As your students prepare for exams, we’d like to remind you about CALI Lessons.

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Help your law students succeed with CALI Lessons!

Time tested with proven results.  

Did you know that your school is a CALI member?  Meaning, with your CALI membership, you have full access to CALI Lessons which are interactive tutorials written by law professors and librarians. They are great for mastering course materials during the semester and for studying for exams.  The material is rigorous, but short, taking 20-40 minutes to complete each lesson.

  • Over 1,000 CALI lessons and more added every year
  • Coverage includes 40 different legal subject areas
  • Used over half a million times each year by tens of thousands of law students

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Screen shots of CALI Lessons

Best of all? It’s totally free for you to use!

When registering a new account at www.cali.org, you must use your school’s authorization code to create your account.  Click here to see your school’s contact.  You’ll only need to use the school’s authorization code once.  After that, you may use the email/password you used to sign up in order to login at www.cali.org.

Added Bonus!  

Try our CALI LessonLink! LessonLink is a service that law faculty can use to create a unique URL for a CALI Lesson that allows the instructor to track the students’ scores and usage down to the individual question. Faculty can edit CALI lessons to suit their specific needs.

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CALL FOR NOMINATIONS FOR CALI BOARD OF DIRECTORS

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Deadline: Friday, November 11, 2016 (7pm CST). Email John Mayer (jmayer@cali.org) to submit nominations.

Click here for the current CALI Board of Directors.

The Center for Computer-Assisted Legal Instruction (CALI) is seeking nominations of qualified and enthusiastic individuals to fill vacant positions on its Board of Directors. If you know of someone who would like to contribute to the research and development, strategic planning and governance of CALI, then consider nominating them for the CALI Board of Directors.

Please clear it with the person first to make sure they WANT to be nominated. Self-nominations are acceptable.  It helps our process if the nominee provides some background on their interest in CALI’s mission and activities.

REQUIRED INFORMATION

  • Name of the nominee
  • Phone number of the nominee
  • Email address of the nominee
  • Institutional affiliation of the nominee
  • CV and/or link to home page/bio for the nominee.

Directors are required to attend TWO meetings a year (June during the CALI Conference and January during AALS).

Directors serve on committees at the behest of the President of the Board and work on other projects and issues relating to the governance, strategy-setting and promotion of CALI’s mission and activities.

Directors terms are for three years at which time their service is evaluated by the Nominating Committee along with other nominees. Service on the CALI Board is voluntary and gratis. Travel expenses for the Board meetings can be covered by CALI if institutional support is unavailable.

The list of all nominees will be submitted to the Nomination Committee who will determine a slate of candidates to be presented to the CALI Membership at the Annual Breakfast to be held on Thursday, January 5, 2017, 7:15-8:30 am in San Francisco, CA during AALS.

All nominees will be contacted soon after nominations are closed. Nominees who are chosen by the nominating committee and elected by the membership are required to attend the CALI Board meeting tentatively scheduled for Thursday, January 5, 2017 in San Francisco, CA right after the Membership Breakfast.

CALI is a dynamic and forward-thinking 501(c)(3) non-profit with big plans and big ideas. CALI is supported primarily by membership dues from over 200 US law schools. Qualified Directors should have knowledge and experience that they can contribute to the ongoing dissemination, development and strategic planning towards CALI’s mission.

Some of our projects include:

* CALI LESSONS: CALI publishes over 1,000 web-based tutorials that are used by law students and law faculty at over 200 US law schools.  We are constantly adding new lessons and updating the existing collection.  More information is at www.cali.org/lessons.

* ELECTRONIC CASEBOOKS/EBOOKS: CALI publishes e-casebooks and other legal texts in multiple ebook formats under the eLangdell imprint.  These are distributed under Creative Commons licenses to allow for maximum flexibility for faculty and students to use in their educational endeavors.  More information is at elangdell.cali.org.

* ACCESS TO JUSTICE/EXPERIENTIAL LEARNING: CALI created the A2J Author software platform that is used by legal aid attorneys and law schools to teach their students law process automation.  More information about using A2J Author in law schools is at a2jclinic.classcaster.net.

A reasonably complete list of CALI projects can be found here.

If you have any questions or wish to submit a nominations, contact John Mayer, Executive Director at 312-906-5307 or jmayer@cali.org.

