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  • AALL Connection / April 2021

    Contains 1 Component(s) Includes a Live Web Event on 04/15/2021 at 11:00 AM (CDT)

    To keep members informed of the Association's activities, AALL will be holding its virtual update on Thursday, April 15, 2021 at 11:00 am Central. This session will be recorded. Registration is open to AALL members only.

    To keep members informed of the Association's activities, AALL will be holding its virtual update on Tuesday, April 15, 2021 at 11:00 am Central. This session will be recorded. Registration is open to AALL members only. We encourage you to submit questions ahead of time to leadership@aall.org. You will also have the opportunity to submit questions via live chat, if time permits. We look forward to connecting with you!

    SPEAKERS:

    • Emily Florio, AALL President
    • Diane Rodriguez, AALL Vice President / President-Elect
    • Cornell H. Winston, AALL Treasurer
    • Mary Jenkins, AALL Secretary

    AALL BODY OF KNOWLEDGE DOMAINS: Professionalism + Leadership At Every Level

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    CANCELLATION AND OTHER POLICIES

    Please contact AALL at elearning@aall.org by April 2, 2021 if you would like to request live captioning services.

  • AALL Management Institute

    Contains 0 Component(s) Includes a Live Web Event on 03/23/2021 at 5:45 PM (CDT)

    Managing competing priorities in unprecedented times calls for new skills. The AALL Management Institute will be held this year as a virtual event. The institute prepares managers to thrive in uncertainty, confidently navigate conflict, and build commitment to strategic goals, and equips them with managerial leadership practices to impact culture and inspire change.

    Managing competing priorities in unprecedented times calls for new skills. The AALL Management Institute will be held this year as a virtual event. The institute prepares managers to thrive in uncertainty, confidently navigate conflict, and build commitment to strategic goals, and equips them with managerial leadership practices to impact culture and inspire change. The institute will feature experts in mind science research and management. Learn creative solutions to handle evolving workplace dynamics, exploring topics such as implicit bias, inclusive communication, managing multi-faceted team environments, and more.

    Managers (including aspiring managers) will have the opportunity collaborate with colleagues from across the country, learn in a small group setting, and develop techniques that have long term value and impact.


    TOPICS:

    • Management vs. Leadership /Responsibilities of Managers
    • Managing Remote and Hybrid Workplace Dynamics
    • Creating and Maintaining Organizational Culture
    • Training on Implicit Bias
    • Inclusive Decision-making and Consensus-building
    • Strategies for Improving Conflict/Constructive Conversations
    • Professional Development Planning

    WHO SHOULD ATTEND: Law librarians and legal information professionals seeking improve management capabilities and skills (including firm, academic, government and other organizations)

    SPEAKERS:

    • Yolonda Harrison, Perception Institute
    • Jessica MacFarlane, Perception Institute
    • Jessica Swenson, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Learning and Talent Development
    • Maureen Sullivan, Organization development consultant

    MEMBER PANELISTS:

    • David S. Mao, Georgetown University Law Center 
    • Cynthia Brown, Littler Mendelson, P.C. 
    • Joe Lawson, Harris County Law Library

    AALL BODY OF KNOWLEDGE DOMAINS: Professionalism + Leadership At Every Level, Management + Business Acumen

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    REGISTRATION AND CANCELLATION POLICY:

    Participation is limited. The virtual management institute will be held online with live facilitated sessions, scenarios, and large and small group breakouts on March 23–242021 from 11:00 a.m. – 4:15 p.m. CDT. There will be optional networking opportunities for institute participants immediately following the sessions.

    The early-bird price is $449 for AALL members and $675 for nonmembers through Feb 15.  The regular price is $499 for AALL members and $749 for nonmembers through the March 15 registration deadline.

    A pre-course survey will be sent to participants in preparation for the diversity and inclusion segments. Students who attend and complete the requirements will receive a course certificate. Institute participation includes but may not be limited to participation in live sessions and online discussion and completion of in-session coursework/assignments/assessments.

    You may cancel in writing by March15 to elearning@aall.org. You will be refunded your registration fee minus a 15% administrative charge. Cancellation requests received after the deadline will not be eligible for a refund. No-shows will not be eligible for a refund. If you have any questions, please contact AALL Director of Education Celeste R. Smith for more information.

