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1993-1994 Chapter Activity Report for the Law Library Journal

For SFALL, 1993-94 proved to be a year of improved public relations and hopefully greater name recognition in our 5 county area. We produced our first rolodex cards, had our officers listed in the Florida Bar News, and announced our meetings in the calendar of the Miami Daily Business Review. Under Editor Yolanda Jones, the SFALL News developed into a major information source and started attracting advertisements.

The officers for 93/94 were President Linda Datko, Vice President/President-Elect Monica Wilson, Secretary Karen Mahnk, and Treasurer Beatrice Citron. 

Our 10/22/93 program at the new Federal Justice Building dealt with ADR - Alternate Dispute Resolution. Twelve members listened to Melvin Rubin, a mediator who sits on committees from the State Supreme Court on down to the Dade County Bar Association, and Rene Grafals, regional Vice President of the American Arbitration Association's Miami office. 

On 2/11/94, 18 SFALL members gathered at the library of the University of Miami Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science on Key Biscayne. Ann Kaklamanos, the 4th DCA librarian, outlined legal resources in Tallahassee. 

A goal was realized on 4/22/94 when Claudio Morfe spoke about the kind of information attorneys will need in preparation for the "new Cuba". His firm of Valdes-Fauli hosted the meeting attended by 24 SFALL members. Many of us had been working with this subject independently, and a lively exchange broke out. The future promises more programs on this topic and greater cooperation among the law libraries. 

34 SFALL members and friends saw our name flashed on the scoreboard when we attended a Florida Panthers-Washington Capitols hockey game at the Miami Arena on 1/19/94. Thanks to everyone who made this such an event.

Our Holiday Dinner on 12/9/93 at Los Ranchos at Bayside was a huge success with 45 people attending. Our Annual Installation Luncheon was held on 6/17/94 at the City Club of Miami. AALL Board Member Patricia Patterson came down from Chicago to speak on marketing libraries. The 94-95 officers are President Monica Wilson, Vice President/President-Elect Beatrice Citron, Secretary Karen Mahnk, and Treasurer Clare Donnelly.


Author: Linda Datko

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