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From the Section Director: Section Spotlight – Committee Update and Upcoming Programs

Erin Winters
Section Director

I want to use this column to highlight the great work of two of the Section’s committees – Resources on Outcomes and Assessments and Adjunct Faculty, as well as provide details on the Section’s upcoming 2024 workshops and conferences.

The Section’s committees create valuable opportunities, not only for members to serve in leadership roles, but to provide expertise and guidance to law schools. Through their various initiatives such as publications, surveys, programming, and idea sharing, to name a few, they serve our members well.

The mission of the Section’s Resources on Outcomes and Assessments Committee is to supplement the Standards by providing guidance, best practices, and real life examples on assessments and learning outcomes. The committee has used its collective expertise and experience to gather resources to be used for a sourcebook and ultimately a web resources portal. The Committee meets every other week, provides input when needed such as comments on the recent proposed changes to the Standards, and surveyed law schools, as well as hosted several discussion sessions this past year to learn more about how they can best serve and guide those who oversee outcomes and assessments efforts within their law schools.

The Section’s Adjunct Faculty Committee exists to provides a forum for law schools to discuss ways to better recruit, train, mentor, and supervise adjunct faculty, and to provide a focus within the Section for discussion of issues that are of particular interest to adjunct faculty.

The Committee’s primary project this past year was to conduct a survey of best practices on the use of adjunct faculty at law schools. A similar survey was last conducted in 2010. The 2023 survey had over 85 law school respondents and the Committee is now working to summarize the data and provide a comparison to the 2010 survey data, as well as highlight new trends. The report will be published in the new year.

2024 Events - Save the Date!

The Section is planning to host several events in 2024, please see below for those events with confirmed dates.

  • Law School Development Conference| June 2024 | Chicago, IL
  • New Deans’ Workshop | July 16 - 18 |Seattle, WA
  • Deans’ Workshop | July 19-20 | Seattle, WA
  • ABA Annual Meeting | July 31 – August 6 | Chicago, IL

Please visit the Section’s Events page for more information.

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