Robert L. Oakley Advocacy Award


Established in 2008, the Advocacy Award is given to recognize an AALL member or group who has been an outstanding advocate and has contributed significantly to the AALL policy agenda at the federal, state, local, or international level. The award honors the memory of Robert L. Oakley, AALL’s Washington affairs representative (1989-2007).



Recipient of the award will be an AALL member or group. Members of either category are eligible. Current members of the Government Relations Committee are not eligible.


The Oakley Advocacy Award shall be administered by the AALL Government Relations Committee. The Government Relations Committee shall solicit and review nominations for the award. The Committee will choose one individual or group recipient each year for the Oakley Advocacy Award, or no recipient if it deems none of the nominees sufficiently qualified.

Judging Criteria

  • A significant contribution to the advocacy agenda of the Association. The award is given in accordance with AALL’s mission to provide leadership in the field of legal information and to promote equal access to government information. The award will reflect this by honoring the achievements of those who have been especially energetic or effective advocates of this mission.
  • The extent to which the individual or group has been an active advocate for law libraries and legal information at the federal, state or local level.
  • The extent to which the advocacy advances the AALL mission and Government Relations Policy.

Application Information

The deadline for nominations is March 1, 2024. Please email the nomination form and supporting documentation as a single PDF to Christopher Siwa.

Download the Robert L. Oakley Advocacy Award Nomination Form


The Government Relations Committee 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. Sources of information for the committee about a candidate include the nominating letter(s) and recommendation(s) from the Government Relations Committee. To ensure confidentiality, contact with members of AALL other than the person(s) nominating and Government Relations Committee members should be avoided.

Frequency and number of awards: The award may be presented annually, but there is no requirement that the award be given each year.

Award Presentation

The award shall be presented during the AALL Annual Meeting, and it will be given in the name of the Association. It will consist of an appropriate memorial to honor the achievements of the individual or group.


  • 2020 - 2023


    None awarded


    Lewis M. Giles
    Assistant Director of Library Services
    UNT Dallas College of Law
    Dallas, TX

    Expansion of Dallas Public Library Card Access


    Mariann Sears
    Harris County Robert W. Hainsworth Law Library
    Houston, TX


    Scott G. Burgh, Retired
    Chief Law Librarian
    City of Chicago Law Department
    Chicago, IL

  • 2010 - 2019


    Keith Ann Stiverson
    Director of the Library/Senior Lecturer, Retired
    Chicago-Kent College of Law
    Chicago, IL


    Peggy Roebuck Jarrett
    Head of Collection Development
    University of Washington
    Gallagher Law Library
    Seattle, WA


    None awarded


    Sandra Levin
    Executive Director
    LA Law Library
    Los Angeles, CA

    For her efforts on behalf of California county law libraries to secure solid, sustained funding through the passage of California SB 711.


    2012 California UELMA Advocacy Team

    Michele M. Finerty, Retired
    Pacific McGeorge School of Law
    Sacramento, CA

    Judy C. Janes
    Director and Lecturer in Law
    UC Davis Mabie Law Library
    Davis, CA

    David L. McFadden
    Senior Reference Librarian
    Leigh H. Taylor Law Library
    Southwestern Law School
    Los Angeles, CA

    Lawrence R. (Larry) Meyer
    Executive Director
    Law Library for San Bernardino County
    San Bernardino, CA


    Sarah (Sally) G. Holterhoff
    Government Information/Reference Librarian and Associate Professor of Law Librarianship
    Valparaiso University Law School Library
    Valparaiso, IN


    Timothy L. Coggins
    Associate Dean for Library and Information Services & Professor of Law
    University of Richmond School of Law Library
    Richmond, VA

    For his many years of effective and committed AALL advocacy, particularly in support of digital authentication


    Barbara A. Bintliff
    Joseph C. Hutcheson Professor in Law and Director of the Tarlton Law Library
    The University of Texas School of Law
    Austin, TX


    Joan M. Bellistri
    Director and Law Librarian
    Anne Arundel County Public Law Library
    Annapolis, MD


    Ohio Regional Association of Law Libraries County Law Library Special Interest Group

  • 2008 - 2009


    Richard J. McKinney
    Federal Reserve Board Law Library


    Robert L. Oakley, Awarded Posthumously
    Director of the Law Library and Professor of Law
    Georgetown University Law Library
    Washington, DC