• October 9–11, 2014
  • Seattle, Washington

Thursday, October 9

2:30 - 5:45pm Conference Registration – Watertown Hotel Lobby
  (Please register before the opening reception, if possible.)
1:00 - 4:30 pm Library Tours
  (Information about locations and transportation options is available on the events page.)
6:00 - 8:30 pm Opening Reception
  Burke Museum
(Sponsored by Thomson Reuters and the UW School of Law)

Friday, October 10

Recordings:   AM audio  |  AM video (low res)      PM audio  |  PM video (low res)

7:15 - 8:45am Breakfast – Watertown Hotel Conference Room
8:00 - 9:00am Conference Registration – University of Washington Law School
8:00am - 5:00pm Vendor Room Hours
9:00 - 10:00am Keynote Address Ryan Calo

Keynote video

Ryan Calo specializes in CyberLaw, privacy, robotics, and torts.  His work on drones, driverless cars, and privacy has appeared in law reviews and major news outlets, including the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, and NPR.  He is currently an assistant professor of law at the University of Washington, and previously was the director for privacy and robotics at Stanford Law School, an associate for Covington & Burlington, and a clerk for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit.


10:00 - 10:30am Break/Time with Vendors
  Sponsored by William S. Hein
10:30 - noon Program A:

Marijuana Law Legislation in Washington


Joyce A. Roper

Program A video

Four respected experts, including a representative from the Solicitor General’s office, will discuss issues such as implementation in Washington, the medical aspect, and issues surrounding the just-issued AG opinion that local authorities can opt out and ban sales in their jurisdictions.

12:00 - 1:00pm Lunch & Business Meeting
1:00 - 1:30pm WestPac Board Meeting
1:30 - 2:30pm Program B: Limited License Legal Technicians (LLLT)

PDF of Presentation

Jean McElroy and Paul A. Bastine

Program B video

Washington became the first state to adopt a Limited License Legal Technician (LLLT) Rule (APR 28) which authorizes non-attorneys who meet certain educational requirements to engage in the limited practice of law advising and assisting clients in approved practice areas of Law.

Jean and Paul will talk about the LLLT program, changes in the bar and legal practice, and issues related to implementation.

2:30 - 3:30pm Program C: Legal Research Practices of Attorneys

Shawn Nevers, Carissa Vogel, and David Armond

Program C video

An important goal of legal research education is to prepare students to be successful researchers outside of the confines of the law school.  To help accomplish this goal, legal research professors should be familiar with the current state of legal research practice in firms and other employment settings.  This program will explore the results of recent surveys of practicing attorneys and law firm librarians regarding the legal research practices of attorneys and will suggest what these results mean for legal research education.

3:30 - 4:00pm Break/Time with Vendors
4:00 - 5:00pm Program D: Tips and Tricks of Open Source Searching
PDF of Presentation

Kim Ositis

Program D video

Need to research a business or individual?  Participants in this session will learn how to find sources of free and reliable background information online to create a personal profile, research criminal and courts background, and more!

Many agencies and organizations cannot afford to subscribe to paid information databases for background searching.  Additionally, more and more information is not found in a subscription product but in a savvy searching of social networks and publicly accessible databases.  Attendees will learn about Kim’s top 25 websites for open source searching with tips and tricks along the way!

Evening Dinner

Dine-Arounds (TBA) or on your own.

Saturday, October 11

Recordings:   AM audio  |  AM video (low res)

7:15 - 8:45am Breakfast – Watertown Hotel Conference Room
8:00 - 9:00am Conference Registration – University of Washington Law School
9:00 - 10:00am Program E:

How Law Librarians Can Easily Get Articles On Legal Research Published


Patrick Charles

Program E video

This program will discuss how academic and law firm librarians can generate ideas for articles dealing with legal research and how those articles can be published.  The program will also discuss the process of brainstorming for article ideas and the various types of legal periodicals that will publish these articles.  The focus will be on both scholarly and non-scholarly articles.  Various tips and techniques in getting these articles published in different types of legal periodicals will also be highlighted.

10:00 - 10:30am Break/Time with Vendors
10:30 - 11:30am Program F:

Beyond Flipping:  Launching Your Advanced Legal Research Course Into The Virtual Classroom

  Presenters: Hilary Hardcastle, Barbara Swatt Engstrom, and Suzanne Mawhinney
Program F video

Hilary, Barbara, and Suzanne will discuss the process of transforming an in-person advanced legal research course into an online course.  The program will present the preliminary considerations involved in planning an online ALR course, as well as the librarians’ actual experiences teaching online courses.  It will conclude with a discussion of the pros and cons of the distance learning format and consideration of whether all ALR courses should be taught online.

11:30am - noon Wrap-up and Evaluations
12:00pm Adjourn

Education Committee: Bonnie Geldmacher (Chair), Kathy Carlson, Mari Cheney, Claire Hand, Sue Ludington, Angus Nesbit, Christine Timko

Local Arrangements Committee: Alana H. Carson (Chair), Tim Kelly (President), Penny Hazelton (Conference Host, Local Arrangements Liaison), Barbara Swatt

Special thanks to the Gallagher Law Library staff and the University of Washington School of Law.