AALL/LexisNexis Call for Papers Awards


The AALL/LexisNexis Call for Papers Committee promotes the scholarship of AALL members and of students through its annual “Call for Papers” competition. Papers, which may be submitted by active or retired AALL members, or by students in library, information management or law school, may address any subject relevant to law librarianship. Through the competition, the Committee seeks (1) to promote scholarship of interest to the profession of law librarianship; (2) to provide a creative outlet for law librarians and a forum for their scholarly activities; and (3) to recognize the scholarly efforts of established members, of new members, and of students who are considering a career as law librarians.



Papers may be submitted in any of the following categories:

  • Open Division: Active and Retired AALL members who have been members for five or more years.
  • New Member Division: for recent graduates and AALL members who have been in the profession for fewer than five years.
  • Short Form Division: for AALL members; articles in this category will be shorter than a traditional scholarly article and may be appropriate for publication in AALL Spectrum.
  • Student Division: Those enrolled in library school, information management school or the equivalent, or in law school, during the Fall 2021 or Spring 2022 semester. Entrants in the Student Division need not be members of AALL.

If the Committee believes that a paper is more appropriately placed in a division other than the one originally selected by the entrant, it reserves the right, with the entrant’s permission, to place it in a different category.

Content & Format

No paper or portion of a paper that has been published or accepted for publication before March 1, 2022, will be eligible for consideration. Before submitting a paper, all authors are responsible for verifying that a substantially similar paper has not been published elsewhere. Papers submitted for courses are acceptable if they otherwise comply with the requirements of this contest.

A paper may address any subject relevant to law librarianship. It may be scholarly or practical in substance and tone, but the subject should be explored in depth with appropriate reference to sources and documentation of assertions.

Co-authored papers are acceptable, but each author who submits a co-authored entry for the Student Division must meet the student eligibility requirements of this category. Papers in the Open and New Members divisions may be co-authored with non-AALL members so long as the AALL member is the primary author of the submitted piece; in this case the prize will be awarded to the AALL member only. When all co-authors are AALL members, the winners will share the $650 award and the Short Form Division winner will receive $300. Entrants may submit more than one paper, but, may win only one prize per year. To encourage as wide participation in the competition as possible, authors may win a prize only twice in the same division.

Papers must be numbered and double-spaced with 1 1/2 inch margins. Past winners in the Open, New Member, and Student Division have typically run between 30-40 pages. Citation and style must conform to the requirements outlined in the Law Library Journal Editorial Policy. Each submission must be accompanied by a short abstract and a completed Application Form.

Submissions for the Student Division must include a supporting letter from an instructor at the institution where the student is enrolled (preferably the supervising faculty member of the paper).


Required Documentation

  1. Download the AALL/LexisNexis Call For Papers Awards Application
  2. Paper (as Microsoft Word or PDF attachments only)
  3. Abstract (no more than 1 page)
  4. For Student Division submissions only: an instructor’s letter.

All submissions must be Microsoft Word or Adobe PDF files and emailed as attachments to AALL Member Services.


Open, New Member, or Short Division

To be eligible for an award in the Open, New Member, or Short Division, papers and all required supporting documents must be received by March 1, 2022.

Student Division

To be eligible for an award in the Student Division, papers and all required supporting documents must be received by May 13, 2022.

Questions? Please contact AALL Member Services.


The winners in the Open, New Member, and Student Divisions will receive $650, and the Short Form Division winner will receive $300, all generously donated by LexisNexis. Co-authors of winning papers share awards.

Recipients are recognized during award ceremonies at the AALL Annual Meeting and will be given the opportunity to present their papers in a program.

Law Library Journal and  AALL Spectrum have right of first refusal for winning papers and the winning papers in the Open, New, and Student divisions will be forwarded to the editor of the Law Library Journal for publication consideration. Papers in the Short Form division will be forwarded to the editorial director of AALL Spectrum for publication consideration.

Questions? Please contact a member of the AALL/LexisNexis Call for Papers Committee.


View Winning Papers

  • 2020 - 2021



    Matthew L. Timko
    Academic Technologies and Outreach Services Librarian, Assistant Professor
    Northern Illinois University College of Law
    David C. Shapiro Memorial Law Library
    DeKalb, IL

    “Applying Universal Design into the Legal Academy”


    Amanda Bolles Watson
    Assistant Professor, Director of the O’Quinn Law Library
    University of Houston Law Center
    O’Quinn Law Library
    Houston, TX

    “The Report of my Death was an Exaggeration’ – The Legal Treatise”


    Ingrid Mattson
    Associate Dean for Library Services, Professor of Legal Research, & Director of the Law Library Dr. Lillian & Dr. Rebecca Chutick Law Library
    Cardozo School of Law, Yeshiva University
    New York, NY

