gpritch@law.msu.edu

The deadline to submit nominations is Friday, November 9 at 5:00 p.m. EST (a very quick turnaround). For a nomination to be considered, it must include (at a minimum) a one to two paragraph explanation of why the nominee is deserving of the award.  Only AALS ASP Section members may make nominations, but all those within the ASP community may be nominated.  Membership in the section is free and can be processed by e-mailing a membership request to support@aals.org.  For further detailed instructions on how to become a member, please view the following link.

Eligibility and Criteria for Selection.  The eligible nominees for the award are individuals who have made significant and/or long-term contributions to the development of the field of law student academic support.  All legal educators, regardless of the nature or longevity of their appointment or position, who have at some point in their careers worked part-time or full-time in academic support are eligible for the award.  The award will be granted to recognize those who have made such contributions through any combination of the following activities: 

  • service to the profession and to professional institutions—e.g., advocacy with the NCBE or assumption of leadership roles in the ASP community;
  • support to and mentoring of ASP colleagues;
  • support to and mentoring of students;
  • promoting diversity in the profession and expanding access to the legal profession; and
  • developing ideas or innovations—whether disseminated through academic writing, newsletters, conference presentations, or over the listserv.

Law schools, institutions, or organizations cannot receive an award.  Prior year or current year Section officers are excluded from being selected as an award winner.

The Committee looks forward to receiving your nominations.  Please let me know if you have any questions.

Best,

Goldie

____________________________

Goldie Pritchard, J.D., M.Ed.

Director, Academic Success Program

Michigan State University College of Law

648 N. Shaw Lane, Room 230(B)

East Lansing, MI 48824-1300

Phone: 517.432.6881

gpritch@law.msu.edu

www.law.msu.edu/success

November 3, 2018 in Meetings, Miscellany | Permalink | Comments (0)

Friday, October 26, 2018

Save the Date for the AASE 2019 Conference: May 21-23

Link to information on the conference is: 2019 AASE Conference in Seattle

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Registration for the WCCASP Conference

Click here to register!

Come join us in beautiful San Diego this November 2 for our single-day event, the annual West Coast Consortium of Academic Support Professionals conference

Registration is free thanks to Themis, and will include lunch and our post-conference event!

See the conference agenda attached to this email

Hotel Information:

We were able to solidify a rate with the Holiday Inn Express, but it is based on availability. 

Below is a breakdown of the prices which were rated for our conference attendees. In order to receive this rate, you must contact Elizabeth Ming by calling her at 619.795.7705 ex 705 or 

emailing her at emaher@hotelinvestmentgroup.com. Please make sure to contact her as soon as possible if you wish to take advantage of this deal. 

Please find the available room types and rates below: 

One king bed standard- $139.00

Two Queen Beds- $ 159.00

Two Queen Beds Suites - $ 179.00

Rates will include:

Complimentary Hot Breakfast Buffet

Complimentary Wireless Access Internet

Outdoor Pool

Fitness Room 

Free Parking 

If you wish to stay at another hotel, we ask that you please make your own arrangements. 

Program for the conference: Download WCCASP 2018 Program

 

October 26, 2018 in Meetings | Permalink | Comments (0)

Saturday, October 13, 2018

Call for Proposals for Southwest Consortium of Academic Support Professionals 7th Annual Conference

Southwest Consortium of Academic Support Professionals
7th Annual Conference
March 8, 2019
St. Mary’s University School of Law
San Antonio, Texas


Call for Proposals


We welcome all law school faculty and staff to submit proposals for presentations addressing this year’s conference theme, Collaboration: Rowing Together in the Same Boat.


Academic support programs are under constant pressure to achieve results, but often find themselves working with students who need more than just traditional academic support in order to succeed. Collaboration – either within the law school or with outside sources – can play a key role in maximizing academic support’s effectiveness and reach. SWCASP invites proposals for presentations that explore how collaboration, in all its forms, can improve academic and bar support for our students.


Please send you proposal to Jennifer Warren at jmwarren@okcu.edu no later than December 15, 2018. Proposals should include presenter contact information (name, title, school, email) and a brief description (300 words or less). Please note that most presentations will be scheduled for 50 minute blocks. Proposals with multiple presenters are welcome!

October 13, 2018 in Meetings | Permalink | Comments (0)

Sunday, September 23, 2018

Midwest ASP Conference Information

Hello Everyone!

As I mentioned earlier, Megan Kreminski and I will be hosting a Midwestern Academic Support and Bar Programs Conference, on Friday, October 12, 2018 at Loyola University of Chicago, 25 E Pearson St, Chicago, IL , 60611.  The conference will not have any associated cost ,aside from personal travel expenses, but please RSVP by October 4th.

