TRANSFORMATIVE LEADER AND OUTCOMES-DRIVEN PROFESSIONAL

Over eight years of experience in legal education creating programs and curricula to help students develop critical skills for success in law school and on the bar exam. Nearly three years of experience as an administrator of academic success and bar preparation programs at three different law schools.

Demonstrated success record in:

  • Instructional delivery (large and small group);
  • Building academic support programs from the ground floor;
  • Revising and growing existing academic support programs;
  • Increasing bar passage rates among first time and repeat takers;
  • Developing strong cooperative relationships with faculty and administration;
  • Collaborating with faculty and administration to develop comprehensive programming;
  • Building a strong rapport with students based in trust;
  • ASP staff professional development; and
  • Managing human and financial resources.

CORE COMPETENCIES

• Strategic Planning • System Thinking Approach to Decision-Making • ABA Compliance
• Curriculum Development • Budgeting Staff Training & Development • Bar Preparation

HIGHLIGHTED CAREER ACHIEVEMENTS

• Increased Bar Passage – Created a post-graduation bar passage program that resulted in the largest increase in bar passage for the state of Florida out of ten law schools during one exam cycle (FAMU).
• Bar Application Workshop – Created a workshop to help students complete the Florida bar application and character and fitness application (Nova).
• On-Campus Digital Fingerprinting –Arranged for students to be digitally fingerprinted for the fitness and character application on campus each year (FAMU).
• Bar Prep Course Development- Created a 4 Cr. bar prep course for 3L’s that addressed the state portion of the Florida Bar Exam. Also made significant revisions to the existing companion course for the MBE (FAMU).
• Fundraising – Secured a $30,000 grant to build a supplement library for students (FAMU).
• Academic Support Supplement Library – Created a supplement library that contained books with practice questions for most law school subjects and for bar preparation (FAMU).
• Awarded Administrator of the Year at Florida A&M University College of Law for 2009-2010 and 2010 – 2011 academic years.
• Participation on ABA Site Team for La Verne College of Law’s current Petition for Provisional Accreditation (2011).

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

UNIVERSITY OF LA VERNE COLLEGE OF LAW, Ontario, CA 2012 – Present
Assistant Dean, Center for Academic & Bar Readiness (Formerly Academic & Bar Support)
• Taught the skills portion of Contracts, Doctrine, Values, and Skills (Fall 2013)
• Develop and teach courses and programs designed to help students succeed in law school and on the bar exam;
• Design and conduct faculty training to improve teaching and learning at the COL;
• Supervise Center staff and other resources;
• Create and maintain data collection and analysis tools to assess student and program outcomes;
• Create reports and other documentation for presentation to the faculty, law school administration, University President, Board of Trustees, and Board of Visitors;
• Serve as Chair of the Faculty Training Workshop Committee, member of the Curriculum, Academic Standards, and Diversity committees;
• Monitor and assure compliance with ABA and WASC accreditation standards;
• Other administrative functions.

PHOENIX SCHOOL OF LAW, Phoenix, AZ 2011 – 2012
Director of Critical Legal Skills (Formerly Academic Success)
• Developed pre and post-graduation programs and curricula for students.
• Supervised eleven full-time staff, including ten teaching staff and one administrative staff member.
• Developed and managed a one million dollar plus budget for the program.
• Created measurement tools (including statistics) and processes to determine the learning and program outcomes.
• Reported on program progress and likelihood of success to the faculty, dean, and other administrators.
• Monitored rule changes by the Arizona Bar and the American Bar Association.
• Researched and adopted best practices for academic support and bar preparation.
• Worked collaboratively with faculty as a member of the Curriculum and Career Readiness Committees.
• Monitored and insured ABA compliance for academic support and bar preparation.

FLORIDA A&M UNIVERSITY COLLEGE OF LAW, Orlando, FL 2009 – 2011
Director of Academic Success and Bar Preparation
• Developed new academic support and bar preparation programs, both pre and post graduation.
• Served as a non-voting member of the Academic Standards Committee and the Dedicated Skills Committee.
• Managed a staff of two full-time instructors, four adjunct faculty (for bar prep courses), and four student assistants.
• Successfully proposed curriculum changes to bar prep courses.
• Worked closely with faculty to develop techniques for the incorporation of skills into doctrinal courses.
• Compiled and analyzed data for the Dean, President, and Board of Trustees.
• Developed and taught a 4 cr. course called Florida Bar Law & Skills.
• Revised and taught a 4 cr. course called Multistate Bar Law & Skills.
• Developed and taught 1L academic support classes.
• Counseled students on academic improvement and bar issues.
• Secured guest speakers on bar preparation and fitness and character issues.

