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. The deadline for nominations is February 1 with a selection deadline of March 21.

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

Download Emerging Leader Award nomination form

Nominations must be received by AALL no later than February 1 of each year; self-nomination by members is acceptable. The Emerging Leader Award Jury will complete its deliberations and the selection process by March 21.

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.

Please email the nomination form and supporting documentation to Celeste Smith.

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.


  • 2017

    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

  • 2016

    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.

  • 2015

    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

  • 2014

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

  • 2013

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

  • 2012

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

  • 2011

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

  • 2010

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