Leadership Academy


The application process is closed.


AALL's Leadership Academy has been redeveloped into a virtual event that will take place as listed below. Participants will be contacted with information.  Please read AALL's latest statement on Coronavirus (COVID-19) and visit our COVID-19 page for the latest information and resources.

August 6-7 & 14, 2020


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 AALL Leadership Academy is an intensive learning experience designed to prepare you with core leadership skills, strategies to handle leadership challenges and tools to grow your career as an effective leader.

The program will include interactive discussions to explore core behaviors of exemplary leaders, ways to practice those key skills more frequently, leadership assessments that target your strengths and preferences, small and large group collaboration, focused development activities along with opportunities to network with your colleagues. 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.
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  • Leadership behaviors of exemplary leaders
  • Perspectives, tools and strategies
  • Values and ethical leadership
  • Effective communication skills
  • Personal brand identity
  • Conflict management skills
  • Leading and guiding change
  • Talent and team dynamics
  • Leadership professional development goals


Legal information professionals in the early stages of their career, up to 10 years of experience.


Karyn Nishimura Sneath

Karyn likes to describe herself as a Flexible (and fun) Facilitator, a Smart Strategic Planner, and Creative Consultant. Karyn has been working with associations, professional societies, and universities since 1987 providing leadership training, facilitation services, board and staff development, and educational services/resources.  Her background is in association management and higher education having worked for two universities and two associations before starting her consulting work in 1996.  Karyn is a facilitator for the Indianapolis Bar Association, designing and delivering their Bar Leaders Series Class retreat. She also presented at the 2015 AALL Annual Meeting. Karyn is a 2018 American Society of Association Executives (ASAE) Fellow, was a member of the Diversity & Inclusion Committee in 2014, and has been the co-lead facilitator for the ASAE Future Leaders Conference for several years.

M.J. Tooey

M.J. Tooey is Associate Vice President, Academic Affairs, and Executive Director of the Health Sciences and Human Services Library at the University of Maryland, Baltimore. She is the Director of the National Network of Libraries of Medicine’s Southeastern Atlantic Regional Medical Library and National DOCLINE Coordinating Office.  M.J. served as president of the Medical Library Association (MLA) from 2005-2006; is a Fellow of the Association; and a Distinguished Member of the Academy of Health Information Professionals. In 2019, she received the Marcia C. Noyes Award, the Association’s highest honor. M.J. is author or co-author of over 200 chapters, articles, presentations or posters.  M.J. recently presented at the 2019 SEAALL chapter meeting. Her professional interests include leadership, emerging trends, library innovation and design, strategic planning, ethics, and mentoring.


  • The academy application process is open to current AALL members only.
  • Interested applicants should be prepared to clearly articulate interest and describe how academy participation will benefit personal, professional, and organizational goals.
  • Applicants should request one professional recommendation (from someone in a supervisory or managerial role). The letter should come from an individual who is familiar with the applicant's leadership or professional work and should explain why the applicant is a good fit for the academy.
  • Applicants are responsible for uploading the recommendation in PDF format (up to 5 MB max) when completing the online application. The file name must include your name.


The event will run Thursday afternoon, August 6, Friday, August 7, and Friday morning, August 14.  Selected participants will receive detailed information regarding the virtual  event. If you have any questions, please contact AALL Director of Education Celeste R. Smith for more information.



Payments will be accepted via check or credit card and are due in full by the deadline. Payment should not be made until the applicant receives notification of acceptance.

Refund Policy

Cancellations and refund requests must be made in writing and emailed to csmith@aall.org . Refunds will be processed less a 15% administration fee. No refunds will be given after the registration deadline. Refunds will not be given for no-shows.

Cancellation Policy

AALL reserves the right to cancel workshops, programs, and events if there is insufficient registration or for any other reason. AALL is not responsible for cancellation charges assessed by airlines or travel agencies, or other losses incurred due to cancellation of workshops, programs, and events.


By attending the AALL Leadership Academy, you agree that AALL, its employees, contractors, and volunteers, may photograph, videotape or audiotape you during the event and related activities. Your photo, video, audio, likeness or image may be used by AALL for promotional or related purposes with no remuneration to you.

