Well-Being From Day 1

Date: Thursday, June 3, 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 2 will focus specifically on ideas that can foster well-being ranging from the first day of a law school course to the beginning of a student’s law school experience.

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Susan Brooks, J.D., M.A., Associate Dean for Experiential Learning and Professor of Law, Drexel University Thomas R. Kline School of Law

Professor Brooks has close to 30 years of experience as an educator, facilitator, presenter, and trainer in the areas of experiential learning, professional development, civic engagement, and cross-cultural communication. Since 2007, she has served as the Associate Dean for Experiential Learning and Professor of Law at the Drexel University’s Kline School of Law. Susan has written extensively and has conducted workshops in the U.S. and across the globe to promote “Relational Lawyering,” an integrative humanistic approach to legal practice and education aimed at positive social change. She received her J.D. degree from New York University in 1990, an M.A. in clinical social work from the University of Chicago in 1984, and earlier received a B.A. from the same university. She is a member of the Pennsylvania bar, family mediator, trained peacemaking circle-keeper, yoga and mindfulness teacher, and also maintains her social work certification.



Kendall Kerew, J.D., Associate Clinical Professor and Externship Program Director, 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 (cleaweb.org) 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, (lexternweb.org) 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.



Lisa Bliss, J.D., Associate Dean of Experiential Education and Clinical Programs; Clinical Professor, Co-director of Health Law Partnership Legal Services Clinic, Georgia State University College of Law

Lisa Bliss is Associate Dean of Experiential Education and Clinical Programs and Clinical Professor at Georgia State University College of Law in Atlanta, Georgia. She is co-Director of the Health Law Partnership (HeLP) Legal Services Clinic, a medical-legal partnership clinic. The clinic collaborates with Morehouse School of Medicine and Emory University School of Medicine, bringing together law and medical students to address the social determinants of health.  Professor Bliss is co-author and editor of “Building on Best Practices: Transforming Legal Education in a Changing World,” MatthewBender 2015.  Professor Bliss is a Fulbright Distinguished Scholar. She currently serves as co-President of the Global Alliance for Justice Education (GAJE) and is a member of its Board of Directors.  Professor Bliss was named to the 2020-21 Cohort of Equity Facilitation Fellows of CREATE Teacher Residency, a program designed to develop a community of leaders who are fiercely committed to educational equity and excellence.



Chaumtoli Huq, J.D., Associate Professor of Law, CUNY School of Law

Chaumtoli Huq is an Associate Professor of Law at CUNY School of Law and the founder/Editor of an innovative law and media non-profit focused on law and social justice called Law@theMargins. Her expertise lies in labor and employment, and human rights. Professor Huq has devoted her professional career to public service focusing on issues impacting low-income New Yorkers. In 2014, she was appointed as the General Counsel for Litigation for the New York City Office of the Public Advocate, becoming then the highest-ranking Bangladeshi-American in New York City government, for which she received a New American Heroes award from the New American Leaders Project. Along with holding leadership roles at Legal Services of NYC and MFY Legal Services, she also served as Director of the first South Asian Workers’ Rights Project at the Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund, the first staff attorney to the New York Taxi Workers Alliance, and has served Community Board 7 for the Upper West Side.




Dean David Jaffe, J.D., Associate Dean of Student Affairs, American University Washington College of Law

Dean David B. Jaffe is the Associate Dean of Student Affairs. He oversees all aspects of the Office of Student Affairs, which includes support for JD students from Orientation, through academic and personal counseling, organization development, to Commencement. A committed steward of law student wellness, Jaffe serves on the ABA Commission on Lawyer Assistance Programs (CoLAP) as co-chair of the Law School Assistance Committee, and in 2015, he received the CoLAP Meritorious Service Award in recognition of his commitment to improving the lives of law students. He received a B.A. from Washington University in St. Louis and his J.D. from American University Washington College of Law.




Aric Short, J.D., Professor and Director, Professionalism and Leadership Program, Texas A&M University School of Law

Chad Noreuil teaches Legal Method and Writing, Legal Advocacy, Criminal Law, Prisoner Rights, and a course on passing the bar exam at ASU. He is a national lecturer for BarBri, and he teaches a seminar at law schools throughout the country on passing the bar exam (The Zen of Passing the Bar Seminar).

Before joining ASU in 2001, Professor Noreuil taught legal research and writing at Washington University School of Law in St. Louis. He was an Assistant Attorney General for the state of Illinois from 1996-2000, where he successfully litigated more than thirty jury trials. Prior to that, he taught Business Law at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. During law school, Professor Noreuil was a managing editor of the University of Illinois Law Review.

Professor Noreuil has published two books on the bar exam, “The Zen of Passing the Bar Exam” and “The Arizona Bar Exam: Pass it Now,” and two books on law school success, “The Zen of Law School Success” and “Law 101: The Book and Documentary.” In addition, he has written three legal thrillers, “Imminent Danger,” “Cross,” and “Innocence Within,” which he is currently shopping for publication.



Kathleen Vinson, J.D., Professor of Legal Writing and Director of Legal Practice Skills Program, Suffolk University Law School

As Director of Legal Writing, Research, and Written Advocacy, Professor Vinson is active in the legal writing field on a national, regional, and local level. She served as Chair and Secretary of the AALS Section on Legal Writing, Reasoning, and Research. She was also the President of the Association of Legal Writing Directors (ALWD) and served on their Executive Committee. In addition, she served on the board of the Legal Writing Institute (LWI). She currently serves as an editor of the LWI Journal. She is a former editor of LWI’s Monograph Series and a former editor of The Second Draft. In addition, she co-founded the New England Legal Writing Consortium and founded the New England Scholarship Circle. She also serves on the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court Advisory Committee for Professionalism in Practice. She co-authored the book, LEGAL ANALYSIS: THE FUNDAMENTAL SKILL and the book, MINDFUL LAWYERING: THE KEY TO CREATIVE PROBLEM SOLVING. In addition, she has published numerous law review articles. She also created a free legal writing app, iWriteLegal, and the Legal Writing Matters blog. She has given numerous presentations on legal writing at national conferences and continuing education programs. Professor Vinson also taught legal writing at Boston College Law School as a visitor. She graduated, cum laude, from Suffolk University Law School and received her BA, magna cum laude, from Stonehill College. Before joining the faculty at Suffolk Law School, Professor Vinson clerked for the prestigious Justice Howard Dana of the Maine Supreme Judicial Court.