Education & Training

AALL Annual Meeting

The LHRB-SIS programs, meetings & events at the AALL Annual Meeting.

  • 2017 Austin, TX

    Sunday, July 16

    LHRB-SIS Morris L. Cohen Essay Presentation by Gonzalo Rodriguez, “Protecting Inland Waterways, from the Institutes of Gaius to Magna Carta.”

    12:45 p.m.-2:00 p.m. (Hilton 417B), Sponsored by Gale Cengage Learning

    LHRB-SIS Business Meeting

    5:30 p.m.-6:30 p.m. (ACC 5C)

    LHRB-SIS Reception at Threadgill’s (301 W. Riverside Dr.)

    7:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m., Sponsored by HeinOnline

    Monday, July 17

    LHRB-SIS Host City History Roundtable, Tequila and the Law, with Mark Podvia and Scott Willis, Founder of Tequila 512

    3:30 p.m.-4:45 p.m. (ACC 9B)

    LHRB-SIS Rare Books Cataloging Round Table

    5:00 p.m.-6:30 p.m. (Hilton 416B)

    LHRB-SIS Archives Round Table

    5:00 p.m.-6:30 p.m. (Hilton 416B)

    Tuesday, July 18

    Spanish and English Water Law in the American Southwest

    11:00 a.m.-noon (ACC 16AB)
    Moderator: Laura Ray
    Speakers: Jane Cohen, Edward Clark Centennial Professor of Law, UT Austin
    Charles Porter, Visiting Professor, St. Edward’s  University

  • 2016 Chicago, IL

    Sunday, July 17

    Morris L. Cohen Essay Presentation

    12:45 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. (Hyatt-Soldier Field)
    This year’s Legal History and Rare Books SIS’s Morris L. Cohen Student Essay Competition winner was Jillian Slaight, a doctoral student at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Jillian gave a great talk about the research and writing behind her winning essay, “Seductive Arguments: Law, Elopement & the Erosion of Parental Authority in Pre-Revolutionary France.” Throughout the early modern period, French law forbade unsanctioned marriages between minors, a crime classified as “seduction.” Men who wed without the consent of their bride’s parents faced the potential of capital punishment. From the 1760s until the eve of the Revolution, defense lawyers wielded the legal brief as a powerful instrument of public opinion, transforming seduction cases into referendums on paternal power – and, by extension, the power of the monarchy itself. Yet these same legal discourses constrained female happiness to the realm of marriage.

    LHRB-SIS Business Meeting

    5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. (Hyatt-Toronto)
    We had a productive business meeting, led by Chair Kasia Solon Cristobal. Minutes will circulate on the listserv. The business meeting was followed by a reception at Quartino Ristorante.

    Monday, July 18

    The Once and Future Presidential Library: From Lincoln to Obama

    9:45 a.m. – 10:45 a.m. (Hyatt-Columbus EF)
    Here we are in Chicago, Illinois — the land of Lincoln and the “Sweet Home” of which President Obama sings. These two presidents have become indelibly linked. How will their physical legacies compare? Everything related to Lincoln is now considered worth preserving, yet the federal presidential library system only came later. How does access compare for the more remote Lincoln versus the more immediate Obama? How much can even be preserved — will we get to see what Obama emailed on his not one, but two, BlackBerries?

    Our speakers gave insights on the answers to these questions, along with thoughts on the newest presidential library, from its location and design to the logistics of processing materials prior to their release to researchers.

    The speakers in this LHRB-sponsored program were Olivia Mahoney, Senior Curator at the Chicago History Museum; Blair Kamin, Columnist and Architecture Critic at the Chicago Tribune; John Laster, Diector, Presidential Materials Division, at the National Archives and Records Administration; and Kasia Solon Cristobal, Lecturer & Reference Librarian (Student Services Coordinator) at the University of Texas, Jamil Center for Legal Research.

    LHRB-SIS Host City History Roundtable
    Baseball, Ballots, and Bombs: Why Chicago’s Legal History Still Resonates

    3:30 p.m. – 4:45 p.m. (Hyatt-Columbian)
    This talk took attendees on a whirlwind trip through (just some) of the Windy City’s colorful legal history! AALL members Mike Maben and Scott Burgh talked about their research into the 1919 Black Sox Scandal, the 1880 stolen aldermanic election in the 14th Ward, and the Haymarket Executive Clemency Campaign. It’s sports, politics, and law – the Chicago Way.

    LHRB-SIS Archives Roundtable

    5:00 p.m – 6:30 p.m. (Hyatt-Dusable)

    LHRB-SIS Rare Book Cataloging Roundtable

    5:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. (Hyatt-Skyway 272)

  • 2015 Philadelphia, PA


    LHRB-SIS Morris L. Cohen Essay Presentation

    11:30 a.m. – 12:45 p.m. (PCC Room 111A)
    Sung Yup Kim, our 2014 Morris Cohen Essay Contest winner, will present the winning paper “Those Innumerable Litigations of a Civil Nature Arising among the Lower Sort,” Justices of the Peace and Small Debt Litigation in Late Colonial New York.  Feel free to bring a brown-bag lunch, and enjoy this annual recognition of blossoming legal historians.

    LHRB-SIS Business Meeting

    5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. (Room 305 of the Marriott)

    LHRB-SIS Reception

    7:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. (McGillin’s Olde Ale House)


    The LHRB-SIS Host City History Roundtable

    3:15 p.m.-4:30 p.m. (PCC Room 104B)
    This year’s Roundtable will feature Regina Smith, Executive Director of the Jenkins Law Library, and John Van Horne, Director Emeritus of The Library Company of Philadelphia, who will discuss how the evolution of their libraries can serve as a blueprint for successfully adapting to economic and technological changes.

