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The Center for Computer-Assisted Legal Instruction Announces Two New Board Members

(Chicago, IL – January 5, 2017) At its Annual Members Meeting on

January 5, 2017, Jill Smith, Instructional Technology Librarian at Georgetown Law and

Michael Robak, Associate Law Library Director and Chief Technology Officer at

The University of Missouri-Kansas City were appointed to the Center for

Computer- Assisted Legal Instruction (CALI) Board of Directors to fill the

vacancies by outgoing Board Members Professor William Henderson from

Indiana University Bloomington Maurer School of Law and Professor Renee

Knake from the University of Houston Law Center, whose term ended on

January 1, 2017. All CALI Board members are unpaid volunteers and we greatly

appreciate the efforts by Professor Henderson and Professor Knake in their

support of CALI.


“I am delighted to welcome Jill and Michael to CALI’s Board of Directors,” said

John Mayer, Executive Director, The Center for Computer-Assisted Legal

Instruction. “They bring a wealth of experience and knowledge to help shape

our strategic plans to advance global legal education through technology.”

“Having Jill and Michael agree to join the board of directors of CALI is a

tremendous honor. I look forward to their participation at Board meetings and I

am confident that their insights will help CALI achieve its mission,” stated

Professor Jennifer Martin, President, Board of Directors, The Center for

Computer-Assisted Legal Instruction.


Jill Smith is the Instructional Technology Librarian. Prior to joining Georgetown,

Jill was Research and Instructional Technology Librarian at The University of

Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law, where she also taught Introduction

to Legal Research and Advanced Legal Research. Prior to beginning her library

career, Jill spent two years as a legal index editor at BNA and 12 years working

in executive relationship management with the NASDAQ Stock Market and in

corporate communications for NASDAQ-listed companies.


Jill is a frequent speaker on a variety of topics including: using Camtasia to

create independent learning modules and flipped classroom materials, the

application of transliteracy to modern legal curricula, and technological

enhancements to collaborative projects.


Jill is a graduate of the University of Maine School of Law and the University of

Maryland’s iSchool. She is a current member of the Reviews Committee for

Library Quarterly. In the 2011-12 editorial year, she was editor of the Law

Librarians’ Society of Washington, D.C. publication Law Library Lights, which

won AALL’s “Best Newsletter” award in 2013 for issue 55.3. She is a member of

the New Hampshire State Bar.


Michael Robak received his J.D. from Robert H. McKinney School of Law and a

Masters in Library and Information Science from the University of Illinois. Michael

began his career as a deputy prosecutor in Indianapolis and subsequently held a

number of administrative positions including Marion County Court Administrator.

After that he worked as a private practitioner in large and small firm settings as

well as his own solo practice. In 2000 he completed his MSLIS at Illinois and

became Director of Information Services for InteCap, a litigation, economic and

business consulting firm with a focus on IP litigation and strategies. Charles River

Associates subsequently acquired InteCap and Michael became Director of

Legal Research for CRA. In 2008 he began his academic career and joined the

University Of Illinois College Of Law as an assistant Professor of Library

Administration and Reference Librarian. In 2011 he joined the University of

Missouri – Kansas City School of Law as Associate Law Library Director and

Chief Technology Officer.