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Accepted Sessions

Session Speaker(s) Experience level Session Track
Bridging the Gap on Legal Tech Proficiency at Law Schools Tobias Franklin

More and more law students are pursuing interests in legal technology, but many are witnessing a gap at their respective schools.

Beginner Technology
Distance Learning in Non-Distance Learning Courses John Mayer, William Byrnes, Christopher Bevard

The ABA allows law schools to use distance learning in any course as long as it doesn't replace more than 1/3 of in-class time.  This should make it easy for faculty to explore the use of distance...

Beginner Case Studies
The Problem of Engaging Students at a Distance John Mayer, Minara Mordecai, Glenn Greenberg, Jack Graves

Now that everyone is sitting at their computers in the wee hours, bathed in the warm glow of their screens, how do you get to really engage with the instructor, the material or other members of...

Teaching Tech to Law Students Grace Simms

For the last three years - I have taught Technology and the Practice of Law.  My class covers hardware/software, security, social media/marketing, apps, and more.

This session is for...

Beginner Technology
Law Library Websites and Third Party Trackers: A Privacy Study Tom Boone

Librarians are known for protecting the privacy of their patrons, but with the shift to online resources, third parties regularly collect data on library patrons' use of library materials, using...

Beginner Technology
Using Drupal for a Better Orientation Experience Corinne St. Claire, Gabe Estrada

For several years, Loyola Law School Los Angeles utilized a home-grown “Orientation Task Scheduler” to help incoming students complete necessary tasks prior to arriving on campus for Orientation...

Beginner Technology
How to Convert a Website to a Web App Patrick Wiseman

At CALIcon12, Prof. Wiseman demonstrated how to convert a course website to a Chrome app. As of about the date of CALIcon18, Google is no longer supporting Chrome apps, having replaced them with...

Intermediate Technology
How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bot Jesse Bowman

As a law librarian, I find emerging technologies to be a source of both inspiration and concern.

Beginner Technology
Scrape it off: Using or making web scraping tools to gather structured data from webpages Ben Carlson

Link to Slides: 

Beginner Technology

Back by popular demand from the 2017 MAALL conference in Milwaukee.  We’ll showcase 60 of our favorite tech tools, tips, apps, websites, cheats, and more.  These tips will benefit anyone looking...

Beginner Technology
The Malpractice of Hunches: Professional Responsibility, AI, and Data Analytics Ed Walters

Clients ask lawyers the most important questions facing their families and trust lawyers with bet-the-company questions. But lawyers answer these questions, for the most part, based on limited...

Intermediate Technology
IT Operations: Lessons Learned from the Field Corinne St. Claire, Corey Meingarten, Jonathan Sibray, Tony Forsythe

This panel will focus on the most recent challenges facing law school IT professionals.  Discussions will include lessons learned and support strategies in the following areas:

Intermediate Technology
Word Styles and Document Automation: Making documents more efficient in the practice of law Stacey Rowland

Technology has changed the practice of law and, increasingly, is creating new job opportunities for enterprising lawyers. Many practitioners and law students, though, do not unlock the true power...

Beginner Experiential Learning
Battling Fake News and Developing Digital Literacy Skills within the Legal Profession Carol Watson, Caroline Osborne, Kris Niedringhaus

Alternative facts? Truthiness?  Post Truth?  Hardly a day passes without someone making a reference to fake news. But why should lawyers care and what can information technology professionals and...

Beginner Technology
Tips for Including CALI's Materials in Your Courses Deb Quentel

Assessment and more
Experiential learning
CALI helps students

An experiential session to get you thinking about when and how to use CALI materials. 

Intermediate Experiential Learning
Get Smart: Are Smartphones in the Law School Classroom a Recipe for KAOS? Shannon Roddy, Khelani Clay

Should laptops and smartphones be allowed in the law school classroom? This session will provide a brief overview of the research on laptops and smartphones in the classroom.

Beginner Technology
Using Guided Interviews to Serve Non-Profits Raymond Brescia

This session will describe a class project, incorporated in a course entitled "The Law of Social Entrepreneurship and Exempt Organizations," in which students utilized A2J Author to prepare two...

