AALL eNewsletter / July 2017


This week, nearly 3,000 attendees, exhibitors, and speakers convened in Austin for the 110th AALL Annual Meeting and Conference. Whether you joined us there or were following the action from home, the conference featured programs galore, an expansive exhibit hall, and countless networking opportunities. Keynote speaker Bryan Stevenson brought the house down—and then brought everyone to their feet—recounting his experiences defending some of America’s most vulnerable people. You can view his presentation now. In a few weeks, you’ll be able to access the audio programs of the other conference programs.


AALL’s first-ever Innovation Tournament (sponsored by Bloomberg Law) saw finalists present their innovation plans to a rapt audience, which also included a panel of judges. By the end of the hour, audience members cast their votes for their favorite innovation plan, and winners were awarded $2,500 each to implement their innovations. Congratulations to:

  • Judges’ Choice Winner: Katherine Lowry Baker & Hostetler LLP (Attorney-Facing Chatbot)
  • Audience Choice Winner: Jennifer Wondracek University of North Texas-Dallas (Virtual Reality Lab with Public Speaking Apps)

Even though the dust has barely settled in the wake of this year’s conference, we’re already looking ahead to AALL 2018 in Baltimore. You can book your accommodations now and rest easy, knowing that you can make adjustments to your reservation later, penalty-free. It’s not too soon to start thinking about the programs you’d like to see next year either. Check out the “must-have” program topic suggestions already percolating, and add your own as well. Stay tuned for the Call for Proposals at the end of the summer, and mark your calendars to join us next July 14-17.


Following the completion of the 2017 AALL Annual Meeting, the Association has received a lot of positive media coverage. Here are a couple highlights:


Last Friday, AALL released a letter to the mayors and directors of convention and visitors bureaus of the major cities in Texas announcing that AALL will no longer host meetings in Texas due to recent moves by the legislature to discriminate against LGBTQ people. We strongly believe that our Association, and our nation, are strongest when all people, regardless of race, color, age, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, ethnicity, disability, religion, or national origin, come together and celebrate our differences. The letter is available on AALLNET under eBriefing.

Watch AALL President Greg Lambert on CBS Austin


AALL filed comments this week with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) in response to the FCC’s rulemaking on net neutrality. AALL joined the American Library Association and the Chief Officers of State Library Agencies to urge regulators to protect an open internet by maintaining the strong, enforceable net neutrality rules already in place. Our comments describe the many ways libraries use and depend on an open internet to serve their communities.


  • Friday, October 27 / 9:00 a.m. (CDT)
  • Register by Tuesday, October 2
  • Sidely Austin LLP, Chicago, IL
  • Fee: Members – $450; Nonmembers – $675

Want to be a strategic legal information professional that helps create a competitive edge for your organization? Attend AALL’s Competitive Intelligence Foundations program. This program is designed to prepare professionals on how to establish and maintain a competitive intelligence function for a law firm. Attendees will learn how to construct a competitive intelligence function, create processes, and learn effective analysis frameworks to establish a competitive intelligence function within their organization. Registration is open to all members and nonmembers but is limited to 40 attendees.


  • Friday and Saturday, April 13-14, 2018
  • Hyatt Lodge, Oak Brook, IL

Attention all legal information professionals in the early stages of your career—maximize your leadership potential by attending the 2018 AALL Leadership Academy. 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 program will include interactive discussions to explore key leadership concepts and current trends, leadership assessments that target your strengths and preferences, small and large group collaboration, focused development activities, and opportunities to network with your colleagues. The application process will open in September. More information will be forthcoming.



  • Thursday, August 24 / 11:00 a.m. (CDT)
  • Register by Monday, August 21
  • AALL Members – Complimentary; Nonmembers – $60

Law librarians have an opportunity to become organizational leaders in sustainability and justice to catalyze action to improve communities. Using AALL’s recent sustainability resolution as a guide, learn how to be change agents by increasing organizational management’s commitment to sustainability, health, and wellness. Participants will learn effective strategies to integrate sustainability into an organization and how to leverage their research, communication, and project planning skills to facilitate an action plan. You’ll also hear from an expert about successful sustainability achievements within a law firm setting.

Webinar programming is made possible through a partnership with Wolters Kluwer Legal & Regulatory US.



Two law librarians, each with extensive experience working with technologies, take you through important shifts in the practice of law, legal education, and the tools that support both. This program is great for any law librarian hoping to get exposure to a range of technologies, and can be listened to in parts or as a whole. For academic librarians, there is an interesting discussion on the unbundling of education into component services (think certifications versus degrees), and the role of technology in teaching students from afar. There is also insightful discussion on adaptive tools that facilitate the incorporation of dynamic formative assessments to test learning and offer timely feedback. For the futurist, the last part of the program predicts which technologies, namely virtual reality, will eventually become part of legal education and practice.

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

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Self-assessment is an important part of being a strong leader. It is important to know your own strengths and weaknesses before you evaluate others and those of your organization. Knowing yourself well can inform how you manage your team, how you assess your team’s strengths, and how you manage yourself.

To learn more about self-assessment, take a look at the resources below:

For more in-depth reading on the topic:

To encourage all of us to think about leadership, the Leadership Development Committee highlights short articles in the monthly AALL eNewsletter and Education Update. Next month our focus will shift to leadership without burnout. Have a suggestion or request for a topic? Please email Emily Janoski-Haehlen or Becka Rich.


