TO : Deans and Associate Deans of Law Schools
FROM : John Mayer, Executive Director, CALI
DATE : June 2, 2004
RE : CODEC - A New Initiative from CALI
The recent changes to the ABA Standards 304, 305 and 306 give law schools unprecedented opportunity to use distance learning technologies in law courses. The Center for Computer-Assisted Legal Instruction (CALI) is launching a new initiative - CODEC - to help law schools take advantage of this opportunity.
CODEC stands for COnsortium for Distance Education from CALI. The goal of CODEC is to foster the effective use of distance learning technologies in legal education. CODEC involves the following:
1) Web services to coordinate dissemination of course information and registration between and among law schools. Instead of every law school coordinating separately with each and every other law school, the coordination can be done with a single, centralized entity - CODEC. The CODEC website will also help law schools meet the ABA's reporting requirements to meet the new standards.
2) Surveys of videoconferencing capabilities, grade policies, academic calendars, etc., to facilitate the coordination of distance legal education courses.
3) Articles documenting best practices and methodologies. Professor Peter Martin of Cornell Law School and the LII will be a frequent contributor.
4) Regional workshops where hands-on training is delivered to law faculty in the conversion of existing courses into distance courses or the creation of new courses. The first workshop is being held during the CALI Conference in Seattle on Saturday, June 19, 2004.
CALI is a non-profit consortium of 185 law schools and an excellent entity to establish a neutral and collaborative CODEC consortium. We estimate that we will need three years of funding to realize CODECs goals. Law schools can pay $2000 for a three-year CODEC subscription or $1000/year. After three years, we will re-evaluate this fee structure.
Enclosed is a white paper that discusses CODEC's goals in greater detail. I do hope your institution joins us in this endeavor. Up to date information will be posted at the CODEC website at codec.cali.org. If you have any questions contact me at the phone number or email address below.
312-906-5307 - direct line