Associate Dean of Student and Faculty Development
Jendayi D. Saada graduated from Cass Technical High School in Detroit, MI in 1979. After 7-1/2 years in the U.S. Air Force, she returned to Detroit and earned dual undergraduate degrees in Political Science and Africana Studies in 1993 (with honors), becoming the first female in her maternal and paternal family to graduate from college. While in the Air Force, Ms. Saada earned two Associates in Applied Science from the Community College of the Air Force, honor graduate in the Electronic Countermeasures program (ECM), a Master Instructor certification in the ECM program, and numerous other awards and honors. In 2009, Ms. Saada began her doctoral studies in Higher Education Leadership, with a dual concentration in Organizational Leadership. At the present date, Ms. Saada has completed all course work and is in the dissertation phase with an anticipated graduation date of May 2016.
Ms. Saada graduated from Wayne State University Law School in Detroit, MI in May 2000. During law school, Ms. Saada clerked for a small plaintiff Civil Rights law firm, which dealt predominantly with employment discrimination cases, including 3 class action cases. After graduating, Ms. Saada began her own private practice, Saada, P.C., in Detroit. Her practice areas included misdemeanor criminal and general civil areas such as probate, personal injury, landlord tenant and contracts. Ms. Saada was an active community advocate in Detroit, serving two terms as an elected member of the Art Center Citizen’s District Council and earning the Spirit of Detroit Award for her commitment to the City.
From 2001 through 2004, Ms. Saada continued to practice as a solo practitioner and worked as the In-house attorney for the American Arab Chaldean Community Outreach Services, primary provider of English as a Second Language courses for Arabic-speaking people in Metro Detroit. Other businesses owned by the same employer, for which Ms. Saada provided legal services included a banquet hall facility, radio station and school facility handling immigration, employment, contract, real estate, and liquor licensing issues at the transactional, pre-trial, trial and/or appeal level.
Ms. Saada moved to Miami, Florida in July 2004 and was part of a team of five people who designed and built the Critical Skills Program at Nova Southeastern University’s Shepard Broad Law Center. In addition to program development and teaching, Ms. Saada privately tutored students for the Multistate and state portions of the Florida Bar Exam.
In 2009, Ms. Saada became the Director of Academic Success and Bar Preparation at Florida A&M University (FAMU) College of Law in Orlando, FL. While at FAMU, Ms. Saada and her team built a full-service academic support program that began in orientation and continued to provide support through the bar exam. At FAMU, Ms. Saada served on the Academic Standards and Curriculum Committees, secured a $30,000 grant for her department, and built one of the largest academic support study aid library in the country. This library continues to be a popular resource for students at FAMU. In the year and a half that Ms. Saada was the director of the FAMU academic support program, she was voted Administrator of the Year in 2009 and 2010.
In June 2011, Ms. Saada left FAMU College of Law to become the Director of Academic Success at Phoenix School of Law. While at PSL, Ms. Saada supervised 11 full-time employees and managed a department budget over one million dollars. During her short tenure at PSL, Ms. Saada restructured the existing academic success program, significantly elevating the depth and presence of the program for students in all stages of their legal education. Ms. Saada served on the American Bar Association (ABA) Site Team in October 2011, which evaluated the Petition for Provisional Accreditation for the University of La Verne College of Law.
In June 2012, Ms. Saada joined La Verne College of Law as the Assistant Dean for the Center for Academic and Bar Readiness (formerly Academic and Bar Support). In her present position, Ms. Saada and her team have developed a comprehensive academic and bar support program that spans orientation through bar passage and includes curriculum changes in the 1L, 2L, and 3L years. At La Verne COL, Ms. Saada has served on the Curriculum, Diversity, and Academic Standards Committees and the Chair of the Faculty Training Workshop Committee. Additionally, Ms. Saada has served on the University’s Data Integrity Committee, the Graduate Academic Policy Committee, the CAFÉ Advisory Board, and the President’s Search Committee for the Vice President of Institutional Advancement. Community service activities while at La Verne include serving as a panelist on the Black College Expo Hot Careers panel, MLK Day of Service at La Verne University, participation in several Admissions and Alumni events, and the following presentations:
Advancing Your ASP Career and Communicating the Importance of ASP (Nov 2012), West Coast Consortium of Academic Support Professionals Conference, Sacramento, CA
Changing the Focus: The Power of Language of Academic Support and Bar Prep (2012) Best Practices Phoenix School of Law.
Work-In-Progress (2008), The Southeast/Southwest People of Color’s Conference, Elon University COL.
Ms. Saada successfully took the California Bar Exam with her La Verne students in July 2013. She has been licensed to practice law in Michigan (voluntarily resigned) and is currently licensed in Florida and California.