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.
- 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.
The deadline for nominations is March 1, 2023. 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.
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 - 2022
Lewis M. Giles
Assistant Director of Library Services
UNT Dallas College of Law
Expansion of Dallas Public Library Card Access
Harris County Robert W. Hainsworth Law Library
Scott G. Burgh, Retired
Chief Law Librarian
City of Chicago Law Department
2010 - 2019
Keith Ann Stiverson
Director of the Library/Senior Lecturer, Retired
Chicago-Kent College of Law
Peggy Roebuck Jarrett
Head of Collection Development
University of Washington
Gallagher Law Library
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
Judy C. Janes
Director and Lecturer in Law
UC Davis Mabie Law Library
David L. McFadden
Senior Reference Librarian
Leigh H. Taylor Law Library
Southwestern Law School
Los Angeles, CA
Lawrence R. (Larry) Meyer
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
Timothy L. Coggins
Associate Dean for Library and Information Services & Professor of Law
University of Richmond School of Law Library
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
Joan M. Bellistri
Director and Law Librarian
Anne Arundel County Public Law Library
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