Message from the Director – August 2018

Posted on August 2nd, 2018

Hi Friends,jerri-cunningham

Well, the summer is almost behind us and we are well into preparing for fall term.  When I first came to Baylor Law School, the summer quarters were somewhat quiet.  It seems now, the summer is one of my busiest times.  Between concluding one academic year, preparing for a new one, reporting, advising, meetings, strategic planning, etc., things can be hectic.  Maybe I am just being nostalgic when I think the summers were quiet in years past!

Your NNLSO board is busy preparing for the coming year as well.  I am thankful for this dedicated group of volunteers.  We recently held our Summer Executive Committee meeting in Madison, Wisconsin, the home of the University of Wisconsin Law School.   If you have not been to Madison, I highly recommend it.  It is a great city!  Thanks to committee member Amy Arntsen, the Registrar at Wisconsin, for hosting us and for providing a wonderful place for our meeting.  The board worked on several projects, including our membership processes, communications improvements (as you may have noticed, Communications Strategy Chair, Courtney Hennigan has been instrumental in improving and modernizing our communications processes, including our newsletter), consideration of our listserv and the potential for using online discussion boards, plans for a Resource Guide for NNLSO members, plans for a fall regional meeting in Raleigh, North Carolina, hosted by the Campbell University Norman Adrian Wiggins School of Law, Friday, October 26, 2018, and the AACRAO Annual Meeting in Los Angeles, California, March 31 – April 3, 2019.  You can read more about the regional and annual meetings in this newsletter.

I am proud of so many things NNLSO is doing, including the wonderful programming that is provided at our annual and regional meetings.  This is thanks in large part to Colleen Timmons’ wonderful work as Assistant Executive Director.  Colleen has a gift for pulling great programming together.  I am also excited about the Resource Guide, which is the brainchild of board member Theresa Gallo.   We hope to create a ‘primer’ of sorts for those entering our professions.  If you are interested in contributing to the Guide, please read more about it in the newsletter and take a minute to let us know by following the link in the newsletter.   We need contributions from a wide array of folks for this project.   Please consider participating.

I hope your summer has been wonderful and that you are ready for a new academic year.   If there is anything you need from NNLSO, please let us know.  We welcome feedback and ideas from you.