Jendayi Saada to lead the law school through a series of reforms planned for this year.

The University of La Verne College of Law has hired Jendayi Saada to lead the law school through a series of rigorous enhancements to its academic and bar support programs, officials announced today. Saada comes to La Verne Law with an impressive background in developing programs that have led to significant performance gains for law school students and graduates passing the bar. Her previous experience includes work at Phoenix School of Law; Florida A&M University College of Law; and Nova Southeastern University. She also served as an American Bar Association site team evaluator in 2011. Saada replaces Jon Baumunk, who took on the position at La Verne Law in 2011 as the interim director of academic and bar support.

“We are thrilled to bring Jendayi Saada’s vision and leadership to La Verne Law at this particular point in time,” said Interim Dean Philip A. Hawkey. “We have made substantial improvements in how we support the success of our students in law school and on the bar exam, and she will play a pivotal role in the law school’s continued success.”

Along with Saada’s hiring, the law school has been implementing the following reforms:

  • Bar Preparation
    • Targeted outreach and assistance to graduates preparing to take the bar exam
    • Graded performance tests and essays with detailed feedback
    • One-on-one meetings and tutoring with bar counselors
    • Dedicated dormitory rooms at no cost for bar-sitters
    • Weekly stress management workshops
  • Faculty Enhancement
    • Development of an intensive training program on course-learning outcomes and assessments
    • Defined learning objectives, rubrics and opportunities for multiple assessments throughout each term are included in the program

Saada earned her Juris Doctor degree from Wayne State University College of Law, and is anticipated to receive her Doctorate of Education Leadership from Nova Southeastern University in December. She also holds a B.A. in Political Science and Africana Students from Wayne State University, and AAS degrees in Instructional Technology and Avionics Electronics from the Community College of the Air Force.

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About the University of La Verne College of Law

The University of La Verne College of Law, located just east of Los Angeles in inland Southern California, is situated in a growing metropolitan region of more than 6 million people. Founded in 1970, La Verne Law is a part of the University of La Verne, which enjoys a 121-year reputation for providing a sound education built on lifelong learning, community service, diversity and a values-based orientation.  La Verne Law is the only law school in all of Riverside and San Bernardino counties provisionally approved by the American Bar Association.

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