Education & Training


Pay Equity for Law Librarians

Pay EquityThe Black Law Librarians SIS (BLL-SIS) invites you to a webinar that will help you understand what pay equity is in relation to organizational systems and practices. Participants will understand their responsibility in pay equity, barriers to pay equity, and identify the tools needed to engage and understand pay equity. Participants will also develop skills to help discuss and negotiate their compensation.

This webinar is made possible by a grant from the AALL/Bloomberg Law Continuing Education Grants Program.

This webinar is open to all AALL members. Register now.


Kim HoKim Ho is Chief Human Resources and Impact Officer at Leverage to Lead. She helps individuals and organizations with various HR needs, from reviewing policies and procedures, writing job descriptions, recruiting, and hiring, training, compensation, and performance management.

To help organizations reflect on their HR policies and procedures, Kim brings years of experience in HR where she uses experience, research, analysis, market data, and active listening to make recommendations. She’s worked in a number of industries in the private and public sectors. Most recently, she worked in the legal industry creating workplaces that support employees in doing their best work. She loves to advocate for both employees and companies, finding solutions that are mutually beneficial and equitable.

She grew up in a military family and has lived across the U.S. Currently, she lives with her family in the Los Angeles area, where she enjoys reading, eating, playing tennis, and traveling.

Nick ObandoNick Obando began his career in education, bringing his love of music to students and SEED facilitation to fellow educators. In his role at Leverage to Lead, Nick connects several key learnings from music education to equity work. Performing music and creating equitable workplaces both require deep listening, responsiveness and adaptiveness, and constant development of one’s authentic self.

One area of leadership coaching and facilitation Nick is especially passionate about is identity work and storytelling, because he’s seen the transformation that happens when we simply listen to our stories. He shares about the intersectionality of his own identity—race, ethnicity, gender, language, family, and more—to help others connect their personal and professional identities, show up fully in every space, and leverage their differences. Helping clients see, own, connect, and express the various parts of their identity is how Nick grounds his DEI work. Based in northern California, Nick enjoys spending time with his family, running, playing saxophone, and learning about and trying out new technology.

Jennifer McClanahanJennifer McClanahan is the founder and CEO of Leverage to Lead. She is a trusted advisor to leaders across industries and heads a team of Leadership Coaches and Facilitators, Talent Advisors, and Human Resources Consultants who help organizations build transformative cultures grounded in diversity, equity, and inclusion. Leverage to Lead also helps women and people of color leverage their value and ascend to leadership. Jennifer frequently serves as a trusted strategic advisor to company leaders that look to build the inner agility necessary to guide their organizations and teams through the challenges and opportunities that sustains the health and integrity of organizational diversity. She is a frequent media guest and speaker on issues of workplace culture, disrupting bias, building careers with audacity, and leveraging your difference.

Jennifer brings decades of leadership, organizational growth, and entrepreneurial business development to her work, speaking engagements, and board positions. She currently serves on the Board of Directors at World Savvy, a global educational nonprofit, and has previously served on the Board of Trustees at the Katherine Delmar Burke School. Born in Hawaii and raised in northern California, Jennifer is currently based in Marin County, California.


What in the world…Is happening in Haiti?

On February 22, 2023, the Black Law Librarians Special Interest Section (BLL-SIS) and the Foreign, Comparative and International Law Special Interest Section (FCIL-SIS)’s D.E.I. Committee hosted a webinar focused on the history, current situation, and future of Haiti and a librarian’s suggestions for finding Haitian legal resources. The panelists were Stephanie Delia, Magalie Desince, and Irwin Stotzky. Lyonette Louis-Jacques moderated the discussion.

BLL-SIS Virtual 2022 Annual General Meeting

On June 21, 2022, the Black Law Librarians SIS (BLL-SIS) held its virtual annual general meeting for its members.

Destination Denver...On the Road to the Annual Meeting

On May 24, 2022 the Black Law Librarians SIS (BLL-SIS) held a coffee chat for its members to discuss AALL Annual Meeting & Conference experiences and tips for making attendance impactful.


On February 14, 2022 the Black Law Librarians SIS (BLL-SIS) held a discussion on critical race theory—what is it, why are so many people talking about it, and why the answers to both are so important.


BLL-SIS is held a series of Data Science Workshops for its members. There were six workshops and they were not recorded.  Lesson materials were available on the Library Carpentry website.

  • Introduction to Data
  • Data Organization in Spreadsheet
  • OpenRefine
  • MarcEdit
  • UNIX Shell
  • Webscraping

2021 Diversity Summit

On February 26, 2021, PLLIP and BLL-SIS held the inaugural Diversity Summit: From Difficult Conversations to Collaborative Action. The year 2020 has been one of upheaval and change, but has made obvious that serious and important conversations need to take place regarding race, both in the world and in our profession. PLLIP Summits have historically been a place to explore ways to embrace change and we were excited to partner with the BLL-SIS to launch the first ever Diversity Summit, which was created to facilitate these discussions in order to find a call to action in which we can all take part.

The Law, Librarians, and Brown v. Board of Education

In this era of the Black Lives Matter movement, the recent mob assault on the U.S. Capitol and the major ongoing incidents of police brutality illustrate the need to revisit the U.S. Supreme Court’s unanimous ruling in the landmark civil rights case, Brown v. Board of Education. Researchers, librarians, lawyers, law students, and faculty continue to be at the forefront of the struggle for equality. On February 24, 2021, three civil rights experts discussed the decision’s ongoing impact, civil and human rights issues of today, and how to engage in social justice initiatives.

This program was sponsored by the American Association of Law Libraries and the Black Law Librarians Special Interest Section (BLL-SIS).


On January 21, 2021, the Black Law Librarians Special Interest Section (BLL-SIS) and the Foreign, Comparative and International Law Special Interest Section (FCIL-SIS) hosted a webinar on the origins and development of Nigeria’s #ENDSARS2020 movement, including information on government responses to the movement and background on police brutality in Nigeria. The webinar featured panelists Femi Cadmus (Associate Dean and Director of the J. Michael Goodson Law Library, Duke Law; Former AALL President) and Oludayo Bamgbose (Law Librarian, Ajayi Crowther University; Interim President, Association of African Law Library and Information Professionals).

Please note the introductions are cut off in the beginning but all substantive content is included in the recording.