Presidential Certificates of Appreciation & Merit

Recognizing Exceptional Achievements & Contributions

Presidential Certificates of Merit, introduced for the first time in 1997, are awarded annually at the discretion of the AALL President in recognition of exceptional achievements and contributions to the profession and the Association.

AALL 2017 Recipients

Recipients

  • 2017

    Presented in Austin, Texas, at the 110th AALL Annual Meeting
    Ronald E. Wheeler Jr., President

    Catherine Dunn
    In recognition of her leadership of the Body of Knowledge Development Special Committee

    Julie Graves Krishnaswami
    In recognition of her leadership of the Awards Review Special Committee

    Allen Moye
    In recognition of his leadership of the George A. Strait Minority Scholarship Review Special Committee

    Kris Niedringhaus
    In recognition of her leadership as the AALL Spectrum Editorial Board Chair

    Roger Skalbeck
    In recognition of his leadership of the National Conference on Copyright of State Legal Materials Special Committee

    Beth Williams
    In recognition of her leadership of the Innovation Incubator Special Committee

    Paula Davidson
    For her 10 years of dedicated service to AALL and its members

    Emily Feltren
    For her 10 years of dedicated service to AALL and its members

    Kate Hagan
    For her 10 years of dedicated service to AALL and its members

    Pam Reisinger
    For her 20 years of dedicated service to AALL and its members

  • 2016

    Presented in Chicago, Illinois, at the 109th AALL Annual Meeting
    Keith Ann Stiverson, President

    Anne Klinefelter
    For her exemplary leadership as Chair of the Law Library Journal (LLJ) Review Special Committee, and for her many contributions to AALL and to the profession.

    Catherine A. Lemmer
    For her dedicated leadership as Editorial Director of AALL Spectrum, which helped to ensure the publication’s recent transformation, and for her many contributions to AALL and to the profession.

    Jean O’Grady
    For her dedication to serving the profession since 2011 through her blog, Dewey B. Strategic, and for the hard work that distinguishes her, resulting in singular contributions to AALL and to the profession.

    Carol A. Watson
    For her devotion to improving AALL’s educational offerings, particularly the 2016 Annual Meeting, which was enriched by Carol’s partnership with AMPC Chair June H. Liebert.

    Heidi Letzmann
    For her 15 years of dedicated service to AALL and its members

    Celeste Smith
    For her 10 years of dedicated service to AALL and its members

  • 2015

    Presented in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, at the 108th AALL Annual Meeting
    Holly M. Riccio, President

    Kathleen (Katie) Brown
    For her dedication and exemplary leadership as Chair of the Business Skills Education Task Force, and for her many contributions to AALL and the profession.

    Ruth Hill
    Posthumously recognized for her exemplary leadership, service, and dedication to AALL, her commitment as a mentor and friend to all law librarians, and for her many contributions to the profession.

    Margie Maes
    For her five years of dedicated and exemplary service as AALL Vendor Liaison, and for her many contributions to AALL and the profession.

    Carol Avery Nicholson
    For her three years of dedicated and exemplary service as editor of the AALL Price Index for Legal Publications, and for her many contributions to AALL and the profession.

    Cheryl Smith, and the entire O’Melveny & Myers library staff
    For their support, assistance, and friendship, without which my year as AALL President would not have been as successful.

    Carol Watson
    For her dedication and exemplary leadership as Chair of the 2015 Annual Meeting Program Committee, ensuring the success of educational programming at the 108th Annual Meeting, and for her many contributions to AALL and the profession.

