2004 Award Winners
The award presentation occurred at the ALL-SIS reception on Tuesday, July 13 at the Harvard Law Library.
FREDERICK CHARLES HICKS AWARD
Timothy L. Coggins, Director & Professor of Law at the University of Richmond School of Law Library in Richmond, Virginia, is the 2004 recipient of The Frederick Charles Hicks Award for Outstanding Contributions to Academic Law Librarianship, sponsored by the Academic Law Libraries SIS (ALL-SIS).
Prior to his appointment to the University of Richmond faculty, Tim served as Director of the Law Library and Associate Professor at the University of Alabama, and Associate Director of the Law Library at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He holds a B.A. from North Carolina Wesleyan College, M.S. in Library Science from Simmons College, and a J.D. from North Carolina Central University (where he served as Articles Editor for the North Carolina Central University Law Journal).
Black and white portrait courtesy of University of Richmond. Display by Sally Holterhoff; photo by James Duggan.
OUTSTANDING ARTICLE AWARD
Nancy Carol Carter, Director & Professor of Law at the University of San Diego School of Law & Research Center, and Matthew C. Cordon, Reference Librarian and Associate Professor of Law at Baylor University Law Library in Waco, Texas, were selected as recipients of the 2004 Academic Law Libraries SIS (ALL-SIS) Outstanding Article Award.
The awards recognize section members for contributions to the enhancement of academic law librarianship through publishing. The winning articles were judged on the quality of writing, effectiveness of communication technique, and relevance to law librarianship.
2004 ALL-SIS AWARDS COMMITTEE
2003 Award Winners
Robert C. Berring, Jr., Interim Dean, Walter Perry Johnson Professor of Law and Law Library Director at Boalt Hall School of Law, University of California, Berkeley, is the 2003 recipient of The Frederick Charles Hicks Award for Outstanding Contributions to Academic Law Librarianship.
Bob is truly a renaissance man and the epitome of the academic law librarian. In her nomination letter, Judith Gaskell, Director of DePaul College of Law’s Rinn Law Library, indicated that, “[Bob] is one of [her] personal law librarian heroes, and should become an icon in any future law library hall of fame.”
Here are just of few of Bob’s outstanding contributions to academic law librarianship:
- His scholarship
- Bob has written several texts on legal research, including How to Find the Law (9th ed., 1989); Finding the Law(11th ed., 1999); and Legal Research Survival Manual (2001). He has also served as editor for Legal Reference Services Quarterly since 1981. Bob has also written extensively on the profession of law librarianship and how print information is making the transformation to the electronic format.
- His teaching
- Bob is known nationwide for both his “Commando Legal Research” and “Legal Research in the 21st Century” video series. Bob won the UC Berkeley “Distinguished Teaching Award” in 1987, and has also taught seminars on law and cognitive studies, and courses on Chinese Law and undergraduate classes in legal studies departments. Bob served as Dean of the School of Information Studies at UC Berkeley from 1986 to1989, and currently holds a joint faculty appointment with the school.
- His service
- Bob has been active at all levels of AALL, including serving as AALL President in 1985–1986. Most recently Bob chaired a special committee for AALL on Law Librarian Compensation.
- His wit and humor
- Known for his entertaining wit and “monumental”sense of humor, Bob is a frequently sought-after speaker and commentator. Writing under the persona “Uncle Zeb”, Bob has counseled hundreds of library patrons and law students on law studies, research, and life.
It is especially fitting that Bob receive this award, named for Frederick Charles Hicks, the first great American law librarian/scholar, as Hicks is a hero of Bob’s, and has been championed by Bob in several of his scholarly pieces.
For his exceptional contributions to the field of law librarianship through research, publications, and teaching; his active participation in the advancement of academic law librarianship; and his service to AALL and the profession, the 2003 Frederick Charles Hicks Award for Outstanding Contributions to Academic Law Librarianship goes to Robert C. Berring, Jr.
2002 Award Winners
Recipients honored on July 23, 2002, during the ALL-SIS reception at Barry University in Orlando, Florida at the annual AALL convention.
