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

Education

  • 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

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

Education

  • 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

Albert O. Brecht, 1946 – 2012

Hall of Fame Induction: 2013

Significant AALL Service

Albert Brecht

  • Vice-Chair, Recruitment Committee, 1975–76
  • President, Southern California Association of Law Libraries, 1975–76
  • Chair, Recruitment Committee, 1976–78
  • Chair, Nominations Committee, 1978–79
  • Chair, Placement Committee, 1978–80
  • Chair, Program Committee, 1983 Annual Meeting (Houston), 1982–83
  • Member, Certification Board, 1983–84
  • AALL President-Elect, 1986–87
  • AALL President, 1987–88
  • AALL Immediate Past President, 1988–89
  • Chair, Task Force to Explore Options for the Composition of the Executive Board, 1994–96

Professional Honors and Awards

  • Southern California Association of Law Libraries Rohan Chapter Service Award, 2002
  • USC Alumni Association President’s Award, 2008
  • Southern California Association of Law Libraries Lifetime Achievement Award, 2012 (posthumous; award renamed in his honor)
  • AALL Hall of Fame, Inductee, 2013

Selected Publications by the Inductee

  • Medical Malpractice Insurance and its Alternatives: The Legal, Medical and Insurance Literature—A Bibliography. Monticello, Ill.: Council of Planning Librarians, 1975 (with Alan Holoch and Kathleen Pecarovich).
  • “Minorities Employed in Law Libraries,” Law Library Journal 71 (1978): 283–88 (with Robin Mills).
  • “Accelerated Legal Research at U.S.C. Law Center,” Law Library Journal 75 (1982): 167–70.
  • “Teaching Legal-Research Skills,” Journal of Legal Education 32 (1982): 285.
  • “The Impact of Automation on Academic Law Libraries.” In Legal Information for the 1980’s: Meeting the Needs of the Legal Profession, edited by Betty W. Taylor, 159–62. Littleton, Colo.: Fred B. Rothman & Co., 1982.
  • “Changes in Legal Scholarship and Their Impact on Law School Library Reference Services,” Law Library Journal 157–64 (1984).
  • “Changes in Academic Law Librarianship Noted,” Syllabus (ABA Section of Legal Educ. & Admissions to the Bar) 19 (June 1988): 6.
  • “Automation and the Changing Environment of Legal Scholarship: Introduction,” Law Library Journal 83 (1991): 623–26.
  • “Method to the Madness: Ways to Increase Academic Law Librarian Salaries,” AALL Spectrum 6 (Nov. 2001): 4, 11.
  • “Service to the Parent Institution: It is Worth the Effort.” In The Spirit of Law Librarianship: A Reader, 2nd ed., edited by Roy M. Mersky and Richard A. Leiter, 41–44. Chicago: Alert Publications, 2005.

Selected Publications about the Inductee

  • Albert Brecht, “Back to the Future—My First Annual Meeting,” in Frank G. Houdek, “Stories of ‘My First Annual Meeting,’” Law Library Journal 88 (1996): 21–22.
  • “Professors Albert Brecht, Edward McCaffery, and Elyn Saks Formerly Installed as Holders of Prestigious Professorships,” USC Law (Fall 1998): 22–23.
  • Margot McLaren, “Getting to Know You: Albert O. Brecht,” Southern California Association of Law Libraries Newsletter 30 (September 2002): 16–17.
  • Robert K. Rasmussen et al., “Memorial: Albert O. Brecht,” Law Library Journal 104 (2012): 613–21.
  • 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.

Professional Positions

  • Assistant Law Librarian, University of Southern California Law Library, 1973–75
  • Law Librarian and Assistant Professor, University of Southern California Law Library, 1975–77
  • Director of the Law Library and Associate Professor, University of Southern California School of Law, 1977–79
  • Director of the Law Library and Professor of Law, University of Southern California School of Law, 1979–1996
  • Associate Dean, Library and Information Technology, and Professor of Law, University of Southern California School of Law, 1995–98
  • Associate Dean, Chief Information Officer, and John Stauffer Professor, University of Southern California School of Law, 1998–2012

Education

  • B.A., University of North Texas, 1969
  • J.D., University of Houston, 1972
  • M.L.L. (Masters in Law Librarianship), University of Washington, 1973

Selected Professional Activities and Achievements (outside AALL)

  • Admitted to the practice of Law, Texas, 1972

Richard J. Spinelli, 1941 –

Hall of Fame Induction: 2013

Dick SpinelliIs there a better known or more well-liked individual in law librarianship than Dick Spinelli? Not likely. As Gallagher Award recipient Charles Dyer says of Spinelli, “I am sure than anyone who has dealt with him considers himself or herself to be [his] friend, but that hardly puts anyone in an exclusive club, although we always felt like it.”

Involved in law librarianship since he joined Fred B. Rothman & Co. in April 1968 as an order processor (handling the company’s famed “Green Slip” service), Spinelli eventually became “the chief outside sales representative of two companies”—Rothman and, since 1993, William S. Hein & Co., where he currently serves as executive vice president. According to former AALL President Pat Kehoe, “He became a trusted friend to each of us who had the privilege of dealing with him. More significantly, Spinelli became well known as a person of integrity…. He did not ‘bend the rules.’ We knew we could trust him.”