If you plan on traveling from out of town, I suggest staying at the Whitehall hotel, https://www.thewhitehallhotel.com/.  The conference rate is $189, and to secure that rate please reach out to Michael Foster at either 312.573.6214 or email him at mfoster@thewhitehallhotel.com. In addition, if you are in town Thursday night, please let me know, as I’ll be planning a small social event for those interested.

The agenda for the day is below, but purposely meant to be flexible and informal. While there will be structure, we envision robust discussions. The conference is currently set to end around 3:30, as you can see, but we will be going to dinner/appetizers post conference for anyone that wishes to continue the conversations from the day.

Midwest Conference Agenda

8:45 -9:00 am: Registration

9:00 -10:00 am: A Step-by-Step Method of Teaching Legal Reasoning – Maryann Herman

10:00 -11:00 am: The Middle Child Problem: 2nd years, how do we support them, how do we motivate them? -Megan Kreminski and Melissa Hale

11:15-12:45 pm: The Illinois Bar and the UBE – Nancy Vincent, Director of Administration, IL Board of Admissions to the Bar

12:45-1:15 pm: Lunch

1:15-2:15 pm: Change Ahead! A UBE Survival Guide From An Early Adopter - Antonia Miceli

2:30-3:30 pm: The Quandary of Character and Fitness – Jamie A. Kleppetsch

If you are coming from out of town, and have any questions whatsoever about travel, please let me know.  

I look forward to seeing some of you in October, and hope everyone is having a good start to the semester.

Kind Regards,

Melissa

Melissa A. Hale

Director of Academic Success and Bar Programs

Loyola University Chicago School of Law

P: 312-915-7605

E: mhale@luc.edu 

September 23, 2018 in Meetings | Permalink | Comments (0)

Saturday, September 22, 2018

Third Annual NALSAP Conference - Save the Dates

Colleagues,

We apologize for multiple postings, but we wanted to make sure everyone is aware of the Third Annual NALSAP (National Association of Law Student Affairs Professionals) Conference. 

We are pleased to announce NALSAP’s 2019 Conference will be June 11-14, 2019 and hosted by American University Washington College of Law in Washington DC. [The conference itself starts on the 12th, but a reception with early registration will be held on the evening of the 11th.]

More information will follow, including a call for proposals and registration information. Please share with anyone you believe would be interested in attending.  

Stay Tuned!

MEREDITH D'ANGELO
NALSAP 2019 Conference Co-Chair
Assistant Dean for Law Student Affairs
University of San Diego School of Law
5998 Alcalá Park
San Diego, CA 92110-2492
(619) 260-4651
meredithdangelo@sandiego.edu

  JENNIFER DISANZA
  NALSAP Board Member & 2019 Conference Co-Chair
  Assistant Dean for Student Services
  University of Louisville Brandeis School of Law
  2301 S. Third St.
  Louisville, KY 40292
  (502) 852-8956
  j.disanza@louisville.edu

September 22, 2018 in Meetings | Permalink | Comments (0)

Saturday, September 15, 2018

Is your school interested in being a conference host for AASE?

Hello, ASP colleagues:

As we begin planning in earnest for next summer’s conference in Seattle, AASE’s Executive Committee is beginning to think about subsequent conferences, including a diversity conference in the fall of 2019, the AASE Annual Conference in 2020, and beyond.  From our first conference, we have been fortunate enough to partner with amazing host schools, and we want to make sure we have every opportunity to continue that streak.   

We are trying to identify schools to host future conferences, large or small, and we need your help.  Whether you have considered hosting a conference before or not, we would love to hear from you.

To this end, I am writing to ask you to e-mail me if you think your school might be a good site for a future conference.  It is okay if you are unsure if your school would be a good fit—we will follow up with you to get further details and/or to answer any questions you might have. 

We look forward to hearing from you soon!

Best,

Russell

Russell A. McClain

President

AASE: Association of Aademic Support Educators

September 15, 2018 in Meetings, Miscellany | Permalink | Comments (0)

Saturday, August 25, 2018

Save the Dates for Three Conferences

OCTOBER 12, 2018:

Save the date! I will be hosting a “Midwestern Academic Success and Bar Preparation” conference on Friday, October 12, 2018 at Loyola University of Chicago, 25 E Pearson St, Chicago, IL , 60611. This is a direct steal (with her permission) of Kris Franklin’s New York/East Coast conference that happens in April. My plan is that there will be an agenda, but it will primarily be an informal opportunity to discuss issues of importance to us.

The only concrete agenda item thus far is Nancy Vincent,  Director of Administration of the Illinois Board of Admissions to the Bar, who will be joining us to discuss Illinois using the UBE.

I’m open to other suggested agenda items or presentations. If you would like to present something, workshop an idea, or just have ideas of things you would like to see discussed, please let me know.

