NAPLA - The Northeast Association of Pre-Law Advisors

Conference Plenaries

New Directions in Legal Education
Wednesday, June 19, Boston University, Trustees Ballroom
12:15-1:30 pm


    • Dean James Hackney, Dean of Northeastern University School of Law and an expert in corporate law, intellectual history and race and racism in the law
    • Dean Angela Onwuachi-Willing, Dean of Boston University School of Law and an expert in gender inequality as well as civil rights law 
    • Dean Vincent Rougeau, Dean of Boston College Law School and an expert in legal education reform

      Harvard Law School Talk
      Thursday, June 20, Harvard Law School
      11:30 am – 12:30 pm

      • Phil Torrey, Managing Attorney of the Harvard Immigration and Refugee Clinical Program and Lecturer on Law

      Supporting Well-Being: Helping Prospective Law Students Find Healthy and Helpful Ways to Manage Mental Health Issues and/or Substance Use
      Thursday, June 20, Northeastern University, East Village 17th Floor
      2:45-4:00 pm

      How do pre-law advisors and law schools recognize and help their students meet the challenges presented by mental health and alcohol/drug issues? This plenary is moderated by Professor Jerry Organ of University of St. Thomas School of Law, and co-author of Suffering in Silence: The Survey of Law Student Well-Being and the Reluctance of Law Students to Seek Help for Substance Use and Mental Health Concerns. It will present results of the law student survey; address fears, founded and unfounded, that keep students from seeking help; discuss how to advise students on the issue of disclosure of mental health issues as it relates to law school and bar admission, and examine how this relates to character and fitness questions. In addition, it will offer insight into best practices in pre-law advising as it relates to mental health concerns. 

      • Karen DeMeola, Assistant Dean for Finance, Administration and Enrollment at UConn Law School and Immediate Past-President of the Connecticut Bar Association
      • Geraldine Muir, Associate Dean of Student Affairs, Boston University School of Law, Member, Massachusetts Supreme Court Steering Committee on Lawyer Well-Being
      • Martha Kirby, Senior Academic Advisor at The University of Iowa and President-Elect, Midwest Association of Pre-Law Advisors
      • Jerome Organ, Professor of Law and Co-Director of the Holloran Center for Ethical Leadership in the Professions, University of St. Thomas School of Law

      LSAC Update and Using LSAC Data in Pre-law Advising
      Friday, June 21, Northeastern University School of Law
      10:30 am-12:15 pm

      LSAC will provide crucial up-to-the minute information that every pre-law advisor needs to know. Hear the latest about the upcoming digital administration of the LSAT and new test prep materials. A new offering, important to both new and veteran advisors, will focus on using LSAC data in pre-law advising. If you have been wondering about the reports in the Prelaw Advisor Information Center and the Data & Research areas of the LSAC website, this session will guide you through using those resources. We will discuss the information they provide and how pre-law advisors from institutions both large and small actually use this information in their work.

      • Vivian Bowden, Senior Vice President for Schools and Institutions, LSAC
      • Lily Knezevich, Senior Vice President for Learning and Assessment, LSAC
      • Isabelle Ramos, Ambassador, LSAC
      • Sue Trimble, Coordinator, Prelaw Advisor Services, LSAC

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