ARCHIVED: AALL Announcement: Improving Public Trust and Confidence in the Justice System

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June 23, 1999

Improving Public Trust and Confidence in the Justice System How did you feel about the public's perception of the justice system following the O.J.Simpson trial? Do you feel the public gets an accurate picture of the judicial arm of government by feasting on the notorious tales that supplement the popular media's profit line? Do you get tired of lawyer jokes? Do you agree that law libraries and law librarians are an important means of getting the right information at the right time to the public, and that we can enhance the perception that people have about lawyers, judges and our courts?

If you would like to brainstorm with us about these issues concerning the public's trust and confidence in the judicial system, join us for a moderated discussion list that will last for two weeks, June 28th through July 9th. Our discussion is being held at the perfect time to prime us for an outstanding program at the AALL Annual Conference in Washington: A-3 "National Action Plan to Improve Public Trust and Confidence in the Justice System: Defining a Role for Law Librarians". (Sunday morning, July 18th, at 10). It is our hope that the moderated discussion will assist AALL to identify and draft recommendations and strategies for library activities that would increase public confidence and trust in the justice system.

Judy Meadows, Director of the Montana State Law Library and Immediate Past President of AALL, will moderate this lively discussion. Register for "Improving Public Trust and Confidence in the Justice System" on AALLNET ( Click on the "Professional Development" link and select the "Professional Development Opportunity" labeled "Professional Development Listserv." The direct link to the form is

The AALL Professional Development Listserv is designed to promote information exchange on current issues in law librarianship. Each discussion will be limited to a set period and the listserv will be purged at the end of this period. A Web archive of the discussion will be available.

The AALL Professional Development Program provides AALL members with readily available, high quality, and timely educational programs, publications, and services in a variety of formats, using all available technologies in order to enable members to remain current in the profession of law librarianship.

The American Association of Law Libraries was founded in 1906 to promote and enhance the value of law libraries to the legal and public communities, to foster the profession of law librarianship, and to provide leadership in the field of legal information. Today, with over 4,600 members, the Association represents law librarians and related professionals who are affiliated with a wide range of institutions: law firms; law schools; corporate legal departments; courts; and local, state and federal government agencies. For more information, visit AALLNET, the official AALL web site, at