SWALL Bulletin



President's Letter
Beth Youngdale


SWALL Reception

Legal Historical Materials in a Nutshell


SWALL Committee Members 2001-2002


Minutes of SWALL Annual Business Meeting
Hyla Bondareff


SWALL Treasurer's Report
Susan T. Phillips


Southeast Meets Southwest: A Librarianís Personal Odyssey
Carol Arnold

Fried Okra and Killer Iced Tea
Amy Hale Janeke


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


News From the CoALL Institute 
Karen Selden 

Sally Holterhoff Visits with CoALL
Karen Selden


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


During the forthcoming AALL Annual Meeting, SWALL member Mark Lambert has organized and will speak at a program, entitled "Legal Historical Materials in a Nutshell: An Introduction to Legal Archives and Manuscripts." The session is scheduled for 90 minutes on Tuesday, July 17, from 10:45 a.m. to 12:15p.m. The Legal History & Rare Books Special Interest Section of AALL sponsors the session, which should be of interest to all archivists, manuscripts librarians, legal historians, catalogers, and any other librarian who helps maintain and provide access to these collections. Other interested parties could include leaders of libraries that are considering starting an archives, or have been approached by alumni considering donating papers to the library.

An excellent group of speakers has been assembled.

The moderator of the session will be Michael Widener, Archivist and Rare Books Librarian and Joseph D. Jamail Fellow in Law Librarianship at the University of Texas School of Law Tarlton Law Library, where he has worked since 1991. Mike is a member of the Editorial Board of H-Law, the legal history electronic discussion list sponsored by H-Net and the American Society for Legal History. Mike is also a trustee of the Texas Supreme Court Historical Society, and is active in the Society of American Archivists, as well as the Society of Southwest Archivists. Mike researches and writes in the fields of archives and Texas legal history, and is the guest editor for a forthcoming special issue of the journal Legal Reference Services Quarterly entitled "Public Service Issues with Rare & Archival Law Materials."

William J. Maher, University Archivist and Professor of Library Administration at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, will discuss the basics of archives and manuscripts. Bill has been University Archivist at Illinois since 1995. Before that, he was Assistant University Archivist from 1977-1995. Bill's department holds the archives for AALL, AALS and ALA and is recognized as one of the leading university archives in the United States. As Assistant Archivist, Bill worked for Maynard Brichford, himself a long-respected leader in the archives field. Bill is a Past-President of the Society of American Archivists (1997-1998), and has written the first and only basic text on the management of college and university archives ("The Management of College and University Archives," 1992), as well as dozens of scholarly articles and presentations.

SWALL member Mark Lambert will speak and about the interesting and unique aspects of legal archives and manuscripts. Mark has been the Special Collections and Government Documents Librarian at the South Texas College of Law Library in Houston, Texas since 1999. Mark previously was the archivist of the San Jacinto Museum of History in Houston, Texas. Mark has also worked at the Archives of the University of Texas School of Law Tarlton Law Library, the Senator John G. Tower Archives, the Archives of the Episcopal Church of the USA, and the Archives of the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. Mark researches and writes in the fields of archives and history, and is current Chair of the Hebert Scholarship Committee of the Society of Southwest Archivists.

Paul Finkelman, from the faculty of The University of Tulsa College of Law will discuss performing research in collections of legal materials, and how the issues of attorney-client confidentiality and privacy impact such research. Professor Finkelman is the Chapman Distinguished Professor of Law at Tulsa, and is an expert in American constitutional law and American legal history. He has authored or edited over a dozen books, has written more than 65 journal articles, and has presented more than 100 papers in Europe and North America.

This session will be an excellent opportunity for the growing amount of archivists and manuscript librarians in the law library profession to meet each other and make contacts. They hope to see you there.

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