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A2J Author 3.0 Released

We at CALI along with the folks at Center for Access to Justice & Technology (CAJT) are very excited about the newest release of A2J Author, version 3.0.

A2J Author helps legal aid attorneys create computer-based, self-guided A2J interviews for use by unrepresented litigants and others in need. The A2J interviews walk users through a step-by-step question and answer process, which, in the end, creates an (often otherwise confusing) legal form.

Problems receiving CALI account verification and password reset emails

CALI users who currently use a Comcast email address, as well as a few who use certain law school email addresses, may be experiencing problems receiving emails from CALI. Your spam blocker service has blacklisted CALI, inexplicably, along with a few others who use certain Amazon cloud services (technical details here). We're working hard to fix this mistake.

How to fix it:
This is bad news for those of you with afflicted emails because you cannot receive CALI account verifications and password resets. To avoid the problem, make sure you white list cali.org and the IP 174.129.29.17. If you need help doing this, please talk to your school's IT department.

Test to see if your email is affected:
To test if your email address is one we're having trouble sending to, visit www.cali.org, hit the "Request new password link" and have the system send you a message. It should show up quickly. You don't need to actually reset your password, the link in the message will expire in 24 hours. If it doesn't show up, first check your spam filters, and then let us know.

Thanks AALS Attendees

We'd like to thank AALS and all of its attendees for a great 2010 conference. Some of the themes had a familiar ring to them for CALI. Thanks especially to those of you stopped by the booth and chatted with us about our two newest initiatives eLangdell Stimulus Project and Lawdibles. We've had a lot of interest in both so send your proposals to Deb (dequentel@cali.org) soon.

Join us for Author and Editorial Board Appreciation Party at AALS

While you probably won't find an ice sculpture representing humanity's struggle to understand the Rule Against Perpetuities**  at CALI's Party, you will find engaging conversation with some of CALI's wonderful authors, CEB members, board members, friends, and staff.

This year we're also inviting the library directors to join us.  So, please bring your colleagues and join us for drinks and light snack-type hors d'oeuvres.

  • Date: Thursday, January 07, 2010
  • Time: 5:30 - 8 p.m.
  • Location: CALI's Suite at the
    WESTIN NEW ORLEANS CANAL PLACE
    100 Rue Iberville, New Orleans

The Suite number will be available from CALI's booth in the Exhibit Hall at AALS, or by telephoning me at AALS (cell: 773-491-6917). Also, the Suite will be under Deb Quentel's name at the Westin.

We kindly request that you RSVP to Deb, dquentel@cali.org, if you think that you will be joining us.

We look forward to seeing you there.

Are You On CALI's Nice List?

CALI is getting in the holiday spirit this year by offering law students and professors some new toys.

If you made the nice list, you might find a Lawdible gift-wrapped for you at cali.org/lawdibles.

And we want to spread this holiday joy, so we're offering law professors a little incentive should they decide to give the gift of Lawdibles this season. If you're a professor, find out how you can star in a recording of your own and get a stipend for doing so. Preview the Lawdibles flyer we're handing out at this year's AALS meeting (if you'll be at AALS, please stop by our booth and say hi).

As you can probably tell, even the Scrooge-ish looking eLangdell guy is in the giving mood this year. This can only be because we're giving a stipend for professors who write a casebook chapter and give it to us for the eLangdell Stimulus Project. Here's the eLangdell flyer to find out what, exactly, the eLangdell Stimulus Project is and what, exactly, we are giving to those who contribute to it.

So from the staff at CALI, we'd like to wish you happy holidays!

Webinar: Five Free & Easy Steps to Promoting CALI at Your School

CALI Reps and Contacts: tired of those CALI authorization code requests this time of year? Find out the best ways you can promote awareness of CALI (and the authorization code) to your school's students in Friday's webinar.

Register for the webinar here.

We will present the benefits of raising student awareness of CALI, the five basic steps all schools should take each year to do so, a few extra tips for those who want to go above and beyond, and we will answer any of your questions. Austin Groothuis, CALI's Marketing Manager, will host this webinar.

CALI in the Cloud: Running Drupal in a Load Balanced EC2 Environment

NB: This article may be considered a "war story" and is a narrative account of how I set up a new web environment for CALI over the course of a couple of days. It is technical so if you have any questions, login and use the comments to ask or drop me an email.

 

CALI Name that Case Tweet, #CALIntc

Think you can name a legal case based on a 140 character hint? CALI will give you a fabulous prize* if you can.

The game is simple: we'll tweet a hint (@CALILawSchool) about a legal case and you guess the case. If you're the first to respond with the right case cite, you win the fabulous prize*.

The only rules are:

Webinar on Friday: law professors on using CALI lessons in your course

Two of our favorite law professors will go over how to use CALI Lessons in your course in this week's webinar, including lesson integration with TWEN. Professors and staff at member schools are invited...

REGISTER NOW: CALI Lessons in Your Teaching, Nov 13, 3PM EDT

Presenters:

- Deb Cohen, Visiting Associate Professor & Interim Director of Academic Support, University of Baltimore School of Law

- Sally Wise, Director of the Law Library and Professor of Law, University of Miami School of Law

The Future of Legal Education Reading List

We at CALI have been thinking a lot about the future of legal education.

John Mayer, our Executive Director, compiled this fairly comprehensive collection of links to articles, books, blog posts and other materials that relate to how things are changing in legal education, law practice, and higher education.

We'd love to hear your thoughts on the Future of Legal Education and other suggested readings. Tweet us @CALILawSchool.

New Webinars: Lots of Guest Presenters & Interesting Topics

We're starting webinars again next week after a little break. We're excited to bring you some great content and guest presenters in the next few weeks -- as always on Fridays at 3 PM EDT. Click the links to reserve your spot:

Oct 23: Advanced Twitter (Twitter from a Law School Communications Director's Perspective Part II)
To effectively master Twitter, there is a lot you need to do beyond what we covered in our first Twitter webinar. Tonya Oaks Smith, Director of Communications at the UALR Bowen School of Law, will present on advanced Twitter topics as a follow-up to her popular August webinar.

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