I just returned from the CALI Conference at the brand spankin' new and utterly amazing Marquette University Law School in Milwaukee, WI. If I learned nothing else from the trip, at least now I can visualize what $85 million can do!
The 3-day conference had close to 300 attendees, each one eager to learn about what's hot in the world of legal education and technology. There were 50 sessions offered on various topics, and our presentation on the St. Louis Freedom Suits Legal Encoding Project was scheduled during the first time slot on the first day of the conference. No pressure.
With 5 sessions running concurrently, we had a small but seemingly-interested crowd at our presentation. Hyla gave us all a history lesson on the freedom suits and their national significance, and Aris led us through the early stages of our schema development. I discussed the nitty gritty of the current state of our TEI extensions and showed a few examples. There were several thoughtful questions from the audience, and I think we made great strides in promoting our work to a more technologically inclined legal community.