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					                                                  almost feel the tiniest p a ng s o f jea lousy.
                                                  But, we know what is really going on?it?      s
                                                  like the la m b s b eing lea d to the
                                                  slaughter!     Onc e hired fo r a future
                                                  position, a ssoc iates must b e p repared to
                                                  hit the g round running . The temporary
                                                  job a s a sum m er a ssoc ia te m a y not
                                                  properly prep are them for the future.

                                                  Most of us m ight a g ree that the la w

                     In-Site                      students? summer a ssoc ia te experienc e
                                                  is not nec essa rily b a sed in rea lity. As
                                                  such, the summer a ssociate experience
                                                  m a y not b e a true learning op p ortunity,
                                                  at least from the la w librarian?s
                                                  perspec tive.        Ma ny of the summer
                                                  associates that a rrive in our lib ra ries
                                                  ea c h yea r a re ill-p repared for the work
                                                  they w ill b e d oing then a nd in the future.
                                                  Developing g ood leg a l research skills,
                                                  the founda tion of every a ttorney?s
                                                  success in practic e , is often treated a s
                                                  a n insig nific a nt ta sk in la w sc hool. A
New Jersey Law Libraria ns Associa tion
                                                  g oo d     sum m er a ssoc iate program,
A Chapter of the American Association
                                                  therefore, w ill b e a valuable experience
           of Law Libraries
                                                  fo r a ny la w stud ent. However, many
Vo lume No. 1, Issue No. 3 Spring 2003
                                                  organizations d o not ha ve a m ec hanism
                                                  in p la c e for tea c hing a nd eva luating
      SUMMER ASSOCIATES                           sum m er a ssoc ia tes. Fo r m a ny yea rs, it
                                                  ha s b een a pparent tha t the la w schools
   s
It? just a b out that tim e of yea r, a g a in.   a re not properly p rep aring their stud ents
The tim e when m a ny of us m ust                 for the w ork a hea d. So, tw elve years
welcom e the latest g roup of summer              ago, our Asso c ia tio n sta rted a hig hly
associates to our org a niza tions. In other      successful p ro g ra m to address this
professions, sum m er is g enera lly a time       concern b efore it becom es a p rob lem
of slowing down but not the case for la w         during the sum m er. The New Jersey La w
librarians. During the sum m er m onths,                                      s
                                                  Librarians Association? Brid g e the Ga p
w e ha ve m ore p eop le w ho need our            Sum m er Associate Leg a l Resea rc h
help, our d a ily w orklo a d inc rea ses, a nd   Prog ra m w a s c rea ted to a ssist incoming
our know led g e a nd research skills a re        sum m er a ssociates in m a king the
put to the test even more than, perhaps,          transition from la w sc hool to la w
any other time during the year.                   practic e.      It is a one-d a y p rog ra m
                                                  sponsored b y severa l la w firm s, la w
Ah, to b e a sum m er a ssoc ia te! Wha t a       schools, a nd legal vendors that is
glorious time it is ? for them ! They a re        offered ea c h yea r in Ap ril.        It is a
wined a nd dined a ll sum m er long . They        va luable experienc e for a ll a ttend ees.
a re taken to show s, c onc erts, a nd            As our c o lleagues on the Outrea ch
sp orting events. They g et to a ttend            Educatio n Co m m ittee ha ve shown us,
court p roc eed ing s or sit in on client         the la w libraria ns a re the o nes tha t c a n
m eeting s. And , b est of a ll, the w orkloa d   best prepare our sum m er a sso c ia tes fo r
is m a na g eable - g enerally. They g et so      their exp erienc e w ithin our org a niza tions
m uc h resp ec t a nd a ttention; you c a n       a nd for their future ca reers as la w yers.
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                                                     in the lib ra ry, to feel tha t, truly, no
This issue of NJLLA In-Site is d evoted to           q uestion is ever stup id . As lib ra ria ns, w e
a rtic les a nd id ea s tha t w ill a ssist you in   m a y b e the only p ro fessiona ls in the firm
help ing your next g roup of sum m er                             t
                                                     w ho a ren? jud g ing the sum m er p eo p le
a sso c ia tes.    Rem em b er, this yea r?      s   on their p erform a nc e, w ho a ren?            t
sum m er a ssoc ia te m a y b e next yea r?      s   c onsta ntly eva lua ting them . Sum m er
a ssoc ia te a nd even a future p a rtner in         a ssoc ia tes need to feel tha t, w hen
your organization.                                          re
                                                     they? g iven a new a ssig nm ent, they
                                                     c a n c om e to us, a d m it their ig nora nc e,
                                                     a nd g et va lua b le g uid a nc e from us.
      HELPING THE SUMMER                             Ma ny tim es som eone ha s c om e to m y
                                                     d oor to d isc uss a n a ssig nm ent a nd
          ASSOCIATE                                  c onfess to ig nora nc e a b out the sub jec t
             Beth Greenfield                         m a tter. They a lw a ys seem to w a nt to
                                                     sta rt b y resea rc hing c a se la w (online, of
                                                     c o urse). I tell them to think a b out w hen
If you w ork in a p riva te la w firm or p ub lic    they w ere in fourth g ra d e a nd ha d to
              s             ll
a g enc y, it? likely you? soon b e fa c ing         w rite a rep ort on, sa y, zinc . Did they
this year?s group of summer associates or            hea d for sc ientific rep orts a nd stud ies?
interns. If you w ork in a n a c a d em ic           Of c o urse not ? they turned to
               ll
lib ra ry, you? soon b e send ing som e of           enc yc lop ed ia s. Sa m e thing now , I tell
your stud ents o ut to those firm s a nd             them . Sta rt sm a ll, a nd b uild your b od y o f
a g enc ies. (I sup p o se tha t som e of the        know led g e.         They seem sort of
rest o f the la w stud ents w ill sp end the         comforted by this idea.
summer relaxing on the beach, but mine
is not to question? or envy.)                        And they need to lea rn how to use the
                                                     b oo ks. They kno w tha t the free CALR
Since I?ve worked with only a few classes            a va ila b le a t la w sc hool is b ut a m em ory
of stud ents in the la w firm lib ra ry setting ,    a nd tha t they now ha ve to w orry a b o ut
I?ve tried to b olster m y p ersona l                b illing issues, know ing tha t m a ny of the
exp erienc e    by      und erta king     som e      senio r la w yers a t the firm a nd m a ny
inform a l resea rc h a m ong the first,             c lients w ill not p a y for CALR. Do you
sec ond a nd third -yea r a ssoc ia tes a t m y      g ive your sum m er a ssoc ia tes a nd new
firm . An overw helm ing c onsensus ha s             a ssoc ia tes a tour of the lib ra ry? Do you
emerg ed       a b o ut     their      sum m er      think they rem em b er w here everything
exp erienc e:    they?  re    nervous a nd           is? My inform a l resea rc h revea ls (no
insecure. For students spending time at a            surp rise,      here)      tha t   they     d on?t
firm , the sum m er is nothing less tha n a          rem em b er, b ut they feel unc o m fo rta b le
tw o-m onth long job interview . They                a sking to b e show n a g a in.              Let?s
know tha t this is one of their few                  rem em b er tha t, like a ny new emp loyee,
op p ortunities to g et som e sig nific a nt                 re
                                                     they? b eing show ered w ith lo a d s of
w ork exp erienc e a s w ell a s sec ure a job       new inform a tion d uring their first d a ys,
offer. They know tha t, esp ec ia lly in                           t
                                                     a nd c a n? rea sona b ly b e exp ec ted to
         s
tod a y? ec onom y, they rea lly ha ve to            remem b er w here the la b o r rep o rters o r
justify their ra ther g enerous sa la ries.          the Restatements are. We need to show
                             t
And , a lthoug h they d on? know it w hen            them were the b oo ks a re a nd how to
they a rrive a t the firm , they q uic kly           use them.
realize how very little they know.