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Trouble Logging in to CALI Website Yesterday/Sunday? All fixed now … and sorry about that.

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If you ever experience problems with the CALI website or any CALI services, email webmaster@cali.org.

If you had problems logging in to the CALI website starting Sunday, August 21, 2016 in the morning until about 8pm EST, it was a problem on our end. You were not going crazy.  So sorry.  It’s fixed now. 

The problem would manifest as looking like you were banned from the website (how rude!).  Resetting your password would not necessarily have worked.  This would not happen to everyone at once, but intermittently from the user’s viewpoint.

It’s related to our upgrades to the website to require https/ssl on all web traffic.  More security = good.

Sorry about the problems.  If you have problems in the future, don’t hesitate to email webmaster@cali.org if anything at all looks strange or doesn’t work the way it’s should.  Multiple, semi-sentient beings monitor that account – even on weekends.

John Mayer
Executive Director
jmayer@cali.org
312-906-5307 – Office
@johnpmayer – Twitter

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A Coloring Book for Legal Education? Seriously? … YES!

WhatColorCFRcoverThis summer, CALI published what we believe to be the first Coloring Book for Legal Education in the eLangdell Press – “What Color is Your C.F.R.?” by Elizabeth Gotauco, Nicole Dyszlewski and Raquel M. Ortiz. It can be downloaded as PDF for free or you can purchase a paper copy here, (which makes it easier to color) here for $3.78 + shipping.

This is a coloring book for adult law students with the goal of experimenting with the new trend in adult coloring books that purport to help deal with anxiety and stress.

Law school can be stressful. What an obvious and uncomplicated statement! Coloring has been found to help calm the mind and even to increase focus.

I will admit to being skeptical when the authors first proposed this book to CALI, but I talked to people who have actually used them and read dozens of articles (just Google “adult coloring books” – turn on “safe search” if you fear what that might retrieve) and you will find that this is a BIG DEAL. I urge you to read a few articles and see for yourself.  It’s not for everyone, but the benefits are real.

CALI has always been about exploring new PeepingTomideas and technologies. By publishing this book, we can introduce an innovative and potentially useful idea to our membership and law students. The PDF can be printed for free under our Creative Commons license or students can purchase a paperback version.

The legal educational angle is intriguing to me as well. The subject of the drawings are legal research resources and images. Most adult coloring books are designs, patterns and mandalas, but there are books covering all kinds of topics including a Ruth Bader Ginsburg-themed coloring book. The authors wanted to tap into the positive aspects of coloring and remain linked to their educational mission. We hope that the combination results in a fresh viewpoint on the stress of studying the law. Perhaps its just a calming diversion. Either way, it’s a deeply personal experience like meditation or yoga.

I would love to hear about your experiences with this resource. My email is jmayer@cali.org. This is an experiment and we are in uncharted territory and so are open to learn as we go.
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Yes, the pics in this post are from the coloring book.   I screencaptured them from the PDF and then imported them into MS Paint and “colored” them with my mouse. ;-)

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Legal Checklists, Classrooms, Workflows and Legal Education

learnthelaw.orgStatewide Legal Services of Connecticut and CALI have created a new website where lawyers (especially legal aid attorneys), law students and law faculty can create checklists that contain steps in a legal process and links or content that deals with that step in the process. The website is at www.learnthelaw.org because the goal is to encourage users to capture their legal process expertise in the form of checklists and use them as a learning resource for other lawyers, law students and even the public (self representing litigants – a.k.a. SRLs).

Legal problems can be broken down into steps that can occur over a long period of time – weeks, months, even years. The legal aid community and many others have created articles, tools, forms, videos that explain or guide people through individual steps in a legal process. Our idea is that you can organize the steps in a legal process into a checklist and that the individual items either already exist. The creation, collection and authoring of these checklists, itself, is a valuable process for law students and a valuable resource for lawyers practicing in a new area. A legal process checklist could also be useful to SRLs to get an overview of the entirety of their legal situation.

Since the goal is for lawyers and SRLs to “learn” about a legal process, we call these checklists “classrooms”. Perhaps we should’ve stuck with checklists, but we had the learnthelaw.org URL already and it’s more snappy than checklistthelaw.org.