Meetings & Events Code of Conduct

AALL Leadership Academy attendees are expected to follow the rules outlined in AALL's Meetings and Events Code of Conduct.


This continuing professional education opportunity is sponsored the American Association of Law Libraries.


Contact Celeste R. Smith, AALL director of education, for more information.


  • 2018

    • Jamie Baker, Associate Director, Texas Tech University School of Law Library
    • Jennifer Baker, Research Librarian, Dinsmore & Shohl LLP
    • Erik Beck, Digital Services Librarian, University of Colorado Law School Wm. A. Wise Law Library
    • Emily Benton, Law Librarian, University of Ottawa Law Library
    • AJ Blechner, Research Librarian & Library Instruction Coordinator, Harvard Law School Library
    • Caroline Bracco, Reference Librarian, San Mateo County Law Library
    • Stewart Caton, University of North Texas-Dallas, Reference Librarian
    • Kevin Carey, Technical Services Librarian, Ohio State University Moritz Law Library
    • Mathew Cooper, Assistant Director for Public Services, Ohio State University Moritz Law Library
    • Abigail Deese, Weekend & Evening Reference Librarian, Elon School of Law
    • Laurel Evans, Research Analyst, Lane Powell PC
    • Eliza Fink, Digital Resources Librarian, University of Tennessee, Joel Katz Law Library
    • Carolyn Floyd, Research Services Librarian, Vanderbilt University, Alyne Queener Massey Law Library
    • Christina Glon, Assistant Law Librarian for Reference, Emory University, Hugh F. MacMillian Law Library
    • Elizabeth Graham, Head of Content Acquisitions, Georgetown University Law Library
    • Cynthia Guyer, Law Librarian-Research Services, University of Southern California Barnett Info.Tech. Center & Call Law Library
    • Marcia Hannon, Cataloging/Reference Librarian, Kansas Supreme Court Law Library
    • Jordan Jefferson, Coordinating Librarian for Reference Services, Yale Law School Lillian Goldman Library
    • Tanya Johnson, Reference Librarian, University of Connecticut School of Law Library
    • Zanada Joyner, Digital Services Librarian, North Carolina Central University School of Law Library
    • Sarah Kammer, Head of Public, Faculty and Student Services, University of South Dakota
    • Andrew Lang, Reference Librarian & Adjunct Professor of Law, Georgetown University Law Library
    • Kelly Leong, UCLA, Law Library
    • Amy Lipford, Assistant Director for Resources, Florida State University
    • Tatyana Livshits, Manager Research Services, Irell & Manella LLP
    • Doug Malerba, Supervisor Research Services, Dentons US LLP
    • Shira Megerman, Senior Legal Information Librarian, Boston University
    • Mary(Molly) Olsen, Research Librarian, Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison
    • Patrick Parsons, Research Instructional Services Librarian, Georgia State University College of Law Library
    • Allison Reeve, Research Librarian, Littler Mendelson, P.C.
    • Richard Reid, Conflicts Department Manager, Jackson Walker LLP
    • Elizabeth Schiller, Reference and Research Services Librarian, University of Richmond School of Law Library
    • Ariel Scotese, Access Services and Outreach Librarian, Lecturer-in-Law, Cornell University Law Library
    • Matt Timko, Academic Technologies and Outreach Services Librarian, Northern Illinois University College of Law
    • Courtney Toiaivao, Law Librarian, Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP
    • Scott Uhl, Technology Innovation & Reference Librarian, University of Minnesota Law Library
    • Scott Vanderlin Student Services Librarian, University of Chicago D’Angelo Law Library
    • Chenfang Yang, Electronic Resources & Technology Librarian, Vermont Law School – Julien and Virginia Cornell Library
    • Stephanie Ziegler, Reference Librarian, Ohio State University Moritz Law Library