The conference will run from roughly 9am until 4 or 5pm. If you plan on coming into the city Thursday evening, please let me know, and I will make sure you receive the Loyola rate at a nearby hotel. In addition, if enough people would like to, I will coordinate a group dinner and/or fun tour Thursday night.

The conference will not have any associated cost (aside from personal travel expenses), I just need an RSVP by October 4th. In addition, if you would like to present or workshop something, please let me know by September 15th.  More concrete details will be forthcoming as I continue to plan.

Please let me know if you have any questions.

Kind Regards,

Melissa

Melissa A. Hale

Director of Academic Success and Bar Programs

Loyola University Chicago School of Law

P: 312-915-7605

E: mhale@luc.edu 

NOVEMBER 2, 2018:

7TH Annual West Coast Consortium of Academic Support Professionals Conference at The University of San Diego. One-day conference kicking off with an informal get-together on Thursday night and concluding with a formal gathering on Friday evening. Call for proposals and registration information in the coming weeks.

Kevin Sherrill

Director of Academic Success and Bar Programs

University of San Diego School of Law

Warren Hall Room 206

5998 Alcalá Park

San Diego, CA 92110-2492

(619) 260-6876

law.sandiego.edu

 

JUNE 3-5, 2019:

As you get back into the routine of school, I wanted to flag a date for your calendar next summer.  On June 3-5, 2019, the Institute for Law Teaching and Learning will be hosting our summer conference here at Washburn University School of Law in Topeka, KS

The theme – “Teaching Today’s Law Students” – is intentionally broad and is designed to encompass a wide variety of topics – neuroscientific approaches to effective teaching, generational research about current law students, effective use of technology in the classroom, teaching first-generation college students, classroom behavior in the current political climate, academic approaches to less prepared students, fostering qualities such as growth mindset, resilience, and emotional intelligence in students, or techniques for providing effective formative feedback to students.

In addition to presentations by law professors from around the world—a Call for Proposals will be coming soon!—the Institute will provide several plenary sessions throughout the c

Emily Grant

Associate Professor of Law

Co-Director, Institute for Law Teaching and Learning

Washburn University School of Law

1700 SW College Ave.

Topeka, KS  66621

(785) 670-1677

emily.grant@washburn.edu

August 25, 2018 in Meetings | Permalink | Comments (0)

Friday, August 17, 2018

Call for AALS Hot Topics Presenters

The AALS Student Services Executive Committee is excited to continue a tradition spearheaded in 2017-2018 by Executive Committee member Trent Kennedy of Georgetown Law. We are seeking presenters for the 2019 Hot Topics in Law Student Services program at the AALS annual conference. The 2019 AALS conference will take place from January 2 through January 6 in New Orleans, LA, with Student Services programming occurring on Saturday, January 6. The Hot Topics session is expected to be the final session of the day-long Student Services programming.

The desired proposals would be short, dynamic talks about developing issues in law student services. As stated in last year’s call for presenters, insightful new voices emerge each year and not every would-be topic lends itself to a traditional panel discussion. The Hot Topics session is an opportunity for interested scholars and professionals to inject a new idea or practical innovation into the national conversation. Ideally, talks will address a developing issue in law student services (e.g., program assessment, marketing to millennial students, responding to significant off-campus events, the intersection of law student services and national or local politics, etc.), craft a clear take-away message for the audience, and fit a timeline between five and ten minutes. Use of an Ignite, PechaKucha, or similar presentation structure is strongly encouraged but not required.

Interested individuals or small teams should submit a proposal of no more than 800 words to Darren Nealy at nealy.1@osu.edu <mailto:nealy.1@osu.edu>  and Melissa Berry at mmberry@uw.edu <mailto:mmberry@uw.edu> . Strong preference will be given to proposals received by September 7, 2018. Proposals should address the content of the talk, the amount of time needed for the presentation, and the speaker's qualifications for addressing the proposed topic in such a brief period of time. The AALS President’s theme for the Annual Meeting is Building Bridges <https://na01.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fam.aals.org%2Fbuilding-bridges%2F&data=02%7C01%7Camy.jarmon%40ttu.edu%7Cb92f0767a889463ed87308d5fe49b9e1%7C178a51bf8b2049ffb65556245d5c173c%7C0%7C0%7C636694515011155849&sdata=vmqZ5fWIpcywwxkMhgH76U6Qa12%2BefMo8dV%2F%2FJ3EeX4%3D&reserved=0> .

In reviewing proposals, the Committee will consider the overall quality of the program, including whether:

* The proposal is well written and thoughtfully constructed;

* The program is likely to be of interest to attendees;

* The program content lends itself to follow-up and ongoing conversation throughout the year;

* There is a diversity of presenters, including diversity of schools, viewpoints, and identity characteristics across the full Student Services program;

* The program connects to the AALS President’s theme of Building Bridges (NOTE: Not a requirement.); and

* The proposed topic is “hot” and provides insights about an otherwise under-discussed area of thought or practice.

