AALL/LexisNexis Call for Papers Awards



Have you been thinking of writing an article of interest to law librarians? The AALL/LexisNexis Call for Papers Committee has just the incentive to get started. The Committee is soliciting articles in four categories:

Open Division: for active and retired AALL members and law librarians with five or more years of professional experience;

New Member Division: for recent graduates and AALL members who have been in the profession for less than five years;

Short Form Division: for AALL members; articles in this category will be shorter than a traditional scholarly article and may be appropriate for publication in AALL Spectrum.

Student Division: for students in library, information management, or law school. Participants in this division need not be members of AALL. To submit in this category, you must have been enrolled in law school or in a library school, information management, or equivalent program in the fall 2014 or spring 2015 semester.

Submissions in the Open, New Member and Short Divisions must be submitted by March 2, 2015. Articles in the Student Division must be received by May 15, 2015.

The winner in the Open, New Member, and Student Divisions will receive $650, and the Short Form Division winner will receive $300, all generously donated by LexisNexis, plus the opportunity to present their winning papers at a program during the 2015 AALL Annual Meeting in Philadelphia. Winning papers in the Open, New Member, and Student Divisions are also considered for publication in Law Library Journal.  Papers in the Short Form division will be forwarded to the Editorial Director of AALL Spectrum for publication consideration.

For more information, a list of previous winners, an application and instructions on how to submit your article, please review the information below. Winning papers from earlier competitions can also be found at http://works.bepress.com/aallcallforpapers.

If you have any questions, please contact a member of the AALL/LexisNexis Call for Papers Committee.


The AALL/LexisNexis Call for Papers Committee promotes the scholarship of AALL members and of students through its annual "Call for Papers" competition. Papers, which may be submitted by active or retired AALL members, or by students in library, information management or law school, may address any subject relevant to law librarianship. Through the competition, the Committee seeks (1) to promote scholarship of interest to the profession of law librarianship; (2) to provide a creative outlet for law librarians and a forum for their scholarly activities; and (3) to recognize the scholarly efforts of established members, of new members, and of students who are considering a career as law librarians.

The recipients will be recognized during award ceremonies at the AALL Annual Meeting. Co-authors of winning papers will share the award. Winners also will be given the opportunity to present their papers in a program at the Annual Meeting of the Association. Papers in the Open, New and Student divisions will be forwarded to the Editor of the Law Library Journal for publication consideration. Papers in the Short Form division will be forwarded to the Editorial Director of AALL Spectrum for publication consideration.

Previous Winners:


  • Open Member Division: Mr. Ryan Harrington
    Understanding the "Other" International Agreements
  • Open Member Division: Kasia Solon Cristobal
    From Law in Blackletter to Blackletter Law
  • New Member Division: Nicole P. Dyszlewski, Kristen R. Moore and Genevieve B. Tung
    Managing Disruptive Patron Behavior in Law Libraries: A Grey Paper
  • Short Form Division: No Award
  • Student Division: Deadline for submission is May 15.


  • Open Member Division: Elizabeth Caulfield
    Is This a Profession? Establishing Educational Criteria for Law Librarians
  • New Member Division: Susan deMaine
    From Disability to Usability in Online Instruction
  • New Member Division: Joseph D. Lawson
    What About the Majority? Considering the Legal Research Practices of Solo and Small Firm Practitioners
  • Short Form Division: James M. Donovan
    On Writing with Adverbs
  • Student Division: Nicole Downing
    The UNC Law Library's Redaction of its Digitized Collection of North Carolina Supreme Court Briefs: A Case Study
  • Student Division: Virginia Adele Neisler
    How May We Help? Perspectives on Law Librarian Support of Students in Law School Clinics
  • Open Member Division: Joseph Gerken
    The Invention of Legal Research
  • New Member Division: Catherine A. Lemmer
    A View from the Flip Side: Using the "Inverted Classroom" to Enhance the Legal Research Information Literacy of the International LL.M. Student
  • Short Form Division: Mari Cheney
    Legal Research Boot Camp: Bridging the 1L Knowledge Gap
  • Student Division: Kristen M. Hallows
    It's All Enumerative: Reconsidering Library of Congress Classification in United States Law Libraries


  • Open Member Division: Linda K. Tesar
    Forensic Bibliography: Reconstructing the Library of George Wythe
  • New Member Division: Yasmin Sokkar Harker
    Information is Cheap, Meaning is Expensive: Building Analytical Skill into Legal Research Instruction
  • Short Division: Carli Spina and Anna Russell
  • Student Member Division: Neel Kant Agrawal
  • Training in FCIL Librarianship for Tomorrow's World