  • 2014

    Presented in San Antonio, Texas, at the 107th AALL Annual Meeting
    Steven P. Anderson, President

    Robert Oaks
    For vision and exemplary leadership as chair of the Economic Value of Law Libraries Special Committee

    Victoria K. Trotta
    For dedicated and exemplary leadership as chair of the Digital Library Initiatives Special Committee

    Sara Galligan
    For dedicated and exemplary leadership as chair of the Access to Justice Special Committee

    Jane Larrington
    For dedicated and exemplary leadership as chair of the CLE and Practice-Oriented Education and Publication Task Force

    Ronald E. Wheeler Jr.
    For dedicated and exemplary leadership as chair of the Committee Review Task Force

    Christopher Siwa
    For his 10 years of dedicated service to AALL and its members

  • 2013

    Presented in Seattle, Washington, at the 106th AALL Annual Meeting
    Jean M. Wenger, President

    Mark Estes
    For his 6 years of dedicated and exemplary service as editor of the AALL Spectrum

    Darcy Kirk
    For her vision and exemplary leadership in convening the 2011 Futures Summit and for her many contributions to AALL and the profession

    Julie Pabarja
    For her exemplary leadership as Chair of the 2013 Annual Meeting Program Committee, ensuring the success of educational programming at the 106th Annual Meeting, and for her many contributions to AALL and the profession

    Kay Moller Todd
    For her exemplary leadership as Chair of the AALL Guide to Fair Business Practices for Legal Publishers Revisions Task Force and for her many contributions to AALL and the profession

    Janet Sinder
    For her 6 years of dedicated and exemplary service as editor of the Law Library Journal

    Tracy L. Thompson-Przylucki
    For her exemplary leadership as Chair of the Library Procurement Process Improvements Task Force and for her many contributions to AALL and to the profession.

    Sally Wise
    For her exemplary leadership as Chair of the Promoting the AALL Legal Research Principles, Competencies and Standards for Law Student Information Literacy Task Force and for her many contributions to the profession

    Kimberly Rundle
    For her 15 years of dedicated service to AALL and its members

  • 2012

    Presented in Boston, Massachusetts, at the 105th AALL Annual Meeting
    Darcy Kirk, President

    Robyn Hagle
    For her leadership as chair of the Futures Summit Drafting Group and for her dedication as a member of the Futures Summit Planning Special Committee

    Marci Hoffman
    For her leadership and dedication to the Index to Foreign Legal Periodicals, positioning it for the future and adding value for its users

    Sarah G. Holterhoff
    For her leadership, vision and dedication to AALL, the Uniform Electronic Legal Materials Act is now a reality

    David Mao
    For his service and dedication to AALL, and for his valuable contributions to the future of the profession as the chair of the Futures Summit Planning Special Committee

    Diane Rodriguez
    For her exemplary service as the chair of the Executive Board Annual Meeting Special Committee, and for her leadership in improving our premier member service, the Annual Meeting

    Susan Severo
    For her support, assistance and friendship, without which my year as AALL president would not have been as successful

    Kate Hagan
    For her 5 years of dedicated service to AALL and its members

    Paula Davidson
    For her 5 years of dedicated service to AALL and its members

    Emily Feltren
    For her 5 years of dedicated service to AALL and its members

    Pam Reisinger
    For her 15 years of dedicated service to AALL and its members

  • 2011

    Presented in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, at the 104th AALL Annual Meeting
    Joyce Manna Janto, President

    Steven P. Anderson
    For his leadership as chair of the Vendor Colloquium Planning Committee, 2010-11, ensuring its success, and for his many contributions to the profession

    Suzanne B. Corriell
    For her support, assistance and friendship, without which my year as AALL president would not have been as successful

    James E. Duggan
    For his exemplary leadership, service, and dedication to AALL, and for his tireless efforts to ensure AALLNET as a valuable member service and repository for AALL information in support of the profession of law librarianship

    Daniel J. Freehling
    For his long service to the profession and for his dedication as the ABA’s Deputy Consultant on Legal Education since 2006

    Keith Ann Stiverson
    For her leadership in representing the interests of AALL as the Observer to the Study Committee on the Electronic Legal Materials act to provide guidance to states on authentication and preservation of state legal materials

    Vanessa Castillo
    For her 5 years of dedicated service to AALL and its members

    Heidi Letzmann
    For her 10 years of dedicated service to AALL and its members

    Hannah Phelps
    For her 5 years of dedicated service to AALL and its members

    Celeste Smith
    For her 5 years of dedicated service to AALL and its members

  • 2010

    Presented in Denver, Colorado, at the 103rd AALL Annual Meeting
    Catherine Lemann, President

    Barbara A. Bintliff
    For her work as the Reporter for the National Conference of Commissioners of Uniform State Laws Drafting Committee on Authentication and Preservation of State Electronic Legal Materials, and her many contributions to the profession.

