Dear ALLUNY Colleagues and Friends:

With great pleasure I invite you to attend the 54th annual fall meeting, to be held Friday, September 26, through Sunday, September 28, at the Strathallan Hotel in Rochester, New York (although by the time we get there I believe the name will have been changed to Hyatt Summerfield Suites.)

Rochester is a hive of business, educational and cultural activity. On Friday evening, we'll soak in the legal atmosphere at a reception in the beautiful Fourth Department Library, located in the M. Dolores Denman Courthouse on East Avenue. On Saturday evening, the chair of the local arrangements group, Dave Voisinet, has planned dinner and an EVENT that you won't want to miss at the George Eastman House.

Our theme this year is, as the French have it, Plus ça change... The more things change, the more they remain the same. As mutable as things are in our libraries, we are the constant. It is up to us to be aware of the changed and the new, and to help our organizations, and indeed our society, put these changed and new services, rules and laws to the very best use.

Technology, while it is not the sole solution, should absolutely not be an obstacle. We'll learn about some ways that technology is advancing the frontiers of both knowledge and the practice of law from attorney-blogger Nicole Black and from Lotfi Belkhir of Kirtas Technologies. Changes in Appellate practice and in the work of the General Counsel will be discussed by Joyce Haag of Kodak, and by a representative of the Appellate Court. And the shifting sands of personal freedom and responsibility will be presented by Jeffrey Wicks, Esq, who represented Patricia Martinez in Martinez v. Monroe County.

Finally, AALL executive board member Janice Henderson will be our chapter visitor and keynote speaker at the closing banquet.

I hope to see you in Rochester!

Elaine M. Knecht
Hiscock & Barclay, LLP
1100 M&T Center
3 Fountain Plaza
Buffalo, NY 14203