CHECKLISTS CAPTURE EXPERTISE

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The Checklist Manifesto

Checklists are like miniature expert systems. Good ones capture condensed and curated knowledge of the expert and act as a guard rail or reminder system or external assistant to users. If you have not read Atul Gawande’s New York Times Bestseller “The Checklist Manifesto: How to Get Things Right”, I highly recommend it. It was one of the inspirations for this project and I believe there is real power in the use of checklists by lawyers.

A key point of the book is that checklists are great for novices and experts alike. The value to novices should be obvious, but what about experts? Don’t they already know all about the subject area and all the steps? The answer is “yes”, but checklists are a guarantee that steps won’t be overlooked. For lawyers, checklists help …

– insure accuracy
– completeness
– avoid malpractice
– reminder of all require steps
– reminder of all required documents
– indicator of progress being made in a long process
– monitoring of other parties

When you are at your worst, a checklist can backstop you and provide guidance. When you are at your best, the checklist insures you don’t miss anything and make you feel like you are flying.

WHAT ABOUT LAW STUDENTS?

CALI creates tools, services and content that helps law schools teach and law students learn. The act of creating a quality checklist for a legal workflow is a great learning device for law students.

I imagine law faculty assigning a project to students in almost any course to create a learnthelaw.org classroom and then comparing and contrasting the results from different students working on the same problem space. I can also imagine law students working with local legal aid groups to create classrooms for SRLs as a class or probono project.

We have a pie-in-the-sky notion that if we can get a lot of people to create and share a lot of legal process checklists, this “ecology” will yield social sharing benefits. The more people that use shared checklists will result in more refinement, discussion and improvement.

WHY LEARNTHELAW.ORG?

LearnTheLaw.org is a place for the legal aid and legal education communities to share their checklists and develop these ideas further. There is a natural alliance between legal aid and its dearth of resources and legal education and its need for real-world experience to give to law students. CALI has been using technology to leverage that intersection for many years with the A2J Author project. LearnTheLaw.org is a natural growth of those efforts.

LearnTheLaw.org is also a place to document many different legal processes and workflows. The experience might lead to some of these becoming part of an expert system, document automation or other mechanism that improves delivery or access to legal services and education, but before we can do that, we need to learn more about how lawyers think about the steps in a legal process. We hope that LearnTheLaw.org is a place to capture this.

Finally, LearnTheLaw.org is an attempt to create an institutional memory that transcends individual lawyers and legal aid organizations. When people retire or leave for new positions, their experience is often a loss to the organization. What if some of their experience and knowledge could be captured in a semi-structured format, placed in context and preserved for future lawyers, students and SRLs? This would benefit the organization going forward and possibly grow into a valuable institutional memory that can be preserved and be of benefit to the organization.

Big ideas start small and LearnTheLaw.org is a small start, but we have big ambitions. We hope we to add value and capabilities to the website going forward and look forward to integrating the feedback we receive.

Give it a go!

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Learn from the experts at CALIcon16

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Learn from the experts!

Declining applications and the legal marketplace recession creates a more complex and competitive market for legal education and lawyers.  Many of the fixes have a technology component like distance learning, formative assessment, virtual law practice, law practice tech, document and process automation to name a few.  Many technologies that have proven themselves in other places are finally being looked at for legal education and law practice – they are no longer dangerous.

Whether you are a law librarian, law faculty, associate dean, or IT administrator, we have something for you at CALIcon16.  From June16-18, we’ve got 3-days packed with networking, sponsor exhibits, and 55 informative sessions with ideas and tools to make your law school more competitive. Register today to attend these sessions:

Session title:  Law Firm Tech – What They Know, What They Want to Know, and What They Need to Know in Practice

  • Sarah Mauldin, Director of Library Services @ Smith, Gambrell & Russell, LLP  &  Maureen Cahill, Student Services Librarian @ University of Georgia School of Law

Session title:  Combining Legal Research Pedagogy, Pro Bono and Experiential Learning in the First Year Curriculum at the University of Tennessee

  • Kris Tobin, Assistant Professor and Reference Librarian @ University of Tennessee College of Law

Session title:  Advanced Legal Research Instruction:  New Opportunities in Blended Learning

  • Shannon Roddy, Special Projects Librarian @ American University Washington College of Law & Amy Taylor, Associate Law Librarian @ American University Washington College of Law

Session title:  12 Years of Student Technology Ownership Surveys:  Trends and Today’s Opportunities for Richer Learning Experiences