    Mary D. Hood
    For her leadership as chair of the AALL Indexing of Periodical Literature Committee, 2009-2010, securing the future of this valuable program, and for her many contributions to the profession.

    Diana C. Jaque
    For her leadership as chair of the AALL Price Index Committee, 2009-2010, working to ensure its future as a valuable member service, and for her many contributions to the profession.

    Dick Spinelli
    For his over 40 years of exemplary service to law librarians and law librarianship, his support of AALL and its chapters, and his steadfast friendship to all law librarians.

    Jean M. Wenger
    For her leadership as chair of the AALL Executive Board Strategic Directions Committee, 2008 – 2010, which drafted the 2010 – 2013 Strategic Directions presented to the membership in July 2010, and for her many contributions to the profession.

    Social Responsibilities Special Interest Section (SR-SIS)
    For its leadership in sponsoring the Annual Children’s Book Drive which has provided books and cash to libraries and schools in Annual Meeting cities since 1999.

    Mary Alice Baish, Director of the Government Relations Office
    For her 15 years of dedicated service to AALL and its members.

  • 2009

    Presented in Washington, DC, at the 102nd AALL Annual Meeting
    James E. Duggan, President

    Timothy L. Coggins
    For his leadership of the 2008 Joint Study Institute Planning Committee, and his many contributions to the profession

    Darcy Kirk
    For her leadership of the 2008 Joint Study Institute Planning Committee, and her enduring commitment to the profession

    Ann T. Fessenden
    For her leadership and dedicated service to AALL and her advocacy on behalf of AALL and Vendor Relations

    Susan Lewis-Somers
    For her leadership of the Developing Law Librarians for the Future Special Committee, and her many contributions to AALL

    Frank G. Houdek
    For his exemplary leadership, service, and dedication to AALL, and for his tireless efforts to document AALL history through his many scholarly contributions

    Janis L. Johnston
    For her leadership of the China-United States Conference on Legal Information and Law Libraries Steering Committee

    Frank Y. Liu
    For his leadership of the China-United States Conference on Legal Information and Law Libraries Steering Committee

    Christopher Siwa, Web Administrator
    For his 5 years of dedicated service to AALL and its members

    Julia O’Donnell, Director of Membership Marketing and Communications
    For her 5 years of dedicated service to AALL and its members

    Ivonne Torres, Accounting Assistant
    For her 10 years of dedicated service to AALL and its members

    Kimberly Rundle, Executive Assistant to the Executive Director
    For her 10 years of dedicated service to AALL and its members

  • 2008

    Presented in Portland, Oregon, at the 101st AALL Annual Meeting
    Ann T. Fessenden, President

    Steven P. Anderson
    For his leadership of the Executive Board Vendor Strategies Working Group, and his dedication to finding and implementing creative new approaches to AALL’s vendor relations

    Mary Alice Baish
    AALL Acting Washington Affairs Representative
    For her exemplary service in maintaining a full range of AALL advocacy activities despite a sudden vacancy in the Washington Affairs Representative position, and her continuing commitment to AALL’s advocacy efforts

    Karl T. Gruben
    For his leadership in guiding the Special Committee on Committee Structure to complete the first major review of AALL committees in 20 years

    Sarah G. Holterhoff
    For guiding AALL to a national leadership role in promoting the importance of authentication of electronic legal information, and for her complete and continuing dedication to the profession

    Jacquelyn J. Jurkins
    For her steadfast and enduring dedication to AALL and the profession, and in recognition of her outstanding career as Multnomah Law Librarian

