Legal History and Rare Books SIS

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Meetings and Programs

2008 AALL Annual Meeting in Portland

Legal History and Rare Books SIS-Sponsored Programs

LHRB-SIS Program: Law Library Journal at 100: The Evolution of a Publication

Sunday July 13, 1:30-2:45 p.m.

Law Library Journal is publishing its 100th volume in 2008. To mark this milestone, several former LLJ editors and a former business manager will discuss the Journal, its history and development, and its importance to the law library profession. The informal roundtable discussion will intersperse serious information about the Journal and its contribution to the literature of our profession with interesting (and maybe even humorous) anecdotes from LLJ’s long history. Panelists include former LLJ Editors Frank Houdek and Dick Danner, and former Business Manager Pat Kehoe.

For questions or further information, contact Janet Sinder, the program’s Coordinator and Moderator, at


LHRB-SIS Business Meeting

Sunday July 13, 5:30-6:30 p.m.

Join your friends in the LHRB-SIS as we meet and greet, wrap up the year’s activities and events, and begin planning for next year.

For more information, contact Karen Beck, LHRB-SIS Chair, at


LHRB-SIS Reception at Lucky Labrador Brew Pub

Sunday July 13, 7-9 p.m.

Portland is a haven for microbreweries. Join the LHRB-SIS as we cap off our “Beer in the Law” program and our Business Meeting by sampling some of Portland’s finest concoctions at the Lucky Lab Brew Pub. We’ll gather in the private party room, where our own bartender will serve three of Lucky Lab’s most popular beers. Snacks and up to two beers per guest will be provided compliments of the LHRB-SIS. A little over a mile from the Oregon Convention Center, Lucky Lab is located at 915 S.E. Hawthorne Blvd., a quick trolley ride away. If you plan to join us, please RSVP on the Annual Meeting’s Registration Form so that we can get an accurate head count for planning purposes. Hope to see you there!

For more information, visit or contact Laura Ray at


LHRB-SIS Roundtable: Evolution of a Research and Legal History Web Site: From Funding Through Implementation

Monday July 14, 12-1:15 p.m.

Join us for lunch and hear Joel Fishman discuss the formation of the Pennsylvania Constitution Website at Duquesne University. He will demonstrate the website and describe how to obtain funding to start a similar project. This website is the only one in the country to offer both historical and current information dealing with state constitutional law and history. A site like this can be an important research and historical resource for the legal community, scholars, students and the general public. Dr. Joel Fishman is the Co-Director of the Pennsylvania Constitution Website. He has posted all constitutions, historical treatises, digests, attorneys-general opinions and more on the site, and has obtained $18,000 in grants for the project. Light lunch will be provided.

For questions or further information, contact Joel Fishman at


AMPC-Sponsored Programs

Program B-6: Beer and the Law: A Legal History of Beer, Brewing and Government Regulation from the German Purity Law to the Microbrew Movement

Sunday July 13, 3-4 p.m.

To commemorate Portland's status as a microbrew haven, come explore the legal history of its most famous beverage: beer! From the German Purity Law of 1516 to Prohibition, beer has been among the most heavily regulated beverages. This program will examine the history of beer with a special emphasis on the laws and regulations that have governed the industry. Attendees will also learn about the brewing process from one of Portland's master brewers from Full Sail Brewing Company.

For questions or further information, contact Mark Podvia at


Program F-6: Oregon’s Death with Dignity Act: A Legal History (cosponsored by SR-SIS)

Monday July 14, 10:45-11:45 a.m.

Although end-of-life issues continue to be highly controversial, public opinion has made a significant shift during the past ten years in support of individual choice for end-of-life treatment. Oregon became the only state to authorize physician-assisted death when it passed The Death with Dignity Act (DWDA) in 1994. This unique statute and Oregon’s experience serve as a model for other states as they attempt to resolve the conflicting interests and establish public policy on these issues. The DWDA has survived a number of legal challenges since it was first enacted. In this program the panel will address: the legislative history of Oregon's Death with Dignity Act, the ensuing lawsuits, and attempts to repeal the law; the key provisions of the DWDA; federal challenges to the Oregon law, both in Congress and in the courts; Oregon's experience during the 10 years since the statute went into effect; and the impact and ramifications of the DWDA.

For questions or further information, contact Stacy Etheredge at


Program K-5: Explore the new World of Legal History Research – Be Prepared to Wiki!

Tuesday July 15, 3:30-4 p.m.

As the interests of faculty members become more interdisciplinary, more of them are writing about legal history. But legal history is no longer just a matter of looking at old cases. Researchers need to access newspapers and archival materials to develop their theses more fully. How can law librarians keep up with the new resources coming on line in this fascinating field? This program will get you started and keep you on top of a new expanding field of scholarly research. First we will focus on both traditional legal history resources, such as subscription databases, and on non-traditional sources, such as Google Books, to show you how to find what your researchers want. Next, we examine what kinds of materials your researchers want and why. Finally, we show you how to put it all together and keep it up to date by using elements of Web 2.0 and posting a dynamic legal history wiki.

For questions or further information, contact Lee Sims at  


Workshop W-2: What’s in this Box? Managing Archive Collections (Sponsored by TS-SIS and cosponsored by LHRB-SIS)

Saturday July 12, full day.

This one-day workshop has two discrete parts. The morning session will focus on managing archival collections, including: discussion of what is an archival collection and who should manage them; effectively arranging and describing collections; creating finding aids; providing physical and intellectual access to these types of materials; and managing collections electronically. In the afternoon session we will cover Encoded Archival Description (EAD) – the accepted standard for encoding the descriptive information found in archival finding aids, which enables researchers to locate and use finding aids electronically. Participants will receive basic instruction in marking up finding aids with EAD tags, and will mark up finding aids with EAD tags in a hands-on exercise.  Speakers include Janice Anderson, Heather Bourke, Lori Lindberg, Anne Mar, Bill Sleeman and Mike Widener.

For questions or further information, contact Heather Bourk at


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