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:

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!

Suggestions for Refining Legal Research Skills Before Your Summer Job

ZiefBrief, USF's Law Library Blog, has a preparation suggestion for those of you who have clerkships, internships, and other law-related summer jobs: CALI Lessons.

If you will be doing legal research this summer, it's a good idea to boost your research skills before you start your summer job so that you can hit the ground running. CALI's online, interactive tutorials are a great way to improve your legal research skills.

Read the entire blog post to see which seven lessons they suggest.

Why are there random letters in the corner of my CALI Award?

Last month we sent out a bunch of CALI Excellence for the Future Award® certificates to our member law schools who will then pass them along to their top performers in each class. So congratulations to the latest CALI Award recipients.

And it is around this time when we get feedback from uptight especially observant law students asking for reprinted award certificates because of the seemingly incoherent letters printed on the bottom right of their awards.

The good news is, this isn't a printing error. It's a unique URL that links to a virtual version of your award. With your name on it and everything. Every award printed generates its own virtual award because we want to give you a way to link to your award through online biographies or resumes. See, we at CALI foresaw this death of paper-based communication thing a long time ago.

So go ahead, type yours into your web browser and see for yourself.

And don't forget, if you're on LinkedIn join the CALI Award winners group to get a badge for your LinkedIn profile.

Join a Conversation w/ Law Librarian of Congress Roberta Shaffer

Don't forget, Friday, March 19 at 2PM Central Law Librarian Conversations goes live with Roberta Shaffer, the Law Librarian of Congress.

So this is your last chance to reserve your spot to listen in online live.

That's the only way you'll be able to join the lawlibcon chatroom and participate.

As always, the Law Librarian Conversations live broadcast and podcast is a free service to you.

See you online at 2PM Central.

How do you like our new CALI Lesson posters?

Here is our new CALI Lesson poster in a printable 8.5 x 11 PDF version.

If you're a CALI Rep, you will be getting a tube package in the mail with 2 poster-sized versions. Want a poster-sized version and you're not your school's rep? Let us know. We will have extras to send.

Feel free to hand out the letter-sized version of the posters to your students or display the posters where students will see. And if you would like us to create a customized version of the PDF that includes your school's authorization code, also let us know.

We're co-sponsoring Law.Gov workshop at Chicago-Kent

CALI is a co-sponsor for the upcoming Law.Gov Workshop at Chicago-Kent on Friday, May 21st.

You can register for the workshop for free here.

There have been a series of Law.Gov Workshops throughout the country, and the aim is to have a dialogue that spurs the creation of a repository of all primary law in the US using open-source tools. They have our full support here at CALI, and we're very excited about the opportunity to help sponsor this one in our own backyard (half the CALI staff works out of the Kent campus).

Check out the Law.Gov website here. Stay tuned for more on this workshop.

Law Librarians: Inviting You to Join The Conversation

When Richard Leiter, Director of University of Nebraska - Lincoln Law Library (bio), asked if CALI could provide a new outlet for his popular web series/podcast, The Law Librarian, it was perfect timing. Our webinar series coupled with a newly updated CALI Classcaster blogging system was an ideal solution.

So we'd like to announce the product of this partnership: the first live broadcast of the new "Law Librarian Conversations." This Friday, March 5 at 2 PM Central.

Register (free, of course) to join the conversation.

The new broadcast, iTunes feed, and blog feed will replace the old Blog Talk Radio ones, so make sure you update your subscriptions and bookmarks if you're already subscribed to "The Law Librarian." Follow the new Law Librarian Conversations blog for updates and content relating to the show.

We're very excited to have a hand in bringing this service to our law librarian friends and we hope you can join us in building a community.