Small & Solo CSO Section

This Section is for NALP members working in career services offices with three or fewer career services professionals.

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2022-23 Section Co-Chairs: Kim Underdown, St. Mary's University School of Law and Maria Comas, Duquesne University School of Law

Work Groups:

Annual Education Conference / Bulletin+ Article and Webinar Planning
Brainstorm with section members to develop ideas and identify speakers for the 2023 Annual Education Conference and topics for Bulletin+ articles. Assist members through the completion of the RFP processes for both. Brainstorm current topics and suggest at least 2 educational webinars to be produced in a timely manner throughout the year.

Member Relations and Membership Development
Reach out to new members on a regular basis to welcome them to the section. Educate new and continuing members about ways to get involved. Consider contacting members from other sections and groups to encourage them to join.

Environmental Scanning
Identify common challenges related to small CSO work including student engagement, employer outreach, data collection and working with alumni. Continue to collect handouts, sample workshops, and guides to rebuild the resource pool for members.

Programming Best Practices
Explore best practices for providing programming to students. Consider best practice for advisors on providing effective virtual programming. Continue to collaborate with the Law Student Professional Development Section, to finalize and distribute a student professionalism tool kit. Interview section members or create a survey on best practices.

Knowledge Management and Resource Implementation
Coordinate with the Environmental Scanning work group to identify top resources relevant to the section and collaborate with the NALP staff to explore location options for the compilation to provide easy access.

DEI Liaison
The DEI Liaison will identify and address issues related to DEI that are specific to the section and work with the VP of DEI and the DEI Standing Committee to address these issues.

Well-Being Champion
Identify specific well-being issues faced by the section and propose and institute well-being initiatives to address these issues. Participate as a member of the Well-Being Steering Committee.

Communications, Social Media & Marketing
Develop at least four (quarterly) social media posts to share with the NALP staff and conduct monthly member outreach on NALP Connect to update the membership about the work of the group.




2021-22 Section Co-Chairs: Tanya Lundberg, University of Detroit Mercy School of Law and Maria Comas, Duquesne University School of Law


April 2022 Board Report (PDF)
February 2021 Board Report (PDF)
November 2021 Board Report (PDF)
July 2021 Board Report (PDF)


Work Groups:

Annual Education Conference / Bulletin+ Article and Webinar Planning
Brainstorm with section members to develop ideas and identify speakers for the 2022 Annual Education Conference and topics for Bulletin+ articles. Assist members through the completion of the RFP processes for both. Consider the production of educational webinars throughout the year.

Member Relations and Membership Development
Reach out to new members on a regular basis to welcome them to the section. Educate new and continuing members about ways to get involved. Consider contacting members from other sections and groups to encourage them to join.

Environmental Scanning
Identify common challenges related to small CSO work including student engagement, employer outreach, data collection and working with alumni. Continue to collect handouts, sample workshops, and guides to rebuild the resource pool for members.

Programming Best Practices
Explore best practices for providing programming to students. Consider best practice for advisors on providing effective virtual programming. In collaboration with the Law Student Professional Development Section, create a student professionalism tool kit. Interview section members or create a survey on best practices.

Knowledge Management and Resource Implementation
Coordinate with the Environmental Scanning work group to identify top resources relevant to the section and collaborate with the KM/RI Advisory Group to explore location options for the compilation to provide easy access. Ensure NALPconnect is used for section communications.




2020-21 Section Chair: Alisa Benedict O’Brien, University of Akron School of Law C. Blake McDowell Law Center

April 2021 Board Report (PDF)
February 2021 Board Report (PDF)
November 2020 Board Report (PDF)
July 2020 Board Report (PDF)


Work Groups:

Annual Education Conference / Bulletin Article and Webinar Planning
Brainstorm with Section membership to develop ideas and identify speakers for the 2021 Annual Education Conference and topics for Bulletin articles. Assist members through the completion of the RFP processes for both. Consider the production of educational webinars throughout the year.

Member Relations and Membership Development
Reach out to new and/or continuing members on a periodic basis to welcome them to the section and educate them about ways to get involved. Consider reaching out to additional members encouraging them to join the section.

Environmental Scanning
Identify common challenges related to small CSO work including student engagement, employer outreach, data collection and working with alumni. Continue to collect handouts, sample workshops, and guides to rebuild the resource pool for members.

Programming Best Practices
Explore best practices for providing programming to students. Consider best practice for advisors on providing effective virtual programming in a world of physical distancing. In collaboration with the Law Student Professional Development Section, consider creating a To Go Kit on the basics of launching a professional development curriculum for students.


2019-20 Section Chair: Alisa Benedict O’Brien, University of Akron School of Law C. Blake McDowell Law Center

April 2020 Board Report (PDF)
February 2020 Board Report (PDF)
November 2019 Board Report (PDF)
July 2019 Board Report (PDF)

Work Groups:

Strategic Planning
Collect feedback and prepare a memorandum to the Board of Directors highlighting strategic goals for the Section and its subject matter and/or area of interest.

Annual Education Conference / Bulletin Article and Webinar Planning
Brainstorm with Section membership to develop ideas and identify speakers for the 2020 Annual Education Conference and topics for Bulletin articles. Assist members through the completion of the RFP processes for both. Consider the production of educational webinars throughout the year.

Membership Development
Engage in outreach to those CSO members who responded to the invitation to become members of the Section. Engage in environmental scanning.

Environmental Scanning
Identify common challenges related to small CSO work including student engagement, employer outreach, data collection and working with alumni.



2018-19 Section Chair: Alisa Benedict O’Brien, University of Akron School of Law C. Blake McDowell Law Center

April 2019 Board Report (PDF)
February 2019 Board Report (PDF)
July 2018 Board Report (PDF)
November 2018 Board Report (PDF)


2015-16 Section Chair: Leah Terranova, University of Kansas School of Law

April 2016 Board Report (PDF)
February 2016 Board Report (PDF)
November 2015 Board Report (PDF)
July 2015 Board Report (PDF)



2014-15 Section Chair: Jennifer Zwagerman, Drake University Law School

April 2015 Board Report (PDF)

February 2015 Board Report (PDF)

November 2014 Board Report (PDF)

July 2014 Board Report (PDF)


2013-14 Section Chair: Jennifer Zwagerman, Drake University Law School


2012-2013 Section Chair: Layke Stolberg, University of Nevada Law Vegas William S. Boyd School of Law


2011-2012 Section Chair: Cinnamon Baker, Barry University School of Law


2010-2011 Section Chair: Holly Brajcich, Gonzaga University School of Law


2009-2010 Section Chair: Margann Bennett, Washburn University School of Law


2008-09 Chair: Dena Bauman, University of the District of Columbia School of Law

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