AALL eNewsletter / July 2019


This week, more than 1,500 AALL members and nonmembers—plus hundreds more exhibitors and speakers—convened in Washington, DC for the 112th AALL Annual Meeting & Conference. Whether you joined us there or were following the action from home, the conference featured exciting programs galore, a dynamic exhibit hall, and countless networking opportunities. Another new CONELL class was established, and keynote speaker Shon Hopwood delivered an inspiring story and message of hope to kick off the conference, setting a lively tone for the busy days that followed. Watch the Keynote on AALLNET.



CONELL Chair Cassie DuBay snaps a selfie with the 2019 CONELL Class.





In a few weeks, you’ll be able to access the audio recordings of most conference programs.


In addition to recognizing the 2019 AALL Awards recipients during the Awards Luncheon on Sunday, Presidential Certificates of Appreciation were presented to those who have contributed to the Association or to the profession in exceptional ways. This year’s certificates went to the following individuals:

  • Faye Jones for her dedicated leadership as Chair of the AALL Consulting Services Advisory Group.
  • Thomas Mills for his diligent leadership as Co-Chair of the AALL Archives Policy Review and Digital Repository Special Committee.
  • John B. Nann for his continuing exemplary contributions to legal literature and his co-authorship (with the late Morris Cohen), of The Yale Law School Guide to Research in American Legal History.
  • Amy Wharton for her committed leadership as Chair of the AALL Ethical Principles Special Review Committee.
  • Michael Widener for his diligent leadership as Co-Chair of the AALL Archives Policy Review and Digital Repository Special Committee.
  • The Staff of the J. Michael Goodson Law Library at Duke Law School for their dedication and support during Femi Cadmus’ year as AALL President.


AALL’s Innovation Tournament (sponsored by LexisNexis) 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: Allison Reeve from Littler (Tentative Rulings Database)

Audience Choice Winner: Andre Davison from Blank Rome LLP (Integrated Library System EOS)


Even though the dust has barely settled in the wake of this year’s conference, we’re already looking ahead to AALL 2020 in New Orleans. You may 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 11-14 in New Orleans.


On Friday, July 12, 60 AALL members, including members of the Executive Board, gathered on Capitol Hill for meetings with members of Congress and their staff. AALL members advocated for the Association’s legislative priorities including free access to federal court information through the Public Access to Court Electronic Records (PACER) system, funding for the Library of Congress/Law Library of Congress, and net neutrality. In addition to Lobby Day, AALL celebrated the 30th anniversary of our legislative advocacy program with a proclamation from Congressman Mike Quigley in the Congressional Record and during the program, 30 Years on the Front Lines: The Past, Present, and Future of Information Policy Advocacy at AALL.

Janet Peros, AALL President Michelle Cosby, and Amy Emerson celebrating a successful Lobby Day at AALL’s reception on Capitol Hill.

Lobby Day has passed but you can still take action on our legislative priorities through AALL’s Legislative Action Center. To stay informed about AALL’s legislative policy priorities and the latest information policy news throughout the year, read the Washington eBulletin and join the AALL Advocates Community.

Past President Greg Lambert before his meeting with the staff of Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee.

Immediate Past-President Femi Cadmus meets with Congressman G.K. Butterfield’s staffer Nicole Julius.


Following the completion of the 2019 AALL Annual Meeting, the Association has received a lot of positive media coverage. Here are a couple highlights:


Four resolutions in support of the Uniform Electronic Legal Material Act (UELMA) were approved at the AALL General Business Meeting Monday, July 15 in Washington, DC, including a resolution updating the 2013 AALL UELMA resolution and resolutions celebrating the enactment of UELMA in Iowa, Michigan, and Texas.


Online voting for the next AALL vice president/president-elect, secretary, and Executive Board members opens October 1 and runs through October 31. The AALL members elected to the Board will represent you and your interests as law librarians. It’s important to make an educated decision, and we encourage members to learn more about the candidates before voting opens by visiting the biographies and statements page on AALLNET.


Don’t miss out on being an AALL member—renew now to:

  • expand your network of peers
  • receive valuable publications, including AALL Spectrum
  • gain discounts and access to essential professional development
  • get access to even more great member benefits

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Have you ever wanted to know how to create your very own podcast? Join two legal information professionals—Greg Lambert and Marlene Gebauer—who produce a popular podcast program (The Geek in Review) as they discuss the nuts and bolts of podcasting, including preparing, producing, and publishing podcasts.


October 18 / Chicago

Want to be a strategic legal information professional who helps create a competitive edge for your organization? AALL’s Competitive Intelligence Foundations program will offer a blueprint for establishing and implementing a competitive intelligence (CI) function in your law firm. Attendees will learn about competitive intelligence process and frameworks, how to integrate CI into practice, and more. Additional information will be forthcoming.


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

Illustration of arrowsLegal 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.


  • Leadership styles & approaches
  • Strategies for effective communication
  • Accountability & workplace ethics

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


  • Marlene Gebauer, Darla Jackson, and Jim Shelar (in memoriam) were among the honorees named to the 2019 Fastcase 50, which honors the law’s smartest, most courageous innovators, techies, visionaries, and leaders.

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.


In this month’s member profile, Christine Sellers Sullivan, research attorney at Littler Mendelson, P.C. in Sacramento, California, discusses the connections she has made through AALL, including meeting her husband and working on the PLLIP Summit.

