What I learned from #CALICon15

June 29, 2015

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I haven’t attended a CALI conference since Milwaukee in 2011 so I was excited to be able to attend.

There are a lot new things out there in the technology world and in law schools.

Below is just a random list:

  • Macs are everywhere.  Every presentation that I attended was done with a Mac.  Things have changed.
  • Connecting your laptop wirelessly to a HDMI projector is not expensive..you just need Apple TV for $69 and PC air parrot for $6
  • This is a cool video – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9_LLj4_3ZRA (Watch it!)
  • Panopto is used by many schools for lecture capture, annotation, live streaming and much more.  It now connects directly to a TWEN course site.
  • Spiceworks is a free helpdesk ticketing system
  • Oyez offers 7000 hours of supreme court audio clips (all sessions since 1955) with transcripts – Slides
  • 5 cool FREE tools to turn legal education into legal educa-FUN (Try them!)
    1. Kahoot – create multiple choice quizzes (questions & answers on the screen)
    1. Class Responder – create multiple choice quizzes (more elementary look)
    1. Zaption – create multiple choice or open-ended questions, add pop up questions to a video
    1. EDPuzzle – video enhancement tool, add voice over or replace original speaker
    1. Socrative – create multiple choice quizzes
  • Box – unlimited storage solution for students and/or faculty (SSO capability)
  • Plickers – free clickers- use app and laminated cards (for classes of 63 or less)
  • First Hybrid JD program (half online, half on campus) William Mitchell Law School in MN successfully completed one full semester
  • ABA Tech Show – good resource for freebies
  • Legal Practice Tech Course at UNC Law – syllabus
  • Clio –  cloud-based law practice management software
  • Google Scholar and the new research paradigm (handout)
  • Standard 314  – Formative assessment – use technology
  • Poll Everywhere – survey tool via smartphone or browser – free on polls for 40 students or less (integrates into powerpoint)
  • BigBlueButton–  open source version of Adobe Connect
  • VidyoWay – free video-conferencing

I loved the conference and enjoyed the opportunity to learn about the trials and tribulations of technology in law school with others who share the same interests.

Next year, the CALI conference will be back on the east coast at Georgia State Law. I hope to attend again.


“Igniting Law Teaching” a TEDx-Styled Conference is being broadcast live today

April 4, 2014


So if you couldn’t attend, listen here: http://media.wcl.american.edu/Mediasite/Play/60090ad2894d411fa52d53cb79b7b0771

This is the schedule of speakers:

8:15am: Welcome and Introduction

  • Billie Jo Kaufman, Assoc Dean for Library and Information Services
  • Michele Pistone, Villanova University School of Law, Visiting Professor American University Washington College of Law: “Why Law Schools Need to Change”

8:45am—Flipping the Law School Classroom

  • William Slomanson, Thomas Jefferson School of Law: “Why Flip? & Macro Design”
  • Jennifer Rosa, Michigan State Univ., College of Law: “Legal Writing on Steroids: The Art of Flipping Your Classroom”
  • Debora L. Threedy, University of Utah, S.J. Quinney College of Law: “Flipping Contracts: The Making of the Videos”
  • Wes Reber Porter, Golden Gate University School of Law: “A Better Class to Class Process to Accompany Flipping”
  • David Thomson, University of Denver, Sturm College of Law: “Move 1L Online”

9:45am—Using the Classroom for Active Learning

  • Jamie R. Abrams, University of Louisville, Louis D. Brandeis School of Law: “The Socratic Method, Revisited”
  • Jeremiah Ho, University of Mass. School of Law (Dartmouth): “Not Your Father’s Case Method: Bringing Skills into Doctrinal Courses”
  • Victoria Duke, Indiana Tech Law School: “Bringing Exercises in Large Classes”
  • Enrique Guerra-Pujol, Barry University School of Law: “Using Film to Teach Torts”
  • Victoria Szymczak, University of Hawaii, William S. Richardson School of Law: “An LLM, an Oral Presentation, and a Video Camera”

