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2009 ESCON Tentative Schedule - Thursday

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Thursday, April 2

7:45 – 8:45 am
Breakfast

7:45 am – 3:00 pm
Registration
If you haven’t already done so, pick up your nametag and workshop materials before sessions start. The registration desk is also open for questions throughout the day.

9:00 – 9:15 am
Welcome
The conference begins with an invitation to escape from the demands of your IT or admission offices and enjoy two days of information exchange and stimulating conversations. This mini-session will reiterate the goals of the conference, provide an overview of the agenda, and highlight some of the important issues that will be discussed.

9:15 – 10:30 am
Keynote Address: David Weinberger

David Weinberger's status as our foremost (and funniest!) interpreter of technology's impact on business and society continues to grow. His new book, Everything Is Miscellaneous: The Power of the New Digital Disorder, reveals new principles for taking advantage of the onrushing flood of information in order to help us pull ourselves together now that we've blown ourselves to bits.

David has been called a "marketing guru" by the Wall Street Journal, he is co-author of the influential bestseller, The Cluetrain Manifesto (1999), and author of the critically acclaimed book Small Pieces Loosely Joined (2002), a highly original and accessible reflection on the human impact of the internet.

David addresses the key elements of an information and technology revolution that impacts how we organize our businesses, increases our customers' newfound control of the information they touch, and challenges the core concepts of who and what we trust.

One of the connected economy’s most thought-provoking mavericks, David is a fellow at Harvard University’s prestigious Berkman Center, a former philosophy professor, gag writer for Woody Allen, NPR commentator, technology columnist, weblogging pioneer, and a dot com entrepreneur. A dynamic and witty speaker, he has received widespread acclaim—and we can prove it!—for captivating presentations to such companies as IBM, Yahoo, Microsoft, Google, and Disney.

10:30 – 10:45 am
Break

10:45 am – NOON
Concurrent Sessions: Select One

LSAC and Electronic Services Overview
If you are not sure what LSAC is all about, this session is for you. Bruce Bachman, VP/CIO, and Jay Shively, Director Law School Support Services, will talk about LSAC's history, identify its "customers," detail the breadth of services LSAC provides and its role in the admission process, identify who's who at LSAC, share a vision for the future, and answer any other questions that you may have about LSAC.

ACES² Wish List
What’s next for ACES²? Come and share your ideas about new features and functions you’d like to see in ACES². Would you like to see enhancements to existing functions or do you have ideas for new functionality? We’ll start with a brief overview of the new functions that are already planned and then open up the discussion to hear your thoughts regarding possible enhancements to areas such as: scheduled reports; searching for data—both criteria used and data returned; batch update; and applicant status. Areas of new functionality may include accessing data on your hand-held device or downloading files for review on a book reader. The only limitation for the wish list is your imagination—bring your ideas to share.

Collaborative & Social Networking—What's Out There?
Social networking. It has become a buzzword among millennials. Facebook has been added to the English dictionary. How can law schools capitalize on something that our applicant pool (and current students) are already using in their daily lives? And what dangers do we risk if we choose to ignore students' preferred method of communication? This presentation will discuss the why and how of social networking in the law school environment and review a variety of collaborative and social networking tools.

Hiring and Building a Team
What skills and character traits should you look for when hiring new employees or building a team to create a cooperative work environment in which IT and admission professionals collaborate to reach common goals. This session will explore how managers have successfully interviewed, hired, and retained individuals who have assisted in them achieving a shared vision.

NOON – 1:00 pm
Lunch

1:00 – 2:15 pm
Concurrent Sessions: Select One

ACES² - How It Works
Near the end of 2003, LSAC began exploring new technologies to replace the Admission Communication and Exchange System (ACES) and Admit-M. ACES is used by law school admission offices to exchange data with LSAC, while Admit-M is the database many law schools use to store, process, and report on admission-related data. As a result of these efforts, ACES² was conceived and is currently being implemented in law school admission offices across the United States. This session will explain ACES² architectures, security techniques, monitoring the health of ACES², and exchanging data with LSAC. This is an opportunity to share experiences, exchange ideas, and ask questions of LSAC personnel. Please join us for an informal and informational session.