  • 2016

    • Ashley Ahlbrand, Educational Technology Librarian, Indiana University Maurer School of Law, Jerome Hall Law Library, Bloomington, IN
    • Laura Ax-Fultz, Information Services and Outreach Librarian, Dickinson School of Law Library, Pennsylvania State University, Carlisle, PA
    • Susan Azyndar, Reference Librarian and Adjunct Professor, Moritz Law Library, Moritz College of Law, Columbus, OH
    • Cynthia Brown, Director of Research Services, Littler Mendelson P.C., Fresno, CA
    • Clara Cabrera, Research and Reference Specialist, WilmerHale, New York, NY
    • Mari Cheney, Digital Resources and Reference Librarian, Lewis & Clark Law School, Boley Law Library, Portland, OR
    • Cattleya Concepcion, Faculty and Web Services Librarian, George Mason University School of Law, Arlington, VA
    • Shamika Dalton, Reference Librarian, University of Florida-Levin College of Law, Chiles Legal Information Center, Gainesville, FL
    • Claire De Marco, Research Librarian, Harvard Law School Library, Cambridge, MA
    • Alyson Drake, Reference and Student Services Librarian, Texas Tech University School of Law Library, Lubbock, TX
    • Cassie DuBay, Head of Research Services, Southern Methodist University, Dallas, TX
    • Nicole Dyszlewski, Research/Access Services Librarian, Roger Williams University School of Law, Bristol, RI
    • Lila Faulkner, Law Librarian, U.S. Department of Justice, Patrick Henry Library, Washington, DC
    • Rachel Gordon, Head of Access and Collection Services, Duke University, J. Michael Goodson Law Library, Durham, NC
    • Susan Gualtier, Foreign, Comparative, and International Law Librarian, Louisiana State University, Paul M. Hebert Law Center, Baton Rouge, LA
    • Judy Heier, Manager of Library Services, Farella Braun + Martel LLP, San Francisco, CA
    • Angela Henes, Research Librarian, Foley & Lardner LLP, Madison, WI
    • Carolyn Hersch, Senior Reference Librarian, Ropes & Gray LLP, Chicago, IL
    • Mary Kate Hunter, Reference/Government Contracts Librarian, The George Washington University Law School, Jacob Burns Law Library, Washington, DC
    • Liz Johnson, Reference Librarian, Wake Forest School of Law, Professional Center Library, Winston-Salem, NC
    • Kristyn Johnson, Access Services Librarian, University of Minnesota Law Library, Minneapolis, MN
    • Benjamin Keele, Research and Instructional Services Librarian, Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law, Ruth Lilly Law Library, Indianapolis, IN
    • Cate Kellett, Catalog and Government Documents Librarian, Yale Law School, Lillian Goldman Library, New Haven, CT
    • Jessica King, Reference Librarian, Perkins Coie LLP, Seattle, WA
    • Anna Lawless-Collins, Collection Development Librarian, Boston University, Fineman & Pappas Law Libraries, Boston, MA
    • Sherry Leysen, Research/Instruction Librarian, Faculty Services, Chapman University Law Library, Orange, CA
    • David Matchen, Circulation/Reference Librarian, University of Baltimore Law Library, Baltimore, MD
    • Rebecca Mattson, Scholarly Communications and Faculty Services Librarian, Pennsylvania State University, Penn State Law, University Park, PA
    • Sarah Morris, Knowledge Solutions Education Coordinator, Greenberg Traurig LLP, Phoenix, AZ
    • Sarah Mulligan, Manager of Research Services, Faegre Baker Daniels LLP, Minneapolis, MN
    • Hilary Naab, Branch Librarian, U.S. Court of Appeals, Eighth Circuit Library, Cedar Rapids, IA
    • Clanitra Stewart Nejdl, Reference and Instructional Services Librarian/Assistant Professor, Northern Illinois University College of Law, David C. Shapiro Memorial Law Library, DeKalb, IL
    • Jennifer Prilliman, Associate Director and Law Library Professor, Oklahoma City University School of Law, Oklahoma City, OK
    • Anne Rajotte, Reference Librarian, University of Connecticut School of Law Library, Hartford, CT
    • Louis Rosen, Reference Librarian and Assistant Professor of Law Library, Barry University, Dwayne O. Andreas School of Law, Orlando, FL
    • Alison Rosenberg, Head of Outreach Services, Nova Southeastern University, Fort Lauderdale, FL
    • Amanda Runyon, Head of Reference and Faculty Services, University of Michigan Law Library, Ann Arbor, MI
    • Morgan Stoddard, Research Services Librarian, George Washington University Library, Washington, DC
    • Thomas Striepe, Faculty Services Librarian, University of Georgia, Alexander Campbell King Law Library, Athens, GA
    • Jason Tubinis, Information Technology Librarian, University of Georgia, Alexander Campbell King Law Library, Athens, GA
    • Lee Van Duzer, Librarian, Washington County Law Library, Hillsboro, OR
    • Austin Williams, Assistant Law Library Director, North Carolina Central University School of Law Library, Durham, NC
    • Clare Willis, Research and Faculty Services Librarian, IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law, Chicago, IL
    • Jason Zarin, Head of Reference, Research, and Instructional Services, University of Richmond School of Law Library, Richmond, VA