                                                     We need to remember that law students
Wha t c a n w e, a s la w lib ra ria ns a nd         c a n ta ke o nly so m a ny c la sses ea c h
inform a tion p rofessiona ls, d o to help           yea r, a nd so there is only so m uc h tha t
them? I hea rd rep ea ted ly from the la w           they c a n c over in the c ourse of their
stud ents tha t they w a nt to feel w elc om e
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ed uc a tion. We know tha t la w stud ents            a ssoc ia tes in the lib ra ry, they w ould
sp end a g rea t d ea l of time rea d ing             never g et a ny w ork d one a nd they
carefully edited cases, arranged so as to             would never come to work for us.
illustra te a p a rtic ula r trend in jud ic ia l
thinking or c onc ep t in sub sta ntive la w .        Yes, d efinitely, in the lib ra ry. They
This is all well and good, and an essential           sho uld b e in the lib ra ry. The b o oks
p a rt of the leg a l ed uc a tion. But, how          are here and I am here.
m a ny stud ents ever sp end sig nific a nt
tim e w ith a leg isla tive history, or a na lyze     Ab so lutely not. They need p riva c y,
a sta tute, o r c onsid er the a p p lic a tion o f   quiet, and room for their stuff.
a d m inistra tive   reg ula tions?         When
they?re researching a subject, they need              The firm should p rovid e w orksp a c e
to b e rem ind ed to c hec k the sta tutes            for the sum m er a sso c ia tes outsid e
a nd reg s, a nd , yes, they need to b e              the lib ra ry, if p o ssib le. As a lw a ys,
shown how to do this.                                 sp a c e is a b ig p rob lem in the lib ra ry
                                                      to accommodate additional users.
If our role is to m eet (or exc eed ) the
inform a tion need s of o ur institution, w e         Yes ? it w ould g ive the sum m er
enha nc e tha t role b y help ing the                 a ssoc ia tes a c ha nc e to a ll b e in the
sum m er a ssoc ia te b ec om e a c c lim a ted       sa m e p la c e for b ond ing a nd ,
to the lib ra ry a nd fa c ile in using our           ho p efully, they w ill lea rn to use the
services.                                             lib ra ry w ith a b a la nc ed eye. But, it
                                                      will never happen here.

     IN OR OUT?: SHOULD                               No , too isola ted       from   the    firm ?s
                                                      dynamic.
     SUMMER ASSOCIATES?
   ?OFFICE SPACE? BE IN THE                           We p refer to ha ve the sum m er
                                                      a sso c ia tes in a sa tellite lib ra ry nea r
           LIBRARY?                                   the m a in lib ra ry. Bec a use w e a re
                                                      not im m ed ia tely a va ila b le, the
[Editors? Note: Sho uld the sum m er                  a rra ng em ent       enc oura g es      their
a ssoc ia tes ha ve their ow n offic es or            resourc efulness, w hile a t the sa m e
should their ?offic e sp a c e? b e w ithin the       tim e lea ving the lib ra ry sta ff c lose
c onfines of the lib ra ry? We q ueried the           enoug h to ha nd le q uestions. Mo re
m em b ership . Fo llow ing a re exc erp ts of        im p orta ntly, it is g ood for them a ll to
the comments we received.]                            b e in the sa m e sp a c e, w orking
                                                      tog ether b ec a use it enc oura g es
                                    s
    In the lib ra ry! The lib ra ry? resourc es       c olleg ia lity a nd b ond ing . Further, a
    a nd sta ff a re ea sily a c c essib le to        loc a tion in the lib ra ry a lso p rom otes
    them . The visib ility of the sum m er                                            s
                                                      intera c tion w ith the firm ? a ttorneys
    a ssoc ia tes to the entire offic e keep s        w ho a re using the lib ra ry in the
    them m ore p rod uc tive tha n if they            course of business.
    w ere hid d en a w a y in offic es
    throug hout the firm . It a lso a llow s          In our org a niza tion they a re not in
    them the o p p o rtunity to intera c t w ith      the lib ra ry. They sha re offic e sp a c e
    ea c h other, w ith the a ttorneys w ho           w ith a ttorneys. When a la w firm
    visit the lib ra ry, see how the lib ra ry        w a nts to w ine a nd d ine its future
    func tions w ithin the firm , a nd to lea rn                s
                                                      p rey, it? rea so na b le tha t they g ive
    what the library can do for them.                 them the best.
                                                      We?ve had it both ways but we have
    Ab so lutely not! They need p rop er              found it m ore suc c essful for them a ll
    offic es.   If w e p ut our sum m er
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   to b e tog ether in the lib ra ry.                There a re too m a ny d istractions for
                        s
   Administratively, it? ea sier for the             them to m a intain a n exclusive
   firm. For the sum m er associates, it             workspac e in the library. They?d a lso
   provid es them the opportunity of                 have     no    a c c ess  to    p hone
   lea rning tog ether a nd , som etim es,           communications.
   from each other.
                                                     We ?  ve ha d the sum mer a ssoc ia tes?
   No. Telep hones a re ringing, a nd a ll           w orksp a c e in a nd out of the lib ra ry.
   those c omputers set up lea ve little             Personally, I think they sho uld ha ve
   room for a nything else?although, I               their ow n office/ sp a c e outsid e the
   must say that d uring the one sum m er            lib ra ry even though they d o q uite a
   w e w ere in tha t situa tion, w e truly          bit of their w ork in the lib rary. It g ives
   b ond ed w ith tha t c lass of sum m er           them m ore room a nd m ore of the
   associates.                                       experience of b eing a ?rea l?
                                                     a ttorney, not just a             resea rc h
   If there is sp a c e, yes. If not, the            assista nt.
   lib ra ry sta ff m ust c irc ulate a nd g et to
   know the summer a ssociates. The                  Ea c h year, the w orksp a c e for the
   library w orks like the water c ooler,            summer a ssocia tes is wherever the
   a nd the transfer of information, the             firm administrator says it is.
   provid ing of a ssistance is very
   important in these first experiences.

   The a ssocia tes/interns' w o rksp aces
   are freq uently in the lib ra ry d ue to a         DID YOU KNOW THAT NJLLA HAS
   lack of sp a c e. The p ositive sid e of                 ITS OWN LIBRARY?
   this is w e d on't have to persua de
   them to c o m e to the library; they're           In the early yea rs of NJLLA?s
   a lrea d y here! Getting them into the            existence, a library w a s founded . It
   library is ha lf the b a ttle. The neg a tive     contains print and non-print materials
   sid e is som etim es they use the library         on la w libraria nship, la w library
   a s a soc ia l c lub , a p la c e to m eet        management, a nd leg a l researc h.
   other       a ssociates/interns         a nd      The library is c urrently kep t a t the
   compare notes a b out their sum m er              Rutg ers La w Sc hool Lib ra ry in
   experiences. We d on't w a nt to seem             Newark, New Jersey.
   like stereotypical libraria ns, hushing
   patrons a ll the time, b ut oc c a sio na lly     Each year, the Exec utive Bo a rd
   it's necessary w hen they g et too                selec ts a resourc e to a d d to NJLLA?s
   loud . The other (m inor) problem is we           library.      Mem b ers c a n m a ke
   have to field p hone c a lls for them.            suggestions     for    p urchases    by
   Then w e ha ve to try to find the                 contacting     Da n     Ca mpbell     at
   requested         a ssoc ia te/intern  from       daniel_c ampb ell@c a2.usc ourts.gov
   a m ong the dozens in the lib ra ry a t           or 212-857-8903.
   the time. This m a y sound trivial b ut
   when you're in the mid d le o f a                 For a list of the titles in the library, and
   resea rc h p rojec t a nd you have to             information on borrowing privileg es,
   stop to wa lk around the library                  please see the insid e cover of your
   asking ea c h p a tron if he/she is so-           membership directory.
   and-so, a nd you ha ve to d o this
   several times per day, it gets to you.
             s
   No. It? enough tha t they ha ve to
   sp end p lenty of tim e in the lib ra ry.
