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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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  • 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

    Alex Zhang
    Assistant Dean for Legal Information Service and Professor
    Washington & Lee University School of Law Library
    East Denny Circle
    Lexington, VA 24450-0303
    (540) 458-8545
    azhang@wlu.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

    Taryn Marks
    Head of Research and Instructional Services
    Stanford University
    Robert Crown Law Library
    559 Nathan Abbott Way
    Stanford, CA 94305-8602
    (650) 723-7778
    tlmarks@law.stanford.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

    Dawn Smith
    Yale Law School
    P.O. Box 208326
    New Haven, CT
    06520-8326
    p 203.432.7440
    e dawn.smith@yale.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
    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

    Ms. Michele Finerty
    p  916.730.5506
    mfinerty3782@gmail.com

  • 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

    Shira Megerman
    Senior Legal Information Librarian
    Boston University School of Law
    Fineman & Pappas Law Libraries
    Suite 318
    765 Commonwealth Ave., Boston, MA 02215
    p 617.358.4634
    megerman@bu.edu

    Daniel Perlin
    Associate Librarian
    Osgoode Hall Law School
    York University
    4700 Keele St.
    Toronto, M3J 1P3
    Canada
    p 416.736.5380
    dperlin@osgoode.yorku.ca

  • 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
    Research and Training Librarian
    U.S. Courts for the Second Circuit
    40 Foley Sq
    New York, NY 10007-1502
    718.755.0801
    e  cmarcelorodriguez@gmail.com

  • 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

    Lauren Seney
    Digital Initiatives Librarian
    College of William & Mary
    Wolf Law Library
    PO Box 8795
    Williamsburg, VA 23187-8795
    p 757.221.1348
    e lpsene@wm.edu

  • Mindfulness 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

    Mr. Kyle K. Courtney Esq.
    Copyright Advisor
    Harvard University
    One Harvard Yard
    Widener G-20
    Cambridge, MA 02138
    617.495.4089
    kyle_courtney@harvard.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

    Darla Jackson
    Research and Electronic Services Librarian
    University of Oklahoma Law Library
    300 Timberdell Rd
    Norman, OK 73019
    405.325.2907
    dwjackson11@ou.edu

  • 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

  • Research Crits

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    Purpose

    The Research Crits Caucus is a collective of law librarians, legal scholars, and legal information professionals formed at the 2019 AALL Annual Meeting & Conference in Washington, D.C., to study, promote, and practice Critical Legal Research (CLR), the application of critical legal theory to the process of legal research and analysis.

    To this end, we work together to:

    1. support CLR scholarship by maintaining a comprehensive bibliography of CLR and CLR-related literature;
    2. develop pedagogical tools to aid law librarians in conveying CLR methods and strategies to legal researchers and legal research students;
    3. encourage our members to interrogate claims on neutrality and objectivity made by new and emerging legal research and law practice technologies; and
    4. engage in other activities that serve the mission of the caucus.

    Contacts

    Nicholas Mignanelli
    1311 Miller Drive
    Coral Gables, Florida 33146
    p (617) 820-8897
    e nmignanelli@law.miami.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

    Mr. Michael J. Robak
    Library Director
    University of St. Thomas
    Schoenecker Law Library
    1000 Lasalle Ave MSL 112
    Minneapolis, MN 55403-2025
    p (651) 962-4903
    e michael.robak@stthomas.edu