Missouri S&T Symposium
Service Learning

October 2, 2018
9:00am - 1:00pm
St. Pat's Ballroom C - Havener Center

RSVP by September 21, 2018 to Dedie Wilson

SL Symposium AGENDA

Keynote Speaker:  Dr. Mary Kay O'Malley

Title:  Clinical Professor, UMKC School of Law

Brief abstract:  Effective formal education is purposeful.  Purposeful learning requires honest self-evaluation of strengths and deficits.  Student created portfolios encourage more intentional, focused learning and skills development by prompting students to take certain classes and seek out-of-classroom experiences intended to advance their learning.  Documenting their accomplishments builds confidence and reminds students that their end goal is to become a competent, satisfied professional in their chosen field.  The portfolio is not only a record of learning outcomes, but a personal statement reflecting a unique individual.  Mentoring the student through a portfolio project can also strengthen the bond between student and teacher leading to a pleasurable experience for both.   

Bio:  Mary Kay O’Malley has been the director of the Child and Family Services Clinic and clinical professor since 2002. She obtained her bachelor of arts from St. Mary-of-the-Woods College near Terre Haute, Indiana and her master of arts from UMKC. After working as a social worker for the Missouri Division of Family Services for 13 years, she returned to school and graduated cum laude from the Washburn University School of Law in Topeka, Kan., where she was an editor on both the Washburn Law Journal and the ABA Family Law Quarterly.

Following law school, Professor O’Malley was employed as a prosecuting attorney at the Jackson County Family Court for six years. After leaving the court she was a partner with Raith and O’Malley P.C., focusing her practice in the area of juvenile and family law.

Her other teaching assignments include the law school’s Guardian ad Litem Workshop, and she is the legal director of the Kansas City Youth Court program housed at the law school.

Faculty who are interested in incorporating service learning
into their courses are encouraged to attend.