AccessLex is pleased to serve as Premium Sponsor for the 6th Annual Association of Academic Support Educators (AASE) National Conference at Saint Louis University School of Law on May 22-24, 2018.
The AASE conference will kick off with a plenary session titled, “How We, as Teachers, Respond to Racial Injustice by Engaging, Supporting, and Involving Our Students.” The conference will continue with more than 40 presentations on a wide range of topics, including student counseling, law school community building, bar preparation, and how to engage and educate diverse groups of students.
AccessLex will host a session on May 22 at 5:20pm in Room 1122, where Sara Berman, Director of Academic and Bar Success Programs, will share important information about AccessLex grants, sponsorships, research, conferences, and more.
Those unfamiliar with AccessLex may enjoy reading Dean Amy Jarmon’s recent piece, “What is AccessLex Institute” on the Law School Academic Support Blog (“ASP Blog”). Many know AccessLex by its previous name, Access Group, a nonprofit law student lender. In 2010, Access Group ceased originating new loans, and in the years that followed, reoriented itself as an organization premised on continuing its mission of legal education access and affordability, but in new and exciting ways. In 2017, Access Group formally became AccessLex, and its new focus on academic and bar success, diversity programs, policy advocacy, and innovative, outcomes-driven research was born.
Sponsorship of the AASE Conference is part of larger AccessLex efforts to help foster student success by supporting the academic support professionals (ASP) community. So far in 2018, AccessLex has hosted ASP networking lunches and served as sponsor of the New York Regional ASP Conference at Brooklyn Law School.
In late April, AccessLex hosted its inaugural Bar Exam Research Forum in Washington, DC. The event convened a wide range of legal education stakeholders, including ASPers, law deans, and bar exam regulators, to brainstorm about bar exam research themes and questions. One participant stated:
I think the combination of spotlighting the issues and inviting so many academic support professionals to join the Forum was historic. This is the first time I can remember that ASP folks participated in this type of high level discussions about the bar exam.”
The Forum was profiled on the Law School Academic Support Blog.
AccessLex will host a number of events throughout 2018, including a regional ASP gathering in Chicago in September and our annual Legal Education Research Symposium in November. If you would like more information about AccessLex and our efforts to foster law student success, please visit our website at https://www.accesslex.org/accesslex-center-legal-education-excellence. For more information about our efforts to support the ASP community, please contact Ana Cordova at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We look forward to seeing many of you in St. Louis!