Please direct any questions to Darren Nealy at nealy.1@osu.edu <mailto:nealy.1@osu.edu>  or Melissa Berry at mmberry@uw.edu <mailto:mmberry@uw.edu> .

August 17, 2018 in Meetings | Permalink | Comments (0)

Friday, August 10, 2018

Call for Presenters for AALS Section on Balance in Legal Education

Call for Presenters for the Section on Balance in Legal Education Extended
Main Program on "Building (Self-) Compassion and Other Sources of Well-Being"
at the 2019 AALS Annual Meeting


The Section on Balance in Legal Education is pleased to announce a Call for
Presenters for the 2019 AALS Annual Meeting in New Orleans, in which at
least one additional panelist is to be selected for the Section's Extended
Program, titled "Building (Self-)Compassion and Other Sources of
Well-Being." The program is scheduled on Thursday, January 3, 2019 1:30 p.m.
- 4:30 p.m. Our non-law school speaker is Leah Weiss, who teaches a Stanford
University Graduate School of Business course titled Leading with
Mindfulness and Compassion. Each presenter will give an independent short
presentation, followed by a moderated panelist and audience discussion.

Submission Guidelines: Please submit a 1 page proposal to Program Committee
Co-Chair, Jarrod Reich (jarrod.reich@georgetown.edu
<mailto:jarrod.reich@georgetown.edu> ), by Friday September 7, 2018.


Call for Presenters for the Section on Balance in Legal Education Pedagogy
Program on "Building Bridges from Undergraduate Experience to Law School"
at the 2019 AALS Annual Meeting

The Section on Balance in Legal Education is pleased to announce a Call for
Presenters for the 2019 AALS Annual Meeting in New Orleans, in which at
least one additional panelist will be selected for the Section's Pedagogy
Program for New Law Teachers. The program, entitled "Building Bridges from
Undergraduate Experience to Law School," is scheduled for Saturday, January
5, 2019, from 3:30 - 4:45 p.m., and will be structured as a moderated
roundtable discussion highlighting the presenters' chosen areas of focus.
Each presenter will give an independent short presentation, followed by a
moderated panelist and audience discussion.

Please submit a one-page proposal to Program Committee Co-Chair, Jarrod
Reich ( <mailto:jarrod.reich@georgetown.edu> jarrod.reich@georgetown.edu),
by Friday, September 7, 2018. Panelists will be selected after review by
members of the Balance in Legal Education Section's Program Committee. Any
Committee Member with a conflict of interest in reviewing submissions will
not participate. In the interests of diversity of voice and viewpoint, a
preference will be made for presenters who have never presented at an AALS
Annual Meeting before, but all submissions are welcome.

Panelists are responsible for paying their registration fee and hotel and
travel expenses. In the event it receives insufficient proposals prior to
the deadline, the Section reserves the right to solicit additional proposals
before making final selections. Feel free to contact Jarrod with any
inquiries.

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Tuesday, August 7, 2018

Bar Prep Conversation at SEALS

I attended the Southeastern Association of Law Schools (SEALS) Conference earlier this week.  On Monday, August 6, 2018, the conference schedule included two bar preparation strategy sessions.  Here are my takeaways from those two sessions.

The first session was a panel discussion entitled "Bar Preparation Strategies for Law Professors and Academic Support Program."  

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Professor James McGrath of Texas A&M University School of Law used an IF-AT quiz to frame his discussion about how spaced repetition and self-efficacy are essential components to bar exam success.  Next, Professor Kirsha Trychta of West Virginia University College of Law introduced ways to mobilize students, faculty, and staff to become soldiers in both academic support and bar preparation efforts.  The session concluded with Professor Patrick Gould of Appalachian School of Law demonstrating how to methodically work through a MBE practice problem and how to spot legal issues.  Professor Melissa Essary of Campbell University's Norman Adrian Wiggins School of Law expertly moderated the program.

After the panel presentation, attendees engaged in a lively round-table discussion focused on "Strategies for Bar Preparation and Success." 

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Each participant had 10-12 minutes to discuss a bar preparation related issue or topic that was of interest to them.  More than 30 discussants attended the session, including academic support and bar preparation professors, commercial course providers, and deans.  (The session was standing room only!)  Of those in attendance, roughly half of the group raised discussion topics.  While the full agenda—including the presenters’ school affiliation, contact information, and formal presentation title—is available here (Download BAR PASSAGE SPEAKER SCHEDULE Revised 3), I’ve set forth a brief summary below.  If a discussion item sounds interesting to you, I encourage you to reach out to the presenter.  Every presenter warmly invited questions and comments.  

