Sara Smith Joins The Center for Computer-Assisted Legal Instruction (CALI)

The Center for Computer-Assisted Legal Instruction (CALI) is pleased to announce the addition of Sara Smith as the new Assistant Director of Curriculum Development. In this newly created position, Sara will assist in the development of CALI’s e-learning materials for legal education, such as interactive lessons and free ebooks, and help facilitate CALI fellowships.

Prior to joining CALI, Sara was Associate Counsel in the American Bar Association’s (ABA) Center for Professional Responsibility. The Center provides national leadership in developing and interpreting standards and scholarly resources in legal and judicial ethics, professional regulation, professionalism, client/public protection, and professional liability.

Sara also served as the Research and Policy Analyst for the ABA Commission on Lawyer Assistance Programs (CoLAP), dedicated to assuring access to support and assistance for members of the legal profession facing mental health and substance use disorders, and provided staff support for the Working Group to Advance Well-Being in the Legal Profession, an ABA Presidential Initiative created to help legal employers support healthy work environments.

Before joining the Center, Sara served as the Research and Policy Analyst for the ABA Standing Committee on the Delivery of Legal Services, dedicated to improving access to lawyers and legal services for those of moderate incomes.

Sara received her Juris Doctor from Chicago-Kent College of Law, her master’s degree in Public Service Management from DePaul University, and her bachelor’s degree in political science from Northern Illinois University. Sara also holds a certificate in predictive analytics from DePaul University.

“We are delighted to have Sara Smith join the CALI Team. She will expand our reach in producing high-quality interactive lessons, podcasts, and free/open casebooks,” says John Mayer, Executive Director, CALI.

When to contact Sara:

  • Questions about CALI Lessons
  • eLangdell Press, open/free casebooks
  • Interest in writing CALI Lessons (substantive areas of the law, including legal writing)
  • Lesson topic ideas
  • Lawdibles
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