11:15am—Applying Learning Theory to LegalEDucation

  • Leah Wortham, The Catholic Univ. of America, Columbus School of Law: “Graduating Them Whole Not Broken”
  • John P. Joergensen, Rutgers University School of Law (Newark): “Scaffolding”
  • Paul D. Callister, University of Missouri, Kansas City School of Law: “The Metacognition Imperative: Beyond Research Training”
  • Warren Binford, Willamette University College of Law: “How to Be the World’s Best Law Professor”
  • Jeffrey B. Ritter, Georgetown University Law Center: “Mapping the Law: Building and Using Visual Mindmaps in Legal Education”

12:15pm—The Craft of Law Teaching

  • Sharon Keller, University of the District of Columbia—David A. Clarke School of Law: “Old Professor Tricks”
  • Kim Hawkins, New York Law School: “What Law Professors Need to Know About Visual Arts”
  • Jill A. Smith, Georgetown University Law Center: “Going Hollywood on your Desktop: Creating Great Screencasts”
  • Doni Gewirtzman, New York Law School: “Teaching and Theater: The Craft of Law Teaching”
  • Leah A. Plunkett, University of New Hampshire School of Law: “An Improviser’s Guide to Law Teaching”

1:15pm Luncheon: Leo Martinez, University of California, Hastings College of Law, President, Association of American Law Schools (AALS)

2:15pm—Simulations, Feedback, & Assessment

  • Shawn Marie Boyne, Indiana University, Robert H. McKinney School of Law: “Disaster in the Classroom: Using Simulations to Teach National Security Law”
  • Renee Nicole Allen, Florida A&M University College of Law: “Metacognition and the Value of Reflection in Learning”
  • Michele Gilman, University of Baltimore School of Law: “Why Use Clickers? To Provide Students Real Time Feedback”
  • Sydney Beckman, Lincoln Memorial University, Duncan School of Law: “Using Technology For Engagement and Assessment”
  • Margaret Hahn-Dupont, Northeastern University School of Law: “Learning Through Reflection and Self-Assessment”

3:15pm—Beyond Traditional Law Subjects

  • John M. Bickers, N. Kentucky University: Chase College of Law: “Using a Wok:  How Non-Bar Tested Electives Can Teach Lawyering”
  • Susan L. Brooks, Drexel University School of Law: “The ABCs of Communication for Teaching Relational Lawyering and Resilience”
  • Ryan Dooley & Allison Robbins, CUNY School of Law: “The Law School as a Classroom”
  • Vicenç Feliú, Villanova University School of Law: “Clinics and Librarians Collaborating”
  • Elizabeth Keyes, University of Baltimore School of Law: “Teaching Narrative”
  • James G. Milles, SUNY Buffalo Law School: “Returning the Client to Legal Education”
  • Emmeline Paulette Reeves, University of Richmond School of Law: “Teaching with the End (Bar Passage) in Mind”

5:00pm—Teaching for the 21st Century

  • Dan Jackson, Northeastern University School of Law: “Designing Lawyers: Leading an Experiential Law School Design Lab”
  • Jay Gary Finkelstein, DLA Piper: “Get Real!: Using Experiential Learning and Collaborative Teaching to Train ‘Practice Aware’ Lawyers”
  • Christine P. Bartholomew, SUNY Buffalo Law School: “Finding Time”
  • Jeanne Eicks, Vermont Law School: “Game On! Educational Games for Law Students”
  • Brett Johnson, Harvard Law School: “H2O: Remixing the Casebook”




CALI Conference 2014

March 26, 2014


Registration has just opened for the Conference for Law School Computing® (CALI), three days of legal education and technology fun.

This year the conference will take place at Harvard Law School in Cambridge, Massachusetts from June 19-21, 2014.

To register for the conference, you will need to create a new username/ password on the conference website even if you have an existing CALI.org username. There are three levels of conference registration:

The cost for attendees is $295 ($100 lower than last year).  Speakers will now pay a $95 registration fee.  As always, 3 breakfasts, 3 lunches and an evening reception are included with registration.

There will be approximately 50 sessions in 5 tracks covering a wide range of topics related to law school and technology.

