Here and Now: Today's Law Library

The Magnolia Hotel
100 Texas Avenue
Houston, Texas
March 25-27, 2004

Program for the 46th Annual Meeting

Thursday, March 25

8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Registration and Hospitality

11:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

(PC-1) 8:45 a.m.- 11:45 a.m.
Pre-conference Program: Basic Legal Research for the Non-Law Librarian

Location: Magnolia Hotel


  • Sharon Blackburn, Head of Reference and Instruction, Texas Tech University School of Law Library
  • Jill Henderson, Law Librarian, Taylor County Law Library
  • Amy Hale-Janeke, Media Coordinator/Reference Librarian, San Diego County Public Law Library, San Diego, California
  • Peggy Martindale, Assistant Director, Tarrant County Law Library, Fort Worth, Texas

Coordinators: Elizabeth Schneider, Librarian, Plattner, Schneidman & Schneider, Phoenix, Arizona and Peggy Martindale, Assistant Director, Tarrant County Law Library, Fort Worth, Texas

Designed to introduce public, special, and academic librarians to the primary sources of state law they are likely to encounter in responding to legal reference questions. Presenters will discuss Texas statutes, the Texas court system and cases, legal resources available on the Internet, and conducting the legal reference interview.

12:00 - 1:15 p.m. Opening Lunch

Speaker: Professor Arthur Miller, Bruce Bromley Professor of Law, Harvard Law School

Sponsored by Thomson West

Coordinator: Monica M. Ortale, Local Arrangements Co-Chair, Faculty Services & Reference Librarian, South Texas College of Law

(A-1) 1:30 - 3:00 p.m.How to Identify and Write a Grant

Speakers: Marilyn Korhonen, Grant Development Consultant, and Sharon Wells, formerly of the Verizon Foundation

Moderator & Coordinator: Jennifer Murray, Assistant Librarian, Arizona State University, Ross-Blakley Law Library

All budgets are becoming tighter while the costs of resources and technology continue to increase. Learn how to identify possible sources of foundation funding. Learn how to "get to know" a foundation. Learn how to target funding proposals to meet foundations’ interests and how to avoid to avoid the fatal flaws of foundation grant writing.

(A-2) 1:30 - 3:00 p.m.
Dress the Part and Casual Confusion

Speaker: Nancy Wilfong, owner of Get Organized, image consultant and personal shopper for 15 years

Moderator: Paula Howe, ExxonMobil Law Library, Houston, TX

Coordinator: Bethany I. Bletsch, ExxonMobil Law Library, Houston, TX

You have only 30 seconds to make the first impression. Unfortunately, all of us judge a book by its cover. This seminar is industry-specific and deals in impression management, wardrobe planning, and budgeting for both career and casual clothing. Covering wardrobe topics such as managing money, stretching the wardrobe dollar, and determining quality fabrications, this seminar is both entertaining and full of useful information.

It’s Friday and it’s casual day. Both employees and employers probably stood in their respective closets this morning and agonized over what to wear. What exactly does casual day mean? This seminar will address the casual confusion topic.

3:00 - 3:30 p.m.

Sponsored by William S. Hein & Co.

(B-1) 3:30 - 5:00 p.m.
"Why Can’t New Associates Find Their Way out of a Paper Bag? New Strategies for Teaching Advanced Legal Research

Speakers: Joseph A. Custer, Associate Director, University of Kansas Wheat Law Library; Robert A. Mead, Head of Public & Faculty Services, University of Kansas Wheat Law Library; and M. Faye Hadley, Native American Resources/Reference Law Librarian, University of Tulsa Mabee Legal Information Center

Coordinator: Robert Mead, Head of Public & Faculty Services, University of Kansas Wheat Law Library

Traditional 1L research and writing courses often focus more on writing and analysis than research. Consequently, academic law librarians have created advanced research courses to supplement the research skills of law students. The growth of specialized topical legal research sources has made it difficult to cover every major topic in one course. This presentation highlights creative strategies for teaching students new research skills. The discussion will focus on teaching methodology and course development. The integration of legal research into Tulsa Law School's Tribal law curriculum and the new Topical Advanced Legal Research courses at the University of Kansas School of Law will be presented as a case studies. Ample time during the presentation will be set aside for audience participation and the sharing of ideas.

