Caucuses

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Smaller in size and less formal in structure than special interest sections, AALL caucuses connect members with more focused areas of interest.

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Caucuses have leadership and other volunteer positions that are a great way to get involved and grow professionally while expanding your network.

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  • Animal Law Caucus

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    Purpose

    The AALL Animal Law Caucus was formed in 2010 to support the efforts of law librarians, academics, and practitioners in the research, teaching, scholarship, and practice of animal law. Its purpose is to recognize and further the ongoing work of AALL members in this growing area of law.

    The Animal Law Caucus is a legal resource for non-human, animal related humane issues, which arise from and have an effect upon our legal system. Members:

    • monitor and provide comment on relevant legislation and policy-making decisions at various levels of government;
    • offer legal education programs on animal law;
    • compile and provide access via the website to relevant statutes, court decisions, and administrative determinations and reports and
    • raise the profile of the field of animal law.

    Contact

    Cynthia Condit
    Reference and Circulation Librarian & Professor of Practice
    Daniel F. Cracchiolo Law Library
    James E. Rogers College of Law
    The University of Arizona
    1201 E. Speedway Blvd.
    Tucson, AZ 85721-0176
    p  520.621.9314
    e  cbcondit@email.arizona.edu

  • Asian American Law Librarians Caucus

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    Purpose

    The object of the AALLC shall be: to provide a forum for the exchange of ideas and information on, and to represent its members’ interests and concerns within the American Association of Law Libraries (AALL). It shall promote law librarianship; promote the study of Asian law; develop and increase the effectiveness of Asian American law librarians; foster cooperation among Asian American members of the profession; and provide for the further continuing education of Asian American law librarians.

    Contact

    Jingwei Zhang
    University of Tennessee College of Law
    1505 W. Cumberland Avenue
    Knoxville, TN 37996-1810
    p  865.974.9864
    e  jzhang69@utk.edu

  • Black Caucus of the American Association of Law Librarians

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    Purpose

    Founded in 2005, the Black Caucus of the American Association of Law Libraries (BCAALL) enhances the professional experiences of African American law librarians. The purpose of the Black Caucus is to promote the professional development, recruitment, and social interests of black law librarians. BCAALL members are librarians from a host of different types of law libraries. BCAALL is an inclusive organization. Membership is not denied to anyone on account of race, color, religion, gender, age, national origin, disability or sexual orientation.

    Contact

    Tiffany Camp Johnson
    Kathrine R. Everett Law Library
    UNC School of Law
    p  919.962.6202
    e  tlcamp@email.unc.edu

  • Conference of Law Library Educators

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    Purpose

    The purpose of the Conference of Law Library Educators is to educate and inform law librarians who teach courses in library and information school masters’ programs and those who are interested in the educational preparation for our profession. We meet once a year at the AALL annual meeting to discuss new trends in law librarianship education, a status update from each of the major law librarianship programs in the US, and other topics of mutual interest.

    Contact

    Penny Hazelton
    Gallagher Law Library
    University of Washington School of Law
    Box 325025
    Seattle, WA 98195
    p  206.221.5386
    e  pennyh@uw.edu

  • Document Delivery Caucus

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    Purpose

    Serves as a clearinghouse of information on document delivery issues, including but not limited to interlibrary loan, commercial document delivery suppliers and resource sharing; solicits input and comments through meetings and web-based discussions; open to librarians from all types of law libraries and document delivery vendors.

    Contact

    Merle J. Slyhoff
    University of Pennsylvania Law School
    Biddle Law Library
    3460 Chestnut St.
    Philadelphia, PA 19104-3406
    p  215.898.9013
    f  215.898.6619
    e  mslyhoff@law.upenn.edu

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  • Empirical Research Caucus

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    Purpose

    The Empirical Research Caucus was organized in January 2011 to:

    1. encourage law librarians to expand their knowledge of trends in empirical research, empirical research methods, and multidisciplinary resources related to legal topics and research.
    2. facilitate librarian instructional efforts to increase information literacy in regards to empirical research
    3. encourage law librarians to engage in research and publication regarding empirical evaluation of patron services, patron literacy, and other related topics such as law and society
    4. maintain a listing of publications by librarians on conducting empirical research or reporting empirical research
    5. partner with AALL Special Interest Sections, including ALL-SIS, PLL-SIS, and CS-SIS, to support and publicize programming and professional development opportunities addressing empirical research and the organization and administration of empirical research support programs
    6. provide a forum for sharing knowledge related to empirical research including development and archiving of data, availability of existing data, and requirements for institutional review boards.

    Contact

    Alissa Black-Dorward
    Fordham University School of Law
    150 West 62nd Street
    New York, NY 10023
    p  212.636.7968
    e  blackdorward@law.fordham.edu

  • Encore Caucus

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    Purpose

    The purposes of the Encore Caucus are:

    • To provide a forum for AALL members who are approaching the end of their careers or who are already retired, to continue long-time connections with colleagues, with the AALL, and with their profession;
    • To create a vibrant and strong network for effective communications among Encore Caucus members, to share common interests and to further their personal and professional activities;
    • To represent the interests of Encore Caucus members within the Association and to support the continued involvement of Encore Caucus members with AALL educational and advocacy activities;
    • To promote the skills, expertise, and knowledge of retired members;
    • To assist in mentoring and advising of AALL newer members and to collaborate, as needed and appropriate, with all AALL members; and
    • To serve as resources and sources of expertise for the AALL and its chapters and special interest sections.

