Third Annual NALSAP Conference
June 12-14, 2019 in Washington, D.C.
The Third Annual National Association of Law Student Affairs Professionals Conference will be held at American University Washington College of Law in Washington, D.C., from June 12-14, 2019.
American Bar Association
Bob Carlson, a shareholder with the Butte, Montana, law firm of Corette Black Carlson & Mickelson, P.C., is president of the American Bar Association, the world's largest voluntary professional organization with more than 400,000 members.
Carlson has served in many national and state bar leadership positions, including as president of the State Bar of Montana from 1993 to 1994. From 2012 to 2014, he was chair of the ABA’s policymaking House of Delegates, the association’s second-highest elected office. He has served two terms on the ABA Board of Governors and its Executive Committee, chairing its Executive Compensation Committee. Carlson has also served in the ABA House of Delegates as both Montana’s state bar delegate and state delegate and as a delegate at large. He is a life patron fellow and past state chair of the Fellows of the American Bar Foundation and was a member of the Executive Council of the National Conference of Bar Presidents.
Carlson’s other previous ABA leadership positions include service as chair and member of the ABA Day in Washington Planning Committee, chair and member of the Standing Committee on Meetings and Travel, and member of the Standing Committee on Bar Activities and Services, Commission on Racial and Ethnic Diversity in the Profession, Council of the ABA Section of International Law, and co-chair of the ABA Section of Litigation’s ABA Resource Committee. He was Board of Governors liaison to the ABA Standing Committee for Bar Activities and Services, Dispute Resolution Section, and Commission on Homelessness and Poverty.
In addition to serving as president of the State Bar of Montana, Carlson has chaired the state bar’s Board of Trustees and, since 1995, has served as a member of the Montana Supreme Court’s Character and Fitness Commission. Since 1994, he has been a member of the University of Montana Law School’s Clinical Board of Visitors. Carlson has served as lawyer representative to the Federal District of Montana, as Montana co-chair of the Ninth Circuit’s Lawyer Representatives Coordinating Committee, and as chair of the state bar’s Ad Hoc Committee on Discipline.
Associate Vice President and Dean of Students
Georgetown University Law Center
Mitch Bailin oversees a wide range of co-curricular programs at the Law Center, including student organizations and competition teams, residence life, wellness promotion, academic support, the Registrar’s office and disability services. He also provides personal and academic advising; manages the school’s response to urgent or concerning student situations; and develops, teaches and supervises a broad array of innovative professional formation programs.
Prior to coming to Georgetown, Bailin practiced in the litigation department at Palmer & Dodge LLP in Boston, where he focused on the representation of schools and colleges. He also served as a law clerk to the Honorable Chief Justice Margaret H. Marshall of the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court after graduating from Yale Law School.
Elizabeth T. Bangs
Assistant Dean for Student Affairs
University of Texas School of Law
Elizabeth Bangs became dean of students at Texas Law in 2013 after almost a decade of teaching legal research and writing, as well as disability law and civ pro. She used to tell her Harvard colleague Ellen Cosgrove she wanted her job – it’s a lesson in being careful what you wish for. Prior to teaching, Bangs was (very) briefly an attorney with the Disability Rights Section of the Civil Rights Division at DOJ and, before that, a law clerk on the 9th Circuit and C.D. Cal. At Texas, she serves as a Title IX liaison and is a member of the state Roundtable on Lawyer Well-Being. She coordinates a wide range of student services, programming, and special events, including Texas Law’s innovative Society Program. She is particularly interested in leadership development and wellness. Her favorite part of student affairs work is helping individual students overcome obstacles and achieve their goals. When she’s not at work, Bangs is mom to Zack (8) and Charlie (6) and tries to make time to volunteer with the PTA and at church. Bangs graduated with honors from Harvard College and Harvard Law School. She was less tired then.
Shannon P. Bartlett
Associate Dean, Inclusion & Engagement
Northwestern Pritzker School of Law
Shannon P. Bartlett is the Associate Dean, Inclusion & Engagement at Northwestern Pritzker School of Law. Previously, Bartlett served as the Director of Diversity Education & Outreach at the Northwestern Pritzker School of Law and the Dean of Students at The University of Chicago Law School. During her career, Bartlett practiced law with the ACLU of Illinois and with the Chicago-based law firms Jenner & Block, LLP and Valorem Law Group. Bartlett has had the privilege of working in higher education for Loyola University Chicago, Northwestern University, and the University of Chicago. Her primary areas of interest center on the unconscious ways diversity and culture impact our everyday decision-making and interactions, as well as how to effectively balance the goal of inclusion with the development of an intellectually diverse community. Bartlett earned her BA from Washington University in St. Louis, her JD summa cum laude from the DePaul University College of Law, and an MA in Jurisprudence and Social Policy from the University of California, Berkeley.
Sara J. Berman
Director of Programs for Academic and Bar Success
AccessLex Center for Legal Education Excellence
Sara J. Berman serves as the Director of Academic and Bar Success Programs at the nonprofit AccessLex Institute Center for Legal Education Excellence, an organization committed to understanding the barriers that impede access to law school for historically underrepresented groups and improving access to law school for all; identifying actionable strategies and public policies to increase law school affordability; and strengthening the value of legal education. Berman is the author of several bar exam and legal education books and articles, including Pass the Bar Exam: A Practical Guide to Achieving Academic & Professional Goals and Bar Exam MPT Preparation & Experiential Learning for Law Students: Interactive Performance Test Training. Prior to joining AccessLex, Berman served for more than two decades in various law schools as ASP Director, Professor of Law, and a member of the senior administration team. Berman also has more than 15 years of experience in distance learning in legal education. Berman co-authored Represent Yourself in Court: How to Prepare and Try a Winning Case and The Criminal Law Handbook: Know Your Rights, Survive the System, plain English primers on the civil and criminal justice systems. More on Berman’s publications at https://ssrn.com/author=2846291 and on AccessLex publications at https://www.ssrn.com/link/AccessLex-Institute-RES.html.
