Legal Information Services to the Public

Special Interest Section

The mission of our special interest section, Legal Information Services to the Public Special Interest Section (LISP) is to improve access to legal information and to promote legal information services to the public.

LISP promotes and encourages its members to provide research assistance and training, either through local AALL chapters or individually by its members. LISP publishes a reference brochure, "How to Research a Legal Problem: A Guide for Non-Lawyers," and the Public Library Toolkit. LISP awards the Kathy Garner Grant to provide AALL members with financial assistance to attend the AALL annual meeting. LISP also is charged with representing its members' interests and concerns within AALL.

AALL Legal Information Services to the Public (LISP) SIS
Kathy Garner Grant

Kathy Garner was a highly esteemed and beloved member of LISP, which she chaired in 1991-1992. An emerita Associate Professor at Southern Illinois University School of Law Library, she taught legal research and was a member of the Lawyering Skills faculty. Kathy received her law degree with honors from SIU in 1983, where she was Managing Editor of SIU Law Journal. She also held a B.A. in English Literature from the University of Oregon, and a Master of Librarianship from the University of Washington. She published articles in Law Library Journal and SIU Law Journal, and was assistant editor for publications on water law and legal research teaching. She was a member of the Illinois Bar, AALL, ABA, and the Mid-America Association of Law Libraries. She retired in 1999, but remained active with women’s issues and especially efforts to end domestic violence until her death from cancer in 2005.

This grant, established in Kathy’s honor, will be used basically to cover the registration cost for attending AALL. The grant may also be used to help cover travel and lodging expenses for the successful candidate.

Upon submission of the application, an applicant must meet the following criteria to be considered for the grant:

  • Show a demonstrated interest in information services to the public.
  • Must be able to attend the 2015 AALL Annual Meeting and Conference being held in Philadelphia, PA, July 18-21, 2015.
  • Must also be able to attend the LISP Business Meeting held during the Conference.
  • Qualified LISP members will be given first consideration for awards.

The completed application must be received by 11:00 p.m. EST, Friday, April 3, 2015.

Complete the attached application and send it as an attachment to Janet Ann Hedin, Please make sure you put Kathy Garner Grant in the subject line.

If you have questions or need more information, please contact Janet Ann Hedin at or at 517-432-6957.

Of Note:

The Special Committee on Access to Justice met in 2013 and 2014 to explore access to justice initiatives among all types of law libraries. The White Paper was the result. Committee members presented the results at the 2014 AALL Annual Meeting in San Antonio.

Law Libraries and Access to Justice (White Paper), A Report of the American Association of Law Libraries Special Committee on Access to Justice, July 2014