  • Open Member Division: David L. Armond and Shawn G. Nevers
    The Practitioners' Council: Connecting Legal Research Instruction and Current Legal Research Practice
  • New Member Division: Margaret (Meg) Butler
    Resource Based Learning and Course Design:A Brief Theoretical Overview and Practical Suggestions
  • Student Division: William M. Cross
    Restoring the Public Library Ethos: Copyright, E-licensing, and the Future of Librarianship


  • Open Member Division: Carol Parker
    The Need for More Uniform and Consistently Rigorous Standards for Assessing Law Librarian Performance in Tenure and Continuous Appointment Policies
  • New Members Division: Daniel Baker
    Citations to Wikipedia in Law Reviews
  • Student Division: Benjamin Keele
    What if Law Journal Citations Included Digital Object Identifiers?: A Snapshot of Major Law Journals
  • Student Division: Debbie Shrager
    Moving Past Web 2.0h! An Exploratory Study of Academic Law Libraries


  • Open Member Division: Joseph A. Custer
    The Truthiness of Thinkable Thoughts versus the Facts of Empirical Research
  • Open Member Division: Laura N. Gasaway
    A Defense of the Public Domain: A Scholarly Essay
  • New Members Division: Mikhail Koulikov
    Indexing and Full-Text Coverage of Law Review Articles in Non-Legal Databases: An Initial Study
  • Student Division: Theodora Belniak
    The Law Librarian of the Twentieth and Twenty-First Centuries: A Figuration in Flux
  • Student Division: Jason Tubinis
    A Law Librarian's Guide to the Economic Crisis


  • Open Member Division: Judith Lihosit
    Research in the Wild: CALR and the Role of Informal Apprenticeship in Attorney Training
  • New Members Division: Julie M. Jones
    Not Just Key Numbers and Keywords Anymore: How User Interface Affects Legal Research
  • New Members Division: I-Wei Wang
    Schoolhouse Rock is No Longer Enough: The Presidential Signing Statements Controversy and its Implications for Library Professionals


  • Open Member Division: Margaret A. Leary
    Discovering William Cook: Ten Resources for Reconstructing the Life of a Lawyer
  • Open Member Division: Connie Lenz and Helen Wohl
    Does Form Follow function?: Academic Law Libraries' Organizational Structures for Collection Development
  • New Members Division: Shawn D. Nevers
    Candy, Points and Highlighters: Why Librarians, Not Vendors, Should Teach CALR to First year Law Students in 2007


  • Open Member Division: Paul D. Healey
    Go and Tell the World: Charles R. McCarthy and the Evolution of the Legislative Reference Library Movement, 1901-1917
  • Open Member Division: Charles R. Dyer
    The Queen of Chula Vista: Stories of Self-Represented Litigants and a Call for Using the Cognitive Theory of Metaphor to Work With Them
  • Student Division: Theresa (Tracy) Leming
    Should Academic Law Libraries Continue to participate in the Federal Depository Library Program?


  • Open Member Division: Karen S. Beck
    A Working Lawyer's Life: The Letter Book of John Henry Senter
  • Open Member Division: Virginia J. Kelsh
    Build It Right And They Will Come: The Librarian's Role in Library Construction
  • New Member Division: David Hollander
    Jewish Law for the Law Librarian


  • New Member Division: Roy Balleste
    Law Libraris 2.0: Al based Agents, Predictions, Decisions, and Design
  • Open Member Division: Mary Rumsey & April Schwartz
    Paper vs. Electronic Sources for Law Review Cite-Checking: Should Paper be the Gold Standard?
  • Student Division: Katherine Coolidge
    Baseless Hysteria: The Controversy between the U.S. Department of Justice and the American Library Association Regarding the USA PATRIOT Act - September 2003
  • Student Division: Paul Hellyer
    Assessing the Influence of Computer-Assisted Legal Research: A Study of California Supreme Court Opinions


  • Samuel Trosow
    The Database and the Fields of Law: Are There New Divisions of Labor?


  • New Member Division: Bonnie Shucha
    The Circle of Life: Managing a Library Web Site Redesign Project
  • Open Member Division: Yolanda Jones
    UCITA and the Information Professional - Or, Having a Barbeque on the Information Commons
  • Student Division: Renee Y. Rastorfer
    Thomas S. Dabagh and the Institutional Beginnings of the UCLA Law Library: A Cautionary Tale


  • New Member Division: Kristin B. Gerdy
    Teacher, Coach, Cheerleader and Judge: Promoting Learning through Learner-Centered Assessment
  • New Member Division: Robert Mead
    Unpublished Opinions as the Bulk of the Iceberg: Publication Patterns in the Eighth and Tenth Circuit United States Courts of Appeals
  • Open Division: Nancy Carol Carter
    American Indians and Law Libraries: Acknowledging the New Sovereign


