The Distinguished Service Award was established in 1984 to recognize extended and sustained service to law librarianship, for the exemplary service to the Association, or for contributions to the professional literature. The award was renamed the Marian Gould Gallagher Distinguished Service Award in 1990.
The Marian Gould Gallagher Distinguished Service Award is presented to an individual who has completed or is nearing completion of an active professional career. The Award is given in recognition of outstanding, extended and sustained service to law librarianship and to AALL. Honorees may be recognized for achievement in a particular area of law librarianship, for service to the Association, or for outstanding contributions to the professional literature. The individual must be or at one time have been a member of the American Association of Law Libraries. Nominees are those who are or at one time have been a member of AALL and who are near to or at the end of their careers. The award may be given posthumously.
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The deadline for nominations is February 1 of each year. Nominations should include either additional supporting letters or the names of the other persons to contact for further information concerning the nominee. Each candidate shall be considered individually and confidentially and will be judged according to the criteria listed above.
Petitions and letter writing campaigns (beyond those letters included with the application) are discouraged and will not be considered in the evaluation process nor will they influence the Committee.
Send nominations and accompanying documentation to:
Ms. Camille Broussard
Mendik Law Library
New York Law School
185 W. Broadway
New York, NY 10013
Phone: (212) 431-2354
Fax: (212) 965-8839
The Award shall be a plaque issued by the American Association of Law Libraries.
Patrick E. Kehoe, American University
Elizabeth Ann Puckett, University of Georgia School of Law
Robert L. Oakley (posthumously), Georgetown University Law Library
Carol D. Billings, Director, Law Library of Louisiana, New Orleans, LA
Roger F. Jacobs, Retired (2006), Associate Dean and Professor of Law, Kresge Law Library, University of Notre Dame, South Bend, IN
Cossette T. Sun, Law Library Director, Bernard E. Witkin Alameda County Law Library, Oakland, CA
Charles R. Dyer, Director of Libraries, San Diego County Public Law Library, San Diego, CA
Michael S. Miller, Retired Director, Maryland State Law Library, Annapolis, MD
Roy M. Mersky, Harry M. Reasoner Regents Chair in Law and Director of Research, The Jamail Center for Legal Research, Tarlton Law Library, University of Texas at Austin School of Law, Austin, TX
Shirley Hart David, Director, Sacramento County Public Law Library, Sacramento, CA
Thomas H. Reynolds, Associate Law Librarian Emeritus University of California School of Law Library, Boalt Hall, Berkeley, CA
Marvin R. Anderson, Retired State Law Librarian, Minnesota State Law Library, St. Paul, MN.
Leah F. Chanin, Retired Professor of Law and Director, Furman Smith Law Library, Mercer University, Macon, GA.
Francis Robert “Bob” Doyle, Director, Loyola University Chicago School of Law Library, Chicago, IL.
Jacqueline S. Wright, ,Retired Librarian, Arkansas Supreme Court Library, Little Rock, Arkansas
Marian Boner (deceased), Retired Director, Texas State Law Library, Austin, Texas
Francis Gates, Retired Circuit Librarian, U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, San Francisco, California
Balfour Halevy, Retired Law Librarian, York University, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Adolf Sprudzs, Retired Foreign and International Librarian, University of Chicago Law Library, Chicago, Illinois
Edgar J. Bellefontaine, Boston, Massachusetts
Eileen H. Searls, St.. Louis University Law Library
Richard L. Beer, Lake Orion, Michigan
Bardie C. Wolfe, Jr., St. Thomas University Law Library
Betty Taylor, University of Florida, College of Law Legal Information Center
Jack S. Ellenberger
Jane L. Hammond
Mary W. Oliver
Connie E. Bolden
Morris L. Cohen
Anthony P. Grech
Leon M. Liddell
J. Myron Jacobstein
Julius J. Marke
Marian Gould Gallagher