Each year, in recognition of its role in furthering the participation and engagement of its members, the Law Librarians of New England allocates funds to support LLNE members’ attendance at LLNE meetings. These funds are distributed as easy-to-apply-for scholarships. This meeting in April sounds like a great one! All members of LLNE are encouraged (really, go ahead!) to apply for a scholarship. We look forward to receiving your applications by March 29th.
It’s that time of year! LLNE is offering a six week Legal Research Instruction Program taught by professional librarians from law school and law firms in and around Boston. Do you know anyone who’s interested in learning legal research and meeting practicing law librarians in the Boston area? For more details, and to register, go to:
Please email Brian Flaherty, firstname.lastname@example.org, or phone him: 617-353-1106, with any questions about the program.
The LLNE Service Committee is taking the Transcription Party on the road! We are looking for members who are interested in helping us transcribe documents from the Rhode Island State Archives from the comfort of their home or office. Here is how you can help:
- Email Jessica at email@example.com to receive 5 pages from the Rhode Island State Archives Suffrage Association collection. (Want more or less? Just let us know!).
- Check out the following helpful transcription guides: Transcription Tips and Reading Historical Handwriting.
- Get transcribing! Transcribe your pages by typing each word into a Microsoft Word document.
- All done? Send your completed word document to firstname.lastname@example.org. (Subject: LLNE Transcription)
- If you have any questions at anytime during the process, just email a member of the Service Committee!
The LLNE Service Committee
Jessica Almeida (email@example.com)
Kaitlin Connolly (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Nicole Dyszlewski (email@example.com)
Alisha Hennen (firstname.lastname@example.org)
By Mike VanderHeijden
All public librarians are encouraged to apply for a scholarship, sponsored by the LLNE Access to Justice Committee, to attend our chapter’s Legal Research Instruction Program.
The Legal Research Instruction Program (LRIP) is a six-week seminar geared towards public librarians interested in learning more about law librarianship. Each week, a different aspect of legal research is covered — everything from an overview of the U.S. legal system, to finding business transactional documents. The class will run on Wednesday evenings from March 27 — May 1, 2019. The six classes will be held from 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. at Suffolk University Law Library in Boston. For more information about the LRIP course, go to https://llne.org/legalresearchinstruction/ or contact Brian Flaherty directly at email@example.com.
The LLNE Access to Justice Committee is providing two scholarships to cover the cost of registration. Applicants must be public (non-law) librarians from the New England region. For more information and to apply, go to https://llne.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/02/LLNE_Intro_Scholarship_2019.docx.
Please send applications to Mike VanderHeijden at firstname.lastname@example.org by Friday, March 15, 2019. Scholarship recipients will be notified by Wednesday, March 20, 2019.
We encourage all LLNE members to share this scholarship opportunity with their local public libraries and any public librarians that would be interested in this excellent professional development opportunity.
Beginning on January 1, 2019, Massachusetts Law Updates has been presenting a daily series of blog posts showcasing the 30 Articles in the Declaration of Rights in the Massachusetts Constitution.
Each post will follow the same format. The post will begin with an identification of the subject of the Article, assigned for the purpose of this series, followed by the article itself. If the Article has been amended or replaced entirely, the new text follows with the date of the amendment or change. Finally, “Precedents, Following Law, and Quotations” relevant to each particular Article complete the post.
All of the Articles in the Declaration of Rights, with the notable exception of Article 3, which deals with responsibilities regarding the “public worship of God”, were drafted by John Adams. Precedents were chosen keeping in mind what may have been in John Adams’ head as he drafted the Articles. The writings of Enlightenment thinkers, men like John Locke, Algernon Sidney, and Montesquieu, influenced men like John Adams, George Mason (author of the Virginia Declaration of Rights), and James Madison (author of the Bill of Rights in the U.S. Constitution). These men had the opportunity to create governments where there had only been colonies before. The Magna Carta, the English Bill of Rights, and Nathaniel Ward’s Body of Liberties had precedential value to eighteenth century men schooled in law, philosophy and political theory. In some cases, John Adams copied text directly from other state constitutions, which had been drafted only a few years earlier. There is an abundance of secondary source literature which gives us clues, and points to these possible sources.
To put the Articles in the Declaration of Rights into context, Following Law and Quotations point to documents and commentary since 1780 that might give us a chance to better understand what the words in the Articles mean. The Bill of Rights amending the U.S. Constitution in 1791 includes cognate provisions which echo articles or sections in states’ constitutions. Presidents, judges, scholars and passionate advocates have pointed to the need to expand the provision of rights to disenfranchised groups, and given us a chance to more fully understand the implications of what John Adams wrote so long ago.
Italics indicate where text has been added to clarify why particular quotations may have been chosen.
On January 31, there will be an index providing hot links to the blog posts about the 30 Articles. A post with acknowledgments on February 1, 2019 and a list of selected secondary sources on February 2, 2019 will conclude the series.
For more information people should contact Barbara Schneider, Head Law Librarian, Berkshire Law Library (email@example.com).
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Just a friendly reminder that Bob DeFabrizio, LLNE’s V.P./President-Elect, will be making local visits to TWO Connecticut locations to chat with members about…
• Membership – What led you to join LLNE? What obstacles do you have engaging LLNE?
• Education – When was the last time you attended an LLNE education event? Why?
• Communication – Enough? Method?
• Committees – Tenure? Involvement? Experience?