Assistant Dean for Student & Career Services
University of Washington School of Law
Melissa Berry is the Assistant Dean for Student & Career Services at the University of Washington School of Law, where she leads the department responsible for professional development, career planning, and student organization support, academic advising, and wellness. Berry has over thirteen years of experience in legal education as a senior administrator and faculty member. Before returning to UW Law in 2016, Berry served as Assistant Dean of Career Services and as an Associate Professor at Chapman University Dale E. Fowler School of Law. Berry also was a Visiting Associate Professor at the University of Missouri School of Law. She began her career as a judicial clerk for the DC Circuit and the Western District of Wisconsin, and she was an associate at Latham & Watkins in Washington, DC and at Perkins Coie in Seattle before transitioning to higher education. Berry earned her JD from Northwestern University School of Law and her BA from Tulane University. Berry is the Vice-Chair of the AALS Student Services Section’s Executive Committee, President of the Seattle Area Legal Recruiting Association, and Co-Chair of MAMA-Seattle’s Mentorship Committee. She currently serves on NALP’s Nominating Committee and as Co-Chair of the Professional Identity Formation Work Group.
Fringe Professional Development
Rachael Bosch is an advocate for innovative professional development. Through her company, Fringe PD she has provided coaching and training to professionals across disciplines and experience levels. Prior to starting Fringe, Bosch spent more than a decade in legal talent management. She uses this experience as well as a brain-based coaching certification through the NeuroLeadership Institute, and a certificate of Women in Leadership from Cornell University to develop and deliver training programs on all aspects of workplace communication including executive presence, management and leadership, giving and receiving feedback, and workplace civility.
Molly M. Brummond
Assistant Dean for External Relations & Strategic Initiatives
University of Nebraska College of Law
Molly M. Brummond is a 2003 graduate of Nebraska Law. After several years in private practice, she worked for private industry providing her employer with in-house legal services in addition to business development, marketing, and communications direction. Brummond returned to the College of Law in 2010 and, since that time, has served the College in various roles dealing with alumni relations, student life, and communications. In her role as Assistant Dean for External Relations and Strategic Initiatives, she oversees Nebraska Law’s Admissions efforts, alumni relations, student organizations, and professional skills development opportunities for both students and alumni.
Brummond is most interested in thinking about and teaching leadership and how the theories, skills, and concepts associated apply in the context of lawyering. She is one of the principle developers of the College’s Build Your Character program - a program that works to identify leadership and professional skills development opportunities for students that occur both inside and outside of the classroom. The program has received much national attention, and Brummond has written and presented on the topic for the National Conference of Bar Examiners and NALP. As part of the program, Brummond co-teaches the Dean’s Leadership Class - a pop-up class during which students learn about leadership skills such as empathy, listening, cultural competency, and providing feedback, among others. In addition to this class, Brummond leads the New! Associate Acceleration Academy and the Now. Leadership Cohort - two groups that are a part of the College’s broader Women’s Leadership Initiative. Both groups focus on leadership opportunities that women lawyers routinely face and the skills needed to successfully navigate them.
Assistant Dean for Student Affairs
University of the Pacific McGeorge School of Law
Jennifer Carr graduated from UNR and studied law at UNLV Boyd School of Law, graduating in 2006. After law school, Carr worked briefly for Clark County Legal Services before becoming Assistant Director of the Academic Success Program at Boyd School of Law. Carr went on to become Director of the Academic Success Program and Assistant Professor-in-Residence at Boyd, and worked for the school for nearly 10 years. Following her time at Boyd, Carr went on to teach in San Diego. Carr then transitioned to her role as Assistant Dean of Student Affairs at McGeorge. Carr has published and presented in the areas of providing effective feedback, avoiding burnout, and religious liberty.
Executive Director of Student Affairs and Assistant Dean of Students
University of Connecticut School of Law
Jennifer Cerny oversees Student Affairs, which houses the departments of Student Services, Center for Career Development, Disability Services and Wellness. At the Law School, she develops a wide range of programs and initiatives, in addition to managing the daily and strategic operations for Student Affairs. The SA team provides daily support and advises the student body on topics including wellness, diversity & inclusion, professionalism and disability services, among others.
Cerny joined UConn Law in 2011, after several years at private firms, where she focused her practice on commercial transactions, ADA compliance and insurance defense litigation. Cerny has held leadership positions in a number of professional and service organizations and has presented at national conferences on topics including disability accommodations, diversity & inclusion and student services. Cerny earned her undergraduate degree from New York University and worked for a Wall Street-based financial company, prior to obtaining her JD from UConn School of Law.
Katherine Gamelin Crowley
Assistant Dean for Student Affairs and Dean of Students
The Catholic University of America Columbus School of Law
Katherine G. Crowley is responsible for supporting students in their personal, academic, and institutional social activities within the Columbus School of Law at Catholic University. These support efforts include student counseling, advising, and teaching as well as overseeing the Law School's Academic Excellence Program and its Diversity and Inclusion Advisory Council.
Previously, Crowley served as a law clerk for a Maryland Sixth Judicial Circuit Court judge and practiced family law with a highly regarded firm where she was recognized by Maryland Super Lawyers as a Rising Star every year she practiced law.
