The ALL-SIS Outstanding Article Award for 2002

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Melissa M. Serfass and Jessie L. Cranford are the winners of the newly created ALL-SIS Outstanding Article Award. The ALL-SIS Outstanding Article Award was created to honor ALL-SIS members for publishing articles which enhance academic law librarianship. The articles may be published in any format, and they may be in any publication other than Law Library Journal and AALL Spectrum. The Law Library Journal and the AALL Spectrum are excluded because there are already existing awards for articles in those publications only.

Ms. Serfass and Ms. Cranford won for their article Federal and State Court Rules Governing Publication and Citation of Opinions, 3 Journal of Appellate Practice and Process 251 (Spring 2001). Ms. Serfass is the Electronic Resources / Reference Librarian and Ms. Cranford is the Circulation Librarian at the William H. Bowen School of Law Library at the University of Arkansas in Little Rock.

Their article responds to the renewed interest in unpublished appellate court opinions and their precedential value following the recent Anastaoff decision. The article includes information on guidelines for publishing opinions and for citing unpublished opinions in the federal courts of appeal and the appellate courts of the 50 states and the District of Columbia. The award was presented to Ms. Serfass and Ms. Cranford on July 23, 2002, during the ALL-SIS reception at Barry University in Orlando, Florida at the annual AALL convention.

Victoria Trotta of Arizona State University chaired the ALL-SIS Awards Committee which also included James Duggan, Ed Edmonds, Sally Holterhoff and Diana Osbaldiston.