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Social Media Best Practices Workshop at CALI Conference 2009

CALI is pleased to announce that it is convening a workshop to help law schools develop sensible guidelines for their students on the use of social media (e.g. MySpace and Facebook). A few examples of bad online behavior has made some schools understandably wary of technologies that might expose their students in an unflattering (and […]

worth reading: The Future of the Casebook

Prof. Matthew Bodie’s article, “The Future of the Casebook: An Argument for an Open-Source Approach” [SSRN], has finally been published in the Journal of Legal Studies. (The electronic version, of course, has been out for some time). The article outlines the case for not merely digital or networked casebooks, but open source (or at least […]

Teaching property law in Second Life

Last semester, Seattle U. Professor of Law Elizabeth Townsend-Gard taught a 1L property class that included a Second Life component, in which students explored virtual property as a way to gain insight into real property. I find this pedagogical tool of using virtual worlds as a cognitive foil for the real one a fascinating way […]

Has the time come for eCasebooks?

Back when I was a 1L (1998), I dreamed of ditching my 10-pound, overpriced casebooks and finally switching to e-text. It would be a beautiful thing: cheaper, easier-to-use, and integrated with the way law students study. Pursuing this idea led me entirely elsewhere, but in retrospect, the technology was simply not there nine years ago […]

Dred Scott reanactment, final cut

The Dred Scott reanactment machinima that Charlie Nesson envisioned debuted at last week’s Internet & Society conference: Dred Scott’s Second Life Bernhard Drax did a tremendous job filming, scoring, and editing together this clip. AudioCaseFiles supplied outstanding voice talent. Charlie’s vision for this project was to do for legal text what graphic novels did for […]

presentation wrapup: “New Skills, New Learning”

I presented my research findings today at the weekly Berkman luncheon — I was very excited by the turnout, with a substantial number of clinical professors/instructors and librarians, from as close as downstairs (Harvard Legal Aid Bureau) to those logging in from DC and California (that I was aware of, at least). Update: Video was […]

Second Life as a medium for mock trials

I’m tardy in reporting two MUVE-related developments. First is that Prof. Nesson’s (Eon Berkman) has continued to experiment in Second Life by hosting mock trials, or cyber trials. Nesson observed that one of the major features/limitations of Second Life — use of text chat rather than speech — presents certain advantages when exploited creatively. Nesson […]

Simulations and the need for best practices

My third and last post (for now) on simulations, focusing on the need to identify best practices as a prerequisite for simulation teaching, at Law School Innovation.

Lawyers in the digital age

The letter was published after all, with fewer edits than it deserved (the last sentence, in particular, made no sense because of a last-minute edit I made). Link to Globe letters (it’s the 3rd one).

More on new skills, new learning

My white paper picked up a small mention on the Chronicle of Higher Education’s “Wired Campus” blog, summarized as “Lawyers want technology training” (which ain’t quite right, but the writeup is better). Also, the Globe called and, with luck, the letter might be run sometime this weekend.