Step Inside the Collaborative Zone

Saturday
April 7
11:15 am to 12:00 pm


Michelle Rigual, Library Director, University of New Mexico Law Library

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To match the diversity of its patrons, the University of New Mexico Law Library has embraced diversity in its spaces. As a follow up to Friday’s session on the 21st Century Law Library, we’ll take a virtual guided tour through UNM’s recently-created Collaborative Zone and discuss how facilities changes reflect trends in legal education and libraries as well as local idiosyncrasies.

Free and Low Cost Tech Tools for Law Librarians

Saturday
April 7
10:00 am to 10:45 am

Emily Lawson Reference Librarian, University of Houston Law Center O'Quinn Law Library
Dan Donahue International and Foreign Law Librarian, University of Houston Law Center O'Quinn Law Library

Dan Donahue talks legal tech at SWALL/HALL 2018.

Dan Donahue talks legal tech at SWALL/HALL 2018.

This program will feature a variety of free and low cost technology tools that can be used by all types of law librarians to assist with tasks such as teaching, marketing, time management, information organization, and research.

Address from AALL President Greg Lambert

Saturday
April 7
8:30 am to 9:00 am

Greg Lambert, AALL President, Chief Knowledge Services Officer, Jackson Walker LLP, Houston

SWALL and HALL are honored to welcome the president of American Association of Law Librarians to provide an update on the state of our national association.

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Tagged Track 1, Track 2, Academic, Law Firm, Public Service, Government, Management, Meetings
 

American Civil Liberties Union Papers 1912-1990

Friday
April 6
2:30 pm to 3:15 pm

Vince Vessalo, Senior Account Representative-Gale; Rob Sieracki Academic Library Representative-Gale

American Civil Liberties Union Papers (ACLU)-1912 to 1990 was recently released by Gale and consists of two collections: -Part 1 Roger Baldwin years (1912-1950) and years of expansion (1950-1990). -Part 2 Southern Regional Office Records includes all new scanning held at the Mudd Library, Princeton University. Join Vince Vessalo and Rob Sieracki from Gale, as they offer a review and exploration concerning these two new academic collections as an added on archival installment of the Making of Modern Law.

Posted in All Educational Programs, All Events, April 6 - Friday
Tagged Academic, Government, Law Firm, Public Service, Tech Services, Track 2

Robot Lawyer: Artificial Intelligence in the Practice of Law

Friday
April 6
1:30 pm to 2:15 pm

Saskia Mehlhorn, Director of KM and Libraries, Norton Rose Fulbright

Technology-fueled disruption has made its way into industries like healthcare, transportation, journalism and many more. At the center of this disruption is artificial intelligence ("AI"), which refers to a computer's ability to mimic "cognitive" functions such as "learning" and "problem solving" that are commonly associated with the human mind.

Those familiar with the practice of law expect that AI will disrupt the legal profession in the not-so-distant-future and that in fact it is already being utilized for tasks like contract review, e-discovery and practice management.

The session will provide a basic overview of AI in the legal profession, give specific examples of tools that incorporate AI technology and discuss opportunities for lawyers and other legal professionals.

Posted in All Educational Programs, All Events, April 6 - Friday
Tagged Academic, Government, Law Firm, Management, Public Service, Tech Services, Track 2

Preparing Students for Summer Externships and Employment

Friday
April 6
11:30 am to 12:15 pm

Alexandra Siek, Public Services Coordinator, University of New Mexico Law Library

Many law schools find a need to prepare their students - particularly the rising second years - for summer externships and employment, most often because first year curriculums are insufficient in preparing them for their summer legal research needs. This presenter will discuss her experiences at the University of New Mexico School of Law in supporting the research needs of students seeking summer externships and employment, and how that support has developed and continues to adapt. Attendees will also have opportunities to learn from their colleagues what they’ve tried at their own institutions and what has – and hasn’t - worked.

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Click to download slides for this program.

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Cases or Spaces: What's the 21st Century Law Library Look Like?

Friday
April 6
10:30 am to 11:15 am

Stacy Fowler, Associate Professor/Technical Services Librarian, St. Mary's University School of Law Library (moderator)
Victoria Trotta Director/Associate Dean, ASU Law Library
Edward Hart, Assistant Dean and Director of the Law Library, UNT Dallas
Mike Martinez, Jr. Deputy Director of Administration, St. Mary's University School of Law Library

Just what is the modern academic law library of 2020 supposed to look like? Print vs. electronic materials? Fewer private study areas vs. commons for group study? Sleep pods? Law library administrators will each highlight their 3-year vision for their particular school, focusing on what their current design and collection development model is and how that is expected to change. Both public and private schools will be represented, as will various school sizes.

Plenary Session - Blockchain: A Legal Perspective

Friday
April 6
9:00 am to 10:00 am

Speaker: Luke Gilman, Partner, Jackson Walker LLP

Speaker: Luke Gilman, Partner, Jackson Walker LLP

Luke Gilman, Partner, Jackson Walker LLP

The program will present an overview of blockchain technology and bitcoin applications. The discussion topics will include illicit transactions, tax issues, initial coin offerings, issues that arise in different legal practice areas, and recent legislation.

Accessing Government Records: Overview of the PIA Request Process

Thursday
April 5
4:15 pm to 5:00 pm

Kristen Lee, Assistant County Attorney & Public Information Coordinator, Office of Vince Ryan, Harris County Attorney

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Attorney Kristen Lee will draw from her experience as Public Information Coordinator in one of the busiest PIA departments in Texas to provide an overview of the Texas Public Information Act (PIA), which establishes the right to access government records, and the process for placing requests under the Act.

Disaster Recovery: Law Library Responses in Times of Crisis (Deep Dive, Part 2)

Thursday
April 5
3:15 pm to 4:00 pm

Amanda Watson Director of the O’Quinn Law Library and Assistant Professor of Law, University of Houston Law Center
Joe Lawson Deputy Director, Harris County Law Library
Panelists from academic, law firm, and government law libraries discuss the impact disasters, like hurricanes, have on our institutions and the opportunities to help with recovery efforts, not only in the law library, but in our parent organizations and communities as well.

Click to download Amanda Watson's program materials.

Click to download Amanda Watson's program materials.

Click to download Joe Lawson's program materials.

Click to download Joe Lawson's program materials.

Harvey, Irma, Maria…Oh Man, What Now? (Deep Dive, Part 1)

Thursday
April 5
2:00 pm to 2:45 pm

Catherine Greene Burnett Associate Dean, Professor of Law - South Texas
Heather Kushnerick Special Collections and Archivist - South Texas
Introductions by Monica Ortale, Associate Director for Public Services
Planning for disaster, or reacting to one, from the Special Collections, the Library/Institution perspective and from a personal one. What do you take when you're told to evacuate? How do you deal with FEMA?

Posted in All Educational Programs, All Events, April 5 - Thursday
Tagged Academic, Government, Law Firm, Management, Public Service, Tech Services, Track 2, Deep Dive