Nominations

2022-2023 Nominations

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President-Elect


Ashley London

I have been a member of AASE for almost a decade and my membership has always inspired me to become a better teacher, and even a fledgling scholar. The hard work put in by the founding members, and all subsequent leadership, has led to AASE becoming one of the most well-known and nationally respected organizations. Because I have benefitted so greatly, I want to give back. 

 

As President-Elect, I will endeavor not only to maintain this high degree of respect that we have earned (and I mean earned, we know nothing has been given) but also to advance our presence at a national level as we continue to advocate for equality not only for our law students, but also for our membership who are often not on the traditional tenure tracks at their law schools. 

 

My service on the Bar Advocacy Committee has stoked my passion and running for this position is a signal of that fire inside of me. My platform is simply this, to continue the good work we have already begun, and to continue to make our organization the standard-bearer for promoting those of us working in the critical areas of academic success and bar preparation. Good teaching leads to good learning which leads to good outcomes, which helps us all rise. I would look to forge new partnerships with similar organizations so that we can be the change we all want to see in legal education, and I want to continue to grow and amplify the important work we are doing to reform the administration and content of the bar examination. Our profession can do better, and AASE is perfectly positioned to lead the charge.

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Treasurer-Elect


Rob Beharriell

I am excited and honored to run for the position of Treasurer-Elect for AASE. Before joining the ASP Department at Nova Southeastern University and AASE in 2021, I was a Research and Reference Librarian for almost 10 years. In my time in that position, I served on a number of professional committees – both at the regional and national levels. Most recently, I completed a term as Chair for an annual meeting grant awards jury.

I would bring this experience and passion for service to the position of Treasurer-Elect. I plan to contribute my organizational skills and to work closely with and learn from the Treasurer to ensure that the official financial records of the organization are properly maintained and that all required reports are timely filed. I look forward to working with AASE leadership and to provide the necessary support to help its membership thrive.

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Secretary


Petina (Tina) Benigno

My name is Tina Benigno (she/her), and I am the Assistant Director of Academic Support and Bar Exam Preparation at Saint Louis University School of Law. In my position, I teach classes for first, second, and third year law students and counsel students on how to optimize their law school study methods to help them succeed in their classes. I also teach workshops on the bar exam to students preparing for their licensing exam and advise students during their study process. My research is focused on first generation students and multicultural lawyering. I co-develop programming to bridge gaps for first generation students and teach an upper division course on multicultural lawyering.

I serve as a member of the AASE Mentoring Committee and the Diversity Committee. I have also co-authored a piece on first generation programming for The Learning Curve and have presented at the AASE conference.

I would be honored to continue my commitment to the work of AASE as Secretary/Secretary elect. I am committed to actively participating in meetings and proactively communicating to make information accessible to the AASE board and members. I am committed to communicating with members of the board and the organization as a whole so that AASE can continue its work and advocacy to expand opportunities for our members and students. I value the opportunity to continue AASE’s mission of supporting its members through the scholarly exchange of ideas and supporting the development of academic support programs to ultimately ensure that legal education is accessible and just for all students.

In my free time, you can find me either curled up or outdoors with my English Bulldog, Oliver, and a good book.

Afton Cavanaugh

My name is Afton Cavanaugh and I serve as the Assistant Dean of Law Success at St. Mary’s School of Law in San Antonio. I am in my 5th year in academic support, LRW, and bar preparation. I joined St. Mary’s as a Law Success Instructor and was able to grow in my role to program director and now to Assistant Dean. I am also an alum of the law school and was born here in San Antonio where I live with my wife of 20 years, 3 daughters, and 5 pets!

 

I joined AASE and went to my first national conference in my first year in ASP! From the outset I was humbled by the ASP community and all they give to law students across the country. This community sets an example I try to emulate daily. Since that first conference, I have served on the board as the host school representative, assisted with the planning of two national conferences, and one diversity conference, and served on the online presence and programming committees.

 

It is my hope to continue to serve the ASP community by giving my time and energy to the work of the board. As board secretary I would hope to facilitate active communication between the AASE board and the larger AASE community through the website and other platforms. It would be a great honor for me to continue to serve AASE!