In addition to the conference sessions, there will be two exciting and thought-provoking speakers for this year’s plenary sessions:

  • Jason Scott, “rogue archivist”, documentary filmmaker and organizer of the Archive Team.  Jason is currently working with the Internet Archive to preserve the history of early computing.  You can read more about him on his website Texfiles.com.
  • Dorothea Salo, an educator, author and frequent speaker on the topics of scholarly communication, data management and open technologies.  You can read more about her on her personal website.

If you are not able to attend, most of the sessions will be streamed live and then available on YouTube after the conference.

I have attended several CALI conferences  (2008, 2009, 2011) and have found them to be extremely worthwhile.  I have always learned a lot from the presentations and from networking with fellow IT law folks.

Have you attended a CALI conference?  Do you plan to go this year?

Virtual Live Blogging from the CALI Conference – Day 2

June 14, 2013


Again I am watching the sessions via YouTube.

In this session, Smith discussed lessons learned from this year’s 1L Legal Research’s flipped classroom.

    • They used the tools below to create a varied and interactive set of classes:
      • Camtasia videos and quizzing,
      • review exercises using Blackboard’s “test” tool,
      • video narratives of former student experiences,
      • interactive clicker response slides in the classroom, (class set of TurningTechnologies)
      • CALI lessons (both homegrown and “official”),
      • and an early focus on print resources to introduce students to tools like indexes and tables of contents.
    • In class exercises were collaborative
    • They did not abandon the “Socratic” Method
  • One Less Textbook To Drag Around: Creating an Online Learning Experience for 1L Legal Skills Students – Lucie Olejnikova & Cynthia Pittson, Pace University School of Lawhttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=maDcFgTBG70
    • team taught legal research as part of legal skills course
    • already had created videos to teach some tech topics (available on youtube)
    • tried many legal research books but none fit the needs of their first year students
    • they decided to make their own and put it online
    • couldn’t do it in-house, had to outsource – used LibGuide bySpringShare – inexpensive & easy to use (about $100 per year)
    • platform must be easy to use, accessible at all times and from any device
    • must appeal to all learning styles, incorporating text, graphics, audio, video & self-testing options.
    • They used a wide variety of tools, information, and websites already available – Westlaw, CALI
    • Each module must have a consistent look and be easy to navigate
    • private online course pack – only for their students
    • used Google analytics to track its use
    • next – link videos, add more content for moot court and writing competitions
    • add Bloomberg Law in the fall

 In this presentation, Ginsberg, Barney & Farrell  discussed what they saw at the April 2013 ABA TechShow such as:

    • the Cloud
    • going Paperless
    • Trial Tech
    • social media to market their practice
    • Mac lawyers
    • in the courtroom – AppleTV
    •  social media and geolocation technologies (sometimes in unexpected places) to uncover evidence
    • mobile technologies to “practice on the go
    •  iPad apps – Dropbox, Docstogo, Evernote, Goodreader, iThoughts
    • opening statements
    • predictive coding

Virtual Live Blogging from the CALI Conference – Day 1

June 13, 2013


I call it “virtual” because I am NOT actually at the conference.  I am watching the sessions live on YouTube.

    1. Mobile users are rushed and distracted.
    2. Mobile = Less
      • Don’t confuse context with intent
    3. Complexity is a dirty word
      • Simple is not simplistic
      • Complex is not complicated
      • Clarity trumps density
    4. Extra taps and clicks are evil.
      • Progressive disclosure
      • Quality is more important than quantity
    5. Gotta have a mobile website
      • There is no mobile web
      • The web experience must be good
      • One web? Yes, do it with one web site
      • Don’t avoid hard decision decisions
      • Start with the mobile look and edit, edit, edit
      • This is only the beginning… (many devices, platforms…)
      • Content (and API) run the show
    6. Mobile is about apps.
      • It is about website.
      • Apps is not a strategy.  It is just an app.
      • Presentation deprecates.
      • Build from the content out.
      • We are ALL cloud developers.
    7. CMS & API are for database nerds.
      • Metadata is the new art direction.
      • Repurpose content NOT design

In this session Quentel discussed how creating an authentic learning environment for students in an online course is more than simply posting videos of the professor online. She also shared some of the learning theory and best practices behind effective online learning courses, and explored some of the tools that schools can use other than a full-blown learning management system.