  • New Member Division: Deanna Barmakian
    Better Search Engines for Law, Harvard Law School Library, Cambridge, Massachusetts
  • Student Division: Beatrice A. Tice
    Too Many Jobs, Too Few Job Seekers? A Study of Law Librarianship Job Data Samples 1989-1999, University of Washington


  • Robert C. Vreeland (Open)
    Law Libraries in Hyerspace: A Citation Analysis of World Wide Web Sites
  • Steven J. Melamut (student)
    Pursing Law Libraries, Fair Use and Electronic Reserves


  • Karen S. Beck (Open)
    One Step At a Time: The Research Value of Law Student Notebooks.
  • Richard A. Danner (Open)
    Redefining a Profession.
  • Wendy R. Brown (Student)
    Federal Initiatives to Promote Access to Electronic Government Information: The Impact on the Federal Depository Library Program.


  • L. Tobe Liebert (New)
    Researching California Ballot Measures.
  • Janet Sinder (Open)
    Irish Legal History: An Overview and Guide to the Sources.
  • Michael J. Lynch (Open)
    An Impossible Task but Everybody Has to Do It -- Teaching Legal Research in Law Schools.


  • Wei Luo (New)
    How to Find Laws of the People's Republic of China:
    A Research Guide with Selected Annotated Bibliographies


  • Joel Fishman (Open) The Reports of the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania
  • Kory D. Staheli (New)
    Motivating Law Students to Develop Competent Legal Research Skills:
    Combating the Negative Findings of the Howland and Lewis Study
  • Paul D. Healey (Student)
    Chicken Little at the Reference Desk:
    Is Reference Liability a Myth?


  • Marcia J. Koslov (Open)
    Wisconsin County Law Libraries
  • Nazareth A.M. Pantaloni, III (New)
    Legal Databases, Legal Epistemology, and the Legal Order
  • Jonathan Adlai Franklin (Student)
    One Piece of the Collection Development Puzzle:
    Issues in Drafting Format Selection Guidelines


  • Sheilla Desert
    Westlaw is Natural v. Boolean Searching: A Performance Study
  • Jill A. Farmer
    Free to Be You and Me: Librarians and Freedom of Expression
  • Cheryl D. McLean
    Death and Rebirth of a National Information Policy: What We Had and What We Need


  • Jean Stefancic
    The Law Review Symposium Issue:
    Community of Meaning or Re-inscription of Hierarchy?
  • Jill A. Farmer
    A Poststructuralist Analysis of the Legal Research Process
  • Laura K. Justiss
    A Bibliographic Study of Texas Law Reviews

1991 No Awards


  • James Duggan
    Are You Now or Have You Ever Been a Law Librarian?
    A Look at AALL Scholarship Recipients, 1967-1988
  • Janet Zagorin
    Bibliography of Books and Articles on International Commercial Arbitration
  • Michael Slinger
    Opening a Window of Opportunity:
    The Library Staff as a Meaningful and Integrated Part of the Law School Community

1989 No Awards


  • Bruce M. Kennedy
    Confidentiality of Library Records:
    A survey of Problems, Policies and Laws
  • Jeanne Drewes
    Computers: Planning for Disaster
  • Ellen Callinan
    Research Protocols in Reference Service:
    Informal Instruction in Law Firm Libraries


  • Michael Chiorazzi
    Francis-Xavier Martin: Printer, Lawyer, Jurist
  • Fred Shapiro
    Linguistic Application of Full-Text Legal Databases
  • Michael Slinger
    A Comprehensive Study of the Career Path and Education of Current Academic Law Library Directors


  • Eleanor DeLashmitt
    Annual and Surveys: An Appraisal
  • Arturo Flores
    Volume Count: A Survey of Practice and Opinion from Academic Law Libraries
  • Steven E. Mitchel
    Classified Information and Legal Research


  • Dan Dabney
    The Curse of Thamus: An Analysis of Full-Text Legal Document Retrieval
  • Fred Shapiro
    The Most-Cited Law Review Articles
  • Arturo L. Torres
    The Social Responsibility Movement Among Law Librarians: The Debate Revisited
  • New Member Division: Susan deMaine
    From Disability to Usability in Online Instruction
  • Student Division: Kristen M. Hallows
    It's All Enumerative: Reconsidering Library of Congress Classification in United States Law Libraries
  • Student Division: Nicole Downing
    The UNC Law Library's Redaction of its Digitized Collection of North Carolina Supreme Court Briefs: A Case Study
  • Student Division: Nicole Downing
    The UNC Law Library's Redaction of its Digitized Collection of North Carolina Supreme Court Briefs: A Case Study