Current Committees

  • Bookmark and Share

Grants Committee

Amy Lipford, Chair
Resource & Access Librarian
Florida State University

Katy Badeaux, Vice Chair
Law Reference/Research Librarian
University of Houston Law Center

Committee Members
Dan Brackmann 
Whitney Curtis
Deborah Heller
Michelle Murray
Jill Sturgeon 
Martin R. Witt 

Charge: The RIPS-SIS Grants committee solicits applications for the AALL Leadership Academy/AALL Management Institute and AALL Annual Meeting, evaluates grant applicants, and recommends travel grants to selected applicants based on need and available RIPS-SIS Grant funds to the RIPS-SIS Executive Board.

Legal Research Teach-In

Cynthia Condit, Chairn
Reference Librarian & Professor of Practice
Daniel F. Cracchiolo Law Library
University of Arizona James E. Roger College of Law

Gail Mathapo, Vice Chair
Reference Librarian
Univesity of Florida Levin College of Law, Lawton Chiles Legal Information Center

Committee Members
Megan Austin 
Stacy Etheredge 
Sarah Lewis
Kerry Lohmeier 
Kimberly Mattioli 
Anne Mostad-Jensen 
Eileen Santos 
Janeen Williams 
Mark Williams 
Annmarie Zell 

Charge: Solicit content, and administer the creation, marketing, and distribution, of Legal Research Teach In Kits (compiled legal research instructional materials) annually.


Robin Schard, Chair
Associate Director of the Law Library
University of Miami School of Law

Rachel Gordon, Vice Chair
Head of Access Services & Collection Services
Duke University Goodson Law Library

Committee Members
Anna Blaine 
Deborah Heller 
Kimberly Mattioli 
Shira Megerman
Hunter Whaley 

Charge: The Nominations Committee is charged with selecting candidates for SIS elections. The committee follows Article VI: Nomination and Election of Officers and Members-at-Large of the RIPS-SIS Bylaws in performing its duties. Specifically, the committee proposes a slate of candidates, including two candidates for each open office, and administers the electronic balloting system for the election.

Patron Services

Genevieve Tung, Chair
Head of Circulation and Reference Librarian
Rutgers School of Law Library in Camden

Kristen Moore, Vice Chair
Reference Librarian
Stetson University

Committee Members
Jamie Baker 
Khelani Clay 
Nicole Dyszlewski
Shawn Friend 
Rachel Gordon 
Kristyn Johnson 
Jessica Panella 
Lisa Peters 
Nolan Wright
Megan York 

Charge: Develop tools, publications, and programs of use to librarians, library staff, or other information professionals who provide direct services to patrons. Select topics and moderators for roundtables at the Annual Meeting.


Ashley Ahlbrand, Chair
Interim Assistant Director for Public Services
Indiana University Maurer School of Law 

Committee Members:
Pauline Afuso
Katy Badeaux
Emily Siess Donnellan 
Matthew Flyntz
Heather Joy 
Kelly Leong
Taryn Marks 
Colleen Williams 
Genevieve Zook

Charge: Assist RIPS members with program, workshop, and poster presentation proposals for Annual Meeting educational programs. Solicit topics relevant to RIPS members, assist in developing and refining proposals, connect members with others interested in proposing programs on similar topics, and answer member questions about the proposal process in general.

Public Relations and Recruitment

Abby Deese, Chair
Evening and Weekend Reference Librarian
Elon University School of Law

Katie Brown, Vice Chair
Deputy Director of the Law Library
Charleston School of Law

Committee Members:
Jessica Almeida 
Shari Duff 
Eliza Fink 
Christine George
Matt Timko 
Emma Wood 
Genevieve Zook

Charge: Publicize the projects and activities of the SIS by sending periodic notices to the AALL Spectrum and other AALL-affiliated publications. Maintain an active Twitter presence for RIPS. Recruit new members by coordinating representation at CONELL, and manage marketing displays and giveaways at our SIS table in the exhibit hall at the Annual Meeting.

Research Instruction

Heather Joy, Chair
Research/Instruction Librarian
Chapman University Law Library

Taryn Marks, Vice Chair
Faculty Services Librarian
University of Florida Levin College of Law, Lawton Chiles Legal Information Center

Committee Members:
Ellie Campbell
Stewart Caton 
Robert Clark
Nick Harrell 
Barbara Gabor
Gail Mathapo 
Dana Neacsu 
Clanitra Stewart Nedjl 
Stephen Parks 
Stacia Stein 
Savanna Nolan
David Walker 

Charge: Develop tools, publications, and programs of use to librarians involved in research instruction. Select topics and moderators for roundtables at the Annual Meeting.

Legal Research Competency

Becky Mattson, Co-Chair
Scholarly Communications and Faculty Services Librarian
H. Laddie Montague Jr. Law Library, Penn State Law

Kerry Lohmeier, Co-Chair
Assistant Librarian
James E. Faust Law Library, University of Utah

Theresa Tarves, Vice Chair
Emerging Technology and Digital Research Librarian
Penn State Law

Committee Members:
Susan Azyndar
Jane Bahnson
Nicole Downing 
Kristen Moore 
Kris Niedringhaus 
Anupama Pal
Gail Partin 

Charge: Develop a body of knowledge and implement activities to support and inform stakeholders about legal research competency.

Online Training

Shannon Roddy, Chair
Assistant Law Librarian
American University Washington College of Law

Suzanne Mawhinney, Vice Chair
Research Librarian
University of San Francisco School of Law

Committee Members:
Jessica Almeida 
Alissa Black-Dorward 
Whitney Curtis 
Eliza Fink 
Malikah Hall 
Amy Levine
Melissa Strickland
Colleen Williams 

Charge: Plan and coordinate online training opportunities for the RIPS-SIS membership. Develop tools, publications, forums, and programs of use to librarians involved with and interested in online instruction.

Strategic Planning

Alyson Drake, Chair
Assistant Director for Public Services
Texas Tech University School of Law Library

Committee Members:
Ashley Ahlbrand
Karin Johnsrud
Heather Joy
Rebecca Mattson
Shannon Roddy
Alexis Sharp
Genevieve Tung
Katie Crandall, ex officio
Paul Gatz, ex officio
Katie Hanschke, ex officio
Susan Nevelow Mart, ex officio

last updated 8/8/2017