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The 28th Annual CALI Conference for Law School Computing
June 7 & 8, 2018
American University Washington College of Law
Washington DC

Wednesday June 6, 2018 pre-conference activities
  • Sponsor setup at American University Washington College of Law. 1pm – 7pm
  • Conference check-in at American University Washington College of Law. 3pm – 7pm
  • Speaker Meeting (optional) at American in room NT08. 6pm - 6:30pm
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Thursday, June 7 • 4:30pm - 5:30pm
Battling Fake News and Developing Digital Literacy Skills within the Legal Profession

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Alternative facts? Truthiness?   Post Truth?   Hardly a day passes without someone making a reference to fake news. But why should lawyers care and what can information technology professionals and the legal academy do about it?
In order to fulfil a lawyer's duty of technology competency, digital information literacy is essential. Legal professionals must be able to locate, evaluate and use online information effectively.  Evaluation of the reliability of digital information is a complex skill that must be mastered for the successful practice of law.
This program will discuss digital information literacy in the context of fake news.   The session will provide an overview of fake news including tracing the history of its origin.   We'll discuss why it matters and the consequences of failing to detect fake news. Tips and tools for evaluating the credibility of news sources will be provided as well as strategies for creating successful information literacy programming.  

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Kristina Niedringhaus

Assoc Dean for Library, Info Services, Legal Tech & Innovation, Georgia State University College of Law
Kris Niedringhaus is Associate Dean for Library, Information Services, Legal Technology & Innovation and Faculty Director of the Legal Analytics & Innovation Initiative at Georgia State University College of Law. She is President of the CALI Board of Directors and a member of the... Read More →
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Caroline Osborne

Assistant Dean of Legal Information Services, Washington and Lee University School of Law
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Carol Watson

Law Librarian, University of Georgia
Carol A. Watson has served as director of the UGA Law Library since 2010. She is responsible for the vision, leadership and management of all aspects of the law library including strategic planning, budgeting, collection development, technology and personnel. She has written extensively... Read More →

Thursday June 7, 2018 4:30pm - 5:30pm EDT