Incorporating Well-Being into Any Class

Date: Monday, July 26, 2021, 4:00 – 5:00 PM EST

Webinar Description:

The AALS Section on Balance in Legal Education General Programming Committee is excited to present a six-part “Speed-Idea Sharing Series” on Promoting Well-Being in Law School.  Each session will feature a collection of brief presentations highlighting different approaches to promoting law student well-being, followed by Q&A and conversation. Section 5 will focus specifically on “bite-sized” wellness practices that faculty can implement in virtually any classroom or practice setting


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Janice Craft, J.D., Director of Professional Identity Formation & Assistant Professor of Legal Practice, University of Richmond School of Law

Prior to her role as Director of Professional Identity Formation, Janice served as a staff attorney and later as the Legal Services Director of the Virginia Sexual and Domestic Violence Action Alliance, a non-profit organization dedicated to the elimination of gender-based violence in the Commonwealth. Janice helped lead the Alliance’s successful effort to build a non-traditional legal services delivery program that provides underserved survivors of violence access to trauma-informed, pro bono legal representation from private attorneys in their communities. During her tenure, the Alliance’s legal services program realized year-over-year growth in the number of clients served, the number of private attorneys participating in the Alliance’s referral network, and the number and value of pro bono hours donated by private attorneys to Alliance clients. Prior to her work with the Alliance, Janice served as policy director for a Virginia affiliate of a national reproductive rights organization. She clerked for then-Chief Judge Walter S. Felton, Jr. of the Court of Appeals of Virginia. Janice earned her law degree from the William & Mary School of Law, where she served as Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Race, Gender and Social Justice (formerly, William & Mary Journal of Women and the Law). Janice earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from the University of Florida, where she graduated Phi Beta Kappa and summa cum laude.




Nicky Boothe, J.D., Professor of Law, Florida A&M University College of Law

Nicola “Nicky” Boothe is a tenured full professor and former Interim Dean at Florida A&M University College of Law. She received her undergraduate degree from the University of Florida, and her law degree, cum laude, from Florida State University College of Law. She is a certified speaker by the Florida Department of Insurance and holds certifications for interviewing and counseling in the legal field. An advocate for children in the Dependency System of the State of Florida, Professor Boothe-Perry had ten years of litigation experience prior to entering legal academia at FAMU College of Law. She was instrumental in establishing the Guardian Ad Litem Clinic; and created the Mindfulness in Life and Law Seminar at the law school. She teaches Torts, Professional Responsibility, Florida Criminal & Civil Practice; and a seminar in Ethics & Professionalism. Instrumental in the formation of the Florida Law Schools’ Consortium for Racial Justice, Professor Boothe is actively involved in anti-racism activities throughout the academy. Her scholarship addresses issues of human trafficking, social media, legal professionalism and ethics. She has served as a speaker, panelist and commentator at a number of national conferences and has also won several awards for her Pro Bono participation in the Florida Juvenile Dependency System.



Kendall Kerew, J.D., Director, Externship Program & Associate Clinical Professor, Georgia State University College of Law

Kendall Kerew, is an Associate Clinical Professor and Director of the Externship Program at Georgia State University College of Law. She is the recipient of the College of Law’s 2019 Steven J. Kaminshine Award for Excellence in Service, the 2017 David J. Maleski Award for Teaching Excellence, and the Black Law Student Association’s 2016 Bernadette Hartsfield Faculty Award.

She spent her first five years at Georgia State Law teaching in the first-year legal writing program. Prior to joining the faculty in 2005, Kerew worked as an associate at King & Spalding and as an assistant attorney general for the Georgia Attorney General’s Office.