(B-2) 3:30 - 5:00 p.m. Mexican Legal Research

Speaker: Jonathan Pratter, Foreign and International Law Librarian, Tarlton Law Library, University of Texas School of Law

Moderator & Coordinator: Kumar Percy, Head of Faculty Services, Tarlton Law Library, University of Texas School of Law

Mexico shares a 2000-mile long border with the United States, but it is a distant neighbor.  That distance is reflected in the unfamiliarity of the Mexican legal system as seen from the perspective of the U.S.  Mexico has a distinct history, culture, and law and these differences are reflected in Mexican legal information and documentation, which in many ways differ from the U.S. model.  The purpose of this program is to provide an introduction to and survey of Mexican legal information and legal research with the idea of overcoming the difficulties posed by difference and unfamiliarity.  Attendees should come away from the program with a fresh perspective on the challenges of undertaking research on Mexican law as it is done from the perspective of a researcher working in the U.S.

6:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m. SWALL Opening Dinner

Location: The Aquarium, 410 Bagby @ Memorial (Seafood Buffet!)

Entertainment sponsored by LexisNexis (unlimited access to fun rides & Aquariums)

Coordinators: Elizabeth Black Berry and Monica M. Ortale

Friday, March 26

7:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Registration

9:00 a.m - 5:30 p.m. Exhibits

7:30 - 9:00 a.m.
Breakfast and SWALL Annual General Business Meeting

Sponsored by Global Securities Information, Inc.

Including Report from AALL Representative, Ann Fessenden.

Coordinator: Sharon Wayland

9:00 - 10:30 a.m. Plenary Meeting
What Law and Libraries Can Tell Us about the Kennedy Assassination

Speaker: Gary Mack, Curator, The Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza

Moderator & Coordinator: Susan Phillips, Associate Dean and Director of the Law Library, Texas Wesleyan Law Library

November 22, 2003 marked the 40th anniversary of the John F. Kennedy assassination. Would Lee Harvey Oswald have been convicted had he gone to trial?  What part did public libraries play in the investigation?  The answers aren't as clear as either the Warren Commission or Oliver Stone would have you believe.  Join Gary Mack for a fresh look at one of the defining moments in American history with plenty of time for Q&A.

Mr. Mack is the Emmy award winning co-producer of JFK: The Dallas Tapes (KDFW/Fox 1998), co-producer of JFK: Breaking the News (PBS/2003), featured guest on the Discovery Channels Unsolved History episodes JFK Conspiracies and JFK: Death at Dealey Plaza (2003), and Kennedy assassination advisor to ABC, CBS, NBC, PBS, The Dallas Morning News, Washington Post, Los Angeles Times and other news organizations. He has been a guest on the Today Show, CNN, Larry King Show, the Discovery Channel and the History Channel.

10:30 - 10:45 a.m. Break

(C-1) 10:45 a.m. - Noon
Protecting Networks from Hackers, Worms, and other Malicious Exploitation

New -- Presentation File

Speakers: Kumar Percy, Head of Faculty Services, Tarlton Law Library, University of Texas School of Law and Lance Hayden, University of Texas School of Information and Cisco System, Inc, Advanced Services for Network Security (ASNS), William McVey, Cisco System, Inc, Advanced Services for Network Security (ASNS), June Hsiao Liebert, CIO and Lecturer, University of Texas School of Law and Gary Hartman, Associate Dean for Information Technology at the University of Houston School of Law

Moderator & Coordinator: Kumar Percy, Head of Faculty Services, Tarlton Law Library, University of Texas School of Law

In this program, an expert in the field of network security will discuss the threats and liabilities posed by hackers, criminals, malicious competitors, and automated threats such as worms and viruses.  Participants will learn ways that they can protect themselves from network-based attacks, including effective policies and procedures, technical protections, audits and assessments, and process-based security defenses.  The panelists will explain sources of more information about network security and defenses.  The ultimate goal of the program is to teach participants about the relationship between security, privacy, and governance in the IT field, and how these overlapping elements are affecting everyone that uses computers and the Internet today.