    Christopher Orange, AALL Mail Room Assistant/List Manager
    For his 15 years of dedicated service to AALL and its members

    Betty Roeske
    For her leadership of the Price Index Committee in a particularly challenging year, and her persistence in successfully producing the latest Price Index

    Tracy L. Thompson
    For her dedicated leadership of the Committee on Relations With Information Vendors, and her contributions to the Executive Board’s vendor relations initiatives

    William S. Hein Co.
    For providing access to AALL publications to our members through HeinOnline, and for its long-term support of the profession, development of quality legal research products, and commitment to customer service

  • 2007

    Presented in New Orleans, Louisiana, at the 100th AALL Annual Meeting
    Sarah G. Holterhoff, President

    Timothy L. Coggins
    For his crucial role in turning the idea of a National Authentication Summit into a reality and for his longtime and dedicated service in numerous capacities to the Association and the law library profession

    Mary Alice Baish, AALL Associate Washington Affairs Representative
    For her tireless efforts editing the State-by-State Authentication Report, her crucial role in bringing the National Authentication Summit from an idea to a reality, and the unfailing dedication and consummate skill she brings to advocacy work on behalf of AALL

    Susan P. Siebers
    For her important role and dedicated service as Chair of the 2007 AALL Executive Director Search Special Committee

    Pam Reisinger, AALL Director of Meetings
    For her skillful and diplomatic handling of the logistical arrangements for the 2007 AALL National Authentication Summit and for her service as Staff Representative on the Executive Director Search Special Committee

    Paul D. Healey
    For his service as AALL Spectrum Editorial Director (2001-2007)

    Frank G. Houdek
    For his 13 years of dedicated and exemplary service as Editor of Law Library Journal (1994-2007)

    Keith Ann Stiverson
    For her significant role in the AALL National Authentication Summit and her longstanding commitment to information policy issues on behalf of the Association and the profession

    Stephen M. Ligda, Honorary Membership
    In recognition of his exceptional contributions and loyal service to the Association

  • 2006

    Presented in St. Louis, Missouri, at the 99th AALLAnnual Meeting
    Claire M. Germain, President

    Timothy L. Coggins
    For his leadership of the Government Relations Committee, and enduring commitment to the profession

    Blair Kauffman
    For his leadership of the Special Committee on Fostering Legal Research as a Subject Specialty, his many contributions to the profession, and his enthusiastic collegiality

    Publishing Initiatives Caucus (PIC)
    For its exemplary role in spearheading a successful campaign to highlight articles written by law librarians in legal publications, and promoting law librarians to the legal community

    Roy M. Mersky
    For his exemplary leadership, service, and dedication to law libraries and legal research, and for his championship of the law library profession to the legal community

    Richard J. Matthews
    For his leadership of the Electronic Access to Legal Information Committee, and for his tireless efforts to complete the 50-state survey of authentication of electronic legal information

    Christopher Siwa, AALL Web Administrator
    In recognition of his responsive and innovative work in developing the scope, accessibility and usefulness of AALLNET

    Barbara A. Bintliff
    For her leadership and enduring commitment to AALL and the profession and advocacy on behalf of academic law library directors

    Dan J. Freehling
    For his leadership and dedicated service to AALL and his advocacy on behalf of AALL to the AALS and ABA

  • 2005

    Presented in San Antonio, Texas, at the 98th AALL Annual Meeting
    Victoria K. Trotta, President

    Mary Alice Baish, AALL Associate Washington Affairs Representative
    For dedicated leadership in creating and fostering grassroots advocacy programs among AALL members. For her tireless efforts to ensure a viable Federal Depository Library Program

    Anne C. Matthewman, Library Manager and Executive Director, Toronto Lawyers Association
    For her exemplary and steadfast service as AALL Treasurer during a time of fiscal difficulty and for her leadership in guiding the Association back to fiscal strength

    Frank Houdek, Chair, Fair Business Practices Special Committee
    For his leadership in developing the AALL Guide to Fair Business Practices for Legal Publishers

