2010 – 2014

2014 Award & Grant Winners

Recipients honored at the ALL-SIS Reception and Awards Ceremony, sponsored by Thomson Reuters on Sunday, July 13th at 6:30 p.m. at Sarita Kenedy East Law Library at St. Mary’s University School of Law.

FREDERICK CHARLES HICKS AWARD

The 2014 ALL-SIS Frederick Charles Hicks Award for Outstanding Contributions to Academic Law Librarianship recognizes an individual who has made continued efforts to improve law librarianship, and this year is awarded to Janet Sinder, Director of the Library at Brooklyn Law School.

Janet has made a tremendous contribution to the profession of law librarianship. During the course of her career, Janet has served as an editor of the Law Library JournalLegal History and Rare Books SIS Newsletter, and the Membership News Column of the AALL Spectrum. Janet continues to serve as a Member of the Board of Editors of the Law Library Journal. In her many roles as editor, Janet has promoted scholarship among her fellow librarians by encouraging them to publish. In addition, she has been a speaker at AALL Conferences and SEAALL Meetings and has dedicated her career to developing the profession.

OUTSTANDING SERVICE AWARD

The 2014 ALL-SIS Outstanding Service Award will be awarded to Barbara Traub, Head of Reference and Instructional Services, Rittenberg Law Library, St. John’s University, School of Law.  Barbara has made an exceptional contribution to ALL-SIS, as the editor of the Newsletter for the last four years.  Serving as Newsletter editor involves so much more than just the layout of the publication itself.  Barbara spends a considerable amount of time communicating with the Executive Board, Committee Chairs, and all authors to insure that the Newsletter is delivered in a timely fashion.   Barbara’s work as editor is essential in keeping all members of ALL-SIS informed and is most appreciated.

OUTSTANDING ARTICLE AWARD

The 2014 All-SIS Outstanding Article Award goes to Cindy Guyer, for her article, Experiential Learning:  Context and Connections for Legal Research – A Case Study, 32 Legal Reference Services Q. 161 (2013).  Cindy works at the USC Gould School of Law and is currently serving ALL-SIS as an Executive Board Member-at-Large.

CONELL GRANTS

The 2014 ALL-SIS CONELL Grants are being awarded this year to Matthew E. Flyntz and Tara Mospan. They will each receive $500 for the purpose of attending CONELL at the conference this year.

Matthew E.  Flyntz is a graduate of William & Mary School of Law in Virginia, and is expecting to graduate this summer with his M.L.I.S. from the University of Washington.

Tara Mospan graduated from the University of Arizona last September with her Master of Arts in Information Resources and Library Science, and is currently working in the Ross-Blakley Law Library located at the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law, where she earned her J.D. degree.

Both Matthew and Tara have agreed to become members of the New Academic Law Librarians Meeting (NALLM)/Mentoring Committee and will write an article for the ALL-SIS Newsletter about their experience at CONELL.

STIMULUS GRANTS

The 2014 ALL-SIS Active Member Stimulus Grant is being awarded to Ronald E. Wheeler, Director of the Dorraine Zief Law Library, University of San Francisco.  Ronald will receive $1000 to attend the conference this year.  He has been a member of an ALL-SIS Committee since 2006, and has served on the CALI Committee, Awards Committee (Chair), Nominations Committee(Chair), Program Committee, and the Bylaws Committee of ALL-SIS.  Ronald has also served on the AALL Executive Board, chaired numerous AALL committees, and has held elected positions in both RIPS-SIS and SR-SIS.

The 2014 ALL-SIS Regular Member Stimulus Grant winner is Laura Ross. Laura will receive $1000 to attend the conference this year.  Laura is currently the Digital Archivist at the Gould Law Library, at Touro Law Center. Laura was a member of the ALL-SIS Legal Research & Sourcebook Committee for the last two years, and facilitated roundtables for the committee during the 2012 and 2013 AALL conferences. She is currently serving on the AALL Continuing Professional Education Committee.

2014 ALL-SIS LEADERSHIP ACADEMY GRANT

Patrick Butler from the University of Connecticut Law School has won a grant in the sum of $750 to attend the Leadership Academy in April.  Patrick is the Electronic Resources and Reference Librarian at U. Conn., School of Law, and he graduated from there in 2011.  Although he is rather new to law librarianship, Patrick has been a librarian for some time, as he worked at Yale University as an academic librarian for many years.  Patrick is currently the chair of the Emerging Technologies Sub-Committee of CS-SIS and helped coordinate Cool Tools Café program in 2013 and 2014.