    By attending the program, you agree that AALL, its employees, contractors, and volunteers, may photograph, videotape or audiotape you during the program (for access by attendees). Your photo, video, audio, likeness, or image may be used by AALL for promotional or related purposes with no remuneration to you. Attendees are expected to follow the rules outlined in AALL’s Meetings and Events Code of Conduct.

    Please contact AALL at elearning@aall.org by March 15, 2021 if you would like to request live captioning services.

    This continuing professional education opportunity is sponsored by the American Association of Law Libraries in partnership with Thomson Reuters.

    YOLONDA P. HARRISON
    Deputy Director of Programs and Assessment /Perception Institute

    Yolanda HarrisonYolonda is the Deputy Director of Programs and Assessment at Perception Institute -- a consortium of researchers, advocates, and strategists who translate cutting edge mind science research on race, gender, and other identities into solutions that reduce bias and discrimination. Since joining the consortium in 2015, Yolonda has collaborated with a variety of organizations to develop and implement data-driven strategies designed to promote belonging. Yolonda's prior experience includes serving as the inaugural Director of the Office of Diversity and Inclusion at the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law and the Director of Student Services, Diversity, and Inclusion at Seton Hall University School of Law. She has also worked for the legal divisions of Dignity Health and Thomson Reuters; and held Law Librarian positions at Seton Hall University, North Carolina Central University, and Florida International University.

    Yolonda received a joint Juris Doctor and Master of Library Science, summa cum laude, from North Carolina Central University. She received a dual Bachelor of Arts in Communication Studies and African American Studies from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Yolonda is currently admitted to practice in New York.


    JESSICA MACFARLANE
    Senior Research Director/ Perception Institute

    Jessica MacFarlaneJessica is the Senior Research Director at Perception Institute, where she conducts original research studies and translates findings on the science of implicit bias, racial anxiety, and stereotype threat. She regularly leads workshops on these concepts with stakeholders in education, criminal justice, social services, health care, and other workplaces.

    Jessica's career has focused on using scientific data to promote equity. She has a research background in the fields of psychology, HIV prevention, and harm reduction, and has been published in numerous academic journals. At Perception Institute, Jessica has co-authored reports such as The ‘Good Hair' Study: Explicit and Implicit Attitudes Toward Black Women's Hair (Perception Institute, 2017), The Science of Equality in Education: The Impact of Implicit Bias, Racial Anxiety, and Stereotype Threat on Student Outcomes (Perception Institute, 2017), and The Science of Equality, Volume 2: The Effects of Gender Roles, Implicit Bias, and Stereotype Threat on the Lives of Women and Girls (Perception Institute, 2016), and articles including “Our Brains & Difference: Implicit Bias, Racial Anxiety, and Stereotype Threat in Education” (CSEE Quarterly, 2016).

    Jessica holds a Master of Public Health from Columbia University's Mailman School of Public Health. She earned Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Spanish from Duke University.


    JESSICA SWENSON
    Employee Learning Programs Manager in Learning and Talent Development / University of Wisconsin-Madison

    Jessica SwensonJessica is the Employee Learning Programs Manager in Learning and Talent Development at UW–Madison. She's been teaching leadership and professional development courses for 18 years while consulting with and coaching employees, supervisors, and managers on a variety of topics. She now manages a remote team and led the effort to convert the entire portfolio of face-to-face professional development offerings to online formats, maintaining a satisfaction rating greater than 90%. A graduate of UW–Madison, she has facilitated many conference workshops for UW–Madison professional development conferences as well as the Leadership Sun Prairie program. She has served as co-chair for the Leadership @ UW–Madison initiative to bring a common language and understanding of leadership to campus. She has managed Performance Management for a national organization and consults with campus units on how to best write performance objectives, hold continuous feedback conversations, and write effective summative performance reviews to encourage a wholistic performance management culture.


    MAUREEN SULLIVAN
    Organization Development Consultant / Maureen Sullivan Associates

    Maureen SullivanMaureen is an educator and organization development consultant whose practice focuses on the delivery of consulting and training services to libraries and other information organizations. She has extensive experience as a consultant on organization development, strategic planning, management skills development, leadership development, introducing and managing organizational change, organization and work redesign, establishment of staff development and learning programs for today's workplace, revision of position classification and compensation systems, and the identification and development of competencies.

