Decade After Dayton The Faculty Perspective Ronald W. Staudt June 18, 2004
Technology Optimism Recidivist • 1978 Chicago-Kent’s Law Office of the Future • Practice systems will change the face of the profession • 1984 Center for Law and Computers • Mindstorms, pervasive computing, digital law and PCs everywhere -- electronic casebooks displace print • 1992 Law School of the Future – • Wire everywhere, browser wars launch the WWW • 1994 - 1998 LexisNexis • Software productivity suites, web-based Lexis research • 1999 - Justice Web Collaboratory • Pro-se Study, ITC state wide website , Soft interfaces
Reactions on Reading the Dayton Report in 2004 • It was remarkably good! • It was written before Palm Pilots, IM, DSL and the Internet whirlwind. So,no Napster, no Amazon, no EBay! • Only major flaw was the failure to predict the decentralization and wide accessibility of the net.
Dayton Predictions • Network access to information will change & improve the manner of use & manipulation of data • Elec communication will change the way law is taught • Law schools will lead the profession! • Students will have notebook computers • Faculty will be computer literate • Internet & decentralized information will alter geographic & institutional boundaries • Libraries & imaging • Tech as edge for tech savvy law schools & students
Dayton Predictions • Email to enhance faculty/student communication –yes • Multimedia widely used in classroom –maybe • Electronic books –qualified no! • Clinical innovations –patchy • Library imaging prominence –Marian? • Distance Learning revolution??
Why does it feel ½ empty? • Key barrier in law school - core curriculum is text centric!Especially the 1st year. & • Enduring power of personal contact as part of the teaching/learning process
Successful technical innovations enhance connections between people. • Email • IM • Internet • Cell Phones • PDA/Pager/Email & • Wireless computing
What next? • Wireless extends pervasive net • Will power and value of personal contact increase as virtual contact becomes easier and cheaper? • New hardware to read and write on the screen. • Will paper textbooks fade away as reading long text passages on screen becomes equivalent? • New ABA Distance Rules may foster experimentation.
Access to Justice, Technology & Legal Education • Massive unmet legal need • Technology lowers barriers and reduces costs • Statewide legal aid websites • VOIP and Hotline Clinics • LexisNexis Hot Docs Initiative • “the Clinic Net” • Students are an under-used resource in the justice system! • Can technology improve both the justice system & legal education?
Unprecedented statewide collaboration • To increase access to justice for low income and disadvantaged persons through innovative use of technology to train, support, and educate legal aid providers, pro bono attorneys, and the public. • Partners: Cabrini Green Legal Aid ClinicIllinois Bar Foundation CARPLSChicago-Kent College of Law/IIT The Chicago Bar FoundationNational Center on Poverty Law, Inc. Prairie State Legal Services Chicago Volunteer Legal Services Lawyers Trust Fund of Illinois Land of Lincoln Legal Assistance Foundation Legal Assistance Foundation of Metropolitan Chicago Southern Illinois University School of Law-Self Help Center
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Access To Justice Website Customer Data XML XML E-Filing at Courthouse Server Document Assembly Server (LEXISNEXIS HotDocs OnLine)
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