Legal History and Rare Books SIS

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Meetings and Programs

2010 AALL Annual Meeting, Denver, Co.

LHRB-SIS Business Meeting

Sunday, July 11, 2010: 5:30-6:30 pm
Hyatt-Mineral B.

Contact: Stacy Etheredge at

LHRB-SIS Lunch Roundtable:  "Digging" Colorado Legal History: Alfred Packer - The Man, The Myths, The Cannibal.

Sunday, July 11, 2010. 12:00 PM - 1:15 PM
CCC-Room 107.

Professor James E. Starrs of The George Washington University Law School, forensics expert and internationally-known authority on exhumation, returns to AALL to discuss the case of Colorado cannibal Alfred (Alferd) Packer, a member of a February, 1874, gold prospecting party who returned in the spring, well-fed and without his five companions.  Packer was charged at his first trial with murder, not cannibalism, which was not a crime in Colorado, then or now.  He was convicted in 1883.  When his conviction was reversed on a technicality, his retrial resulted in conviction for five crimes of homicide. Professor Starrs led a team of experts in the exhumation of the Packer party members, and will discuss his analysis of the scientific data gleaned from the victims’ bones.  This data undermined Packer’s trial testimony, confirming that Packer had cannibalized all five of his companions, when he had contended that he had cannibalized only two under duress when food ran out.

Lunch will be provided for the first 40 attendees.  After the food runs out ...

LHRB-SIS-Sponsored Educational Program:  B2: Mapping Uncharted Terrains: Introducing Archival Best Practices to the Management of Law School, Court and Law Firm Historical Collections.

Kurt Metzmeier and Denise Anthony

Sunday, July 11, 2009: 3-4 pm
CCC-Room 108-112

Librarians in small and mid-sized law libraries are forced to wear many hats, and one is that of the parent institution's "archivist." Many librarians thrust into this role are not trained as archivists and have a hard time discerning the accepted standards for accessioning, processing, preserving, and providing access to these collections. Often these supposed archives are actually a mixture of documents, print ephemera, photographs, digital media and even works of art. This program will introduce the rudiments of archival best practices-giving practical advice on what is an archival collection, what to keep, and how to describe and provide access to archival materials. It will also provide concrete solutions for managing the non-archival materials often lumped into these institutional collections.

LHRB-SIS Reception / Morris L. Cohen Student Essay Contest Award Ceremony

Sunday, July 11 2010: 7:30-9:30 pm
Hyatt-Agate B

After our Business Meeting, please join your LHRB-SIS colleagues as we adjourn to a reception at the Hyatt, Room "Agate B". We will sample hors d’oeuvres and drinks, and celebrate this year's first- and second-place winners of our SIS’s Morris L. Cohen Student Essay Contest, co-sponsored by LHRB and Gale Publishing. Please join us, even if you did not sign up for an advance "registration count" ticket - it is free and open to all who are interested in the LHRB-SIS or the Morris Cohen Contest. Many thanks to Gale for their support of our award and reception. We hope to see you there!

Contact: Stacy Etheredge at

LHRB-SIS Co-Sponsored Educational Program:  F4: Beyond Wayback: Preserving Born-Digital Ephemera.

Monday, July 12, 2010, 10:45AM - 11:45AM.
CCC-Room 205-207.

Jason Eiseman, Richard A. Leiter. Jean-Gabriel Bankier, William LeFurgy

The Internet Archive's Wayback Machine provides a great service preserving web sites that many librarians have used for research. Some libraries have even implemented their own versions for archiving digital materials, but new types of internet content have changed the game. Tweets disappear from Twitter's search within a week and a half after posting. YouTube videos can be taken down as quickly as they are posted. These new forms of digital content are often transient, with no permanent home, promise of preservation, or even plan for long-term data storage. Richard Leiter, host of the Law Librarian Blog Talk Radio Show, will lead a panel discussion on preserving digital ephemera. Preservation experts will discuss the challenges and opportunities associated with archiving data. They will explain preservation efforts already underway, describe tools for preservation, and offer considerations when building collections of digital ephemera.

LHRB-SIS Roundtable and Luncheon: Morris Cohen Student Essay Contest Paper Presentation

Monday, July 12, 2010. 12:00 PM - 1:15 PM
Hyatt-Agate BC

Join us for lunch and a chance to hear Justin Simard, the winner of the Morris L. Cohen Student Essay Contest, deliver his paper, "'The Citadel Must Open Its Gates to the People: Judicial Reform at the 1821 New York Constitutional Convention."

Contact: Stacy Etheredge at

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