Bob Keuhn is authoring a research paper on the results of a recent large-scale empirical study, where he found little evidence that clinical or experiential coursework helps students pass the bar exam, contrary to popular belief.

James McGrath offered five quick tips for improving classroom teaching, including adding formative assessment activities directly on the course syllabus so that quizzes and reflection exercises become an essential and routine component of the course.  

Michael Barry & Zoe Niesel outlined how they “went big” and dared to “be bold” overhauling and expanding their ASP program.  They proactively asked for input from faculty, the advancement (i.e. fundraising) department, career services, and others before moving forward.

Benjamin Madison focused on self-directed learning, and emphasized the importance of incorporation skills building, especially in the first-year, to help students become better self-directed learners.  He recommended Dean Michael Hunter Schwartz’s book as a jumpstart.  

Ron Rychlak shared his experience with bar passage efforts at two (very) different law schools: Ole’ Miss and Ava Maria.  He tinkered with requiring more bar-tested electives, increasing the probation cut-off GPA, and adding more academic support style-courses in the first two years.

Antonia Miceli redesigned her third-year bar course from an “opt in” (i.e. invitation to enroll) to an “opt out” model.  All students in the bottom third of the class are now automatically enrolled, and the student must proactively petition to opt out of the course—which has positively increased her overall enrollment.

Debra Moss Vollweiler has spent the last few years as a member of a Florida bar passage focus group, and is now advancing the 3-Ms model: master in 1L, manipulate in 2L, and memorize in 3L.  The 3M model aligns with her law school’s newly revised learning outcomes.  

Cassie Christopher debuted her online 3-credit, graded, MBE course, which is open to all graduating students.  Students watch an online video created by in-house doctrinal faculty, read the required textbook, complete practice MBEs, and engage in a discussion board each week.

Kirsha Trychta asked for attendees’ input on ways to mobilize the entire faculty in bar preparation.  Discussants suggested incorporating the MPT into a clinical course, asking faculty to guest lecture, making a practice essay and MBE database on TWEN, inviting outside third-party speakers, and involving the assessment committee in programmatic decision making.  

Rob McFarland highlighted a recent (and controversial) conversation online, directed at law school hopefuls, about whether an LSAT score accurately predicts bar passage success.

Laurie Zimet proposed that law schools should (1) educate the entire law school community about the bar exam and invite each person to contribute where they could, and (2) provide an opportunity for students to diagnosis weaknesses, with sufficient time for remediation.

Melissa Essary designed a new course—in just a few months—which offered academic credit for a graded, in-house faculty taught, one semester, flipped classroom MBE bar preparation course, supplemented by Barbri videos and materials.   

Patrick Gould, the session’s moderator, concluded by thanking Russel Weaver for hosting us, and encouraging everyone to brainstorm about what we can do next year to make the event even better.  

Well done, team!
(Kirsha Trychta)

August 7, 2018 in Bar Exam Issues, Bar Exam Preparation, Meetings, Teaching Tips | Permalink | Comments (0)

Friday, July 27, 2018

Reminder: August 1st Deadline for AALS 2019 Joint Section Workshop Proposals

Call for Proposals:  Joint Workshop 

AALS Sections on Academic Support (ASP) & the Empirical Study of Legal Education and the Legal Profession

 January 2019 Annual Meeting in New Orleans, LA:  Thursday January 3, 2019, 1:30-4:30 p.m.

Circling the Square: Fresh Partnerships to Understand Student Learning through Empirical Studies

Introduction. Academic support plays a critical role in promoting student success and learning, and empirical research into various learning processes can yield vital information to help all law faculty promote effective learning. The Section on Academic Support Programs and the Section on Empirical Study of Legal Education and the Legal Profession are joining forces to provide a three-hour workshop at the 2019 AALS annual meeting in order to help jump-start collaborative empirical research on understanding student learning and related issues. 

Design.  The Workshop will have two major components.  First, a plenary panel presentation will highlight current research based on empirical studies and address the need for additional research focused on specific issues arising in several key areas, such as 1) assessment of law school programs and courses; 2) design and evaluation of law school academic support programs; and 3) the design and evaluation of measures intended to improve bar exam success.  This will be followed by presenters from the Academic Support community, who will identify areas of need for future empirical research.  Next, the program will break into multiple concurrent small-group break-out sessions focused on specific areas for empirical study in the area of academic support.  Each group will brainstorm and identify potential partnerships for future research, engage in constructive feedback to those with ongoing research and those who are beginning to identify questions for further study.  We hope that this format will strengthen individual research proposals, create potential for collaborative or parallel work in different institutions, and bring together insights from across a wide spectrum of law faculty and professionals.

