AALL/LexisNexis Call for Papers Committee

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AALL/LexisNexis Call for Papers Competition


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The AALL/Lexis Nexis Call for Papers Committee serves to promote the scholarship of AALL’s members and of students by administering the AALL/LexisNexis Call for Papers competition, and providing learning opportunities that promote scholarship relevant to law libraries and the legal information profession.


The committee shall advertise and select the recipients of the AALL/LexisNexis Call for Papers competition; promote the writing of scholarly papers relevant to law libraries and the legal information profession; and coordinate an annual program for the winners of the competition to present their work. The committee shall recommend to the Law Library Journal Editorial Board or to the AALL Spectrum Editorial Board the winning papers which may be suitable for publication.


The committee reads five to 10 scholarly papers with a week turnaround time during two weeks in spring, one in March and in May. Members typically participate in three virtual meetings, one in the fall and two in the spring. Other tasks are spread out over the year including sending announcements to different lists, pre-conference work in the spring, and promotion of the annual program for winners of the competition. Some work may also be required at the AALL Annual Meeting and Conference. Note: Time commitments are estimates from past assignments and can change with new projects or requests for assistance from the Executive Board.


Membership on the committee shall normally be for two years, except that the chair and vice chair will each serve three years. The returning member selected as vice chair at the end of the first year shall serve in that capacity in the second year, and become the chair of the committee for an additional third year.


The committee will consist of a chair, vice chair, three members, and a non-voting Executive Board and staff liaison.


  • Goal 1: Championing Excellence
  • Goal 2: Professional Growth
  • Goal 3: Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
  • Goal 4: Pipeline to the Profession


The committee works with the Annual Meeting Program Committee, AALL Spectrum Article of the Year Award Jury, and Law Library Journal Article of the Year Award Jury in partnership to promote and reward the scholarly endeavors of the Association’s members.