Announcing the CALIcon21 Conference Keynote Speaker Professor Michael Wesch!

The CALIcon21 Conference is pleased to announce that Professor Michael Wesch from Kansas State University will be our keynote speaker on Day 1 – June 2 – of this year’s conference.

Registration for CALIcon21 Conference is available here!

CALIcon21 Conference Keynote Speaker Michael Wesch

Michael Wesch is the creator of the Teaching Without Walls video series which includes the top-ranked YouTube video for college online teaching.  The New York Times listed him as one of 10 professors in the nation whose courses “mess with old models” and added that “they give students an experience that might change how they think, what they care about or even how they live their lives.”  His videos have been viewed over 25 million times, translated into over 20 languages, and are frequently featured at international film festivals and major academic conferences worldwide.  Wesch has won several major awards for his work, including the US Professor of the Year Award from the Carnegie Foundation, the Wired Magazine Rave Award, and he was named an Emerging Explorer by National Geographic.  He is also co-creator of anth101.com and author of The Art of Being Human, a free and open textbook alternative for Introduction to Cultural Anthropology. www.youtube.com/mwesch  

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New CALI Podcast – Classification of Collateral I: Discussions in Secured Transactions

This is the first of two podcasts by Professor Jennifer S. Martin that describe the process by which a creditor identifies collateral subject to a security interest under Article 9 of the Uniform Commercial Code. This podcast focuses primarily on descriptions of tangible personal property, including the descriptions used in a security agreement, and walks the listener through a series of examples. Classifications of collateral constituting intangible property are left for another podcast.

Learning Outcomes
On completion of the podcast, the student will be able to:
1. Describe how a secured creditor goes about describing the collateral in the security agreement, including by specific listing, category, and type of collateral defined in the Uniform Commercial Code.
2. Describe and identify the tangible property definitions for goods: inventory, farm products, consumer goods, and equipment.

A transcript of this podcast is here.

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Changes coming to the cali.org website

We are making improvements to the CALI website (cali.org) to give a better user experience.  The changes in the new theme are to the fonts, colors, general layout, and menus to improve readability and enhance usability.

Highlights:

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CALIcon Conference Registration is open!

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Don’t miss out on the latest from CALIcon Conference!  

The CALIcon Conference, also known as ” The Conference for Law School Computing® “, is one of the longest-running legal education conferences in the United States. The conference brings together law school faculty, librarians, IT professionals, and administrators to share ideas, innovations, experiences and best practices in legal education/technology that you can use at your law school. It is eclectic, engaging, and fun!

Who Attends CALIcon?

Our attendees are a mixture of law professors, law librarians, and library directors, law school IT staff and law clinic faculty. We are also beginning to see attendees from the legal technology world. They are early-adopters, socially connected and highly influential in technology purchasing decisions. We expect 250- 350 attendees this year.

CALIcon2020 Conference Attendee breakdown by Job Function

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The Center for Computer-Assisted Legal Instruction (CALI) Welcomes New Members to the Board of Directors

CALI Board of Director January 2021
At its Annual Membership Meeting on Tuesday, January 19, 2021, the Center for Computer-Assisted Legal Instruction (CALI) Board of Directors appointed five new members to fill the vacancy of outgoing Board Members whose term ended on January 1, 2021. The Nominations Committee conducted 43 interviews and reviewed bios from all candidates.

All CALI Board members are unpaid volunteers.

New Board Members:

Dean Greg Brandes
St. Francis School of Law
Joined 2021
Current term: 2021-2024

Dean Camille Davidson
Southern Illinois University School of Law
Joined 2021
Current term: 2021-2024

LizabethAnn R. Eisen
Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP
Joined 2021
Current term: 2021-2024

Professor Amy Emerson
Villanova University School of Law
Joined 2021
Current term: 2021-2024

Professor Fran Ortiz
South Texas College of Law Houston
Joined 2021
Current term: 2021-2024

We would like to give a special “Thank You” to our outgoing members.  We much appreciate your dedication, insights, and leadership in moving the legal education needle.

Professor Sally Wise
University of Miami School of Law

Professor Warren Binford
Willamette University College of Law

Dean Roger Skalback
University of Richmond, The T.C. Williams School of Law

David Thomson
University of Denver Sturm College of Law

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New CALI Podcast – Discharge of Duties: Discussions in Contracts

This podcast by Professor Jennifer S. Martin discusses a discharge of duties such that parties do not have to perform their contractual obligations and cannot demand performance under the other party’s contract. Consideration is required to support enforcement of an agreement, including a modification of a contract resulting in a discharge of duties. This podcast will look at discharge by rescission, substituted performance, substituted contract, novation, and accord and satisfaction. We will also look at when a discharge is enforceable where it is supported by consideration, including where there is the use of an instrument under U.C.C. § 3-311. The podcast steps you through analyzing numerous hypos.