    Kay Moller Todd, Chair, Fair Business Practices Implementation Task Force
    For her tireless work in promoting the AALL Guide to Fair Business Practices for Legal Publishers as the accepted standard in the industry

    Law Librarians of New England (LLNE)
    For leadership and creativity in the development and promotion of the Chapter Blog as a means of enhanced member communications

    Julia O’Donnell, AALL Director of Publications
    For her critical review of publication processes which resulted in an annual savings to the Association of $60,000

    Stephen M. Ligda, AALL Director of Finance and Administration
    In recognition and appreciation of his eleven years of loyal service to AALL. For his leadership in sound financial stewardship, his patient tutelage, and his vision that has ensured a secure financial position for AALL

    Gen X Gen Y Task Force
    For its pioneer survey of generational data on member professional and association preferences, the results of which were used extensively by the AALL Executive Board during the Strategic Directions initiative

    Kennie L. Gill, Minority Staff Director and Chief Counsel, U.S. Senate Committee on Rules and Administration
    For longstanding championship of U.S. Code Title 44 and the Federal Depository Library Program, its unique and important value to our Nation’s citizens, and its future in the 21st Century to provide the American public with no-fee permanent public access to authentic government information

  • 2004

    Presented in Boston, Massachusetts, at the 97th AALL Annual Meeting
    Janis L. Johnston, President

    Carol Avery Nicholson, Assistant Director for Technical Services, University of North Carolina
    For dedicated leadership in encouraging AALL contributions of $100,000 for the George A. Strait Minority Scholarship Endowment.

    West
    For their initial and continuing generous contributions to establish the George A. Strait Minority Scholarship Endowment.

    Margaret Maes Axtmann, Associate Director for Information Resources, University of St. Thomas
    For her exemplary service to AALL and continuing dedication to law librarianship.

    Reginald R. Swanigan, Director of Information Technology, American Association of Law Libraries
    For his dedication and creativity in support of AALL technology innovations.

    U.S. Representative Rick Boucher
    For championship of libraries and enduring commitment to protecting the fair use rights of all users of copyrighted material

    Robert E. Riger, Director, Miami-Dade County Law Library
    For leadership and commitment to the successful statewide effort by the Florida State, Court & County Law Libraries, Inc., to restore a source of funding for Florida’s county law libraries.

    Siva Vaidhyanathan, Director of Communication Studies, New York University
    For championship of libraries and public education on protecting our cultural democracy and preserving fair use rights in the digital age.

  • 2003

    Presented in Seattle, Washington, at the 96th AALL Annual Meeting
    Carol Avery Nicholson, President

    Mark Estes, Director of Library Services, Holme Roberts & Owen LLP
    For enduring commitment to AALL and the profession and for personifying the importance of our community of law librarians.

    Robert L. Oakley, Director of the Law Library and Professor of Law, Georgetown University Law Center
    For enduring commitment to AALL and the profession and for spearheading the “Preserving Legal Information for the 21st Century: Toward a National Agenda” conference to address the preservation dilemma in regard to legal information.

    Pam Reisinger, Meeting Manager, American Association of Law Libraries
    For her expertise and loyalty in managing AALL’s many meetings throughout the year and for her dedication and diligence in ensuring the operational success of the 2003 Annual Meeting.

    Southern California Association of Law Libraries (SCALL)
    For launching the Chapter Challenge in support of the George Strait Minority Scholarship Endowment and for enduring support of AALL and the profession through the Inner City Youth Program.

    Academic Law Libraries Special Interest Section (ALL-SIS)
    For launching the SIS Challenge in support of the George Strait Minority Scholarship Endowment.

    Future of Law Libraries in the Digital Age Special Committee, Rita Reusch, Co-Chair
    For producing the publication Beyond the Boundaries that furthers the Association’s vision of the future and fosters the highest standards of law librarianship.

    Future of Law Libraries in the Digital Age Special Committee, Gail Warren, Co-Chair
    For producing the publication Beyond the Boundaries that furthers the Association’s vision of the future and fosters the highest standards of law librarianship.