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   NJLLA EXECUTIVE BOARD                   2002-2003 STANDING COMMITTEE
                                           CHAIRS
PRESIDENT                                  ARCHIVE
Emma J. Williams                           Daniel R. Campbell
New Jersey Board of Public Utilities       Phone: 212-857-8903
Phone: 973-648-2015                        E-Ma il:
E-Ma il: w illia m se@b p u.sta te.nj.us   daniel_c ampb ell@c a2.usc ourts.gov

VICE PRESIDENT/PRESIDENT-ELECT             BYLAWS
Stephanie Fox Pierson                      Stephanie Fox Pierson
Thomson West                               Phone: 212-548-7955
Phone: 212-548-7955                        E-Ma il: stepha nie.pierson@thom son.com
E-Ma il: stepha nie.pierson@thom son.com
                                           GOVERNMENT & LEGAL AFFAIRS
PAST PRESIDENT                             Susan Lyons
Daniel R. Campbell                         Phone: 973-353-3092
United Sta tes Court of Appeals for the    E-Ma il: slyons@kinoy.rutg ers.edu
Second Circuit
Phone: 212-857-8903                        GRANTS & AWARDS
E-mail:                                    Mary Ellen Kaas
daniel_c ampb ell@c a2.usc ourts.gov       Phone: 973-425-8810
                                           E-Ma il: mkaas@mdmlaw.com
TREASURER
Beth Petruska                              GUIDELINES
Lowenstein Sandler PC                      Leigh DeProspo
Phone: 973-597-2500 ext. 5122              Phone: 732-549-5600
E-Ma il: b p etruska @lowenstein.com       E-Ma il: ldeprospo@greenbaumlaw.c om

SECRETARY                                  MEMBERSHIP
Anne Shulman                               Johanna N. Icasiano
Riker Danzig Scherer Hyland & Perretti,    Phone: 973-642-8452
LLP                                        E-Ma il: icasia jo@shu.edu
Phone: 973-538-0800
E-Ma il: ashulman@riker.c om               NEWSLETTER
                                           Scott L. Fisher (Co -Chair)
MEMBER-AT-LARGE                            Phone: 732-855-6160
Elizabeth A. Greenfield                    E-Ma il: sfisher@wilentz.com
Pitney Hardin Kipp & Szuch LLP
Phone: 973-966-8223                        Stephanie Fox Pierson (Co-Chair)
E-Ma il: egreenfield@phks.com              Phone: 212-548-7955
                                           E-Ma il: stepha nie.pierson@thom son.com
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Fay Austin                                 NOMINATING
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                                           OUTREACH EDUCATION
                                           Laura Vinci
                  In-Site                  Phone: 732-855-6140
                                           E-Ma il: lvinci@wilentz.com
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PLACEMENT                                              NJLLA In-Site is published four times per
Daniel R. Campbell                                     yea r (Fa ll, Winter, Spring a nd Summer)
Phone: 212-857-8903                                    by the New Jersey La w Libra ria ns
E-Ma il:                                               Associa tion, a cha pter of the American
daniel_c ampb ell@c a2.usc ourts.gov                   Association of La w Libra ries. It is sent to
                                                       members a s a benefit of membership.
PROGRAM                                                Opinions of contributors a re            not
Karen B. Brunner (Co-Chair)                            necessa rily     the    opinions of      the
Phone: 973-538-0800                                    newsletter sta ff or the New Jersey La w
E-Ma il: kbrunner@riker.c om                           Libra ria ns Associa tion.
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                                        NJLLA In-Site
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                                             and
                                        Scott L. Fisher

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         EDITORS? CORNER
        Stephanie Fox Pierson
            Scott L. Fisher

The theme for this issue of the newsletter
is ?summer a ssoc ia tes.?       Plea se b e
advised that, a lthoug h it m a y a p p ea r
that the foc us of this issue is on p rivate
la w firm librarians, w e d id rea c h out to
a ll memb er typ es w hen d eveloping the
article id ea s a nd sea rc hing for w riters.          PRESIDENT?S COLUMN
We a ttempt to d o this for every issue so                    Emma J. Williams
that there is a w id e a nd varied
perspective on the new sletter?s them e.         We w ish for tra nq uility.          The m ed ia
As may b e exp ec ted, w e a re so metimes       inform s us d a ily that the Wa r w ith Iraq is
turned d ow n b y the a uthors we seek to        still on. As I write this, it is already six days
write on these issues and a re forced to         into the c onflic t. I rec og nize tha t NJLLA
revise p la ns for a rticles that w e ha d       m em b ers m a y b e d ealing w ith the issues
originally hop ed to inc lud e in the            concerning m ilita ry d uty in their ow n
new sletter.     Our g oal, a s m uc h a s       lives. Perhap s some members have sa t
possible, is to p ub lish a rtic les of a n      b esid e c o-w o rkers w ho w ere c a lled to
original na ture on the newsletter?s             war, w hile others m a y ha ve fa m ilies,
theme, w ritten, a s often a s p ossib le, b y   friend s a nd neighbors w ho w ere c a lled .
the          Assoc ia tion?s       m em b ers.   Either w a y, these young men a nd
Unfortunately, there w ill be times w hen        women serve with suc h d ig nity a nd
the newsletter may b e sla nted toward           p rid e for our c ountry. We a d m ire their
one segment of the Associa tion?s                courage!
membership b ut it is not for la c k of trying
to p resent a ll p erspectives. As In-Site       My b ra ve niece , w ho is in the Na vy, is a t
continues publication, we hop e the re           war. In Norfolk, Virg inia la st m onth, a s
w ill b e new sletter themes tha t will          w e c lea red her a p a rtment, our fa m ily
a p p ea l to all members o f the                waited for the return of her training
Association in c ertain issues, a nd a t         cruise ship . We felt b etter w hen the ship
various times.                                   p ulled into port on sc hedule. The young
                                                 seam en/w om en c o uld not d isem b a rk,
Along with the ?summer associa te?               however, until a round noon. Then, off
theme, this issue a lso includes the                                       s
                                                 the ship to Mc Donald? and Burg er King
b iog ra p hies of the p rop osed sla te of      they w ent! ? These 19-23 yea r old s were
nominees to b e voted on a t the Annual          excited a b out spend ing 30 d a ys leave
Meeting o n Ma y 7, 2003 w hic h should          with their fa m ilies. It w ould b e the la st
b e of interest to all m embers.                 leave before going off to war.

