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Welcome to CALIcon17, the 27th Annual CALI Conference for Law School Computing.

Wednesday, June 14
  • Sponsor setup at the law school 1:00 PM - 7:00 PM in room 171
  • Registration from 3:00 PM - 7:00 PM in room 555Pizza and soft drinks will be served.
  • Presenters Meeting (optional) 6:00 Pm - 6:30 PM in room 450

Thursday - Friday

  • CALIcon17 registration and check-in 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM in room 267
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Thursday, June 15 • 2:30pm - 3:30pm
Blocked! What is Blockchain and what will it mean for the future of law?

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Isn’t blockchain just for weird cryptocurrencies like BitCoin? Not any more. So what is it? A “distributed database that maintains a continuously growing list of ordered records called blocks. Each block contains a timestamp and a link to a previous block. By design, blockchains are inherently resistant to modification of the data — once recorded, the data in a block cannot be altered retroactively. “ (Thanks, Wikipedia.)

Because they are resistant to change, blockchains can be used to store all kinds of data – from legal contracts, to primary legal research texts, and more. In this session, I’ll discuss the basics of blockchains, how the tool is being used today, and how this tool could be incorporated into the future of legal research and practice. Blockchains would be especially useful for authenticating state legal materials. I'll also showcase tools used to create and manage blockchains.


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Deborah Ginsberg

Educational Technology Librarian, IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law Library
Debbie Ginsberg joined Chicago-Kent in 2002 as the Electronic Resources Librarian. She has served as the law school’s Educational Technology Librarian since 2009, assisting faculty students, and staff with using technology for teaching, work, and scholarship. She served as chair... Read More →


Thursday June 15, 2017 2:30pm - 3:30pm MST
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