Assistant Dean of Career Development
Baylor Law School
Angela Cruseturner is the Assistant Dean of Career Development at Baylor Law School. She joined the Career Development Office in 2011 after serving for four years as the Director of Admissions and Student Recruitment. Prior to returning to her alma mater, Cruseturner practiced with Pakis, Giotes, Page & Burleson in Waco, Texas and served as a staff attorney for the Texas Tenth Court of Appeals. In her current position, she oversees the Career Development Office and is involved in all aspects of CDO services. Cruseturner spends most of her time counseling students on career opportunities and conducting a variety of career information and professional development programs for students. In 2013, Cruseturner, working closely with Baylor Law faculty, helped create and implement Baylor’s mandatory Professional Development program. She also administers Baylor Law School’s externship program. Cruseturner participates in numerous civic and professional organizations. She currently serves on the boards of the Judge Abner V. McCall American Inn of Court and the McLennan County Dispute Resolution Center.
Assistant Dean for Finance, Administration, and Enrollment
University of Connecticut School of Law
Karen DeMeola is the Assistant Dean for Finance, Administration, and Enrollment at the UConn School of Law. She received her undergraduate degree in psychology from UConn and her JD from UConn Law. After graduation from law school, DeMeola was a civil rights litigator whose practice focused primarily on employment discrimination, police brutality and housing discrimination. While at UConn Law, she has been an adjunct professor teaching Critical Identity Theory and has presented on numerous panels, symposia and conferences on diversifying law school populations, implicit bias, intersectionality, inclusive leadership, and diversity and inclusion. DeMeola has also created numerous pipeline projects, including the CBA Pathways to Legal Careers Pipeline. DeMeola is the immediate past president of the Connecticut Bar Association.
DeMeola was the recipient of the Lawyers Collaborative for Diversity Edwin Archer Randolph Diversity Award; the CWEALF Maria Miller Stewart Award; the Connecticut Commission on Human Rights and Opportunities Constance Baker Motley Award for Business and Law; and the University of Connecticut Spirit Award.
Director of Academic Success
Georgetown University Law Center
Maura DeMouy directs Georgetown Law's Academic Success programs, including providing personal and academic advising and study skills coaching, developing and presenting the 1L 101 workshop series, and directing the peer tutoring program; co-directs the RISE Initiative -- a program for first-year students from backgrounds historically underrepresented in the legal profession; advises the Law Center's Barristers’ Council; works with the Center for Wellness Promotion on wellness initiatives; and serves as the Deputy Title IX Coordinator. Prior to coming to Georgetown, DeMouy was the Dean of Students at The Catholic University of America's Columbus School of Law. Before CUA Law, at the University of Maryland School of Law, she taught Legal Research and Writing a for over eight years and a skills course preparing women for law practice. She also coordinated the LEAD Initiative, which helped students prepare for practice with curriculum and programs focused on leadership development, cultural competency and ethics. Prior to Maryland Law, she was an associate at Hogan & Hartson.
Jennifer T. DiSanza
Assistant Dean for Student Services
University of Louisville Brandeis School of Law
Jennifer DiSanza is currently the Assistant Dean for Student Services and Law Chief of Staff at the University of Louisville Brandeis School of Law. Prior to joining Brandeis, she served as the Assistant Dean for Student Administration at Capital University Law School in Columbus, OH and the Director of Student Affairs at the University of Maryland School of Law. DiSanza received her JD from the University of Maryland, a MS from Johns Hopkins University and BS from Miami University in Ohio. In 2013, DiSanza served as Chair of the AALS Section of Student Services. DiSanza currently serves as a board member for NALSAP and is the 2019 NALSAP Conference co-chair.
Before law school, DiSanza spent several years working in Human Resources and production management. In addition to her work in Student Services, she designs and implements a comprehensive development program for the staff at Brandeis. She also coaches and counsels supervisors on various aspects of management. Her research interests include law and leadership, organization development, and staff development. In Spring 2019, she taught Law and Leadership for the first time at Brandeis.
Macey Lynd Edmondson
Assistant Dean for Student Affairs
University of Mississippi School of Law
Dr. Macey Edmondson began her position as the Assistant Dean for Student Affairs in 2011. She oversees the Conflict Management Practicum and teaches Contemporary Issues in the University of Mississippi’s higher education program. During her first year as dean of students, she was chosen by the student body as the recipient of the Joan K. Murphy Outstanding Staff Member Memorial Award. She also served as co-director for the Council for Legal Education Opportunity (CLEO) for four years. In 2015, she was chosen as Chair of the Executive Board for the Student Services Committee in AALS. Also in 2015, she was chosen as one of Mississippi’s 50 Leading Businesswomen by the Mississippi Business Journal. Edmondson received her BSBA. in Banking and Finance from the University of Southern Mississippi in 1998. In 2001, she received her JD, and in 2013, her PhD from the University of Mississippi. Her dissertation topic was “Exploring the Relationship between Academic Dishonesty and Moral Development in Law Students.” In the Higher Education program, she received the Frank E. Moak Memorial Award and was a member of Phi Kappa Phi and the Student Personnel Association. Her practicum was in fundraising and development with an emphasis in stewardship.
Director of Diversity, Inclusion & Leadership Development
University of Oregon School of Law
Chris Esparza currently serves as the Director for Diversity, Inclusion, and Leadership Development at the University of Oregon School of Law. Esparza’s journey in higher education and student affairs started over 20 years ago, with roles spanning disability services, alcohol prevention, residential education, career advising, diversity education, counseling, and leadership development. Across these roles, he’s consistently drawn from training and experience in counseling psychology, group facilitation, inclusion and equity, and applied improvisation. And, at the core of his professional work, he’s most energized by conversations with students, peers, and colleagues that focus on ways we each can contribute to co-creating a better world together.
