Legal Research Institute 2019

Explore legal research trends | Learn critical research skills | Network | Visit exhibits | Meet the experts 

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Register now for the Legal Research Institute 2019: Discover New Worlds of Legal Research

When: October 11, 2019 from 8:30 AM to 4:45 PM

Where: Thurgood Marshall Law Library, University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law, 500 W. Baltimore Street, Baltimore, MD 21201.

Keynote Speaker: Michelle Wu

Michelle Wu is the Associate Dean for Library Services and Professor of Law at Georgetown University Law Center, where she has also served as the Interim Associate Dean for Administration & Finance and Head of Law Center Human Resources. Before joining the law faculty in 2010, she wore several hats at Hofstra University School of Law including, Associate Dean for Information Services, Director of the Law Library Professor of Law, and interim senior vice dean for academic affairs. Michelle has also worked at the George Washington University Law School and the University of Houston Law Center in positions ranging from government documents librarian to computer services librarian to Interim Director. While at Houston, she oversaw the disaster recovery process following Tropical Storm Allison, including projects to renovate the library, rebuild the collection, and restructure services.

She has served as chair of the AALS Committee on Libraries and Technology, the chair of ALL-SIS, vice-president of LLSDC and the editor of the CRIVSheet. She teaches, publishes, and speaks in the areas of copyright, intellectual property licensing, and information management.

We are delighted to have Michelle share her reflections on what she has learned as a Library Director (and as a Law Librarian generally), as well as her thoughts on the future of law libraries and our need to adapt and evolve to stay ahead of emerging trends like about big data, artificial intelligence, robotics, etc. that will inevitably impact the legal research landscape.


Gain insightful, practical, and efficient strategies for anticipating trends and performing basic to advanced legal research delivered along three tracks to match your level of experience in the field.

Stay tuned for more program details. Track 2 and 3 confirmed speakers and program descriptions coming soon! 

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Track 1: Lift Off

Learn the basics of finding legal information–best free sources, legal forms and fundamental terminology.

Introduction to Legal Research in Maryland | Honorable Danielle M. Mosley

This program will introduce basic concepts and sources for researching Maryland laws, including an overview of the Maryland legal system, primary and secondary authority sources, and legal reasoning. The goal is for participants to develop a basic approach to legal research. If you are new to the world of Maryland legal research, this program will prepare you to begin performing research using legal resources.

The Honorable Danielle M. Mosley is currently an associate judge on the District Court for Anne Arundel County.  She was appointed on December 14, 2005.  Judge Mosley is a current member on The Court of Appeals Of Maryland Standing Committee on Rules of Practice and Procedure.  Since fall 2008, Judge Mosley has served as an adjunct Professor with the Anne Arundel Community College.

Prior to her appointment, she was an assistant state’s attorney with the Office of the State’s Attorney for Anne Arundel County. During her tenure with the office she served as the Chief of the Glen Burnie District Court Office.  Besides being a prosecutor, Judge Mosley has also worked in private practice as an associate with the Law firm of Alexander and Cleaver, Fort Washington, Maryland and a staff attorney with the Office of the Inspector General, United State’s Postal Service.  Judge Mosley has worked as a law clerk in private practice, and clerked for the Honorable Warren B. Duckett, Jr., in the Circuit Court for Anne Arundel County.  Further, Judge Mosley is currently a member of the Anne Arundel County Bar Association, she served as a member of the Board of Trustees, the President of the Association from May 2009-May 2010.

She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in International Relations from the University of Virginia in 1989, and earned her law degree from Washington and Lee University, School of Law in 1992.  She resides in Annapolis, Maryland

Forms! Forms! Forms! | Mary Jo Lazun

This introductory program to forms and templates will walk participants through the different types of legal forms (e.g., court forms, templates for court documents, legal documents not filed with the court). After reviewing the resources available online and in print, there will be hands-on exercises with the Maryland Courts’ standardized forms.

For the past two years, Mary Jo Lazun has been the solo law librarian at the Charles County Public Law Library after working nearly a decade at the Maryland State Law Library. Previously, she worked at Towson University as their Electronic Services Librarian and was also one of the first webmasters in the Federal government. Mary Jo received her MLS from the University of Maryland and has also completed a paralegal certificate program. Mary Jo’s first career was as a high school history teacher. She still loves teaching and has taught legal research classes for the Maryland Judiciary and public librarians and was adjunct faculty with the Legal Studies program at Anne Arundel Community College where she taught online legal research.

Getting Started–Free Legal Resources | Vickie Yiannoulou

Are you looking for free legal research resources, but don’t know where to start? This program will introduce you to reputable online legal research resources as well as free and low-cost print publications. The program will focus on Maryland resources, but also touch on federal and general resources.

Vickie Yiannoulou is currently the Assistant Law Librarian at the Prince George’s County Circuit Court Law Library, a position she has held since March 2011. Previously she had worked at the Baltimore County Circuit Court Law Library, LexisNexis and the Maryland State Archives. Vickie’s LLAM participation has included positions with the Placement and Programming Committees and as a Board Member.

