AALL eNewsletter / September 2019

VOTING FOR AALL’S FUTURE LEADERS OPENS OCTOBER 1

Online voting for the next AALL vice president/president-elect, secretary, and Executive Board members opens on Tuesday, October 1 and runs through 11:59 p.m. (EDT) on Thursday, October 31. Voting instructions will be emailed out to all eligible voters the morning of October 1.

Members of the Executive Board represent you and your interests as law librarians and legal information professionals. It’s important to make an educated decision, and we encourage you to learn more about the candidates before voting by listening to the Candidates Forum recordings, and reading their biographies and statements, as well as the Q&As with the candidates featured in the July/August issue of AALL Spectrum.

CANDIDATES FORUM FOR PRESIDENT-ELECT

September 24, 2019
12:00 p.m. (CDT)
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Members will have the opportunity to ask questions during the forum via live chat. Ronald E. Wheeler Jr., chair of the Nominations Committee, will serve as moderator for the forum.

PROPOSE A PROGRAM FOR AALL 2020

The Call for Proposals for AALL’s 2020 Annual Meeting is open through October 1! The Annual Meeting Program Committee (AMPC) has compiled a list of “must-have” program topics—timely topics that AALL members have identified as being vital to their professional education. Within AALL’s Body of Knowledge domains, what cutting-edge topics or new skill sets are emerging? You might be inspired by the ideas AALL members have already shared.

Check out the quick guide for getting started, explore additional resources for program proposers, and use the online Program and Workshop Proposal Collection site to develop your proposal. The deadline to submit a proposal is 11:59 p.m. (EDT) on Tuesday, October 1. The AMPC will evaluate all submitted proposals using a comprehensive rubric, focusing on their relevance and description. We can’t wait to see your proposals!
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BOOK YOUR HOUSING

Mark your calendars to join us next July 11-14 in New Orleans. Book your accommodations now and rest easy knowing that you can modify your reservation later, penalty-free.

2019 COMPETITIVE INTELLIGENCE FOUNDATIONS / EARLY-BIRD PRICING ENDS TOMORROW

This workshop is for you. Competitive Intelligence (CI) is quickly becoming one of the must-have skill sets that is in demand at every organization. During this program, learn how to rethink your work for a competitive advantage, create processes, and learn effective analysis.

  • Friday, October 18 / 9:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m. (CDT)
  • Sidley Austin LLP / Chicago
  • Members $450 / Nonmembers $675 (Price increases $49 after tomorrow, September 20)
  • Early-Bird Deadline: Friday, September 20 (tomorrow)

WHO SHOULD ATTEND

Law librarians and legal information professionals seeking to learn how to build a competitive intelligence strategy at their organizations (firm, law schools, government, and more).

Offered by the American Association of Law Libraries in partnership with

UPCOMING WEBINAR / REGISTER BY MONDAY

TRAINING LAW FACULTY TO TEACH LEGAL TECHNOLOGY: WHAT THEY NEED TO LEARN AND WHY

  • Thursday, September 26 / 11:00 a.m. (CDT)
  • Register by Monday, September 23
  • Members – Free / Nonmembers – $60
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Technology has become the great disrupter for professional services providers (including lawyers). Some states have formally adopted model rules regarding technology competence for lawyers, and the need for lawyers to learn how to leverage technology has continued to increase. Legal educators must consider the role of technology in the legal profession and sufficiently prepare law students to become competent lawyers who are able to practice law in today’s workplace. During this webinar, presenters will describe the current legal technology landscape and explain what law faculty need to learn about teaching legal technology to create tech-savvy lawyers.

2020 AALL LEADERSHIP ACADEMY / APPLY TODAY

Become an effective leader by attending the 2020 AALL Leadership Academy. Discover how to expand your personal leadership style while networking with your peers. The Leadership Academy is an intensive learning experience designed to equip you with core leadership skills, strategies to handle leadership challenges, and tools to build your career as an effective leader.

  • March 27-28, 2020
  • Hyatt Lodge / Oak Brook, Illinois
  • Open to current AALL members only
  • Application deadline: Monday, November 11

Illustration of arrowsPROGRAM HIGHLIGHTS

  • Interactive discussions to explore core behaviors of exemplary leaders, and ways to practice those skills more frequently
  • Leadership assessments that target strengths and preferences
  • Small and large group collaboration
  • Focused development activities and opportunities to network with colleagues

ATTENDEE BENEFITS

Participants will be subscribed to a private online community, receive a mentor (an AALL member) for one year to support continued growth, and receive ongoing leadership development opportunities. The application process is now open—apply today!

AALL/BLOOMBERG LAW CONTINUING EDUCATION GRANT

Does your chapter, special interest section, committee, or caucus have an educational event that needs funding? If so, consider applying for an AALL/Bloomberg Law Continuing Education Grant. Grant requests are accepted at various times throughout the year. The next deadline for grant applications is Thursday, October 31.