2013-2014 AWARDS COMMITTEE

Irene Crisci, Touro College Kathleen Darvil, Brooklyn Law School; Joyce Janto, University of Richmond, School of Law; Cathy Wagar, Loyola University New Orleans; Michael Whiteman, NKU Chase College of Law; Annmarie Zell,NYU Law School.

2013 Award & Grant Winners

Recipients honored at the ALL-SIS Reception and Awards Ceremony on Sunday, July 14, 2013, 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. at the University of Washington Law School in Seattle.

FREDERICK CHARLES HICKS AWARD

2013 ALL-SIS Frederick Charles Hicks Award for Outstanding Contributions to Academic Law Librarianship is awarded to Judith M. Wright. Judith is the Associate Dean, Library & Information Services, at University of Chicago D’Angelo Law Library.

The Frederick Charles Hicks Award for Outstanding Contributions to Academic Law Librarianship recognizes sustained efforts to improve academic law librarianship.

Judith’s approaching retirement brings to a close forty years of service not only to the University of Chicago D’Angelo Law Library, but to the academic law library community at large. Over the course of her distinguished career, Judith has chaired numerous national committees and led a variety projects at the local, regional, and national levels. She has modeled forward-looking practices in her own library and generously shared those models with colleagues at other institutions. She has managed two extensive renovations and has shared her facilities expertise in presentations and writings.

Through a generation of change brought by automation, desktop computers and networks, Judith was a leader both on the University of Chicago campus and in the greater law library community in adopting new technologies and leveraging them to improve library work. She has been a steward of the academic law library profession in the ABA and AALS and through her work with the Law Library of Congress.

OUTSTANDING SERVICE AWARD

2013 ALL-SIS Outstanding Service Award goes to Creighton J. Miller, Jr. Creighton is Librarian for Research & Bibliographic Instruction at Washburn University School of Law Library.

Creighton has served diligently as the ALL-SIS webmaster since 2010. He can always be relied upon to quickly and effectively respond to requests to update various portions of the website. With the many active ALL-SIS committees this is no small feat!  In addition to his service as webmaster, Creighton’s history of service to the ALL-SIS includes serving on the Task Force to Review and Update the ALL-SIS Web Presence, the ALL-SIS Archives and Website Committee, and the Faculty Services Committee. His dedication to maintaining and improving the ALL-SIS website is an invaluable service to the ALL-SIS.

OUTSTANDING ARTICLE AWARD

2013 ALL-SIS Outstanding Article Award goes to Lee F. Peoples for his article, Testing the Limits of WestlawNext, 31 Legal Reference Services Quarterly 125-49 (2012). Lee is the Oklahoma City University School of Law Professor and Law Library Director.

Lee has published a number of articles, books, and book chapters on comparative law and on the impact of technology on legal research, the judiciary, and the law. He is co-founding editor of the Legal Information and Technology eJournal on SSRN.

Prior to his appointment as Law Library Director in 2010 he served as Associate Director, Associate Director for Faculty and Research Services, and Head of Reference Services.  Before joining the faculty Professor Peoples practiced law in Oklahoma City.  He is admitted to practice in the State of Oklahoma, Western District of Oklahoma, and Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals.

CONELL GRANTS

2013 ALL-SIS CONELL Grants are awarded to Stacy Posillico and Isaac Samuels. They each will receive $500 for the purposes of attending CONELL.

Stacy graduated from Northeastern University School of Law in 2001 and practiced for many years before becoming a law librarian.  She recently graduated with her M.L.S. from St. John’s University and is currently working as a Reference Librarian & Library Webmaster at the Gould Law Library which is part of the Touro College, Jacob D. Fuchsberg Law Center.

Isaac received his J.D. from Touro Law in May of 2009, and will graduate with his Master’s in Library Science from St. John’s University in May of this year.  He currently serves as a Reference Librarian and Education Technology Specialist at Touro Law Center.  Both Stacy and Isaac have agreed to become members of the New Academic Law Librarians Meeting (NALLM)/Mentoring Committee and will write an article for the ALL-SIS Newsletter about their experience at CONELL.

STIMULUS GRANTS

2013 ALL-SIS Regular Member Stimulus Grant:  Emily Roberts is the winner of the Regular Member Stimulus Grant and will receive $1000 to attend the conference this year.  Emily is currently a Law Librarian for the Congressional Research Service of the Library of Congress.  She has worked as a firm librarian since 2008, first in New York City and then in Philadelphia.  Emily has a M.L.S. from Pratt Institute and a J.D. from Brooklyn Law School.

