Law School Academic Support Blog

Editor: Amy Jarmon
Texas Tech Univ. School of Law

Sunday, February 10, 2019

Call for Proposals for 2020 AALS Section on Academic Support

Call for Proposals
AALS Section on Academic Support
January 2020 Annual Meeting in Washington, DC
"Access to the Legal Profession as a Pillar of Democracy: Bar Exam Cut Scores and the Future of Diversity."


As a community, we are aware that bar passage rates are falling in some jurisdictions, and the ABA recently proposed a change Standard 316 on Bar Passage, which would require schools to achieve 75% bar pass rate within two years of graduation. While this proposal did not pass, the current passage rates still have the potential to severely impact law schools that prioritize a mission of diversifying the legal field by preparing lawyers from underrepresented groups. Moreover, in the profession itself, access to legal education, and the profession, is a pillar of democracy. This program will focus on how to better support students who are at risk of not passing the bar exam.

Topics might include, but are not limited to: student engagement on the bar exam, the impact of the UBE on cut scores, programming to support diverse students in their law school courses, programming to support diverse students while preparing for the bar exam, the role of stereotype threat on the bar exam, and the impact of the changing ABA rules on a diverse student population. Proposals should reflect presentations that will be 25 minutes in length.

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. A detailed description of both the substantive content and the techniques to be employed, if any, to engage the audience.
5. Whether you plan to distribute handouts, use PowerPoint, or employ other technology.
6. 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.)
7. Your school affiliation, title, courses taught, and contact information (please include email address and telephone number).
8. 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 1st at 5pm to Melissa Hale, Loyola University Chicago School of Law, mhale@luc.edu. If you have any questions, please email Melissa Hale.

The Section on Academic Support Program Committee:
Melissa Hale, Chair
Robert Coulthard
Maryann Hermann
Twinette Johnson
Jamie Kleppetsch
Danielle Kocal
Susan Landrum
Courtney Lee
Laura Mott
Zoe Niesel
Goldie Pritchard
Louis Schulze
Joni Wiredu
ASP Section Chair: Jennifer Carr

February 10, 2019 in Meetings | Permalink | Comments (0)

Sunday, February 3, 2019

NY Academic Support Workshop Announcement

Dear ASP friends,

We are pleased to announce this year’s full-day NY Academic Support Workshop, to be held from 9:30 to 5:00 at New York Law School on Friday, April 12th (with informal socializing afterwards). This will be a gathering of academic support professionals and colleagues working actively to learn from one another.  Warm welcome to Rebecca Flanagan of University of Massachusetts School of Law-Dartmouth who is joining in the organizing efforts of this year’s workshop. 

As is our usual practice, the afternoon sessions of the workshop will have an open agenda and room to include any subject of interest to those in attendance. The morning sessions will be related to a more specific theme: Ideas and Insights to Assist Part-time Law Students. We intend that topic to consider the needs of part-timers at all stages: as they prepare for law school, work their way through the curriculum, and get ready for the bar and practice.

One thing that makes all ASP gatherings exciting has always been our unique emphasis on collaboration — ASP folks DO things together so that we can learn together. NY Workshop participants work with each other to develop or enhance our individual lessons, materials, presentations, or any other part of our professional endeavors. No one who comes is allowed to be a back-bencher. Participants should be prepared to discuss a problem they are having that others may have struggled with as well, a strategy for dealing with a specific challenge, or a method of teaching or counseling that has helped you work with students. Please let us know what you would like do with your fellow workshop participant, and let us know how we will actively engage all attendees in your portion of the agenda. And if you aren’t certain let us know that too; we are happy to help you brainstorm. Discussions/demonstrations or presentations may be short or extended, depending on content and our own timing. We will send out a finalized workshop agenda when we confirm who will attend and what specific topics the participants plan to address. 

RSVP to Kris and Rebecca at addresses below and cc’d above. Since this is not a formal conference there will be no fee to attend. 

We hope to see many of you soon!

Kris Franklin                                          Rebecca Flanagan

Professor of Law                                    Assistant Professor of Law

New York Law School                           UMass Law

February 3, 2019 in Meetings | Permalink | Comments (0)

Saturday, February 2, 2019

Registration for Two Conferences at St. Mary's

Dear colleagues,

As I draft this, the weather in San Antonio is SUNNY and 68 DEGREES. 

