Conferences

Baylor Law School with AALS Section on Leadership and Baylor Law Review, 2020: Vision for Leadership Conference, Virtual Conference, September 14, 2020, Panelist: Leadership Development Learning Outcomes and How to Implement Them” 

Southeastern Association of Law Schools (SEALS), Remote Conference via Zoom, July/August 2020. Panelist: “Who, me? I’m not a racist!”: Addressing Implicit Bias in Legal Education; Discussant and Co-Moderator: Law School As Experience: Teaching Skills, Values, and Knowledge Throughout Legal Education  

AccessLex Regional Trainings, San Francisco, CA, January 2020, New York City, NY, February 2020, Washington, DC, February 2020, and online via WebEx in May and June 2020. Co-presenter: Advancing Legal Education Outcomes: It Takes a Village

California Change Lawyers Diversity Summit 2020, San Francisco, CA, January 2020. Interviewed by Executive Director Chris Punongbayan for plenary session: Diversity Challenges Along the Legal Education Continuum.

Bar Exam Forum, Washington, D.C., April 2018, March 2019. Conceived, organized, and moderated convening of national experts including deans, researchers, bar examiners, faculty and other stakeholders to analyze issues relating to learning outcomes and assessment, innovation, bar exams, and student success and develop research questions to inform national legal education improvement efforts

Legal Writing Institute (LWI) One Day conference, Memphis School of Law, Memphis, TN, December 2019. Presenter: LRW and ASP Unite: Reading, Writing, and the Student Success Continuum, see LWI – One day conference Memphis

AccessLex Legal Education Research Symposium November 2019  Orlando, FL

  • Curricular Reform in Law School, Conceived and organized by Sara J. Berman, Moderated by Robert K. Rasmussen, J. Thomas McCarthy Trustee Chair in Law and Political Science, University of Southern California, Gould School of Law. Speakers: Carla D. Pratt, Dean and Professor of Law, Washburn University School of Law; Luke Bierman, Dean and Professor of Law, Elon University School of Law; Megan Carpenter, Dean, University of New Hampshire Franklin Pierce School of Law
  • Growing Grit: Success Dividends that Stem from Fostering Resilience in Law School, Sara Berman presented with Olympia Duhart, Associate Dean for Faculty & Student Development, Nova Southeastern University Shepard Broad College of Law, and Alicia Jackson, Associate Dean for Student Learning and Assessment, FAMU College of Law
  • The Role of Law School ASP/Bar Success Programs in the New Age of Standard 316. Conceived and organized by Sara J. Berman, Moderated by Maureen O’Rourke, Associate Provost, Dean Emerita and Professor of Law, Boston University. Speakers: James McGrath, President, Dean, and Professor of Law, Western Michigan University Cooley Law School; William Adams, Deputy Managing Director, American Bar Association; Mike Barry, President and Dean, South Texas College of Law; Nicola Boothe Perry, Interim Dean, FAMU College of Law
  • The Impact of Student Wellness on Law School and Bar Exam Success, Moderator: Brian Gaillini, Professor, University of Arkansas School of Law. Speakers: Sara Berman, Director of Programs for Academic and Bar Success, AccessLex Institute; Janet Stearns, Dean of Students, University of Miami School of Law; John Lesko, Outreach Specialist, Florida Lawyers’ Assistance Program

AccessLex LexCon November 2019 Orlando, FL. Growing Grit: The Case for Resilience

AASE Diversity Conference, October 2019 Chicago, IL  Co-presented with Rachel Patterson, “Strength in Numbers: Using Data to Inform Law School Academic Success and Diversity Efforts

Holloran Center: Research on Learning Outcomes October 2019, St. Paul, MN (University of St. Thomas)

Online & Hybrid Pedagogy: Toward Defining Best Practices in Legal Education, Denver University Sturm College of Law, Denver, CO, September 2019. Conference organizer and co-chair, raised funding for conference sponsorships, and served as moderator of two original panels: Student Success and Faculty Engagement in Hybrid and Online Teaching and The Future is Here: Legal Education in a Hybrid World. See Online & Hybrid Learning Pedagogy: Toward Defining Best Practices in Legal Education

West Coast Consortium of Academic Support Professionals, (WCCASP), UNLV William S. Boyd School of Law, Las Vegas, NV, November 2019. Presenter: Report on Preliminary Findings of LSSSE-AccessLex Bar Study, see West Coast Consortium of Academic Support Professionals (WCCASP)

Association of Academic Support Educators (AASE) Diversity Conference, Chicago IL, October 2019. Co-presenter: Strength in Numbers: Using Data to Inform Law School Academic Success and Diversity Efforts, with Rachel Patterson