    Contact

    Sarah (Sally) Holterhoff
    p  219.510.2947
    e  sally.holterhoff@valpo.edu

  • Federal Law Librarians Caucus

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    Purpose

    To promote collaboration, resource sharing, and best practices among federal law librarians.

    Contact

    Jennifer L. McMahan
    Deputy Director, Library Staff
    US Department of Justice
    950 Pennsylvania Ave, NW, Rm. 5317
    Washington, DC 20530
    p  202.616.8945
    e  jennifer.mcmahan@usdoj.gov

  • Jewish Law Librarian Caucus

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    Purpose

    The objective of the Jewish Law Librarians Caucus shall be to provide a forum for the exchange of ideas and information on Jewish and Israeli law and to represent its members’ interests and concerns within the American Association of Law Libraries. It shall promote law librarianship; promote the study of Jewish and Israeli law; develop and increase the effectiveness of Jewish law librarians; foster cooperation among Jewish members of the profession; and provide for the further continuing education of Jewish law librarians.

    Contact

    David Hollander
    Princeton University Library
    1 Washington Road
    Princeton, NJ 08544
    p  609.258.5316
    e  dholland@princeton.edu

  • Latino Caucus

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    Purpose

    To provide a forum for the exchange of ideas and information on issues of interest and concern to Latino law librarians and to represent them within AALL. To promote law librarianship and further the continuing education of Latino law librarians, and to develop and increase their visibility within AALL. To foster cooperation among Latino members of the profession. To recruit and mentor Latinos to the profession.

    Contact

    Marcelo Rodriguez
    e  Marcelo_Rodriguez@ca2.uscourts.gov

  • Law Repositories Caucus

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    Purpose

    The Law Repositories Caucus is a platform-neutral group that supports law repository coordinators by providing a community for sharing information and resources. The caucus provides leadership and guidance on repository issues by looking both in and outside of the law library community to disseminate repository innovation and promote the future of repository work. It also provides professional development opportunities for the law repository community.

    Contact

    Karen Shephard
    Information Services Librarian
    University of Pittsburgh
    Barco Law Library
    p 412.648.1337
    e shephard@pitt.edu

  • Mindfullness in Law Librarianship Caucus

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    Purpose

    The Mindfulness in Law Librarianship Caucus was formed in 2013 to support the efforts of law librarians, academics and practitioners in the research, teaching, scholarship, and practice of mindfulness in law. Its purpose is to recognize and further the ongoing work of AALL members that improves the quality of life of all individuals in the legal profession. Members:

    1. compile and disseminate relevant resources and programs supporting mindfulness in legal education and practice;
    2. offer education programs on mindfulness in legal education and practice; and
    3. raise the profile of how libraries contribute to mindfulness in legal education and practice.

    Contact

    Alexandra Lee Delgado
    University of Arizona College of Law
    Daniel F. Cracchiolo Law Library
    P.O. Box 210176
    Tucson, AZ 85721-0176
    p  520.621.5604
     ald123@email.arizona.edu

  • Native Peoples Law Caucus

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    Purpose

    The aim of the Native Peoples Law Caucus is to provide a forum in which Native law and other issues that impact Indigenous Peoples worldwide can be discussed, ideas shared, information exchanged, and education offered. The Caucus encourages and facilitates the analysis, cataloging, collection, dissemination, management, organization, and preservation of Native law in accordance with cultural tradition.

    Contact

    Gretchen Van Dam
    Library of the U.S. Courts for the Seventh Circuit
    219 S. Dearborn Street
    Chicago, IL 60604

  • Publishing Initiative Caucus

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    Purpose

    Inspire and motivate law librarians to write articles for legal publications that are read by practicing attorneys, legal administrators, law professors, judges and others in organizations that employ AALL members. Encourage publishing as a way of promoting individual law librarians and the profession.

    Contact

    Jan Bissett
    Arthur Neef Law Library
    Wayne State University
    474 Gilmour Mall
    Detroit, MI 48202
    p  323.577.6173
    e  ag3508@wayne.edu

  • Teaching Legal Technology Caucus

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    Purpose

    Librarians interested in teaching legal technology in law schools and other settings. Any technology interest and skill level is welcome, the intended focus will be inclusive of any current or future technology used in legal practice.

    Contacts

    Elizabeth Farrell Clifford
    Florida State Universtiy
    College of Law Research Center
    425 W. Jefferson St.
    Tallahassee, FL 32306
    p  850.644.1394
    e  efarrell@law.fsu.edu

    Michael Robak
    Leon E. Bloch Law Library/IT Department
    500 E. 52nd Street
    Kansas City, MO 64110
    816.235.2632
    e  robakm@umkc.edu