Spotlight Blog

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.

Conference Season: Where You Can Find CALI

This is a busy time for us here at CALI. It's definitely the conference season for us.

So we hope to see you soon this summer.

Law Profs: Join Us in Pioneering Digital Casebooks

We're making a big push to find law profs to write casebooks for eLangdell. eLangdell is our initiative to publish law school casebooks that are easy to share and can adapt to any format, including digital. After their proposal is accepted, we'll pay our casebook authors $500 for each chapter they write then publish their work; including make it available for any digital reading gadget you can think of. 

Here's a recent email invitation we sent out to many of the law profs we know. But just because you didn't get one doesn't mean you can't participate. Find out more details at

And, as promised, here's video of John's talk about the future of legal casebook publishing and eLangdell.

Deb, our Director of Curriculum Development, is the contact for this project so please submit your questions and proposals to her.


Coverage of Chicago Law.Gov Workshops

A couple Chicago newspapers had good write ups about Carl Malamud and the recent Law.Gov workshop at Chicago-Kent.

Here's Ameet Sachdev's Law.Gov article in the Chicago Tribune.

And we couldn't find Allison Petty's of the Chicago Daily Law Bulletin coverage on the CDLB website, but you can read  her CDLB article that talks about the Chicago Law.Gov, eLangdell, and A2J Author (PDF) here.

And don't forget about the complete video Chicago Law.Gov video archive.

Thanks again to everyone who help make this workshop a success.

Chicago Law.Gov Workshop Program Details

The program details for the Chicago Law.Gov Workshop on May 21 are now available.

Date: May 21, 2010
Where: Chicago-Kent College of Law, Room 520
Registration: Free (here)
9:30 AM Coffee & breakfast provided

10:00 AM Welcome and Overview of Law.Gov

  • John Mayer, Center for Computer-Assisted Legal Instruction
  • Jerry Goldman, Northwestern University
  • Carl Malamud, Public.Resource.Org

10:30 AM The Supreme Court of the United States

  • Jerry Goldman, Northwestern University
  • Lee Epstein, Northwestern University School of Law
  • Jeff Parsons, Oyez Project and Temple of Justice

11:30 AM The Business of Law

  • David Curle, Outsell

12:00 PM Lunch provided

1:00 Access to Justice

  • Ronald W. Staudt, Chicago-Kent College of Law

1:30 PM Open Law and Education

  • John Mayer, Center for Computer-Assisted Legal Instruction

2:00 PM National Inventory of Legal Materials

  • Matt Novak, University of Nebraska Law School Library
  • Susanna Leers, Pitt Law Library
  • Sarah Glassmeyer, Valparaiso Law Library
  • Stephanie Davidson, University of Illinois Law Library
  • Andrew Plumb-Larrick, Case Western Law Library

2:45 PM Concluding Remarks

3:00 PM End of Workshop

Here's the PDF.

Make Hotel Reservations for CALICon Soon

We have limited hotel rooms available at the CALI Conference group rate this year so we highly recommend that you make your hotel reservation now if you haven't yet.

More information:

  • Sheraton Society Hill Hotel (One Dock Street, Philadelphia, PA 19106)
  • The conference group rate is $139 plus tax.
  • To make a reservation call 215-238-6000 or 1-800-325-3535.
  • Or go to
  • The group code is: CALI Conference.
  • The group rate applies 3 days before and after the conference if rooms are available. To extend your stay before or after the conference, contact Carli Hapanovich at 215-238-6042, fax 215-922-6652, or

Of course, if you haven't registered for the conference or submitted a session proposal yet, you will need to do that at the conference website. See you soon!