LLAW Educational Institute
The Strength of Change
Eckstein Hall - Marquette University Law School
8:00 – 8:30 a.m. Registration & Continental breakfast
8:30 – 9:15 a.m.
Keynote: Fast Forward to 2010: Are We There Yet?
Professor Robert C. Berring, Walter Perry Johnson Professor of Law, University of California, Berkeley
On August 17, 2001 Professor Robert C. Berring paid a visit to the Law Librarians Association of Wisconsin and gave a presentation on legal research. Professor Berring’s presentation referenced Mr. Peabody’s WABAC Machine, a device that would send lawyers back 100 years to 1901. Professor Berring commented that the time traveling lawyer could quite comfortably conduct legal research because very little had changed over that century. With WestlawNext, Lexis for Microsoft Office and other entries into the new media of the Google era, has the time of change for legal research and research in general finally arrived?
Learning Outcome: Participants will hear a recap of the changes shaping our industry and where these may lead.
9:15 – 10:30 a.m.
Session I: Track 1
As technology advances and society changes, the age gap becomes even more apparent. Younger attorneys and workers are coming on board with significantly different work styles and expectations for success. Rightly or wrongly, recent graduates often appear lazy, disinterested in their jobs, and disrespectful to older coworkers. Is our industry facing a workforce that has let go of the social customs that bound an older generation? Even if that is the case, is it necessarily bad? Panelists discuss the differing work styles of the generations, how to achieve success within teams, and even when/how to deal with coworkers’ parents.
Learning Outcome: Participants will be equipped with the tools necessary to work with and manage co-workers of differing generations and work styles.
Session I: Track 2
A recent article in the New Yorker described the changing landscape of the publishing world and the rush to e-books by nontraditional publishers like Amazon and Apple. How will this specifically affect legal publishing? Vendor representatives from Thomson Reuters, Lexis Nexis and the American Bar Association will discuss their views on this evolution/revolution and provide insight on how the traditional book may be transformed.
Learning Outcome: Participants will learn about the future of legal publishing and new information platforms for practicing lawyers and law students.
10:30 – 10:45 a.m. Break
10:45 – 12:00 p.m.
Session II: Track 1
How good is the preparation for conducting legal research in 2010? Gen X, Gen Y, GenNext, the Google Age, Wikipedia - information is everywhere but have those in pursuit of legal information gotten any better at finding it? If education has the No Child Left Behind law, what is the No Legal Researcher Left Behind equivalent? Do we need one? Do we have one? What partnerships and solutions are needed to prepare job ready attorneys? Professor Berring will provide his perspective on this topic.
Learning Outcome: Participants will hear end user expectations for legal research skill competence and be able to assess their own programs accordingly.
Session II: Track 2
Why is there is a perceived or perhaps even real information disconnect between the IT department and the library? How can this relationship be strengthened or at least how can the two departments come to a better understanding? This session will focus on partnering with IT from the perspective of a librarian who now works with IT.
Learning Outcome: Participants will be able to assess their relationship with this key department and be provided with take-away strategies for better relations.
12:00 – 1:15 p.m. Lunch, networking and Marquette Law School tours
1:15 – 2:30 p.m.
Session III: Track 1
The Carnegie Report challenged the theoretical foundation of the pedagogy of legal education and called for law schools to integrate practical skills instruction into the curriculum. Law librarians responded to the call with The Boulder Statement on Legal Research Education and the recently drafted Law Student Information Literacy (LSIL) Standards. Professor Jayasuria will discuss how legal research instructors can implement the pedagogical approaches articulated in the Carnegie Report, the Boulder Statement, and the LSIL Standards.
Learning Outcome: Participants will be able to identify the recent movement towards better integrating skills instruction into legal education and the role that law librarians have and should play in that movement.
Session III: Track 2
Tracking and documenting strategic activities is extremely important for the purpose of internal assessment and demonstrating value to the organization. What should libraries be documenting in this new environment, and how do we make sure that the organization values our documentation? How can we use documentation to position the library and revolutionize how the organization view the library? The speakers will discuss the life-cycle of a documentation initiative from the plan to collection to delivery.
Learning Outcome: Participants will gain an awareness of effective documentation strategies that may support strategies such as outcomes based evaluation approaches.
2:30 – 2:45 p.m. Break
2:45 – 3:45 p.m.
As the economic crisis has focused law schools and the legal economy on examining a change in legal education and legal business practices, what does that mean for us? If law schools are being criticized for producing a product that perhaps does not meet employer demands, do Library Science programs do the same thing? Can we take our careers to the next level? Can we get us a seat at the table? How can librarians finally move beyond "keepers of the book" (which we haven't really been in law firms for a good decade plus!) and take our information management skills to the next level (or perhaps the C level!) and advance both our organizations and ourselves?
Learning Outcome: Participants will be able to create a personal SWOT analysis to aid them in their career development process.
A list of attendees who would like CLE credit for attending the Institute will be submitted to the Office of Lawyer Registration.