    She has presented several programs at AALL conferences and institutes, including AALL's Management Institute. Maureen has served as a consultant to libraries including Vermont Law School, Harvard Law School, the University of Connecticut Law School, Georgetown University Law School, and the Boston College Law School. She serves as faculty for the annual Harvard Leadership Institute for Academic Librarians (LIAL) and is a professor of practice in the new Ph.D./Managerial Leadership in the Information Professions program at the Simmons College Graduate School of Library and Information Science. She received her MLS degree from the University of Maryland.


    DAVID MAO
    Associate Vice President for Administration and Chief Operating Officer / Georgetown University Law Center

    David MaoDavid S. Mao has been Associate Vice President for Administration and Chief Operating Officer at Georgetown University Law Center since February 2017. In that capacity he has oversight for the administrative and strategic decisions related to Law Center operations. David joined Georgetown Law after 11 years at the Library of Congress, where he served in roles including Law Librarian of Congress, Deputy Librarian of Congress, and Acting Librarian of Congress between the terms of James Billington and Carla Hayden. An AALL member for many years, he has held a variety of leadership positions including Treasurer and member of the Executive Board.



    CYNTHIA BROWN
    Senior Director of Research Services / Littler Mendelson P.C.

    Cynthia BrownCynthia Brown is the Senior Director of Research Services and leads a team of research librarians, assistant librarians and interns to provide the firm's lawyers and clients with the research resources they need to succeed.

    Cynthia is part of the firm's knowledge management leadership team and is involved daily in the Knowledge Management Department's efforts to develop innovative systems, procedures and workflows. She reports directly to the firm's Chief Knowledge Officer.

    She manages and creates roadmaps for the collection of critical data, sifting of data for relevance and preparing that data to be pushed out to the right people at the right time. She also oversees all of the firm's research-vendor relationships, utilizes analytics to determine which tools are needed to maintain the relationships and gathers important data for negotiations. In addition, Cynthia investigates new research and technology tools to ensure that the firm has cutting-edge resources.


    JOSEPH D. LAWSON
    Deputy Director / 
    Harris County Robert W. Hainsworth Law Library

    Joe LawsonJoe Lawson focuses on removing barriers to legal information for everyone involved in the legal system. He works with community partners, including courts, bar associations, and legal aid organizations, to expand access to information for self-represented litigants and the local legal community. To fulfill the Law Library's public education mission, Lawson works with area universities and government internship programs to create new learning opportunities for law, paralegal, and criminal justice students. He also led the initiative to create the Law Library's Legal Tech Institute, which offers a collection of free, public classes designed to help self-represented litigants and small firm attorneys learn the tech they need to access and use digital legal information.

    This continuing professional education opportunity is sponsored by the American Association of Law Libraries in partnership with Thomson Reuters.

    Contact Celeste R. Smith, AALL director of education, via email or 312.205.8032 for more information

  • AALL Virtual Coffee Chat: Re-Opening in the Time of COVID-19

    Contains 1 Component(s) Includes a Live Web Event on 03/22/2021 at 3:00 PM (CDT)

    We have all been dealing with COVID-19 for almost a year. With the vaccine on the horizon, more institutions and libraries look toward reopening. This informal conversation, co-moderated by Caroline Nevin (BC Courthouse Libraries) and Jenny R.F.F. Silbiger (Hawaii State Judiciary), is an opportunity to share protocols, ideas, and ask questions of your colleagues about this important safety topic.

    We have all been dealing with COVID-19 for almost a year. With the vaccine on the horizon, more institutions and libraries look toward reopening. This informal conversation, co-moderated by Caroline Nevin (BC Courthouse Libraries) and Jenny R.F.F. Silbiger (Hawaii State Judiciary), is an opportunity to share protocols, ideas, and ask questions of your colleagues about this important safety topic.

    Please note: AALL virtual coffee chats are not recorded and registration is open to AALL members only.

    MODERATORS:

    • Caroline Nevin, BC Courthouse Libraries
      Jenny R.F.F. Silbiger, Hawaii State Judiciary

    AALL BODY OF KNOWLEDGE DOMAINS: Management + Business Acumen

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  • AALL Virtual Career Connection Webinar

    Contains 2 Component(s) Includes a Live Web Event on 03/18/2021 at 10:00 AM (CDT)

    During a time when interviews and job searches are being conducted mostly in a remote environment AALL is excited to offer you the first Virtual Career Connection. The Career Connection will include a webinar and the virtual space for employers to meet with potential candidates for open positions.