  • Rich McCue, Systems Administrator @ University of Victoria & Will Monroe, Head of Instructional Technology @ Louisiana State University Law Center

Session title:  Microlearning Legal Research

  • Eliza Fink, Digital Resource Librarian @ Lincoln Memorial University Duncan School of Law & Ann Walsh Long, Information Services Librarian @ Lincoln Memorial University Duncan School of Law

 

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P.S.  Don’t forget to reserve your hotel room!  CALIcon16 has a great selection at the Ritz-Carlton Atlanta. Check them out>>
              

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Learn about the various legal education applications at CALIcon16

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Welcome

The Conference for Law School Computing® – aka CALIcon – is the only conference that brings together law professors, IT professionals, law librarians and law school administrators to discuss technology and its impacts on legal education.

For more information about CALIcon, including registration, hotel and program news, please read on.

EDUCATION:  The conference will deliver dozens of sessions with real people sharing real experiences creating, using, designing and implementing technology in support and practice of legal education.  The latest topics and trends in legal education are grouped into 4 tracks:

Technology: Focus on industry innovations & future growth opportunities in the legal technology field.
Course Management: Focus on improving and building course strategies/tools needed by law faculty to manage and strengthen legal educational program(s) for maximum success.
Experiential Learning:  Focus on the convergence of online and face-to-face educational models to develop the right blended learning applications in a legal education setting.
Case Studies:  Focus on proven real-world legal education applications.​

CONFERENCE FEES:  We are please to announce that the 2016 conference fees has not increased.

  • $295 for attendees from CALI member law schools
  • $695 for attendees from non-CALI member institutions
  • $95 for member presenter registration
  • $195 for new voices presenter registration
  • $495 for non-member presenter registration

HOTEL INFORMATION:There is a block of hotel rooms reserved for attendees / exhibitors at the Ritz-Carlton Atlanta.  The hotel is a three-minute walk to the Georgia State University College of Law.  We strongly recommend booking your hotel as soon as possible because the room block will sell out.

The Ritz-Carlton Atlanta
181 Peachtree Street, NE
Atlanta, GA 30303
404-659-0400
www.ritzcarlton.com/atlanta
GROUP CODE:  CALCALA
GROUP RATE:  $149.00 p/n  (CUTOFF DATE:  Friday, May 20, 2016)

Group room rates are subject to applicable state and local taxes. (City: 4%, State: 4%, Occupancy: 8%) in effect at the time of check in.

              

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CALIcon16 Keynote Speakers are Announced!

CALIcon16 Website Banner (Hazard)FinalHires5Hugh McGuire, founder of Pressbooks, an online book publishing platform and Michael Feldstein, a Partner at MindWires Consulting, a consulting firm helping schools, educational companies, and policy-makers navigate the new world of digital education will be the keynote speakers at the 26th Annual CALIcon Conference. They will address this year’s theme “Year of Learning Dangerously” and share their experience and expertise on a range of topics facing the publication industry.

About Hugh McGuire

Hugh McGuire is the founder of PressBooks, an online book publishing platform built on WordPress, and of LibriVox.org, the largest library of free, public domain audiobooks in the world, all read by volunteers.

Mr. McGuire is also the founder of the small commercial audiobook company, Iambik Audiobooks, and the co-editor, with Brian O’Leary, of Book: A Futurist’s Manifesto — Essays from the bleeding edge of publishing (O’Reilly).

Mr. McGuire has talked about the future of publishing around the world, and his work has appeared in various places in print, bits and audio, including: the New York Times, Forbes, the LA Times, BBC Radio, the New Yorker, CBC Radio, NPR, TechCrunch and Pando Daily.

About Michael Feldstein

Michael is a Partner at MindWires Consulting, Co-Publisher of e-Literate, and Co-Producer of e-Literate TV. Previously, he has been the Senior Program Manager of MindTap at Cengage Learning and Principal Product Strategy Manager for Academic Enterprise Solutions (formerly Academic Enterprise Initiative, or AEI) at Oracle Corporation. Prior to to that, Michael was an Assistant Director at the SUNY Learning Network, where he oversaw blended learning faculty development and was part of the leadership team for the LMS platform migration efforts of this 40-campus program. Before SUNY, he was co-founder and CEO of a company that provided e-learning and knowledge management products and services to Fortune 500 corporations, with a special emphasis on software simulations. He has also been the interim CLO at The Otter Group, a Senior Partner at Christensen/Roberts Solutions, and a Senior Instructional Designer at Raymond Karsan Associates. In previous lives, Michael has been a freelance writer, an English PhD student, a middle school and high school teacher, a tire wrangler at a Yokohama Tire warehouse, and a professional loafer at Schooley’s Mountain County Park.

