Dear Deans:

In conjunction with CALI, the University of Louisville's Brandeis School of Law is working to establish a national and international distance learning consortium.

As you may know, ABA rules now permit students to earn up to 12 credits towards their J.D. degree through distance means. These means can be either synchronous (e.g., video conference technology) or asynchronous (e.g., internet based courses (which can also be conducted synchronously).

Distance learning offers law schools a number of advantages. First, by collaborating with each other, law schools can offer courses that they do not have the capacity to teach (either because they do not have sufficient faculty or because they do not have the expertise). Second, through distance means, law schools can import courses from foreign law schools (e.g., EU competition law or EU business transactions law) that few U.S. law schools have the capacity to teach.

Early last fall, I sent out an "Invitation to Discuss" the possibility of establishing distance learning links. This invitation was met by an overwhelming response. After some discussion, a decision was made to convene a meeting of interested schools in February. The primary purpose of this meeting will be to establish a distance learning consortium.

The meeting will be held at the Louis D. Brandeis School of Law beginning at 2:00pm on the 13th. We anticipate that it will run through dinner (which will be catered) and conclude that evening. As a result, you should make plans to spend Friday night in Louisville.

The agenda will be as follows: establishment of the consortium (including a discussion of how a consortium will be established, the details of consortium functioning, etc.); discussion of video conferencing technologies (with, perhaps, some demonstration); discussion and demonstration of internet software. CALI is keen to help the consortium get off the ground and will work with us to make the consortium a reality.

In terms of lodging, you might want to consider the Inn at the Park , at a University of Louisville rate of $109. If you want a grand old hotel (albeit downtown and 15 minutes or so from the University as oppossed to 10 for the Inn), you might try either the Camberly Brown or the Seelbach Hilton Hotel. Both were built around the turn of the last century. The Brown and the Seellbach are likely to cost you a bit more.

If you plan to come, please let me know so we can make sure that you have food and refreshments. If more than one faculty member is coming from your school, we'd like to know that too. Thanks.

I hope that I will see you in February!


Russell L. Weaver
Professor of Law & Distinguished University Scholar
University of Louisville
Louis D. Brandeis School of Law
Louisville, KY 40292
PH: 502-852-6559
FAX: 502-852-0862

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