Author Archives: Elmer Masters

About Elmer Masters

Elmer R. Masters is the Director of Technology at the Center for Computer-Assisted Legal Instruction (www.cali.org) where he works on interesting projects involving technology and legal education like eLangdell, Classcaster, Lawbooks, QuizWright, and the CALI website. He has nearly 25 years of experience building tech tools for legal education and systems for accessing law and legal materials on the Internet. He is the admin of the Teknoids mailing list (www.teknoids.net) and has been blogging about legal education, law, and technology for over 15 years (www.symphora.com). He has a JD from Syracuse University College of Law and was employed by Syracuse, Cornell Law School, and Emory University School of Law before joining CALI in 2003. Elmer has presented at the CALI Conference for Law School Computing (where he organizes the program), the AALL and AALS Annual Meetings, Law Via The Internet, and other conferences, symposia, and workshops on topics ranging from IT management in law schools to building open access court reporting systems to information architecture design and implementation in law.

Packaging Information – Keeping Content Disentangled from Presentation

Audience: Authors and Web CoordinatorsTechnical Level: Medium to ? (basic concepts will be of interest to all) Web sites and collections of course materials present challenges in editing, updating and presenting information in the most highly usable forms. Information is … Continue reading

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If Your Communications Skills are Like a Country Music Song, You Done Got Problems

Audience: AllTechnical Level: Low Not gettin� along�not listenin��wantin� to leave�thinkin� of someone else� These phrases could have come from a George Strait or Brooks & Dunn song. Unfortunately, they also can describe the frustration of your customers about the service … Continue reading

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High Performance for Law School Websites

Audience: EveryoneTechnical Level: Extreme Geek Running Apache, MySQL, and PHP or PERL out of the box can be a very satisfying experience for most law school websites. Yet all of these applications can be easily re-configured to run more efficiently … Continue reading

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Pimpin’ CALI Ain’t Easy!!

Audience: AllTechnical Level: Low The best way to increase CALI usage in your law school is to roll out all those multi-disciplinary skills and start thinking outside of the box. In addition to Door-to-door vacuum cleaner sales, auto sales, shoe … Continue reading

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Effective Use of Technology in the Classroom (Taking Technology to the Edge)

Audience: AllTechnical Level: Edgy As technology permeates our lives, we find that students not only use it but expect its use in the classroom. In response to this expectation, more and more faculty members use technology, and primarily PowerPoint, in … Continue reading

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ACES2 – The new tool for your admissions office from LSAC

Audience: AllTechnical Level: Low All Law school admissions offices have been using ACES to communicate and exchange data with the Law School Admissions Council (LSAC) for the past 7 years and over 150 law schools have elected to use LSAC’s … Continue reading

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Law School Business Continuity and Disaster Preparedness

Audience: AnyoneTechnical Level: Medium Hurrican Katrina, 9/11, floods, ice-storms, flu pandemics, electrical outages…the list of possible ways that your law school may be shut down is long. This doesn’t mean you have to lose an entire semester or endure major … Continue reading

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Outsourcing Can Work For You

Audience: AllTechnical Level: Low Gordon Russell will present an overview of a model of outsourced Administrative package (Sonis), Email (using hosted solutions and beta GMAIL for the organization), Library ILS (using EOS web and IBM self checkout and referring URL … Continue reading

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The Social Web and Higher Education

Audience: LowTechnical Level: All Recently the web has shifted closer to Tim Berners-Lees vision of a collaborative web developed through community. Myspace, Blogger, Flickr, Technorati, and Wikipedia are applications that gain value through community interaction. Yet, for the most part, … Continue reading

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Cool Tools

Audience: Technical Level: Washington College of Law has developed or implemented some cool tools to meet various needs of our users. Korin Munsterman and Greta Dawson will show the tools they use for: surveying users, off-loading website content updates to … Continue reading

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