AALL eBriefing / Virtual Town Hall Meetings

Rebranding Initiative

The Executive Board’s recommendation to change the Association’s name to the Association for Legal Information has sparked some great discussion. To further the discussion, and to answer your questions, two Virtual Town Hall meetings have been scheduled for December.

Date: Tuesday, December 1, 2015
Time: 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. (CST)
Register now.

Date: Friday, December 18, 2015
Time: 11:00 a.m. to Noon (CST)
Register now.

Both sessions will be recorded and made available to members on AALLNET.

The Town Hall meetings will begin with a short presentation about the name change recommendation, followed by a Q&A session. During the Town Hall, you will have the opportunity to ask questions by phone and by live chat.

You can also submit questions in advance to rebrand@aall.org. For the Town Hall on December 1, submit your questions no later than Monday, November 30. For the December 18 meeting, submit your questions between December 2 and 17.

The name proposal is a result of the branding initiative that AALL undertook in the spring of 2015. For more information about the process or to get involved in the conversation, listed below are additional resources.


Keith Ann Stiverson
AALL President

AALL eBriefing / Recommendation Conversation

Recommendation Conversation

Last Thursday, in an eBriefing to the membership, I reported to you that the AALL Executive Board had voted unanimously to recommend a name change for consideration and a vote by the membership. The proposed name, Association for Legal Information, is now being discussed on a number of member communication channels, and as a result some questions have been raised. To be responsive to your questions, we have updated the FAQs on AALLNET.

Thank you for taking part in a thoughtful discussion about the possibility of a new name for our Association. I hope that more of you will join in the conversation, which is important to our future. We will soon be scheduling a town hall meeting to elicit member feedback, and will continue to keep you informed via eBriefing, eNews, and on the website at www.aallnet.org/rebrand .


Keith Ann Stiverson
AALL President

AALL eBriefing / Executive Board Name Recommendation

Executive Board Name Recommendation

In my August eBriefing about the AALL Rebranding Initiative, I remarked that “rebranding” is about more than a new name; it is about shaping our reputation and our future. More importantly, I asked you to think about what our reputation is, what we want it to be, and how we can best position ourselves for success.

We started the rebranding initiative last March, and it has been an enlightening journey. As part of that journey, we considered a name change to see if a new name could better communicate the varied roles our members play in the field of legal information. After much discussion, thought, and careful consideration, at its November 7 meeting, the Executive Board voted unanimously to recommend to the membership a new name, “Association for Legal Information.”

The Board is convinced that a name change is a necessary and healthy conversation for all of us to have as we position our Association for the future. Ultimately, it is up to all of you to decide, as we plan to put this forward for a vote on January 12.

Before the voting, we will hold virtual town hall meetings to elicit member feedback, encourage dialogue on a dedicated AALL My Communities discussion board, and continue to keep you informed via eBriefings, eNews, and information posted to www.aallnet.org/rebrandVoting will begin on January 12 and results will be announced on February 11. In the meantime, we have updated the FAQs on AALLNET in anticipation of questions you may have.

AALL Vision
AALL and its members will be the recognized authority in all aspects of legal information.

AALL Core Purpose
AALL will advance the profession and the professional growth of its members.


I would like to thank all of the members of the Brand Working Group, who have put so much time, energy, and thoughtfulness into this project: the AALL Executive Board, Council Chairs, and representatives of the Academic Law Libraries, Government Law Libraries, and Private Law Librarians and Information Professionals Special Interest Sections. Their participation has ensured that we considered all points of view.

As I have talked with members of the Brand Working Group about their journeys through this process, I have noted a few things that we all have in common: our feelings about the name change have shifted dramatically over the course of the project, we are passionate about our jobs and shaping our future, and, most importantly, we are dedicated to our colleagues and our friends who are the heart of this organization and the field of legal information.

I wish that all of you could have been in the room on Saturday, November 7, where the excitement was palpable. The trepidation about change, which we all have, was surpassed by the belief that we are helping to create new opportunities for the future of the Association. I hope that as you reflect on our treasured history and look toward our unwritten future, you will embrace this as enthusiastically as the Brand Working Group and I have.

We want to hear from you. The AALL My Communities discussion board (“Association for Legal Information”) is active and I have asked the members of the Brand Working Group to kick-start the conversation. Also, we will be scheduling the dates for the Virtual Town Hall meetings soon, so please watch for the announcements. As is always the case, please feel free to contact me directly with your comments at kstivers@kentlaw.iit.edu, or we can arrange a phone call at your convenience.


