2002 AALL Annual Meeting in Orlando

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2002 AALL Annual Meeting in Orlando, July 20-24


Legal History and Rare Books SIS Business Meeting, July 21, 2001,  5:30 p.m.- 6:30 p.m.
Legal History and Rare Books SIS Roundtable Meeting, July 23, 2001, 12:15 p.m - 1:30 p.m.


B-5: Legal History from the Reference Desk:Connecting the Past to Today’s Information Needs

Sunday, July 21 ..... 1:15 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Kurt Metzmeier, Coordinator & Speaker, University of Louisville Law Library
Katherine Topulos, Duke University School of Law Library

Learning Outcomes:

    Participants will formulate effective legal history search strategies and utilize legal history resources in English and American law.
    Participants will identify standard state and federal legal history materials.

No reference librarian is immune from an occasional foray into legal history research. Academic librarians are frequently asked to help research landmark cases and legal controversies. Firm and court librarians also must field historical questions from lawyers and judges preparing bar association talks, writing articles and looking for historical context for a brief or opinion. This program will familiarize librarians with legal history search strategies and resources, provide detailed information on English and American legal history research, as well as review tools particular to individual states and regions.


    Topulos handout
    Metzmeier handout / outline.

K-2: Towards a Research Agenda for Legal History: Some Modest Proposals

Wednesday, July 24 ..... 10:30 a.m. – 11:45 p.m.

Katherine Hedin, Coordinator, University of Minnesota Law Library
Karen Beck, Boston College Law Library
Warren Billings, University of New Orleans

Learning Outcomes:

    Participants will identify possible research topics and strategies applicable to the formative period of American law.
    Participants will describe trends in 19th century legal writing and publishing, demonstrate how those trends were instrumental in defining a distinctly American legal order, and illustrate how such an analysis can be applied to any area of the antebellum United States.

Legal publishing during the formative period of American law (1776-1850) had a tremendous impact on the development of American law. A legal historian will analyze legal writing and publishing during this time and use specific examples to illustrate how this analysis can be applied to any place in the United States before the Civil War. A reference/rare books librarian will explain her research study focusing on the private libraries of early 19th century New England lawyers and will illustrate how this information sheds light on the practice of law and on legal education in the 19th century.