    “Billie Holiday’s Legacy Walks the Halls of 55 Fifth Avenue”


    John L. Moreland, J.D., M.A.
    M.L.S. Candidate (’22)
    Indiana University
    Bloomington, Indiana

    “Organized For Service: The Hicks Classification System and the Evolution of Law School Curriculum”




    Nicholas Mignanelli
    Librarian Assistant Professor
    Reference & Instructional Services Librarian, and Lecturer in Law
    University of Miami School of Law
    Coral Gables, FL

    “Legal Research and Its Discontents: A Bibliographic Essay on Critical Approaches to Legal Research”


    Danyahel (Danny) Norris
    Faculty Research Librarian
    Houston, TX

    “All Roads Lead to the Library: An Academic Law Library Departmental Outreach Program”


    Janet Sinder
    Director of the Library & Professor of Law
    Brooklyn Law School
    Brooklyn, NY

    “Correcting the Record: Law Journals and Scholarly Integrity in the Digital Age”


    Rebecca Elaine Tavares Chapman
    Master’s of Library and Information Science Graduate, June 2020
    University at Buffalo (SUNY)
    Buffalo, New York

    “Protecting Our Spaces of Memory: Rediscovering the Seneca Nation Settlement Act through Archives”

  • 2010 - 2019



    Nicholas Mignanelli
    Corals Gables, FL

    Critical Legal Research: Who Needs It?


    Mari Cheney
    Portland, OR

    The Hearing Impaired Law Librarian: Navigating Silent Spaces


    Andrew J. Martineau
    Minneapolis, MN

    Reinforcing the ‘Crumbling Infrastructure of Legal Research’ through Court-Provided Metadata

    Student Division

    Kwanghyuk Yoo
    Iowa City, Iowa

    Behavioral and Structural Remedies for Cognitive Bias on Legal Information: The Evolving Role of Law Libraries and Enhanced Integrated Library Systems Design


    Open Division

    Jennifer L. Behrens
    Beyond ‘The Annals of Murder’: The Life and Works of Thomas M. McDade


    David McClure
    Beau Steenken

    From Manifesto to Messy in the Law Library

    Student Division

    Meredith Kostek
    The Case for County Law Library Consortia


    Open Division

    Liz McCurry Johnson
    The Practical Obscurity of the Green Screen Terminal: A Case Study on Accessing Jury Selection Data

    New Member Division

    Annalee Hickman Moser
    Felicity Murphy

    The Reference Assistant

    Short Form Division

    Ingrid Mattson
    Susan Azyndar

    Collaborative Relationships between Law Librarians and Legal Writing FacultyStudent

    Student Division

    Sarah Slinger
    Sticking to the Union: A Study on the Unionization of Academic Law Libraries


    Open Division

    James M. Donovan
    Diversity: So How is AALL Doing?

    New Member Division

    Avery Le
    Taryn Marks
    Increasing Article Findability Online: The Four C’s of Search Engine Optimization

    Short Form Division

    Susan Azyndar
    Ingrid Mattson
    Show and Tell in the Legal Research Classroom: Screencasting as an Effective Presentation Format

    Student Division

    Sarah Reis
    Are You a Member of the Law School Community?: Access Policies at Academic Law Libraries and Access to Justice.


    Open Division

    Mr. Ryan Harrington
    Understanding the “Other” International Agreements

    Kasia Solon Cristobal
    From Law in Blackletter to Blackletter Law

    New Member Division

    Nicole P. Dyszlewski
    Kristen R. Moore
    Genevieve B. Tung
    Managing Disruptive Patron Behavior in Law Libraries: A Grey Paper

    Short Form Division

    No Award

    Student Division

    Aaron S. Kirschenfeld
    Yellow Flag Fever: Describing Negative Legal Precedent in Citators


    Open Division

    Elizabeth Caulfield
    Is This a Profession? Establishing Educational Criteria for Law Librarians

    New Member Division

    Susan deMaine
    From Disability to Usability in Online Instruction

    Joseph D. Lawson
    What About the Majority? Considering the Legal Research Practices of Solo and Small Firm Practitioners

    Short Form Division

    James M. Donovan
    On Writing with Adverbs

    Student Division

    Nicole Downing
    The UNC Law Library’s Redaction of its Digitized Collection of North Carolina Supreme Court Briefs: A Case Study

    Virginia Adele Neisler
    How May We Help? Perspectives on Law Librarian Support of Students in Law School Clinics


    Open Division

    Joseph Gerken
    The Invention of Legal Research

    New Member Division

    Catherine A. Lemmer
    A View from the Flip Side: Using the “Inverted Classroom” to Enhance the Legal Research Information Literacy of the International LL.M. Student