    During a time when interviews and job searches are being conducted mostly in a remote environment AALL is excited to offer you the first Virtual Career Connection. The Career Connection will include a webinar and the virtual space for employers to meet with potential candidates for open positions. For both employers and job seekers, this is a can't-miss opportunity to make a lasting connection. Job seekers will have the ability to interact with participating employers to learn more about open positions. Employers will connect with candidates looking to be part of a new team. 

    Attend the Career Connection webinar to learn more about the offerings of AALL's Career Center. This webinar will cover tips for job seekers on how to search and apply for jobs that interest you, upload your resume so employers can contact you, access career resources, and get job searching tips and tools. 

    Employers will learn how to search the Resume Bank using robust filters to narrow a candidate's search plus include job postings in the Job Flash email. This exclusive email upgrade will put your job posting directly in the inboxes of Career Center job applicants.


    MODERATOR:

    • Michael Kumpf, Customer Success Manager, YM Careers

    AALL BODY OF KNOWLEDGE DOMAINS: Professionalism + Leadership At Every Level

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    Please contact AALL at elearning@aall.org by March 4, 2021 if you would like to request live captioning services.

  • The Ferengi Mindset: Library Leadership Under the Rules of Acquisition

    Contains 2 Component(s) Includes a Live Web Event on 03/16/2021 at 11:00 AM (CDT)

    Many law librarians do not feel that they have the power, savvy, or information needed to act as strong advocates for their libraries and push back against administrators and other stakeholders when being asked to make changes to their budget or services.

    "Rule #1: Once you have their money, you never give it back."

    Many law librarians do not feel that they have the power, savvy, or information needed to act as strong advocates for their libraries and push back against administrators and other stakeholders when being asked to make changes to their budget or services. Star Trek's Ferengi species have an answer to this dilemma—a list of rules that guide these ruthless alien entrepreneurs to maximize profit with minimal risk. The Ferengi Rules of Acquisition provide an amusing framework for exploring how, when, and why to advocate for ourselves and our libraries. Presenters will address how to approach communication with stakeholders and vendors, build strategic partnerships, and secure needed funds and resources with a little more guile.


    TAKEAWAYS:

    1. Participants will be able to assess their institution's goals and identify the specific resources needed to succeed.
    2.  Participants will be able to explain the business acumen needed to negotiate with administrators and other stakeholders who influence or determine how resources are provided to their libraries.
    3. Participants will be able to articulate and practice ways to advocate for their libraries' needs (for space, personnel, budgets, etc.) with administrators and other stakeholders.

    SPEAKERS:

    • Benjamin Carlson, University of Connecticut School of Law
    • Sherry Leysen, Chapman University Fowler School of Law
    • Deborah Schander, Seton Hall Law
    • Genevieve Tung, University of Pennsylvania Carey Law School
    • Carla Wale, University of Washington 

    COORDINATOR:

    • Benjamin Carlson, University of Connecticut School of Law


    AALL BODY OF KNOWLEDGE DOMAINS: Professionalism + Leadership At Every Level, Marketing + Outreach, Management + Business Acumen

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    CANCELLATION AND OTHER POLICIES

    No refunds will be given for any purchased live AALL webinar. This applies to non-AALL members only; live AALL webinars are free for AALL members.

    Please contact AALL at elearning@aall.org by March 2, 2021 if you would like to request live captioning services.

  • Live Interview Series: So You Wanna Learn to Manage Up

    Contains 2 Component(s) Includes a Live Web Event on 03/11/2021 at 12:00 PM (CST)

    Managing up is a strategy every employee can use to work with a supervisor to get the best possible results for all involved. It can improve relationships, facilitate getting buy-in for your ideas, and help navigate difficult situations—leading to better job satisfaction.

    Managing up is a strategy every employee can use to work with a supervisor to get the best possible results for all involved. It can improve relationships, facilitate getting buy-in for your ideas, and help navigate difficult situations—leading to better job satisfaction. In this So You Wanna…? interview, Patrick Parsons will talk with our panelists Allison Reeve Davis, Library Manager at Littler, Kelly Leong, Head of Reference at Fordham Law, and Alex Burnett, Senior Law Librarian at the Law & Legislative Reference Library of the Maine State Legislature.  They will discuss what it means to ‘manage up,” why it’s a valuable skill, and what strategies you can use to affect change from any institutional level.

