What’s New with LLAM Members

Honorary New LLAM Member

Congratulations to Kirstin Nelson and her husband Mike. We are thrilled to welcome Vivienne Amy Small to the LLAM family. She was born March 15th and was brought home May 2nd. She weighed 71bs 2oz at birth and is now over the 13lb mark. According to Mom Vivienne is a good sleeper, is smiling up a storm and as you can see already on her way to being an avid reader.


New LISP-SIS Chair-elect

Mary Rice from Charles County Circuit Court Law Library has been nominated as Vice Chair/Chair-elect to the Legal Information Services to the Public (LISP) – Special Interest Section (SIS) of AALL.

Teaching Research in Private Law Libraries (TRIPLL)

Carol Mundorf from the law firm Ballard Spahr was selected to attend the TRIPLL Conference last April in Dallas, which is sponsored by Lexis. Selection was limited to 30 attendees and the 2012 mission was “Rethink Research Training: A Practical Approach to Creating High Impact Programs.” More information can be found here.

Proud Grandmother

Kevin Rubenstein and Matthew Jennings, grandsons of Beverly Rubenstein, graduated from High School in June. Kevin, who was vice-president of his class, graduated from Boys Latin School. He is a member of the National Honor Society and received the alumni award for leadership and character. He will be attending Dickinson College. Matthew, through a combination of AP and college courses, graduated at the end of junior year and at the age of 16, from Broadneck High School, where he received an honors diploma. He will be attending the University of Vermont.


Andy Zimmerman’s New Gig

Many well wishes go out to Andy Zimmerman. He is leaving his current post at Gordon Feinblatt in Baltimore to take a position as the Manager of Library Service for the DC office of Morgan Lewis & Bockius.

What’s New with LLAM Members

Goodbye, Janet…

Janet Sinder is leaving the Thurgood Marshall Law Library at the University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law. Janet has been the Associate Director for Research Services at TMLL since 2004. She is leaving to become the Director of the Library and Associate Professor of Law at Brooklyn Law School on May 1.

Janet became the editor of Law Library Journal in July 2007 and will continue in that role as she moves to her new job.

Janet is “sorry to be leaving the LLAM community, with all its great law librarians, but looking forward to living and working in New York City.”

Congratulations and good luck!


AALL/LLAM Grants for Annual Meeting/Conference

Each year, on a rotating basis, AALL provides grants to members of local chapters to cover registration for the Annual Meeting.  In 2011 it is LLAM’s turn to have a member receive a AALL grant for the Annual Meeting, to be held in Philadelphia from July 23-26.  To make the grant even more appealing, LLAM is adding $500 to AALL’s registration grant to help cover the cost of transportation/hotel/meals at the conference.

To apply for the grant, you must fill out an application and return it to the LLAM Grants & Awards Committee by Wednesday, April 4, 2012.  Applicants must be members of AALL and LLAM at the time of their application.  A committee consisting of Jean Hessenauer, Mark Desierto, and Jim Gernert will review all of the applications, and let the grant recipient know of his/her selection by April 8, 2011.

For more information, or to request a copy of the application, contact Jim Gernert at jgernert@yahoo.com, or (410) 965-6107.  You can also find a copy of the application on LLAM’s website at http://www.aallnet.org/chapter/llam/llamgrantapplication2011.doc.


2011-2012 LLAM Directory

The LLAM 2011-2012 Directory is now available in PDF and online format. To request a PDF version of the directory or to obtain a password to access the directory on the LLAM website, please contact Mary Jo Lazun at mjlazun@mdcourts.gov.

People’s Law Library Wins Herbert S. Garten Public Citizen Award

On December 5, 2011, the Maryland Legal Services Corporation awarded the Herbert S. Garten Public Citizen Award to the State Law Library for the People’s Law Library website.

From the MLSC website:  “The Herbert S. Garten Public Citizen Award is presented to an entity or organization (not regularly engaged in the delivery of legal services to low-income persons) that has demonstrated an extraordinary commitment to increase access to justice for the poor in Maryland.”

Congratulations to all the people who put their time and effort into the useful site.

LLAM’s Own Steve Anderson Elected AALL President

Long-time LLAM member and former LLAM president Steve Anderson was elected Vice-President/President Elect of the American Association of Law Libraries and will be sworn-in at the AALL Conference in July 2012.  This is the first time a Marylander and LLAM member has been elected to this position.  Steve is currently Director of the Maryland State Law Library where he has made his mark as a talented manager and thoughtful leader.

Chief Judge Bell of the Maryland Court of Appeals was delighted when he heard the news of Steve’s election.  So was his staff of eighteen, who sent a big bunch of balloons to Steve to celebrate his election.  Predictably, Steve said that his election would not be possible without the hard work and support of his staff.

One of Steve’s first outings as our incoming Vice-President/President Elect will be to share the stage with fellow Marylander and incoming ALA Vice-President/President Elect Maureen Sullivan at the LLAM’s Full Disclosure conference this coming March.

One thing we know for sure, AALL could not be in better hands.

What’s New with LLAM Members?