    Short Form Division

    Mari Cheney
    Legal Research Boot Camp: Bridging the 1L Knowledge Gap

    Student Division

    Kristen M. Hallows
    It’s All Enumerative: Reconsidering Library of Congress Classification in United States Law Libraries


    Open Division

    Linda K. Tesar
    Forensic Bibliography: Reconstructing the Library of George Wythe

    New Member Division

    Yasmin Sokkar Harker
    Information is Cheap, Meaning is Expensive: Building Analytical Skill into Legal Research Instruction

    Short Form Division

    Carli Spina
    Anna Russell

    Student Division

    Neel Kant Agrawal
    Training in FCIL Librarianship for Tomorrow’s World


    Open Division

    David L. Armond
    Shawn G. Nevers
    The Practitioners’ Council: Connecting Legal Research Instruction and Current Legal Research Practice

    New Member Division

    Margaret (Meg) Butler
    Resource Based Learning and Course Design:A Brief Theoretical Overview and Practical Suggestions

    Student Division

    William M. Cross
    Restoring the Public Library Ethos: Copyright, E-licensing, and the Future of Librarianship


    Open Division

    Carol Parker
    The Need for More Uniform and Consistently Rigorous Standards for Assessing Law Librarian Performance in Tenure and Continuous Appointment Policies

    New Member Division

    Daniel Baker
    Citations to Wikipedia in Law Reviews

    Student Division

    Benjamin Keele
    What if Law Journal Citations Included Digital Object Identifiers?: A Snapshot of Major Law Journals

    Debbie Shrager
    Moving Past Web 2.0h! An Exploratory Study of Academic Law Libraries

  • 2000 - 2009


    Open Division

    Joseph A. Custer
    The Truthiness of Thinkable Thoughts versus the Facts of Empirical Research

    Laura N. Gasaway
    A Defense of the Public Domain: A Scholarly Essay

    New Member Division

    Mikhail Koulikov
    Indexing and Full-Text Coverage of Law Review Articles in Non-Legal Databases: An Initial Study

    Student Division

    Theodora Belniak
    The Law Librarian of the Twentieth and Twenty-First Centuries: A Figuration in Flux

    Jason Tubinis
    A Law Librarian’s Guide to the Economic Crisis


    Open Division

    Judith Lihosit
    Research in the Wild: CALR and the Role of Informal Apprenticeship in Attorney Training

    New Member Division

    Julie M. Jones
    Not Just Key Numbers and Keywords Anymore: How User Interface Affects Legal Research

     I-Wei Wang
    Schoolhouse Rock is No Longer Enough: The Presidential Signing Statements Controversy and its Implications for Library Professionals


    Open Division

    Margaret A. Leary
    Discovering William Cook: Ten Resources for Reconstructing the Life of a Lawyer

    Connie Lenz
    Helen Wohl
    Does Form Follow function?: Academic Law Libraries’ Organizational Structures for Collection Development

    New Member Division

    Shawn D. Nevers
    Candy, Points and Highlighters: Why Librarians, Not Vendors, Should Teach CALR to First year Law Students in 2007


    Open Division

    Paul D. Healey
    Go and Tell the World: Charles R. McCarthy and the Evolution of the Legislative Reference Library Movement, 1901-1917

    Charles R. Dyer
    The Queen of Chula Vista: Stories of Self-Represented Litigants and a Call for Using the Cognitive Theory of Metaphor to Work With Them

    Student Division

    Theresa (Tracy) Leming
    Should Academic Law Libraries Continue to participate in the Federal Depository Library Program?


    Open Division

    Karen S. Beck
    A Working Lawyer’s Life: The Letter Book of John Henry Senter

    Virginia J. Kelsh
    Build It Right And They Will Come: The Librarian’s Role in Library Construction

    New Member Division

    David Hollander
    Jewish Law for the Law Librarian


    Open Division

    Mary Rumsey
    April Schwartz
    Paper vs. Electronic Sources for Law Review Cite-Checking: Should Paper be the Gold Standard?

    New Member Division

    Roy Balleste
    Law Libraris 2.0: Al based Agents, Predictions, Decisions, and Design

    Student Division

    Katherine Coolidge
    Baseless Hysteria: The Controversy between the U.S. Department of Justice and the American Library Association Regarding the USA PATRIOT Act – September 2003

    Paul Hellyer
    Assessing the Influence of Computer-Assisted Legal Research: A Study of California Supreme Court Opinions


    Samuel Trosow
    The Database and the Fields of Law: Are There New Divisions of Labor?


