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U.S. Law and Practice in a Changing Global Environment


July 11-14, 2000
Yale Law School
New Haven, CT U.S.A.

The Joint Study Institute (JSI) series is co-sponsored by the American Association of Law Libraries, British and Irish Association of Law Librarians, Canadian Association of Law Libraries and the Australian Law Librarians' Group. These biennial Institutes are designed to give delegates an opportunity to learn more about the law and legal systems of the host country, and to examine and discuss transnational professional concerns. Individuals registering from countries other than the host are given the first opportunity to register in an effort to foster the spirit of the program's creation.

The JSI 2000 program, "U.S. Law and Practice in a Changing Global Environment," will include a mix of comparative, substantive and practical programs. For over 200 years the legal system in the United States has been evolving from the one established by the British into a complicated structure of federal and state jurisdictions, each with its own system of lawmaking and adjudication, and each with its own system of documentation.

This state of affairs can be daunting to the law librarian who is faced with the challenge of finding materials to support research or litigation in an unfamiliar jurisdiction. The Joint Study Institute 2000 is designed to provide law librarians from common-law jurisdictions with an overview of U.S. legal institutions and practices, with a survey of U.S. legal documentation and sources, and with a discussion of issues relating to the management of legal information in a digital age. In addition, several social events are planned to allow registrants to network with colleagues from other countries.

The learning outcomes for the Joint Study Institute include having participants:

Develop an overview of the U.S. legal system, including the relationships among various levels of federal and state legal entities;

 Discover the role statutes and the common law play in contemporary U.S. practice;

 Develop an appreciation of the significance of Native American law within the U.S. legal landscape;

 Compare the variety of legal documents produced and determine strategies for finding them;

 Recognize the direction of legal publishing in the United States today;

 Explore techniques for managing digital information in law libraries; and

 Exchange ideas and information with law librarians from other common-law jurisdictions.

Program Sessions

Danger! Foreign Legal Materials Available - Barbara Linney, attorney, Dyer, Ellis & Joseph, Washington, DC

Introduction to the Legal System of the United States - Janet Katz, senior reference librarian, Harvard Law School Library and Fillippa Marullo Anzalone, library director and associate professor of law, Northeastern University School of Law

Government Documents in the United States: Doctrine and Schema - Laura J. Orr, senior reference librarian, Yale Law School Library and Christine H. Swan, New Hampshire State Law Librarian

Statutory Interpretation in the United States - William Eskridge, professor of law, Yale Law School

Law and Cyberspace - Jack Balkin, professor of law, Yale Law School

Native Americans: Legal Status and Legal System - Patrice H. Kunesh, attorney, Mashantucket Pequot tribe

Legal Publishing in the United States: Past and Present - Morris L. Cohen, former law librarian and professor emeritus, Yale Law School Library and Kendall F. Svengalis, Rhode Island State Law Librarian

Libraries and Licensing:   Contemporary Issues - KAren Hersey, senior counsel for intellectual property, Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Diane Klaiber, executive director, New England Law Library Consortium

Social Functions

Opening Reception on July 11th Breaks and Lunch on July 12th, 13th and 14th Tours of Yale and New Haven, the Sterling Memorial Library, the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, art and museum collections Reception on July 12th at the Lillian Goldman Law Library Trip to Mashantucket Pequot Reservation to view the Pequot Tribal Archives, Library and Museum Closing lunch on July 14th at the Yale Graduate Club

Yale Law School and New Haven

Yale Law School, one of the world's preeminent law schools will host this prestigious Joint Study Institute. Yale is located in New Haven, Connecticut; a city nestled between Boston and New York City. Yale's Sterling Law Buildings were modeled on the idea of the English Inns of Court. Classrooms, offices, the law library and the international law library, computer labs, dormitory rooms, and the dining hall surround a pleasant courtyard. The Sterling Law Buildings, including the Lillian Goldman Library, have recently been extensively renovated and expanded.

Other Yale landmarks include the Sterling Memorial Library with its 10 million volumes, the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, and some of the most distinguished art and museum collections in the world.

New Haven is readily accessible by plane, trains and car. Tweed-New Haven Airport is four miles from campus. There is frequent limousine service to New Haven from other airports including Bradley Field (serving Hartford, CT – fifty-two miles to campus); Kennedy International (New York – eighty miles); LaGuardia International (New York – seventy-two miles) and Newark International (Newark, NJ – ninety-two miles). New Haven has excellent train service. On weekdays there are hourly trains to New Haven from Grand Central Station in New York City. Amtrak service is scheduled daily along the Northeast corridor via Penn Station in New York City. New York City is 90 minutes from New Haven by train; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, the site of AALL's annual convention which starts on July 15, 2000 (more) is just over three hours by train.


Attendees will be able to secure rooms at the nearby Omni New Haven Hotel at Yale at a special rate for the Joint Study Institute. The Omni is walking distance to the Law School and located just off campus. Rooms start at $ 93.00 per nite for a single or double. Tax is 12%. The room block will be held until June 19, 2000. Hotel costs are NOT included in the registration fee. To secure a room during the JSI, please contact the Omni directly – by phone at 203-772-6664 or fax at 203-974-6777.


The fee for the Joint Study Institute is $480 (U.S. funds) for all classes, tours, materials and the opening reception on July 11th, breaks on July 12, 13 and 14, lunch on July 12, 13 and 14 and an evening reception on July 12th. Registration opens on March 15, 2000 for non U.S. participants. Registration for those in the U.S. who wish to attend will be limited to spaces available and begin May 1, 2000. Registration will close on June 20, 2000. To assure a quality learning experience for all who attend, registration will be limited to 75 participants.