Upcoming LLAM Program: A talk with the creator of the Supreme Court Mapping Project, Colin Starger


Access to Justice gets high-tech!

Colin Starger, University of Baltimore law professor and honoree of 2014’s Fastcase 50, will talk about his Supreme Court Mapping Project.

Starger’s SCOTUS Mapping Project has created an innovative and free online tool to aid Supreme Court scholarship. This sophisticated mapping tool graphically visualizes and organizes citation networks between Supreme Court cases so that researchers can track Supreme Court precedent over time.

This project is part of the Free Law Project, which aims to provide free access to legal materials and research tools for those who can’t afford expensive databases like Lexis or Westlaw.

Check the tool out for yourself @ https://www.courtlistener.com/visualizations/scotus-mapper/

Learn more @ http://law.ubalt.edu/faculty/scotus-mapping/

Program Details

Congratulations to Dr. Carla Hayden

The United States Senate today voted to confirm Dr. Carla D. Hayden as the 14th Librarian of Congress. LLAM President Charles A. Pipins II issued the following statement:

“LLAM thanks the Senate for confirming Dr. Hayden as the nation’s next Librarian of Congress. As CEO of the Enoch Pratt Free Library for more than 20 years, Dr. Hayden demonstrated her vision and commitment to serving the people of Maryland and bringing the historic Enoch Pratt into the modern age.  I am confident that under her exceptional guidance the Library of Congress will establish itself as a leader on information policy issues and provide cutting edge services and top-notch programs to Congress and the American People. LLAM congratulates Dr. Hayden on this historic achievement and we look forward to supporting the Library of Congress under her leadership.”

LLAM Spring Fling 2016

Save the Date!

LLAM Spring Fling
Thursday, May 19, 2016, 4:00-7:00 p.m.

MtVernonPlace-WashingtonMonument4:00-5:00 p.m. – Visit Baltimore’s Mount Vernon Place and walk to the top of the newly renovated Washington Monument for breathtaking views.

RSVP required if you want an opportunity to climb to the top!  More information on the climb can be found athttps://mvpconservancy.showare.com/ .

Mount Vernon Place
699 Washington Place
Baltimore, MD 21201
For directions and parking information to Mount Vernon Place and the Washington Monument, visit: http://mvpconservancy.org/parking-directions/ .

WashingtonMonumentView5:00-7:00 p.m. – Once the monument closes (at 5pm) head on down to Spirits of Mount Vernon (address below) for a fabulous reception.  There will be wines specially selected for LLAM and snacks for every palette.  The cost for this event is $12.

Spirits of Mount Vernon
900 N. Charles Street
Baltimore, MD 21201
For directions and parking to Spirits of Mount Vernon, visit: http://spiritsofmtvernon.com/930486.html .

SpiritsofMountVernonRSVP TODAY!

Tickets: $12.00

To purchase tickets for the event, you may send a check addressed to “LLAM” to the LLAM Treasurer:

Thea C. Warner, Librarian
Niles, Barton, & Wilmer, LLP
111 South Calvert Street, Suite 1400
Baltimore, Maryland 21202


You may purchase tickets by credit card through PayPal! Select the following PayPal Buy Now button:  Buy Now Button

Hope to see you there!

Congratulations to our new LLAM Board for 2016 – 2017!

The new Board members will assume their duties at the conclusion of the LLAM Spring Fling event, which will be held in May. Special thanks to Kate Martin for arranging our election!

President: CJ Pipins
VP/President-Elect: Julia Viets
Secretary: Sophie Le
Treasurer: Thea Warner
Board Member: Elizabeth Lukes
Board Member: Joe Neumann
Immediate Past President: James Durham

LLAM Application for Registration Grant for the 2016 AALL Annual Meeting and Conference

LLAM is offering a grant to cover the cost of registration for the AALL Annual Meeting and Conference, July 16-19, 2016, in Chicago.

Selection Criteria:
The LLAM Grants Committee will evaluate an application on the following criteria:

• Lack of financial assistance from employer and/or financial need
• Promise of individual professional development
• Relevance or expressed interest in Annual Meeting program or event

Priority will be given to individuals who are not previous grant recipients, who have not recently attended the AALL Annual Meeting, and who are active members of LLAM.

Grant recipient will write a 250-500 word blog post summarizing and commenting on a program or activity that was especially valuable during the conference.

Deadline for submission: All applications must be received no later than Friday, April 22.

To apply for the grant, please fill out the application below. You must be a member of LLAM and AALL at the time of application to qualify for the LLAM grant.

LLAM Grant Application 2016

RSVP for LLAM Service Project at the Maryland Food Bank!


Join your LLAM colleagues in a service project on Friday, March 11 from 1 pm to 4 pm at the Maryland Food Bank warehouse in Baltimore! You will be helping sort and pack donated food items for distribution to schools, churches, and social service agencies. The Maryland Food Bank relies upon warehouse volunteers like us in order to concentrate its resources on delivering food for the 1 in 8 Marylanders who are food insecure, so your contribution of labor is a meaningful one.

If you are interested in participating, please complete the MFB’s online volunteer waiver form and RSVP to Camilla Tubbs (ctubbs @ law.umaryland.edu) by Friday, March 4 at 12 pm.

We may be assigned to the cool room, so dress in layers. We look forward to seeing you on March 11th!


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