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Suggested CALI material for incoming 1Ls.

    There is not a lot of hand-holding in law school. As an incoming 1L, a certain base level of skills and knowledge is expected of you. In order to make it in law school you should a) recall the very basics of the law - high school level civics stuff, b) be able to write free of many grammar and punctuation problems, and c) recognize what plagiarism is and know how to avoid it.

    Coincidently (or not), we at CALI have three CALI lessons that deal with each. Respectively:...

    If you're set to become 1L this fall, get the CALI authorization code from a law librarian at your school and run through each of these lessons. Do it now, before the busyness of attending law school sets in.

    If you work at a law school as a librarian or professor, think about assigning one or all of these lessons to your incoming students.


CALI Lessons work on iPads, iPhones, other devices.

CALI Lessons are going to look a lot different for the upcoming 2011-2012 school year. Content of the lessons will remain the same, but the new-look lessons will include features you've been asking us about for awhile:

  • CALI Lessons will finally work on tablets and smartphones like iPads and iPhones. They will, of course, continue to work on your computer.

2011 CALIcon presentation vids available

We'd like to thank Marquette Law School with their fabulous new building, and especially all of you who attended, for making the 2011 CALI Conference for Law School Computing another success. If you couldn't make it to the conference or a specific session, we've made video of all sessions available at the CALIcon11 video archive.

CALIcon Social Event: Watch the Sausage Race at Miller Park

If you're coming to the CALI conference in Milwaukee, please sign up by June 9 for the group outing to the Sausage Race at Milwaukee's Miller Park. As pre-race entertainment there will be several innings of a baseball exhibition between purported professional baseball teams: the Minnesota Twins and the hometown Brewers. The teams will resume their baseball match at the conclusion of the race. Video footage of a previous race below...

Hear John and Elmer discuss CALIcon11 on Law School Tech Talk

CALI conference attendees can hear the "Abbott and Costello of law school IT" (John, our Executive Director, and Elmer, our Director of Internet Development) discuss this year's CALI Conference in the recently posted Law School Tech Talk podcast, Episode 14.

Still time to register and join us for the conference in Milwaukee, if this thoroughly engaging duo piques your interest.

Richard Nash to be KeyNote Speaker at 2011 Conference for Law School Computing

Richard Nash is an entrepreneur and innovative thinker in publishing, ebooks and a perfect choice as Keynote Speaker for the 21st CALI Conference. The theme of this year's conference is “UNBOUND” and Richard's experiences and activities in publishing guarantee that he will stimulate and inspire the attendees. I learned of Richard primarily through Twitter (@r_nash) where he has over 75,000 followers. Here is his bio from his website...

Congratulations. It's a legal research lesson.

We love each of them equally, we really do. But there's something special about new CALI Lessons. They're adorable at that age; pure and uninfluenced by the mean and hurtful things stressed-out law students will eventually say about them during exam season. And, the new ones really come out in bunches this time of year (read more about our baby CALI Lessons or we'll think you don't like them and get some sort of complex about it...)

Why you should attend the CALICon this summer.

The Conference for Law School Computing (a.k.a. CALI Conference) was conceived to be a place where techies, law librarians and faculty could get together and talk about projects, applications, workflow, staffing and new ideas that had some technical aspect. The common theme was law schools + technology. 21 years ago, this was a small crowd (we had about 70 attendees at the first conference), but today, a lot of technology is moving into the woodwork – effectively...(Read on for more)

Introducing The Free Law Reporter

The Free Law Reporter™ is where free law meets accessibility. It's an electronic case reporter that freely publishes nearly every recent appellate and supreme court opinion, from state and federal US courts.
FLR uses the RECOP project as a starting point, making its opinions searchable online and available as ebook collections, with more features in development.


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