Depending on proposals received, we may modify the focus and format slightly.  At this point, we anticipate 15 minutes allocated to each plenary presenter and one hour for the concurrent break-out sessions, which may include one or more facilitators and/or presenters who will be grouped based on common themes of interest.  Depending on the nature and quality of proposals, we may seek to publish associated papers in a law review symposium issue.  All submissions will be subject to peer review by a program committee composed of those from the two sponsoring sections.

Call for Proposals.  Based on the above-described program design, we are seeking proposals in three different areas:

(1) For the first part of the plenary presentation, we are soliciting proposals focused on empirical research in one of the identified areas.  These proposals should be 1-2 pages in length and contain the following:

(a) a title of your paper and/or presentation,

(b) a description of the objectives and/or outcomes of the research question you have pursued or are pursuing,

(c) a description of the empirical methods used,

(d) a statement of why your work would benefit from a collegial review process,

(e) a summary of the presentation methods to be used,

(f) an attached abstract and draft of a current paper on the subject, if appropriate, or an explanation of the stage of your research process, and

(g) an attached curriculum vitae and a brief bio explaining any teaching or scholarly expertise or experience in the area of your presentation.

 (2) For the second part of the plenary presentations, we are soliciting proposals that will identify and discuss areas of need for future research on issues relating to academic support. These proposals should be 1-2 pages in length and contain the following:

 (a) a title of your presentation,

(b) a description of the objectives and/or outcomes of the research question you have pursued or are pursuing,

(c) a statement of why the research question presented would benefit from a collegial review process,

(d) an explanation about why the proposed research is important to academic support and/or legal education,

(e) a summary of the presentation methods to be used,

(f) an attached abstract and draft of a current paper on the subject, or an explanation of the stage of your research process, if any, and

(g) an attached curriculum vitae and a brief bio explaining any teaching or scholarly expertise or experience in the area of your presentation.

(3) For the concurrent sessions, we are soliciting proposals that will identify and discuss works in progress at any stage of research or thinking, with the goal of developing potential partnerships for future research and receiving constructive feedback and input on the ideas presented.  These proposals should be 1-2 pages in length and contain the following:

(a) a title and/or description of your area of interest,

(b) an explanation about why the research question is important to academic support and/or legal education,

(c) a statement of why the research question presented would benefit from a collegial review process,

(e) a summary of the presentation methods to be used,

(f) an attached abstract and draft of a current paper on the subject, or an explanation of the stage of your research process, if any, and

(g) an attached curriculum vitae and a brief bio explaining any teaching or scholarly expertise or experience in the area of your presentation.

The planning committee would prefer to highlight talent across a spectrum of law schools and disciplines and is especially interested in new and innovative ideas.  In addition, we welcome proposals from scholars and educators at all stages of research.  Please share this call with colleagues—both within and outside of the legal academy and the academic support community.

Proposals will be reviewed on a rolling basis, so please send yours as soon as possible, but no later than Wednesday, August 1st, to Professor Raul Ruiz, Florida International University College of Law, rauruiz@fiu.edu .  If you have any questions, please email Professor Ruiz or call 305-348-7821.

AALS Section on Empirical Study of Legal Education and the Legal Profession Program Committee:

AALS Section on Academic Support

Program Committee:

Louis Schulze, Chair

Raul Ruiz, Chair

Jennifer Gundlach

Melissa Berry

Neil W. Hamilton

Robert Coulthard

Victor David Quintanilla

Jamie Kleppetsch

 

Daniel M. Kocal

 

Zoe Niesel

 

Goldie Prichard

Empirical Study Section Chair: Judith Welch Wegner

ASP Section Chair: Staci P. Rucker

July 27, 2018 in Meetings | Permalink | Comments (0)

Sunday, July 15, 2018

Reminder August 1st Deadline for AALS 2019 Joint Section Workshop Proposals

Call for Proposals:  Joint Workshop 

AALS Sections on Academic Support (ASP) & the Empirical Study of Legal Education and the Legal Profession

 January 2019 Annual Meeting in New Orleans, LA:  Thursday January 3, 2019, 1:30-4:30 p.m.

Circling the Square: Fresh Partnerships to Understand Student Learning through Empirical Studies

Introduction. Academic support plays a critical role in promoting student success and learning, and empirical research into various learning processes can yield vital information to help all law faculty promote effective learning. The Section on Academic Support Programs and the Section on Empirical Study of Legal Education and the Legal Profession are joining forces to provide a three-hour workshop at the 2019 AALS annual meeting in order to help jump-start collaborative empirical research on understanding student learning and related issues. 