(C-2) 10:45 a.m. - Noon
Was I Invited to that Meeting? How to be an Integral Part of KM at Your Firm

Speaker: Chad McAllister, Technology Consultant and Knowledge Management Researcher

Moderator & Coordinator: Mary Ann Wacker, Research Librarian, Bracewell & Patterson, LLP

Managing knowledge is what librarians do every day. Since librarians are so good at this, why do only a few play critical roles in their firm's knowledge management activities? Librarians who have participated in or even led KM initiatives may have encountered difficulty getting user participation, working with their IT group, or implementing new processes. Join us for a practical session to learn the elements of a successful KM strategy, how to get started, ways to develop support within your firm, and what your role could look like. If your firm has a KM program, is just getting one started, or it is something you want to start, you will find this session valuable.

Noon - 2:00 p.m. Lunch

(D-1) 2:00 - 3:15 p.m.
HIPPA and Other Data Protection Regimes

New -- Presentation File

Speaker: Lance Hayden, University of Texas School of Information and Cisco Systems, Inc., Advanced Services for Network Security (ASNS)

Moderator & Coordinator: Kumar Percy, Head of Faculty Services, Tarlton Law Library, University of Texas School of Law

This talk will provide a basic, but comprehensive overview of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996, the regulations that were written to enforce the HIPAA law (focusing particularly on the Privacy and Security regulations), and compliance issues. Attendees will come away with an understanding of the history and structure of the law and its regulations, some of the terminology used by the legislation, and how HIPAA fits into other data protection regimes. Follow-on information resources will also be provided.

(D-2) 2:00 - 3:15 p.m.
Business Resources in the Electronic Age via Factiva

Speaker: Tina Byrne, Enterprise Consultant, Factiva, a Dow Jones and Rueters Company

Moderator & Coordinator: Genel Moran, Library and Information Services Manager, Porter & Hedges, L.L.P.

Learn about business resources, new tools and technology available through Factiva, a Dow Jones and Reuters Company, a Westlaw partner.  We'll discuss client development, business strategy, client pages, embedding our content within Interaction, and electronic delivery of news on clients to PDAs and other electronic vehicles.

3:15 - 3:30 p.m. Break
Sponsored by LexisNexis

3:30 - 5:00 p.m. Concurrent Roundtables

County Law Librarians

Private Law Librarians

Academic Law Librarians

Solo Law Librarians

5:30 - ?
Reception and Tours of The Fred Parks Law Library at South Texas College of Law, 1303 San Jacinto.
Sponsored by Congressional Information Systems.

Saturday, March 27

7:30 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. Registration

9:00 a.m. - Noon Exhibits

7:30 - 9:00 a.m. Deluxe Continental Breakfast

(E-1) 9:00 - 10:15 a.m.
Preservation v. Devastation: Protecting Your Physical Collection from Immediate and Long Term Threats

Speakers: Mark W. Lambert, Special Collections & Government Documents Librarian, South Texas College of Law and Robert A. Mead, Head of Public & Faculty Services, University of Kansas Wheat Law Library

Coordinator: Robert Mead, Head of Public & Faculty Services, University of Kansas Wheat Law Library

This presentation focuses on the practical planning and policy implementation necessary to avoid the destruction of print collections. Threats to our print collections abound, ranging from the "slow fire" of acidity and leather red rot to rapid destruction caused by water damage, fire, hurricanes, or tornadoes. Prevention, collection assessment, repair policies, and disaster preparedness planning will all be examined.