Dean of Students
University of Oregon School of Law
Jennifer Espinola currently serves as Dean of Students at the University of Oregon School of Law. She also serves on the NALSAP Board of Directors as the West Regional Representative and on the Conference Committee. Espinola’s career in higher education spans over 20 years including work with undergraduate, graduate, and professional students in conduct, crisis management, admissions, career planning, student government advising, Title IX, and leadership education. Enhancing the personal and professional success of others is her mission and student affairs has always provided a rich platform for advancing those goals.
Assistant Dean for Student Affairs & Title IX Coordinator
Thomas Jefferson School of Law
Lisa Ferreira is the Assistant Dean for Student Affairs and Title IX Coordinator at Thomas Jefferson School of Law. As Assistant Dean, she oversees the offices of ADA compliance and Title IX, serves as the Primary Designated Officer for international students, and provides academic and personal counseling. She has 30 plus years of experience in legal education within a standalone law school. Ferreira has presented at AHEAD, AALS, and Pre-Law Advisors Meetings on issues relating to accommodations for students with disabilities, graduate advising for the bar, as well as mental health in law school. She earned a BS in Human Services and a MSC in Marriage, Child, and Family Therapy.
Director of Academic and Student Affairs
University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law
Rebekah Grodsky wears a variety of hats at McGeorge School of Law including providing academic advising and personal support for law students, overseeing student organizations and the SBA, teaching a for-credit leadership course, authoring the Student Handbook, preparing the law school’s responses to the ABA Questionnaire, and working with the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs on curriculum planning and course scheduling. Grodsky has spearheaded many wellness initiatives at McGeorge including forming a Wellness Committee, coordinating bi-annual Wellness Weeks, and forming a meditation group for students, staff, and faculty. In her free time, Grodsky enjoys time spent in nature, personal growth work, sharpie markers, and the company of good friends. She is also a founding member and the President of NALSAP.
Stephanie R. Hanna
Founder + Owner
The Other 85
Stephanie R. Hanna has been coaching law students and attorneys for the past decade – helping them navigate the profession, build their reputation, and develop their careers. Having been a prosecutor, judicial staff attorney, solo practitioner, magistrate, and law firm associate, Hanna understands the dynamics at play in each environment. She has been successful in different settings and has been elected by her peers to serve the profession and the community at high levels. Hanna knows what it takes to develop and maintain key relationships, how to value people skills, and how to fit it all into an attorney’s busy practice and life.
Prior to forming The Other 85, Hanna managed the statewide outreach and diversity and inclusion efforts of the Ohio State Bar Association. She still regularly presents and consults on inclusion and inclusive environments in terms of retention, performance, and productivity.
Brian R. Hansen
Director of Records and Faculty Services
UCLA School of Law
Brian R. Hansen is the Director of Records and Faculty Services at UCLA School of Law. Hansen’s primary responsibility is to lead the Records Office and Faculty Support staff through their daily operations. Hansen and his two teams strive to implement policies and procedures that provide innovative and efficient services to the Law School community. Hansen represents his departments on several Law School committees, and the School of Law on multiple UCLA campus planning committees, often utilizing his knack for working with data and his love of Microsoft Excel. Prior to working at UCLA School of Law, Hansen spent four years working for William Mitchell College of Law in Saint Paul, Minnesota, where he was selected by his peers to win the 2013 “Behind the Scenes Award of Excellence.” Before starting his career in legal education, Hansen also spent seven years in leadership positions with Wells Fargo Bank and Target Corp. in Minnesota. Hansen earned his JD from William Mitchell College of Law, his MFA from Minnesota State University, Mankato, and both his BA in Political Science and his BFA in Creative and Professional Writing from Bemidji State University.
Director of Experiential Learning and Public Service Programs
University of Colorado Law School
Emily Horowitz is the the Director of Experiential Learning and Public Service Programs at the University of Colorado Law School. Horowitz previously worked at the University of Miami School of Law as the Assistant Director of Academic Affairs and Student Services & Special Advisor to the Law Reviews. A testament to her love for working with law students, Horowitz received the 2014 Guillermo Padron Staff Service award, an award recognizing University of Miami School of Law staff whose interactions with the students and community at large exemplify the ideal of service to others and the community. Horowitz graduated in 2012 with honors from the University of Miami School of Law where she served as the Editor-in-Chief of the University of Miami Law Review and was a member of Charles C. Papy, Jr. Moot Court Board. Horowitz’s interest in personal finance and student loan repayment options grew as she started her career and began navigating the loan repayment process herself. In her free time, Horowitz enjoys traveling (she’s been to all 50 states) and taking her dogs, Sonny and Taco, hiking.
Yolanda D. Ingram
Dean of Students
Penn State Dickinson Law
Yolanda Ingram has been Dean of Students for Penn State’s Dickinson Law in Carlisle, PA since September of 2014. Ingram is a Summa Cum Laude graduate of the University of Mississippi and received her law degree with Dean’s Honors from Washburn University School of Law, in Topeka, KS where she was a member of the Washburn Law Journal. Following graduation from law school, she practiced law with the Polsinelli Law Firm in Kansas City, MO; served as a Legal Writing Instructor at Temple University School of Law in Philadelphia, PA; and held a judicial clerkship with the Jackson County Circuit Court. For a decade, Ingram was Assistant Dean for Student Affairs, and Director of Diversity and Academic Support Programs, at the University of Memphis, Cecil C. Humphrey School of Law, where she also held the position of Adjunct Professor for Legal Writing. Prior to Dickinson Law, Ingram was Director of Admissions at Washburn University School of Law in Topeka, Kansas for two years. Currently, Ingram serves on numerous boards and committees, including the YWCA (Carlisle) Board of Directors and the AALS Student Services section committee.