We w elc om e your comments a nd                 Later on, a g roup of these young m en
suggestions.    We a lso invite you to           a nd     w omen ta lked a b out                their
suggest articles or volunteer to w rite a n      expec ta tions a nd           job     sa tisfaction,
article.  Tha nk you, a s a lw a ys, for         a m ong other things. They w ere upbeat
reading NJLLA In-Site.                           a nd c om m itted to serve! Of c ourse, I
                                                 asked if a nyone had c onsid ered the
                                                 field of la w lib ra ria nship . I a lso inform ed
                                                 them a b out the ?distanc e learning? MLS
                                                 Prog ra m a t nea rb y Reg ent University
                                                 (Virg inia Bea c h). La w lib ra ria nship never
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c ro ssed these young g rea t m ind s                          MEMBERSHIP NEWS
                 d
b ec a use they? never b een intro d uc ed
to it as a profession.
                                                             Compiled by Johanna N.
                                                                    Icasiano
Why the Na vy?, I a sked . Four p rim a ry
rea sons w ere g iven:            (1) to further        MEMBERS IN NEW POSITIONS
c a reer/ c olleg e      g oa ls;    (2)  som e         Stephanie Fox Pierson, Esq.
p a rents/ g ra nd p a rents      a re   m ilita ry     Librarian Relations Manager
offic ers, therefore, the c hild ren know no            Northeast Division
other lifestyle (som e m others a re hig h-             Thomson West
ra nking offic ers); (3) rec ruiting offic ers          530 Fifth Avenue, 7th Floor
w ere very c onvinc ing w hen visiting their            New York, NY 10036
sc hools; a nd (4) a few just follow ed their           Direct Dial: (212) 548-7955
friends from school. After the 30-day rest              General: (212) 922-1920
p eriod , this c lose-knit fa m ily of young            Toll Free: (800) 535-0979
p eop le left for w a r o n Ma rc h 7, 2003, re-        Home office: (732) 708-1183
energized and proud to serve America!                   Fax: (212) 548-7401
                                                        Email: stephanie.pierson@thomson.com
Ha ving listened to the young p eop le a t
No rfolk a nd hea rd , p a rtic ula rly, tha t little   Karen Wojan
or no em p ha sis ha d b een p la c ed on               Electronic Services/Reference Librarian
p rofessions in lib ra ry stud ies is q uite            McCarter & English, LLP
troub lesom e. Perha p s our org a niza tions           Four Gateway Center
c a n p a rtic ip a te in or offer m ore events         100 Mulberry Street, 12th Floor
a t sc hools. It m ig ht p rove b enefic ia l to        Newark, NJ 07102
the students to receive a snapshot of the               (973) 622-4444 x3037
full p ic ture of lib ra ry stud ies, inc lud ing       Fax: (973) 624-7070
the op p ortunity to keep a b rea st of the             Email: kwojan@mccarter.com
ever-c ha ng ing lib ra ry environm ent. If
w e w a nt to enc oura g e stud ents to                 WELCOME TO OUR NEWEST MEMBERS:
b ec om e the la w lib ra ria ns of the future,         Patrick Green, Library Assistant
w e should foc us on ea rlier rec ruiting ,             McCarter & English, LLP
m entoring , a nd p erha p s offering c ourses          Four Gateway Center
throug h the hig h sc hools. Future p la ns             100 Mulberry Street, 12th Floor
a re und erw a y a t NJLLA to rea c h m ore             Newark, NJ 07101-0652
sup p ort sta ff. At the sa m e tim e , w e             (973) 622-4444 Ext. 3047
should strive to enc oura g e stud ents                 Fax: (973) 624-7070
tow a rd la w lib ra ry stud ies. Rec ently, w e        Email: pgreen@mccarter.com
w ere c onta c ted b y the Institute o f
Museum a nd Lib ra ry Servic es (IMLS) a nd             Robert W. Heym
a sked if w e w a nted the NJLLA                        64 Ochs Avenue
ed uc a tiona l p rog ra m s linked in the Pre-         Milltown, NJ 08850
a nd Pa ra p rofessiona l Lib ra ry (Sup p ort)         (732) 435-0267
Sta ff d evelop m ent p rog ra m s p ortion of          Email: RobWH@aol.com
their w eb site. This is a first step tow a rd
achieving our goal. We also plan to offer               Ana Ma ria Meizys,       Esq .,   Ac c ount
instruc tiona l op p ortunities suc h a s Basic         Manager
Legal Research.                                         West Group
                                                        487 Quince Court
Tha nk you for a w o nd erful yea r of lib ra ry        Mahwah, NJ 07430
issues ? to conclude May 7, 2003!                       (215) 606-6256
                                                        Fax: (201) 825-9578
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Email:                                             a d vic e d oes not sink in until they a re
anamaria.meizys@westgroup.com                      a c tua lly w orking in a la w firm for the first
                                                   time.
Amy L. Selic h, Key Ac c ount Ma na g er
(replaced Sharlene Vichness)                       From m y ow n exp erienc e (I w a s a la w
New Jersey Law Journal                             stud ent a nd sum m er a sso c ia te onc e
238 Mulberry Street                                m yself), I c a n tell you tha t know ing tha t
P.O. Box 20081                                     resea rc h op tions exist d oes not m ea n
Newark, NJ 07101                                   the o p tio ns w ill b e used . I c a nnot sp ea k
(973) 642-0075 x116                                for a ll la w stud ents b ut for m e , w hen I
Fax: (973) 642-0920                                need ed to d o resea rc h, it seem ed
Email: aselich@amlaw.com                           ea siest to hop on Lexis a nd Westla w so
                                                   w hy w ould I b other w ith the b oo ks? I
OTHER CHANGES:                                     w a s thinking a b out m y im med ia te need ,
La ura Klem ha s c ha ng ed her na m e to          not the future w hen Lexis a nd Westla w
Laura Vinci.                                       w ould no long er b e free. Ea rly on in m y
Email: lvinci@wilentz.com                          first yea r leg a l resea rc h c ourse , w e w ere
                                                   not a llow ed to use elec tronic resourc es
                                                   but from the minute they were allowed, I
THE LAW SCHOOL LIBRARIAN                           used      Lexis a nd          Westla w     a lm ost
                                                   exc lusively. By the tim e I w a s a third
     Susana Camargo-Pohl                           yea r, I ha d forg otten w ha t a d ig est w a s
 Head of Reference & Electronic                    or w ha t Shep a rd s w a s a ll a b out. During
            Services                               a p eriod w hen a ll tha t m a tters a re your
  Rutgers Law Library - Newark                     g ra d es in la w sc hool, you tend not to
                                                   stop a nd think a b out w hether you a re
La st Ma y, I ha d a stud ent stop b y the         m a stering the resea rc h skills you w ill
referenc e d esk a nd a sk if she c ould           need a fter la w sc hool; you only w orry
ha ve a ?q uic k refresher on everything           a b out w ha t your g ra d es a re w hile in la w
c overed in the first yea r leg a l resea rc h     sc hool.      Unfortuna tely, you a re not
c ourse.? She looked a t m e seriously for         g ra d ed sp ec ific a lly on your b a sic leg a l
a sec ond a nd then la ug hed , ind ic a ting      research skills.
