Supervisors to work together in small groups to

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supervisors to work together in small groups to design assignments, practice giving feedback and use the standard evaluation instruments. Live or videotaped demonstrations will be prepared which model appropriate feedback techniques and serve as a baseline for evaluation. Clinical law professors or professional legal trainers will lead these small groups and provide feedback to the supervisors. Materials relevant to the training topics will be developed by the Statewide Administrator and will be provided to the supervisors before the orientation session. During each three-month session, monthly meetings will be held for all Placement Supervisors and their respective Placement Coordinators in each county. These meetings will be facilitated by a clinical law professor or professional legal trainer. The monthly meetings will
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Joint Committee Report - June 14, 2002 Page 15 focus on issues arising at the applicants' placements such as developing meaningful and varied assignments, effective feedback and supervision, evaluation, and any unanticipated problems or issues. By the beginning of the third month, those applicants in danger of failing the PSABE will be identified and discussed in the small group monthly meeting. 18 If a Placement Supervisor participates in a second three-month session, he or she will not be required to attend another orientation. However, monthly meetings will be attended by all those supervising applicants in the current three-month session. Experienced Placement Supervisors and Placement Coordinators will be encouraged to assist with subsequent orientation sessions. VII. Process of Evaluating the PSABE Applicants Assessment of On-the-Job Performance The primary person to evaluate the applicant’s on-the-job performance will be the applicant’s primary Placement Supervisor(s). Those assessment responsibilities are quite similar to the responsibilities of supervising lawyers and clinical law professors who evaluate the work performance of students they supervise. The overriding goal in the design of the assessment method is that it be fair and be applied consistently. As might occur with any supervisory relationship, there always is the possibility of subjective bias. Indeed, it is worth noting that significant problems arose during the pre-bar exam era when the apprenticeship method was the way to become a member of the bar. The absence of uniformity of the experiences for bar candidates, as well as racial, ethnic and family discrimination, were endemic to the loosely supervised and administered apprenticeship system and led to the adoption of the bar examination as a “reform” measure. The PSBA will meet this challenge through the design of a 18 The feedback from supervisors and discussion at monthly meetings are intended to identify applicants with
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Joint Committee Report - June 14, 2002 Page 16 system of evaluation that not only minimizes bias and is fair, but one that is subject to the kinds of checks and balances provided by the use of multiple evaluative devices.
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