    • Interaction – students must be required to participate such as threaded discussions
    • Use existing CMS
    • Video is the same as “Sage on the stage” – encourage students to use the pause button…so that it mimics class
    • Students need to be engaged
    • (Talking Head) Video is perfect for “guest speakers”
    • Include CALI Lessons
    • Offer an LLM, offer it online
    • NYS Bar has strict requirements – no asynchronous credit for JD courses
In this session, Bohl & Tausend shared tips that they have found to be successful in moving faculty forward in the effective use of technology in order to enhance student learning outcomes.
    • 50% of their faculty are comfortable with technology
    • role of the Instructional Expert
      • builds relationships
      • advocacy
      • support educational mission
      • accommodate, redirect and compromise
      • never say “no”
    • Challenge: getting faculty to think about innovation without invoking resistance
    • Motivational communication
      • simple, specific, visual
      • move forward with familiar terms
    • Get faculty to share what they do
    • Craft your nomenclature carefully ex: “Coffee talk” vs. “training session”

This presentation offered several models for a flipped classroom in a law school setting.  Then, presenters shared their experiences in running a flipped classroom for a Bar Exam prep course.

  • Flipped classroom began in K-12 with classroom time being used for hands-on activities rather than teaching concepts.  Concepts were presented in chunks via short videos that students watched at home.  They can watch at their own schedule as long as they are watched before class.
  • Several ways to flip:
    • blended classroom – short lecturettes to introduce basic material and guide student reading
    • some lectures occassionally and some assigned videos at home with classroom activities
    •  full lectures online with all class time devoted to hands-on work
  • use Clickers or Response software
    • gauge student understanding
    • use without giving correct answer, have discussion and then re-poll
    • perfect for skills classes
  • grade class activities so students take it seriously
  • case study – Bar Prep
    • course teaches bar exam skills
    • focuses on 6 concepts that appear on bar exam
    • only multiple choice questions
    • required for students whose gpa was 3.0 and below
    • 2 credits – 2x a week, each class was 1.5 hours
    • BarBri already offers video lectures
    • students were able to watch them on their own time
    • all of class time was spent on dissecting multiple choice questions
    • clickers were used also
    • in the future, Sangchompuphen plans to index the lectures so students don’t have to watch a 2 hour video

*** Unfortunately, all the presenters used PowerPoint slides which were very difficult (or impossible) to read. As a result, my notes are a little sketchy.

Look what else I missed:
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Click HERE to watch.

CALI Conference for Law School Computing

June 11, 2013

I have been fortunate to attend several CALI conferences (2008, 2009, 2011).  I have always learned a lot from the presentations and from networking with fellow IT law folks.


This weekend,  the 23rd Annual CALI Conference for Law School Computing will be held at IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law.

This year’s conference will feature several sessions devoted to the flipped classroom such as:

There also will be other sessions that deal with changing how law is taught:

If you are not able to attend, all the sessions are recorded and will be available (along with videos of past conferences) on the CALI Youtube channel.

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The sessions will webcast live, as well.  (Complete list here)


April 5, 2012

Last Friday, I attended the CELT conference hosted by Albany Law School.  The focus of the conference was “emerging models for curricular and structural reform.”

David Thomson, the author of  Law School 2.0, was the keynote speaker Thursday evening.  His presentation is posted here.

 I was hoping to hear about innovative uses of technology in the classroom and also witness the use of technology by the presenters and I did see the following:

  • One presenter Skyped in because she was unable to attend in person
  • Most presenters used PowerPoint slideshows.
  • Video clips examples were shown.
  • U Pittsburgh prof uses Classroom Salons, a free social media tool developed by Carnegie Mellon U in his courses – very cool
  • Clio, free client management software is used by one law school
  • Diffusion – free web-based simulation game was used in the closing session activity

But what impressed me most was the opportunities for collaboration among professors from different law schools during most of the sessions:

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This type of activity put the professor in the role of learner and also modeled of what they can do in the law school classroom with their students.