The 2011-2012 school year was a landmark year at CALI. I am, of course, thinking of the fact that we were founded 30 years ago, but 2012 is significant in more ways than an anniversary that happens to end with a zero. This year CALI:
- hired a new staffer, law librarian Sarah Glassmeyer, to help with eLangdell and produce legal research lessons;
- can now, officially, call ourselves book publishers (in the nontraditional sense of open source casebooks and supplemental materials for legal education);
- published our 900th CALI Lessons;
- hosted a free, 9-week massive open online course (MOOC), Topics in Digital Law Practice, with over 900 registered students and faculty;
- reinvented lessons with smartphone and tablet compatibility and a host of cool new features.
You can find more details in the CALI Annual Report (PDF).
The work we do is possible because of the dues law schools pay. We increased dues recently in two steps - first to $6250 in 2011 and then to $7500 in 2012 – in order to hire new staff, buy new lessons, commission new ebooks, and more.
We understand many budgets are tight and times are chaotic, which is why we thank each of you for the overwhelming support. We believe that your continued support of CALI is part of the solution. Legal education and law practice are changing in no small part due to the technologies that CALI researches. The recent CALI MOOC on “Topics in Digital Law Practice” was aimed at increasing awareness about just how significantly technology is affecting law practice in the 21st century.
To visually communicate some of the ways that your CALI membership brings value to your institution, we’ve created an infographic. Please share it with anyone in your organization.
If you have any questions, ideas, complaints, suggestions or comments, do not hesitate to contact me. 2012 is also my anniversary in that I have been working in legal education for 25 years this coming July. I feel a great responsibility in serving you as the Executive Director of CALI since 1994 and I look forward to working with you into the future.