ARCHIVED: AALL/LexisNexis™ Call for Papers Announces its 2003 Winner

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May 22, 2003

The AALL/LexisNexis™ Call for Papers Committee has selected Samuel Trosow as the winner of its 2003 Award for his thought-provoking paper “The Database and the Fields of Law: Are There New Divisions of Labor?”

Trosow will receive a cash award of $750, generously donated by LexisNexis, in July at the Association Luncheon of the AALL Annual Meeting in Seattle. His paper will be forwarded for consideration to the editor of the Law Library Journal and the author will have the opportunity to discuss his paper during the Annual Meeting in a program (F-1) titled “Writing for Fame and Fortune: AALL/LexisNexis Call for Papers.” The session also features a panel discussion in which Trosow will be joined by senior members of the profession who are all successfully published authors and educators: Richard Danner, senior associate dean for information services and research professor of law at the Duke University School of Law Library; Penny Hazelton, professor of law and law librarian at the University of Washington Gallagher Law Library; and Frank Houdek, law library director and professor of law at the Southern Illinois University Law Library. They will reveal the secrets of great writing and the criteria for getting papers accepted for publication.

About the Recipient
Samuel Trosow has been an assistant professor at the University of Western Ontario since 2001, holding a joint appointment in the Faculty of Law and in the Faculty of Information and Media Studies. In the law school, his teaching assignments include intellectual property, advanced copyright, information law and international intellectual property. He also teaches in the M.L.S. program and the political economy of information in the Ph.D. program at the FIMS.

Before joining the faculty at Western, he was the Boalt Express Librarian at the Boalt Hall Law Library at the University of California Berkeley from 1995 through 2001.

After receiving his J.D. from Southwestern University in 1978, Trosow spent several years in private law practice, first in Los Angeles and later in Berkeley. He is a member of the California and U.S. Supreme Court Bars.

Trosow earned his M.L.S. from San Jose State University in 1994 and his Ph.D. in library and information science at the University of California at Los Angeles in 2002.

Trosow has been active in library associations. He served from 1998 through 2002 on the AALL Government Relations Committee and is currently a member of the Copyright Committee. He also participates on the WTO-GATT Task Force of the Canadian Library Association and is an active member of the University of Western Ontario Faculty Association.

About the Award
The objectives of the AALL/LexisNexis Call for Papers Competition are threefold: 1) to promote scholarship among practicing law librarians and in areas of interest to the profession; 2) to provide a creative outlet for law librarians and a forum for their scholarly activities; and 3) to recognize scholarly efforts. The 2003 Call for Papers Committee consisted of Kathryn Hensiak, Connie Strittmatter and Chair Marie-Louise Bernal.