SEALS, Boca Raton, FL, July/August 2019. Panel organizer and co-moderator with Steve Friedland, Teaching for Deep Learning: Helping Students Pass the Bar Exam Without Teaching to the Test; Panelist: Academic Support and Bar Prep Professionals: Finding Status in the Legal Academy, and Panelist: Identity and Legal Education

SEALS, Boca Raton, FL, July/August 2019. Panelist: Keep it Simple: Giving Feedback in Large Classes  

ABA Associate Dean’s Conference, Chicago IL, June 2019. Panelist: Skilling Up and Seeking Resources: Grant Development and Management in the Law School; Panelist: Assessments, Data, and Bar Exam Pass Strategies; Speaker: Opening remarks at AccessLex lunch plenary session

National Association of Law Student Affairs Professionals (NALSAP), American University Washington College of Law, Washington, DC, June 2019, Moderator: ASP and Student Affair Overlap: Effective Techniques for Collaboration; Co-presenter: Raising the Bar: The Role of Student Wellbeing in Passing the Bar Exam, with Janet Stearns and Joni Wiredu

Institute for Teaching and Learning (ILTL), Washburn University School of Law, Topeka, KS, June 2019. Presenter: Bar Preparation: It’s Not Teaching to the Test

Southeastern Chapter American Association of Law Libraries (SEAALL), West Virginia University College of Law, Hot Springs, VA, March 2019. Co-presenter: Critical Reading for Law Students — What Library, LRW, and ASP Can Collectively Do To Help Hone This Indispensable Skill, with Vicenç F. Feliú

Southwest Consortium of Academic Support Professionals (SWCASP), St. Mary’s University School of Law, San Antonio, TX, March 2019. Moderator: ASP and Student Affairs Unite

AALS, New Orleans, LA, January 2019, joint session between section on Empirical Study of Legal Education and the Legal Profession and section on Academic Support. Panelist: What We Know About Bar Performance; panelist: Getting Started with Empirical Work on Academic Support & Bar Success; panelist for Legal Writing Section: Learning Here, There, and Everywhere: Distance Learning Technology & New Tech Tools; panelist for Student Services Hot Topics Program: Student Affairs and Academic Success Unite

Society of American Law Teachers (SALT) Teaching Conference: Legal Education for a Changing Society, Penn State Law, University Park, PA, October 2018. Co-presenter: Demonstrated Commitment to Student Success: A Necessary Fourth Pillar?

SEALS, FL. August 2018. Co-presenter: The Helicopter Effect: Connecting with Students and Society

LWI One Day Conference, University of Tennessee College of Law, Knoxville, TN, December 2018. Presenter: Reaching Today’s Law Students with Performance Test Writing Assignments: Springboards for Student Engagement and Bar Preparation

NALSAP, Indiana University, Robert H. McKinney School of Law, Indianapolis, IN, June 2018. Co-presenter: Assessing Our Work and Informing the Future: An Introduction to AccessLex Institute’s Diversity Pipeline Grant and Bar Success Grant Programs

National Black Law Students Association (NBLSA) 50th National Convention, Brooklyn, NY, March 2018. Panelist: One and Done: Tips on Preparing for the Bar Exam

LWI One-Day Conference, Nova Southeastern University Shepard Broad College of Law, Davie, FL, December 2017.  Presenter: Integrating Bar Exam-Related Experiential Learning into Doctrinal Courses

AccessLex Legal Education Research Symposium, Clearwater, FL, November 2017. Invited Speaker:Bar Preparation Costs: How Schools are Navigating Hurdles

AASE, Texas A&M School of Law, Fort Worth, TX, May​ 2017. Co-presenter: Team Teaching MBEs: Success Training for Students and New ASP Faculty Alike;  AASE, City University of New York (CUNY) School of Law, Long Island City, NY, May 2016. Presenter:  Bar Exam Business Plans,” Association of Academic Support Educators

WCCASP, University of San Diego, School of Law, San Diego, CA, November 2013, Presenter: Writing and Publishing Books

Concord Law School, Los Angeles, CA 2013, Closing the Justice Gap: Law Schools and Their Critics Confront the New Realities of the Profession. Served as panelist along with Professor Arthur R. Miller, Kaplan CEO Andrew Rosen, and Deborah Kelly, Counsel with the Los Angeles County Bar Association’s Domestic Violence Project, addressing access to justice issues and law schools as part of the solution.

California State Bar Section Education Institute, 1994. Presenter: Lawyers Supervising Lawyers