Kerew is the author of Chapter 6, “Building Your Professional Identity” and Chapter 14, “Cross-Cultural Lawyering”, in Nathalie Martin, Lawyering from the Inside Out: Learning Professional Development through Mindfulness and Emotional Intelligence (Cambridge University Press 2018) and Chapter 17, “Writing for Practice” in Learning From Practice: A Text for Experiential Legal Education (Wortham, Scherr, Maurer, & Brooks eds., 3d ed. 2016). In addition, she is the co-author (with Timothy W. Floyd) of Marking the Path from Law Student to Lawyer: Using Field Placement Courses to Facilitate the Deliberate Exploration of Professional Identity and Purpose, 68 MERCER L. REV. 767 (2017).

She is Immediate Past President of the Clinical Legal Education Association ( and a member of its Board of Directors. From 2015 to 2017, Kerew served as co-chair of the Association of American Law Schools Clinical Legal Education Section’s Externship Committee. In this role, Kerew facilitated the re-launch of LexternWeb, ( which seeks to promote information sharing and collaboration among externship faculty nationwide and internationally. In addition, to her work with the AALS Externship Committee, Kerew is an active member of the AALS Clinical Legal Education Section’s Teaching Methodologies Committee, and the Georgia Association of Legal Externships. GALE is a consortium of externship directors from five Georgia law schools.



Danielle Kocal, J.D., Director of Academic Success, Elisabeth Haub School of Law at Pace University

Danielle Bifulci Kocal joined Pace Law School as an adjunct professor in the Spring of 2009, when she taught the Advanced Analytical Skills course to third-year students preparing for the Bar Exam.  She then served as the Associate Director of the Academic Success Program in 2009, and has been the Director of Academic Success since 2010.  Having worked for the Academic Success Program while a student at Pace, she brings a unique perspective to the program, and uses her experience to continue to expand the program and better serve her students.  Danielle graduated magna cum laude from Pace Law School in 2006.  While a student at Pace, she received her certificate in environmental law, participated in the Environmental Litigation Clinic, served as an articles editor for the Pace Environmental Law Review, and worked as a Dean’s Scholar.  Prior to joining the Academic Success Program at Pace, Danielle was an associate at the law office of Elizabeth Swire Falker, Esq., PC, where she practiced in the areas of reproductive and adoption law.  She is also active in the national Academic Support community, serving as Chair of the AALS Section on Academic Support for 2017 and Secretary for the Association of Academic Support Educators for 2019.



Sue Liemer, J.D.,  Professor and Director, Legal Method & Communicating, Elon University School of Law

Professor Liemer has taught in and directed legal writing programs for more than three decades. She also studied dance, her undergraduate minor, for more than five decades. She combined both interests in a symposium presentation and an article on Embodied Legal Education: Incorporating Another Part of Bloom’s Taxonomy, 95 U. Det. Mercy L. Rev. 70 (2017). She was a member of the charter Executive Committee of the AALS Section on Balance in Legal Education, which shepherded that Section from provisional to full status within AALS.





Seema N. Patel, J.D., Clinical Director, East Bay Community Law Center & Lecturer, UC Berkeley School of Law

Seema N. Patel serves as the Clinical Director for the East Bay Community Law Center and is also a Lecturer at UC Berkeley School of Law. Prior to serving in this role, Seema served as the Deputy Director of San Francisco’s Office of Labor Standards Enforcement (OLSE), which enforces San Francisco’s labor/workers’ rights laws – including the seminal municipal Formula Retail Employee Rights Ordinances and the nation’s first municipal Paid Parental Leave law. Before working in local government, Seema served as Senior Advisor to the White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (WHIAAPI), focusing on immigrant workers’ rights. Seema also worked at the Office of the Solicitor, U.S. Department of Labor, first as an Appellate Litigator in Washington, D.C., and later as a Trial Attorney in DOL’s Region IX office in San Francisco. After graduating from U.C. Berkeley Law School, she clerked for the Honorable Andre M. Davis, U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland (currently, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit), and the Honorable Harry Pregerson, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. Seema then moved to Gujarat, India, to organize slum-dwelling “ragpickers” (trash collectors) into a cooperative society. Prior to law school, Seema organized South Asian immigrant laundry workers on the east coast.