President's Message

As I write, we are having another warm week in February. This has been a highly unusual winter for temperature and precipitation. I continue to wonder if the big snow storm is just around the corner! Our spring meeting IS practically just around the corner. I am looking forward to traveling north in April to New Hampshire to visit the Franklin Pierce Law Center to learn about Education Law. Judy Gire and her staff are gearing up for what should be a great day. Sally Holterhoff will be our visitor from the AALL Executive Board. She has already sent me and Judy her greetings and she looks forward to meeting all of you and hearing from you about how AALL can meet your needs.

In late January, I met with the Executive Board for a day of strategic planning. Susan Sullivan from Boston College Law Library kindly hosted our group and Maureen Sullivan was our facilitator. We had a very fruitful day and you will be hearing more from us about those discussions in the future.

As my year as President has now passed the halfway mark, I have appointed a Nominating Committee to provide the membership with a slate of officers for 2002-2003. Anne Acton, New England School of Law, has agreed to chair the Committee. Joining her are Karen Moss, U.S. Court of Appeals, 1st Circuit and Nan Balliot, Roger Williams University School of Law. I am grateful to them for assisting us in finding new leadership for LLNE.

Maria Sekula called me this week to inform me that she can no longer continue her work on the LLNE Newsletter. We are all grateful for all the time and energy she has given to help make that publication as successful as it has been _ thanks, Maria!

An early reminder to all of you that we will once again have a joint LLNE/SNELLA luncheon at the AALL annual meeting in Orlando, Florida. It will be on Tuesday, July 23. I hope that those of you who go to Florida will join us for lunch. It is always a nice way to guarantee seeing New England friends at the annual meeting.

Finally, I would like to wish you all a pleasant spring season and I look forward to seeing many of you in New Hampshire at our spring meeting!

Darcy Kirk


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