Spinelli worked for a time in Rothman’s publications department, where he oversaw warehouse and inventory control and had few responsibilities outside the office, but by the mid-1970s he was regularly conducting on-site library visits and attending AALL chapter meetings. As Spinelli said in an interview for George Washington Law Library’s Legal Miscellanea magazine, “I became more visible in the profession via these visits and meetings.” He explained that the approach he took to these interactions was not typical for reps. “I emphasized getting to know individuals as much as familiarizing myself with each collection…. I wanted to make it clear that communication was the most important factor in dealing with a vendor, and that the best relationships between library and vendor were based on satisfying interactions.” The many library collections he helped build over the years is testament to the wisdom of his approach.

Although involved in the development of many important legal information products over the years—HeinOnline, including the recently launched Spinelli’s Law Library Reference Shelf, is a prominent example—Spinelli is unlike most Hall of Fame members in that he does not have long lists of publications or AALL leadership positions on his résumé. What he does have, however, is a first-name relationship (and frequently a friendship, as well) with virtually every member of the profession from the past 40 years. No wonder he is a Hall-of-Famer.

Significant AALL Service

  • Member, Vendor Colloquium Planning Committee, 2010–11
  • Member, Colloquium Working Group on Shared Principles, 2011

Professional Honors and Awards

  • Southern California Association of Law Libraries Vendor Service Award, 2003
  • AALL Presidential Certificate of Appreciation, 2010
  • AALL Hall of Fame, Inductee, 2013

Selected Publications by the Inductee

  • “The Changing Role of Law Library Vendors: The William S. Hein and Company Perspective,” Legal Reference Services Quarterly 21 (Summer 2002): 301–06 (with Kevin M. Marmion). [reprinted in Law Library Collection Development in the Digital Age, Michael G. Chiorazzi & Gordon Russell, eds., 301–06. Binghamton, N.Y. : Haworth Information Press, 2002.]
  • “Legal Classics Library,” CRIV Sheet 28 (Feb. 2006): 12.
  • “Spinelli’s Law Library Reference Shelf,” HeinOnline, 2013–.

Selected Publications about the Inductee

  • [Jennie Meade], “A Life in Law Books: Dick Spinelli,” Legal Miscellanea 7 (Spring 2010): 6–11 [publication of Jacob Burns Law Library, George Washington University]
  • 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.
  • Richard J. Spinelli Interview. In An Oral History of Law Librarianship, interviewed by Frank G. Houdek, July 14, 2013, videorecording. Spinelli’s Law Library Reference Shelf, HeinOnline.

Professional Positions

  • Management Trainee, Johnson & Johnson, 1966–68
  • Various Positions, Fred B. Rothman & Co., 1968–88
  • Vice-President, Fred B. Rothman & Co., 1988–93
  • Vice-President of Sales & Marketing, William S. Hein & Co., 1993–2000
  • Senior Vice-President, William S. Hein & Co., 2001–08
  • Executive Vice-President, William S. Hein & Co., 2009–present

Education

  • B.A., College of William and Mary, 1964

Selected Professional Activities and Achievements (outside AALL)

  • Member, Roy M. Mersky Spirit of Law Librarianship Award Selection Committee, 1992–present

Carolyn P. Ahearn, 1950–

Hall of Fame Induction: 2013

Significant AALL Service

  • President, Law Librarians’ Society of Washington, D.C., 1982–83, 1998–99
  • AALL Executive Board, 1985–88
  • AALL President-Elect, 1990–91
  • AALL President, 1991–92
  • AALL Immediate Past President, 1992–93
  • Co-Director, AALL Paraprofessional Forum, 1999
  • Member, Member Recognition Special Committee, 2008–09
  • Co-Chair, Private Law Libraries Special Interest Section Training Program, 2009–10

Professional Honors & Awards

  • Marian Gould Gallagher Distinguished Service Award, 2013
  • AALL Hall of Fame, Inductee, 2013

Selected Publications by Inductee

  • “The Relocation of a Law-Firm Library, National Law Journal 7 (Jan. 28, 1985): 14 (with Susanne D. Thevenet and Kathie L. Weinberg).
  • “Formation of a Law Library,” New York Law Journal 193 (Mar. 25, 1985): 29 (with Susanne D. Thevenet and Kathie L. Weinberg).
  • “Librarians Walk a Tightrope Between Tech and Law; Administration of Legal Libraries Requires Research Skills as Well as Computer Savvy,” National Law Journal 22 (July 17, 2000): C4 (with Jeannine Coscia).
  • “The Right Way to Research: To Reach Your Destination, Ask the Right Questions, Make a Plan, and Know the Tools,” Legal Times 26 (Sept. 29, 2003): 29.

Selected Publications About Inductee

  • 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.
  • Carolyn Ahearn, Interview. In An Oral History of Law Librarianship, interviewed by Patrick E. Kehoe, July 15, 2013, videorecording. Spinelli’s Law Library Reference Shelf, HeinOnline.

Professional Positions

  • Research Bibliographer, University of Pennsylvania, 1973–75
  • Assistant Librarian, Arent, Fox, Kintner, Plotkin and Kahn, 1975–76
  • Librarian, Pierson, Ball and Dowd, 1976–79
  • Director of Library Services, Shaw, Pittman, Washington, D.C., 1979–96
  • Director of Library Services, Wiley Rein LLP, Washington, D.C., 1996–2010
  • Interim Associate Dean of Information Services and Director of the Law Library, Hofstra University School of Law, 2010–11

Education

  • B.A., Union College, 1972
  • M.S.L.S., Catholic University of America, 1973

Selected Professional Activities & Achievements (Outside AALL)

  • Member, Law Librarianship Advisory Committee, Catholic University of America, School of Library and Information Science, 2008–present