The 26th Annual CALI Conference for Law School Computing is June 16 – 18, 2016 at Georgia State University College of Law in Atlanta, GA. See http://2016.calicon.org/ for all the details.

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37 Free Ways to Use Tech in Your Law School Course

I often run across interesting ways that faculty can and do use technology in their courses – law faculty and others – and I decided to collect them all in one place for the benefit of law faculty seeking interesting ideas.  Some ideas are more substantive than others, and they all require some small effort to implement, but I hope you find something useful in the list.  

If you have ideas that should be added to this list, please email me at jmayer@cali.org and I will periodically update and republish this article from time to time.  

Of course, as Executive Director of CALI, some of the ideas listed use CALI created resources which are free to CALI member law schools.  If your law school is not a CALI member, I would be delighted to come to your school, at my expense, buy your faculty lunch and deliver a thought-provoking, fun, informative presentation on CALI and its benefits.

 1.  CALI Logo with tagline

Run a CALI lesson (www.cali.org/lessons) on the projector in the classroom and have the students vote on the answers before revealing the correct answer.   Even better, have the student pick their answers using Instapoll (www.cali.org/instapoll) so that you can see how many people got it right or wrong.

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 2. Time Trial

Give the students a 5 minute challenge playing Time Trial (www.cali.org/timetrial) where they have to put dates of famous cases, Supreme Court Justices and Acts of Law into the correct chronological order.  The student with the highest score after 5 minutes wins a prize.

[CALI][GAME][LEGAL HISTORY]


 3. Wikipedia

Pick a case from this list (Supreme Court Cases that don’t have a Wikipedia article) on Wikipedia and have the students draft an article on it for Wikipedia.  

Here is the URL:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_United_States_Supreme_Court_cases

Look for the RED links – these are the cases without an article.   Alternatively, have your students read and edit and improve an existing article about a Supreme Court case adding links to other Wikipedia articles or additional references.

[WIKIPEDIA][SUPREME COURT][WRITING]


 4.Oyez

After reading a recent Supreme Court Case, have the students listen to the oral arguments on Oyez (www.oyez.org) and discuss the merits of the speakers.

[OYEZ][SUPREME COURT][AUDIO]



 5. Court Listener

Go to Court Listener’s Mapper and have the student create a citation network that links two Supreme Court cases.“Over time, as the Court elaborates on legal doctrine, earlier cases become connected to later cases by chains of citation. Lawyers often refer to such chains of related cases as lines of cases. This tool allows users to analyze and study lines of cases by creating citation networks.”

Have them prepare to explain the linkage and significance of the precedence.

[SUPREME COURT]


 6. elangdell

Have the students compare the chapters or sections of their casebook with the same chapters or sections in the free ebook casebooks at elangdell.cali.org.  Which author explained the concept better?  What makes a good legal explanation?  CALI has free casebooks that are free under a Creative Commons license in …

Torts
First Amendment
Income Tax
Contracts
Evidence
Property
Land Use
Civil Procedure

[CALI][EBOOKS][CASEBOOKS]



 7.Classcaster

Create your own class blog at Classcaster (www.classcaster.net).  Post sample exam questions with model answers and have the students comment using the comment features of the blog system.  

[CALI] [WRITING][BLOGGING]


 8. CALI author

Download CALI Author from http://www.cali.org/content/cali-author and write your own short CALI lesson and use AutoPublish to post it for your students.

Learning CALI Author is more of a time investment than some of these other ideas.There are tutorials on YouTube here.

[CALI][TUTORIALS][QUIZZES]


 

 9. Social Media

Have your students watch the video on Social Media in Law Practice by Ernie the Attorney and discuss the different ways that lawyers can get into trouble using social media.

[SOCIAL MEDIA]



 10. Google Docs

At the beginning of the semester, designate 3 students to be the class note-takers using Google Docs.  Everyone else has to close their laptops.  At the end, have the students share their notes with everyone else in the course (you will need to have a list of emails for everyone in the class handy).  Do this every day with 3 different students.  Decide with the class if this system will work instead of everyone taking notes all the time.