2013 ALL-SIS Active Member Stimulus Grant:  Frances Brillantine is the winner of the Active Member Stimulus Grant and will receive $1000 to attend the conference this year.  Frances has been a member of ALL-SIS since 1990, and an active member since 2007.  She has served on the Middle Managers Breakfast and Awards Committees.  Currently, Frances serves as the Vice Chair of the Student Services Committee and is a member of the Public Relations Committee.  Frances has been the Head of Access Services at Catholic University of American Law Library since 2000.

2013 ALL-SIS MANAGEMENT INSTITUTE GRANT

The ALL-SIS Awards Committee is pleased to announce that the ALL-SIS Management Institute Grant was awarded to Maribel Hilo Nash of the Pritzker Legal Research Center at Northwestern University School of Law.

The AALL Management Institute provides new and aspiring managers the opportunity to build management skills, collaborate with colleagues from different types of libraries, learn in a small group setting and develop techniques to manage with confidence.

2012–2013 ALL-SIS AWARDS COMMITTEE

Jane Larrington, University of San Diego, Chair; Irene Crisci, Touro College; Lisa Goodman, Texas Wesleyan University; Matthew M. Morrison, Cornell University; Cathy Wagar, Loyola University (New Orleans); Annmarie Zell, New York University.

2012 Award & Grant Winners

Recipients honored at the ALL-SIS reception on Sunday, July 22, 2012 at 6:30 pm.

OUTSTANDING ARTICLE AWARD

Aliza B. Kaplan and Kathleen Darvil are the winners of the Outstanding Article Award for Think [and Practice] Like a Lawyer: Legal Research for the New Millennials, 8 Leg. Comm. & Rhetoric 153 (2011). Aliza B. Kaplan is an Associate Professor of Legal Analysis & Writing at Lewis & Clark Law School. Prof. Kaplan received her B.A. from George Washington University and her J.D. from Northeastern University School of Law. In addition to teaching Legal Analysis & Writing, Prof. Kaplan teaches a seminar in Public Interest Lawyering, regularly consults on wrongful convictions cases, and represents asylum seekers. Kathleen Darvil is an Access Services–Reference Librarian and Adjunct Assistant Professor of Law at Brooklyn Law School. Ms. Darvil received her A.B. and M.S.I from the University of Michigan and her J.D. from Fordham University. In addition to serving on the reference team, she supervises the Library’s circulation operations, teaches Advanced Legal Resource courses, and serves as Library liaison to the Moot Court Honor Society.

STIMULUS GRANTS

Active Member Stimulus Grant: The Active Member Stimulus Grant in the amount of $1000 has been granted to Sara Sampson. Sara has been an active member of ALL-SIS since 2004. She served as a member of the Faculty Services Committee and in the following year served as the Chair. In 2006 she became a member of the ALL-SIS Programs Committee and then served as the Chair in 2007. She served as Treasurer of ALL-SIS from 2009-2011 and after completing her term on the Executive Board, served as the Chair of the ALL-SIS Archives and Website Committee. She currently serves as the Chair of the ALL-SIS Programs committee. She is currently working at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill as Deputy Director  of the Katherine R. Everett Law Library. She is also a Clinical Professor of Law.;

Regular Member Stimulus Grant: Michelle Cosby is the winner of the Regular Member Stimulus Grant and will receive $1000 to help defer the cost of the conference this year. She has worked as a reference librarian since 2006 and is currently the Senior Reference and Instructional Services Librarian at North Carolina Central University School of Law. She has been a member of the Community Service Committee, Continuing Status Committee, Publications Committee and is currently Vice Chair of the Committee on Relations with Information Vendors, and Chair of the New Products Award Subcommittee.

CONELL GRANT

Kelly M. Leong and Jennifer Martin Rice are the winners of the CONELL Grant this year and each will receive $500 for the purposes of attending CONELL. Kelly graduated from Law School in May of 2008 from George Washington University Law School and completed her Masters degree in May of 2011 from The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She is currently working as a Reference Librarian at the Goodson Law Library of Duke University School of Law. Jennifer received her J.D. from Salmon P. Chase College of Law in May of 2010 and will graduate with a M.S. in Library Science from the University of Kentucky this summer. She currently serves as the Interim Assistant Director for Collection Development at the Salmon P. Chase College of Law Library. Both Kelly and Jennifer have agreed to become members of the New Academic Law Librarians Meeting (NALLM)/Mentoring Committee and will write an article for the ALL-SIS Newsletter about their experience at CONELL.