Assistant Dean for Student Life
West Virginia University College of Law
Tina Jernigan is the Assistant Dean for Student Life at West Virginia University College of Law. She received her BA in Political Science and MA in Counseling (emphasis in Student Affairs) from Marshall University. Jernigan has served in her current role since 2016. She actively serves on the Diversity and Inclusion Committee, and coordinates the 1L mentorship program with the Leadership Council on Legal Diversity. In 2017, Jernigan became a Gallup-certified Strengths Coach, and continues to work with students to use their natural strengths to achieve the maximum results for fulfilling career and life. At WVU Law, she manages New Student Orientation, Graduation, Law Honors Ceremony, Wellness Programming, WVU Law’s Strengths Programming, Diversity and Inclusion Initiatives, Student Organization Operations, while also serving as an advocate for her students.
Prior to her role in Student Life, she served as the Director of Admissions at WVU Law from 2010-2016. Jernigan’s background also includes working in Housing and Residential Life at Middle Tennessee State University (2006-2008) and as Assistant Director of Admissions at the University of Tulsa College of Law (2008-2010). In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her husband, Brian, and 5-year-old daughter, Mackenzie, as well as their dog, Roxy.
Sarah Jean Kelly
Associate Dean for Administration and Graduate Studies
St. John's University School of Law
Sarah Jean Kelly is the Associate Dean for Administration and Graduate Studies at St. John’s University School of Law, where she oversees the graduate and international programs, eleven academic center and institutes, and the Law School’s administrative departments. She is responsible for the Law School’s compliance with regulators and rankers, including the American Bar Association, the Association of American Law Schools, the New York State Education Department and U.S. News and World Reports, and partners with the Dean and the Executive Director for Budget and Finance on budgetary matters. Kelly is a graduate of Wellesley College, received her MEd from the University of Virginia, and her JD from Georgetown Law. She serves on the Board of Directors for the Wellesley College Alumnae Association and Providence House. She lives with her wife, Amita, and their son in Westbury, NY.
Director of Student Life
Santa Clara University School of Law
Jill Klees is the Director of Student Life at Santa Clara University’s School of Law where she has been instrumental in advancing wellness programming and law student well-being in her school’s community. Klees has over 15 years of career coaching experience in both academic and corporate environments and was a fitness trainer for over 10 years igniting her passion for health, wellness, and living a balanced life. She capitalized on her coaching background, Jesuit education in counseling psychology, and fitness training to approach wellness from a “care of the whole person” perspective. In her current role, Klees provides personal support, guidance, and counseling on student life and overall success in law school. She oversees student organizations and the SBA, heads up the Law Student Welfare Committee and is Co-chair of the Wellness Task Force. She serves on the University’s Alcohol and Other Drug Task Force, is trained in the NaBITA Threat Assessment Tool, Mental Health First Aid, and is a QPR Instructor. She holds an MA in Counseling from Santa Clara University and a BS in Organizational Behavior from University of San Francisco. In her free time, Klees enjoys hot yoga, biking, traveling, and spending relaxing time on the beach.
Senior Assistant Dean for Student Affairs
UC Davis School of Law
Hollis L. Kulwin is the Senior Assistant Dean for Student Affairs at UC Davis School of Law. After earning her BA from Georgetown University, Kulwin completed a one-year intensive Japanese language program at the Stanford Inter-University Center for Japanese Studies in Tokyo, Japan, and then earned her JD from the State University of New York at Buffalo Law School. Kulwin joined UC Davis in 2002, after serving as associate dean/dean of students, instructor of law and in-house counsel at Southwestern Law School from 1991 until 2002. At UC Davis, Kulwin is oversees student services in the academic program, including Academic Success, externships, Registrar, and the on-site law school psychologist; chairs the student/faculty LRAP Oversight Committee and the faculty Academic Appeals Committee; assists students with issues that can affect academic performance; creates wellness programming; and assists the dean with special projects. Kulwin has also served on several ABA accreditation site visit teams and LSAC governance committees. Prior to entering academia, Kulwin practiced law for 10 years, specializing in business litigation.
Assistant Dean of Students
Gonzaga University School of Law
Camesha Little is the Assistant Dean of Students and Director of Academic Support and Bar Programming at Gonzaga University School of Law. She provides academic, bar exam, and student affairs services to students. Little supervises the academic support peer mentoring programs, presents skills workshops, and coaches students individually and in small groups. Little also coordinates and supervises the “Multi-State Practice Review” course, and develops other bar exam preparation materials and services. Additionally, Little provides student affairs support services such as supporting students in crisis and facilitating disability accommodations for affected students. Before joining Gonzaga University School of Law, Little served as the Assistant Director of Academic Support & Bar Services Program at Texas A&M School of Law. Little also received her JD from Texas A&M University School of Law and is licensed to practice law in Texas.
In her spare time, Little enjoys community engagement by serving as a co-Chair for the Spokane County Bar Association Diversity Section, and as a board member for Disability Rights Washington. She also enjoys playing board games, listening to podcasts, walking her fur baby “Precious,” and spending time with her husband Chad.
Assistant Dean of Students
The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law
Darren Nealy serves as the Assistant Dean of Students at The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law. His office oversees academic advising, academic counseling, orientation, mentoring programs, student organizations, exams, accommodation implementation, course registration, records, and more. Prior to joining Ohio State, Nealy served as the Director of Student Services at The University of Michigan Law School and the Director of Multicultural Affairs at Capital University Law School. Before working in higher education, he served as the Executive Director of the Tobacco Public Policy Center in Columbus, Ohio. His professional background also includes approximately seven combined years as a litigation attorney at the firms of Zeiger, Tigges & Little and Carpenter & Lipps.
