CALIcon News and Updates – May 8, 2015


Can you believe that CALIcon is less than 6 weeks away? Well, maybe you can, but for those of us on the planning end of things, it seems like it’s coming very fast! We have some updates and reminders for you. We’re also going to highlight a few sessions to give you an idea of the cool things you can learn about at CALIcon.

Conference Hotel Deadline

The conference hotel for CALIcon15 is the The DoubleTree Hotel Denver Tech Center .  The conference group rate is $129 plus tax (includes in-room complimentary Internet). This rate is available for the nights of June, 17, 18, 19, & 20 until the block of rooms is full or until May 27, 5pm Mountain Time, whichever occurs first. The group rate also applies three nights before and after conference if rooms are available. Reservations that include days before or after the conference must be made by phone.

To make an online reservation click here or call 303-779-6161. The code for the group rate is: CALIcon15.


Getting Around Denver

You may be wondering, “How am I getting from the hotel to the conference each day?” The answer?  Light rail!  Each conference attendee staying at the DoubleTree hotel will receive a 10-ride ticket book for the light rail.

  • The light rail Orchard Station is an 8 minute walk from the DoubleTree.
  • Both the E-line (purple) and the F-line (red) go to University of Denver Station.
  • It is a 13 minute ride (and 5 stops) from the Orchard Station to the University of Denver Station.
  • It is a 10 minute walk from the University of Denver Station to the Sturm College of Law.

Light Rail Line E Schedule is here.
Light Rail Line F Schedule is here.

**If you need special transit accommodations between the DoubleTree and the Law School, email by June 1 and CALI will arrange an alternative option.**


From Denver International Airport to DoubleTree Denver Tech Center Hotel.

From law school to the airport on Saturday

  • There will be buses to the airport provided by CALI.  Buses will depart the law school for the airport at 1:45 PM on Saturday June 20, 2015. The trip from the law school to the airport takes about an hour. Please sign up on the CALIcon website by June 1, 2015 to reserve your seat on the bus. The sign-up sheet will be available soon.


Session Highlight: Rutgers Law Library Goes Open Source: the Switch to Koha
Rutgers Law School is the second law school in the United States to make the switch to Koha. In describing the process of changing to an open source ILS, Rutgers Law Library speakers will review the reasons that it was the right choice for them. They will give a nuts and bolts description of the entire process including researching the available vendors and products and cost analysis. Discussion will include a breakdown of the implementation process, data extraction, mapping the data and making design decisions about the user interface and functionality. Attendees will be given the tools to evaluate whether Koha makes sense for their organization. Rutgers worked with ByWater Solutions to make the implementation and transition smoother. A speaker from ByWater Solutions will also be available.


Session Highlight: Is this thing on? Using your video management system to go beyond basic lecture capture

Lecture capture systems are great for recording classes – a couple of clicks and students get instant access to videos, slides, and more. But these systems are capable of handling even more interactive projects. In this session, we’ll discuss how we used the Panopto video management system go beyond basic lecture capture. We’ll discuss the pedagogical reasoning behind these projects, how we integrated an team of IT and library staff to create recordings, what worked (and what didn’t), and student and faculty reactions.


Session Highlight: Yes, You Can! – Offering a Law Practice Tech Course at Your Law School

Three years after getting the course proposal approved by our academic affairs committee, we were finally able to teach LAW431 – Law Practice Technologies, an upper-level 2-credit course, this spring at UNC Law. In the course, we covered a broad range of topics including cloud computing and ethics opinions surrounding lawyers’ use of such; eDiscovery; virtual lawyering; courtroom technology; mobile apps; social media marketing and more. It has been a blast to teach the class and the students seem highly engaged. Come hear about our journey to launching a law practice technology course despite some initial skepticism among certain “higher authorities.” You can do it, too!