[CLASS NOTES]


 11. Twitter

At the end of class, have everyone create 3 tweets on Twitter with a hashtag for the class (e,g, #MayerEvidenceYale) that describes what was essentially covered during the class.

Use Storify to create a permanent web page of all the tweets. 

Forcing your students to condense their thoughts into 140 characters is an interesting exercise in brevity and consolidation.  The results might give you insight into what the students are absorbing from your lectures.

[CLASS NOTES]


 

 12. Vine Video

Have students create a Vine (6 seconds of video) that summarizes a legal concept covered in your course.  Most points go for something that takes into account Vine’s continual looping.   Vine is like video-twitter for thought condensation.

[VIDEO]


 13. Anki flash cards spaced repitition

Have your students download Anki and create 10 flashcards each for the subject matter of your course.  Have them share the results with each other.  Anki is free and uses spaced repetition to efficiently learn and memorize facts. 

[FLASH CARDS][SPACED REPETITION]


 14. desktop video

Use Skype, GoToMeeting, Zoom, Periscope or any other desktop video conferencing software to invite outside experts to give short talks to your classes.  

[VIDEO][OUTSIDE EXPERTS][GUEST LECTURERS]


 15. lawdibles podcasts
Legal Talk Network

Pick a law-related podcast from Lawdibles  or the LegalTalkNetwork and play one in class for discussion.  The LegalTalkNetwork has podcasts in all kinds of categories like…

Best Legal Practices
Business Law
e-Discovery
General Counsel
In-House Counsel
Information Security
Intellectual Property
Law School
Legal Marketing
Legal News
Legal Support
Legal Technology
Medical Law
Practice Management
Workers Compensation

[PODCAST]


 16. Coggle mind maps

Give your students the assignment to use Coggle to create mind maps of a legal process or area of law.  

“Whether you’re note-taking, brainstorming, planning, or doing something awesomely creative, Coggle makes it super-simple for you to visualise your ideas.”

Have the students present the results in class and discuss/defend their creations.

[MIND MAPS]


 17. qnamarkup

Have your students create a question and answer interview for a client in a simple legal matter using QNAMarkup.  Require each student to write an interview and review another student’s interview.  This could be a simple exercise or something more complex where students have to research an area of law to understand what questions need to be asked and what the best order is to ask them.

[LEGAL PROCESS]



 18. calicon

Use a class session or have your students watch a conference presentation from hundreds of CALI Conference sessions on Youtube  There are dozens of sessions on law practice, technology in legal education, etc.

[VIDEO][CALI CONFERENCE][LEGAL TECH]


 19. Search all law school websites

Use the “Search All Law School Websites” service created by CALI to find out what other/all law schools have videos of guest lectures given at different law schools.  Type “guest lecture” into the search box for a good list.

[VIDEO][GUEST LECTURERS]


 20. NY COURTS

Have your student pretend they are getting a divorce, name change or other legal matter and use New York Courts DIY Forms to fill out the proper form.  Let them see how it looks from the viewpoint of a self represented litigant.  Get the final document and have the student critique the process and output and final result.

[LEGAL PROCESS][DOCUMENT AUTOMATION]


 21. instapoll

CALI’s Instapoll is like a clicker, but uses only software.  Students use their smartphones or laptops to respond to multiple choice questions you give them in class.

Using Instapoll at www.cali.org/instapoll, ask questions of the class where the students choose and answer 1 – 6  or A – F and project the results on the screen to test whether students are understanding the material being covered.  Elicit discussion from the students who got it wrong.

[QUIZZES][CLICKERS][FEEDBACK]



 22. CALI LESSONS

Rather than covering material in class, assign CALI lessons for students to take using LessonLink so that you can see the student scores.  Use class time to discuss the material rather than lecture on it.

[QUIZZES][TUTORIALS][FORMATIVE ASSESSMENT]


 23. WRITE CLEARLY

Have your students paste some of their recent writing into https://readability-score.com/ to see what grade level their writing is at.  Then have them visit WriteClearly.org, a website that helps lawyers reduce legalese in their writing.  Have them practice changing the language to get a lower score to make their writing more readable for non-lawyers.