Design.  The Workshop will have two major components.  First, a plenary panel presentation will highlight current research based on empirical studies and address the need for additional research focused on specific issues arising in several key areas, such as 1) assessment of law school programs and courses; 2) design and evaluation of law school academic support programs; and 3) the design and evaluation of measures intended to improve bar exam success.  This will be followed by presenters from the Academic Support community, who will identify areas of need for future empirical research.  Next, the program will break into multiple concurrent small-group break-out sessions focused on specific areas for empirical study in the area of academic support.  Each group will brainstorm and identify potential partnerships for future research, engage in constructive feedback to those with ongoing research and those who are beginning to identify questions for further study.  We hope that this format will strengthen individual research proposals, create potential for collaborative or parallel work in different institutions, and bring together insights from across a wide spectrum of law faculty and professionals.

Depending on proposals received, we may modify the focus and format slightly.  At this point, we anticipate 15 minutes allocated to each plenary presenter and one hour for the concurrent break-out sessions, which may include one or more facilitators and/or presenters who will be grouped based on common themes of interest.  Depending on the nature and quality of proposals, we may seek to publish associated papers in a law review symposium issue.  All submissions will be subject to peer review by a program committee composed of those from the two sponsoring sections.

Call for Proposals.  Based on the above-described program design, we are seeking proposals in three different areas:

(1) For the first part of the plenary presentation, we are soliciting proposals focused on empirical research in one of the identified areas.  These proposals should be 1-2 pages in length and contain the following:

(a) a title of your paper and/or presentation,

(b) a description of the objectives and/or outcomes of the research question you have pursued or are pursuing,

(c) a description of the empirical methods used,

(d) a statement of why your work would benefit from a collegial review process,

(e) a summary of the presentation methods to be used,

(f) an attached abstract and draft of a current paper on the subject, if appropriate, or an explanation of the stage of your research process, and

(g) an attached curriculum vitae and a brief bio explaining any teaching or scholarly expertise or experience in the area of your presentation.

 (2) For the second part of the plenary presentations, we are soliciting proposals that will identify and discuss areas of need for future research on issues relating to academic support. These proposals should be 1-2 pages in length and contain the following:

 (a) a title of your presentation,

(b) a description of the objectives and/or outcomes of the research question you have pursued or are pursuing,

(c) a statement of why the research question presented would benefit from a collegial review process,

(d) an explanation about why the proposed research is important to academic support and/or legal education,

(e) a summary of the presentation methods to be used,

(f) an attached abstract and draft of a current paper on the subject, or an explanation of the stage of your research process, if any, and

(g) an attached curriculum vitae and a brief bio explaining any teaching or scholarly expertise or experience in the area of your presentation.

(3) For the concurrent sessions, we are soliciting proposals that will identify and discuss works in progress at any stage of research or thinking, with the goal of developing potential partnerships for future research and receiving constructive feedback and input on the ideas presented.  These proposals should be 1-2 pages in length and contain the following:

(a) a title and/or description of your area of interest,

(b) an explanation about why the research question is important to academic support and/or legal education,

(c) a statement of why the research question presented would benefit from a collegial review process,

(e) a summary of the presentation methods to be used,

(f) an attached abstract and draft of a current paper on the subject, or an explanation of the stage of your research process, if any, and

(g) an attached curriculum vitae and a brief bio explaining any teaching or scholarly expertise or experience in the area of your presentation.

The planning committee would prefer to highlight talent across a spectrum of law schools and disciplines and is especially interested in new and innovative ideas.  In addition, we welcome proposals from scholars and educators at all stages of research.  Please share this call with colleagues—both within and outside of the legal academy and the academic support community.

Proposals will be reviewed on a rolling basis, so please send yours as soon as possible, but no later than Wednesday, August 1st, to Professor Raul Ruiz, Florida International University College of Law, rauruiz@fiu.edu .  If you have any questions, please email Professor Ruiz or call 305-348-7821.

AALS Section on Empirical Study of Legal Education and the Legal Profession Program Committee:

AALS Section on Academic Support

Program Committee:

Louis Schulze, Chair

Raul Ruiz, Chair

Jennifer Gundlach

Melissa Berry

Neil W. Hamilton

Robert Coulthard

Victor David Quintanilla

Jamie Kleppetsch

 

Daniel M. Kocal

 

Zoe Niesel

 

Goldie Prichard

Empirical Study Section Chair: Judith Welch Wegner

ASP Section Chair: Staci P. Rucker

July 15, 2018 in Meetings | Permalink | Comments (0)

Friday, June 29, 2018

Call for Proposals for 2019 AALS Joint Section Workshop

Call for Proposals:  Joint Workshop

AALS Sections on Academic Support (ASP) & the Empirical Study of Legal Education and the Legal Profession

January 2019 Annual Meeting in New Orleans, LA:  Thursday January 3, 2019, 1:30-4:30 p.m.