Assistant Dean for Student Life & Leadership
The John Marshall Law School
Jennifer Pope, Ph.D., has been the Assistant Dean for Student Life & Leadership at The John Marshall Law School in Chicago since Fall 2017, having previously worked in student affairs and international affairs leadership positions at undergraduate, graduate, and professional schools. At John Marshall, Pope’s primary responsibility is to support students outside of the classroom by connecting them to resources, creating professional development opportunities, advancing student-centered policies, and promoting a safe, welcoming, and inclusive campus community. She is passionate about student wellness and providing opportunities for students to think critically and passionately about their values, vocation, and experiences.
Associate Dean for Student Affairs & Professor of Law
Albany Law School
Rosemary Queenan is the Associate Dean for Student Affairs and a Professor at Albany Law School. Queenan joined Albany Law in 2007, following 13 years of practice in government and the private sector in New York City. She teaches Civil Procedure, New York Practice, Introduction to Lawyering, Appellate Practice and Lawyers for Leaders. In her role as Dean of Students, she counsels and advises students and serves as an advisor to various student organizations and the moot court board. She also oversees the orientation program and commencement and the law school's wellness initiatives and she works closely with the Assistant Dean for Diversity and Inclusion and the Assistant Dean for the Career and Professional Development Center. She is also the past Chair of the AALS Section on Student Services. Queenan received a BA from University of Maryland, College Park and her JD from New York Law School.
Assistant Dean for Diversity and Inclusion
Albany Law School
Troy A. Riddle is Assistant Dean for Diversity and Inclusion and Title IX Coordinator for Albany Law School. With more than ten years of experience in the diversity and inclusion space, he has also served as Assistant Dean for Diversity, Equity & Inclusion and Chief Diversity Officer at The John Marshall Law School in Chicago, IL, and Assistant Dean and Multicultural Affairs Officer at Widener University Delaware Law School in Wilmington, DE. Before the transition to legal education he served as Assistant Director for Diversity Initiatives with the Law School Admission Council (LSAC) where he was responsible for DiscoverLaw.org content, programming and national Campus Coordinator activities. He was also instrumental in creating LSAC’s Diversity Matters Award, which encourages and recognizes the diversity efforts of LSAC’s ABA-approved member law schools. Over the years he has served as both speaker and panelist for myriad conferences and workshops, and recently earned diversity certification from The ILR School at Cornell University. In 2018 Riddle received the Illinois State Bar Association’s Diversity Leadership Award and was chosen to serve on the AALS Student Services Executive Committee. He is a licensed attorney in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, and holds undergraduate and graduate degrees in Business Administration, and a Juris Doctor from Widener University Delaware Law School.
Staci Patterson Rucker
Assistant Dean for Academic Affairs, Student Affairs and Diversity
University of Cincinnati College of Law
Staci Patterson Rucker is the Assistant Dean for Academic Affairs, Student Affairs and Diversity at the University of Cincinnati College of Law. As a member of the dean’s senior administrative team, Rucker provides hands-on management of student issues, including academic advising, disability services, leaves of absence, and faculty/student relations. She counsels students on a range of issues including academic and personal concerns, professional development and incidents of bias and harassment.
Rucker draws on her extensive experience in student affairs and academic support to build meaningful partnerships with faculty and administrators to support diverse and academically at-risk law students. Prior to joining Cincinnati Law in 2016, Rucker was the assistant dean for student affairs (2010-2016) and the director of academic support (2007-2010) at the University of Dayton School of Law. She was the visionary behind the development of Dayton Law’s learning communities, dean’s fellows and academic advising programs. Rucker is a summa cum laude graduate of Howard University and a graduate of Harvard Law School. She is the immediate past chair of the AALS Section on Academic Support and an active member of several student affairs and academic support professional organizations.
Nicole M. Sandoz
Director of Student Life
Georgetown University Law Center
Nicole Sandoz is the Director of Student Life and Sexual Assault and Relationship Violence Liaison (SARVL) at Georgetown University Law Center. Sandoz oversees the Office of Student Life and its many co-curricular programs, including Orientation, our 120+ student organizations, the Peer Advisor program, and room scheduling. Sandoz is the primary administrative liaison to the Student Bar Association and co-directs the Lawyers in Balance program. She also serves as co-Director of the RISE program, serving students from backgrounds traditionally underrepresented in the legal profession by providing mentoring, resources, and support that will enable them to thrive when they enter the legal profession. As SARVL, Sandoz provides support and confidential options counseling to student survivors of sexual assault and other forms of relationship violence.
Sandoz is a graduate of Amherst College and Cornell Law School. At Cornell she was President of the Black Law Students Association. After law school Sandoz practiced for five years as a labor and employment attorney in Los Angeles at Paul Hastings Janofsky & Walker and Davis Wright Tremaine. Prior to working at GULC, Sandoz served as Director of Career Services at Cornell Law School.
Student Success and Wellness Counsellor
Osgoode Hall Law School
Ellen Schlesinger is a former lawyer turned Registered Psychotherapist who provides on site mental health counselling to JD students at Osgoode Hall Law School in Toronto. Schlesinger has cared for clients living with severe psychiatric and addiction issues in her past work in community mental health, and maintains a private consulting practice servicing the broader legal profession. She earned a Master of Arts in Counselling Psychology from Adler University in Vancouver, B.C., as well as a JD from the University of British Columbia. Most recently, she co-founded the online Facebook community of WELL: Women Evolving and Leading in Law, dedicated to fostering conversation about the intersections of career and wellbeing. Schlesinger is an experienced adjunct instructor of graduate level psychology courses and her research on the career transitions of female lawyers has been published in the Canadian Journal of Career Development. Diversity, equity, and inclusion are guiding values in her work.
