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
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Beth DiFelice
Assistant Dean, Director of the Library and Professor of Practice
Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law at Arizona State University
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Kristina L. Niedringhaus
Associate Dean of Library and Information Services and Professor
Georgia State University College of Law
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Mary Rumsey
Reference and Instructional Services Librarian
Willamette University College of Law
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Sally H. Wise
Professor of Law Emerita and Director, Law Library Emerita
University of Miami School of Law
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Shaun Esposito
Head of Public Services and Professor of Practice
University of Arizona James E. Rogers College of Law
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Tawnya K. Plumb
Head of Collections
George William Hopper Law Library, University of Wyoming College of Law
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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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Webinar – Ask Us Anything

Ask the Experts

CALI works to use technology to improve legal education and access to justice

Whether or not you are a CALI user, here is an excellent opportunity to ask our experts all the burning questions you wanted to ask us.  Any and all questions about formative assessment, self-publishing, analytics, and etc. are on the table.

Stop by between 2 – 3 pm CDT (Chicago Time) and let’s see if we can help.

Friday, November 20

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Webinar – Adding QuizWright® to run formative assessment quizzes in your course

Register to join your colleagues virtually at our webinar “Adding QuizWright® to run formative assessment quizzes in your course” on November 13 from 3:00 p.m – 4:00 p.m. EDT.

This webinar will provide background on QuizWright and show you how you can create formative assessment quizzes in minutes for use in your course.

CALI QuizWright® is a web app that lets law faculty write individual Multiple Choice, True/False, and Yes/No questions, saves the questions in a personal question bank, allows law faculty to bundle the questions into quizzes, uses CALI Publisher to instantly and securely publish the quizzes to the CALI website and lets students take the quizzes as formative assessments, either live in class or as homework, right on the CALI website, where most students already have an account. Faculty can view the basic results or access advanced analytic reporting from an online dashboard. Download of results to Excel for further analysis is available.

Features and Benefits

  • Create a personal question bank faculty can use with their courses year after year
  • View student responses in real-time
  • No software to install
  • Free to use as part of your school’s CALI membership
  • Built on the robust and secure CALI tools and features like the CALI Lesson Viewer, AutoPublish, and LessonLink

 

Agenda Highlight:  A short, focused demo with Q & A session.

 

 

Elmer Masters
Director of Technology
The Center for Computer-Assisted Legal Instruction (CALI)

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Webinar – Using eLangdell® Press and eBooks in Legal Education

Register to join your colleagues virtually at our webinar “Using eLangdell® Press and eBooks in Legal Education” on November 6 from 3:00 p.m – 4:00 p.m. EDT.

This webinar will provide background on eLangdell Press and show you how you can use its OER materials in your course. CALI’s eLangdell Press are free casebooks and book chapters authored and peer reviewed 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.

The session will also delve into the cost savings for your students from assigning our casebooks.

Agenda Highlight:  A short, focused demo with Q & A session.

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Webinar – Using CALI LessonLive to bring synchronous CALI Lessons to your course

Register to join your colleagues virtually at our webinar ” Using CALI LessonLive to bring synchronous CALI Lessons to your course on October 30 from 3:00 p.m – 4:00 p.m. EDT.

This webinar will provide background on CALI LessonLive and show you how you can use it in your course. LessonLive lets teachers work through CALI Lessons, QuizWright quizzes, and CALI Author self-published lessons in real-time with the students in their class. There will be a live demonstration of LessonLive that you can participate in.

The session will also examine the educational analytics available to teachers using LessonLive and LessonLink who want to take a detailed look at how their students are performing with CALI resources.

Agenda Highlight:  A short, focused demo with Q & A session.

 

 

 

Elmer Masters
Director of Technology
The Center for Computer-Assisted Legal Instruction (CALI)

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Visit the CALI virtual booth at the AAfPE 2020 Virtual Conference

Visit CALI’s Virtual Booth

Working to use technology to improve legal education & access to justice

We’re CALI – a non-profit consortium of US Law Schools that uses technology to improve legal education for paralegal, legal studies, and law students. Stop by our virtual booth to check out the free and unlimited resources offered to our members.

  • Over 1000 interactive tutorials in 40 different legal subject areas that are peer review by law faculty
  • Free casebooks and supplements authored and reviewed by law faculty and downloadable in PDF, eBook and MS Word formats with built-in permission to edit and redistribute to your students
  • A formative assessment platform for legal education that can be used inside the classroom, in a flipped classroom setting, distance-learning or as supplemental study – your choice

Session Title:
Your National Strategic Stockpile of Legal Education for Paralegal Programs

Thursday, November 5, 2020
10:30 am – 11:00 am EDT
Speaker:  John Mayer, Executive Director – CALI

In this presentation, you will learn how the Center for Computer-Assisted Legal Instruction (CALI) provides educational resources that assist faculty in helping students succeed. We have always been at the forefront of distance learning, formative assessment, open education resources (OER), and much more.

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