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Sorry about that...

If you tried to access at any time on Thursday, April 21st into the early morning of the next day you know it was not available. We're very sorry about this (we weren't the only ones hit by it) and we know it couldn't have been a worse time for those of you with finals approaching. Thanks to everyone for your patience throughout; and a special thanks to (read on for more)...

Message to law faculty from Prof. Scott Burnham, CALI President.

Faculty Colleagues - I wish to extend an invitation to faculty to attend the 2011 CALI Conference for Law School Computing, to be held at the new state-of-the-art Marquette Law School in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, June 23-25 (yes, the Brewers are in town). This conference is not just for nerds or, more accurately, for the nerd in all of us. You will learn a great deal about enhancing your teaching and your scholarship in a friendly and supportive atmosphere. Please contact me or the CALI staff if you have any questions. Hope to see you there!

Scott J. Burnham, President, CALI

Best Practices for Court Systems Using A2J Author

CALI partners with Chicago-Kent's Access to Justice & Technology on A2J Author, software that lets lawyers create computer-based interviews. A2J interviews simplify the court system for self-represented litigants by turning legal documents into an easy-to-understand series of questions. We're very excited about New York State Courts Access to Justice Program's new Best Practices Guide for Using A2J Author. Court systems interested in implementing A2J Author should check it out.

How-to videos for common website tasks

CALI has a few helpful how-to videos that help students complete the most common issues they run into on The CALI website. Check out - or point your students to - these videos if you're new to the website and need to register, have created an account as a guest and need access to the lessons, or need to retrieve your password. See them all below...

Congrats Prof. Glesner Fines, lesson author & former CALI President.

Congrats to a prolific CALI lesson author, and our former board president, Barbara Glesner Fines for being named one of the 23 Law Profs to Take Before You Die by the National Jurist. Here's a list of the fine CALI Lessons Professor Glesner Fines has written for us, mostly in Professional Responsibility and Remedies. 

Legal Research Lessons By State Map

It's a little easier to see that CALI has a bunch of state-specific legal research lessons. Have a look at our new legal research lessons map to find your state's lessons.

Is your state not available? We have plenty of non-state specific legal research lessons. And if you know a law librarian in your state, have them contact us if they're interested in authoring a lesson for your state.

Yes, CALI dues are increasing (and here's why).

Now that we've sent notice to schools and it has shown up on the blogs, we want to acknowledge here that, yes, CALI member dues for law schools will be going up over the next two years. We plan to deliver more content to you, our members, with this increased contribution. Most notably: five eLangdell casebooks a year and more CALI lessons. We want the changes that lie ahead to be as transparent as possible. So please contact us with feedback and questions. Read on for more details and reasoning in our Executive Director's letter to membership.