 Circling the Square: Fresh Partnerships to Understand Student Learning through Empirical Studies

Introduction. Academic support plays a critical role in promoting student success and learning, and empirical research into various learning processes can yield vital information to help all law faculty promote effective learning. The Section on Academic Support Programs and the Section on Empirical Study of Legal Education and the Legal Profession are joining forces to provide a three-hour workshop at the 2019 AALS annual meeting in order to help jump-start collaborative empirical research on understanding student learning and related issues.

Design.  The Workshop will have two major components.  First, a plenary panel presentation will highlight current research based on empirical studies and address the need for additional research focused on specific issues arising in several key areas, such as 1) assessment of law school programs and courses; 2) design and evaluation of law school academic support programs; and 3) the design and evaluation of measures intended to improve bar exam success.  This will be followed by presenters from the Academic Support community, who will identify areas of need for future empirical research.  Next, the program will break into multiple concurrent small-group break-out sessions focused on specific areas for empirical study in the area of academic support.  Each group will brainstorm and identify potential partnerships for future research, engage in constructive feedback to those with ongoing research and those who are beginning to identify questions for further study.  We hope that this format will strengthen individual research proposals, create potential for collaborative or parallel work in different institutions, and bring together insights from across a wide spectrum of law faculty and professionals.

Depending on proposals received, we may modify the focus and format slightly.  At this point, we anticipate 15 minutes allocated to each plenary presenter and one hour for the concurrent break-out sessions, which may include one or more facilitators and/or presenters who will be grouped based on common themes of interest.  Depending on the nature and quality of proposals, we may seek to publish associated papers in a law review symposium issue.  All submissions will be subject to peer review by a program committee composed of those from the two sponsoring sections.

Call for Proposals.  Based on the above-described program design, we are seeking proposals in three different areas:

(1) For the first part of the plenary presentation, we are soliciting proposals focused on empirical research in one of the identified areas.  These proposals should be 1-2 pages in length and contain the following:

(a) a title of your paper and/or presentation,

(b) a description of the objectives and/or outcomes of the research question you have pursued or are pursuing,

(c) a description of the empirical methods used,

(d) a statement of why your work would benefit from a collegial review process,

(e) a summary of the presentation methods to be used,

(f) an attached abstract and draft of a current paper on the subject, if appropriate, or an explanation of the stage of your research process, and

(g) an attached curriculum vitae and a brief bio explaining any teaching or scholarly expertise or experience in the area of your presentation.

 (2) For the second part of the plenary presentations, we are soliciting proposals that will identify and discuss areas of need for future research on issues relating to academic support. These proposals should be 1-2 pages in length and contain the following:

(a) a title of your presentation,

(b) a description of the objectives and/or outcomes of the research question you have pursued or are pursuing,

(c) a statement of why the research question presented would benefit from a collegial review process,

(d) an explanation about why the proposed research is important to academic support and/or legal education,

(e) a summary of the presentation methods to be used,

(f) an attached abstract and draft of a current paper on the subject, or an explanation of the stage of your research process, if any, and

(g) an attached curriculum vitae and a brief bio explaining any teaching or scholarly expertise or experience in the area of your presentation.

(3) For the concurrent sessions, we are soliciting proposals that will identify and discuss works in progress at any stage of research or thinking, with the goal of developing potential partnerships for future research and receiving constructive feedback and input on the ideas presented.  These proposals should be 1-2 pages in length and contain the following:

(a) a title and/or description of your area of interest,

(b) an explanation about why the research question is important to academic support and/or legal education,

(c) a statement of why the research question presented would benefit from a collegial review process,

(e) a summary of the presentation methods to be used,

(f) an attached abstract and draft of a current paper on the subject, or an explanation of the stage of your research process, if any, and

(g) an attached curriculum vitae and a brief bio explaining any teaching or scholarly expertise or experience in the area of your presentation.

The planning committee would prefer to highlight talent across a spectrum of law schools and disciplines and is especially interested in new and innovative ideas.  In addition, we welcome proposals from scholars and educators at all stages of research.  Please share this call with colleagues—both within and outside of the legal academy and the academic support community.

Proposals will be reviewed on a rolling basis, so please send yours as soon as possible, but no later than Wednesday, August 1st, to Professor Raul Ruiz, Florida International University College of Law, rauruiz@fiu.edu .  If you have any questions, please email Professor Ruiz or call 305-348-7821.

AALS Section on Empirical Study of Legal Education and the Legal Profession Program Committee:

AALS Section on Academic Support

Program Committee:

Louis Schulze, Chair

Raul Ruiz, Chair

Jennifer Gundlach

Melissa Berry

Neil W. Hamilton

Robert Coulthard

Victor David Quintanilla

Jamie Kleppetsch

 

Daniel M. Kocal

 

Zoe Niesel

 

Goldie Prichard

Empirical Study Section Chair: Judith Welch Wegner

ASP Section Chair: Staci P. Rucker

June 29, 2018 in Meetings | Permalink | Comments (0)