tha t her q uestion w a s a joke. Only the
la ug h g a ve her a w a y b ec a use this         Know ing tha t I w a s a third yea r tha t
q uestion is not fa r off from q uestions w e      c ould    p rob a b ly not       exp la in  the
rec eive reg ula rly a t the La w Sc hool          d ifferenc e b etw een a d ig est a nd a
referenc e d esk a fter our stud ents ha ve        reporter, I now try very hard to reach out
b eg un their first sum m er a ssoc ia te job .    to stud ents a b out ?old fa shioned ? leg a l
Questions I ha ve ha d a t the d esk from          research using the books. The best way I
this p a rtic ula r g roup ra ng e fro m ?How      ha ve found to d o this is w hen a stud ent
d o I use a Dig est?? to ?Wha t is a Key           comes to the reference desk. No matter
Num b er?? to m y p ersona l fa vorite,            w ha t the q uestion is, I find a w a y to w ork
?Where a re the Key Cite b o oks?? While           in the im p orta nc e of know ing how to d o
w e lib ra ria ns a t the la w sc hools try a s    book research.
b est a s w e c a n to p rep a re our stud ents
for the ?rea l w orld ,? unfortuna tely for        A sample reference dialog;
you la w firm lib ra ria ns, the rea l w orld is            La w stud ent: Where a re the
often the only place where they actually           restrooms?
lea rn.     We c a n tell our stud ents a                   Lib ra ria n:   Did you know tha t
hund red tim es tha t Lexis a nd Westla w          a fter la w sc hool or w hile w orking a s a
a re not the only op tions for leg a l             sum m er a ssoc ia te it w ill b e very
resea rc h, b ut w e a re a fra id tha t this      im p orta nt for you to know the b a sic s of
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legal research and how to use the books             w o rksho p s on c om p iling leg isla tive
for research?                                       histories.      We offer a w orkshop on
          La w stud ent: Um m m . Oka y.            Fed era l Leg isla tive Histories a nd one on
          Lib ra ria n:   Thing s like using        New Jersey Leg isla tive Histories. I ha ve
the Dig ests to find releva nt c a sela w a nd      often help ed sum m er a sso c ia tes a t the
then c hec king your c a ses in the                 referenc e d esk w ith leg isla tive histories
Shep a rd s b ooks w ill b e very im p orta nt      tha t ha ve b een a ssig ned to them a nd I
skills to have.                                     think these w orkshop s w ill help the
          La w stud ent: Yes, b ut w here           stud ents trem end ously. The w orkshop
are the bathrooms?                                  series a lso a im s to intro d uc e stud ents to
          Lib ra ria n:   Lexis a nd Westla w       the m a ny a lterna tives to Lexis a nd
a re not free in the rea l w orld , you know .      We stla w for elec tronic leg a l resea rc h.
      ll
You? b e exp ec ted to d o som e of your            One of the w orksho p s is ?Sourc es of
resea rc h the old fa shioned w a y a nd            Leg a l Inform a tion on the Internet?.
then just use the elec tro nic resourc es to        Students in this workshop learn about the
supplement your book research. And by               va rious free so urc es for resea rc h o n the
the w a y, the restro om s a re a round the         Internet tha t w ill help them in the rea l
corner.                                             w o rld . The w orkshop series is ra ther new
          La w stud ent: WHAT? Lexis a nd           a nd ea c h sem ester sees a slig ht
Westla w a re not free? Plea se show m e            inc rea se in a ttend a nc e.           We w ill
how to use the books right now!                     p rom ote the series to o ur sum m er
          Lib ra ria n:         t
                          Don? you ha ve to         a sso c ia tes b ec a use they w ill b e g rea tly
use the restroom?                                   served by these workshops.
                                  t
          La w stud ent: I c a n? rig ht now , I
ha ve to lea rn how to use the Dig ests             Stud ents w a nting to refresh their leg a l
a nd Shep a rd s rig ht this sec ond ! Plea se      resea rc h skills b efore w orking in a la w
show m e, o h w ise a nd w ond erful                firm w ould b e b est served b y ta king the
librarian!                                          Ad va nc ed Leg a l Resea rc h c la ss. This is
                                                    a reg ula r la w sc hool c ourse ta ug ht b y
Oka y, m a yb e m y referenc e d ia log is not      the Director of our library (Professor Carol
exa c tly like this b ut I w ill c ontinue to use   Ro ehrenb ec k) a nd a ssisted b y the entire
the tea c hing m om ents a t the referenc e         lib ra ry fa c ulty. Ma teria ls tha t g o in one
d esk to g et the w ord out to stud ents            ea r a nd out the other in the first yea r
a b out the im p orta nc e of lea rning the         c ourse a re revisited in d ep th a nd w e
b a sic s of leg a l resea rc h. When stud ents     a im to m a ke sure tha t stud ents finish the
stop b y the referenc e d esk, I a lso try to       c ourse w ith a firm g ra sp on the b a sic s of
p ush our p a thfind ers on them tha t mig ht       leg a l resea rc h. We a lso hop e to p rovid e
help them w ith their resea rc h.             The   a n introd uc tion to som e of the m ore
b ig g est a d va nta g e to these p a thfind ers   c om p lex a rea s of resea rc h suc h a s
is tha t they d isc uss p ra c tic e m a teria ls   Administrative Law.
a nd trea tises tha t c a n b e very help ful in
the rea l w orld b ut tha t a stud ent m ig ht      La w sc hool lib ra ria ns a re w ell a w a re of
never ha ve otherw ise b een exp osed to            the resea rc h d efic ienc ies tha t m a ny
in law school.                                      stud ents ha ve a nd w e d o w ha t w e c a n
                                                    to a d d ress these d efic ienc ies w hile w e
In a d d ition to rea c hing out to stud ents       still ha ve the stud ents in the rela tively
from the referenc e d esk, w e rec ently            sa fe environm ent of la w sc hool. From
b eg a n to offer a series of w orkshop s in        the p a thfind ers w e p rod uc e to the
the La w Lib ra ry tha t a re d esig ned to         c la sses a nd w o rkshop s w e tea c h,
im p rove our stud ents? resea rc h skills.         p ra c tic a lly everything we d o is a im ed a t
Tw o c la sses tha t should b e of p a rtic ula r   making our students ready to work in the
interest to sum m er a ssoc ia tes a re the         rea l w orld . When our stud ents then sta rt
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their first sum mer a ssoc ia te p osition a nd        the b est leg a l resea rc h skills a re those
look a t you la w firm lib ra ria ns w ith w ild       w ho ha ve w orked on a la w review .
a nd c onfused eyes w hen you show                     NJLLA a nd other AALL c ha p ters offer
them a Dig est b oo k - p lea se b e a w a re          ?Brid g e the Ga p ? p rog ra m s to a d d ress
tha t they p rob a b ly trip p ed on a p ile of        this problem.
d ig ests tha t I set up to g et their a ttention
here in the la w sc hool lib ra ry the la st           I a lso d isa g ree w ith the sta tement tha t a
time they were here.                                   la w yer        w ill    instinc tively    m a ke
                                                       a p p rop ria te use of the referenc e
                                                       interview .        Without g oing to lib ra ry
                 REBUTTAL                                                          t
                                                       sc hool, they w on? know w ha t a
                                                       referenc e interview is. In m y view , the
          Letters to the Editors                       m ost      q ua lified    c a nd id a te for a
                                                       referenc e p osition w ould ha ve b oth the
I a m w riting in resp onse to Sc ott Fisher?s         MLS a nd JD d eg rees. Best of a ll, they
article, ?Tod a y?  s La w yer Ma y Be                 w ould b e b orn w ith the instinc tive need
             s
Tom orrow ? La w Lib ra ria n,? p ub lished in         to find the right answer!
the Winter 2003 issue.