    The Government Relations Committee, 2002-2003, Charlene Cain, Chair
    For producing the Permanent Public Access of State Government Information: a State-by-State Compilation and Resource Guide that furthers the Association’s Strategic Plan and promotes access to government information.

    The Bureau of National Affairs
    For their continuing support and for funding the Career Development Needs Assessment Survey and Report.

  • 2002

    Presented in Orlando, Florida, at the 95th AALL Annual Meeting
    Barbara Bintliff, President

    Julius Marke, Distinguished Research Professor of Law, St. John’s University Law School
    For enduring commitment to AALL and the profession and for personifying the importance of our community of law librarians

    Morris L. Cohen, Law Librarian (Retired) and Emeritus Professor of Law, Yale Law School, Lillian Goldman Library
    For enduring commitment to AALL and the profession and for personifying the importance of our community of law librarians

    Stephen M. Ligda, Director of Finance & Administration, American Association of Law Libraries
    For his expertise and loyalty managing the Association’s finances according to high ethical standards, and ensuring that we remain financially sound

    Richard A. Danner, Senior Associate Dean for Information Services, Duke University School of Law Library
    For lasting contributions to the Association through the establishment of the strategic planning process, and for his continuing contributions to the profession through his encouragement of research in topics relating to law librarianship.

    The Law Librarians’ Association of Greater New York (LLAGNY), Christina Rattiner, President
    For perseverance and leadership in confronting the unimaginable circumstances of September 11, 2001, and for showing exemplary cooperation and collaboration in our professional community

    Alan Holoch
    A posthumous recognition for his leadership in the profession and for his generosity in establishing the Holoch Travel Grant Fund for the Standing Committee on Gay and Lesbian Issues of the Social Responsibilities Special Interest Section

    The Professional Development Committee, 1998-1999, Mary A. Hotchkiss, Chair
    For developing the Competencies of Law Librarianship approved in 2001 that further the Association’s Strategic Plan and that foster the highest standards of law librarianship

    The Professional Development Committee, 1999-2000, Michael Saint-Onge, Chair
    For developing the Competencies of Law Librarianship approved in 2001 that further the Association’s Strategic Plan and that foster the highest standards of law librarianship

    The Professional Development Committee, 2000-2001, Judy Meadows, Chair
    For developing the Competencies of Law Librarianship approved in 2001 that further the Association’s Strategic Plan and that foster the highest standards of law librarianship

    The Academic Law Libraries Special Interest Section
    For developing a series of CD-based lessons on legal research for law students through the Center for Computer-Assisted Legal Research, in furtherance of the Association’s Strategic Plan

  • 2001

    Presented in Minneapolis, Minnesota, at the 94th AALL Annual Meeting
    Bob Oakley, President

    Nancy Johnson, Law Librarian and Professor of Law, Georgia State University College of Law Library
    For her extraordinary efforts supporting the 2001 AALL Economic Study of Law Book Pricing.

    Craig Lelansky, Acquisitions Librarian, Georgetown University Law Center, Edward Bennett Williams Library
    For his extraordinary efforts supporting the 2001 AALL Economic Study of Law Book Pricing.

    Northern California Association of Law Libraries
    For their leadership in public information policy and for putting on the first chapter workshop on lobbying.

    Michael St. Onge
    Editing AALL Resource Guides for Law Library Decision-Makers sponsored by LexisNexis®

    Tom Reynolds, Associate and Foreign Law Librarian, University of California School of Law Library, Boalt Hall Law Library
    For his dedicated service as Editor of the Index to Foreign Legal Periodicals since 1985.

    Ellen Schaffer, Librarian, International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea
    For her leadership in the profession by establishing the annual Ellen Schaffer Foreign Law Librarian Grant to attend the AALL Annual Meeting.

    Keith Ann Stiverson, Director, Chicago-Kent College of Law Library
    For her extraordinary leadership on public policy issues at the state and national levels including her work on the Nolo Press case and her work opposing the Uniform Chapter Information Transactions Act in Texas.