FREDERICK CHARLES HICKS AWARD
Richard A. Danner, Senior Associate Dean for Information Technology and Research Professor of Law at Duke University School of Law Library is the 2002 recipient of the coveted Frederick Charles Hicks Award for Outstanding Contributions to Academic Law Librarianship. The award recognizes individuals who have made outstanding contributions to academic law librarianship through sustained efforts in research, publication and other activities which improve and advance law librarianship.
Dick Danner’s career exemplifies the very best in academic law librarianship. Over the past 20 years his leadership and activities related to academic law librarianship have been diverse and continuous, and in the forefront of the profession. He has been active as an author, speaker and participant in AALL activities, serving as president in 1989-90 and editor of the Law Library Journal from 1984 to 1994. He has been active in other organizations affecting academic libraries such as IALL, and he was recently elected to the Executive Board of AALS, only the second librarian to hold this position.
Prof. Danner has written extensively about the core issues of law librarianship in several books and more than 30 articles. He is also a highly respected speaker who has participated in countless programs and workshops during the past 20 years. He has an uncanny ability to see the vision of the future and at the same time, help librarians work effectively in the present. His Strategic Planning: A Law Library Management Tool for the 90s and Beyond has helped many librarians work solidly in the present to achieve future goals. In 1994 he served on the Special Committee on the Renaissance of Law Librarianship in the Information Age and edited the Final Report of that committee, Toward a Renaissance of Law Librarianship. Prof. Danner’s contributions to academic law librarianship have been sustained throughout his career and critical to the advancement of the profession.
Melissa M. Serfass and Jessie L. Cranford are the winners of the newly created ALL-SIS Outstanding Article Award. The ALL-SIS Outstanding Article Award was created to honor ALL-SIS members for publishing articles which enhance academic law librarianship. The articles may be published in any format, and they may be in any publication other than Law Library Journal and AALL Spectrum. The Law Library Journal and the AALL Spectrum are excluded because there are already existing awards for articles in those publications only.
Ms. Serfass and Ms. Cranford won for their article Federal and State Court Rules Governing Publication and Citation of Opinions, 3 Journal of Appellate Practice and Process 251 (Spring 2001). Ms. Serfass is the Electronic Resources / Reference Librarian and Ms. Cranford is the Circulation Librarian at the William H. Bowen School of Law Library at the University of Arkansas in Little Rock.
Their article responds to the renewed interest in unpublished appellate court opinions and their precedential value following the recent Anastaoff decision. The article includes information on guidelines for publishing opinions and for citing unpublished opinions in the federal courts of appeal and the appellate courts of the 50 states and the District of Columbia.
ALL-SIS AWARDS COMMITTEE
2001 Award Winner
The Academic Law Libraries SIS is pleased to announce that Frank G. Houdek, Law Library Director and Professor of Law, Southern Illinois University Law School, has been selected as the second recipient of the Frederick Charles Hicks Award. This award was created by the SIS to honor outstanding contributions to academic law librarianship by an individual or group.
2000 Award Winner
The Academic Law Libraries SIS is pleased to announce that Penny Hazelton (Professor of Law and Law Librarian at the University of Washington’s Gallagher Law Library) has been selected as the first recipient of the new Frederick Charles Hicks Award. This award was created by the SIS to honor outstanding contributions to academic law librarianship by an individual or group.
Penny Hazelton’s notable contributions to academic law librarianship have been made through her position as director of the law librarianship program at the University of Washington and in her many AALL leadership activities over a 25-year period. Her AALL service includes her term as AALL President in 1990-91 and her recent role as Chair of the AALL Task Force to Enhance Law Librarianship Education. In addition, she has been active in addressing academic law library issues as a speaker, author, and editorial board member.
The Frederick Charles Hicks Award was named for the first great American law librarian/scholar, who was also the first academic law librarian to be President of AALL.
The 2000 Hicks Award will be presented at the ALL-SIS Reception at the University of Pennsylvania’s Biddle Law Library, during the AALL Annual Meeting in Philadelphia.