In life as in music, rhythm is the great coordinator of our actions, a vehicle for achieving our goals, expressing our intentions. I’m “in the groove”, “marching to the beat of a different drummer”, and “out of sync” are all ways we describe our work and life experience, and our relationship to them. Among the […]Click for more information on 'Keynote: The Rhythm Experience: Change, Challenge and Opportunity'
In the grand battle between collaborative and expressive web technologies in education, expressive technologies won. We engage our students in forums, talk to them in Slack, have them write personal blogs. Wiki, once considered a contender in the blogs vs. wikis Battle Royale, has fallen by the wayside. This keynote will examine some of the […]Click for more information on 'Keynote: Collaboration and Control: Building the New Collaborative Web'
The 2017 ABA TECHSHOW included the first ever Academic Track. This “conference within a conference” was designed to bring members of the Academy as well as students to the TECHSHOW to discuss building a model curriculum for teaching technology and allow for participation in other TECHSHOW sessions. In addition, attendees were encouraged to explore the […]Click for more information on 'Planning the 2018 ABA TECHSHOW Academic Track: A presentation and an opportunity to help shape the Future!'
This playful and creative approach to experiencing the present moment is a wonderful way to address the stresses of life, requires no musical experience, and is accessible to absolutely everyone. Drum circles and other facilitated rhythm experiences create connections both to our own unique value and with those around us, creating a sense of bonding […]Click for more information on 'Relieving Stress: Rhythm as a Mindfulness Practice'
Widespread adoption of synchronous classroom platforms in distance learning and “flipped classroom” techniques in in-person, face-to-face learning has blurred the shoreline where the sea of distance learning meets the land of fixed-facility learning. The list of shared teaching and learning tools is long and growing: web-based syllabi and assignments, automated grading, electronic office hours, formative […]Click for more information on 'Stop Calling it “Distance” Learning – It’s Just Learning'
Using instructive examples from real life, this panel will engage the audience in a broad ranging discussion about communications dos and don’ts. How do you promote the library or IT department when given an opportunity? What are some tips for spotting a “political” question? How do you discuss library and technology needs in austere times? […]Click for more information on 'How to talk to your Dean (or other decision makers)'
This session introduces a study of search algorithms in legal databases (Casetext, Fastcase, Google Scholar, Lexis Advance,Ravel,and Westlaw). Their algorithms are created by humans, who have made multiple choices about how the search will be carried out and what processes and documents will be used to enhance search results. Legal researchers don’t know a lot […]Click for more information on 'The Human Element in Search Algorithms: Bias and Accountability in Legal Databases'
Facebook, Twitter, and other social media networks have become so integrated into our daily lives that it is critical for future attorneys to maintain an understanding of how these platforms can benefit their legal practices. Social media has expanded the world of legal and investigative research. It has provided a wealth of information that attorneys […]Click for more information on 'Social Media Jeopardy- Ethics Edition'
The presenter is a reference librarian and legal research instructor, and she coordinates the social media for a law school library. Our own social media presences are among the models law students look to, when figuring out how to market themselves and their future practices. The traditional emphasis of social media advice on “what not […]Click for more information on 'Professional Social Media: More Fun than [Barrel Emoji] [Monkey Emoji]'
Panelists will present a brief overview of the public’s use of online legal reference materials in recent months in support of political and social activism, as well as emerging tools that may further enable citizen participation in activism. The goal is to use much of the session time to explore with the audience what law […]Click for more information on 'Knowledge Trumps Ignorance: Online information and public activism'
Isn’t blockchain just for weird cryptocurrencies like BitCoin? Not any more. So what is it? A “distributed database that maintains a continuously growing list of ordered records called blocks. Each block contains a timestamp and a link to a previous block. By design, blockchains are inherently resistant to modification of the data — once recorded, […]Click for more information on 'Blocked! What is Blockchain and what will it mean for the future of law?'
From emojis to TED talks, visuals are increasingly central to sharing information. Whether your task is preparing a slideshow for a conference, illustrating a blog post, or posting to social media, having the right visual illustrations will help make your message more persuasive and memorable. At Chicago-Kent, I am regularly asked to help find and […]Click for more information on 'Visual Thinking: Strategies, Assets & Tools'
CALI turns 35 this year and we have a lot of projects cooking. Many of those projects are at the cutting edge of legal education and the adoption of new technologies. We recently launched a brand new version of A2J Author which is used by courts and legal aid organizations to automate legal forms and […]Click for more information on 'The Future of CALI (is so bright, you will need sunglasses)'
What skills make for good lawyers? Clients and lawyers, when asked, gave a range of answers: Negotiation. Risk management. Empathy. Active listening. Efficiency. Management. Conjecture. Strategy. Business management skills. There are many skills which are hard to pin down, hard to measure, but very, very important to being an effective lawyer. In this session, we […]Click for more information on 'What makes for a good lawyer?'
You’ve probably heard of ROSS Intelligence, Kira Systems, or Lex Machina but what about Premonition, Docubot, or the Do Not Pay chatbot? Artificial intelligence has the potential to transform the practice of law. Or does it? Skeptics predicted a legal apocalypse while optimists predict positive outcomes. Either way, it’s a revolution. Find out more about […]Click for more information on 'Is it time to welcome our robot overlords?'
Government information preservation is in everyone’s best interest. With the lack of standard funding for website preservation of .gov and .mil websites, a volunteer effort (a grassroots effort if you will) began in 2008 among the Library of Congress, the Internet Archive, and tech-savvy librarians at a couple major universities. Every four years, this small […]Click for more information on 'Legislative Advocacy and the Law School: Librarians unite?!'
Being a competent attorney means being a competent technologist. ABA Model Rule 1.1 (Competence) requires all lawyers to stay abreast of technology even if they still use a Dictaphone and typewriter and think “the cloud” refers to the fluffy white stuff in the sky. It can be malpractice to misuse or misunderstand technology, and this […]Click for more information on 'Lawyer ≠ Luddite'
The presenter has been on the NCBE Contracts Drafting Committee for the MBE for many years. After attending the session, the attendee will be able to draft the kind of analytical multiple-choice questions found on the Multistate Bar Exam and will be able to analyze the quality of a question using data from Scantron reports. […]Click for more information on 'Workshop on Creating NCBE-Style Multiple Choice Questions'
Our students have to learn so many new skills to be successful in law school and law practice. Legal research, client interviewing, and case analysis just for starters. Our teaching methods have to engage our students while preparing them to “think like a lawyer.” We also have the responsibility to familiarize students in evaluating the […]Click for more information on 'Decision Making Models in 2/2 Time – Two Speakers, Two Models (Maybe)'
A lot of research has examined the efficacy of online multimedia used in educational environments (Clark & Mayer, 2016). However there have been fewer investigations into how these environments impact the satisfaction of students, that is, even though the video may properly adhere to multimedia theory, how do the students feel about what they are […]Click for more information on 'Creating Videos that Law Students Love: Investigating Students’ Satisfaction with Online Educational Media'
In 1996, CALI offered 100 lessons that schools installed on desktops in their computer labs using discs that CALI mailed to each school. Today, the range of materials and the scope of tools available from CALI has expanded. CALI offers over 1000 lessons that work across many platforms in 35 areas of the law, free […]Click for more information on '5 x 5 Gamified Review of CALI’s Materials and Tools – With Opportunities to Win Prizes – Including a Vintage CALI Mousepad'