LLAM 2016 Holiday Party


When: Friday, December 9th from 6-8:30 p.m.

Where: Ober|Kaler, 100 Light Street, Baltimore, Maryland 21201

Tickets: LLAM Members, $24.00; Guests of LLAM Members, $12.00

Parking: There is no free or designated parking available for this event.  Some of the closest garages are listed below.  Prices are about $12 for 0-2 hours.

  • Central Parking, 25 S Charles St. (0.1 miles from event)
  • Charles Light Parking,600 Light St. (0.4 miles from event)
  • Harbor Court Garage, 30 E Lee St. (0.4 miles from event)

Raffle: Now seeking donations for the raffle. Please contact Jessica Mundy (jessica.Mundy@mdcourts.gov).

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

OR You may purchase tickets by credit card through PayPal!

Admission Costs:
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LLAM members are welcome to bring along guests for a discounted price. Purchase a second ticket for half off at $12!  Buy Now Button

Note to PayPal users buying for members and guests: If you select the “BuyNow” button for members, then return to this page and select the “BuyNow button for guests, you can select the “Check out with PayPal” button and pay for all tickets requested at one time.

For more information: Julia Viets (JViets@mcccourt.com).

Special thanks to Ober|Kaler

Other sponsors include The Maryland Daily Record, Thomson Reuters, and Bloomberg BNA.

National Agricultural Library Special Collections Tour & LLAM Board Meeting


Join us on Wednesday, November 16th at 2pm for an amazing behind-the-scenes tour of the National Agricultural Library Special Collections.

Before the tour, LLAM will hold a board meeting and bagged lunch at 12:30pm and then Kirstin Nelson will give attendees a brief introduction to the NAL and her work.

The NAL Special Collections houses rare books, manuscripts, drawings, films, photographs, and posters related to the history of agriculture and the USDA. Highlights include gorgeous flora watercolors, Thomas Jefferson correspondence, and rare books from the 18th and 19th centuries.

Learn more about the Special Collections at https://specialcollections.nal.usda.gov/

Program Details

  • Date: Wednesday, November 16th
  • Board meeting & bagged lunch: 12:30pm
  • Tour: 2pm
  • Location: National Agricultural Library, 10301 Baltimore Ave, Beltsville, MD 20705 (right at I-95 and 495 – directly across the street from Ikea)
  • Map and transportation options: https://specialcollections.nal.usda.gov/visit-special-collections
  • Parking: Free parking is available at the rear of the building
  • Entry procedures: Enter through main door at the front of the building. Register at security desk and present your photo ID and bag for inspection. Tell security you are there for the LLAM meeting and someone will come to meet you.
  • RSVP: Space is limited, so reserve now! Email Julia Viets, Programming Committee Chair (jviets@mcccourt.com)

Congratulations to Joanie!!

The Maryland Legal Services Corporation (MLSC) will be honoring LLAM’s own Joan Bellistri on Dec. 5, 2016!  This year’s William L. Marbury Outstanding Advocate Award, for a non-attorney who has demonstrated outstanding service representing the civil legal needs of low-income Marylanders or by expanding access to justice, will be presented to Joan M. Bellistri, director of the Anne Arundel County Circuit Court Law Library.

For details, see http://mlsc.org/2016/09/mlsc-announces-2016-legal-services-awards/.  Thank you for all of your hard work, Joanie!

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.”