Notice of vote to amend the LLAM bylaws

In 2015, our LLAM Secretary received a notice from the AALL Bylaws and Resolutions Committee that LLAM was required to amend its Bylaws to include “gender identity” in its anti-discrimination clause. The Committee also sent a list of suggested (and very helpful) edits to the Bylaws that would increase clarity and eliminate confusion. Some of the suggested changes were stylistic, and others were substantive.

Please read the proposed revision, which has been proofread by the LLAM Board and has been tentatively approved by the AALL Bylaws and Resolutions Committee. I am providing a copy of the current Bylaws so that you may compare the current language to the proposed revision. Please note the following substantive changes that appear in the draft:

• Former Article III, Section 2(B) has been eliminated because it read “All members shall receive the Corporation’s newsletter as part of their membership.” LLAM discontinued the newsletter approximately 1 -2 years ago, in favor of sharing LLAM news through its blog and the LLAM e-mail list. To be consistent, I also eliminated a reference to the newsletter in Article IV, Section 2, replacing newsletter with “website.”
• Article IV, Section 3 has been amended to establish a quorum for member meetings. (A quorum for Board meetings is four, as described in Article VII, Section 5.) I listed the quorum as ten persons. I have amended Article IV, Section 3 and 4, and Article VII, Section 5, to allow persons attending meetings remotely (for example, by conference call) to serve as part of a quorum and to vote.
• The anti-discrimination clause in Article XI has been amended to include gender identity.

Our LLAM Secretary will distribute an electronic ballot to LLAM members in one month to vote to approve the proposed revised LLAM Bylaws.

Thank you,
James Durham
LLAM President


2016 AALL Innovations in Technology Award

The AALL Innovations in Technology Award Jury is on the lookout for AALL members, law libraries, chapters, and Special Interest Sections that use technology in new and interesting ways. If you know of an innovative application or resource developed by such an individual or entity, please consider nominating it for the 2016 Innovations in Technology Award. You may submit as many separate entries as you would like, and self-nominations are highly encouraged.

Award Criteria:
• The Nominee, if an individual, must be a member in good standing of AALL.
• Nominee’s application of technology or resource must benefit library users and/or the legal information community.
• Nominee’s innovative use of technology must be an example of how librarians/information professionals effectively and efficiently serve as the human connection between technology, the information, and the user experience.

Further details and nomination forms are available at on the AALL website.

For questions or additional information, please contact the Innovations in Technology Award Jury Chair:
Creighton J. Miller, Jr.
Washburn University School of Law Library
1700 SW College Ave
Topeka, KS 66621-0001
(785) 670-1041

The Jury is looking forward to a large and competitive slate of nominees. Please, help make their job more challenging!

The Law Library Association of Maryland (LLAM) has a new logo and color scheme!

Take a look at the top of our webpage to see the new logo, which incorporates an outline of Maryland with our acronym. Special thanks to Jenny Rensler for updating our webpages with the new look! Thanks to Mark Desierto for organizing our efforts to obtain logo proposals and bids from several graphic artists. Thanks to Mark, and also to Rachel Englander, for helping us obtain tablecloths with new LLAM logos for vendor halls and displays. The new tablecloths are navy blue with a white logo outline, matching the one posted at the top of our webpages. Special thanks also goes to Kate Martin for getting this project moving at the very beginning!


In addition, our new LLAM tablecloth and logo made their first appearance recently in the vendor hall of the 2015 AALL Meeting & Conference in Philadelphia. Special thanks to Immediate Past President Kate Martin, who handled table arrangements and displays. Also, thanks to Mark Desierto, who managed the logo proposals and ordering of the two new tablecloths (which are identical, but in different sizes).

LLAM Needs You In Annapolis On February 18th

LLAM Needs You In Annapolis On February 18th

Now is the time LLAM really needs you. The Maryland Uniform Legal Materials Act (UELMA) is on track for potential passage for this year. We have a hearing in the House of Delegates scheduled for Wednesday, February 18th at 1:00. That day also coincides with Maryland Library Day. We need you in Annapolis that day.

During Maryland Library Day members of the various county libraries visit with their delegations. Joanie Bellistri and I have asked the Maryland Library Association county delegations to adopt you for a day so you do not need to worry about making appointments, finding buildings, and rooms. They are vets at this process and will welcome your expertise in UELMA.

If you need a crash course in UELMA the AALL and Uniform Commissioner’s web sites have LOTS of information to make you an expert very fast. Joan Bellistri and I are available to answer any questions you may have.

Please let me know if plan to attend, even if right now it is just tentative. I also need to know what county you live in so we can hook you up with your county delegation.

Need more info contact:
Mary Jo  Lazun  |
410-260-1441 work | 410-292-8882 cell

PS if you have not sent the UEMLA message to your delegates PLEASE do so. See

LLAM Executive Board passes UELMA Resolution

The LLAM Executive Board recently passed a resolution in support of the enactment of the Uniform Electronic Legal Material Act in Maryland.  UELMA got some traction here in Maryland but ultimately failed to pass.

LLAM has uploaded a copy of the resolution to our website so it’s easy for you to access and review.

UELMA is now law in 12 states, with 4 states added in 2014.

Let’s keep the momentum going here in Maryland!

Invitation to LLAM Holiday Party

We hope you can join us for LLAM’s 2014 holiday party!
CLICK HERE to register and pay online now!

Location Information:
University of Baltimore School of Law, Top Floor
1401 N. Charles Street, Baltimore, MD 21201

When: December 15, 2014, 5:30 P.M. – 8:00 P.M.

Tickets – $25.00

View directions at: .
For more information, see below, or return to .

Email James Durham at if you have any questions!

LLAM 2014 holiday party flyer

Holiday Party Menu:

Heavy Hors d’oeuvres

  • Bhel Puri – Puffed Rice, Sev (Chickpea Noodles), Tossed with Mild Chilies, Vegetables, Chopped Cilantro, Cumin, Lime Juice, Sweet and Tart Chutneys. 
  • Artistic Display of Vegetables – Assorted fresh Vegetables: Asparagus, Red Peppers, Green Beans, Grape Tomatoes, Sweet Baby Carrots and Radishes – Smokey Ranch Dip
  • Chicken Pâté –served with Cornichons, Apple Slices and Baguette Rounds
  • Balela –Middle Eastern Salad
  • Brie and Gorgonzola Torte Garnished with Herbs, Pecans
  • Asian Noodle Salad – With a Lime Szechuan Dressing garnished with Baby Corn, Snow Peas, Multicolored Peppers, Spring Onions, and Sliced Carrots
  • Smoked Salmon & Home-made Vegetable Cream Cheese on Pumpernickel
  • Grilled Cheese Quarters & Demitasse of Roasted Red Pepper- Tomato Soup
  • Lemon-Chicken Francaise – Sautéed Chicken Breast Tenders in a Sauce of Lemon Juice, White Wine and Butter with Rice Pilaf


  • Fresh Fruit
  • Sliced Lemon Cakes
  • Frozen Chocolate Mousse with Raspberry Sauce


  • Seltzer, Blackberry Lemon Sparkling Punch