Law School Business Continuity and Disaster Preparedness

Audience: Anyone
Technical 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 disruptions to your faculty and students’ lives. CALI is proposing the creation of a Law School Disaster Preparedness Plan where two web servers will be hot and ready to go with a variety of pre-installed software that law schools can use in case of small and large disasters. At the very least, this can be a single location to get information out to your constituency and at the most, it can be a place to deliver educational content in the form of web pages, blog posts, podcasts and video so that you don’t have to cancel an entire semester just because your building is unavailable for a couple of weeks. Ben Chapman and John Mayer will lay out the basic plan and then use the majority of the session to discuss details like what other services should be offered, how can schools pre-prepare for disaster and what are law schools willing to do about disaster preparation.

MP3: ChapmanLR4Sat1030.mp3

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Ben Chapman
Assistant Dean for Information Technology
Emory University School of Law

John Mayer
Executive Director

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About Elmer Masters

Elmer R. Masters is the Director of Technology at the Center for Computer-Assisted Legal Instruction ( 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 ( and has been blogging about legal education, law, and technology for over 15 years ( 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.
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