Lynn Hogewood

My name is Lynn Hogewood, and I serve as the Director of the Academic Support Program at Cumberland School of Law in Birmingham, Alabama. I started teaching first-year legal research and writing at Cumberland in 2007. When Cumberland created the Academic Support Program in 2016, I became its director. I create and conduct curriculum and programming to support students from admission through passing the Bar exam. 

I became a member of the AASE in 2017 and started learning from the amazing academic support community immediately. In 2019, I attended the second bi-annual diversity conference at DePaul. I presented at the virtual annual conference in May of 2021, and I attended the virtual third-bi-annual diversity conference in October 2021. 

In the year of service as Secretary of AASE, I would like to serve AASE in traditional secretarial ways and establish and increase social media content from the organization; keep a regularly updated compilation of resources available through the website; work with The Learning Curve and the ASP Blog to maintain content and connection for members of the AASE; and, create greater awareness of this community of educators, learners, and lawyers in state bar associations around the country.

Andrew Realon

I joined the Dean of Students Office at GW Law in March 2019 to develop and direct the school's academic support initiatives. In my role, I counsel students on their academic performance, oversee the management of our tutor matching program, prepare reports related to academic performance, manage the annual Academic Awards Ceremony, and deliver workshop programming on varied academic support topics. In June 2021, I assumed the bar advising portfolio.  


I am so grateful to be a member of this community. In order for me to do my job well, I have actively leaned on the expertise of my AASE colleagues, and am grateful for the superb community of support. This past year I have served on AASE's online presence committee, and as a part of that service I have enjoyed the opportunity to interview several of our members and do member spotlight write-ups.

Elizabeth Stillman

Hi all, my name is Liz Stillman and I am running for the position of Secretary of AASE. I have been a member of Suffolk University Law School’s Academic Support Program for almost 19 years. Prior to working in ASP, I taught in our Legal Practice Skills department, and before that I was an Assistant Corporation Counsel in the Family Court Division of the New York City Law Department. I have never had a legal job that could be summed up in a just a few words. I am a graduate of Tufts University (BS in Social Psychology) and Northeastern University School of Law. In my ASP job, I do what most of you do: I work with students who are in some kind of academic (or other) distress. I work with students one on one, in classes, remotely, and every now and then at a café. I would like to be the AASE secretary because I know that the foundation of AASE is heart. I bring my whole heart to ASP. You may have seen my Monday blog posts, or Learning Curve articles, and if so, you know me. I don’t hold back. I think ASP is a core part of any law school. I look forward to helping us fight for more recognition as such. 


As Secretary of this amazing organization, I would carefully keep us organized and accurately record our history-as we make it. I am currently the Secretary for the Brookline Commission for Women, so I am familiar with the job and would pledge to do my best for AASE. Thank you for considering me.

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Secretary-Elect


Petina (Tina) Benigno

My name is Tina Benigno (she/her), and I am the Assistant Director of Academic Support and Bar Exam Preparation at Saint Louis University School of Law. In my position, I teach classes for first, second, and third year law students and counsel students on how to optimize their law school study methods to help them succeed in their classes. I also teach workshops on the bar exam to students preparing for their licensing exam and advise students during their study process. My research is focused on first generation students and multicultural lawyering. I co-develop programming to bridge gaps for first generation students and teach an upper division course on multicultural lawyering.  

I serve as a member of the AASE Mentoring Committee and the Diversity Committee. I have also co-authored a piece on first generation programming for The Learning Curve and have presented at the AASE conference. 

I would be honored to continue my commitment to the work of AASE as Secretary/Secretary elect. I am committed to actively participating in meetings and proactively communicating to make information accessible to the AASE board and members. I am committed to communicating with members of the board and the organization as a whole so that AASE can continue its work and advocacy to expand opportunities for our members and students. I value the opportunity to continue AASE’s mission of supporting its members through the scholarly exchange of ideas and supporting the development of academic support programs to ultimately ensure that legal education is accessible and just for all students.

 

In my free time, you can find me either curled up or outdoors with my English Bulldog, Oliver, and a good book.