October 18-20, 2017
Ohio Regional Association of Law Libraries Annual Chapter Meeting
Cleveland, Ohio

October 19-21, 2017
Mid-America Association of Law Libraries Annual Chapter Meeting
Milwaukee, Wisconsin

October 19-21, 2017
Western Pacific Chapter, American Association of Law Libraries Annual Chapter Meeting
Boise, Idaho


  • Sarah Lin, library systems librarian at Reed Smith, was awarded the 2017 Online Bibliographic Services & Technical Services Special Interest Sections’ Funding Research Opportunities Grant. Lin proposed a potential partnership between California law firms and law school libraries’ de-accessioned materials and the possible fulfillment of acquisition needs for Northern California county law libraries. If her investigation proves viable, Lin will create a web interface whereby Northern California libraries can connect and arrange materials distribution.
  • Lee F. Peoples, the Frederick Charles Hicks professor of law and law library director of the Oklahoma City University School of Law, was named interim dean of the law school.
  • Endia Sowers Paige was selected as the AALL Diversity & Inclusion Committee’s July Librarian of the Month.

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.


  • Charlotte Bynum served as a reference librarian at Tulane Law Library from 2004-2010. She also served as assistant director of Tulane Law Library following Hurricane Katrina. Bynum was a graduate of Tulane University Law School. Shortly after obtaining her degree, she became a clerk with the United States District Court, EDIA, before moving over to the private sector at Dewey Ballantine LLP. In addition to her work as a law librarian, she often traveled abroad to promote legal reserch and scholarship, as well as the development of law libraries for judicial bodies in other countries. She passed away June 20, 2017, following a long battle with cancer.
  • Stephen Ligda served as AALL’s director of finance and administration from May 1994 until his retirement in May of 2006. He returned to AALL as interim executive director from November 2006 to July 2007. Ligda was awarded honorary membership in AALL at the 2007 AALL Annual Meeting; an honor that has only been presented a number of times in the Association’s history. In addition to his dedication to the Association, he served as a charter member of the Chicago Archdiocese Pastoral Council of Catholic Bishops; was a longtime chair of the Most Holy Redeemer Parish Liturgy Committee, and was the recipient of the 2012 Archdiocese of Chicago “Christifideles” Award. He passed away June 29, 2017.
  • Debbie Maglione served as a legal research professional for 38 years. She worked as a librarian at Brobeck, Howrey; Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garret & Dunner, LLP, and most recently, as a research analyst at Kilpatrick Townsend and Stockton LLP in Menlo Park, California. She was also a long-time member of the Northern California Association of Law Libraries (NOCALL). She passed away June 22, 2017.

The AALL eNewsletter carries brief announcements of members’ deaths. Traditional memorials should be submitted to James Duggan, Law Library Journal editor.


Clare Bailey Collection Management Supervisor; Bloomberg BNA; Arlington, VA
Robin Bienemann Research Technology Coordinator; Chicago, IL
Catherine Bittle Director; Delaware County Libraries; Media, PA
Diana Bracho Student; Union, NJ
Rebecca Bryan Knoxville, TN
Amanda Bullington Catalog & Serials Librarian; University of South Carolina; Columbia, SC
Jennie Marie Durán EEO Investigator; Champaign, IL
Cecilia Feltis Collection Management Supervisor; Arnold & Porter LLP; Washington, DC
Shivani Finney Dallas, TX
Vanessa Freeman Covington & Burling LLP; Washington, DC
Masoud Gerami Managing Director; Justis Publishing Ltd.; London, England
Nila Germain Arnold & Porter LLP; London, England
Peter Grant Patents and Trademarks, Assistant Administrator; Arizona State Library; Archives and Public Records; Phoenix, AZ
Elisa Graydon Systems and Metadata Librarian; Providence, RI
Deborah Hamilton Strategic Services Librarian; El Paso County Law Library; Pikes Peak Library District; Colorado Springs, CO
Aidan Hawes Head of Sales; Justis Publishing Ltd.; London, England
Becca Heiser Research Knowledge Analyst; Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP; New York, NY
Kayla Jenkins Archives Associate; NAACP Legal Defense Fund; Brooklyn, NY
Renae Johnson Electronic Resources & Technical Services Librarian; Larkin Hoffman; Minneapolis, MN
Karen Kalnins U.S. Court of Appeals, 8th Circuit Library; Saint Louis, MO
Andrew Kretschmar Head of Access Services; University of South Carolina; Columbia, SC
Amy Latalladi-Fulton Librarian; Groom Law Group, Chartered; Washington, DC
Alicia Loo Assistant Director, Library Services; Supreme Court of Canada; Ottawa, ON
Matthew Neely Birmingham, AL
Jodi Nelson Research Knowledge Analyst; Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP; New York, NY
Sonja Nordstrom Downers Grove, IL
Roger Northam County Law Librarian; Washington County Law Library; Fayetteville, AR
Adam Peskowitz Manager of Research & Competitive Intelligence; Dechert LLP; Washington, DC
Lydia Ramirez Law Librarian; Chamberlain, Hrdlicka, White, Williams & Martin; Houston, TX
Lena Rieke Las Vegas, NV
Angela Shepherd Lead Research Analyst; Ballard Spahr LLP; Philadelphia, PA
Kristi Tanner Head of Access Services; Emory University; Atlanta, GA
Samuel Williams ReferenceIntern;University of Washington Gallagher Law Library; Seattle, WA