Keith Ann Stiverson
AALL President

AALL eBriefing / AALL Executive Board Election Results

AALL Executive Board Election Results

I am pleased to announce the results of the 2015 AALL Executive Board Election. This year, 1,254 AALL members (30.33%) cast ballots and elected the following:

Vice President/President-Elect
(July 2016 – July 2017)

Gregory R. Lambert
Chief Knowledge Services Officer
Jackson Walker L.L.P.
Houston, Texas

(July 2016 – July 2019)

 Jean L. Willis
Assistant Director for Support Services
Sacramento County Public Law Library
Sacramento, California


Board Members
(July 2016 – July 2019)

Mary Jenkins
Law Librarian and Director
Hamilton County Law Library
Cincinnati, Ohio

Meg Kribble
Research Librarian and Outreach Coordinator
Harvard Law School
Cambridge, Massachusetts

Congratulations to our successful candidates and thank you to all who ran for office. It is this commitment and dedication that makes the profession, and especially AALL, a strong and vibrant community.


Katherine K. Coolidge, Esq.
AALL Secretary

AALL eBriefing / AALL Rebranding Initiative: Creating Our Future

AALL Rebranding Initiative: Creating Our Future


Over the past several months, the AALL Rebranding Initiative has been moving forward using the results of the May member survey to inform the process. So, thank you to all of you who completed the survey and shared your thoughts. I have also participated in several rebranding sessions, and I have learned to think about the true purpose of such a project. “Rebranding” is not about changing our name; instead, it is about thinking of the Association from the point of view of others, not ourselves, and considering the question of what we want our reputation to be.

I hope you will join in and start thinking about how we can create the future of our reputation. Some of our special interest sections have decided to change their names. Should the Association do the same? Perhaps; but first, let’s think about what our reputation is, what we want it to be, and how we can best position ourselves for the future.

FAQs and a project update are available to keep you up-to-date on the progress of this project. I hope you will read them and think about the project in terms of what we want others to think of us. Your questions and comments are welcome.


Keith Ann Stiverson
AALL President


AALL Rebranding Initiative Update

AALL eBriefing / AALL Member Makes History with Citation in Supreme Court Opinion


John Cannan, research and instructional services librarian at Drexel University Thomas R. Kline School of Law in Philadelphia, made the history books yesterday, June 25. The United States Supreme Court opinion King v. Burwell cites Cannan’s Law Library Journal article, “A Legislative History of the Affordable Care Act: How Legislative Procedure Shapes Legislative History,” 105 Law Libr. J. 131 (2013).

Chief Justice Roberts cites Cannan’s article on page 14 of the opinion:


The Affordable Care Act contains more than a few examples of inartful drafting. (To cite just one, the Act creates three separate Section 1563s. See 124 Stat. 270, 911, 912.) Several features of the Act’s passage contributed to that unfortunate reality. Congress wrote key parts of the Act behind closed doors, rather than through “the traditional legislative process.” Cannan, A Legislative History of the Affordable Care Act: How Legislative Procedure Shapes Legislative History, 105 L. Lib. J. 131, 163 (2013). And Congress passed much of the Act using a complicated budgetary procedure known as “reconciliation,” which limited opportunities for debate and amendment, and bypassed the Senate’s normal 60-vote filibuster requirement. Id., at 159-167. As a result, the Act does not reflect the type of care and deliberation that one might expect of such significant legislation. Cf. Frankfurter, Some Reflections on the Reading of Statutes, 47 Colum. L.Rev. 527, 545 (1947) (describing a cartoon “in which a senator tells his colleagues ‘I admit this new bill is too complicated to understand. We’ll just have to pass it to find out what it means.'”).

King v. Burwell, 2015 US 70, at 14.

King v. Burwell upholds a key provision of the Affordable Care Act that provides tax subsidies for the purchase of health insurance in all 50 states.

This is the second time that a Law Library Journal article has been cited by a Supreme Court Opinion; in 2010, Shady Grove Orthopedic Associates, P.A. v. Allstate Ins. Co. cited Jose R. Torres’ and Steve Windsor’s article, “State Legislative Histories: A Select, Annotated Bibliography,” 85 Law Libr. J. 545, 547 (1993).

