January 01, 2018

Section Spotlight

Erin Ruehrwein
Section Director

I hope everyone’s year is off to a great start! Please read below for the latest update on Section projects and programming.

2018 Law School Development Conference - Mark Your Calendars

The 2018 Law School Development Conference is set to take place at the Loews Chicago Hotel, Tuesday, May 29 – Friday, June 1.  The conference, last held in San Diego in 2016, traditionally brings together law school deans and development professionals to discuss, learn and collaborate on issues surrounding the changing philanthropic landscape, new development approaches, and best practices.

Please watch for registration information to be posted on the section website. We hope you will join us this summer in the Windy City!

Complimentary Webinar on Law School Diversity Initiatives

In November, the Section presented a complimentary webinar entitled, “Best and Worst Practices in Law School Diversity Initiatives.” The webinar, moderated by Daiquiri Steele who serves as the Director of Diversity & Inclusion and Assistant Professor of Law in Residence at The University of Alabama School of Law, examined some of the best practices law schools are using to increase diversity and inclusion. Speakers included Susan Kuo, Associate Dean of Diversity & Inclusion, University of South Carolina; Troy Riddle, Assistant Dean for Diversity, Equity & Inclusion and Chief Diversity Officer, The John Marshall Law School; and Catherine Smith, Associate Dean of Institutional Diversity and Inclusiveness, University of Denver Sturm College of Law.

To view the webinar and related materials, visit the section’s program materials page.

Legal Career Central Webinar Series

The Section is collaborating with ABA Legal Career Central on its Career Choice webinar series, a free webinar series for ABA members that highlights various practice areas. Panelists will discuss an overview of their job, career path, day in the life, and necessary skills. Please watch for information regarding upcoming Career Choice webinars focused on legal education. If you are interested in presenting, please contact Erin Ruehrwein at Erin.Ruehrwein@americanbar.org. We are seeking presenters to cover the following positions: tenured professor, adjunct professor, dean, law librarian, associate dean, trial professor, and higher education faculty member in a law-related department.

Best Practices Idea Bank – Call for Submissions

The Section’s Publications Committee is working to develop an idea bank resource webpage 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 Erin Ruehrwein at Erin.Ruehrwein@americanbar.org.  

*Please note that examples of best practices should not include language about ABA Site Team Reports or Accreditation Committee/Council decision letters regarding 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.

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