Beginner Case Studies
Sources of American Law - An Introduction to Legal Research: Adopting an eLangdell Book as a Coursebook Edward Hart, Meg Butler

Law librarians from UNT Dallas College of Law and Georgia State University College of Law will discuss their experience developing the first-year research curriculum and a similar class for an LLM...

Beginner Case Studies
Lessons in Engagement from Game Designers Joshua Pluta

A few years ago, “gamification” was the Next Big Thing in everything, borrowing the incentive systems from games – scores, achievements, and levels – to engage students, customers, and employees...

Beginner Course Management
Dealing with established systems, legacy systems, and technical debt in law school IT shops Elmer Masters, john Joergensen

This is an issue that I don't think has ever been fully discussed at CALIcon: how do small development operations like law schools deal with things like the endless upgrade cycle, technical debt,...

Intermediate Technology
Syncing CRM at Colorado Law Jonathan Sibray, Mike Burr

Like most Law Schools, Colorado Law has a number of systems in use to manage specific points in the student lifecycle.  These systems are disparate:  third-party, main campus, or Law School-...

Beginner Technology
H2O 2.0: A New Way to Create and Share Legal Ed Texts Brett Johnson

Casebooks are expensive, inflexible, proprietary and mostly unavailable in digital form. This is bad for law faculty and their students.

Beginner Technology
Wikipedia in the Legal Research Classroom Nicole Downing

No matter how many reliable research strategies they are taught, the new generation of law students (and attorneys) often use Wikipedia as a starting point for their legal research.

Beginner Course Management
Notes & Comments: Unique Resources for the Law School Institutional Repository Aaron Kirschenfeld

Institutional repositories provide law schools the opportunity to make unique resources available to their patrons and to the public. The University of North Carolina School of Law's Kathrine R....

Beginner Case Studies
All the Cool Things CALI is ... and Could Be Doing John Mayer

CALI has a LOT of projects.  I will talk about these cursorily, but the bulk of this session will be talking about CALI and the future of edlegaltech.  What *should* CALI be doing to deliver the...

Beginner Technology
Teaching a Synchronous Online Class using WebEx. Charles Perkins, Kathleen McLeod, Abigail Deese

This program will discuss using WebEx to teach synchronous online courses.

This program will examine:

LII: Under the Hood Sara Frug

LII publishes original content and enhanced primary legal materials for an ever-growing audience that ranges from lawyers to middle school students. With examples from recent projects, this...

Beginner Case Studies
Real World Video Accessibility Bryan Rapp

Video accessibility is a hot topic in higher education these days with several universities facing lawsuits related to their practices in this area.  This session will discuss what's required...

Intermediate Technology
Law student technology competency - how do we pay for it? Kris Niedringhaus, Carol Watson, Roger Skalbeck, Darin Fox, Michael Robak

Most of us agree that the majority of law students need some level of technology education in order to in order to be competent to practice law under...

Intermediate Case Studies
Using Excel for a simulation exercise in a law office technology course Wayne Miller

Simulations can run the gamut from paper based to full online environment. What if you want a “what-if” scenario, but don’t see the need to invest in an interactive environment? Excel can serve as...

Beginner Case Studies
Death-proofing Web Citations with Brett Johnson

As the citation of web pages in journal articles, court briefs and decisions continues to grow, the permance of the cited item becomes increasingly important.

Beginner Technology
Sparking Innovation in the Classroom: How to Introduce Faculty to Instructional Technology Alyson Carrel, Clare Willis

Before the 2017-2018 school year, Northwestern Pritzker School of Law held TEaCH LAW, a day-long...

Beginner Case Studies
Law School Transparency Kyle McEntee

Kyle McEntee, executive director of Law School Transparency, will provide an overview of LST's Data Dashboard,...

Beginner Case Studies
Is There Anything Law School Faculty Members Can Learn from Research on Evidence-Based STEM Instruction? Marjorie McDiarmid, Jane Winn

Since the 1990s, the National Science Foundation directed millions of dollars into research into how to increase participation rates and remove barriers to success in STEM education.  For...

Keynote: How Do Lawyers Get Paid If Access to Justice is Free? Katherine Alteneder

The rise of the self-represented litigant has disrupted the civil justice system. Courts no longer rely on lawyers to manage the litigants, but the due process remains so courts have had to step-...