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15e conférence annuelle pour l’informatique dans les facultés de droit : OPEN SOURCE, OPEN LAW, OPEN EDUCATION

jeudi 7 avril 2005, par Stephane Cottin

15TH ANNUAL CONFERENCE FOR LAW SCHOOL COMPUTING 2005

OPEN SOURCE, OPEN LAW, OPEN EDUCATION

June 9 - 11
Chicago-Kent College of Law

We are back in Chicago for the 15th annual CALI Conference
on June 9 - 11. The theme this year is : Open Source, Open
Law, Open Education.

DATE & LOCATION :

Thursday-Saturday, June 9 - 11, 2005,
Chicago-Kent College of Law, 565 West Adams,
Chicago, IL 60661

REGISTRATION/AGENDA :

Check out the preliminary agenda and REGISTER NOW at :

http://www.cali.org/conference

OPEN SOURCE, OPEN LAW, OPEN EDUCATION :

Open source is more than a software phenomenon. It’s a
knowledge aggregation and amplification model for all sorts
of situations where knowledge sharing is valuable... like in
law and in education.

Are there other things we can learn from the Open Source
Software model that apply to law or legal education ? I
think there are. Faculty share research in their articles
and teaching tools in casebooks and teachers manuals. Law
school IT staff share knowledge and experience on the
Teknoids mailing list and in conference sessions. Law
librarians have a strong tradition of community knowledge
pooling in the SISes that make up AALL.

But can we do more ? Maybe. One plenary speaker, Professor
Stephen Weber will speak to this topic. He is the author of
the book "The Success of Open Source" and he examines the
open source software development model as a possible model
for other cooperative, disaggregated knowledge coordination
projects. One of the barriers to sharing legal education
teaching experience is that we don’t have a vocabulary for
talking about what makes legal education good. We know it
when we see it or we trust that long experience and
excellent scholarship will lead to quality legal education,
but we need to parse this better so as to know how to
sustain a continuous cycle of improvement.

One of the mechanisms of sustaining continuous improvement
in the open source software world is the GNU Public
License. The GPL was conceived by Richard Stallman, Founder
of the Free Software Foundation. Our other keynote
speaker, Robert J. Chassell was a founding member of the
FSF and believes strongly in the society-changing power of
Free Software.

A more concise theme for the conference would simply be the
word "Open". My favorite definition is "...having no
protecting or concealing cover...". This definition as
applied to open source software is straightforward, but
what does it mean for law and education ? It means that
students are given the best possible opportunity to
understand the law and citizens are given the greatest
possible access to justice. Technology can be an amplifier
in the sharing of ideas, tools, techniques and content. We
are the implementors, maintainers, explainers and
evangelists for the enabling technologies in our
institutions, so come to Chicago this June and learn what
other institutions are doing to enable better legal
education with technology.

FURTHER INFORMATION :

If you arrive in Chicago on Wednesday, stop by Chicago-Kent
for early registration and Chicago-style pizza.

Breakfast, lunch, and snacks for Thursday and Friday, and
hearty breakfast on Saturday are included in the conference
registration fee.

Make your hotel reservation early ; the reserved block of
rooms will be released to the public on May 9th, but rooms
are limited, so you should reserve early. There will be
daily trolleys to/from the hotel and Chicago-Kent during
the conference.

Watch the conference website for information on plans for
Thursday evening activities at : http://www.cali.org/conference

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