AALL REITERATES SUPPORT FOR UELMA

AALL President Michelle Cosby wrote to the Uniform Law Commission reiterating AALL’s support for the Uniform Electronic Legal Material Act (UELMA) in advance of a hearing before the Massachusetts Joint Committee on the Judiciary on September 17, 2019. AALL looks forward to continuing to work with the Uniform Law Commission to ensure that the Act is passed in as many states as possible.

NEW ADDITIONS TO AALL’S KNOWLEDGE CENTER

A new report called Open to the Public: How Law Libraries Are Serving Self-Represented Litigants Across the Country is now available in the Knowledge Center. This project highlights the valuable role law libraries play in improving access to justice in the United States. It was completed by Joan Bellistri, Sara Galligan, and the Government Law Libraries Special Interest Section (GLL-SIS), and was awarded the AALL LexisNexis Research Fund Grant in April 2019. In addition, two very helpful resources from the Research Instruction & Patron Services Special Interest Section’s (RIPS-SIS) Research Instruction Committee have been added: Legal Research Text Reviews and Legal Research Article Summaries.

If there are toolkits or reports you would like to see included in the Knowledge Center, please contact Megan Mall, AALL’s director of content strategy.

COMMUNITY CORNER (NEW!)

  • ALL-SIS – In fulfilling one of the goals of its strategic plan, the Academic Law Libraries Special Interest Section (ALL-SIS) is embarking on an initiative to review its current committee structure. Please note that if you have previously served as chair of an ALL-SIS committee, you may be contacted to complete a brief questionnaire regarding your work as chair and the committee’s output over the course of your term. If you have questions regarding this review, contact ALL-SIS Chair, Lisa Goodman.

AALL seeks more news and announcements from chapters and special interests sections that may be of interest to all members. Please send your news to Heather Haemker, AALL publications manager.

MEMBER NEWS

  • Andre Davison, research and technology manager at Blank Rome LLP in Houston, Texas, was featured on The Geek in Review earlier this month. During the episode he speaks with hosts Marlene Gebauer and Greg Lambert about his acclaimed efforts in technology, innovation, and diversity within his firm and the legal profession at large.

AALL seeks more news about members’ achievements, job changes, and connections with the legal information community. Please send your news to Heather Haemker, AALL publications manager.

AALLNET MONTHLY MEMBER PROFILE

In this month’s member profile, Karin Johnsrud, assistant librarian for research services at the United States Supreme Court Library in Washington, DC, shares her favorite AALL memory and discusses the rewarding experience participation in special interest sections has played in her career.

See more AALLNET Monthly Member Profiles and view AALL Spectrum Member and Leader Profiles on AALLNET.

AALL eBriefing / AALL 2019 Candidates Forum Recordings

CANDIDATES FORUM RECORDINGS

The recordings from the AALL 2019 Candidates Forum for Executive Board held on September 12, 2019 and the Candidates Forum for Secretary held on September 17, 2019 are now available.

CANDIDATES FOR EXECUTIVE BOARD MEMBERS

Access the recording

  • Susan David deMaine
  • Stacy Etheredge
  • Sarah Morris
  • Jeff B. Woodmansee

Candidates for Secretary

Access the recording

  • Mary Jenkins
  • Dr. Michele A. L. Villagran

CANDIDATES FORUM FOR PRESIDENT-ELECT

Learn more about the candidates before voting opens on Tuesday, October 1.

Register now for the candidates forum for president-elect. It is scheduled for September 24, 2019 at 12:00 p.m. (CDT), and members are encouraged to participate in the moderated forum by submitting questions in advance to candidatesforum@aall.org.

Members will also have the opportunity to ask a question during the forums via live chat. Ronald E. Wheeler Jr., chair of the Nominations Committee, will serve as moderator for the forum.

Candidates for President-Elect

  • Elaine M. Egan
  • Diane M. Rodriguez

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES

Read the Q&A with candidates from the July/August issue of AALL Spectrum and the candidate biographies and statements on AALLNET.

AALL eBriefing / Executive Board Candidates Forums

AALL EXECUTIVE BOARD ELECTION CANDIDATES FORUMS

The AALL Executive Board election is quickly approaching, and three candidates’ forums are scheduled in advance of the election. Learn more about the candidates before voting opens on Tuesday, October 1. Members are encouraged to participate in the moderated forums by submitting questions in advance to candidatesforum@aall.org. Please indicate which candidate forum you would like your question directed.

Members will also have the opportunity to ask a question during the forums via live chat. Ronald E. Wheeler Jr., chair of the Nominations Committee, will serve as moderator for the forums.

