Deep Dives

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Deep dive programs are longer sessions designed to deliver a more comprehensive exploration of some critical content areas. The additional time will afford more opportunities for attendees to interact, ask questions, and really dig deep—consider taking the plunge!

(Please note: Deep dive sessions are scheduled for 2.5 hours, running across two standard program time slots.)

Deep Dive: Advance Toward Experiential: Create or Retool Your Advanced Legal Research Course to Meet the ABA Experiential Learning Standards

Sunday, July 16 • 2:30-5:00 p.m.

In this hands-on session, participants will learn to structure their legal research course so that students develop a skill set to use as practicing lawyers by researching problems from client-based simulations. Participants will engage with presenters in small groups devoted to key topics in simulation-based courses such as: syllabus design, pre-class assignments, active learning, assessment, feedback, self-evaluation, and strategies for securing the support of your law school's administration. The program will focus on course design to facilitate compliance with the new ABA standards. Brian Quinn, associate dean for experiential learning, and Filippa Marullo Anzalone, associate dean for library and technology services, from Boston College Law School, will provide insights from beyond the library walls. Participants will rotate among small groups that align with their specific instructional goals.

(This program will complement Monday's Deep Dive: Teaching Legal Research in Practice: Designing and Teaching Simulation Research Courses in Practice-Specific Settings.) 


Deep Dive: You've Heard the Jargon, Now Play the Game: Linked Data on Your Laptop

Sunday, July 16 • 2:30-5:00 p.m.

You've heard and read about library linked data, and even attended webinars and conference programs to learn what it’s all about. For traditional MARC catalogers, gaining a deeper understanding of linked data requires a mental "reboot," best achieved through concrete exposure and practice. In this hands-on session using freely available Protégé software, participants will see and interact with the internal structure of an ontology. Attendees will experiment by editing a pre-loaded ontology, creating RDF triples, generating machine inferences, and executing SPARQL queries. 

Deep Dive: Making Sense of Intelligence: Analyzing and Writing a Report on a Prospective Business Target

Sunday, July 16 • 2:30-5:00 p.m.

Competitive intelligence research is the easy part! Developing a high-level deliverable with clear, advanced analysis that can be communicated concisely to a patron? A little more difficult. Experts discuss three types of advanced analysis of both public and private companies, including credit and financial information. Taking a practical turn, best practices on formatting and communicating the information going into the prospective business target report are outlined. 

Deep Dive: Teaching Legal Research in Practice: Designing and Teaching Simulation Research Courses in Practice-Specific Settings

Monday, July 17 • 9:45 a.m.-12:15 p.m.

The teaching premise of simulation courses is that students learn best when they have an opportunity to work in an environment that closely mirrors practice. For legal research, where learning-by-doing almost always beats pure lecturing, this model works particularly well. This session reports on the design and implementation of four practice-specific advanced legal research simulation courses at UNC-Chapel Hill School of Law and at SMU Dedman School of Law, situated in corporate and transactional, litigation, intellectual property and technology, and global practice settings. Further, the speakers will provide insights about what staff and students have learned in this process, as well as give participants a plan for creating these types of courses themselves.

(This program will complement Sunday's Deep Dive: Advance Toward Experiential: Create or Retool Your Advanced Legal Research Course to Meet the ABA Experiential Learning Standards.)

Deep Dive: How Artificial Intelligence Will Transform the Delivery of Legal Services

Monday, July 17 • 9:45 a.m.-12:15 p.m.

Artificial intelligence (AI) is changing the way lawyers think, the way they do business, and the way they interact with clients. AI is more than legal technology; it will revolutionize the legal profession. Due to the disaggregation of legal tasks fueled by globalization, technological advances, and the economic downturn, AI is a new engine for "better, faster, cheaper" delivery of certain legal services. For example, several corporate legal departments, law firms, and service providers utilize AI for review and standardization of documents. The list of potential tasks for which AI can be used is growing rapidly. AI's impact on the corporate end of the legal market is in its incipient stage, but its impact on efficiency, risk mitigation, and the time and cost of human review is significant. 

And be sure to check out Advocacy Leadership: Skills for Influence and Action scheduled for Tuesday afternoon!