The 2011–2012 ALL-SIS Awards committee consisted of Masako Patrum, Florida International University, Chair; Lisa Goodman, Texas Wesleyan University; Matthew M. Morrison, Cornell University; Nancy Strohmeyer, Barry University; Jane Larrington, University of San Diego; and Irene Crisci, Touro College.

2011 Award & Grant Winners

Recipients honored at the ALL-SIS reception and awards presentation on Sunday, July 24th, at 6:30 p.m.

FREDERICK CHARLES HICKS AWARD

The Frederick Charles Hicks Award for Outstanding Contributions to Academic Law Librarianship will be presented to Margaret Leary, Director of the Law Library, Librarian and Adjunct Lecturer at the University of Michigan Law School.

OUTSTANDING ARTICLE AWARD

The ALL-SIS Outstanding Article Award will be presented to Terry Ballard and Anna Blaine, both of the Mendik Law Library at New York Law School, for their article The Changing Face of Current Awareness Reporting in Law Libraries, 111 New Libr. World 104 (2010).

LEADERSHIP ACADEMY GRANT

For the first time this year, the ALL-SIS offered the AALL Leadership Academy Grant. The ALL-SIS Awards Committee invited ALL-SIS members who were accepted into the Academy to apply for the $1,000.00 grant. Some of the requirements for receiving the grant were financial need, potential for a future leadership role, agreeing to serve on one of ALL-SIS Committees and writing a short article for the Newsletter following the receipt of the grant.

The winner of the 2011 AALL Leadership Academy Grant is Jennifer L. Wondracek of Lawton Chiles Legal Information Center at the University of Florida.

STIMULUS GRANTS

Deborah Darin of Loyola University Chicago School of Law Library and Ping Tian of the Mendik Law Library at New York Law School will be recognized as the recipients of the ALL-SIS Regular Member Stimulus Grant.

CONELL GRANT

Irene Crisci of the Gould Law Library at Touro College Jacob D. Fuchsberg Law Center and Jingjing Zhang of Peking University School of Transnational Law will be recognized as the recipients of the ALL-SIS CONELL Grant.

The 2010–2011 ALL-SIS Awards committee consisted of Ruth Levor, University of San Diego Legal Research Center, Chair; Lisa Junghahn, Harvard Law School Library; Jane Lanman, UCLA School of Law Hugh & Hazel Darling Law Library; Masako Patrum, Florida International University College of Law Library; Lisa A. Goodman, Texas Wesleyan University School of Law Dee J. Kelly Law Library; and JoAnn Hounshell, Chicago-Kent College of Law Library Illinois Institute of Technology.

2010 Award & Grant Winners

Recipients honored at the ALL-SIS reception and awards presentation on Sunday, July 11th, at 6:30 p.m. in Denver, CO.

OUTSTANDING SERVICE AWARD

The ALL-SIS Outstanding Service Award will be presented to Leah Sandwell-Weiss of the University of Arizona Rogers College of Law Cracchiolo Law Library. Since 2004 Leah has been the editor of the ALL-SIS Newsletter.

OUTSTANDING ARTICLE AWARD

The ALL-SIS Outstanding Article Award will be presented to Nancy P. Johnson of Georgia State University College of Law Library for her article What First Year Law Students Should Learn in a Legal Research Class, 28 Legal Ref. Serv. Q. 77 (2009).

FREDERICK CHARLES HICKS AWARD

M. Kathleen Price, Associate Dean for Library and Technology and Clarence J. TeSelle Professor of Law Emeritus at the University of Florida Levin College of Law, received the 2010 Frederick Charles Hicks Award for Outstanding Contributions to Academic Law Librarianship.

The Hicks Award recognizes an individual or group who has made outstanding contributions to academic law librarianship through continued efforts to improve the profession.

CONELL GRANT

Theresa Strike of the University of New Mexico will be recognized as the recipient of the ALL-SIS CONELL Grant.

2009–2010 ALL-SIS AWARDS COMMITTEE

Ron Wheeler, Georgia State University College of Law Library, Chair; Ruth Levor, University of San Diego Legal Research Center, Vice Chair; Deborah Darin, Loyola University Chicago; D.R. Jones, University of Memphis Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law; Carol Roehrenbeck, Rutgers Law School-Newark; Linda Sobey, Florida A&M University Law Library; Jason Sowards, Wake Forest University.