Center For Computer Assisted Legal Instruction (CALI)

Professor Gouvin has been involved with the Center for Computer Assisted Legal Instruction (CALI) for several years.  He has served as a member of the CALI Board of Editors form 1996 to 2008.  The Board of Editors reviews proposed new CALI lessons for content and usability.  The reviews are anonymous and are intended to provide feedback to lesson authors in order to help them develop more effective lessons.  The Board of Editors also reviews the existing library from time to time.

In 2001 he was selected to be a CALI Business Organizations Fellow as part of a team charged with developing a comprehensive set of CALI lessons in the area of Business Organizations.  The CALI Lessons he has authored are listed below (you will need a CALI password to access them):

Authority: Actual, Apparent, and Inherent (2002).  This lesson discusses the power that an agent (or apparent agent) has to affect the legal rights of the principal. In general, an agent or apparent agent may affect the principal's legal rights only to the extent that the agent possesses the authority or the power to do so. This lesson provides an introduction to the three basic types of authority--actual authority, apparent authority, and inherent agency power.

Mechanics of Incorporation and Defective Incorporation (2002).  This lesson examines the process of incorporation by allowing students to explore some typical articles of incorporation by clicking on hot spots. The lesson provides a guided tour through the various provisions of the articles of incorporation. The lesson also looks at what happens when the incorporation process is not carried out correctly.

The Ultra Vires Doctrine (2002).  This lesson provides an overview of the historical significance of the ultra vires doctrine, its subsequent decline in importance, and its modern status.

Liability of Agent to Third Parties: On the Contract and Warranty of Authority (2002) (co-authored with John Matheson).  Ordinarily, when an agent acts on behalf of a principal the legal rights of the principal are affected, but the agent is not personally liable to third persons with whom he or she has dealt. This lesson looks at those somewhat unusual situations where the agent may be personally liable to third persons.

The Master/Servant Relationship (2004).  This lesson examines the creation of the master/servant relationship in agency law and contrasts that relationship with the status of independent contractor. The lesson provides an opportunity to think about why the distinction is important and how to tell whether a given relationship rises to the level of being a master/servant relationship or is merely an independent contractor relationship.

Piercing the Corporate Veil (2004).  This lesson provides both a theoretical and practical overview of the piercing the corporate veil doctrine and related theories for imposing the obligations of corporations on other legal actors such as shareholders or related corporate entities.

Authority of Partners to Bind the Partnership (2005).  This lessons examines the situations where a partner can bind the partnership in contract.  Partners are both principals and agents for the partnership.  This relationship creates some interesting problems of agency law.

Professor Gouvin has also participated in the CALI Annual Conference for Law School Computing.  In 2002 he was a panelist on the topic of “Improving Editorial Review of CALI Lessons,” discussing methods to improve the effectiveness of editorial review of computer-based law instruction lessons.  In 2003 he presented a program entitled “Teaching GameBoy-ers: PowerPoint, CALI Lessons, Excel and Developing Synergies With Research,” with Prof. Nicholas Georgakopoulos.  The program discussed ways for law professors to employ technology to serve pedagogical purposes instead of feeling like the technology has taken over the class.