Congratulations to John Cannan for this exciting achievement!


Holly M. Riccio
AALL President

AALL eBriefing / AALL President Holly M. Riccio Reflects on the ABA National Summit

AALL President Holly M. Riccio Reflects on the ABA National Summit on Innovation in Legal Services

Earlier this year, ABA President William Hubbard established the Commission on the Future of Legal Services to improve the delivery of—and access to–legal services. The Commission published an Issues Paper, requesting that key stakeholders submit written comments, which AALL did. The Commission also held hearings at the ABA Midyear Meeting in Houston, in February, and I was able to attend on behalf of AALL and testify—along with other bar leaders, judges, law firm practice managers, and legal service providers—focusing my remarks on libraries’ integral role in expanding access to justice for all individuals and communities.

The culminating event for this Commission was the invitation-only National Summit on Innovation in Legal Services, which took place last month at Stanford Law School, assembling 200 participants, all proven leaders and innovators in the legal profession.

AALL was invited to participate in this event, convened to “challenge thought leaders both from within and beyond the legal profession to . . . spark fresh thinking about the delivery of legal services and to find new, actionable ideas that are not constrained by traditional models and are rooted in the essential values of protecting the public, enhancing diversity and inclusion, and pursuing justice for all.” The two-day event–packed with inspiring keynote speakers, panelists, and TED-style mini-lectures, and combined with ample time for breakout sessions organized around the key areas identified in the Issues Paper–was not only a great opportunity for AALL to start developing richer relationships and collaborations with the ABA in the access to justice arena, but also reflective of the commitment by the ABA leadership to bring about real change in the way we define and deliver legal services.

The topics covered over the course of the two days included innovation both within and beyond the legal sphere, challenges to innovation, focusing on the client, “Bridge the Gap” programs, and, at the conclusion of the Summit, reporting out from the breakout sessions with a reaction panel. There were five different breakout session topics that attendees were pre-assigned to, based on their interests: Access Solutions for the Underserved, Blue Sky Innovation, Dispute Resolution, Preventive Law, and Regulatory Opportunities.

I was assigned to one of the two Access Solutions for the Underserved breakout groups, and others in the group represented organizations and associations that have a vested interest in access to justice. Judging from what I experienced in my breakout session and the reports from the other breakout groups, there are definitely possibilities for AALL to partner with the ABA on some of these newly identified opportunities to provide better access to justice.

Some of the more obvious ones were library involvement and participation in co-location as a means to provide legal services and resources, and collaborating with states to provide content (in the form of links to primary and secondary legal resources) for state legal help portals. Some of the other interesting opportunities I saw were to possibly partner with the ABA on a grant to promote and encourage technology innovation and to collaborate with legal hackers to create sites and apps aimed at providing legal information to the public.

Now, the hard work for the ABA will really begin, with the Commission taking all the inspiration and information from the Summit and creating and prioritizing action items to implement change in the legal profession.

For a more in-depth overview of the ABA National Summit on Innovation in Legal Services, check out my summary of the highlights and takeaways on the AALL Spectrum Blog.


Holly M. Riccio
AALL President

AALL eBriefing / AALL Requests Your Participation

Help Shape the Future of AALL

Recently, AALL launched a comprehensive, Association-wide branding initiative with Mission Minded, a communications and branding development firm. With a focus on AALL’s vision and core purpose, the goal of this project is to better communicate the value proposition of both AALL and its members.

Through research, stakeholder interviews, and surveys, Mission Minded will work to create a compelling and effective communications plan that clearly articulates the role of law librarians in the legal profession and the communities they serve.

The first phase, research and stakeholder interviews, has been completed. The information from the first phase has been used to develop an AALL Member Survey that we will be asking all members to complete.

The survey will be sent to all AALL members on Monday, May 18.

The survey does not solicit opinions on specific AALL programs, events, or products. Rather, it will investigate what common denominators unite AALL members and will explore how members feel about AALL and the profession. The survey results will be combined with insights from discovery to date, results from past member surveys, and other external research.

The survey will close on Wednesday, May 27, so do not delay in your response. We hope to get all members to participate in this important project. Responses will remain confidential and will be reported only in the aggregate. If you have any questions, or if you do not receive the survey on Monday, please contact Membership Services Coordinator Hannah Phelps Proctor.