JOHNSON & WALES UNIVERSITY, North Miami, FL 2006-2009
Adjunct Faculty
Multicultural Literature – taught a survey course in multicultural literature using U.S. statutes and case law, short stories, poetry, and novel excerpts by a variety of ethnic groups. Students were expected to be able to:
• discuss a wide diversity of cultural outlooks, customs and myths through reading literature of different groups;
• identify common themes that run throughout multi-cultural literature and relate these to a universal context;
• analyze the literature for language, style and use of literary devices; and
• compare and contrast the problems and challenges facing immigrants in the past with those facing immigrants today.

African American Literature – this course was a study of the history of Africans in America through literature beginning with the slave narratives of captives who endured the Middle Passage and concluding with the Hip Hop generation. The course used historical documents, film, legal cases, statutes, personal narratives, poetry and prose to introduce students to the rich history and contributions of African Americans.

NOVA SOUTHEASTERN UNIVERSITY, Ft. Lauderdale, FL 2004 – 2009
Critical Skills Instructor
• Worked as part of a dynamic team to develop a new critical skills program.
• Created and taught new mandatory skills courses for 1L and 2L students.
• Assisted in creating an industry leading postgraduate bar preparation program.
• Created a workshop to assist students in completing the Florida Bar Application.
• Created and taught skills segments for New Student Orientation.
• Collaborated with faculty on class assignments.
• Counseled probation and at risk students on improving academic performance.

EDUCATION

EDD Higher Education Leadership, Nova Southeastern University, ABD Dissertation completion anticipated – August 2014
JD, Wayne State University College of Law, May 2000
BA Political Science and Africana Studies, Wayne State University, 1994
AAS Instructional Technology, Community College of the Air Force, 1987
AAS Avionics Electronics, Community College of the Air Force, 1986

LICENSES

State Bar of Michigan – November 2000 (Resigned Dec. 2010)
State Bar of Florida – April 2005 (Inactive)
State Bar of California – November 2013

PUBLICATIONS

When Failure Is Not an Option, Conquering the Bar Exam: Personal Stories & Practical Advice for Overcoming the Final Hurdle to Becoming a Full-Fledged Licensed Lawyer, 135-145 (Evangeline M. Mitchell ed., 2007

If You Build it, They Will Come, The Learning Curve (Online), D’Angelo-Corker and Saada (2010)

CONFERENCE AND OTHER PRESENTATIONS

• Advancing Your ASP Career and Communicating the Importance of ASP (Nov 2012), West Coast Consortium of Academic Support Professionals Conference
• Changing the Focus: The Power of Language of Academic Support and Bar Prep (2012) Best Practices Phoenix School of Law.
• Work-In-Progress (2008), The Southeast/Southwest People of Color’s Conference

CONSULTING AND TRAININGS CONDUCTED

• 2010 Consulted on and created six-week academic support program as part of the pipeline program for University of Baltimore College of Law.
• 2011 Training Series for Academic Support and Adjunct Professors at Phoenix School of Law. Conducted a total of three trainings for department staff and adjunct professors. Topics of the trainings included Drafting Learning Outcomes, Teacher Training.
• 2012 Faculty Training Series at La Verne College of Law – Topics of training included Creating Program and Course Learning Outcomes; Program and Course Assessments; Creating the Course Syllabus; Giving Effective Feedback; Teaching Practice Ready Skills in the Doctrinal Class.

MILITARY SERVICE

United States Air Force, September 1981 – March 1989. Honorable Discharge 3/15/1989 (DD-214 available upon request.)

OTHER IMPORTANT INFORMATION

• Legal Practice, Solo Practitioner, and In House Counsel, 2000 – 2004
• ABA Site Team, Evaluator, 2011
• President’s Search Committee for the Vice President of Institutional Advancement member, University of La Verne, (2012-2013)

References available upon request.