What excites you most about joining the new law school administration?
As a long-time administrator in higher education, it is always exciting to be involved in a new project that benefits students. What could be more exciting and challenging than starting up a new school? Having been involved with a top-10 law school, I am aware of what needs to be implemented and I am familiar with some of the pluses and minuses other schools have experienced. I can use this knowledge to incorporate and/or plan around similar issues as we start up UCI School of Law. Participating in the development of innovative approaches to education and being in on the ground floor as we develop the culture and community of our Law School is a once-in-a-lifetime experience.
What are you most excited about doing in the first years of the law school?
There is so much to do in the first three years of a law school. Coordinating the Law School semester system with the UCI campus quarter system; setting up anonymous exam, grading and awards processes according to criteria the faculty have developed; and creating a new transcript for the Law School are all first-year priorities. Developing an online schedule of courses and a catalogue for second-year enrollment, and the addition of joint majors and transfer students is in the back of my mind. Making sure we have the data we need for ABA accreditation reviews and future statistical needs are an ongoing project. Then there is always Bar passage rates and statistics after the first group of students graduate and sit for the exam in 2012. At the forefront, there is always the student. My main goal is to make the bureaucratic aspects of education as painless as possible. I look forward to the rewards and challenges involved with “starting from scratch.”
Describe a favorite project from your career.
In the fall of 2006, I was the liaison with the UC Berkeley campus to develop a system to allow UC Berkeley School of Law students access to view grades as faculty submitted them. The UC campus had used an online grading system for years; however, the complexities of the law school’s anonymous exam and mandatory grading curve requirements had excluded law students from the process. It was rewarding to develop a system that allowed the law school access to grades weeks earlier than had been possible in previous years.