Concurrent Sessions - Thursday, June 28th
Sessions are listed in chronolgical order.
It Begins with Admissions: The Impact of Admission Programs on Student Services
Kent Lollis, Law School Admission Council
Sondra Tennessee, University of Houston School of Law
Organizations that are known for outstanding service to their constituents often design and practice what is known as an end-to-end service strategy. In the law school context, this would mean aligning service to students that begins in the admission process and flows smoothly on into the alumni ranks. In this session, we will explore how outstanding student service starts with admission and offer ideas and an opportunity for dialogue on this promising model for legal education.
Do You Know Your Title IX?: Best Practices for Addressing Issues Arising Under Title IX
Maura DeMouy, Georgetown University Law Center
Markeisha Miner, Cornell University School of Law
Nicole Sandoz, Georgetown University Law Center
In the wake of Betsy DeVos’ rescinding of Obama-era Title IX guidance and the media blitz around sexual harassment and assault in the entertainment industry, sexual misconduct is yet again a hot topic of debate. Most student affairs professionals are on the front line every day. Whether helping a victim of sexual violence, mediating a dispute over comments made in class, or supporting a student triggered by comments in class, we are often the first point of contact. Law schools are unique environments that produce situations requiring complex and collaborative solutions. Participants will learn best practices for implementing support and interim measures for law school students through case studies, including academic assistance, no contact orders, housing accommodations, and safety planning. The presentation will also cover partnering between student services, confidential counselors, Title IX officers, and public safety to ensure each student receives comprehensive support.
Finding Balance Outside of the Classroom: From the Under Involved to Over Involved Student
Pam Shea, University of North Dakota School of Law
Colin Watrin, Seattle University School of Law
Law School is a busy time for our students, both in and out of the classroom. Expectations for involvement have increased for students as they all compete for top grades, coveted leadership positions, internships, and post-graduation jobs. Our student body today is also very different than 10 years ago in their expectations from schools in terms of involvement opportunities. Is your law school keeping up with the times? Through an interactive presentation, session participants will learn about helping our students find appropriate levels of involvement outside the classroom, building connections, and making meaning of their experiences. This session will draw upon student development theory related to involvement and how students continue to build both their personal and professional identity during law school. This session also address how we can do all this while resources in higher education are tightening. From the classically over involved student who should probably be spending more time studying, to those who fly under the radar and could benefit from larger connections, involvement without intentionality can be limiting to our already busy students. Join us as we discuss how student affairs staff can help.
Online Orientation and Beyond: Leveraging Existing Technology to Deliver Content Online
Jill A. Collins, Boston University School of Law
We are all tasked with providing important information to our students, who are increasingly demanding convenient delivery of this information. Simultaneously, we are dealing with limited resources, not the least of which is time. In this session, we’ll cover how we took part of our orientation online, freeing up time for meaningful in-person interaction at Orientation and improving accountability for the material. We’ll cover how you can use your school’s learning management system (like Blackboard) to deliver content (and accountability) to students throughout their three years. Finally, audience members will have time to brainstorm ways to apply this to their school, and to share those ideas and common challenges with other participants.
Mindfulness in Law Schools: How it Can Help Students
Lydia Johnson, Thurgood Marshall School of Law
Elaina Marino, 3L, Syracuse University School of Law
Richard C. Reuben, University of Missouri School of Law
This panel will introduce the audience to mindfulness meditation, and demonstrate how it can help interested law students manage stress and implicit biases, and be happier and more effective law students and lawyers. Participants will learn what mindfulness practice is, hear about the first empirical study of the efficacy of mindfulness meditation training for law students, find out different ways to introduce mindfulness into law schools, get a law student’s perspective on its potential contribution to law student well-being, and learn how such law school initiatives connect with the larger mindfulness in law movement.
Beyond the Academics: Student Support Programming
Elizabeth (Ferrufino) Bodamer, Indiana Maurer School of Law
Student affairs is about focusing on students holistically to ensure academic and professional success. Yosso’s model of community cultural wealth is an example of a model that can be used to support the “whole student,” especially marginalized students. Yosso argues that all forms of capital, aspirational, linguistic, familial, social, navigational, and resistance. can be used to empower students. This presentation will outline how Yosso’s model can translate into student support programming in law school. Through a brief presentation and a group discussion, participants will have an opportunity to talk through different programming and to exchange ideas they can take back to their schools.