CALI Legal Research Community Authoring Project

The Legal Research Community Authoring Project (LRCAP) is CALI’s initiative to foster the creation of legal educational materials in the area of Legal Research. The materials are peer-reviewed by the LRCAP advisory panel – a committee of American Association of Law Libraries (AALL) Academic Law Libraries Special Interest Section (ALL-SIS).  As of June 2018, CALI has published over 160 Legal Research lessons, including at least one state specific lesson published or in progress for 49 U.S. states. You can view a map of lessons completed and in progress here

But there’s still more work to be done!

CALI is seeking research based lessons, including state specific research lessons and lessons covering international and foreign law research. We have an ultimate goal of having a state specific lesson covering primary and secondary resources for all 50 states. A list of needed and in-progress lessons appears below.  Additionally, we welcome lesson proposals covering subject specific research skills and resources.  

Potential authors will go through the following application process: It starts with a quarterly call for lesson proposals (dates appear below). These are then submitted to the LRCAP Advisory Panel for review and are either accepted, declined, or accepted with revisions. If accepted, the author will then be formally contracted by CALI to author the lesson and have a year to complete the authorship of the lesson. Authors are given training and support in using CALI software and in integrating multimedia into their lessons, as well as general writing assistance.

Interested?  Please contact Deb Quentel, Director of Curriculum Development & Associate Counsel-CALI for more information or questions.  DQuentel at



Upcoming Submission Dates - Declined proposals remain the property of the applicants. 

  • Round 76: Submissions are due by midnight CT July 30, 2018
    • Proposals will be accepted or declined by August 15, 2018
  • Round 77: Submissions are due by midnight CT September 30, 2018
    • ​​​​​​​Proposals will be accepted or declined by October 30, 2018

Before submitting a proposal, it is recommended that you review the CALI Legal Research Topic Grid as well as the White Paper The Origin of the CALI Topic Grid. Also, please check the list of removed lessons; some older lessons have been pulled from the CALI library if they are no longer considered pedagogically needed or if the lesson is outdated.

A successful lesson proposal will contain the following components:


Summary of Lesson

  • One page
  • Affirmation of your employment at CALI member school
  • If doing a state lesson, please indicate how you are familiar with that state's legal materials. (e.g., I went to law school there. I work in that state. I practiced law there for three years before becoming a librarian. I used to work at a law library there, etc.)
  • Topic - selected from the CALI Legal Research Topic Grid.  Please check the list of Lessons in Progress as well as the Topic Grid to ensure that the lesson doesn't already exist or is in progress.
  • Approach and methodology, including use of CALI Authoring Software
  • Estimated time it will take student to complete lessons - average is 45 minutes to 1.5 hours. Please aim for no more than one hour.
  • Estimated delivery date for the exercise.  (NOTE: a final version of the lesson is due within 12 months of acceptance of proposal.  A first draft should be submitted no later than 8-9 months after proposal acceptance in order to meet this deadline.)
  • If submitting a state legal research lesson, there should be a hypothetical included that directs students through the materials covered in the lesson.  If one lesson already exists for your state, it is encouraged that your hypothetical either feature the same characters and/or situation that the existing lesson already uses.

Lesson Outline

  • No more than 4 pages
  • General outline of points to be covered in lesson and in what order.  A sample lesson outline is available in PDF at the bottom of this page.


  • Focus on legal research experience
  • Includes educational background
  • Please include your work telephone number, postal mail and email address.

Applications should be submitted via email as a single document (with the documents in the above order) in Microsoft Word (.doc or docx) or Rich Text Format (.rtf) document.  Please send email to Deb Quentel, Director of Curriculum Development & Associate Counsel-CALI

  • Email header should ready "LR Proposal - ROUND xx"
  • Please use last name of author(s) in file name of proposal.  For example, if your last name is Hanson, you would name the proposal file "HansonProposal.rft"

STATE LESSONS STILL NEEDED (updated June 26, 2018)

  • Arkansas Secondary
  • Connecticut Secondary
  • Missouri Secondary
  • Vermont Primary
  • Vermont Secondary
  • Wisconsin Secondary

LESSONS IN PROGRESS (Updated June 26, 2018)

  • Hawai'i Primary and Secondary
  • Illinois Primary
  • Kansas Primary and Secondary
  • Maine Primary
  • Maine Secondary
  • Michigan Secondary
  • Montana Primary & Secondary
  • New Hampshire Primary & Secondary
  • New Jersey Secondary
  • New Mexico Primary & Secondary
  • New York Secondary
  • Rhode Island Primary and Secondary
  • West Virginia Primary & Secondary
  • Bluebooking for Academic Writing
  • Determining Legislative Intent
  • Archival Research for Law Students
  • International Patent Law Research


The Legal Research Community Authoring Project Advisory Panel is composed of the members of the AALL ALL-SIS CALI Committee members; CALI is proud to have the following members serving on its Advisory Panel:

  • Kristina L. Niedringhaus, Chair of the Advisory Panel, Associate for Law Library and Information Services and Associate Professor, Georgia State University - College of Law;
  • Sue Altmeyer, Associate Law Librarian, Reference Services; University of Akron School of Law;
  • Beth DiFelice, Ass't. Director, Ross-Blakley Law Library & Head Of Public Services, Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law Arizona State University
  • Shaun Esposito, Head of Public Services & Adjunct Assistant Professor of Legal Research, The University of Arizona James E. Rogers College of Law:
  • Joseph Gerken, Associate Librarian, Charles B. Sears Law Library, University at Buffalo Law School (On LEAVE from the advisory panel 2017-2018);
  • Susanna Leers, Electronic Research and Technology Services Librarian,
    Barco Law Library, University of Pittsburgh School of Law;
  • Tawnya Plumb, Associate Law Librarian, University of Wyoming, College of Law

CALI Revisor Project - CALI is also seeking law school librarians to revise existing lessons. 
June 2018 UPDATEThis project is temporarily on hold. Please look for further updates late fall 2018 or contact Deb Quentel directly.


Revised June 26, 2018


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