[WRITING]


 24. ABA LTRC

Have your students view the Practice Management Comparison chart from the American Bar Association’s Legal Technology Resource Center and discuss the features needed for the area of practice they are interested in.

[PRACTICE MANAGEMENT]


 25. LAWYERIST.COM best law firm websites

Have your students look at what are considered some of the best law firm websites here and here.   Discuss what they would be looking for if they were hiring a lawyer.  What are they going to put on their law firm website. 

[PRACTICE MANAGEMENT]


 

 26. law genius

Have your students annotate your casebook (or any case or statute that you choose) at Law Genius – a free, open resource for lawyers and law students.
[CASE READING][CLASS NOTES]



 27. famous trials

Teach a recent case, like the Zimmerman Trial,  from Professor Doug Linder’s Famous Trials website.

[CASES]



 28. Pinterest

Pinterest is a social network that allows users to visually share, and discover new interests by posting (known as ‘pinning’ on Pinterest) images or videos to their own or others’ boards (i.e. a collection of ‘pins,’ usually with a common theme)”

Have each student pick a case that you are studying in the course and use Pinterest to find 10 images, articles or videos that relate to that case or the subject or issues in that case.  Have the students share these with the entire class.  The goal is to develop student’s visual communication skills.

[CASES]



 29. quizzlet

Create quizzes for your students at Quizlet.  Have students add their own questions to your course quiz. 

[QUIZZES][FORMATIVE ASSESSMENT] 



 30. frequently asked questions

FAQ stands for Frequently Asked Questions.  Have your students create their own FAQ for the course at the midpoint and before the final.   FAQs are used for areas that are most likely to cause confusion or the questions that come from people new to a subject area.

[CLASS NOTES] 



 31. pecha kucha

Pecha Kucha is a presentation style in which 20 slides are shown for 20 seconds each (6 minutes and 40 seconds in total).   It’s also sometimes called an Ignite Presentation.  Have your students create a Pecha Kucha for a single topic in the course and present to the class.

[PRESENTATION SKILLS]



 32. pecha flickr

PechaFlickr is a fun way to learn how to think on your feet.  Using PechaFlickr and a keyword from your course “LAW, TORTS, CRIME, CONSTITUTION, etc.) have your students practice presentation skills, quick thinking and having fun with random images taken from Flickr

[PRESENTATION SKILLS] 



 33. drone crashes

Search for “Drone Fails” on Youtube and have your students list all the laws that are likely broken in each video.

[VIDEO][CUTTING EDGE LAW] 



 34. constitute.org

Check out the Constitute.org website where constitutions from around the world are compared.  Give each student a different country to compare with the US Constitution.

[CON LAW][COMPARATIVE LAW] 


 35. terms of service

Have your students find and read all the Terms of Service for all of the software on their own laptops including iTunes, MacOS, Windows, Adobe Acrobat (PDF viewer), etc.  Discuss the implications of entering into contracts without reading the terms. Copy and paste the terms into a readability website (mentioned above).

[CONTRACTS] 



 36. eff.org

Assign a White Paper from the eff.org to two different students.  Have one argue for and the other argue against the premise of the paper.

[CUTTING EDGE LAW] 



 37. powtoons

Assign to teams of 2-3 students to make animations using PowToons that explain an area of law to other students or to potential clients. 

[GRAPHICS]

 

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CALI Announces its new A2J Project Matching Portal!

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CALI is pleased to announce its new A2J Project Matching Portal, a new easy-to-use feature on a2jauthor.org that facilitates partnerships between legal aid organizations, courts, and law schools to create A2J Guided Interviews. This portal centralizes A2J form automation projects across the country to scale the number of A2J Guided Interviews that are available for use by self-represented litigants. Legal aid organizations and courts seeking help with automating legal forms using A2J Author can post those projects to the portal. Law school faculty members can then find available projects for their students in courses like those in the A2J Author Course Project.

The A2J Project Matching Portal will contribute to lowering barriers to justice by making it easy to post and find available A2J projects. Legal aid organizations and courts can save time looking for help to automate forms. In turn, law students will have an opportunity to do important public interest work while gaining technical competencies that are crucial for professional development. Through those collaborative efforts, self-represented litigants will have access to more self-help tools covering a wide array of legal issues.

For questions about the matching portal, please contact Alexander Rabanal or John Mayer.

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