Ronda Harrison

Hello, my fellow AASE colleagues! I am excited about the possibility of serving in the capacity of our newly formed position of Secretary-Elect and thank you for giving me the opportunity to share why. I have worked in Academic Success for 13 years. I rose from law student to Associate Director at South Texas College of Law (Houston) and from Assistant Director to Assistant Dean at Thurgood Marshall School of Law (Houston). I have dedicated most of my professional career to educating students, particularly at-risk students. I earned my master’s degree in Education Leadership and Special Education five years ago. Working in ASP has allowed me to merge my two passions: Education and Law. I have found my passion and life’s purpose in teaching and inspiring law students to fulfil their dreams. 

I’ve served on the board of the AASE Diversity Conference and I would be honored to serve as Secretary-Elect of AASE and work alongside our AASE Secretary in a supportive and learning role so that I may then serve as Secretary of our wonderful and very important organization. The work we do not only impacts the students at our respective law schools but the future of legal education and licensing exams. Developing and sharing best practices in instruction and assessments, zealously advocating for equity on behalf of ASP professionals, and supporting law students in their matriculation from entering 1L students to becoming licensed attorneys are all critical to our mission.  

Our voices matter in legal academia and I desire to help contribute to and support our collective unified voice. I’m enthusiastic about the opportunity to serve in the role of Secretary-Elect and contribute to our organization. I hope you’ll consider me as you cast your vote for Secretary-Elect!

Lynn Hogewood

My name is Lynn Hogewood, and I serve as the Director of the Academic Support Program at Cumberland School of Law in Birmingham, Alabama. I started teaching first-year legal research and writing at Cumberland in 2007. When Cumberland created the Academic Support Program in 2016, I became its director. I create and conduct curriculum and programming to support students from admission through passing the Bar exam. 

I became a member of the AASE in 2017 and started learning from the amazing academic support community immediately. In 2019, I attended the second bi-annual diversity conference at DePaul. I presented at the virtual annual conference in May of 2021, and I attended the virtual third-bi-annual diversity conference in October 2021. 

In the year of service as Secretary of AASE, I would like to serve AASE in traditional secretarial ways and establish and increase social media content from the organization; keep a regularly updated compilation of resources available through the website; work with The Learning Curve and the ASP Blog to maintain content and connection for members of the AASE; and, create greater awareness of this community of educators, learners, and lawyers in state bar associations around the country.

Anne G. Johnson

My name is Anne G. Johnson and I am honored to be a member of the Association of Academic Success Educators. AASE is filled with talented, passionate, collegial educators who eagerly band together to enhance the law school experience for law students nationwide. I am frequently in awe of the work done by colleagues in this community and if elected, I would be honored to serve as Secretary-Elect.

I currently am an adjunct faculty member and the Associate Director of Academic Success at Mercer Law School where I teach Legal Process and Advanced Legal Research, manage the Group Mentor and Peer Mentor Programs, and work with students in the Enhanced Academic Success Program. While I have taught legal research at Mercer Law as an adjunct professor since 2004, my role in the Academic Success Program began in 2018 and what a journey it has been!

After a year in academic success, I attended and thoroughly enjoyed the 2019 AASE Conference in Seattle and joined the amazing AASE Assessment Committee. The following year I became the Chair and the AASE Assessment Committee was charged with the task of creating and compiling the 2021 AASE Short Survey. With the help of my very talented colleagues, we completed the goal and presented the results of the survey at the AASE Conference in May, 2021. In 2021-22, I continued in my role as Chair while the committee reviewed the results of the survey, begun preparations for two surveys that are set to be distributed in the spring of 2023, and began planning for an AASE Resource Center.


Today I humbly ask that you consider me for the position of Secretary-Elect. I promise to bring to the board my experience serving on the AASE Assessment Committee, my passion for helping students succeed in law school, and my desire to assist the current AASE Secretary and serve as the AASE Secretary at the end of my term as Secretary – Elect.

Matt Marin

My name is Matt Marin, and I am an Associate Professor of Law at WMU-Cooley Law School. I am currently the Director of Academic & Student Services and lead our academic-support programs at the Tampa Bay campus, but I also teach Contracts, Legal Writing, and Bar Skills courses. At WMU-Cooley, I am lucky to work with a wonderful group of academic-support colleagues, and I love working with students and alumni in my many varied roles. One of the ongoing benefits of being immersed in academic support in general, and now being involved in AASE programming, is the continued education that I receive and can use to improve that work with my students and fellow faculty members.