  • 2014

    • Valerie Aggerbeck, Research Librarian, University of St. Thomas
    • Kristina Alayan, Head of Content and Acquisitions Management, Georgetown University Law Library
    • Benjamin Almoite, Librarian, Virginia State Law Library
    • Margaret Bartlett, Information Services Specialist, Locke Lord LLP
    • Patrick Butler, Electronic Resources and Reference Librarian, University of Connecticut Law Library
    • Eugenia Charles-Newton, Director, Wyoming State Law Library
    • Ashley Krenelka Chase, Associate Director, Stetson University College of Law
    • Philippe Cloutier, Librarian, Lane Powell PC
    • Erika Cohn, Associate Director and Assistant Professor of Legal Research and Law, Saint Louis University
    • Kathryn Crandall, Research & Outreach Librarian, Florida State University
    • Irene Crisci, Head of Public Services, Touro College
    • Catherine Deane, International Law Research Librarian/Lecturer in Law, Vanderbilt University
    • Susan DeMaine, Research & Instructional Services Librarian, Indiana University School of Law
    • Michelle Hook Dewey, Reference Librarian & Assistant Professor of Library Services, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
    • Patricia Dickerson, Legal Information Librarian and Lecturer of Law, Boston College Law Library
    • Emily Gellings, Research Specialist, Reinhart, Boerner, Van Deuren, S.C.
    • Leslie Greenwood, Law Librarian, Ramsey County Law Library
    • Hilary Hardcastle, Head of Reference Services, University of California
    • Stephanie Hayes, Assistant Director for Resources, Florida State University
    • Kate Irwin-Smiler, Reference Librarian, Wake Forest University
    • Alicia Jones, Reference Librarian, Southern Illinois University Law Library
    • Michele Knapp, Reference & Interlibrary Loan Librarian, University of San Diego Legal Research Center
    • Diana Koppang, Library Manager, Neal, Gerber & Eisenberg LLP
    • Julie Graves Krishnaswami, Head of Instruction, Yale Law School Library
    • Catherine Ann Lemmer, Head of Information Services, Indiana University School of Law
    • Ellen Frentzen, Assistant Librarian for Administration, Boston University
    • Jacob Sayward, Head of Electronic Services, Fordham University School of Law
    • Debbie Shrager
    • Beau Steenken, Instructional Services Librarian, University of Kentucky Law Library
    • Rebecca Velez, Ogletree Deakins
    • Carla Wale, Reference Librarian, Georgetown University Law Library
    • Fang Wang, Ph.D. Student in Library and Information Science, Florida State University School of Information
    • Lisa Winkler, Outreach Services Librarian, Wisconsin State Law Library
    • Andrew Winston, Legal Reference Librarian, Library of Congress