  1. Now that I have your attention . . .

Please join St. Mary's University School of Law in beautiful San Antonio, Texas, for two conferences focused on academic and bar support!

First, in light of Texas moving to the UBE (in 2021?), on Thursday, March 7, 2019, St. Mary's will host a UBE Transition Boot Camp to discuss issues, strategies, and solutions for those schools (in Texas and elsewhere) facing an upcoming transition to the Uniform Bar Exam.  We have a host of expert presenters to help guide us all!  Specifically, we will discuss the details of the UBE and its grading structure – and how it differs from the tests it replaces.  We also recognize that this transition will cause changes in how we counsel students, the design of academic support programs, and the curriculum of the law school – so we have asked peers who have been through this process for recommendations on preparing our students, faculty, and academic support departments for the transition.  (A tentative schedule is attached; we have flexibility to stay longer if beneficial.)

Then, on Friday, March 8, 2019, St. Mary's is proud to host the 7th Annual SWCASP Conference – focused on innovative ideas that allow academic support departments to collaborate with others to achieve results.  The conference will kick off on Thursday evening with a welcome dinner sponsored by Barbri.  As in past years, we have a great slate of presenters for the conference to discuss all aspects of collaboration and coordination.  (A tentative schedule is attached.)

To register for either or both conferences, please use this form: https://goo.gl/forms/9ijj3f04c94GLVdj2.

For both conferences, we have reserved a block of rooms (at a very good rate!) at the historic Menger Hotel, right next to the Alamo at 204 Alamo Plaza, San Antonio, TX, 78205.  Please use this link to reserve your room:  https://reservations.mengerhotel.com/75799?groupID=2473620.  Hotel information is also located in the Registration Form link.  Please note that the hotel block closes on February 15.

Come enjoy our beautiful weather, excellent Mexican food*, and lots of ASP comradery.  We look forward to seeing you here!

Please reach out to Zoe Niesel or me with any questions, and all the best,

Mike Barry 
Assistant Dean and Practitioner in Residence

St. Mary’s University School of Law

February 2, 2019 in Meetings | Permalink | Comments (0)

Sunday, January 27, 2019

Don't Forget the February 15 Deadline for ILTL Proposals

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.

 

January 27, 2019 in Meetings | Permalink | Comments (0)

Saturday, January 19, 2019

NCBE and LSAC Conference on Best Practices

Best Practices in High-Stakes Testing: What Legal Educators Need to Know

February 7-8, 2019

Hyatt Regency Tamaya Resort and Spa

Santa Ana Pueblo, New Mexico

 

Dear Colleague,

LSAC and NCBE invite all law school faculty, researchers, and staff to a conference focused on innovative ways to measure student success. We will discuss a range of measurement topics including: bar preparation, job and skills analyses, test development, standard setting, validity and reliability, and outcomes assessments.

Here are a few of the benefits of participating in this conference:

·         You will gain better insight into assessment principles and how to evaluate high-stakes tests.

·         Share your ideas and opinions about the bar exam of the future in an interactive discussion led by the NCBE Testing Task Force’s independent research consultant.

·         You will have the opportunity to let the makers of the LSAT know what additional standardized measures you would like LSAC to provide to support admissions and your educational mission.

·         You will get an inside look at changes that are on the horizon for the LSAT, including digitization and remote proctoring.

Speakers include Judith Gundersen (President, NCBE), Gage Kingsbury (Psychometric Consulting), James Wollack (Professor in Quantitative Methods at University of Wisconsin), and other experts.

We are pleased to be able to subsidize one person from each LSAC-member school. The subsidy covers registration, airfare, and lodging. There is a moderate registration fee for others who would like to attend.

Join us and be part of the innovation! Visit LSAC.org for more details and to register.

 

January 19, 2019 in Meetings | Permalink | Comments (0)

Friday, December 21, 2018

Join Us at AALS in January!

Colleagues,

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

December 21, 2018 in Meetings | Permalink | Comments (0)

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

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

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)