2012 AALL Annual Meeting in Boston

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2012 AALL Annual Meeting in Boston, July 21-24

The Legal History & Rare Books SIS has a great line up for you at the 2012 AALL Annual Meeting in Boston. We’ll start off easy with our LHRB Luncheon on Sunday, July 22nd, 12noon-1pm, in HCC Room 203. Reconnect with colleagues and hear from Zoey Orol, the second-place winner of our 2012 Morris Cohen Student Essay Contest. Ms. Orol is a 2L student at New York University School of Law, and she will present Reading the Early American Legal Profession: A Study of the First American Law Review. John Beerbower, a 3L student at the University of Virginia School of Law, wrote the first-place essay, but, unfortunately, is unable to attend the AALL Meeting. However, as with all Cohen Student Essay Contest winners, he has been invited to submit his essay, Ex Parte McCardle and the Attorney General's Duty to Defend Acts of Congress, to AALL’s LAW LIBRARY JOURNAL.

Finish up your Sunday with our LHRB SIS Business Meeting 5:15pm-6:30pm in the Sheraton-Independence Ballroom East. This is where you’ll hear the latest on – and have the opportunity to get involved in – our SIS organizational activities and programing plans for the 2013 AALL Annual Meeting in Seattle.

Monday, July 23rd, will be a whirlwind morning! 8:30am-9:45am, in HCC Room 306, The Law of the Salem Witch Trials will examine the substantive and procedural laws regulating witchcraft trials in the late 17th century, and how they were applied in the Massachusetts Colony during the Salem trials. Speakers will be Lawrence Ross, Head of Instructional and Media Services, and Karen Wahl, Reference/Legal History & Rare Books Librarian, both at the George Washington University Law School Jacob Burns Law Library, as well as Mark Podvia, Associate Law Librarian and Archivist, Dickinson School of Law of the Pennsylvania State University.

10:45am-11:45am, in HCC Room 306, Digitizing Legal History will review the creation of the digital archive of litigation documents related to the Mt. Laurel cases, a series of groundbreaking cases on affordable housing in New Jersey regarded as the equivalent of Brown v. Board of Education. Speakers will be Wei Fang, Head of Digital Services, and Susan Lyons, Reference and Government Documents Librarian, both at the Rutgers Law Library (Newark). The LHRB SIS and Micrographics/AudioVisual SISs are co-sponsoring this Computer Services SIS case-study program.

12noon-1pm, in HCC Room 206, bring your lunch to “Digging” Legal History in Boston: The Case of the Boston Strangler, a fascinating discussion of the re-autopsy of Mary Sullivan, the Strangler’s purported last victim, and Albert DeSalvo, who claimed to be the Strangler. Coordinated by Jennie Meade, Director of Special Collections, George Washington University Jacob Burns Law Library, this program will feature the international exhumation expert James Starrs, Professor Emeritus of Law and Forensic Sciences, George Washington University Law School.

Wait for it... a great way to end this busy Monday! Join your colleagues at the LHRB SIS Reception , 6pm-8:30pm, at the Harvard Law School Library Caspersen Room (1563 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge).

But we’re still not done. Tuesday, July 24th, 8:30am-9:45am, Early Law Libraries as Historical Documents: Recording the Bookshelves of Long-Ago Lawyers will explain how to analyze a library as a historical document, how to reconstruct a library, and why a library is a powerful and useful collection development tool, as well as demonstrate the Library Thing’s “Libraries of Early America” project. Coordinated and moderated by Michael Widener, Rare Book Librarian, Yale Law School, and our 2012-2013 LHRB SIS Chair, the speakers will be Karen Beck, Historical & Special Collections Manager, Harvard Law School Library; and Jeremy Dibbell, Rare Books & Social Media Librarian, LibraryThing.

Tired yet? Check out the electronic AALL 2012 Annual Meeting Conference Planner to help plan your time at the meeting. Also, as always, be sure to check the final AALL Program for exact locations of programs and meetings. Looking forward to seeing you in Boston!