Judith Wright, 1944 –

Hall of Fame Induction: 2013

Significant AALL Service

Judith Wright

  • Chair, Special Committee on Educational Policy, 1988–89
  • Chair, National Legal Resources Committee, 1990–91
  • AALL Representative to the Library of Congress, 1990–91
  • Co-Chair and Editor, AALL Planning Session on Training the Next Generation of Foreign and International Law Librarians, 1991–93

Professional Honors and Awards

  • Named one of Fastcase’s Top 50 Innovators in Law, 2011
  • Frederick Charles Hicks Award for Outstanding Contributions to Academic Law Librarianship, 2013
  • Chicago Association of Law Libraries Outstanding Lifetime Achievement in Law Librarianship Award, 2013
  • AALL Hall of Fame, Inductee, 2013
  • Judith M. Wright Fellowship, University of Chicago Law School, 2014 (established “in recognition
    of Judith’s forty-plus years of service to the University and her legacy as a mentor to
    generations of law librarians”)
  • Marian Gould Gallagher Distinguished Service Award, 2016

Selected Publications by the Inductee

  • Training the Next Generation of Foreign and International Law Librarians: Issue Papers, Summary, Action Plan, Judith Wright, ed. Littleton, Colo.: Fred B. Rothman, 1992. (AALL Occasional Papers Series No. 12)
  • “Quality—A Moving Target,” Syllabus (ABA Section of Legal Educ. & Admissions to the Bar) 19 (Dec. 1988): 7.
  • “Memorial: Jane Strable (1918–2002),” Law Library Journal 95 (2003): 143–44.
  • “Adolf Sprudzs: In Memoriam,” Law Library Journal 95 (2003): 324–25.
  • “Law Library Budgets in Hard Times,” Law Library Journal 103 (2011): 91–111 (with Taylor Fitchett, James Hambleton, Penny Hazelton, and Anne Klinefelter).

Selected Publications about the Inductee

  • Meredith Heagney, “Law School, Law Library Community Laud Judith Wright as She Prepares to Retire,” Univ. of Chicago Law School, May 21, 2013, www.law.uchicago.edu/news/law-school-law-library-community-laud-judith-wright-she-prepares-retire.
  • Frank G. Houdek, “Introducing the Hall of Fame Class of 2013: AALL Honors Brecht, Spinelli, Todd, and Wright,” AALL Spectrum 17 (June 2013): 28–29.
  • Pauline M. Aranas, “Gallagher Award Celebrates Outstanding Achievement: S. Blair Kauffman and Judith M. Wright Recognized for Service to the Profession,”; AALL Spectrum 20 (May/June 2016): 36–38.

Professional Positions

  • School Librarian, Jacksonville, Fla., 1966–67
  • American Red Cross Recreational Worker, Vietnam, 1967–68
  • Documents/Reference Librarian, University of Chicago Law Library, 1970–74
  • Reference Librarian, University of Chicago Law Library, 1974–77
  • Lecturer, Graduate Library School, University of Chicago, 1977–89
  • Associate Dean of Library and Information Services and Lecturer in Law, D’Angelo Law Library, University of Chicago, 1980–2013


  • B.S., University of Memphis, 1966
  • M.A., Graduate Library School, University of Chicago, 1971
  • J.D., DePaul University School of Law, 1980

Selected Professional Activities and Achievements (outside AALL)

  • Admitted to the practice of Law, Illinois, 1980
  • Co-Founder and Member, Chicago Legal Academic System, 1983–2013
  • Westlaw Advisory Board, 1984–87
  • Member, ABA Committee on Facilities of the Law Library of Congress, 1985–93
  • Editorial Board Member, Legal Reference Services Quarterly, 1990–93
  • Member, Law Libraries Committee, ABA Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar, 1999–2007
  • Chair, Law Libraries Committee, ABA Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar, 2003–06
  • Executive Board Member, Legal Information Preservation Alliance, 2004–07
  • Member, Law Library Microform Consortium (LLMC) Advisory Council; Appointed to the Board, LLMC Legal Collections Steering Committee, 2008–10
  • Chair, LLMC/CRL Global Resources Law Steering Committee, 2011–13