                                                       Karen B. Brunner
                          s
I a g ree w ith Sc ott? p rop osition tha t the        Director of Information & Library Services
entra nc e of ind ivid ua ls w ith a JD d eg ree       Riker Da nzig Sc herer Hyla nd & Perretti,
into the la w lib ra ria n p rofession involves        LLC
c ontroversy. I w a s d isa p p ointed tha t
Sc ott m erely m entioned in p a ssing tha t
a p erson w ith a JD m a y c onsid er g oing
to lib ra ry sc hool. This p oint d eserves              MEET THE NJLLA EXECUTIVE
m o re a ttentio n. I ha ve b een tea c hing               BOARD CANDIDATES
the leg a l b ib liog ra p hy c ourse for Rutg ers            Gayle Lynn-Nelson
SCILS sinc e 1994. During this tim e, I ha ve
seen a n inc rea se in the num b er of
                                                         Chair, Nominating Committee
la w yers stud ying for the MLS d eg ree.
One m ig ht a ssum e tha t b ec a use of their         PRESIDENT
la w sc hoo l ed uc a tion, they w o uld b e           Stephanie Fox Pierson
the b est stud ents in the c la ss. This is not        Thomson West
necessarily true.                                      New York, NY

For yea rs, la w lib ra ria ns ha ve notic ed          VICE PRESIDENT/PRESIDENT-ELECT
tha t leg a l resea rc h tra ining in la w             Beth Petruska
sc hools is d efic ient. This ob serva tion w a s      Lowenstein Sandler PC
g iven c red ib ility in 1991 b y the ABA ?        s   Roseland, NJ
Ta sk Forc e on La w Sc hools a nd the
Profession: Na rrow ing the Ga p . The ta sk           PAST PRESIDENT
forc e issued a rep ort (c om m only know n            Emma J. Williams
a s ?the Ma c Cra te rep ort? a fter the               NJ Board of Public Utilities
c ha ir, Rob ert Ma c Cra te) w hic h inc lud ed       Newark, NJ
a sec tion entitled , ?Sta tem ent of
Fund a m enta l La w yering            Skills a nd     TREASURER
Professiona l Va lues.? It id entified leg a l         Johanna N. Icasiano
resea rc h a s a skill w hic h need s                  Seton Hall Law Library
im p rovem ent. La w sc hools ha ve m a d e            Newark, NJ
c ha ng es a nd m a ny ha ve a d d ed
courses in advanced legal research. Yet                SECRETARY
it is still true tha t, g enera lly, la w yers w ith   Caren Biberman
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McCarter & English                                  p rog ra m tha t d a y. Fo ur yea rs of b eing
Newark, NJ                                          c oord ina tor led to a yea r of b eing
                                                    p rog ra m m od era tor a nd then severa l
MEMBER-AT-LARGE                                     yea rs of b eing p a rt of the fa c ulty. After
Mary Ellen Kaas                                     severa l yea rs I b ec a m e a vic tim of
McElroy Deutsch & Mulvaney                          severe Brid g e the Ga p b urnout a nd
Morristown, NJ                                      p a ssed the torc h, so to sp ea k, to a new
                                                    generation!!
MEMBER-AT-LARGE
Susan Lyons                                         First, I w ill g ive a b rief exp la na tion of
Rutgers Law Library                                          s
                                                    NJLLA? Brid g e the Ga p Prog ra m . It w a s
Newark, NJ                                          first offered in Ap ril 1992 a t Seton Ha ll
                                                    University Sc hool of La w . It c onsists of a
ELECTIONS: The elec tions w ill ta ke p la c e      free, half day - generally 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
a t the a nnua l b usiness m eeting of the          or therea b out - Sa turd a y p rog ra m in
Association on Wednesday, May 7, 2003.              w hic h NJLLA m em b ers a ttemp t to
                                                    im p a rt a few b a sic lessons a b out leg a l
                                                    resea rc h to sum m er a ssoc ia tes a nd
   BRIDGE THE GAP: A LOOK                           others.      The follow ing a re the a rea s
                                                    orig ina lly c overed d uring the p rog ra m in
           BACK                                     the order they were presented:
          Kathleen McCarthy
                                                    Ba sic referenc e a nd Leg a l Resea rc h
The p urp o se of this a rtic le is to exp la in    Techniques
the evolution of the New Jersey La w                Legislative History ? U.S. and New Jersey
Librarians Association?s ?Bridge the Gap?           Ad m inistra tive Sourc es ? U.S. a nd New
Sum m er Assoc ia te Leg a l Resea rc h             Jersey
Prog ra m ? w ha t m y involvem ent ha s            Loose-leaf Services
b een; w ha t step s I took first a s p rog ra m    Business Dimensions of La w Firm Pra c tic e
c oord ina tor a nd sec ond a s a fa c ulty         and Survival Tips
m em b er a nd fina lly, the p rog ra m ?       s
a d va nta g es,   d isa d va nta g es      a nd    The form a t, a t first, w a s b a sic a lly stra ig ht
changes that have been made over the                lec ture ? a w ee b it d ull b ut so m ething
years.                                              la w stud ents, unfortuna tely, w ere used
                                                    to. The p rog ra m op ens w ith a role p la y
In a d d ition to b eing a c ha rter m em b er      w here a sum m er a ssoc ia te rec eives a n
of the New Jersey La w Lib ra ria ns                a ssig nm ent from a la w firm p a rtner. The
Assoc ia tion       Outrea c h      Ed uc a tion    a ssig nm ent end s up b eing the fa c t
Com m ittee ? initia lly c a lled the La w yer      p a ttern tha t is follow ed throug hout the
Tra ining Com m ittee ? I served a s the            d a y? s p rog ra m .          Ea c h      p rog ra m
Brid g e the Ga p ?c oord ina tor? - for la c k     p a rtic ip a nt rec eives a ha nd out w hic h
of a b etter w ord - for severa l yea rs a nd       c onta ins a b rief exp la na tion a b out w ha t
the m oved to serve a s a m em b er of              is g oing on tha t d a y b ut is, for the m ost
p rog ra m fa c ulty for severa l m ore yea rs.     p a rt. sa m p le p a g es tha t ea c h fa c ulty
In the next few p a ra g ra p hs, I w ill d o m y   m em b er ha s p ut tog ether for the
b est to tra c e the c ontinuing evolution of       participants to use during the lecture.
the Brid g e the Ga p p rog ra m w hic h in
turn should help exp la in how I b ec a m e         I a m of the op inion tha t the seed for
p rog ra m c oord ina tor ? a p osition tha t               s
                                                    NJLLA? Brid g e the Ga p w a s p la nted
enta iled little m o re tha n sitting on the        w hen som e our m em b ers a ttend ed the
sid elines, a c ting a s a g ofer a nd ea ting      Gra ylyn a nd Westfield s c onferenc es in
Da nish w hile other m em b ers p ut on the         the la te 1980s a nd 1990s. For exa m p le,
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one of the them es of a Westfield s                   first c entered a round ed uc a ting the
c onferenc e o f tha t era w a s ?Joint               committee on how the two law schools -
Ventures: La w Sc ho ols a nd La w Firm s? ?          Rutg ers-New a rk a nd Seton Ha ll -
it w a s a p a nel d isc ussion exp lo ring w a ys    op era ted the leg a l resea rc h a nd w riting
tha t la w firm s a nd la w sc hools w ere            p rog ra m s. The c om m ittee lea rned tha t
w orking tog ether to p rovid e useful leg a l        ea c h o f the tw o sc hools ha d sep a ra te
resea rc h tra ining for new la w yers. In the        p a rt-tim e       q ua si/ a d junc t    fa c ulty
sa m e vein, the keynote sp ea ker a t the            tea c hing the leg a l resea rc h a nd w riting
1990 Gra ylyn c onferenc e sa id tha t leg a l        c ourses a nd the lib ra ria ns a t the tw o
p rofessiona ls w ere not p rovid ing q ua lity       sc hools, a lthoug h the rea l exp erts in the
leg a l rep resenta tion b ec a use m ost d id        field of leg a l resea rc h, w ere essentia lly
not know how to conduct legal research                lib ra ria ns a nd not form a l leg a l resea rc h
p rop erly a nd m a ny d id not lea rn leg a l        instruc tors.     It seem ed nec essa ry to
resea rc h skills b ec a use la w sc hools a nd       d efend m yself a nd a lso the hono r of
their fa c ulties w ere not c om m itted to           a c a d em ic la w lib ra ria ns in New Jersey.
