At its Annual Membership Meeting on Thursday, January 3, 2019, the Center for Computer-Assisted Legal Instruction (CALI) Board of Directors appointed Dean Mary Lu Bilek to fill the vacancy of outgoing Board Member Professor Patrick Wiseman from George State University College of Law whose term ended on January 1, 2019. All CALI Board members are unpaid volunteers and we much appreciate the efforts by Professor Wiseman in their support of CALI. “We bid adieu to Professor Patrick Wiseman of Georgia State who is retiring from the CALI Board of Directors after too many years to count. Patrick is a wonderfully innovative law professor and deep dabbler in interesting technology. His service to CALI over the many years was invaluable and we will miss him,” said John Mayer, Executive Director, CALI.
“It's an honor to be asked to join CALI's Board. This organization's leadership in promoting innovation in teaching, its focus on active student learning, and more recently its leadership in exploring and supporting the use of technology to deliver legal services to the underserved, squarely aligns with my interest and expertise as well as my law school's values and vision. I could not be more excited to be part of the dialogue about how to use technology to amplify and expedite legal instruction and access to justice,” said Dean Bilek.
Mary Lu Bilek is dean of the City University of New York School of Law, where she began teaching as one of the founding faculty in 1985. In her capacities as a faculty member, associate dean, and interim dean she promoted student-centered instruction, developed and implemented innovative practice curriculum, created a robust bar support program, and pioneered Pipeline to Justice, a new model of legal pipeline program.
In 2016, Dean Bilek was named one of the “Most Influential People in Legal Education” nationwide by National Jurist, a leading news source for law students. Prior to becoming dean of CUNY Law, Dean Bilek was dean of the University of Massachusetts School of Law where she strengthened its access and public service missions and launched the Justice Bridge Legal Center. She currently serves the Council of the Profession, the Task Force on the Civil Right to Counsel, and the Committee to Enhance Diversity in the Profession at the Association of the Bar of the City of New York. She regularly presents on issues related to the future of legal education, diversity in legal education, the bar examination, access to justice, legal incubators, and legal pipeline programs.