  • 2011

    • Margaret (Meg) Butler, Associate Director for Public Services, Georgia State University College of Law Library
    • Heather Casey, International & Foreign Law Reference Librarian, Georgetown University Law Library
    • Joe Cera, Legal Research Librarian for Information Technology, University of California School of Law Library
    • Victoria Coulter, Assistant Director of Collections and Technical Services, University of Wisconsin Law Library
    • Donyele Darrough, Head of Circulation/Librarian, Thomas M. Cooley Law School Library
    • Jessica De Perio Wittman, Director of Information Technology Services, University of Connecticut School of Law Library
    • Brent Domann, Reference Librarian, Michigan State University College of Law
    • Trezlen Drake, Research Librarian/International and Foreign Law Specialist, Notre Dame Law School
    • Sadys Espitia, Research Librarian, Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP
    • Shawn Friend, Head of Reference, Florida Coastal School of Law Library and Technology Center
    • Stephanie Gardner, Bingham McCutchen LLP
    • Mary Godfrey-Rickards, Reference/Access Services Librarian, Hofstra University Law School
    • Ryan Harrington, Reference Librarian/Foreign and Int’l Law, Yale Law School Lillian Goldman Library
    • Christine Hepler, Interim Law Library Director, University of Main School of Law
    • Paula Hoffman, Senior Librarian/Foreign & Intl Law, LA Law Library
    • Trina Holloway, Acquisitions/Serials Librarian, Georgia State University College of Law Library
    • Emily Janoski-Haehlen, Associate Dean for Library & Information Services, Valparaiso University Law School Library
    • Mary Johnson, Public Services Librarian, Sacramento County Public Law Library
    • Lisa Junghahn, Research Librarian, Harvard Law School Library
    • Jane Larrington, Reference Librarian, University of San Diego School of Law Legal Research Center
    • Amy Levine, Head of Reference, U.S. 10th Circuit Court of Appeals Library
    • Christy MacKinnon, National Director, Information Resources, Bennet Jones LLP
    • Mike Martinez, Head of Student Services/Associate Professor, St. Mary’s University School of Law
    • Katrina Miller, Research & Instructional Technology Librarian, Florida State University College of Law Research Center
    • Koviena Nelson, UNK
    • Colleen Ostiguy, Electronic Services Librarian, Albany Law School Schaffer Law Library
    • Charles Pipins II, Research Librarian, University of Maryland School of Law
    • Sarah Rhodes, Digital Collections Librarian, Georgetown University Law Library
    • Becka Rich, Senior Associate Director, Nova Southeastern University Law Center
    • Kristen Rook, Research Librarian, Morgan Lewis & Bockius LLP
    • Roger Skalbeck, Associate Law Librarian, Georgetown University Law Library
    • Candace Slaminski, Senior Information Specialist, Michael Best & Friedrich LLP
    • Jennifer Wondracek, Instructional Services Reference Librarian, University of Florida College of Law Legal Information Center

  • 2009

    • Stacey Bowers, Outreach & Access Services Librarian, University of Denver College of Law
    • Elizabeth Bradsher, Assistant Director, Jones School of Law Library
    • Kathleen Brown, Associate Director, Oklahoma City University Law Library
    • Gina Catalano, Assistant Director, User Experience, San Diego County Public Law Library
    • Elizabeth Christian, Assistant Law Librarian for Reference, Emory University School of Law
    • Suzanne Corriell, Associate Director, Reference, Research, and Instructional Services, University of Richmond School of Law
    • Deborah Darin, Adjunct Associate Professor of Law/Student Services Librarian, Marquette University Law Library
    • Kelly Fanning
    • Elizabeth Farrell, Associate Director, Florida State University College of Law
    • Amy Flick, Assistant Law Librarian, Emory University Law Library
    • Alyssa Folse, Reference Librarian, Stetson University College of Law
    • Melissa Fung, Reference Librarian/ Foreign & Int’l Specialist, University of San Diego Legal Research Center
    • Thomas Gaylord, Senior Research & Faculty Services Librarian, Chicago – Kent College of Law
    • Fil Govea, Assistant Librarian, U.S. Court of Appeals – 9th Circuit Library
    • Phillip Gragg, Director, Concordia University Law Library
    • Janet Hedin, Reference Librarian, Michigan State University College of Law
    • Todd Ito, Reference Librarian, University of Chicago
    • Tina Jagerson, South Bay Branch Manager, San Diego County Public Law Library
    • Meg Kribble, Reference Librarian & Outreach and Community Relations Specialist, Harvard Law School Library
    • Kristine Lloyd, Associate Director of Library & Information Services, K&L Gates LLP
    • Kurt Meyer, Reference Librarian and Assistant Professor of Law, Gonzaga University
    • Sarah Lin, Library Systems Librarian, Reed Smith LLP
    • Steven Miller
    • Janet Peros, Reference Librarian, Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP
    • Elizabeth Reppe, State Law Librarian, Minnesota State Law Library
    • Holly Riccio, Director of Library Innovation, Library Manager, O’Melveny & Myers LLP
    • Josepha Roberts, Reference Librarian, Florida Coastal School of Law
    • Galeen Roe, Librarian, Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C.
    • Nancy Scibelli, Director of Knowledge Management, Locke Lord LLP
    • Wanita Scroggs , International Law Librarian, Stetson Univ. College of Law
    • Kama Siegel, Acquisition/Reference Librarian, Schwabe, Williamson & Wyatt
    • Kerry Skinner, Acquisitions/Serials Librarian, Ross-Blakley Law Library
    • Luz Verguizas, Head of Acquisitions & Finance, Columbia University Law Library
    • David Zopfi-Jordan, Inter-library Loan Librarian, University of Minnesota Law Library

