LLAM Conference — Librarians Sharing Best Practices March 20, 2011

Mark your calendar for March 20th 2012 for Full Disclosure:  Librarians Sharing Best Practices at the University of Baltimore

Every other year the Law Library Association (LLAM) sponsors a day long conference. In the past, LLAM’s Legal Research Institute has focused on the finer points of legal research. For 2012, LLAM has decided to do something different. This year’s conference will highlight best practices of librarians, not just law librarians, but all types of librarians.

Full Disclosure: Sharing Best Practices will not be an ordinary library conference—by the end of the day participants will have heard at least a dozen librarians share their best practices in librarianship. The conference is modeled after the Best Practices Exchange, an annual national conference attended by librarians and archivists who manage digital collections. At Best Practices all participants are encouraged to be presenters. The conference format revolves around tracks and themes. Presentations are short—limited to 10 to 15 minutes.

Full Disclosure will follow a very similar format. What LLAM foresees is that on March 20th, 2012 librarians and library students from throughout the region will gather and share their expertise, best practices, research, tips, successes and failures. The conference agenda is up to us, the librarians and library students who submit presentations. This micro-presentation format will enable all of us to hear and learn from many people in a single day. It will be an exceptional networking opportunity.  To kick off the event, Maureen Sullivan, a Maryland resident and incoming president of ALA will share her vision of ALA and librarianship in Maryland.  She will be joined by incoming AALL Vice President/President- elect Steve Anderson.

The call for presentations will go out in early 2012. We will provide a long list of topics and themes to help you come up with ideas.  This will include everything from cataloging to collection development. You, or a group, will be asked to provide a title, list of objectives, and a paragraph summary of what you, or your group, wish to present and discuss. Once all the presentations have been received, LLAM will sort them and group them into tracks. We expect, but cannot promise, that all submissions will be accepted. We will notify you of your track and theme and the time and location of your presentation. The only requirement is that you  attend the entire conference.

LLAM’s goal is to keep this conference highly affordable with substantial discounts for attendees who are also presenters and for library students and those currently unemployed.

For details on Full Disclosure see http://llamonline.org

Information on the conference will posted on the new LLAM web site at https://llamonline.org/

LLAM October Program – Libraries and the Appellate Process

By Sara Witman
Research Librarian
Gordon, Feinblatt, Rothman, Hoffberger & Hollander

Three Court of Special Appeals insiders offered a peak into Maryland appeals at the LLAM program, “Libraries and the Appellate Process” on October 12. The Clerk of the Court of Special Appeals, Leslie Gradet, as well as Deputy Clerk Greg Hilton and Staff Attorney Jeffrey Ross, spoke to over 20 LLAM members at the Maryland State Law Library on a beautiful autumn morning.

After an introduction from LLAM Vice President Mary Jo Lazun, Leslie Gradet started the program by offering a background on the Court of Special Appeals (COSA). She described how the COSA and the Court of Appeals (COA) differed. Specifically, the COSA is an intermediate appellate court and only a fraction of the decided COSA cases are reported, as opposed to the Court of Appeals decisions, all of which are reported.

Leslie then explained how parties make a notice of appeal. Interestingly, it is the responsibility of the appellant to order and pay for the transcript from the lower court. Greg Hilton described how the transcripts are part of “the record” for the case, which also consists of the docket entries, pleadings, and papers filed in the Circuit Court, as well as evidence.

One surprising detail was that about a third of civil cases are referred for a pre-hearing conference, which now includes the possibility of recommendation for mediation. Most of these mediated cases are heard by a retired judge and someone from the Office of Mediation. Apparently, it’s not too late to work things out even at the appellate level.

Greg Hilton and Jeffrey Ross then delved more deeply into relevant substantive legal issues. The big ones that the speakers discussed in detail were finality (for example, is the lower court’s judgment final for all claims against all parties?) and the standard of review (e.g., were the issues preserved, that is were they raised at the lower court?). Hearing how people who deal with these issues every day and how they approach them was particularly informative.

The speakers also described how they tackle legal research, using statutes, COMAR, law reviews, Lexis, and free tools such as the People’s Law Library.

Finally, Greg Hilton gave us a sneak peak into the future of digital records at the court, which will include electronic case and document management. The idea is to create a single system that will connect courts at all levels within the Judiciary and allow for electronic filing, document access, electronic fee collection, and more. Currently, the Judiciary has established an Advisory Committee and they have posted some information on their website at http://www.courts.state.md.us/mdec

eBooks with Lexis- February 7th at Noon

eBooks with Lexis

Scott Meiser, Director, Product Planning at Lexis
Tuesday, February 7th at Noon
Marshall Law Library at the University of Maryland School of Law
Room 4409 the Level 4 Study Lounge

eBooks present challenges to both publishers and librarians. We both need to contend with multiple file formats and multiple readers. There appears to be almost a direct ratio between the number of readers and the number of issues libraries need to address. These include: How do libraries lend eBooks? Do we let people download a title or just lend them a reader with titles pre-loaded? Does the library own the title or is it licensed? What is a fair price? How do we measure “circulation?”

Scott Meiser, Director, Product Planning at LexisNexis will discuss these issues and what Lexis is doing to meet the needs of individuals and of libraries in this dynamic marketplace.

Directions and parking information

Holiday Party: December 1 at bb bistro in West Annapolis

This year’s holiday party will be at the eclectic  bb bistro in West Annapolis.  We will have the whole place to ourselves and Stacy and Clara will prepare a wonderful section of good eats. Beer and wine will be served.

bb bistro was as one of the first restaurants in Annapolis to receive the Environmental Stewardship Certification so we know their food is fresh; they don’t even own a freezer. The cost per person should be under $30, hopefully less.

As in past years, this is the date of Annapolis’ Midnight Madness holiday shopping event.

LLAM crafters, now is the time to think about to think about potential contributions to the silent auction.

bb bistro is located at:
112 Annapolis St
Annapolis, MD 21401

Please contact Mary Jo Lazun for more information.

Getting more admin law questions? Get answers.

Wednesday, November 9th,  12:00pm ’till 2:00pm @ University of Baltimore Student Center Room 301

Issues and questions involving administrative law seem to be occurring with great frequency.  This fall, LLAM is fortunate to have Arnold Rochvarg, University of Baltimore’s School of Law  administrative law expert, share his expertise with us.  We are all  deeply acquainted with his Maryland Administrative Law. (MICPEL 2d. ed. 2007) and soon we will also come to know his newest book, Principles and Practice of Maryland Administrative Law (Carolina Academic Press 2011).  See http://bit.ly/pCnfFh for details. During this lunchtime seminar Professor Rochvarg, will discuss the ” in’s and out’s ” of Maryland Administrative Law, recent changes to the law as highlighted in his new book.

Appellate Law: What’s so special about the Court of Special Appeals?

Wednesday, October 12, 10:00am to noon @ the Maryland State Law Library

Exactly what happens when an appeal is filed with the Court of Special Appeals? Find out from the experts. Leslie Gradet, Clerk of the Court of Special Appeals, and Jeff Ross, Staff Attorney, will demystify the administrative side of the appellate process. They will also discuss the key role of legal research in appellate brief writing.