  1. AALL Un-Run
  2. Baby News
  3. AALL Committee Membership
  4. Maryland State Law Library Adds New Staff
  5. Member Earns Paralegal Certificate
  6. New Librarian at Thurgood Marshall Law Library
  7. New Co-webmasters of the LLAM Website


2nd Annual Law Librarian “Un-Run”

This year’s AALL Un-Run (unsponsored fun run) was organized by fellow LLAM member John Cannan. Both runners and walkers enjoyed the route from the convention center to Philadelphia Museum of Art. The run culminated with a run up the Art Museum steps…just like Rocky!  Several LLAM members participated including Janet Camillo (and Larry), Jean Hessenauer and Joanne Colvin.


Congratulation Sara Thomas

Sara Thomas welcomed Ashlynn Brooke Thomas on February 8, 2011. She weighed 7lbs 11oz and measured 21 inches. 


AALL Committee Appointment

Kirstin Nelson has been appointed to the AALL Recruitment to Law Librarianship Committee for a 2 year term. The Recruitment Committee works to encourage qualified candidates to enter the profession of law librarianship. Efforts include outreach to library and law school career centers, publishing pamphlets, speaking at open houses and more.


MSLL Welcomes New Staff

Maryland State Law Library recently welcomed two new staff members. Pam Luby is the library’s new part-time Research Librarian. Sara Marks is the Fiscal Services Coordinator and is taking over many of the duties handled by Bernice Bernstein.


Lazun Earns Paralegal Certification

Mary Jo Lazun completed her paralegal certification at Anne Arundel Community College. She will be teaching two continuing educational classes for attorneys and paralegals this fall.


Hawkins Joins TMLL as Research Librarian

Jason Hawkins started August 15  as Research Librarian at University of Maryland, Thurgood Marshall Law Library.  Jason was formerly at George Washington University Law School’s Jacob Burns Law Library.  We welcome Jason as a new LLAM member.


New Co-webmasters of LLAM Website

Jenny Rensler has joined Mary Jo Lazun as co-webmaster of the LLAM website this year, and she has added navigation links from the LLAM website to the LLAM newsletter pages for improved access to “LLAM-formation.” Since earning her J.D. in the spring, this fall she is enjoying teaching 30 students in her first course of Advanced Legal Research at the University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law. She survived Irene: a 30-foot tree in front of her Riva townhome fell, but fortunately did not damage any property during the hurricane. She and her husband Matt are preparing to move from downtown Baltimore to the Annapolis area this fall in order to be near their families and to ease his commute to work. Now that she will have a commute to work, she is looking forward to catching up on her “reading” with “books on CD” from the library!

Two Members Receive AALL Awards

Janet Camillo, Joan Bellistri

Longtime LLAM members Janet Camillo and Joan Bellistri received national law library association awards this year, which will be presented during the 2011 AALL Annual Meeting and Conference in Philadelphia. Janet received the Bethany J. Ochal Award for Distinguished Service to the Profession from the SCCLL-SIS. “This award goes to a State, Court and County Law Libraries Special Interest Section member who has made a significant contribution to law librarianship and who is nearing the end of his or her library career or who has recently retired. Criteria for receiving this award include service to the profession of law librarianship, contributions to legal research, teaching and outreach efforts and recognition by members of the legal or government community.” Janet is the only recipient of the Ochal Award this year. She retired in January of this year from the Montgomery County Circuit Court Law Library, where she served as Director since 2006. The award will be presented at the SCCLL breakfast meeting on Sunday morning, July 24, at 7:00 a.m. in the Marriott-Liberty Ballroom Salon AB.

Joan Bellistri, director of the Anne Arundel County Public Law Library, was selected as the 2011 recipient of the American Association of Law Libraries Robert L. Oakley Advocacy Award, which recognizes “an AALL member or group who has contributed significantly to the AALL advocacy agenda at the federal, state, local, or international level.” The judges also consider “the extent to which the individual or group has been an active advocate for law libraries and legal information at the federal, state or local level.” Joanie will receive this award at the AALL Public Policy Update program (D-2) on Monday, July 25, at 8:45 a.m. in the Pennsylvania Convention Center Room 201 (A).

Joan Bellistri Awarded the Access to Justice Commission’s Maryland Access to Justice Award

By Mary Rice
Charles County Public Law Library

Joanie Bellistri received an important Maryland state award this year. She was one of the inaugural recipients of the Maryland Access to Justice Commission’s Maryland Access to Justice Awards. “These awards recognize individuals, programs and entities in the State that improve the ability of all Marylanders to access the courts or to get legal help in civil legal matters so they can benefit from the rights, protections, services and opportunities that the law provides,” said retired Maryland Court of Appeals Judge Irma S. Raker, chair of the Commission. Joanie was awarded the Judicial Branch Excellence Award “for her ongoing efforts to make legal information more accessible through publications, training and programs such as the creation of a self-help corner in the court’s law library. [She] also created the ‘Ask a Lawyer in the Library’ program in Anne Arundel County, organizing attorney volunteers to staff regular clinics at local public libraries.” Joanie received her award at the 2011 Judicial Conference on May 13 in Annapolis. She was in good company. Other honorees included Gov. Martin O’Malley, winner of the Executive Branch Award, and Chief Judge Ben C. Clyburn of the District Court of Maryland, winner of the Judge of the Year Award.