McGeorge School of Law

McGeorge Student Affairs Director Co-Chairs Inaugural Conference

June 14, 2017

NALSAP Executive Officers

NALSAP Executive Officers: Macey Lynd Edmondson, Secretary (University of Mississippi School of Law), Rebekah Grodsky, President-Elect (University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law), Johnny D. Pryor, President (Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law) and Emily Scivoletto, Treasurer (UCLA School of Law).

The McGeorge School of Law's Director of Academic & Student Affairs, Rebekah Grodsky, served as Conference Co-Chair of the inaugural National Association of Law Student Affairs Professionals (NALSAP) Conference, held at UCLA School of Law from June 1-3, 2017. Emily Scivoletto, Dean of Students at UCLA School of Law, also served as Conference Co-Chair. Scivoletto graduated in 1998 and Grodsky graduated in 2010 as McGeorge alumnae.

NALSAP was formed in 2016 and serves as the professional home for those who support law students by providing leadership, professional development, and student affairs resources. There were 94 ABA-accredited law schools represented at the conference from 34 states plus Washington DC. Three participants from schools in Canada (Calgary, Ontario, and Vancouver) also attended.

"With 162 people in attendance, we believe this was the largest gathering of law school student affairs professionals in history," said Grodsky. "It was an amazing experience to start something from scratch, and many people expressed gratitude for what we created."

The conference featured 31 speakers who presented four plenary sessions and 15 concurrent sessions, over the course of two and a half days. The sessions covered a broad range of topics, including supporting marginalized students, infusing professional development into student services, student development theory, Generation Z, accommodations under the ADA, mindfulness and emotional intelligence, humanizing the classroom climate, higher education law, and developing a "counseling toolbox." There was also an optional suicide prevention workshop led by UCLA's Counseling and Psychological Services staff on Saturday afternoon, which was attended by 40 conference participants.

Conference participants gave positive feedback about the conference:

  • "I have been attending conferences for higher education and student affairs for almost 20 years and this was honestly one of the best I ever attended. That's because it was focused on substance, relevant and timely issues, and best practices. I felt like each session I attended at NALSAP offered clarity on the issues and concrete strategies for moving forward. It was thought-provoking and helpful and it left me energized."
  • "Thank you for organizing such an amazing and inspiring conference this past weekend. All of the presentations were informative and helpful, and as always - wonderful to spend the day with such amazing people!"
  • "I just wanted to thank the chairs for hosting such a wonderful conference! Attending the panels with colleagues reemphasized the importance of this network, how similarly situated we all are and the wealth of opportunities available for brainstorming, sharing and sometimes commiserating!"
  • "Finally, a group of people who speak my language. Learning so much @NALSAP."

The 2017 NALSAP Conference Committee included:

  • Johnny Pryor, NALSAP President | Indiana University, Robert H. McKinney School of Law
  • Rebekah Grodsky, NALSAP President-Elect | University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law
  • Macey Lynd Edmondson, NALSAP Secretary | University of Mississippi School of Law
  • Emily Scivoletto, NALSAP Treasurer | UCLA School of Law
  • Meredith D'Angelo | University of San Diego School of Law
  • Lisa Ferreira | Thomas Jefferson School of Law
  • Catherine Matthews | Indiana University, Maurer School of Law
  • Irene Meloney | University of San Diego School of Law
  • Darren Nealy | University of Michigan Law School

The 2nd Annual NALSAP Conference will take place at Indiana University, McKinney School of Law, June 28-30, 2018.