    West Group
    For their continuing support and for establishing an endowment with AALL to support the George Strait Minority Scholarship.

    Sarah K. Wiant, Director of the Law Library and Professor of Law, Washington & Lee University School of Law Library
    For her extraordinary efforts and her leadership opposing the Uniform Computer Information Transactions Act in the critical state of Virginia.

  • 2000

    Presented in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, at the 93rd AALL Annual Meeting
    Margie Axtman, President

    Laura N. Gasaway, Director of Law Library and Professor of Law, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Law Library
    For her leadership in copyright law education and her commitment to AALL’s Professional Development Program series on copyright.

    Marcia J. Koslov, Director of Knowledge Management, National Center for State Courts
    For her leadership and generosity in funding a new AALL Scholarship for participants in the Court Executive Development Program of the Institute for Court Management.

    Frank G. Houdek, Law Library Director and Professor of Law, Southern Illinois University Law Library
    For his leadership of the Committee on Relations with Information Vendors and for furthering the positive relationship between AALL and legal publishers.

    Kenneth L. Halajian, Vice President of Academic and International Law Publishing, LEXIS Publishing
    For his leadership in legal publishing and for his contribution to information-sharing between legal publishers and law librarians.

    Roger H. Parent, Executive Director, American Association of Law Libraries
    For his leadership in support of the Association’s goals and for his creative and fresh approach to strategic planning

    Virginia Association of Law Libraries
    For its leadership in strengthening the role of law librarians within the legal community through its relationship with the Virginia State Bar.

  • 1999

    Presented in Washington, DC, at the 92nd AALL Annual Meeting
    Jim Heller, President

    Hazel Johnson, Law Library Services Consultant
    For spearheading a public relations campaign that indeed helped make this meeting, our ninety-second, the highest attended in our history.

    Mark Folmsbee, Associate Director and Head of Public Services, Washburn University of Topeka School of Law Library
    For his tireless work facilitating electronic communication among our members by maintaining various web sites.

    Marcia Koslov, State Law Librarian, Wisconsin State Law Library
    For her work on the Steering Committee for the ABA National Conference on Public Trust and Confidence in the Judicial System that I want to highlight. Marcia arranged to have fifteen law librarians serve as reporters for that important conference, which was attend by five hundred leaders from state and federal courts, the bar, the media, and various citizens groups.

    Carol Billings, Director of the Law Library, Law Library of Louisiana
    For her successful grant to the State Justice Institute that enabled nearly twenty judges, court administrators, and leaders of judicial organizations to attend this conference.

    Minnesota Association of Law Libraries
    For supporting the inauguration of the Chapter VIP Program, an alliance between AALL and its chapters designed to bring to our meetings influential individuals from government, from legal and information associations, from academia, and from the private sector. The Minnesota Association of Law Libraries, a modest-sized chapter with a Midwestern can-do spirit, sponsored four VIPs to join us here in Washington.

    Nolo Press
    For challenging the Texas Unauthorized Practice recognize the folks who had the courage, and the business motivation of course, to take on the Texas Unauthorized Practice of Law Committee, which attempted to ban the sale and use of so-called self-help legal materials. Nolo Press invited AALL to be a named plaintiff for a lawsuit, an invitation the Executive Board could not turn down.

    Mary Alice Baish, AALL Associate Washington Affairs Representative
    Bob Oakley, AALL Washington Affairs Representative
    For their importance to law librarians and anyone who uses legal information and information produced at public expense; and for their tireless work on behalf of public access to information.

  • 1998

    Presented in Anaheim, California, at the 91st AALL Annual Meeting
    Judy Meadows, President

    Michael Saint-Onge, Librarian of Northern California Offices, Coudert Brothers
    In recognition of the Annual Meeting Program Selection Committee’s significant enhancements to AALL, a premiere educational event. The committee’s ability and willingness to think outside the box and its creation of tools that are now available for speakers and program planners will assist the Association for years to come.