    LHRB-SIS Rare Book Cataloging Roundtable

    4:30 p.m. -5:30  p.m. (Marriott Room 304)


    Researching the Corpus Juris Civilis

    12:30 p.m.-2 p.m. (PCC Room 105A)
    LHRB-SIS and the FCIL-SIS Roman Law Interest Group

    “Voices from the Past:  Using Rare and Antiquarian Books in the Modern Practice of Law.”

    4 p.m.-5 p.m. (PCC 204BC)
    Speakers will be Mark W. Podvia, Head of Public Services and Instruction Librarian, West Virginia University College of Law; Michael von der Linn, Antiquarian Book Department Manager, Lawbook Exchange, Ltd.; and Charles E. Shields, III, Attorney-At-Law, The Law Office of Shields and Houck.

    Materials for this session include:

  • 2014 San Antonio, TX


    Morris L. Cohen Essay Presentation and Luncheon

    11:45 a.m.-1:00 p.m. (HBGCC Room 206A)
    The winner of this year’s competition is Bonnie Shucha, Assistant Director of Public Services at the University of Wisconsin Law Library, discussed her winning essay, “White Slavery in the Northwoods: Early Sex Trafficking and the Reformation of Law in the Late Nineteenth Century.”  Emily Ulrich, a graduate student in the Medieval Studies Program at Yale, wrote the runner-up essay, ” ‘Commoning’ the English Common Law Treatise: Investigating Three Fourteenth-Century Copies of the Britton”. Congratulations to Bonnie and Emily!

    B4: The Accidental Archivist: Creating Archives on a Shoestring Budget

    4:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m. (HBGCC Room 217A)
    Walked participants through the process of evaluating unprocessed archival materials held by their libraries and showed how to set achievable goals for such collections with minimal outlay

    Rare Book Cataloging Roundtable

    5:30 p.m.-6:30 p.m. (HBGCC Room 210B)
    Catalogers brought their rare book cataloging conundrums, believe-it-or-nots, and candidates for the cataloging Odditorium to the roundtable for informal discussion at “the” expert law catalogers forum.


    Host City History: San Antonio Edition

    11:45 a.m.-12:45 p.m. (HBGCC Room 213A)
    LHRB’s first annual legal history meeting. Our guest, Professor Michael Ariens of St. Mary’s University School of Law in San Antonio, and the author of the award-winning Lone Star Law: A Legal History of Texas, led a discussion/Q&A on Texas legal history.  The lively session was followed by a Lone Star Law booksigning.

    H1: The Civil Rights Act of 1964: Celebrating Its 50th Anniversary (sponsored by LHRB-SIS)

    3:45 p.m.-4:45 p.m. (HBGCC Room 217A)
    The Civil Rights Act of 1964, celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2014, is considered one of the most important laws in United States history. The act ended the segregation of public accommodations in the South, established the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission to handle all types of employee discrimination, and created a mechanism to desegregate the public schools by cutting off federal funding to noncomplying school districts. This illuminating session reviewed the legislative process in the passage of this act, and discussed President Lyndon Johnson’s intimate role in that passage.

    Coordinator & Moderator: Joel Fishman, Duquesne University Center for Legal Information/Allegheny County Law Library; Speaker: Sanford V. Levinson, University of Texas School of Law at Austin

    Business Meeting

    5:30 p.m.-6:30 p.m. (HBGCC Room 216A)

    LHRB reception at Manhattan Mexican Restaurant

    7:00p.m.-8:30 p.m.

  • 2013 Seattle, WA

    Sunday, July 14

    Morris L. Cohen Essay Presentation and Luncheon

    12:30 p.m. – 1:45 p.m.
    Winner: Sarah Levine-Gronningsater, PhD Candidate in American History at the University of Chicago, “Louis Napoleon’s Secret Service: Gradual Emancipation, Antislavery Legal Culture, and the Origins of the Lemmon Slave Case (1852-60)”

    Runner-up: Matthew Axtell, PhD Candidate in History at Princeton University, “Customs of the River: Legal Change and Shifting Hydrology in the 19-Century Steamboat Economy” (available on SSRN). Matthew presented his essay at the 2013 AALL Annual meeting in Seattle.

    Monday, July 15

    Law Libraries and Advocacy: Using Special Collections to Tell the Story of the Japanese American Internment

    1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
    This program delved into the legal history of the internment of Japanese Americans during World War II, a topic of broad interest to those concerned with civil rights and also of historic relevance to the Seattle area. In particular, attendees learned the remarkable story of the 1980s litigation that successfully vacated the convictions of Fred T. Korematsu and Gordon Hirabayashi, who challenged the legality of the military orders that lead to the internment. The program illustrated the ways that law librarians can become involved in telling the story of successful advocacy to right social injustice. It discussed the work of local law school librarians who created major exhibits in collaboration with Japanese American families, members of legal teams, community activists, libraries and other institutions, as well as faculty and departments across the university. Those exhibits brought people into the library, educated students, and solidified a collaborative relationship between the library and one of the school’s key advocacy centers.

    Stacy Etheredge, Co-coordinator and Co-moderator, West Virginia University College of Law; Etheldra G. Scoggin, Co-coordinator and Co-moderator, Loyola University College of Law Library; Lori Bannai, Seattle University School of Law Library; and Stephanie Wilson, Seattle University School of Law Library.

    LHRB Annual Business Meeting

    5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
    One important item was the approval of a proposed amendment to the LHRB-SIS bylaws. The adopted amendment clarifies that it is permissible (but not mandatory) for the Secretary-Treasurer to serve for consecutive terms. The thinking of the Executive Committee is that there is a learning curve for mastering the AALL financial bureaucracy, and it is a shame to toss out the experience gained after only one term, and start the process all over again.

    LHRB Reception

    7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. (Palomino Restaurant)