Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Never Been #1 on a Top Ten List Before!

In fact, I've never been on ANY Top Ten list before. And, yes, its not really me, but one of my CALI Lessons was the #1 CALI Legal Research Lesson of Fall 2008. This was the list posted on the Law Librarian Blog on December 8th:
Top 10 CALI Legal Research Lessons, Fall Semester 2008
1 Introduction to Secondary Resources by Brian Huddleston.
2 Legal Research 101: The Tools of the Trade by Sheri Lewis.
3 How to Find Case Law Using the Digests by Brian Huddleston.
4 Anatomy of a Case by Brian Huddleston.
5 Updating/Validating Case Law Using Citators by Rebecca Trammell.
6 American Law Reports by Kimberli Morris.
7 Periodicals Indexes and Library Catalogs by C. Andrew Larrick.
8 Introduction to Search Logic and Strategies by Sarah Gotschall.
9 Legal Research Methodology by Wendy Scott & Kennard Strutin.
10 Finding Statutes by Kit Kreilick.
As noted on the Law Librarian Blog, this ranking is from the "CALI Zeitgeist" statistical ranking of all lessons run since August 1st. (Thanks to Joe Hodnicki, who, as the post's author, I presume, extracted the legal research lessons from this master list.)

Instead of ringing my own bell by pointing out what two of the other top five entries on this list were, I'll admit I was lucky to be a participant fairly early in the CALI Legal Research Authoring Project, and so I got to write some of the main lessons. And editor extraordinaire Deb Quentel does a great job of shepherding all us CALI authors through the process, and the legal research editing committee is a thorough and very professional group of law librarians who help push the legal research authors to new heights of excellence.

I'd like to thank the Academy, and my wife, who is my ultimate inspiration and the love of my life, and our Lord Jesus Christ, and I'd like to dedicate this award to all our brave men and women in uniform, and I hope those serving overseas will soon return home safely. I'm King of the World! Let's party until dawn! You like me, you really, really like me!

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