Candidates Forum for Executive Board

September 12, 2019
12:00 p.m. (CDT)
Register Now

CANDIDATES FOR EXECUTIVE BOARD

  • Susan David deMaine
  • Stacy Etheredge
  • Sarah Morris
  • Jeff B. Woodmansee

Candidates Forum for Secretary

September 17, 2019
12:00 p.m. (CDT)
Register Now

CANDIDATES FOR SECRETARY

  • Mary Jenkins
  • Dr. Michele A. L. Villagran

Candidates Forum for President-Elect

September 24, 2019
12:00 p.m. (CDT)
Register Now

CANDIDATES FOR PRESIDENT-ELECT

  • Elaine M. Egan
  • Diane M. Rodriguez

FORMAT

  • Each candidate will make an opening statement
  • Each question will be posed to each candidate
  • Questions submitted in advance will be shared with the candidates prior to the forums
  • Forums will be recorded and available on AALLNET

QUESTIONS

  • Members are limited to one question each and will not be identified
  • Questions should be related to AALL, law librarianship, and a candidate’s work experience
  • Questions can be submitted via live chat during the forum

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES

Read the Q&A with candidates from the July/August issue of AALL Spectrum and the candidate biographies and statements on AALLNET.

Washington eBulletin – September 2019

A Look Ahead

Congress Must Pass Agency Funding Bill or Risk Government Shutdown

Members of Congress return to Washington next week with a full agenda, including completing the 12 appropriations bills before the start of the new fiscal year. If the bills aren’t finished before the end of the current fiscal year on September 30, the federal government will once again shut down.

The House Appropriations Committee approved the fiscal year 2020 legislative branch appropriations bill in May. The bill provides the Government Publishing Office (GPO) with the requested $117 million, which will support the Federal Depository Library Program and the continued development of govinfo. The Library of Congress received $720 million, an increase of $24 million, including the Copyright Office, Congressional Research Service, Law Library of Congress, and National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped. In its Committee report, the House Appropriations Committee urged the Law Library “to continue its digitization strategy as party of the Library’s overall digitization strategy to increase online access to major parts of its collection, such as the U.S. Serial Sets [sic] and Supreme Court Records and Briefs.”

The Law Library of Congress’ projects to digitize public domain U.S. legal and legislative materials would be of significant benefit to law libraries, which will be able to provide free access to these collections through the Law Library’s website once digitization is complete. In addition, GPO is contributing to building a corpus of digitized historical material, most recently completing the digitization of the Federal Register back to 1936 and the bound Congressional Record back to 1873.

Despite the White House’s repeated calls to shutter the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) and the Legal Services Corporation (LSC), the House has approved significant increases in funding for these agencies. In June, the House approved $267 million for IMLS in a four-bill appropriations package (H.R.2740), an increase of $25 million above the 2019 enacted level. The House also passed $550 million for the LSC in a separate appropriations package (H.R. 3055), an increase of $135 million above fiscal year 2019, to help increase the availability of legal assistance in underserved communities.

The Senate has not yet scheduled any appropriations bill markups. Before the recess, the Senate cleared legislation to set topline spending levels for the next two fiscal years and suspend the debt limit through July 2021. That means the House and Senate may have to reconcile funding levels and must act quickly to complete the appropriations bills before funding runs out on September 30.

Roundup and Review

AALL eBriefing / Voting Results for Proposed Revisions to AALL Bylaws & Ethical Principles

The AALL Executive Board approved several revisions to the AALL Bylaws and the AALL Ethical Principles during its April 2019 meeting. Notice of these revisions were shared with the membership in an eBriefing on May 7. The proposed revisions were sent to members for a vote on July 29 and voting was open through August 29. The results of the elections are below:

AALL BYLAWS PROPOSED REVISIONS

The proposed revisions to Article VI., Nominations and Elections; Article IX., Committees, Other Organizations, and Representatives; and Article X., Special Interest Sections of the AALL Bylaws have passed. Of the 538 ballots returned, 92.3 percent, voted in favor of the revisions to the AALL Bylaws.

AALL ETHICAL PRINCIPLES PROPOSED REVISIONS

The proposed revisions to the AALL Ethical Principles have passed. Of the 538 ballots returned, 92.2 percent, voted in favor of the revisions to the Ethical Principles.

Thank you to everyone who voted. Please email AALL at leadership@aall.org if you have any questions or would like additional information.

Sincerely,

Luis Acosta
AALL Secretary

AALL Education Update / September 2019

UPCOMING WEBINARS / REGISTER TODAY

GOING BEYOND TRADITIONAL RESEARCH METHODS WITH ADVANCED AI (THOMSON REUTERS VENDOR SHOWCASE)

  • Tuesday, September 10 / 11:00 a.m. (CDT)
  • Register by Friday, September 6
  • Members – Free / Nonmembers – $60
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Artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning have reached new heights in terms of buzzword popularity, but at their core, each has the potential for big market impact. Thomson Reuters has been leveraging the application of AI and machine learning for years to advance legal technology and improve how attorneys conduct legal research. This webinar will give you a first-hand look at the most advanced AI-based project Thomson Reuters has ever tackled: Westlaw Edge Quick Check. Quick Check, an intelligent legal document analysis tool, goes beyond traditional research methods to uncover relevant authority that may have been missed.

