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

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!

AALL Spectrum Article of the Year

LLAM members  Jason Hawkins and David E. Matchen, Jr. have won the American Association of Law Libraries Spectrum Article of the Year Award for their article, “Faced With Crisis: The Importance of Establishing a Comprehensive Crisis Management Plan.” The article discusses crisis management and disaster preparedness planning in libraries, and can be found here: http://epubs.aallnet.org/i/609072-aall-spectrum-november-december-2015-volume-20-number-2/20.

The AALL Spectrum Article of the Year Award honors outstanding achievement in writing an article that contributes to topics relating to librarianship, law librarianship, and practical applications for library work or to an understanding of legal materials, legal systems, legal information, or to professional and staff training and development. The winner is selected on the basis of quality of writing and effectiveness of the communication technique.

Spectrum is a bimonthly magazine distributed to all members of the American Association of Law Libraries and is one of the most recognizable magazines for information professionals.

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!


Maryland Food Bank Weather Policy

LLAM LRI: Cybersecurity and You

Cybersecurity is an ongoing and complex issue affecting institutions at the local, state and national level.

Millions of attempts to breach security occur daily to gain access to clinical, legal, financial and other systems. However, where are the fine lines being drawn between insuring data security and enabling access? And what about individual rights?  This conference will bring together public and private sector organizations working to prevent or stop cybersecurity threats to discuss the legal, regulatory, and policy framework of cybersecurity.  The conversation will cover academic, government and private entities, as well as the preventative measures that individuals should take to guard their own online presence. This conference brings together public and private sector organizations working to prevent or stop cybersecurity threats to discuss the legal, regulatory, and policy framework of cybersecurity.  The conversation will cover academic, government and private entities, as well as the preventative measures that individuals should take to guard their own online presence.

Friday, April 8th 2016
10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Conference
4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. Post-Conference Reception

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Program Schedule
Travel and Venue Information
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Conference Registration is free, but you must RSVP/register here to attend.

Watch the Livestream Video
of the event – No RSVP required.

Post-Conference Reception at Westminster Hall is $20, and registration is separate from the conference. To register and pay for the reception:




9 AM – 10 AM : Registration

10 AM – 10:05 AM : Opening Remarks
Peter Murray, Chief Information Officer and Vice President for Information Technology, University of Maryland Baltimore.

10:05 AM – 11:15 AM : Opening Keynote
[Successfully] Operating in Denied Areas Online
The United States Department of Defense defines a denied area as “an area under enemy or unfriendly control in which friendly forces cannot expect to operate successfully within existing operational constraints and force capabilities.”  This definition — while customarily applicable to intelligence agents and soldiers/sailors/airmen working in enemy locations — perfectly embodies the experience of today’s regular Internet user as well.  Surveillance is heavy. Unfriendly forces control key aspects of the Internet. Operational constraints are severe, and the user’s capabilities are limited. How can average Internet users successfully work online, securely and with reasonable online privacy, nothwithstanding all these challenges?

Keynote Speaker: Joe St Sauver, Ph.D., a scientist at a data driven security company, with previous work experience in higher education, and Interent2/InCommon.

11:15 AM – 12:15 PM : Morning Program A
Panel Discussion – Research Data Sharing and Security
How UMB meets challenges in sharing and securing research data.
Moderator: M.J. Tooey, Executive Director of Health Sciences and Human Services Library / Assistant Vice President for Academic Affairs, UMB

11:15 AM – 12:15 PM : Morning Program B (Rm. 349)
Securing Legal Information: Threat, Impact, and Awareness
Cybersecurity trends and their impacts on the legal industry.
Speakers: Thomson Reuters Librarian Relations Manager, Wendy Maines, and Technology Manager, Joe Raczynski

12:15 AM – 12:30 PM : Pick Up the Lunch Box  & Join the Lunch Program!

12:30 PM – 1:30 PM : Lunch Program
Panel Discussion – UMB Security Collaborative
Collaborative efforts to safeguard the UMB community’s infrastructure, data, and networks
Moderator: Peter Murray, Chief Information Officer and Vice President for Information Technology, University of Maryland Baltimore.

1:30 PM – 2:30 PM : Afternoon Program A
National Security, Electronic Surveillance and the Fourth Amendment
Massive data collection practices by the government under the Fourth Amendment and their implications for libraries; Current legislative efforts potentially detrimental to library users’ privacy.
Speaker: Michael Greenberger, Professor of Law, UMB

1:30 PM – 2:30 PM : Afternoon Program B (Rm. 349)
How to protect your social network data
How your information on social media sites such as Facebook, LinkedIn is gathered and used
Speakers: Frank Pasquale, Professor of Law, and Chris Phillips, Assistant Vice President for Information Technology, UMB

2:30 PM – 2:45 PM : 15 Min. Break

2:45 PM – 4 PM : Closing Keynote
Why online privacy matters in the face of heightened surveillance measures for cybersecurity
Keynote Speaker: Alessandro Acquisti, Ph.D., a Professor of Information Technology and Public Policy at the Heinz College, Carnegie Mellon University (CMU).