The Art of the Legal Reference Interview | Jessica Mundy and Chi Song

This program explores the nuances of the legal reference interview and conversation. You will learn about the difference between legal information and legal advice, helpful questions to ask your patron, and how to break down your patron’s needs. Participants will have the opportunity for hands-on exercises.

Jessica Mundy is the Head of Collection Management at the Thurgood Marshall State Law Library and is responsible for the overall management of the library’s physical and digital collections. Her library career started at the Caroline County Public Library with focuses in reference services, technical services, and teen services. Her first position at the State Law Library focused on reference and technical services. She obtained her Bachelor of Arts degree in History from Salisbury University and Master’s degree in Library and Information Science from Drexel University. Jessica is currently the chair for the Placement Committee of the Law Library Association of Maryland (LLAM).

Chi Song is the Web Services Librarian at the Thurgood Marshall State Law Library, which she joined in 2016 as the Discovery Services Librarian. Chi received her MLS from the University of Maryland iSchool and her JD from the University of Illinois College of Law. Chi is the current Vice-President/President-Elect of LLAM, and her previous LLAM participation includes serving as LLAM’s Treasurer and chairing the Communications and Technology Committee.

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Track 2: Deep Space

Delve into practical strategies for solving your most challenging research questions.

  • Advanced Business Research | Elizabeth Kenderdine
  • Maryland Legislative and Rules History | Ann Baum
  • Maryland Regulations History | Sara Billard
  • Understanding the Mediation Process to Assist Mediators, Self-Represented Litigants, and Attorneys | Honorable Steven I. Platt

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Track 3: Back to the Future

Explore the changing demands of research patrons, technology and services.  Plus success stories of how they did it!

Embedded Librarians | Krista A. Ford and Joe Neumann

This program explores how librarians can cultivate, maintain, and evaluate partnerships with “non-traditional” patrons or customers inside and outside our organizations. As some of our traditional functions or roles have been de-emphasized or automated away, other opportunities present themselves. The skills and expertise librarians bring to bear can find new outlets in this altered landscape, from assisting the finance department with rate setting in a law firm to developing historical content with the office of alumni affairs in a law school. The panelists will discuss the ways in which our flexibility and curiosity can be organizational assets, look at some pitfalls along the way, and share ideas on how to evaluate and measure this new engagement.

Impact of Artificial Intelligence on Law Library Management | Catherine Kitchell

Cultivating Leadership in the Next Generation of Law Librarians | Emily Florio and Kristina J. Alayan

Fair Use and Digitization | Michelle Wu


LLAM is offering grants to cover the cost of registration!

Selection Criteria:

The LLAM Grants Committee will evaluate an application on the following criteria:

• Lack of financial assistance from employer and/or financial need
• Promise of individual professional development
• Relevance or expressed interest in the LRI program or event

Preference will be given to LLAM members, but we are providing up to 10 grants for the LRI, and we encourage everyone to apply. To apply, please complete and email the application form to:

Jim Gernert
Chair, LLAM Grants Committee

Deadline for submission: All applications must be received no later than Friday, September 27, 2019.


Our 2019 Sponsors

  • This program is made possible by a grant from the AALL/Bloomberg Law Continuing Education Grants Program.
  • Sponsor list coming soon!

Sponsorship Tiers

Tier 1: $1,000 and above

  • Sponsorship
    of Opening Keynote with logo projected on stage.
  • Acknowledgement
    of tier 1 sponsorship during closing remarks.??
  • Full-page
    advertisement in the Legal Research Institute Program ($200 value)
  • Top logo
    placement on all LRI promotional materials including conference website,
    signage, and program.
  • Four free
    registrations ($380 value)
  • Free exhibit
    hall table ($250 value)

Tier 2: $500 – $999

  • Acknowledgement
    of sponsorship on all LRI promotional materials including conference
    website, signage, and program.
  • Half-page
    advertisement in the Legal Research Institute Program ($100 value)
  • Acknowledgement
    at sponsored event of vendor???s choosing: lunch or reception.
  • Two free
    registrations ($190 value)
  • Free exhibit
    hall table ($250 value)

Tier 3: $300 – $499

  • Acknowledgement of sponsorship on some LRI promotional materials including conference website, signage, and program.
  • Acknowledgement of sponsorship at breakfast.
  • One free registration ($95 value)
  • Free exhibit hall table ($250 value)

Exhibit Hall Table Only: $250

  • Exhibit space with standard skirted table (WiFi available).
  • Listing in program as exhibitor
  • Concurrent with wine and appetizer reception in the exhibit hall

Specs for Program Advertisements


  • Size: 7.5”x10”
  • Resolution: 300 DPI or higher
  • Recommended orientation: Portrait
  • Accepted file types: jpeg, PDF
  • Also, please make sure images are CMYK and the file is fully flattened


  • Size: 7.5”x5”
  • Resolution: 300 DPI or higher
  • Recommended orientation: Landscape
  • Accepted file types: jpeg, PDF
  • Also, please make sure images are CMYK and the file is fully flattened

Please email your file to Julia Viets ( by October 1st.


Questions and/or interested in becoming a sponsor? Email Kate Martin at

This program is made possible by a grant from the AALL/Bloomberg Law Continuing Education Grants Program.