  • 2008

    • Cynthia Bassett, Electronic Services Librarian, University of Missouri Law Library
    • John Beatty, Multimedia/Public Services Librarian, St. Thomas University Law Library
    • Alicia Brillon, Head of Acquisitions, University of Utah Law Library
    • Bret Christensen, Public Services Librarian, Riverside County Law Library
    • Whitney Curtis, Deputy Director, University of California
    • Jennifer Davitt, Head of Faculty Services, Georgetown Law Library
    • Marin Dell, Electronic Services Librarian, Hofstra University Law School Library
    • Catherine Dunn, Head of Reference Services, University of Connecticut School of Law Library
    • Cheryl Fischer, Reference Librarian, UCLA Law Library
    • Eugene Giudice, Research Librarian, Latham & Watkins LLP
    • Cameron Gowan, Library Services Manager, Jones Day
    • Deborah Hackerson
    • Edward Hart, Assistant Dean for Law Library, University of North Texas- Dallas
    • Maggie Hobden, Office Librarian, Bingham McCutchen LLP
    • Paul Howard, Head of International Services, Pacific McGeorge School of Law
    • Robert Hudson, Lecturer/Law Librarian Qatar University, Qatar University, College of Law
    • Diana Jaque, Head of Collection Development and Acquisitions, University of Southern California
    • James Kelly, Access Services/Faculty Research Librarian, Vanderbilt University
    • Laura La Rose, Research Specialist, Reinhart Boerner Van Deuren
    • Theresa (Tracy) Leming, Reference Librarian, Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck, P.C.
    • Sarah Mauldin, Director of Library Services, Smith, Gambrell & Russell, LLP
    • Teresa Miguel, Reference Librarian, Yale Law Library
    • Melanie Oberlin
    • Elizabeth Outler, Head of Public Services, Lawton Chiles Legal Information Center
    • Sara Paul, Reference Librarian, Paul Hastings Janofsky & Walker
    • Jessica Randall, Head of Access Services, University of Connecticut Law Library
    • Ryan Saltz, Circulation Librarian, Florida Coastal School of Law
    • Courtney Selby, Associate Dean for Information Systems/Director of the Library and Associate Professor of Law, Hofstra University Law School Library
    • Christine Sellers, Research Specialist, Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough, L.L.P.
    • Monica Sharum, Electronic Services Librarian, McGeorge Law School
    • Aperna Sherman, Reference & Electronic Services Librarian, Texas Tech University Law Library
    • Matthew Steinke, Assistant Director for Public Services, University of Texas, Jamail Center for Legal Research
    • Amy Taylor, Access Services Librarian, American University Washington College of Law
    • Candle Wester-Mittan, Access Services Librarian, Southern Illinois University
    • Annmarie Zell, Reference Librarian, New York University