June 14, 2017
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:
The 2017 NALSAP Conference Committee included:
The 2nd Annual NALSAP Conference will take place at Indiana University, McKinney School of Law, June 28-30, 2018.