TRAINING LAW FACULTY TO TEACH LEGAL TECHNOLOGY: WHAT THEY NEED TO LEARN AND WHY

  • Thursday, September 26 / 11:00 a.m. (CDT)
  • Register by Monday, September 23
  • Members – Free / Nonmembers – $60
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There is no question that technology has become the great disrupter for professional services providers (including lawyers). States have formally adopted model rules regarding technology competence for lawyers, and the need for lawyers to learn how to leverage technology has continued to increase. Legal educators must give real consideration to the role of technology in the legal profession and sufficiently prepare law students to become competent lawyers who are able to practice law in today’s workplace. During this webinar, presenters will describe the current technology landscape and explain what law faculty need to learn about teaching legal technology in order to create tech-savvy lawyers.

2019 COMPETITIVE INTELLIGENCE FOUNDATIONS / REGISTER NOW

Be the person who defines, gathers, analyzes, and distributes intelligence about products, customers, and competitors at your organization. During this program, learn how to establish and maintain a strategic competitive intelligence (CI) function—from development to implementation.

  • Friday, October 18 / 9:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m. (CDT)
  • Sidley Austin LLP / Chicago
  • Members $450 / Nonmembers $675 (Price increases $49 after September 20)
  • Registration Deadline: October 1

Sponsored by the American Association of Law Libraries in partnership with

CALL FOR WEBINAR PROPOSALS

SHARE YOUR IDEAS

Do you have an idea for a webinar? Are you, or is someone you know, an expert on a subject important to legal information professionals? We want to hear from you! We’re looking for programs on relevant and emerging topics, as well as current or cutting-edge best practices in legal information and library services. Webinar proposals should fall into one of the six AALL Body of Knowledge (BoK) domains. Submit a proposal today.

CALL FOR AALL ANNUAL MEETING PROPOSALS / COMING SOON

Thanks to all who contributed and voted on “must-have” program ideas for next summer’s AALL Annual Meeting & Conference.

The Annual Meeting Program Committee is in the process of finalizing the slate—selected topic ideas will be featured in September’s call for proposals. Feeling inspired? Learn more about the proposal process and turn inspiration into reality at AALL 2020.

SAVE THE DATE / 2020 AALL LEADERSHIP ACADEMY

March, 27-28, 2020
Hyatt Lodge / Oak Brook, Illinois

Illustration of arrowsLeadership Academy Arrows Legal information professionals in the early stages of your career—maximize your leadership potential while networking with your peers. The Leadership Academy is designed to equip you with essential leadership skills, strategies to handle leadership challenges, and tools to build your career as an effective leader.

The application process will open in September. Additional information will be forthcoming.

NOW AVAILABLE / COMPLIMENTARY AALL 2019 SESSION RECORDINGS

At last month’s AALL Annual Meeting & Conference, attendees gathered to learn, network, and share knowledge. As an AALL member, you can access the educational session recordings, whether you joined us in Washington, DC or not. Easily listen to sessions from your desktop or on the go—take advantage of this complimentary member benefit, just a few clicks away.

Find this and many more continuing education programs and webinars on AALLNET.

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WEBINARS NOW AVAILABLE ON-DEMAND

PICK OF THE MONTH

Selected by AALL’s Continuing Professional Education Committee

GROWING OUT, NOT CLIMBING UP
All too often, we associate a “successful” career trajectory with climbing up the managerial ladder and trading the day-to-day responsibilities of librarianship for a more administrative role. Yet not everyone wants to pursue this route, and as a profession, we do ourselves a disservice by assuming that this approach is the only way to experience rewarding professional growth. During this program, a panel of three librarians share their diverse experiences in government and court, private law firm, and academic law libraries, to offer insights into making a meaningful career by expanding your role without chasing the management track.

Find this and many more continuing education programs and webinars on AALLNET.

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FOR THE LEADER IN YOU

Good leaders consider their role in the promotion of diversity and inclusion within their communities. Whether one is in a position of actual authority or informally serving as a leader, there are a variety of ways in which leaders can practice inclusive leadership in their own organizations.

For guidance on how leaders can effectively build an environment that welcomes, respects, and fosters diversity, here are a few recommended articles to explore:

For some more comprehensive reading suggestions on the topic:

To encourage all of us to think about leadership, the Leadership Development Committee highlights short articles in the Education Update. Have a suggestion or request for a topic? Please email Michelle Dewey.