    Kay Todd, Senior Legal Researcher, Paul Hastings Janofsky & Walker LLP

    Jean Holcomb, Law Librarian and Director, King County Law Library

    Someone said that ‘the world is a better place because of those that refuse to believe they cannot fly.” Kay and Jean are the first chairs of AALL’s Professional Development Committee. And they have demonstrated their ability and our ability to fly. The committee has laid the groundwork for educational programming that will reach all of our members, extending throughout the year and throughout the country the offerings of the Association.

    Tim Coggins, Director & Associate Professor of Law, University of Richmond School of Law Library

    Michele Finerty, Technical Services Librarian, Orange County Law Library

    AALL’s Strategic plan has the following challenge: “To provide leadership to shape the legal information environment at a time of rapidly changing technology and public policy changes.” The Working Group has taken this challenge and applied it in amazingly creative and helpful ways. It has established itself and the American Association of law Libraries as the expert on government use of technology by creating a Web site that is providing this expertise and guidance to state and federal information providers in the executive, legislative, and judicial branches of government. The Working Group exemplifies the role AALL can and should play as the information expert in the legal environment.

    Bill Lindberg, Minneapolis, Minnesota
    For his active and important role as an associate member of AALL for over twenty years. His contributions to our profession far surpass the role he was bound to play for the West Publishing Company. He consistently made it his business to understand the issues and challendges faced by law librarians in the 1980s and 1990s. He did this because of his genuine respect and support for the profession and members of AALL.

  • 1997

    Presented in Baltimore, Maryland, at the 90th AALL Annual Meeting
    Frank Houdek, President

    Catherine Hardy, Chair, NOCALL Government Relations Committee
    The Northern California Association of Law Libraries recognized for exceptional achievement in drafting and then helping secure passage of California Senate Bill 1507 to ensure that legislative records and agency rulemaking files would be retained, made publicly available, and preserved.

    David McFadden, Chair, SCALL Government Relations
    The Southern California Association of Law Libraries recognized for exceptional achievement in drafting and then helping secure passage of California Senate Bill 1507 to ensure that legislative records and agency rulemaking files would be retained, made publicly available, and preserved.

    Lynn Foster, Law Library Director/Professor of Law, University of Arkansas at Little Rock/Pulaski County Law Library, Chair, Task Force on Citation Formats (1994-1995)

    Rita Reusch, Director of the Law Library, University of Utah Law Library, Chair, Citation Format Committee (1995-1996)

    Marcia J. Koslov, State Law Librarian, Wisconsin State Law Library, Chair, Citation Format Committee (1996-1997)

    The Task Force on Citation Formats (1994-1995) and the Citation Format Committee (1995-1997) for exceptional achievement in initiating a national debate on public domain and universal citation format and establishing AALL as a recognized leader in the field of citation reform.

    Patricia Patterson, Director of Legal Information, Schiff Hardin & Waite, Chair, Task Force on the Value of Law Librarians
    The Task Force on the Value of Law Libraries for exceptional achievement in creating Law Librarians: Making Information Work, a marketing tool kit designed to help law librarians effectively communicate the value of their skills and knowledge to decision-makers in parent institutions.

    Paul N. Wojcik, President and CEO, The Bureau of National Affairs, Inc.
    The Bureau of National Affairs, Inc. on their fiftieth anniversary as a wholly employee owned company and expresses the Association’s gratitude for enriching the Annual Meeting with their anniversary celebration on Sunday, July 20, 1997.  The Bureau’s generous support of the Annual Meeting will enable the Association to develop and launch substantial and innovative continuing education programs for members.

    Sara Holterhoff, Government Documents Librarian, Valparaiso University School of Law Library, Chair, Ad Hoc Committee on Chapter Relations
    Ad Hoc Advisory Group on Chapter Relations for exceptional achievement in creating a vision for a mutually supportive alliance between AALL and its chapters and implementing this vision by launching a quarterly bulletin and annual training roundtables for chapter leaders.