Thursday, June 13, 2013
Times are tough for legal education. We are in a crisis, but a politician (who now happens to be the Mayor of the city where this year's conference is being held) says that "every crisis is an opportunity." Can our crisis drive all kinds of innovation? New course structures, new tools and new content delivery models are driving innovation from pedagogy to practice, so come to Chicago in June to find out how you can drive innovation at your law school. At this conference, you will hear speakers from dozens of law schools talk about innovative projects, ideas and experience. There will be ample time between sessions for conversation and community-building.
I will be attending many of the wonderful sessions, as well as a meeting and retreat of the CALI Board of Directors (on which I serve as Vice-President). CALI is doing wonderful work on a variety of projects for faculty, including A2J Author, Classcaster, eLangdell, Free Law Reporter, InstaPoll, Lawdibles, Legal Education Commons, LibTour, MediaNotes, and Webinars and Online Courses, in addition to their bread and butter CALI lessons for students (Jim Maule has produced over 250 tax lessons, which I highly recommend). In many ways, this is my favorite conference of the year, as it is the only gathering of law school faculty, librarians, and IT folks. I am looking forward to reconnecting and breaking bread with friends in all three spheres.