John Mayer

Center for Computer Assisted Legal Instruction
Organization Type: Educational Institution
Position/Title: Executive Director
Functional Area: Education
Year of Induction: 2012

565 W. Adams St.
Chicago, IL 60661

Business Phone: 312.906.5307

John Mayer is the Executive Director of the Center for Computer-Assisted Legal Instruction (CALI) and has been involved in legal education, technology and access to justice for 25 years. He has a Masters in Computer Science from the Illinois Institute of Technology and a Bachelors in Computer Science from Northwestern University. CALI was incorporated in 1982 and is a 501(c)(3) consortium of over 200 US law schools and is the developer of the A2J Author software that is used by many legal aid organizations today.


John Mayer is executive director of The Center for Computer Assisted Legal Instruction, CALI, a nonprofit consortium of nearly every U.S. law school and scores of international affiliates and related professional organizations. CALI conducts applied research and development in the area of computer-mediated legal education. In 1991, as director of Computer Services at Chicago-Kent, John helped to launch the annual CALI Conference on Law School Computing. John heads the team responsible for the development of A2J Author, a software tool for creating web-based, guided interviews aimed at assisting self-represented litigants, which has been used more than one million times to help low income people seek justice. John is an international ambassador for using new technology in legal education and an intrepid innovator, creative developer and powerful force for good in the world of law, education and technology. I’m pleased to welcome John Mayer as a Fellow of the College of Law Practice Management.
—Nominated by Ron Staudt and Richard Granat, October 2012