July 01, 2017

Section Programming Update

Erin Ruehrwein
Section Director

The ABA Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar continues to develop and deliver valuable and relevant programming to its members and the legal education community thanks to the work of its committees and volunteers.  The Section presented a webinar on the Uniform Bar Exam in May, held a conference for Associate Deans July 11-13, and is presenting a program on student debt during the 2017 Annual Meeting in New York.

The Uniform Bar Exam: Where Are We Now and Where Are We Headed?

On May 16, the Section presented a complimentary webinar entitled “The Uniform Bar Exam: Where Are We Now and Where Are We Headed?” The webinar was moderated by The Honorable Rebecca White Berch, retired chief justice of the Arizona Supreme Court, and included speakers Kellie R. Early, chief operating officer of the National Conference of Bar Examiners, and Bryan R. Williams, Esq., a partner at Pettus & Williams, PLLC. The webinar provided an overview of the UBE and discussed how it affects the bar admissions process. The materials and webinar recording are now available online for your convenience and reference.

The Section hosted the 2017 Associate Deans Conference, July 11-13, in Chicago. The conference was co-chaired by Viva Moffat, associate dean of academic affairs and professor at the University of Denver Sturm College of Law, and Sondra Tennessee, associate dean for student affairs at the University of Houston Law Center. The conference focused on the theme of “A Day in the Life of an Associate Dean,” and had more than 80 attendees from law schools across the U.S.

Dean Jennifer L. Rosato Perea of DePaul University College of Law addressed conference attendees with an energizing keynote address that focused on leadership and collaboration.

Conference sessions addressed topics such as scheduling, work-life balance, dealing with students in distress, legal issues, and budgeting, among others and featured vibrant discussions during the popular Day in the Life breakout sessions.

Road to Zero: A Strategic Approach to Student Loan Repayment

In collaboration with the ABA Law Student Division, the Section is presenting a complimentary student debt program on Thursday, August 10, during the ABA Annual Meeting in New York. Entitled “Road To Zero: A Strategic Approach to Student Loan Repayment,” the program will guide attendees through their own road to zero strategy by helping them determine the payment plan that will best align with current needs, future aspirations, and financial goals.

The Section is also hosting the Kutak Award Reception to honor 2017 recipient Edward N. Tucker and will hold its business meeting on Saturday, August 12.

More information on the Section’s events during the Annual Meeting is available here.