teaching such skills.                                 It w a s not our fa ult tha t a ssoc ia tes c ould
                                                      not satisfy the firms? expectations when it
It seemed to m e tha t our c ha p ter                 came to performing legal research.
m em b ers returned from these p rog ra m s
rea d y to b la m e the la w sc hoo ls ? tha t is     The la w firm lib ra ria ns seemed frustra ted ,
the lib ra ria ns a t the la w sc hoo ls -- for the   d eserved ly so , w ith the              sum m er
fa c t tha t their a ssoc ia tes c ould not           a ssoc ia tes? a nd new a ttorneys? ina b ility
p erform p rofic ient, c o st-effec tive leg a l      to sa tisfa c torily p erform leg a l resea rc h.
resea rc h. I shot b a c k ? in a fig ura tive        Id ea lly, the firm lib ra ria ns w ould like the
sense -- w ith a n a rtic le in our c ha p ter        la w yers-to-b e a nd la wyers c om ing to
new sletter. I a rg ued tha t, historic a lly,        their firm d irec tly from the la w sc hool
the stud y of the sc ienc e o f the la w w a s        tota lly p rep a red to p erform leg a l
sep a ra te from the p ra c tic e of la w a nd        resea rc h from d a y one. On the other
the b a sic m od e o f tra ining w a s a kind of      sid e of the c oin, the la w sc hoo ls rea lized
a p p rentic eship . Leg a l ed uc a tion, in the     there w a s only so m uc h the sc ho ols a nd
sense of org a nized sc hool tra ining , g rew        the stud ents c o uld a c hieve a fter one ,
out of the a p p rentic eship m ethod a nd ,          two or even three years.
thus, it w a s the firm s? p rob lem sinc e they
hired the a ssoc ia tes tha t c ould no t             Perso na lly, m y m otto ha s a lw a ys b een
p erform p rofic ient, c o st-effec tive leg a l      tha t the stud ents? a nd a ttorneys?
resea rc h!! Need less to sa y tha t w ent            ig no ra nc e w a s m y b liss. I w ould ha ve a
over like a lead balloon.                             job for life a t this ra te just like the
                                                      Supreme Court!! Picture my quandary, if
In July 1991, our c ha p ter form ed a                you w ill. I d o not form a lly tea c h leg a l
Sp ec ia l Com m ittee on ?La w yer Tra ining ?       resea rc h a nd the la w firm lib ra ria ns
w hic h la ter b ec a m e the sta nd ing              seem ed to b e b la m ing m e for the p oo r
Outrea c h Ed uc a tion Com m ittee. The              leg a l resea rc h skills of their sum m er
first few m eeting s of the Sp ec ia l                a ssoc ia tes a nd a ttorneys. So , how d oes
Com m ittee w ere interesting to sa y the             m y d ilem m a result in our Brid g e the Ga p
lea st.    The g roup w a s q uite d iverse           p ro g ra m ? I thoug ht you w ould never
c onsisting of the lib ra ria ns a nd leg a l         a sk. You w ill soon see tha t d evelop ing
resea rc h a nd w riting p rog ra m d irec tors       the program was totally self-serving.
from the Rutg ers a nd Seton Ha ll la w
sc hools; lib ra ria ns from a rea firm s a nd        Soon    a fter    the     La w yer  Tra ining
rep resenta tives       from         LEXIS    a nd    Com m ittee w a s form ed , a c om m ittee
WESTLAW.           The lively d isc ussio ns ?        m em b er show ed up a t one of our
esp ec ia lly lively for a lib ra ria n m eeting ?    m eeting s w ith a p a c ket from the AALL
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Resea rc h Instruc tion Ca uc us c a lled ?A           c onta c t Bruc e Kenned y a t Georg etow n
Brid g e the Ga p Sta rter Kit?.             If I      for a d vic e on setting up our p rog ra m .
rem em b er c orrec tly it w a s p a ssed              His a d vic e w a s extrem ely help ful a nd
a round the m eeting ta b le like a hot                necessary, in retrospect.
p ota to until I g ot m y ha nd s on it. The
more I looked at this packet, the better it            By the next m eeting of the La w yer
lo oked . I thoug ht tha t this c ould b e the         Tra ining Com m ittee, I ha d ta ken the
a nsw er to m y d ilem m a a nd ena b le m e           Georg etow n sta rter kit a p a rt a nd p ut it
to d efend the honor of a c a d em ic la w             b a c k tog ether a g a in w ith a New Jersey
lib ra ria ns. I w a nted to keep the p ea c e         sla nt. I kep t the role p la y, fa c t p a ttern,
in our c ha p ter b ec a use the firm                  c hec klist of resp onsib ilities a nd the
lib ra ria ns a lw a ys ha d the b est food a t        trea tm ent of the fed era l m a teria ls. My
their m eeting s a nd I d id not w a nt to b e         p rop osa l w a s p resented           to     the
left off the list! With tha t in m ind , I ha d a      c om m ittee b a sed on the Georg etow n
m om enta ry la p se of rea soning a nd                m od el, b rea king the sem ina r d ow n into
volunteered to look a t the kit a nd rep ort           the five ?modules? mentioned earlier.
