Spotlight Blog

Coming soon: new CALI blog, more posts by CALI staffers.

With so many combined years of experience in this space, there's a whole lot of knowledge among the CALI staff about legal education, technology, and access to justice. So follow along at the new CALI Spotlight Blog where CALI staffers will soon post individual thoughts and opinions about the things we are passionate about here at CALI.

Classcaster blogs fully functional now.

Update 10/13 8pm: Classcaster is up and running again. Head over to or your favorite Classcaster blog and see for yourself. We're sorry about that.

10/13 5:30pm: We're experiencing some technical issues with Classcaster at the moment. Class blogs and others, like LibTour, are currently unavailable. Please bear with us as we work to fix the problems. We're sorry for the inconvenience.

CALI Conference 2012 Dates

Clear your calendar. The 2012 CALI Conference for Law School Computing® will be held in San Diego, Thursday-Saturday, June 21-23 at Thomas Jefferson School of Law.

Watch this blog, Twitter, or Facebook for future CALIcon12 announcements. And if you want to relive past conferences, we've uploaded to YouTube any and all past conference video we had stored away on servers. Enjoy!

Announcing Federal Rules eBooks.

In law school every Civil Procedure, Criminal Procedure, and Evidence student needs a copy of their respective federal rules. Another book to buy, right? Not necessarily.

We've partnered with the Legal Information Institute at Cornell Law School to publish the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, Criminal Procedure, and Evidence in ebook format. The books are completely free to download and use, but please consider a donation to LII. Our eLangdell books are open and lack any DRM, so they're compatible with iPads, Kindles, and much more. Have a look...

LessonLink lesson tracking feature for faculty upgraded.

We've heard your collective feedback and implemented a few updates for one of our favorite faculty features: LessonLink score tracking (a LessonLink FAQ if you're unfamiliar).

New options for current LessonLinks.

What used to be the "My LessonLinks" tab is now called "Current  LessonLinks" (you'll need to login at to see LessonLink pages).

Your links are organized into groups called courses. Each of your current courses now has some new options...

A2J making expungement forms easier in Illinois.

A2J Author was created by CALI for Chicago-Kent's Center for A2J. The software creates automated, online interviews that help unrepresented litigants more easily produce legal documents.

Use of the software continues to grow in the legal aid community. Illinois Legal Aid Online, for instance, just launched five new A2J interviews on expungement of criminal records.:...

We have our winners!

Students tried one hundred and forty-one times, only two did it. Both Shawn Chang of University of Georgia and Vincent Costa of Touro Law Center completed the CALI Punctuation and Grammar for Law Students Challenge, answering all questions in the lesson correctly. Congratulations, guys! We'll contact you both with details on your prizes. As a consolation, everyone who took the challenge is surely a better writer now. Thanks to all who participated. Stay tuned, we may do this again.

Track student lesson usage and scoring with LessonLink.

Faculty, did you know you can easily track student usage for CALI Lessons you assign with LessonLink? That's right, no more requiring student screenshots or print-outs as proof that your students ran the lesson. It's simple to create LessonLinks, and the student scoring data shows up in your CALI profile's "My LessonLinks" page as long as students run the lessons through the exact links you give them.  Here's a LessonLink video to show you how.

Law students: run this lesson for a chance to win prizes.

Sure, running our Punctuation and Grammar for Law Students lesson will help you with common legal writing mistakes. But if you run the lesson through this exact link within the next week, you could just win a prize. Ok, maybe a Starbucks giftcard doesn't compare to the higher legal writing grade you will surely receive. But still, here are the details...

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...