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Welcome aboard, Sarah!

Today is our newest staff member's first day; Sarah Glassmeyer is now our Director of Content Development. She comes to CALI from the law librarian world where she's well-known as an innovator and leader in the community. She was even named one of the Fastcase 50 legal innovators along with John, our Executive Director. Needless to say, we're thrilled to have her aboard. You can follow her through her Twitter account and her blog. Read her take on joining CALI. Welcome to CALI, Sarah!

Details of New Faculty Features in CALI5 Viewer.

You've heard about the new CALI viewer and why students should be excited about it (compatibility with tablets and smartphones, for one).

We didn't forget about faculty in all the excitement. We've built into the new Lessons some very handy special features visible only to faculty users. Here are the details:...


Extreme Makeover: CALI Lessons Edition

CONGRATULATIONS CALI LESSONS! We know how much you needed some changes. But, you're always spending your time helping desperately stressed-out law students learn the law. That's why we rounded up the crew and decided to give you an Extreme Makeover: CALI Lessons Edition.
Today, 8/10/2011, is the day we officially unveil to the whole world your new look and features. We've made the new lesson viewer the default. Read on...

Big changes in store for CALI Wednesday morning (8/10/11)

Watch out for big changes here at on Wednesday, August 10, when CALI Lessons will work on smartphones and tablets, have a completely new look, and add a host of new features. Because this Wednesday we officially send CALI users who push the Play/"Run Lesson" buttons to the new CALI Lesson Viewer.

A note on the LessonLink score tracking feature for faculty users:...

28.6% of CALI staff named Fastcase 50 innovators.

The fine folks at Fastcase just named the Fastcase 50: "the fifty most interesting, provocative, and courageous leaders in the world of law, scholarship, and legal technology." John Mayer, CALI's Executive Director, and Sarah Glassmeyer, our soon-to-be Director of Content Development, were among those honored. ...

CALI on iPads, anyone? New viewer now open to students.

Update 8/10/11: The new viewer is out of beta, it's now the default when you click the Run Lesson.

Law students with iPads, iPhones, and other tablets and smartphones, your wait is over. Today we made a beta version of the new CALI Lesson viewer available to all students registered here at!...

Suggested CALI material for incoming 1Ls.

    There is not a lot of hand-holding in law school. As an incoming 1L, a certain base level of skills and knowledge is expected of you. In order to make it in law school you should a) recall the very basics of the law - high school level civics stuff, b) be able to write free of many grammar and punctuation problems, and c) recognize what plagiarism is and know how to avoid it.

    Coincidently (or not), we at CALI have three CALI lessons that deal with each. Respectively:...

    If you're set to become 1L this fall, get the CALI authorization code from a law librarian at your school and run through each of these lessons. Do it now, before the busyness of attending law school sets in.

    If you work at a law school as a librarian or professor, think about assigning one or all of these lessons to your incoming students.


CALI Lessons work on iPads, iPhones, other devices.

CALI Lessons are going to look a lot different for the upcoming 2011-2012 school year. Content of the lessons will remain the same, but the new-look lessons will include features you've been asking us about for awhile:

  • CALI Lessons will finally work on tablets and smartphones like iPads and iPhones. They will, of course, continue to work on your computer.

2011 CALIcon presentation vids available

We'd like to thank Marquette Law School with their fabulous new building, and especially all of you who attended, for making the 2011 CALI Conference for Law School Computing another success. If you couldn't make it to the conference or a specific session, we've made video of all sessions available at the CALIcon11 video archive.

CALIcon Social Event: Watch the Sausage Race at Miller Park

If you're coming to the CALI conference in Milwaukee, please sign up by June 9 for the group outing to the Sausage Race at Milwaukee's Miller Park. As pre-race entertainment there will be several innings of a baseball exhibition between purported professional baseball teams: the Minnesota Twins and the hometown Brewers. The teams will resume their baseball match at the conclusion of the race. Video footage of a previous race below...

Hear John and Elmer discuss CALIcon11 on Law School Tech Talk

CALI conference attendees can hear the "Abbott and Costello of law school IT" (John, our Executive Director, and Elmer, our Director of Internet Development) discuss this year's CALI Conference in the recently posted Law School Tech Talk podcast, Episode 14.

Still time to register and join us for the conference in Milwaukee, if this thoroughly engaging duo piques your interest.

Richard Nash to be KeyNote Speaker at 2011 Conference for Law School Computing

Richard Nash is an entrepreneur and innovative thinker in publishing, ebooks and a perfect choice as Keynote Speaker for the 21st CALI Conference. The theme of this year's conference is “UNBOUND” and Richard's experiences and activities in publishing guarantee that he will stimulate and inspire the attendees. I learned of Richard primarily through Twitter (@r_nash) where he has over 75,000 followers. Here is his bio from his website...

Congratulations. It's a legal research lesson.

We love each of them equally, we really do. But there's something special about new CALI Lessons. They're adorable at that age; pure and uninfluenced by the mean and hurtful things stressed-out law students will eventually say about them during exam season. And, the new ones really come out in bunches this time of year (read more about our baby CALI Lessons or we'll think you don't like them and get some sort of complex about it...)