     This series is brought to you by the Professional Engagement, Growth & Advancement SIS and the AALL Continuing Professional Education Committee.

    SPEAKERS:

    • Allison Reeve Davis, Littler Mendelson P. C.
    • Kelly Leong,  Fordham University School of Law
    • Alex Burnett, Law & Legislative Reference Library of the Maine State Legislature

    MODERATOR:

    • Patrick Parsons, Georgia State University College of Law Library


    AALL BODY OF KNOWLEDGE DOMAINS: Professionalism + Leadership At Every LevelManagement + Business Acumen

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    CANCELLATION AND OTHER POLICIES

    No refunds will be given for any purchased live AALL webinar. This applies to non-AALL members only; live AALL webinars are free for AALL members.

    Please contact AALL at elearning@aall.org by February 23, 2021 if you would like to request live captioning services.

  • Virtual Coffee Chat: Learn More About CPE Program Grants

    Contains 1 Component(s) Includes a Live Web Event on 03/09/2021 at 3:00 PM (CST)

    Do you have an idea for an educational program but are not sure how to fund it? Whether you are planning a program as an individual AALL member or part of a chapter, SIS, caucus, or member institution, you could qualify for an AALL/Bloomberg Law Continuing Education Grant​.

    Do you have an idea for an educational program but are not sure how to fund it? Whether you are planning a program as an individual AALL member or part of a chapter, SIS, caucus, or member institution, you could qualify for an AALL/Bloomberg Law Continuing Education Grant. Learn how you can distribute your program to a broad audience and get the financial support you need. Join us for an informal conversation about the grant application process and hear from grant recipients regarding their experiences. This discussion is co-moderated by Michele Knapp, University of San Diego, and Mariah Ford, Vanderbilt University.

    Please note: AALL virtual coffee chats are not recorded and registration is open to AALL members only.

    MODERATORS:

    • Michele Knapp, University of San Diego
    • Mariah Ford, Vanderbilt University

    AALL BODY OF KNOWLEDGE DOMAINS: Professionalism + Leadership At Every Level, Teaching + Training

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  • State of the Legal Market in 2021 (Thomson Reuters Partner Webinar)

    Contains 2 Component(s) Includes a Live Web Event on 03/09/2021 at 1:00 PM (CST)

    Last year taught us many things including the need for accurate, timely, and meaningful information to make sound decisions. For law firms, this means understanding the market forces impacting their businesses, and leveraging the most up-to-date competitive intelligence information possible to drive tactical and strategic decisions.

    Last year taught us many things including the need for accurate, timely, and meaningful information to make sound decisions.  For law firms, this means understanding the market forces impacting their businesses, and leveraging the most up-to-date competitive intelligence information possible to drive tactical and strategic decisions.  This session will focus on the economic forces in the legal market, from both a quantitative and a qualitative perspective, and will offer suggestions for potential areas of focus. This will help firms in their recovery and proactively future proof their client relationships in the face of unknown uncertainties.


    TAKEAWAYS:

    1. Learn how 2020’s market dynamics are impacting law firm strategy in 2021
    2. Discover what clients are seeking most from their law firms and how legal information professionals can arm their lawyers to succeed
    3. Build a more efficient approach to sharing information by seeing what support lawyers say they need from legal information professionals

    SPEAKERS:

    • Bill Josten, Thomson Reuters Enterprise Content - Legal
    • Jennifer Dezso, Thomson Reuters Client Relations - Market Insights & Thought Leadership

    AALL BODY OF KNOWLEDGE DOMAINS: Research + Analysis, Information Management,  Management + Business Acumen

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    CANCELLATION AND OTHER POLICIES

    No refunds will be given for any purchased live AALL webinar. This applies to non-AALL members only; live AALL webinars are free for AALL members.

    Please contact AALL at elearning@aall.org by February 22, 2021 if you would like to request live captioning services.

    Bill Josten, Manager, Enterprise Content - Legal

    Bill Josten is Strategic Content Manager for the Thomson Reuters Legal Executive Institute. Bill consults with law firms nationally on issues related to law firm profitability, pricing, and cost recovery. In previous roles with Thomson Reuters, Bill worked in account management with several large law firms, and as a Reference Attorney. Prior to joining Thomson Reuters, he was an attorney in private practice, an adjunct professor at the University of St. Thomas School of Law, and a clerk at the Minnesota Court of Appeals.

