CALI Fellowships

The CALI Fellowships Project is a multi-year applied research effort to create computer-based learning materials in legal education. Both the process and the product will benefit faculty and CALI member institutions. The resulting materials will be peer-reviewed by members of the CALI Editorial Board and published to law schools as part of the CALI Library of Materials. The goal of the project is to create a high-quality pool of electronic teaching materials for faculty to supplement their courses, locally customize for specific instructional goals, and explore computer-mediated/distance learning in legal education. Here is the past and present schedule of Fellowships: 

Criminal Law
June 1999 - June 2000
Property Law
June 2000 - June 2001
Torts Law
January 2001 - January 2002
Business Organizations
June 2001 - June  2002
Legal Research
June 2003 - January 2004
June 2003 - January 2004
June 2004-January 2005

Family Law

January 2006 - July 2006

Criminal Procedure

January 2008 - July 2008

Administrative Law

January 2012 - June 2012

Civil Procedure

June 2017 - January 2018
Law School Success June 2019 - March 2020 Law School Success Lessons Law School Success Subject Outline


Tax Law


To learn more about the Legal Subject Topic Grids and the thinking behind CALI's Fellowship projects, read the article, The Origin of the Topic Grids by Deb Quentel.


The Legal Research Community Authoring Project is an experiment in "community" authoring of legal education materials. CALI calls academic law librarians to participate (and get paid!) to create small, modular, legal research training materials that will benefit the entire law school community.

Legal Research
2001 - Ongoing


Apply for the Legal Research Community Authoring Project

Testimonials from Past Fellows:

It was so interesting to see other perspectives and approaches to the various topics that we all teach in Family Law. Our team worked well together and I enjoyed getting to know the other team members, especially since I am the only person teaching Family Law at my law school. Developing the lessons required me to examine the subject matter in a new way that I think helped my classroom teaching as well. It was a lot of work, but it was also a lot of fun, and working with Deb is the best!

Janet Leach Richards
Cecil C. Humphreys Professor of Law
University of Memphis School of Law


Before I began, I thought preparing CALI exercises would help my students - and it did - but I found it also made a difference in how I teach and think about my subject. It was very helpful to hear the views and teaching methods of the other fellows, and student comments helped me to better understand student needs. Deb was very supportive throughout the process. I got to meet great people, create something useful, enjoy intellectual discussions, and got paid for it as well. Can you beat that?

Andrea Charlow
Professor of Law
Drake University Law School


The Family Law Fellowship enabled me to get an understanding of the value and importance of on-line education. With my experience using CALI-Author software, I was able to develop a Professional Responsibility course that was entirely on-line.

Len Biernat
Professor of Law
Hamline University School of Law


The fellowship changed the way I teach as well. The process of trying to convert random thoughts and piecemeal information into an organized lesson taught me a lot about a lot of topics. The conversations with other fellows gave me, more than once, a new perspective that helped put everything together. Plus I met some really great colleagues and got to travel to some beautiful places. And then there is Deb. She is a warm-hearted, enthusiastic, inspirational, miracle worker. If I had to change anything about the program, it would be my own initial hesitancy to call her for help.

Cynthia Lee Starnes
Professor of Law
Michigan State University College of Law

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