Emerging Leader Award


The Emerging Leader Award recognizes newer members who have already made significant contributions to the Association and/or to the profession and have demonstrated the potential for leadership and continuing service.

The Emerging Leader Award Jury will solicit nominations for the award. They should target the call for nominations to entities that serve as an entry point for member service—the special interest sections, caucuses, chapters, and other committee chairs or any other group that may be applicable in the future. More than one award may be given, but no more than three awards may be given in a single year.

Nominations should include evidence of the nominee’s contributions to AALL or the profession and may include up to three supporting letters, which must be submitted with the nomination. Petitions and letter writing campaigns (beyond those letters included with the application) are discouraged and will not be considered in the evaluation process nor will they influence the Committee.


Selection Criteria

  • The nominee must be a member in good standing of AALL
  • The nominee must be in his/her first 10 years of law library experience
  • The nominee must not have previously received an Emerging Leader Award
  • The nominee must have made a significant contribution to the Association and/or the profession.
  • The nominee must have shown outstanding promise for continuing service and leadership. Specific examples of his/her continuing activities must be provided.

Application Information

The deadline for nominations is March 1, 2024. Please email the nomination form and supporting documentation as a single PDF to Jennifer Wahl. Self-nomination by members is acceptable.

Download the Emerging Leader Award Nomination Form

The Emerging Leader Award Jury will review the nominations and make a final decision on who will receive the award. Each nominee shall be considered individually and confidentially and will be judged according to the criteria listed above. The award may be presented annually, but there is no requirement that the award be given each year. For more information, please contact Emerging Leader Award Jury Chair.

Award Presentation

The award shall be presented during the AALL Annual Meeting, and it will be given in name of the Association. The recipient will receive a certificate.


  • 2020 - 2023


    Cas Laskowski
    Head of Research, Data & Instruction
    University of Arizona Daniel F. Cracchiolo Law Library
    Tucson, AZ

    Mandy Lee
    Head of Research & Instruction
    IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law
    Chicago, IL

    Patrick Parsons
    Associate Director for Legal Technology & Innovation
    Georgia State College of Law
    Atlanta, GA


    Sabrina Davis
    Associate Law Librarian for Digital and Educational Services
    Harris County Robert W. Hainsworth Law Library
    Houston, TX

    Alyson Drake
    Instructional Services Librarian
    Fordham University Law School
    The Maloney Library
    New York, NY

    Taryn Marks
    Associate Director of Research and Instructional Services
    Stanford University
    Robert Crown Law Library
    Stanford, CA


    Ashley Ames Ahlbrand
    Assistant Director for Public Services
    Indiana University Maurer School of Law
    Bloomington, IN

    Elizabeth S. Graham
    Head of Technical Services
    University of Maryland School of Law Thurgood Marshall Law Library
    Baltimore, MD

    Clanitra Stewart Nejdl
    Head of Professional Development and Research Services Librarian, Lecturer in Law Vanderbilt University, Alyne Queener Massey Law Library
    Nashville, TN


    Lindsey Ann Carpino
    Legal Content Services Supervisor
    Chicago, IL

    Benjamin J. Keele
    Research & Instructional Services Librarian
    Ruth Lilly Law Library
    Indiana University McKinney School of Law
    Indianapolis, IN

    Sara V. Pic
    Head of Public Services
    Law Library of Louisiana
    New Orleans, LA

  • 2010 - 2019


    Kristina J. Alayan
    Law Library Director & Assistant Professor of Law
    Howard University School of Law
    Washington, DC

    Michelle Hook Dewey
    Legal Research Services Manager
    Atlanta, GA

    Anna C.B. Russell
    Anchorage Branch Librarian
    United States Courts Ninth Circuit Library
    Anchorage, AK


    Shamika Dalton
    Interim Associate Director & Professor of Legal Research
    University of Florida Levin College of Law
    Lawton Chiles Legal Information Center
    Gainesville, FL

    Stephen Parks
    State Librarian
    State Law Library of Mississippi
    Jackson, MS

    Allison C. Reeve
    Library Manager
    Littler Mendelson, P.C.
    Kansas City, MO


    Ashley Krenelka Chase
    Associate Director of the Law Library, Coordinator of Legal Practice Technology, & Adjunct Professor of Law
    Stetson University College of Law
    Gulfport, FL

    Joseph D. Lawson
    Deputy Director
    Harris County Law Library
    Houston, TX

    Leanna R. Simon
    Reference Librarian
    Honigman Miller Schwartz and Cohn LLP
    Detroit, MI


    Susan David deMaine
    Research and Instructional Services Librarian
    Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law
    Indianapolis, IN

    Sarah Morris Lin
    Library Systems Librarian
    Reed Smith LLP
    San Francisco, CA

    Andrew M. Winston
    Legal Reference Specialist
    Law Library of Congress
    Washington, D.C.


    Nicole P. Dyszlewski
    Research/Access Services Librarian
    Roger Williams University School of Law
    Bristol, RI

    Emily R. Florio
    Manager of Library Services
    Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner, LLP
    Washington, DC

    Jane M. Larrington
    Reference Faculty Services Librarian
    University of San Diego School of Law
    San Diego, CA


    Janine Liebert
    Programs and Partnerships Librarian
    LA Law Library
    Los Angeles, CA


    Jason Eiseman
    Head of Technology Services
    Lillian Goldman Law Library, Yale Law School
    New Haven, CT


    Margaret Butler
    Associate Director for Public Services
    Georgia State University College of Law Library
    Atlanta, GA


    Kathleen (Katie) Brown
    Assistant Director for Public and Faculty Services
    Oklahoma City University School of Law
    Oklahoma City, OK


    Sarah K.C. Mauldin
    Smith, Gambrell & Russell, LLP