     

    Jennifer Dezso, Director of Client Services

    Jen is the Director of Client Services and leads the Americas arm of Acritas’ (now part of Thomson Reuters) global client services team. For the past 16 years, Jen has used a data-driven approach to identify exactly how clients think about their law firm relationships and pinpoint the best opportunities to build more loyal—and profitable—clients. Jen draws on Acritas’ direct research with corporate legal buyers and her deep experience in the legal industry to help law firms. She is a frequent presenter and author on market trends, how to identify and create opportunities in the market, and implementing organizational best practices in client relationship development.

  • Law Librarians & Legal Information Professionals as Partners in the Access to Justice Movement

    Contains 2 Component(s) Includes a Live Web Event on 03/03/2021 at 2:00 PM (CST)

    Law librarians and legal information professionals are in an excellent position to help close the growing access to justice gap. In particular, academic and government law libraries that are open to the public may be interested in partnering with public libraries to provide greater access to legal information and support for navigating legal services. Law librarians can also assist public librarians with expanding their knowledge and improving their skills to respond to legal questions. This webinar will highlight different partnership models and introduce current opportunities and resources.

    Law librarians and legal information professionals are in an excellent position to help close the growing access to justice gap. In particular, academic and government law libraries that are open to the public may be interested in partnering with public libraries to provide greater access to legal information and support for navigating legal services. Law librarians can also assist public librarians with expanding their knowledge and improving their skills to respond to legal questions. This webinar will highlight different partnership models and introduce current opportunities and resources.

    As follow-up to the webinar, you are welcome to enroll in WebJunction’s Facilitator Training that begins on March 8 and runs through March 26. This is a free, three-week training on how to guide peer learning groups through the Creating Pathways to Civil Legal Justice series of self-paced courses. The training is designed for anyone passionate about learning with others to augment the role libraries can play in access to justice issues.  This training is part of WebJunction’s Improving Access to Civil Legal Justice through Public Libraries training initiative in partnership with the Legal Services Corporation.


    TARGET AUDIENCE:

    Law librarians, legal information professionals, public librarians, and those interested in access to justice


    SPEAKERS:

    • Brooke Doyle, WebJunction
    • Sarah Larsen, Minnesota State Law Library 


    AALL BODY OF KNOWLEDGE DOMAINS: Professionalism + Leadership At Every Level, Research + Analysis, Teaching + Training, Marketing + Outreach

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    CANCELLATION AND OTHER POLICIES

    This webinar is free to AALL members and nonmembers.

    Please contact AALL at elearning@aall.org by February 18, 2021 if you would like to request live captioning services.

    Brooke Doyle

    Brooke Doyle joined WebJunction in 2017 bringing a background in education that spans international classroom teaching, curriculum development, and university grant management. Inspired by library practitioners and the access to knowledge they provide, her work is guided by the belief that society must nurture and provide opportunities for all of its citizens. Brooke has an Interdisciplinary Bachelor’s and a MEd. from the University of Virginia.

    Sarah Larsen

    Sarah Larsen has been the Outreach Librarian at the Minnesota State Law Library since February 2017. In her role, she is responsible for coordinating legal clinics and resources for self-represented litigants, assisting with the library’s legal reference partnership with the St. Paul Public Library, and providing training to public librarians on legal reference. She is one of the subject matter experts and presenters for the WebJunction course, Creating Pathways to Civil Legal Justice. Sarah is an active participant in AALL, currently serving on the board of the Legal Information Services to the Public SIS and as the chair of the Government Law Libraries SIS Education Committee. She is a member of the Minnesota State Bar Association’s Access to Justice Committee and the Minnesota Judicial Branch Self-Represented Litigant Workgroup. 

    Rebecca Hass

    Rebecca Hass creates brave spaces as the Programming and Outreach Manager at Anne Arundel County Public Library (AACPL).  Rebecca has spent the past 11 years connecting public libraries to community goals through effective partnerships. She and her team support programs with 16 branches and virtually by convening community partners, non-profits, and presenters through a process she describes as "program matchmaking." Rebecca has represented AACPL on Anne Arundel County initiatives, including the Early Childhood Commission, Project Re-entry, and Community Plan task forces on homelessness, food insecurity, and transportation. 

