FCIL Newsletter/May 1998
v. 12, no. 3
FROM THE CHAIR
William B. McCloy, University of
Washington Gallagher Law Library
It hardly seems possible that at the time of this writing the 1998 Annual
Meeting in Anaheim is only three months away and that by the time of the
next newsletter in October, those meetings will already be a memory. As
reported in last October's newsletter, of the ten programs proposed by
our SIS (plus two we proposed co-sponsoring), fully half were selected.
Though it's sometimes hard to see the reasons behind what is accepted and
what is rejected, one thing is certain. Our SIS continues to be among the
leaders in quality educational programming in the Association, and I, for
one, am excitedly looking forward to hearing what our colleagues have prepared!
(For a listing of programs related to foreign, comparative and international
law, see elsewhere in this issue, the AALL preliminary program, or our
excellent website, maintained by Anne Burnett.)
Though I had not really intended it, the theme of my remarks this time
appears to be member involvement and recognition. As I glanced at the programs
we are sponsoring or co-sponsoring this year, as well as the related workshop,
I came up with the following impressive list of names of FCIL members participating
as speakers, coordinators, or moderators: Dan Wade, Marci Hoffman, Katherine
Topulos, Dennis Sears, Jean Davis, Roberta Shaffer, Gail Partin, Chris
Corcos, Lyo Louis-Jacques, Anne Burnett, Jolande Goldberg, and Christina
Tarr. (I hope I didn't leave anyone out!) And this doesn't even include
those of you who lead working groups, serve on committees and work behind
the scenes with little or no recognition. I also would like to highlight
the fact that many of our members were speakers and organizers at the recent
ASIL annual meeting. Though I was unable to attend, knowing the FCIL people
who participated I'm certain it was an outstanding program.
And how could we fail to congratulate the FCIL members who were recently
elected to the AALL Executive Board? Margie Axtmann has been elected Vice-President/President-Elect
of our Association and Frank Liu a member of the Executive Board (Frank
is also currently the President of the Asian American Law Librarians Caucus
which jointly sponsors our Asian Law Working Group and has co-sponsored
many programs with us through the years). Please take advantage of Margie
and Frank's involvement at the highest levels of our Association to make
your suggestions and concerns known. And, once again, consider volunteering
for an AALL committee yourself. The Annual Meeting Program Selection Committee
and its recent offshoot, the Professional Development Committee, are two
examples of areas where we might make a positive impact on programs and
activities in the areas of foreign, comparative, and international law.
Also take special note of the Annual Meeting schedule listed elsewhere
in this issue. As I mentioned in my remarks at last summer's business meeting,
the schedule in Anaheim will be radically different from what we have been
used to in the past. In particular, our FCIL SIS Business Meeting and Reception
for Attendees from Abroad will be held on Wednesday afternoon, from 1:30-3:00.
Plan to stay in Anaheim through this last day of the conference. We were
unable to secure the early evening slot and earlier date we have enjoyed
in the past, so due to the time of day, we will plan on light refreshments
for our reception. We sincerely hope that you all will be able to join
us and will encourage any visitors from abroad to be our guests.
I have received feedback from only a small number of members regarding
the issues I highlighted in the October newsletter, concerns about program
selection and whether the Association truly understands the needs of our
membership. If you are interested in this or the related issue of the difficulties
we face in scheduling our numerous working groups and committees within
the newly restructured schedule, I encourage you to think through the options
and prepare to discuss alternatives as we meet in Anaheim. The annual business
meeting is an appropriate venue for discussion of issues such as these,
though my feeling is that it tends to be too short (and sometimes too formal)
for extended discussion. Perhaps we could gather over a meal or otherwise
informally and hash these issues out more completely face-to-face. I'll
be looking forward to seeing you all before long in sunny California!
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