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Press Release: The Center for Computer-Assisted Legal Instruction (CALI) Legal Research Revision Fellowship

The Center for Computer-Assisted Legal Instruction (CALI) announces the formation of the Legal Research Revision Fellowship.

(Chicago, IL) January 7, 2021 – Serving the need for law students to understand the law better, the Center for Computer-Assisted Legal Instruction establishes the Legal Research Revision Fellowship initiative. The Fellowship is composed of seven notable professionals from the legal research community across several U.S. law schools. The Fellowship’s goal is to revise up to 70 CALI Legal Research lessons to reflect today’s teaching pedagogy and current circumstances. All revisions are peer-reviewed by the Fellowship Team. Everyone at the CALI member law schools will have access to these updated lessons in mid-2021.

“CALI offers Legal Research tutorials used tens of thousands of times each year by law students. Keeping these materials up to date is a major project and we are excited to be working with a seasoned and committed Fellowship Team. This is the essence of CALI – focused, collaborative effort to create quality learning materials that benefit everyone. ABA Standard 302 requires law schools to establish learning outcomes for legal research – among other things. These lessons address this need directly,” said John Mayer, Executive Director, CALI.

The last Fellowship group produced 35 law school success lessons representing 11% of all CALI Lesson runs since August 2020.

Introducing the Legal Research Revision Fellows:

Beth Adelman
Law Library Director and Vice Dean for Legal Information Services
Charles B. Sears Law Library, SUNY Buffalo Law School
Bio

Beth DiFelice
Assistant Dean, Director of the Library and Professor of Practice
Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law at Arizona State University
Bio

Kristina L. Niedringhaus
Associate Dean of Library and Information Services and Professor
Georgia State University College of Law
Bio

Mary Rumsey
Reference and Instructional Services Librarian
Willamette University College of Law
Bio

Sally H. Wise
Professor of Law Emerita and Director, Law Library Emerita
University of Miami School of Law
​​​​​Bio

Shaun Esposito
Head of Public Services and Professor of Practice
University of Arizona James E. Rogers College of Law
Bio

Tawnya K. Plumb
Head of Collections
George William Hopper Law Library, University of Wyoming College of Law
Bio

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Download our new “U.S. Federal Income Taxation of Individuals 2021” casebook to assign for your classroom.

Death and Taxes:  Which one are you teaching?

Easy adoption for your classroom

This is the eighth version of this textbook, updated through December 2020 for use beginning January 2021.

In addition to incorporating new law and all inflation adjustments, this 2021 edition incorporates new charts pertaining to economic and tax data, including December 2019 CBO charts showing that income inequality between 2015 and 2020 (with the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act enacted in 2017) worsened after taxes and transfers than before taxes and transfers are taken into account.

This textbook is not intended to be an exhaustive treatise; rather, it is intended to be far more useful than that for beginning tax law students by equipping the novice not merely with unmoored detail but rather with a rich blueprint that illuminates the deeper structural framework on which that detail hangs (sometimes crookedly).

A Teacher’s Manual is available for faculty; please use your CALI credentials to login for access.

About eLangdell® Press

www.elangdell.cali.orgCALI’s eLangdell® Press publishes free casebooks and book chapters authored by law faculty.  All are available under a Creative Commons license so that faculty and students can use and remix the materials to suit their educational needs.

  • Over 30 publications covering 17 different legal subject areas
  • Compatible with all mobile devices and tablets. No-DRM PDF, MSWord, Kindle and iPad versions of entire books are available.
  • Print version available with no mark-up cost

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New CALI Podcast Available – The Basics of Consideration and the Bargain Theory: Discussions in Contracts

This podcast by Professor Jennifer S. Martin examines when agreements are enforceable as contracts because they are supported by consideration. The podcast looks at common descriptions of consideration, including benefit-detriment and “bargained-for exchange.” It also considers traditional issues of consideration and common disputes involving unequal bargains, nominal or sham consideration, and past consideration. The podcast discusses several hypotheticals and also the following cases: Schnell v. Nell, 17 Ind. 29 (1861), Hamer v. Sidway, 124 N.Y. 538, 27 N.E. 256 (1891), and Basatkis v. Demotsis, 226 S.W.2d 673 (Tex. Civ. App. 1949).

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New CALI Lessons Available (Podcast) – Good Faith: Discussions in Contracts

The topic of this podcast is the basic concept of good faith, with a focus on both subjective and objective good faith in the performance of contracts under the common law and the Uniform Commercial Code.

Learning Outcomes

On completion of the lesson, the student will be able to:
1. Identify when good faith is applicable.
2. Distinguish between subjective and objective good faith.

 

 

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