  • The Law, Librarians, and Brown v. Board of Education

    Contains 2 Component(s) Recorded On: 02/24/2021

    In this era of the Black Lives Matter movement, the recent mob assault on the U.S. Capitol and the major ongoing incidents of police brutality illustrate the need to revisit the U.S. Supreme Court’s unanimous ruling in the landmark civil rights case, Brown v. Board of Education. Researchers, librarians, lawyers, law students, and faculty continue to be at the forefront of the struggle for equality.

    In this era of the Black Lives Matter movement, the recent mob assault on the U.S. Capitol and the major ongoing incidents of police brutality illustrate the need to revisit the U.S. Supreme Court’s unanimous ruling in the landmark civil rights case, Brown v. Board of Education. Researchers, librarians, lawyers, law students, and faculty continue to be at the forefront of the struggle for equality. During the webinar, three civil rights experts will discuss the decision’s ongoing impact, civil and human rights issues of today, and how to engage in social justice initiatives. 

    TAKEAWAYS:

    1. Attendees will be able to identify ways that effective legal research can help to further the Black Lives Matter movement in the real world, in providing access to justice.
    2. Attendees will be able to explain the importance of local archives in preserving Black history through the story of Virgil Hawkins and his role in opening access to graduate education in the state of Florida.

    This program is sponsored by the American Association of Law Libraries and the Black Law Librarians Special Interest Section (BLL-SIS).

    SPEAKERS:

    • John C. BrittainUniversity of the District of Columbia David A. Clarke School of Law
    • Reginald Mitchell FAMU College of Law Director of Academic Success and Bar Preparation Program
    • Ryan Peter Haygood, President and CEO of the New Jersey Institute for Social Justice

    COORDINATORS/MODERATORS:

    • Marjorie Crawford,  Criminal Justice and Reference Librarian, Rutgers Law School
    • Yolanda Patrice Jones, Law Library Director and Associate Professor of Law, Florida A&M University College of Law

    AALL BODY OF KNOWLEDGE DOMAINS: Professionalism + Leadership At Every Level, Research + Analysis, Information Management, Teaching + Training

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    John C. Brittain

    Professor John C. Brittain joined the faculty of the University of the District of Columbia David A. Clarke School of Law, in 2009, as a tenured professor of law, and served as Acting Dean from 2018 to 2019. Prior to joining UDC Law, he served as Dean of the Thurgood Marshall School of law at Texas Southern University in Houston, as a tenured law professor at the University of Connecticut School of Law for twenty-two years, and as Chief Counsel and Senior Deputy Director of the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law in Washington, D.C., a public interest law organization founded by President John F. Kennedy to enlist private lawyers in taking pro bono cases in civil rights. Professor Brittain writes and litigates on issues in civil and human rights, especially in education law. In 2015, the Mississippi Center for Justice honored him as a "pioneering civil rights leader and esteemed law professor who has inspired a generation of young attorneys."

     

    Reginald Mitchell

    Reginald J. Mitchell, Esq. is currently the FAMU College of Law Director of Academic Success and Bar Preparation Program. He also volunteers as the FAMU Rattler Boosters, Inc. General Counsel and the FAMU National Alumni Association General Counsel. He is formerly the Assistant General Counsel for Risk of the Florida Department of Children and Families. He was formerly a Medicaid Subrogation Attorney with Health Management Systems; Florida Legal Counsel of People for the American Way (PFAW) as a registered lobbyist with the Florida Legislature; and Florida Election Protection Director of People for the American Way Foundation. Professor Mitchell also served as an Associate Attorney at Parks and Crump, LLC. Professor Mitchell’s areas of practice include personal injury, wrongful death and auto-tort litigation.

     

    Ryan Peter Haygood

    Ryan P. Haygood is a nationally respected civil rights lawyer. As President and CEO of the New Jersey Institute for Social Justice, he leads a majority-women of color team of racial justice advocates whose cutting-edge work – powered by grassroots organizing, research, writing, policy and legislative advocacy, and litigation – seeks to build reparative systems that create wealth, justice and power for Black, Latina/Latino and other people of color in New Jersey.

     

    Coordinators & Moderators

    Marjorie Crawford - Criminal Justice and Reference Librarian, Rutgers Law School 

    Yolanda Patrice Jones - Law Library Director and Associate Professor of Law, Florida A&M University College of Law