• Miscellaneous – Website?
First stop, Hartford!
When: Thursday, November 15th at 9:30 a.m.
Where: University of Connecticut School of Law
Thomas J. Meskill Law Library, Library Conference Room 316
39 Elizabeth St.
Hartford, CT 06105
Parking in the lot around the library is $1/hr paid via a pay-by-phone mobile app. Here is more information regarding parking and a map. When available, street parking around campus is free.
Attendees should ask for the room at the Main Desk and staff will direct them to the room.
Thank you to Jessica de Perio Wittman, Law Library Director and Associate Professor of Law, University of Connecticut School of Law, for graciously agreeing to host the meeting and providing light refreshments.
Next stop-North Haven!
When: Thursday, November 15th at 3 p.m. (Meetings last approximately an hour.)
Where: Quinnipiac University School of Law
Lynne L. Pantalena Law Library, SLE 221 Library Commons
370 Bassett Road
North Haven, CT
Traveling to the meeting? Directions are Directions to Quinnipiac Law North Haven Campus for LLNE Local Visit Meeting. When entering the library on the second floor stop at the Circulation Desk for directions to the room.
Thank you to Ann DeVeaux, Director of the Lynne L. Pantalena Law Library, for graciously agreeing to host the meeting.
If you have not already RSVP’d please do so to Bob DeFabrizio at RDeFabrizio@GOULSTONSTORRS.com
Cannot make either meeting? Feel free to forward your comments and questions to Bob DeFabrizio at RDeFabrizio@GOULSTONSTORRS.com
For a list of other visits on Bob’s listening tour, check out LLNE Listening Tour.
On Sunday, October 28th, members of the LLNE A2J Committee and the LLNE Service Committee presented at the New England Library Association Conference (NELA) in Warwick, RI. The presentation titled “Law, Technology, and Access to Justice” discussed the access to justice gap in both New England and the United States and how technology is being developed to help bridge the gap. The presenters showcased a variety of current and upcoming technologies that are focused on helping self-represented litigants prepare for court, such as RePresent, Objection! Your Honor, and the Odyssey Guide and File. The session also tackled ethical concerns and the unauthorized practice of law with presenters role-playing common legal reference scenarios to show setting boundaries with patrons. Finally, and most importantly, the presenters discussed LLNE’s Legal Link resource for providing legal reference and referrals. The session was well-received and the attendees were engaged with the material. The slides from the session have been uploaded and shared on the NELA website.
From 1-4pm, we will be at the Roger Williams University Providence Campus (1 Empire Street, Providence) transcribing historical documents from the Rhode Island State Archives’s Suffrage Association collection. Afterwards, come enjoy drinks and appetizers (and the company of fellow law librarians) around the corner at Rosalina’s (50 Aborn Street, Providence).
No experience with transcription necessary! None of us have ever hosted nor attended a transcription party before so don’t worry if you are unsure about transcription! Come ready to have fun and help out a great organization!
Please RSVP to Jessica Almeida at firstname.lastname@example.org or 508-985-1194 by November 9th .
Computers will be available on site or you are welcome to bring your own. Parking is available on the street or at the Providence Civic Center Garage located on Washington Street.
*Sponsored by Lexis and LLNE*
The New England Clinical Conference is being held this Friday (10/12) in Providence, RI.
I am especially proud because a panel of law librarians (all members of LLNE!) will be presenting at it. Jordan Jefferson from Yale Law School, Anne Rajotte from University of Connecticut Law School, Ana Isabel Delgado Valentin from Suffolk University Law School and I will be presenting on Re‐envisioning Collaboration, Law Library Services, and Experiential Education.
Here is a link to the Agenda and to Registration.
Nicole P. Dyszlewski
Research/Access Services Librarian
Roger Williams University School of Law Library
An announcement from our Vice-President/President-Elect…
The legal profession, including firms, libraries, and schools are in the midst of change. Technological advances, such as AI and data analytics, new processes, such as knowledge management, coupled with client demands are bringing unprecedented changes to how lawyers, librarians, paralegals, and staff do their jobs. These changes have forced professional membership organizations to reimagine their missions and reassess how to provide value to members.
An important first step in the self-evaluation process is gathering feedback from our members. Although online surveys provide a quick method of polling members, it is equally important to engage members and I believe to do so requires face-to-face conversations. In-person meetings allow for a more dynamic discussion and free exchange of opinions and ideas, not constrained by a survey. One important aspect of any conversation is listening. As Pat Wagner pointed out in “Reaching the Invisible Customer,” a program at the 2018 AALL Annual Meeting, “Listening puts the other person first. … Listening requires a willingness to accept one’s own ignorance. … Listening requires a willingness to learn.”
LLNE is a great organization and is doing great things. However, we must take the time to reflect and ask can we be doing anything differently? The answer may be no – stay the course. If so, great, but we should not take anything for granted.
Beginning in Portland, Maine, on October 12th I will be conducting a “listening tour.” The tour will make its way through the entire LLNE territory. Currently, meetings have also been scheduled in Augusta, Maine (Oct. 12), Concord, NH (Oct. 16) and South Royalton, Vermont (Nov. 8). All members are encouraged to attend and give LLNE your feedback. See LLNE Listening Tour for a running list of dates and locations. Member engagement and involvement is vitally important to any professional organization.
I look forward to meeting you.
Robert DeFabrizio, LLNE Vice-President/President-Elect