AALL eBriefing / AALL Award Recipients Announced

Congratulations to the 2015 AALL Award Recipients

The AALL Awards Program was established to publicly recognize the achievements of law librarians for their service to the profession and contributions to legal literature and materials.

Celebrate the accomplishments of your colleagues at the 2015 AALL Annual Meeting & Conference in Philadelphia where recipients of the Gallagher and Andrews awards will be acknowledged at the Association Luncheon and Hall of Fame inductees will be acknowledged at the AALL Business Meeting.

AALL is pleased to announce the recipients of this year’s AALL awards:


Marian Gould Gallagher Distinguished Service Award

 Timothy L. Coggins

Associate Dean for Library and Information Services

and Professor of Law

University of Richmond School of Law Library

Richmond, Virginia


Penny A. Hazelton

Professor of Law and Associate Dean for Library

and Technology Services

University of Washington Gallagher Law Library

Seattle, Washington


Sarah G. Holterhoff

Associate Professor of Law Librarianship

and Government Information/Reference Librarian

Valparaiso University Law School Library

Valparaiso, Indiana

Sarah K. Wiant

Professor of Law

Washington Lee University School of Law

Lexington, Virginia


Joseph L. Andrews Legal Literature Award

A Bibliographical Catalog of William Blackstone 

Ann Jordan Laeuchli 

(awarded posthumously)

Associate Librarian

Yale Law School

New Haven, Connecticut

Appeals to the Privy Council from the American Colonies: 

An Annotated Digital Catalogue 


Mary Sarah Bilder

Professor of Law

Boston College Law School

Newton Centre, Massachusetts

  Charles Donahue, Jr.

Paul A. Freund Professor of Law

Harvard Law School

Cambridge, Massachusetts


Sharon Hamby O’Connor

Professor Emerita of Law

Boston College Law School

Newton Centre, Massachusetts



Hall of Fame

Ann T. Fessenden

Circuit Librarian

U.S. Court of Appeals Library

St. Louis, Missouri

James S. Heller

Director of the Law Library, Professor of Law,

and Professor of Public Policy

College of William & Mary

Williamsburg, Virginia

Phyllis C. Marion

Associate Dean for Library and Information Resources

and Professor of Law

California Western School of Law Library

San Diego, California


Victoria K. Trotta

Associate Dean for the Ross-Blakley Law Library

Ross-Blakley Law Library, Arizona State University

Tempe, Arizona


AALL Spectrum Article of the Year Award

“Dialectic of Transformation: The Shaping of a Name,”

AALL Spectrum, April 2014 


Christine Bowersox

Collection Management Librarian

Harris Beach PLLC

Pittsford, New York

Kristen M. Hallows

Research Librarian

Bricker & Eckler LLP

Columbus, Ohio


Law Library Journal Article of the Year Award

“What About the Majority? Considering the Legal Research

Practices of Solo and Small Firm Attorneys,”

106 Law Library Journal 377 (2014) 

Joseph D. Lawson

Deputy Director

Harris County Law Library

Houston, Texas


Law Library Publications Award

Nonprint Division

The University of Florida Lawton Chiles Legal Information Center 

Annual Report Timeline 2013/2014

University of Florida Levin College of Law

Lawton Chiles Legal Information Center

Gainesville, Florida


Avery Le

Reference Librarian

Print Division

The Law in Postcards 

 Boston College Law Library

Newton, Massachusetts


Laurel Davis

Legal Information Librarian/Curator of Rare Books

Lily Olson

Access Services Librarian


AALL/LexisNexis Call for Papers Awards

Open Division

Understanding the “Other” International Agreements 

Ryan Harrington

Head of Reference/Specialist in Foreign and International Law

Yale Law School Lillian Goldman Library

New Haven, Connecticut

From Law in Blackletter to Blackletter Law 

Kasia Solon Cristobal

Lecturer and Reference Librarian (Student Services Coordinator)

Tarlton Law Library, University of Texas School of Law

Austin, Texas

New Member Division

Managing Disruptive Patron Behavior in Law Libraries: A Grey Paper


Nicole P. Dyszlewski

Research/Access Services Librarian

Roger Williams University School of Law

Bristol, Rhode Island

Kristen Moore

Reference Librarian

Stetson University College of Law

Gulfport, Florida

Genevieve Tung

Reference and Circulation Librarian

Rutgers University Law School Library

Camden, New Jersey


Minority Leadership Development Award

Daniella Mia Lee-Garcia


Ninth Circuit Library, United States Court of Appeals

Fresno, California


Public Access to Government Information Award

Mary Alice Baish

Superintendent of Documents

Government Publishing Office

Washington, D.C.


