January 01, 2017

Section Spotlight: A New Year - Looking Ahead

Erin Ruehrwein
Section Director

With the start of a new year, I’d like to take a moment to mention two important projects the Section is currently working on: the 2017 Associate Deans Conference and a new Best Practices Clearinghouse webpage on the Section website.

 2017 Associate Deans Conference - Mark Your Calendars

The Section will once again present its Associate Deans Conference in 2017. The conference is scheduled for July 11-13 at the InterContinental hotel in Chicago. Programming will begin on the afternoon of Tuesday, July 11 and will conclude mid-morning on Thursday, July 13.

The Associate Deans Conference Committee, led by co-chairs Viva Moffat and Sondra Tennessee, is working to finalize the conference schedule and topics. The conference will focus on the fundamental responsibilities of an associate dean with topics including leadership, administration, management, team building, and budgeting, to name a few. The conference will also feature the always popular Day in the Life sessions and various opportunities to network with fellow associate deans.

Please save the date and watch for more information regarding the conference in your email and on our website. We hope you will plan to join us in July – nothing beats summer in the Windy City!

Best Practices Clearinghouse – Call for Submissions

The Section’s Publications Committee, chaired by Anthony Niedwiecki, is  developing a Best Practices Clearinghouse resource webpage for the website. The webpage is designed to allow law schools the opportunity to share programs and practices that they are employing to meet the ABA Standards for Approval of Law Schools. For example, a school may share how they are measuring learning outcomes.

If you would like to submit an example to be posted on the webpage, please send your submission to Mary McNulty at Mary.McNulty@americanbar.org.

Please note that examples of best practices should not include language about ABA Site Team Reports or Accreditation Committee/Council decision letters in regards to a law school’s particular program.  Each law school is reviewed separately. There is no guarantee that a program is universally compliant with the ABA Standards and Rules of Procedure for Approval of Law Schools.

The Section looks forward to continuing to provide you with new programming and valuable resources in 2017!