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


  • Barbara Kallusky was the the library director of the Warren E. Burger Library at the Mitchell Hamline School of Law in St. Paul, Minnesota. Ballusky graduated from Willaims Mitchell College of Law in 1978 and attended the University of Minnesota’s graduate program in library science. Throughout her 25-year career, she worked in several law libraries, including Hamline University School of Law prior to moving to Mitchell Hamline. In 2014, she was named an “Unsung Hero” by Minnesota Lawyer. She told the publication that providing service to students and faculty was what she enjoyed most about her work. “I like helping people and I like making sure people get connected with the information they need so that everybody goes away happy,” she said. Faithfully dedicated to student success and well-being, she supported many popular initiatives in the library, including 24-hour access, coffee, and snacks during finals, as well as law school wellness activities. Kallusky was a member of AALL since 2004. She passed away on May 31, 2019.
  • Jim Shelar served as director of library services at Arnold & Porter for 41 years before retiring in June 2016. He earned his MSLS from Case Western Reserve and his JD from Catholic University. His first job out of library school was as a librarian at Squire, Sanders and Dempsey in Cleveland, Ohio. During his time at Squire Sanders, he pioneered an early citation checking service, which was known as “auto-cite.” He was also the first director in DC to subscribe to OCLC and the first law firm librarian to subscribe to the HeinOnline service. Arnold & Porter donated 17,000 Congressional hearings and most of their collection of legislative histories and a massive collection of USITC reports to Hein. Shelar also participated in a project with West to put some of the Arnold & Porter legislative histories on Westlaw. A member of AALL since 1972, he was a member of the Private Law Librarians & Information Professionals Special Interest Section (SIS), the Computing Services SIS, and the Online Bibliographic SIS. A mentor to law librarians and admired by his peers, he received the West Excellence in Private Law Librarianship Award. Jean O’Grady also wrote an article about his retirement in the Law Librarians’ Society of Washington, DC Law Library Lights newsletter. He passed away June 29, 2019.
  • Christine A. Silver was the director of library & research services at Duane Morris in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Prior to joining Duane Morris, she managed the library collections of several national law firms. Silver served as president, vice president, and treasurer of the Western Pennsylvania Law Library Association. She was also a founding member of the LexisNexis Advisory Board and served on the Westlaw Advisory Board. A member of AALL since 1995, she chaired the Private Law Library Grants Committee. Silver also authored articles on legal publishing and technology and was a frequent presenter at professional conferences on the topics of “Moving and Downsizing Private Law Firm Libraries,” “Best Practices for Cost-Effective Online Research,” and “The Convergence of Business Analytics.” She passed away June 29, 2019.

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


  • Jeff Asjes Director of Product; Regs Technology; Denver, COClara Bondi Specialist, Fee-Based Services; Columbia University; New York, NY
  • Lindsay Braddy Library Systems Manager; Jenkins Law Library; Philadelphia, PA
  • Alexis Rae Branham Attorney; Mayfield Heights, OH
  • Carla Bywaters Student; Las Vegas, NV
  • Dianne Chambers Business Research Librarian; Eversheds Sutherland LLP; Washington, DC
  • Mary Lynn Creighton Library and Knowledge Management Manager; Porter, Wright, Morris & Arthur; Cincinnati, OH
  • Sharron Cunningham Library Technical Assistant; Florida A&M University; Orlando, FL
  • Katarina Daniels McGill University, Nahum Gelber Law Library; Montreal, Quebec
  • Jessica DaSilva Resource Counsel; National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers; Washington, DC
  • Amanda Duke Technical Services Librarian; State of Oregon Law Library; Salem, OR
  • Judith Felz Research Knowledge Analyst Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP; Los Angeles, CA
  • Krista Gingras Director; 12th Judicial Circuit; Sarasota, FL
  • Stephanie Godley Research Manager ; Ropes & Gray; Boston, MA
  • Brent Greyson Oklahoma City University Law Library; Oklahoma City, OK
  • Kate Hartman Senior Library Specialist, Tech Services; Northern Illinois University College of Law; DeKalb, IL
  • Rachel Hollis Technical Services Librarian; Concordia University; Boise, ID
  • Sarah Lulfs Law Librarian; Wood County Law Library; Bowling Green, OH
  • Shahanshah Manzoor Simpliv LLC; Fremont, CA
  • Alex Pearson Researcher; Akerman LLP; Atlanta, GA
  • Kate Peck Cataloging and Metadata Librarian for Rare Materials; University of California School of Law Library; Berkeley, CA
  • Sarah Pfeiffer Associate; New York, NY
  • Lisa Phillips Archivist; Birmingham, MI
  • Latoya Rosario KM & Research Association; Prudential Insurance Company of America; Newark, NJ
  • Ryan Rozanski Competitive & Business Intelligence Research Specialist; Quarles & Brady LLP; Phoenix, AZ
  • Kelsey Shaw Acquisitions Support Specialist; Dykema Gossett PLLC; Chicago, IL
  • Trista Snyder Research Attorney; Greenberg Traurig, LLP; Phoenix, AZ
  • Elizabeth Walcavich Phelps Dunbar, LLP; New Orleans, LA
  • Ilaura Walker Coordinator, Fee-Based Services; Columbia University; New York, NY
  • Christina Wilder Legal Technology and Research Librarian; Brigham Young University; Provo, UT
  • Elizabeth Wozobski Legal Editor; Steptoe & Johnson LLP; Washington, DC