Associate Dean for Academic and Student Affairs
UCLA School of Law
Emily Scivoletto is the Associate Dean for Academic and Student Affairs at UCLA School of Law. She coordinates designated academic programs and curriculum development, provides students with support to meet their academic, professional and personal goals and teaches in the areas of ethics, leadership and the legal profession. She regularly presents workshops and meets with students to provide academic advising, personal counseling, and guidance on student life & activities, diversity and inclusion issues, state bar licensure and overall success in law school. She previously taught and served as Director of Academic Success at UC Davis and McGeorge Law Schools, and served as Dean of Students at USD Law School. Prior to entering academia she practiced law in Sacramento for six years, where she handled insurance defense and civil rights litigation cases. She holds a JD degree from Pacific McGeorge School of Law, an MA degree in Higher Education from California State University Sacramento and a BA degree from UC Irvine. Scivoletto is a founding member and the Treasurer of the National Association of Law Student Affairs Professionals.
Assistant Director for Student Life and Interim Co-Director of Career Development
University of North Dakota School of Law
Pam Shea is the Assistant Director of Student Life and Interim Co-Director of Career Development at University of North Dakota School of Law. Shea joined UND School of Law in 2011. In her roles, she works primarily with programming, student organizations, career development, admissions/recruitment, exams, and data reporting (ABA, NALP, U.S. News, etc.). Prior to joining the School of Law, she worked with the College of Nursing and Professional Development at UND as the Graduate Program Specialist, assisting with admissions, retention and student records. Shea received her Master of Science degree in Educational Leadership – Higher Education from University of North Dakota and her Bachelor of Science degree in Childhood Studies Education from Plymouth State University. Shea is currently serving as an At-Large Representative for NALSAP.
Susie Spies Roth
Associate Dean and Dean of Students
Northwestern Pritzker School of Law
Susie Spies Roth is the Associate Dean and Dean of Students and a Clinical Assistant Professor of Law at Northwestern Pritzker School of Law. Spies Roth joined the Law School in September of 2009 as the Director of Academic and Professional Excellence (APEx), and then became the Assistant Dean of Student Services in the fall of 2013. Spies Roth is passionate about providing meaningful, individualized support to students and fostering a culture of inclusion, maturity, professionalism, camaraderie, and happiness at Northwestern Law. Spies Roth earned her BA from Northwestern University and her JD magna cum laude from Northwestern Pritzker School of Law. She is a member of the Order of the Coif and, while in law school, served as Membership Editor of the Nothwestern University Law Review. Before returning to Northwestern Law, Spies Roth clerked for the Honorable Kenneth F. Ripple on the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals and worked in Sidley Austin LLP’s General Litigation group.
Dean of Students and Lecturer
University of Miami School of Law
Janet Stearns, Dean of Students and Lecturer in Law, joined the University of Miami Law School in October, 1999 as director of International and Foreign Graduate Programs. In 2007 she was appointed Dean of Students. Since 2011, she also teaches Professional Responsibility each fall and spring semester. She serves at the Law School’s Title IX Liaison, a member of the President’s Coalition the (UM) President’s Coalition on Sexual Violence Prevention and Education, a member of the (UM) President’s Commission on Alcohol and Other Drugs, and a member of the UM Wellness Center Advisory Board. She is Chair of the AALS Student Services Section and a member of the ABA Commission of Lawyer Assistance Programs where she focuses on the coordination of resources between law schools and the LAPs. Stearns has been passionate about wellness initiatives at the Law School, including the Fall Wellness Week, the annual Mental Health Day, and a weekly Dean of Students Constitutional (walk) around the campus. She drafted the Preface to Scott Roger’s book Mindfulness for Law Students (Mindful Living Press, 2009) and co-authored with David Jaffe, Two Deans Answer the Wellness Questions They Hear Most (ABA Student Lawyer, Volume 46, Issue 4).
Michele N. Struffolino
Associate Dean of Students and Professor of Law
Nova Southeastern University College of Law
Michele N. Struffolino is a Professor of Law and the Associate Dean of Students at Nova Southeastern University Shepard Broad College of Law. She teaches Property, Professional Responsibility, and she has taught Legal Research and Writing. She also teaches Legal Reasoning Methods and Reasoning, Professional Communications, and the Independent Research Seminar for the On-Line Master of Science in Law Program. Prior to joining the faculty at NSU Law, Struffolino taught Legal Research and Writing II at New England School of Law. Struffolino also lectured in the areas of Criminal Law, Criminal Procedure and Constitutional Law for a Bar Exam Preparation Program offered at New England School of Law, Suffolk University Law School and Northeastern University School of Law. Struffolino assisted students prepare for the multistate and essay portions of the bar exam as well as the Multistate Performance Test. Struffolino has twenty years litigation and practice experience as a member of the Massachusetts Bar and the New Hampshire State and Federal Bars. Prior to joining the NSU Law faculty, she managed her own private practice.
Campus Mental Health Counselor
University of Connecticut School of Law
Yvonne A. Tafuto is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) in the state of Connecticut. Following a twenty year full-time social work career, Tafuto retired in 2014 to launch a part time private practice. Tafuto has been the contracted Mental Health Counselor at UCONN School of Law since January of 2017 and maintains a small private practice. Areas of specialization include crisis intervention, trauma, depression and anxiety. Tafuto has a degree in Drug and Alcohol Rehabilitation Counseling. Tafuto has advanced training in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Somatic Experiencing and Accelerated Resolution Therapy. Tafuto completed a Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) training in the fall of 2018 and is currently studying Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy. The mother of two sons and grandmother to four grandchildren, Tafuto resides in West Hartford, CT with her husband of forty-three years.