    Open Division

    Yolanda Jones
    UCITA and the Information Professional—Or, Having a Barbeque on the Information Commons

    New Member Division

    Bonnie Shucha
    The Circle of Life: Managing a Library Web Site Redesign Project

    Student Division

    Renee Y. Rastorfer
    Thomas S. Dabagh and the Institutional Beginnings of the UCLA Law Library: A Cautionary Tale


    Open Division

    Nancy Carol Carter
    American Indians and Law Libraries: Acknowledging the New Sovereign

    New Member Division

    Kristin B. Gerdy
    Teacher, Coach, Cheerleader and Judge: Promoting Learning through Learner-Centered Assessment

    Robert Mead
    Unpublished Opinions as the Bulk of the Iceberg: Publication Patterns in the Eighth and Tenth Circuit United States Courts of Appeals


    New Member Division

    Deanna Barmakian
    Better Search Engines for Law, Harvard Law School Library, Cambridge, Massachusetts

    Student Division

    Beatrice A. Tice
    Too Many Jobs, Too Few Job Seekers? A Study of Law Librarianship Job Data Samples 1989-1999, University of Washington

  • 1990 - 1999


    Open Division

    Robert C. Vreeland
    Law Libraries in Hyerspace: A Citation Analysis of World Wide Web Sites

    Student Division

    Steven J. Melamut
    Pursing Law Libraries, Fair Use and Electronic Reserves


    Open Division

    Karen S. Beck
    One Step At a Time: The Research Value of Law Student Notebooks

    Richard A. Danner
    Redefining a Profession

    Student Division

    Wendy R. Brown
    Federal Initiatives to Promote Access to Electronic Government Information: The Impact on the Federal Depository Library Program


    Open Division

    Janet Sinder
    Irish Legal History: An Overview and Guide to the Sources

    Michael J. Lynch
    An Impossible Task but Everybody Has to Do It—Teaching Legal Research in Law Schools

    New Member Division

    L. Tobe Liebert
    Researching California Ballot Measures


    New Member Division

    Wei Luo
    How to Find Laws of the People’s Republic of China: A Research Guide with Selected Annotated Bibliographies


    Open Division

    Joel Fishman
    The Reports of the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania

    New Member Division

    Kory D. Staheli
    Motivating Law Students to Develop Competent Legal Research Skills: Combating the Negative Findings of the Howland and Lewis Study

    Student Division

    Paul D. Healey
    Chicken Little at the Reference Desk: Is Reference Liability a Myth?


    Open Division

    Marcia J. Koslov
    Wisconsin County Law Libraries

    New Member Division

    Nazareth A.M. Pantaloni, III
    Legal Databases, Legal Epistemology, and the Legal Order

    Student Division

    Jonathan Adlai Franklin
    One Piece of the Collection Development Puzzle: Issues in Drafting Format Selection Guidelines


    Sheilla Desert
    Westlaw is Natural v. Boolean Searching: A Performance Study

    Jill A. Farmer
    Free to Be You and Me: Librarians and Freedom of Expression

    Cheryl D. McLean
    Death and Rebirth of a National Information Policy: What We Had and What We Need


    Jean Stefancic
    The Law Review Symposium Issue: Community of Meaning or Re-inscription of Hierarchy?

    Jill A. Farmer
    A Poststructuralist Analysis of the Legal Research Process

    Laura K. Justiss
    A Bibliographic Study of Texas Law Reviews


    No Awards


    James Duggan
    Are You Now or Have You Ever Been a Law Librarian? A Look at AALL Scholarship Recipients, 1967-1988

    Janet Zagorin
    Bibliography of Books and Articles on International Commercial Arbitration

    Michael Slinger
    Opening a Window of Opportunity: The Library Staff as a Meaningful and Integrated Part of the Law School Community

  • 1985 - 1989


    No Awards


    Bruce M. Kennedy
    Confidentiality of Library Records: A survey of Problems, Policies and Laws

    Jeanne Drewes
    Computers: Planning for Disaster

    Ellen Callinan
    Research Protocols in Reference Service: Informal Instruction in Law Firm Libraries


    Michael Chiorazzi
    Francis-Xavier Martin: Printer, Lawyer, Jurist

    Fred Shapiro
    Linguistic Application of Full-Text Legal Databases

    Michael Slinger
    A Comprehensive Study of the Career Path and Education of Current Academic Law Library Directors


    Eleanor DeLashmitt
    Annual and Surveys: An Appraisal

    Arturo Flores
    Volume Count: A Survey of Practice and Opinion from Academic Law Libraries

    Steven E. Mitchel
    Classified Information and Legal Research


    Dan Dabney
    The Curse of Thamus: An Analysis of Full-Text Legal Document Retrieval

    Fred Shapiro
    The Most-Cited Law Review Articles

    Arturo L. Torres
    The Social Responsibility Movement Among Law Librarians: The Debate Revisited