Judy Meadows, 1945 –

Hall of Fame Induction: 2013

Significant AALL Service

Judy Meadows

  • President, Western Pacific Chapter, 1988–89
  • Chair, State, Court and County Law Libraries Special Interest Section, 1991–92
  • AALL Treasurer, 1992–95
  • AALL President-Elect, 1996–97
  • AALL President, 1997–98
  • AALL Immediate Past President, 1998–99
  • Co-chair, Authentication & Preservation of Digital Law Special Committee, 1999–2000
  • Chair, Professional Development Committee, 2000–01
  • Chair, Planned Giving Special Committee, 2003–05
  • Chair, Permanent Public Access to Legal Information Special Committee, 2005–07
  • Chair, Leadership Development Special Committee, 2007–09

Professional Honors and Awards

  • State Bar of Montana Distinguished Service Award, 1991
  • Pro Bono Publico Award, 1st Judicial District Bar Association of Montana, 2002
  • State Bar of Montana Distinguished Service Award, 2012
  • State, Court & County Law Libraries SIS Bethany J. Ochal Award for Distinguished Service to the Profession, 2013
  • Marian Gould Gallagher Distinguished Service Award, 2013
  • AALL Hall of Fame, Inductee, 2013

Selected Publications by the Inductee

  • “Equal Access to Information through Outside Databases: How to Design a Query for Legal Research; Legal and Law Related Databases.” In From Yellow Pads to Computers: Transforming Your Law Practice with a Computer , 2nd ed., edited by Kathryn Braeman and Fran Shellenberger, 133–44. Chicago: American Bar Association, 1991.
  • “The Northwest Consortium of Law Libraries Experience,” Law Library Journal 85 (1993): 775–81.
  • “Law Library Administration.” In Law Librarianship: A Handbook for the Electronic Age, edited by Patrick E. Kehoe, Lovisa Lyman, and Gary Lee McCann, 1–42. Littleton, Colo.: Fred B. Rothman & Co., 1995. (AALL Publications Series, No. 47)
  • “Where Are They Now? The Founding Members of the State, Court & County Law Libraries Special Interest Section of the American Association of Law Libraries,” Law Library Journal 87 (1995): 50–68.
  • “Courts, Their Libraries and the Politics of Technology,” Trends in Law Library Management and Technology 7 (Oct. 1995): 1–3.
  • “Broadening the Scope of Membership,” AALL Spectrum 1 (Feb. 1997): 20–21.
  • “Balancing Act: Reconciling Privacy with the Public’s Right to Know,” AALL Spectrum 8 (July 2004): 14–15, 35 (with Bob Oakley).
  • “Giving Back to Your Profession: AALL’s New Planned Giving Program Allows Members to Leave a Lasting Legacy on the Profession,” AALL Spectrum 10 (Nov. 2005): 22–23.
  • “The Future for Public Law Libraries,” AALL Spectrum 10 (July 2006): 18–19, 33.
  • “Trends in Public Law Librarianship,” Trends in Law Library Management and Technology 20 (2010): 9–14.
  • “Law Librarianship.” In Encyclopedia of Library and Information Sciences , 3rd ed., edited by Marcia J. Bates & Mary Niles Maack, 3212–3234. Boca Raton, Fla.: CRC Press, 2010 (with Richard A. Danner and Mark E. Estes).
  • “Equipping Our Lawyers: A Report on the ALI-ABA and ACLEA Critical Issues Summit,” AALL Spectrum 14 (March 2010): 16–17, 26–27 (with Kay Moller Todd).
  • “AALL Works to Promote Law Librarians’ Interest,” AALL Spectrum 15 (Feb. 2011): 29–30 (with Kay Moller Todd).

Selected Publications about the Inductee

  • Judith Meadows Interview. In An Oral History of Law Librarianship, interviewed by Patrick E. Kehoe, Sept. 3, 2012, videorecording. Spinelli’s Law Library Reference Shelf, HeinOnline.
  • Elizabeth L. Moore, “Recognizing the Outstanding: Carolyn P. Ahearn and Judy Meadows Receive the 2013 Marian Gould Gallagher Award.” AALL Spectrum 17 (June 2013): 22.

Professional Positions

  • Law Librarian, Aspen Systems Corporation, 1979–81
  • Director, Fairfax (Virginia) Law Library, 1981–84
  • State Law Librarian, Montana State Law Library, 1984–2013
  • Public Information Officer, Montana Supreme Court, 2011–13


  • B.A., American University, 1967
  • M.L.S., University of Maryland, 1979

Selected Professional Activities and Achievements (outside AALL)

  • President, Northwest Consortium of Law Libraries, 1984–91
  • Vice-Chair, Montana Library Services Advisory Council, 1986–90
  • Montana Bar Association C.L.E. Board, 1986–91
  • Presiding Official, Montana Governors Conference on Library and Information Services, 1991
  • Member, Board of Editors, Perspectives: Teaching Legal Research and Writing , 1999–2013
  • Panel Member, American Library Association, 2000–06
  • Member, Montana Equal Justice Task Force, 2000–12
  • Chair, Montana Commission on Self-Represented Litigants, 2000–12
  • Member, Montana Commission on Continuing Legal Education, 2004–present