(E-2) 9:00 - 10:15 a.m. Cooperative Collection Development

Speaker: Carolyn Morris, YBP Library Services, Regional Manager, Collection Management & Development Group 

Coordinator: Susan Phillips, Associate Dean and Director of Law Library, Texas Wesleyan University School of Law Library

This presentation will highlight the role of a monograph vendor, YBP Library Services, in supporting the cooperative collection development initiatives within a consortium environment.

10:15 - 10:30 a.m. Break

(F-1) 10:30 a.m. - Noon The 21st Century Federal Depository Library Program: On Target in Meeting the Legal Information Needs of Our Lives?

Speaker: Chris Anglim, Prairie View A&M University

Coordinator: Jennifer Murray, Assistant Librarian, Arizona State University, Ross-Blakley Law Library

The future of the FDLP depends on its effectiveness in providing open and equal access to federal government information. No area within the universe of government information is more important than in providing access to federal legislation, federal legislative history, regulation, and federal cases. Access to this information is vital to maintaining an accountable government, a knowledgeable citizenry, and a functioning democracy.  An effective mechanism to bring this information is our job, our concern, and our mission.

The FDLP must be flexible, innovative, and tailor the electronic environment to meet the needs of our constituencies. Just how is the program doing in our present environment? How is the program doing in overcoming the challenges of new technology which must be implemented and persistent funding needs which must be met, in order to create systems and programs that will meet the information needs of our constituents? This session will seek to answer these questions. This session will also look at the question of how well the FDLP is responding to and meeting the information needs of our stakeholders. In this context, we will look at some of the new services and changes in existing services in the FDLP.

The session will briefly discuss the importance of the program, the future of government information, how is government information changing, and how the FDLP must change to meet the changing nature of government information. The FDLP has been changing to largely electronic access. The session will discuss how this transition is progressing and its impacts on our users. Furthermore, the government information environment has changed considerable since 9/11, the launching of the war on terrorism, and the war and reconstruction in Iraq.  This session will discuss these changes and how these impact legal collections. Related to this is the issue of fugitive documents. This session will provide an update on the problem of fugitive documents and what is being done to resolve this problem.

The FDLP is now under new administration, with Bruce James as the new Public Printer and Judy Russell as the new Superintendent of Documents. The session will briefly discuss their new vision of the FDLP and how this vision is being put into practice.

The program will also discuss the results of a survey on government docs.

(F-2) 10:30 a.m. - Noon Blog, Bog, Smog…What is It?

New -- Presentation File

Speakers: June Hsiao Liebert, CIO and Lecturer, University of Texas School of Law and Kristina Niedringhaus, Electronic Services Librarian, Texas Wesleyan University School of Law Library

Moderator & Coordinator: Holly Watson, Librarian, Jenkens & Gilchrist, P.C.

You may have heard of blog, but what exactly is it and why should a law librarian care?  Blogs are much more than just the latest fad. Blogging is the art of easily and instantly updating a web page. Blogging requires very little technical skill and updates can be made via posts that resemble emails or via audblog - an audio updating system. You will learn how to use blogs as an information resource, how to view blogs, and even how to set up your own blog.

The 46th Annual Meeting of SWALL is made possible through generous contributions from the following companies:

Congressional Information Systems

Global Securities Information, Inc.

Jones McClure Publishing, Inc.


Practising Law Institute

Texas Lawyer

Thomson West

William S. Hein & Co., Inc.


Local Arrangements: Elizabeth Black Berry & Monica M. Ortale, Co-Chairs

Program Committee: Susan Phillips, Chair; Bethany Bletsch; Trisha Fabugais; Rob Mead; Genel Moran; Jennifer Murray; Kumar Percy; Mary Ann Wacker; and Holly Watson


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