LSAC and Electronic Services Overview (Repeat)
If you are not sure what LSAC is all about, this session is for you. Bruce Bachman, VP/CIO, and Jay Shively, Director Law School Support Services, will talk about LSAC's history, identify its "customers," detail the breadth of services LSAC provides and its role in the admission process, identify who's who at LSAC, share a vision for the future, and answer any other questions that you may have about LSAC.

LSAC from an Applicant’s Perspective
Do you have all the answers to the questions your applicants ask about LSAC services? Do you wonder what your applicants see when they register for the LSAT, apply electronically to your law school, or log in to their LSAC account to check on the status of their applications? In order to take advantage of technical advances and meet the applicants’ expectations, LSAC recently redesigned the secure part of its applicant website, LSAC.org. Many of the processes you have been familiar with are about to change. If you interact with applicants who interact with LSAC, come to this session and see what your applicants will see when the new website goes online this spring.

Hot Topics
This session allows seasoned admission and IT professionals the opportunity to focus on the issues of greatest interest. Create your own agenda with your colleagues by submitting topics during the registration process. Members of the ESCON work group will convene the session and moderate the discussion.

2:15 – 2:45 pm
Break
Enjoy refreshments and networking during this extended break.

2:45 – 4:00 pm
Concurrent Sessions: Select One

ACES² Features
Take a tour of ACES². Explore key features such as Applicant Status Online, Candidate Referral Service, and the new report interface. Examine the difference between various report types, and learn when to use Batch Update versus the Data Editing Grid. Visit underutilized features such as Recruit Events and the National School Profiles. Look at the various ways data moves in and out of ACES². As the tour comes to a close, share your observations, impressions, and ideas. Whether your school hasn’t transitioned to ACES² yet or you’ve had it for a while now, this session will have something for everyone.

ACES² - How It Works (Repeat)
Near the end of 2003, LSAC began exploring new technologies to replace the Admission Communication and Exchange System (ACES) and Admit-M. ACES is used by law school admission offices to exchange data with LSAC, while Admit-M is the database many law schools use to store, process, and report on admission-related data. As a result of these efforts, ACES² was conceived and is currently being implemented in law school admission offices across the United States. This session will explain ACES² architectures, security techniques, monitoring the health of ACES², and exchanging data with LSAC. This is an opportunity to share experiences, exchange ideas, and ask questions of LSAC personnel. Please join us for an informal and informational session.

Going Paperless with LSAC
Are you tired of carrying heavy bags or boxes of files out to your car so you can review them at home? Has all the talk about "going green" made you more aware of how much paper you use in your admission process? Have you heard talk about law schools using a paperless admission process and wonder how they do it? Find out how your colleagues are using ACES² to read applications, review law school reports, make decisions, and admit a class. Discover what plans are being developed to further enhance the ACES² paperless process. This session will give you tips on what to consider before developing a paperless process at your school, including things to avoid, preparing your admission committee, reading applications online, scoring files, and computer security issues.

Users Unite
Have you ever thought there must be a better way to use your Datatel, PeopleSoft, Oracle, SIS, or home-grown student system? How well has your law school integrated the use of ACES² with your university database? Would you like to hear how other schools have avoided or minimized double data entry? This session is designed to offer an opportunity for admission and IT professionals who use the same software applications to establish connections and share ideas, issues, and solutions.

6:30 – 8:30 pm
Reception and Dinner

Thursday night will be your opportunity to come dressed as ... yourself! Wear your favorite t-shirt, one that best resembles your personality. It might bear the emblem of your alma mater, an unbelievable concert you attended, or maybe even your favorite cartoon character. Of course, if you forget your favorite t-shirt, you can always wear the 2009 ESCON shirt you’ll receive at registration. You may be surprised by how your colleagues and coworkers express themselves through their t-shirts!

8:30 – 10:00 pm
Hospitality Suite