Way back in 2008 (when you still had to explain to people what Twitter was), we launched TweetChicago, a site intended to give visitors a glimpse into life at the Law School by aggregating the Twitter feeds of a dozen or so students and faculty members. Now that Twitter has become ubiquitous and so many members of our community are participating in it, we've decided to shift the mission of TweetChicago a bit. The new TweetChicago will serve as a directory of as many Law School-affiliated Twitter accounts as our community cares to submit, from students, faculty, and staff to student organizations and alumni. Anyone can submit their account for inclusion, though we do reserve the right to not include inappropriate accounts. If you have a CNET ID, you can submit your info here, or if you don't have a CNET ID you can email email@example.com with your Twitter handle and Law School affiliation.
We look forward tweeting with you!
One of our favorite ways to share the UChicago Law experience with the world is through audio recordings of lectures and informal talks by both our own faculty and some of the very distinguished visitors we've hosted. From academic conferences to visits by Supreme Court Justices, the Law School is bursting at the seams with fascinating voices. We've been recording audio regularly since 2005, and have accumulated nearly 300 (!) audio files on our website. With that much amazing content, it can be a little daunting to know where to start, so we've added some new functionality to help you find the material that is most interesting to you. On our audio page, you can now search by keyword, date posted, or event category. Want to find all of the Coase Lectures in Law and Economics, talks dealing with "international law," or just everything we posted in, say, 2007? Now you can.
Of course, there are plenty of other ways to keep up with the great audio content being produced at the Law School: you can subscribe to the Faculty Podcast or the Student Events Podcast, "like" us on Facebook, or follow us on Twitter.
The Law School has greatly expanded its clinical offerings this academic year, adding the Abrams Environmental Law Clinic, the Gendered Violence and the Law Clinic, the Poverty and Housing Law Clinic, and the Prosecution and Defense Clinic to the already formidable list of clinics that call the Kane Center home. Keeping track of the accomplishments of all of these fine programs could keep you occupied for hours, but luckily the Kane Center staff have started a new blog on the Law School's website. Named "The Advocate" in honor of the print publication published by the clinics until 2006, this blog will keep the Law School community abreast of the challenges and triumphs of the students and faculty involved with these programs.
If you've been to the Law School's website lately, you may have noticed that just before the New Year, we quietly rolled out a new look for the site's home page. Highlights of the new design include:
Here in the Commmunications office, we're very happy with the changes. We feel that the new page, designed by Rogue Element, Inc. (the same firm that designed the previous home page and the rest of the site) continues to give visitors a glimpse of the vibrancy of the Law School, while making it easier for them to find the information they're seeking. But we want to know what you think -- please let us know in the comments.
Today we're happy to officially unveil the Law School's new mobile-optimized website. Users accessing the Law School's website from a mobile device (with the exception of iPads) will now be automatically redirected to a version of our website that is specifically designed with mobile users in mind. How so? It features:
Like all websites, our mobile site is a work in progress, so we welcome your feedback on how we can best enable your use of mobile devices to access the site.
When developing an institution's mobile presence, there are many options. You can, for example, build native apps for iPhone, Android, Blackberry, etc. as the University has done; and certainly, there are advantages to that approach. However, given the limited staff for this project and the increasing proliferation of new mobile devices, we wanted to create a mobile presence that would be platform-independent (i.e., viewable on all devices, from iPhones to Droids to Blackberries, etc.). Luckily, the content management system we use for the Law School's website, Drupal, is flexible, robust, and supported by an incredible community of contributors. By plugging in the Mobile Tools module and a modified version of the Mobile Garland theme, we were able to easily create a mobile site that serves up the same data as our standard site, repackaged in a mobile-friendly fashion.
You might have noticed that the Law School's main twitter account has a lot of Twitter followers (nearly 5000 as of this writing), and also follows a lot of people. But we don't follow everyone who follows us. Why not? Because we feel that Twitter is as much about listening as it is about broadcasting, and we want to be able to hear what the people who are interested in our content are saying and to be able to converse with them when appropriate. To do that, we need to be able to slow down the firehose and filter out the signal from the noise. While we have no hard-and-fast rules and each decision is made individually, below are some of the things we consider when we decide whether or not to follow someone back.
In general, we will follow you if:
In general, we will not follow you if:
What do you think of these lists? Do you have guidelines for which accounts you will or won't follow?
Here at the Law School, we love our alumni. We love them so much, in fact, that until now we had two different places on our website where we were compiling alumni updates and profiles: aside from our Accolades & Achievements blog, we also had a section of the site called "The 50-Year Plan," which included longer profiles from The Record, our alumni magazine. As of today we've consolidated the two, merging the Record profiles into Accolades & Achievements, and making Accolades & Achievements much easier to use. Want to see only updates from your class year, or only posts mentioning the phrase "Supreme Court"? Just use the handy-dandy filters provided on the Accolades & Achievements home page. If you so desire, you can also see only profiles that were contained in The Record, or ones from a specific issue. Take a look, and let us know what you think!
You may have noticed that, in an ongoing effort to promote the scholarship of our distinguished faculty, the Law School’s website is now highlighting faculty research on our home page. A small archive of abstracts of articles is now live; aside from being featured on the website, these abstracts are also featured on the digital signage in the library tower, and will be automatically fed into our Facebook and Twitter streams.
At the moment, the Communications office finds most of this content by periodically checking SSRN for new uploads (the archive currently features articles uploaded to SSRN in the last 3-4 months). Faculty who have research that they would like us to highlight that is not included in SSRN should email me with the article’s title, coauthors (if any) and either a link to where it can be found on the web or a PDF that we can upload to the website. We are also happy to promote longer-form pieces such as books, though our methods for doing so will be different than those for promoting articles; please get in touch with myself or Marsha Nagorsky to discuss if you have a book coming out that you would like us to promote.