Robert L. Oakley Advocacy Award

2012 California UELMA 

Advocacy Team


Michele M. Finerty


Pacific McGeorge School of Law

Sacramento, California

 Judy C. Janes

Director and Lecturer in Law

UC Davis Mabie Law Library

Davis, California


David L. McFadden

Senior Reference Librarian

Leigh H. Taylor Law Library, Southwestern Law School

Los Angeles, California

Lawrence R. (Larry) Meyer

Executive Director

Law Library for San Bernardino County

San Bernardino, California


Chapter Professional Development Award

2015 SANDALL Winter Institute

Authenticating Electronic Legal Materials: UELMA& Beyond

San Diego Area Law Libraries (SANDALL)

San Diego, California


Excellence in Marketing Award

Best Brochure

How is your Law Library Funded? 

Alameda County Law Library

Oakland, California

Best Campaign

National Library Week 2014 at the Riverside County Law Library 

Riverside County Law Library

Riverside, California

Best Newsletter

CALL Bulletin

Chicago Association of Law Libraries (CALL)

Chicago, Illinois

Best PR Tool Kit

Welcome to Your Law Library!

Dolly & Homer Hand Law Library

Stetson University College of Law

Gulfport, Florida

Best Use of Technology


Chicago Association of Law Libraries (CALL)

Chicago, Illinois


New Product Award

Legal Analytics®

Lex Machina

Josh Becker, CEO

Menlo Park, California


Emerging Leader Award

Nicole P. Dyszlewski

Research/Access Services Librarian

Roger Williams University School of Law

Bristol, Rhode Island

Emily R. Florio

Manager of Library Services

Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner, LLP

Washington, D.C.

Jane M. Larrington

Reference Faculty Services Librarian

University of San Diego School of Law

San Diego, California


Innovations in Technology Award

Law and Legislative Digital Library

Maine State Law and Legislative Reference Library

Augusta, Maine


Volunteer Service Award

Donna K. Bausch

Law Librarian

Norfolk Law Library

Norfolk, Virginia

Leonette M. Williams

Associate Director of the Law Library for Collection

and Administrative Services

University of Southern California Gould School of Law

Los Angeles, California


Congratulations to all of the winners!

AALL eBriefing / Candidates Announced

Candidates Announced for 2016 Executive Board Election

The 2015 AALL Nominations Committee presents the following slate of candidates for the AALL Executive Board. Members will vote for one candidate to serve as president-elect, one candidate to serve as treasurer, and two candidates to serve as Executive Board members. The election will be held October 1 to 31, and successful candidates will begin their terms of office in July 2016.

Vice President/President-Elect

Gregory R. Lambert

Chief Knowledge Services Officer

Jackson Walker LLP

Houston, TX

Diane M. Rodriguez

Assistant Director

San Francisco Law Library

San Francisco, CA


Elaine M. Knecht

Director of Information Resources

Hiscock Barclay, LLP

Buffalo, NY

Jean L. Willis

Assistant Director for Support Services

Sacramento County Public Law Library

Sacramento, CA

Executive Board Members

Pauline M. Aranas

Associate Dean, John Stauffer Charitable Trust CIO, 

& Director of the Law Library

University of Southern California Barnett Information 

Technology Center & Call Law Library

Los Angeles, CA

Madeline Cohen

Director & Circuit Librarian

U.S. Courts 10th Circuit Library

Denver, CO

Mary Jenkins

Law Librarian & Director

Hamilton County Law Library

Cincinnati, OH

Meg Kribble

Research Librarian & Outreach Coordinator

Harvard Law School Library

Cambridge, MA


Come “Meet the Candidates” during an informal session at the 2015 AALL Annual Meeting & Conference in Philadelphia on Monday, July 20, from 8:45-9:45 a.m., in the Exhibit Hall at the AALL Member Services Booth. In the fall, biographies and statements of all Executive Board candidates will be posted on AALLNET. As provided in the AALL Bylaws, Section VI 2c, a member may also be nominated for any office by submitting to the secretary, not later than 30 days after the date of this notice, a nominating petition signed by two percent of the members and the nominee’s written acceptance.

Congratulations to all of our candidates!