Closing Remarks
M.J. Tooey, Executive Director of Health Sciences and Human Services Library / Assistant Vice President for Academic Affairs, UMB

4 PM – 6 PM : Post-Conference Reception and Tour at Westminster Hall.
$20 fee – separate from Conference registration.



This conference has been organized by the planning committee from the UMB Health and Human Services Library, the UMB Thurgood Marshall Law Library, the Law Library Association of Maryland and the UMB Center for Information Technology. The project has been funded in part with Federal funds from the National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health, Department of Health and Human Services, under Contract No. HHS-N-276-2011-00004-C with the University of Maryland Baltimore, and in part from the AALL/Bloomberg BNA Continuing Education Grants Program in association with the Law Librarians Association of Maryland. Post conference reception is also supported by Thomson Reuters.cyberlogo


Travel and Venue


The conference will be held at the University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB) – SMC Building – Ballrooms A&B. 621 W Lombard St. Baltimore, MD 21201.  Directions and map.

WestminsterThe post conference reception will be held at Westminster Hall,  a beautiful historic building located at the intersection of Fayette and Greene Streets in downtown Baltimore.  The church, which was completed in 1852, was built more than 60 years after the Westminster Burying Grounds were established.  The Burying Grounds are the final resting place of many famous people, including Edgar Allan Poe, General Sam Smith, and General James McHenry.


Visitors may park in any University facility except for the following:

  • Lexington Street Garage
  • Plaza Garage except after 2 p.m. on weekdays and all day on weekends

Browse this list of University garages.

Directions to the Penn Street and Pratt Street Garages

  • From I-95
    • Take exit 53 for I-395/MLK Blvd (towards Downtown Baltimore) (.5 mi)
    • Merge onto I-395 (.3 mi)
    • Take the MLK Jr. Blvd exit (.4 mi)
    • Slight Left at N MLK Jr. Blvd (.7)
    • Turn Right at W. Pratt St.
      • For Penn Garage: Turn Left at first traffic light onto Penn St; entrance to the Penn Street Garage will be on the left. Guest will walk out of the garage and take a left onto Penn St.; they will then go right onto Lombard St.; the SMC Campus Center will be located about half a block east on your right hand side.
      • For Pratt Garage: Pass through one light, crossing over Penn St.; turn left for the entrance to the Pratt Street Garage. Guests may enter the SMC Campus Center from level 3 on the East side of the garage (when there is security coverage).

Lodging and travel

The center is located in downtown Baltimore, within walking distance to hotels, restaurants, and multiple transportation options that include the metro, MARC train, buses, and air travel.

Need to fly in? Baltimore Washington International Airport is located a mere 20-minutes away and the campus is near a light rail stop.

Coming from Washington, D.C.? Use convenient MARC trains. Check it out at http://mta.maryland.gov/marc-train. For more information about transit options, check out: http://mta.maryland.gov/content/transit-information.>cyberlogo



The page will be updated on a regular basis with more details!

For general event questions, contact CJ Pipins or Camilla Tubbs.

AALL Scholarship Applications Due April 1, 2016

On behalf of the American Association of Law Libraries and its Scholarships Jury, we would like to inform you of the available scholarships.

AALL offers the Marcia J. Koslov Scholarship, which provides funding for state, court, and county law librarians to attend conferences, seminars, and other live continuing education opportunities, for professional development, networking, and increased leadership roles beyond the usual law library-related conferences.

AALL also offers a Scholarship for Continuing Education Classes, available for all law librarians (not limited to state, court, and county law librarians) who wish to register for continuing education courses related to their fields.

Additionally, the George A. Strait Minority Scholarship is for degree candidates in law school or library school who belong to minority groups and who intend to have a career in law librarianship. If any of you know any students who would qualify for those scholarship opportunities, please feel free to let them know how and where to apply.

In the past, not many librarians have applied for these scholarships. AALL hopes that through publicizing them more, we will encourage more applicants.

As with all AALL scholarships, the Koslov, Strait, and Continuing Education Scholarship applications are due on April 1st. If you know colleagues who should apply, please help us spread the word. Thank you, and good luck!

Please go to http://www.aallnet.org/main-menu/Member-Resources/scholarships/Marcia-J-Koslov-Scholarship for additional information on the Koslov scholarship, as well as the application.

Please go to http://www.aallnet.org/main-menu/Member-Resources/scholarships/Scholarship-Applications for the applications for the AALL Educational Scholarships, the George A. Strait Scholarship, and the Continuing Professional Education Classes Scholarship.


Amy E. Lipford
Resource and Access Librarian
Florida State University
College of Law Research Center