2011 Annual Conference – Seattle

The 2011 NNLSO Annual Meeting was held in Seattle, WA in conjunction with the 97th AACRAO Annual Meeting. And, what a meeting it was! The entire time was jam-packed with professional development and networking.

To kick things off, Executive Director, Lylene Pilkenton, welcomed the attendees at the NNLSO Opening Session and promptly turned the presentation over to board member, Jay Ruffner, for discussion of the Salary Survey which was conducted at the beginning of the year. Jay noted that the survey collected very useful data and that he was in the process of delivering the survey in a user-friendly format to the membership. However, he did provide the membership with some key information gleaned from the survey.

The NNLSO Social was held at the Rockbottom Brewery. As we all know, all work and no play can make even the liveliest law school officer a dull person. We were so pleased to have an opportunity to enjoy great company and conversation.

A record number attended the NNLSO Business Luncheon on Tuesday. Not only were dear friends and colleagues in attendance, but we were delighted to welcome new faces to the annual meeting through funding provided by the First-Time Attendee Grants. The recipients were: Jill Akervik, University of St. Thomas; Deborah Bartles, Stetson University College of Law; Janel Esker, Saint Louis University School of Law; Lindy Gage, Albany Law School; and Jennifer Grantham, University of Tulsa College of Law.

After some much needed socializing during lunch, Lylene Pilkenton opened the business meeting. Outgoing treasurer, Roberto Koch, gave the state of the budget address and noted that the organization was in a solid financial position. Lylene Pilkenton then gave her final address as Executive Director and passed the gavel to the incoming Executive Director, Roberto Koch. While it was bittersweet moment, both Lylene and Roberto announced exciting times were ahead. With that, the new Executive Officers, members of the Board, and Regional Representatives were introduced.

In addition to the sessions provided by AACRAO, NNLSO also sponsored several sessions directed specifically at the needs of law school professionals. These sessions, along with the Registrar and Admission Roundtables, provided everyone with the opportunity to learn something new to take back to his or her school. In case you missed it:

NNLSO Sponsored Sessions

  • Discussion of Law School Ranking Procedures
  • Law Registrar and University Records: Unlikely Bedfellows. How these two diverse communities have come together and survived in a single system.
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  • Law School Academic Records – Transitioning records from admissions to the registrar, and the use of paperless records.
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  • Using Technology to Get the Job Done More Efficiently
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  • Bar Exam Requirements – Is there an efficient way to deal with getting your students certified?
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  • Gaining a Better Understanding of this Generation of Law Students

The annual meeting was a success and it was wonderful to see everyone and catch-up. Here is to looking forward to next year’s conference.