Spotlight Blog

Call for Nominations for the CALI Board of Directors

Deadline Monday, November 15, 2010
The Center for Computer-Assisted Legal Instruction (CALI) is seeking nominations of qualified and enthusiastic individuals to fill vacant positions on its Board of Directors. If you know of someone who would like to contribute to the research and development, strategic planning and governance of CALI, then consider nominating them for the CALI Board of Directors. It would be a good idea to clear it with the person first to make sure they want to be nominated. Self-nominations are acceptable.

Law profs: record your classes with us

Law profs: have you ever thought about recording your in-class lectures, or even creating your own lecture recaps, then making the recordings available online for your students? We at CALI might give you a free digital recording device if you're willing to try it out with us next semester. And with Classcaster, our free blogging platform for legal educators, it's simple to set up a class blog to deliver your recordings to students...and even send your recordings to iTunes as a podcast.  Read on for more...

New Classcaster Feature: Use A Custom Domain

CALI's free blogging system just keeps getting better. We recently added a feature that makes it really easy to map a custom domain to your Classcaster blog. It's a nice feature if you own your own domain and don't want to use the default domain. Example, you just created a Classcaster blog at, but you want, which you own, to be the domain.  Here's an FAQ explaining how to do it.

Saving Your CALI Lesson Score

Whether you're tracking your progress for your own benefit, or whether your professor has assigned a CALI Lesson (especially with LessonLink), the only way to keep a reviewable, detailed record of your CALI Lesson usage is by using CALI Lesson's built in ScoreSave before you exit the lesson. This ScoreSave FAQ explains the process. Once you've saved your score, check out "My Lesson Runs." You'll see lots of details, like how you answered each question in the lesson.

Atlantic Mentions eLangdell

Alexis Madrigal of the Atlantic posted a story called "Reimagining the Stodgy Law School Casebook for the Digital Age" that discusses the Berkman Center's H20 project and links to a very early, alpha version of eLangdell (a version that may not much look like future working versions of eLangdell). Be on the lookout in all the usual places for more on eLangdell. There may be substantial news in the coming weeks.

Guess the Lesson, Win a Prize

We're calling it Wordle Wednesday. Every Wednesday we'll create a word puzzle - with the great site Wordle - using one of our lessons. Then we'll post it to CALI's Facebook Page. The first law student Facebook Fan to correctly post the title and link of the lesson we used for that puzzle, wins a prize. Here's the CALI Wordle Wednesday for 9/8/2010.

Using your casebook to find a CALI Lesson

Law students, have you ever been lost after having just read something in your casebook? Wish you had an easy way to find the CALI Lesson that covers what you just read? Well, stop wishing; that's actually a thing. For some casebooks, we can tell you which lessons match up with specific sections of the casebook.

Legal educators can now phone it in (literally) with Classcaster

Our free blog publishing platform for educators, Classcaster, has a handy - or handsfree, depending on how you roll with your phone - new feature. You can simply call a number and speak into your phone to create an audio file and post it directly your Classcaster blog.

Law Librarian Conversations Crew at CALI's AALL booth

You can find CALI at AALL's conference next week. Booth 709 of the exhibit hall, to be exact. If you're a fan of Law Librarian Conversations podcasts hosted by University of Nebraska Law Library's Richard Leiter and Marcia Dority-Baker, you will be able to meet them and many of their regular panelists in person at CALI's booth.

The LawLibCon crew is scheduled to be in the CALI booth Sunday from 2 to 3 PM, for more of a meet and greet, then on Tuesday from around 12 noon to 3 PM. Though they may be a bit preoccupied recording a show on Tuesday, you're still welcome to stop by; and they may even pull you in for your take on the meeting for the podcast.

Connie Crosby, one of the regular LawLibCon panelists has a nice roundup on Slaw blog with a link to the most recent LawLibCon podcast previewing the AALL meeting.

Welcome to CALI, UC - Irvine Law

We're happy to announce a new CALI member law school. We'd like to welcome University of California - Irvine School of Law, a new public law school that just opened its doors in Fall 2009.

They're joining a consortium of over 210 US law schools (here's a list of all CALI member schools). Students and staff at UCI Law, like those at all member schools, will now have unlimited access to CALI Lessons.