CALI: Online Tutorials on 40+ Law Subjects

The Law Library is glad to announce a new full-access trial of CALI, the premier online platform for interactive legal-subject tutorials.

CALI, the Center for Computer-Assisted Legal Instruction, was founded in 1982 by the University of Minnesota and Harvard law schools. With over 1,000 lessons spanning 40+ topics of doctrinal law and practice-oriented skills, CALI lessons are created and used by law professors nationwide to provide self-directed yet rigorous guidance for students, both as assigned course materials and as extracurricular supplements. Popular for 1L and upper-class elective subjects, CALI lessons can also provide valuable reviews of core concepts for 3Ls preparing for the bar exam.

All W&L Law students and faculty have full access to all CALI lessons through June 30, 2019. Click here for the Authorization Code and sign up for your free account today.

The Library welcomes your feedback on this resource and will consider it in determining whether to continue with CALI as a paid subscription. Please direct your questions or comments to any of us in person or to We are happy to provide assistance in the use of the platform as well.

A Life In Archives

We in the Powell Archives know about life with collections of personal papers from a curatorial point of view. Lyndon Baines Johnson biographer Robert Caro, however, has written a fascinating piece in The New Yorker about spending a good part of his professional life as a researcher in the Johnson papers.

(Pictured above, the archives stacks of in the Lyndon B. Johnson Presidential Library.)

Learn About New Westlaw Edge – Thu. 1/24

It’s not just Westlaw’s color that changed over winter break! Come explore the new features available on Westlaw Edge, including KeyCite Overruling Risk, Statutes/Regulations Compare, and Litigation Analytics.

Special 30-minute sessions on Thursday, January 24 in the Mock Trial Courtroom (339):

Space is limited – click on any of the times above to sign up!

Set Your VCR, We’re Going Back in Time

Back to 1984, to be exact. For on this day in that year, the Supreme Court announced the decision in Sony Corp. of America vs. Universal City Studios, Inc. (also referred to as the “Betamax Case”). As television critic and historian, David Bianculli summarized it on his TVWW blog, the decision “stemmed from a 1976 lawsuit filed by Universal Studios and the Walt Disney Company against Sony, developers of the Betamax video tape recording device. The companies argued that Sony’s development of a product that could be used for copyright infringement made them liable for any infringement committed by the product’s users. Sony asserted that consumers had the right to record programs for private use, citing the use of cassette tapes for recording music as a precedence.”

“The initial case was argued in California’s District Court, which in 1979 ruled in favor of Sony. In 1981, the U.S. Court of Appeals reversed the lower court’s decision. In 1983, the case made its way to the Supreme Court.

By the time the case was argued in the Supreme Court, video recording technology had expanded with the introduction of a competing video recording format, VHS. The 5-4 ruling reversed the appellate court ruling.”

For an inside look at the formulation of the opinion in this case, see Justice Lewis F. Powell’s case file.