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Attention! Attention! CALI Bans Hotmail Email Address Users!

August 23, 2012 Leave a comment

As a refresher, CALI is an acronym for Computer Assisted Legal Education, and offers over 300 tutorials on various subjects of law, legal writing and legal research. They are written by professors at distinguished law schools, librarians, and other legal education professionals.  You should have received a CD with CALI lessons (in case you’re working somewhere offline), and a card with an authorization code (in case you want to go online and track your lesson on the web version) during orientation.

Part of the process for registering your CALI authorization code is entering your email.  Most students use their WFU email; however, you can also use a personal email account through gmail or hotmail.  Oh wait!  Not hotmail.  CALI sent out a press release yesterday notifying users that hotmail accounts would no longer be accepted as an email address for CALI registration.  This new ban includes users that may have previously registered for CALI with a hotmail email address.

CALI stated “Due to a near-site killing influx of spammers and other internet ne’er-do-wells using Hotmail, we’ve had to ban all CALI.org accounts that are affiliated with a Hotmail email address.  Unfortunately, this will cause a number of legitimate registered CALI.org users to be banned from our system.  This is a small percentage of our total users, but still a decent amount of people.”

What to do if you’re banned? CALI suggests two options:

“(1) Send an email to webmaster@CALI.org with [your] name and a non-Hotmail email address that [you] wish to use with [your] CALI account.  The switch over will have to be done manually, so it’s entirely foreseeable that the process may get clogged up.   If [you] want instant gratification and access….

(2) Create a new account using a non-Hotmail email address.  Please note, if [you] do choose this option, [you] will lose all access to previous lesson run information. [You] will also need a valid authorization code from a member institution.”

So there you have it.  Issues with accessing CALI?  First check to make sure that you aren’t registered with a hotmail account.  Still having problems, contact the PCL Reference Desk at (336) 758-4520.