Recently, I have enjoyed participating in AASE conferences, and I’ve learned so much in just a short time frame from the academic-support community. Though I have yet to hold any position of leadership within the AASE organization, I am very interested in deeper involvement based on my experiences. I believe strongly in giving back to organizations that bring so much help and knowledge to academics and to me personally. 

I am a strong candidate for this position with excellent organizational, communication, and time-management skills. I have held other secretarial positions in the past and am presently serving as the WMU-Cooley Faculty Conference Secretary, making me a good fit. Thank you for the opportunity to potentially serve the organization in this capacity.

Steven Maxwell

I’m Steve Maxwell, Director of Academic Achievement at the University of Miami. I’m proud to be nominated for AASE Secretary-Elect. I fell in love with teaching over twenty years ago. Prior to law school, I taught public high school in a low-income rural community, where I witnessed systemic disadvantages I see today in many low-performing law students.

Attending law school after teaching high school for eight years gave me a unique perspective on legal education and nontraditional student support. I started ASP work in 2013, when we had our inaugural AASE conference. I found a robust ASP community with a kindred passion for our students’ success, as well as each other’s.

I’ve worked in Academic Support and Bar Preparation for nine years at three very different law schools. With each challenge, I’ve drawn heavily on the wisdom from this ASP community. I would be honored to give back to AASE.

When not making law puns or coaching bar students, you’ll find me rocking out to 80’s mix tapes on my vintage Walkman, flying to Vegas, or laughing at my own dad jokes. 

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Vice President of Diversity


Leila Lawlor

Since I undertook directing ASP at Georgia State Law in 2020, I have been overwhelmed by the generosity of our AASE community. The first person I connected with, an ASP director at Nova, spent hours on Zoom with me explaining our mission. The second person I connected with, a seasoned ASP’er at CUNY, shared materials with an open hand and a big heart. They were examples of the remarkable people in AASE. Every time I have a question, I get thorough and thoughtful answers from the listserv. 

I was delighted to receive the inaugural AccessLex-AASE grant in 2021. I am researching attrition rates to determine best methods of retaining our most vulnerable law students, in particular first-generation and URMs. 

I currently train 1Ls in cross-cultural competency; in recognizing and reducing implicit bias and racism, even in their most subtle forms; and in understanding their future responsibility to increase diversity within the profession. When broaching these tough subjects in the DEI module of my course, necessary discussions inevitably make students uncomfortable because of our deep history of racism in this country. First reviewing the history of racism and statistics of existing racial disparities can free us up to have intelligent, non-hurtful conversations. It is important to recognize that, while our problems were not caused by anyone in the room, they nevertheless exist and can be lessened through the efforts of everyone in the room. 

To best deliver these lessons, I am currently studying the Psychology of Education in a Master’s program.

Joni Wiredu

My name is Joni Wiredu (Joe-knee Ray-do). I am a wife, mother, daughter, sister, and the Assistant Dean for Academic Excellence at the American University Washington College of Law in Washington, DC. I am now in my 5th year of academic support and bar exam readiness after working with a major bar review company for almost 15 years. In 2020 and 2021, I served as the host school representative for our first virtual annual AASE conference and now serve as the chair of the Programming Committee. In addition, I was the board liaison to the Assessment Committee and chair of the Covid-19 Task Force ad hoc committee which collectively designed and presented time management and wellness strategies for ASP professionals.

According to recent data released by the American Bar Association (ABA), white first-time test takers passed the bar exam more than 20 percentage points higher than Black first-time test-takers in 2021. The law school academic experience plays a critical role in preparing students for the bar exam and entry into the legal profession.

As Vice President of Diversity, I would like to facilitate a “Road to the AASE Diversity Conference” which explores the law school academic experiences of the historically excluded and the institutional structures that inhibit academic growth. Through a series of virtual sessions leading up to the Diversity Conference, we will examine the roles of ASP and diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) professionals and how collaboration between these units can expand capacity that allows both to influence outcomes for students of color.

Thank you for your consideration of my candidacy for the position of Vice President of Diversity. 

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Vice President of Diversity

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Bylaw Changes


(1) Article V, Section 1 – The addition of Secretary-Elect to officers. This has changed other by-laws as well, to reflect proper grammar and consistency with this change.

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(2) Article VI – The addition of a AALS-AASE Liaison. This has changed other by-laws as well, to reflect property grammar and consistency with this change.

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