Director of Career & Student Counseling Services
University of Kansas School of Law
Leah Terranova is the Director of Career & Student Counseling Services at the University of Kansas School of Law. As such, she advises law students and alumni on career planning and job search strategies and coordinates programming on all aspects of student wellness and career development. She has completed training through the Co-Active Coach Training Institute and serves as the first point of contact for law students needing additional support and counseling services. She received her BA in English Literature and Dance from Trinity College and a Juris Doctor from Hofstra Law School. After receiving her JD, she worked in New York City as an insurance defense litigation associate with Heidell, Pittoni Murphy & Bach, practiced as a public defender with New York County Defender Services and then later worked as a solo practitioner in New York City. Her varied professional background allows her a unique insight upon which to draw in advising students with diverse interests. Terranova currently serves on the AALS Executive Board for the Section on Balance in Legal Education, the Kansas Task Force on Lawyer Well-Being, and was the NALP Small and Solo CSO Section Chair from 2015-2017. She has been selected to present at numerous NALP conferences and is delighted to be a part of the NALSAP community. When she is not advising law students or spending time with her family, she is in her studio making jewelry and textiles.
Lyssa L. Thaden
Managing Director, Center for Education and Financial Capability
Lyssa L. Thaden is the Managing Director of the Center for Education and Financial Capability at AccessLex Institute. She has conducted research on financial literacy issues, created financial education content and curriculum, and consulted with a wide variety of institutions on the best ways to engage their students, faculty and staff on integrating financial education on their campuses.
Thaden has a BS in mathematics education and computer science (Rocky Mountain College), her MA in organizational leadership (Gonzaga University), and her Ph.D. in sociology (Washington State University). She is also an Accredited Financial Counselor® and an adjunct faculty member for Eastern Washington University.
Debra Moss Vollweiler
Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Professor of Law
Nova Southeastern University, Shepard Broad College of Law
Debra Moss Vollweiler is the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and a tenured Professor of Law at Nova Southeastern University, Shepard Broad College of Law, in Ft. Lauderdale, FL. She is a graduate of Boston College Law School and Tufts University, and began her work in legal education in 1995 by establishing the Public Interest Law Center at the NSU College of Law.
Her teaching focus is on Contracts, UCC: Secured Transactions and UCC: Sales. She has published more than thirty works on professionalism, teaching, learning, and attorney discipline and is the co-author of a book on reforming legal education. Her latest work, entitled “Don’t Panic! The Hitchhiker’s Guide to Learning Outcomes: Eight Ways to Make Them More Than (Mostly) Harmless,” is forthcoming in the University of Dayton Law Review.
In 2016, she was named a fellow for the National Institute for Teaching Ethics and Professionalism. In 2017, she received NSU’s Distinguished Professor of the Year award for the College of Law and the Florida Bar’s statewide Law Faculty Professionalism award.
Associate Director, Admissions & Student Affairs
Seattle University School of Law
Colin Watrin is the Associate Director for Admissions and Student Affairs at the Seattle University School of Law. In this role he coordinates efforts related to, orientation, retention, wellness, and diversity programming. Watrin serves as the primary advisor for the Student Bar Association, and leads personal and professional training opportunities for student leaders. Watrin is also part of the SU Law admissions team, reviewing files, counseling prospective students, and traveling to recruitment events. Watrin previously worked with Parent and Family Programs in the Vice President for Student Affairs Office at Colorado State University, and as a Senior Admissions Counselor at Western Washington University. He holds a MS in Student Affairs in Higher Education, and a BA in Sociology & Communication. Watrin is currently continuing his education as a student in the Educational Leadership Doctoral Program at Seattle University.
Director of Academic Advising and Student Affairs
University of Texas School of Law
Brandi Welch is the Director of Academic Advising and Student Affairs at the University of Texas School of Law in Austin. Prior to joining the law school in 2008, Welch worked as a corporate associate at Vinson & Elkins in New York and at Wilson, Sonsini, Goodrich & Rosati in Austin. At the law school, Welch’s portfolio includes school wide academic advising programs, academic support (including bar exam preparation), disability accommodations, personal and academic counseling, and management of the Dean’s Fellows, a group of upper-class students who mentor the first-year class. Welch received her undergraduate degree from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor and her law degree from the University of Texas. A lifelong learner, Welch also holds a 2018 MEd from The University of Texas Educational Leadership and Policy Department at the School of Education.
Director, Office of Academic Excellence
American University Washington College of Law
Joni Wiredu currently serves as Director of the Office of Academic Excellence and Adjunct Faculty at American University Washington College of Law (AUWCL) in Washington, D.C. As Director of Academic Excellence, at the sixth largest law school in the country, Wiredu leads an office supporting the academic achievement and bar exam preparation for over 1200 law students, sitting for bar exams in more than 20 jurisdictions. At AUWCL, Wiredu is responsible for spearheading strategic and innovative programing related to academic advising, academic planning, and increasing students’ bar exam preparedness. She regularly counsels students on best academic practices in law school and provides targeted planning assistance to improve students’ educational outcomes. In July 2018, less than two years after its inception, Wiredu’s office earned AUWCL’s ‘Outstanding Teamwork and Creativity Award’ for the office that contributed to AUWCL in the most creative and exceptionally effective manner. Wiredu is a widely respected lecturer on essay writing and bar exam study skills. She teaches Advanced Legal Analysis, a 3L course designed to increase bar exam readiness. Additionally, she serves on AUWCL’s Committee on Academic Excellence, which is responsible for implementing and supervising academic training and coursework at AUWCL. Prior to her appointment at AUWCL, Wiredu served as senior director at a major bar review company, where she amassed 14 years of experience - training hundreds of students on best practices for studying for the bar exam and crafting appropriate strategies for bar examination success. She earned a BA from Dartmouth College and a JD from William & Mary Law School. She resides in Maryland with her husband and teenage daughter.