SWALL Bulletin

TABLE OF CONTENTS

FROM THE BENCH

President's Letter
Beth Youngdale

SWALL AT AALL

SWALL Reception

Legal Historical Materials in a Nutshell

HEADNOTES

SWALL Committee Members 2001-2002

TRANSCRIPT

Minutes of SWALL Annual Business Meeting
Hyla Bondareff

PRO FORMA

SWALL Treasurer's Report
Susan T. Phillips

SIDEBAR

Southeast Meets Southwest: A Librarianís Personal Odyssey
Carol Arnold

Fried Okra and Killer Iced Tea
Amy Hale Janeke

STATUTORY SUPPLEMENTS:
STATE LEGISLATURES

Overview of the Texas 77th Legislative Session, 2001
Ana M. Sifuentes-Martinez

Legislation Affecting the Practice of Law in Texas : A Review of the 77th Legislative Session
Laura K. Justiss

Bills From The New Mexico 2001 Legislature
Tracey Kimball

EXPERT WITNESSES:
REGIONAL REPORTS

News From the CoALL Institute 
Karen Selden 

Sally Holterhoff Visits with CoALL
Karen Selden

COURT FILINGS: 
NEWS AND ANNOUNCEMENTS

Tarlton Law Library Hosts: Language & The Law Conference
December 6 - 8, 2001

News from the Arkansas Supreme Court Library

News From The University Of New Mexico

SWALL Bulletin
The Official Publication of SWALL: 
The Southwestern Association of Law Libraries
A Chapter of the American Association of Law Libraries

Summer 2001, Vol. 32 No. 1

EXPERT WITNESSES:
REGIONAL REPORTS

NEWS FROM THE COALL INSTITUTE
by Karen Selden
University of Colorado Law Library

CoALL hosted the Annual CoALL Institute on February 24 at the University of Denver Law School from 8:30 to 12:00 noon. The keynote speaker was Justice Gregory Hobbs of the Colorado Supreme Court. Justice Hobbs was CoALL's VIP guest at last summer's AALL convention and also heads the Supreme Court Library Review Committee. His biography is located at the Colorado Supreme Court website at: http://www.courts.state.co.us/supct/gjh.htm

His keynote address gave us the perspective of a patron (in both senses of the word) who has been recently educated on modern special library issues.  He called law librarianship "our profession" -- not just "your profession" -- because he feels lawyers, judges, and law librarians all work together to find and disseminate information. He also feels that researching a legal topic is a "catch and release" mission -- the research is transformed into cases and opinions that are "released" back into the vast body of legal knowledge for others to use again in the future. This research, or scholarship, is the backbone of the cases and opinions that come out of our legal system. In addition to these insights, Judge Hobbs also shared some of his poetry with us.  

The second session of the morning updated attendees on resource sharing opportunities in Colorado. Brenda Bailey from the Colorado State Library presented an overview of three programs of interest to CoALL members. First was an interesting and eye-opening demonstration of the new Colorado Virtual Library, which allows web-based, single search access to over 100 Colorado library catalogs, databases of selected websites, and digitized objects such as photographs, manuscripts, etc. Next was an introduction to and explanation of SWIFT (StateWide ILL Fast Track). This database, which will go "live" in April 2001, will provide an intra-Colorado library loan system to any Colorado library with a standard web browser and workstation. Access to this service will be free to all Colorado libraries. Finally, the Colorado State Library also provides group licensing of online databases and free training on how to use these resources. 

In the final session of the morning, colleagues who have left "law library land" and gone on to other venues recapped their new experiences, and how their skills as law librarians have helped them. The panel members were Marcy Dunning, President of Access/Information; Wanda McDavid, Director of Collections at netLibrary; and Steve Rosas, Research Specialist at Arthur Anderson, LLP. All three had interesting experiences to share and tips to offer, but they unanimously chose communication skills as the most important skill set that they developed and transferred to other work and personal settings.

 
Send in News and Articles AALL Net SWALL Web Site Prior Issues of the SWALL Bulletin Front Page of this Issue