President's Letter
By Yvonne Chandler


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

Summer 2005, Vol. 34 No. 1


from the bench


Presidentís Letter


Hello Fellow SWALL Members:


School of Library and Information Sciences
University of North Texas

It’s almost time for us to go to San Antonio to “Remember the Alamo,” Learn, and Celebrate. 

The Annual DALL/HALL/SWALL Joint Reception will be held on Sunday, July 17, 2005 from 5:30 PM - 6:30 PM in the Marriott Riverwalk - Salon (B).  This annual joint chapter reception is made possible through the generous contribution of Jones McClure Publishing, Inc. represented by Dina Dreifurst, Librarian Relations Manager. 

The Annual DALL/HALL/SWALL Joint Reception -- Sunday, July 17, 2005  
5:30 PM - 6:30 PM Marriott Riverwalk - Salon (B).

Special thanks to Barbara Fullerton, Mon Yin Lung, Katherine Greene, and H. Kumar Percy for leading SWALL into the new millennium with our online membership renewal form.  YEA!!! 

Don’t forget its membership renewal time.  Be sure to go to our SWALL website at http://www.aallnet.org/chapter/swall/ and link to the 2005-2006 Membership Renewal/Dues Invoice page at http://www.aallnet.org/chapter/swall/membership.html.  As of July 6, sixty-seven members had renewed their membership through the online form.  The SWALL Executive Board decided to purchase a subscription of Survey Monkey for our chapter.  This subscription is available to all members.  We will be using this software to poll our membership on a number of topics, including program ideas for the 2006 meeting.

If you are interested in serving on a SWALL standing and special committee, complete the SWALL Committee Preference Form at http://www.aallnet.org/chapter/swall/Commform.html.  Complete a copy of this form and send it via mail, email, or fax it Yvonne Chandler, SWALL President at

Yvonne J. Chandler, Associate Professor
University of North Texas School of Library and Information Sciences
Post Office Box 311068
Denton, Texas 76203-1068


During the annual meeting in San Antonio AALL will bestow major awards upon some of SWALL's most distinguished members. 

Heartfelt congratulations to Professor Roy Mersky, Harry M. Reasoner Regents Chair in Law and Director of Research at the Jamail Center for Legal Research, Tarlton Law Library, University of Texas at Austin is one of the 2005 recipients of the Marian Gould Gallagher Distinguished Service Award.  The Distinguished Service Award was established in 1984 to recognize extended and sustained service to law librarianship, for the exemplary service to the Association, or for contributions to the professional literature.  Professor Mersky’s career in law librarianship demonstrates that he is more than deserving of this honor.  It is so fitting that he will receive the award in Texas at the AALL Opening Luncheon on Monday, July 19, 2005.

AALL selected Two of SWALL'S most distinguished member for major AALL awards: Prof. Roy M. Mersky and Barbara A. Bintliff

Special congratulations to Barbara A. Bintliff, Nicholas Rosenbaum Professor of Law and Director of the Law Library at the University of Colorado Law Library, who will receive the Frederick Charles Hicks Award for Outstanding Contributions to Academic Law Librarians. The Hicks Award recognizes an individual or group who has made outstanding contributions to academic law librarianship through continued efforts to improve law librarianship. The award is named in honor of Frederick Charles Hicks, the first great American law librarian/scholar who was also the first academic law librarian to serve as president of AALL. The award will be presented to Barbara at the Academic Law Libraries SIS Reception at St. Mary’s University School of Law. 

Another award recipient from SWALL is Leah Sandwell-Weiss, Reference Librarian & Adjunct Asst. Prof. of Legal Research at the University of Arizona College of Law.  Leah was awarded the AALL Spectrum Article of the Year Award for her article - "A Look at the USA PATRIOT Act Today."  This article was published in the AALL Spectrum in July 2004. 

The AALL Spectrum Article of the Year Award honors outstanding achievement in writing an article that contributes to topics relating to librarianship, law librarianship, and practical applications for library work or to an understanding of legal materials, legal systems legal information, or to professional and staff training and development.

AALL Annual Meeting Leadership and Speakers

Lastly, I want to say congratulations to our SWALL members who are serving in leadership positions or speaking during the AALL Annual Meeting in San Antonio.  I think it was very generous of SWALL to loan our own “Local Arrangements Guru” Monica M. Ortale, South Texas College of Law to AALL.  Other chapter members involved in AALL planning and local arrangements include:

Elizabeth Black Berry, Weil, Gotshal & Manges, LLP
Sharon Blackburn, Texas Tech University
Trisha Fabugais, Gardere Wynne Sewell LLP
W. David Gay, University of Tulsa College of Law
Sally S. Harlow, Librarians on Demand
Paula E. Howe, Exxon Mobil Corp.
Mary Lippold, South Texas College of Law
Caren Z. Luckie, Jackson Walker, LLP
Robert Hu, St. Mary's University
Jennifer Laws, Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals Library System
Blythe McCoy, Thomson West
Kay Schlueter, Librarians on Demand
Kimberly Serna, Jones Day
Catherine S. Whitney, Global Securities Information, Inc.
Susan Yancey, Vinson & Elkins LLP,
Barbara Fullerton, Locke Liddell & Sapp LLP
Teresa Conaway, Texas Tech University

A number of SWALL members are also presenting at the conference including: Roy Mersky, June Liebert, and Jonathan Pratter, University of Texas at Austin; Barbara Bintliff, Karen Selden, and Georgia Briscoe, University of Colorado; Coleen M. Barger, University of Arkansas at Little Rock; Robert Mead, University of Kansas; Joan Jarosek, Jones Day; Arturo Lopez Torres, Texas Tech University; Robert Hu, St. Mary's University; Virginia Davis, Spencer L. Simons, and Mon Yin Lung, University of Houston; Susan Skyzinski, LexisNexisTM;  Marilyn K. Nicely, University of Oklahoma; Mark E. Estes, Holme Roberts & Owen; Elizabeth K. Schneider, Plattner, Schneidman & Schneider; and me.   I know we will all do a great job.

Best wishes for a wonderful, fantastic, and exciting conference to our own Victoria K. Trotta, President of AALL and Associate Dean of Information Technology and Director of the Ross-Blakley Law Library at Arizona State University

 See you at the Alamo!  I’ll be the one with the margarita!!!!!


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