b a c k to the c om m ittee a t the next
m eeting . I took a c op y of the kit b a c k          For ea c h ?m od ule? I sp elled out sp ec ific
to w ork w ith m e a nd a lso took the term            g oa ls. For exa m p le g oa ls for the Fed era l
?starter kit? to heart.                                p a rt o f leg isla tive history, the g o a ls w ere
                                                       as follows:
Before I g o into the next p ha se of this
c hronolog y ? the setting -up p ha se ? let                  1. Use USCA Pop ula r Na m e Ta b le
m e step b a c k a nd b riefly exp la in ?the                    to find public law numbers
Kit?. As I m entioned ea rlier it is a va ila b le            2. Use USCCAN Leg isla tive History
throug h the Resea rc h Instruc tion Ca uc us                    volum e to d eterm ine leg isla tive
Clea ring house a t AALL. A g roup of                            history
Geo rg etow n University La w Center                          3. Use CIS Ind ex to Cong ressiona l
lib ra ria ns c ond uc ted a sem ina r for 80                    p ub lic a tions    to   retrieve
Georg etown la w stud ents c a lled ?Wha t                       legislative history
You Need to Suc c eed : A Sum m er
Asso c ia te Surviva l Sem ina r? in Ap ril 1991.      In the lo ng run, the m od ule g oa ls w ould
The sem ina r used a role-p la y b etw een a           b e a p p lic a b le to a ny fa c t p a ttern. In
sum m er a ssoc ia te a nd severa l la w               a d d ition,    I d evelop ed        our ow n
lib ra ria ns to d em onstra te the p roc ess of       ?Chec klist of Resp o nsib ilities? to b e used
leg a l resea rc h.        The Georg etow n            a nnua lly. A sim p lified version of this
University La w Center g roup d ona ted                checklist follows:
the sem ina r m a teria ls to Resea rc h
Instruc tion Ca uc us Clea ring house a nd                      FACILITY
a d vised m em b ers w ho volunteered to                        -Room reserva tion
sp o nsor a sim ila r ?Brid g e the Ga p ?                      -Set up
p rog ra m tha t they should c onta c t AALL
for c op ies of the m a teria ls. The g roup                    PROGRAM
sta ted in the kit tha t m a teria ls c ould b e                -Sp ea kers
used a nd / or m od ified b ut tha t loc a l                    -Ha nd outs
p rog ra m s should a c know led g e the
sourc e of the sem ina r. Also m em b ers o f                   PROGRAM CONTENT
the g roup vo lunteered to c o unsel other                      -Mod ule g oa ls
lib ra ria ns involved in joint a c a d em ic / la w
firm ventures b a sed on the Georg etow n                       PUBLICITY
p rog ra m . I d id use a nd / or m od ify the
Georg etow n m a teria ls a s w ell a s                         EVALUATION AND FOLLOWUP
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                                                    c ha nc e to m eet, p rior to their firm
The b a ll rea lly sta rted to roll a fter the      experience.
p rop osa l w a s p resented          to   the
c om m ittee. Joha nna Bizub a nd Ka ren            Reg a rd ing    p rog ra m    c ontent, one
Brunner from our c ha p ter took the b ull          c onsp ic uously a b sent m od ule w a s, a nd
b y the ho rns so to sp ea k. As a nyone            still   is,  Com p uter Assisted         Leg a l
w ho ha s m et them know s, they a re rea l         Resea rc h. Ea rly on in the p la nning of
w orkho rses w ith b ra ins a nd hea rts. In        Brid g e the Ga p , the c om m ittee
                               s
fa c t, I b elieve Joha nna ? sta ff a t the        d eterm ined tha t the rep resenta tives
tim e w a s rea d y to m utiny b efore the first    servic ing the la w sc hools a nd firm s w ere
Bridge the Gap was over.                            b etter a t tea c hing in the sc hools a nd
                                                    the firm s w here the fa c ilities w ere m ore
We have two choices for a site - Rutgers-           suited to the tea c hing of CALR. The
New a rk a nd Seton Ha ll - a nd tend to            stud ents w ere a sked for the d a y of
a lterna te b etween the tw o.             It is    Brid g e the Ga p to im a g ine tha t the
im p orta nt to ha ve ea sy a c c ess to the        c om p uters w ere ?d ow n? a nd they m ust
lib ra ry c ollec tion for ?show a nd tell? a nd    use print resources for research. We now
a lso a la rg e enoug h lec ture ha ll a nd a       inc lud e som e internet sites in o ur
p la c e for a c a tered b rea kfa st a nd          Sec ond a ry Sourc es m od ule a nd exp la in
lunch. Our chapter likes to eat!!                   tha t CALR a nd p rint resea rc h should b e
                                                    p erform ed in c onjunc tion w ith one
After the site w a s fina lized , a tim e           a nother to a c hieve the b est p ossib le
sc hed ule w a s p ut in p la c e.          The     results.
c om m ittee d ec id ed tha t a ha lf d a y w a s
more than enough to ask the students to             Rec ently, in a n effort to m a ke the
g ive up of their ow n tim e. We g enera lly        p rog ra m m ore intera c tive a nd ?ha nd s
b eg in the p ro g ra m a t 9:00 a m .              on?, the c om m ittee ha s integ ra ted sm a ll
Orig ina lly, one hour w a s a llotted for          g roup lea rning into the a g end a . After
ea c h m od ule w ith a short m orning              they ha ve lea rned a b out ?JUST ASK?
b rea k. The first yea r w e b roke for lunc h      a nd view ed the role p la y, the stud ents
ea rly a nd went b a c k to a nother m od ule       b rea k up into sm a ll g ro up s tha t a re
or tw o. Sinc e then, w e ha ve ha d the            m od era ted b y the fa c ulty m em b ers a nd
lunc h a t the very end of the p rog ra m .         other committee members. This year, for
This seem s to a llow m ore tim e for the           the first tim e, the stud ents w ere a sked to
stud ents to m eet their lib ra ria ns a nd the     introd uc e         them selves   a nd     the
other students who will be working at the                                                ll
                                                    firm / o rg a niza tion w here they? sp end
same firm.                                          the sum m er. They w ere then told to
                                                    c om p lete         a   b rief  q uestionna ire
The        sp ea kers    c ome     from    our      c onta ining g enera l leg a l resea rc h
m em b ership ra nks now b ut for the first                                                  s
                                                    q uestions b a sed on the p rog ra m ? fa c t
yea r w e ha d rep resenta tives from loose-        p a ttern. After they were d o ne w riting ,
lea f servic e p ub lishers c over tha t            the stud ents jointly p a rtic ip a ted in
m od ule. It seem ed like a rea sona b ly           a nsw ering the q uestions a nd d isc ussing
b rillia nt id ea a t first g la nc e b ut,         the im p orta nc e of va rious a sp ec ts of
eventua lly w e d ec id ed w e w ere m ore          leg a l resea rc h. The p roc ess a c ted a s a
c om forta b le ha ving our ow n m em b er          nic e ic e-b rea ker a nd a llow ed the
lib ra ria ns a s fa c ulty m em b ers.    Our      fa c ulty m em b ers to g et a n ea rly
m em b ers g ra c iously g ive up their             a ssessm ent of the a ttend ees? resea rc h
Sa turd a ys for this a nnua l event ? not just     skill level.
a s sp ea kers b ut for set-up a nd
reg istra tion, a s w ell. It a lso offers the      In ord er to fund the p rog ra m , la w firm s
lib ra ria ns a nd sum mer a ssoc ia tes a          a re a sked to a c t a s sp o nsors a nd
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c ontrib ute a m inim a l a mo unt of m oney.         trea tise overview s in new a rea s for
Som e vend ors a lso sp o nsor the event.             incoming summers.
To inc rea se a ttend a nc e, the firm
rec ruiters a nd      the    lib ra ria ns a re       We g ive them a 15 ? 30 m inute
c onta c ted a b out the free p rog ra m a nd         lib ra ry orienta tion.     We tell them,
requested to send letters to their summer             b riefly, the b a sic lib ra ry p ro c ed ures,
a ssoc ia tes on the firm letterhea d                             re
                                                      tha t w e? here to a ssist them a s
encouraging their participation.                      m uc h a s p ossib le, w ha t they c a n
                                                      exp ec t from us, a nd g ive them a
Other m a rketing for the p rog ra m                  tour of the library.
inc lud es issuing new s relea ses to the
leg a l a nd la w sc hool new sp a p ers in           We hold a resea rc h review session
New Jersey, a nd p utting p osters a nd               w ith the sum m er a ssoc ia tes d uring
b ro c hures in the la w sc hool p la c em ent        their first w eek. A senior litig a tion
offic es.    The letter to the sum m er               a ssoc ia te w ill usua lly review a typ ic a l
a ssoc ia tes on the firm letterhea d ,               resea rc h a ssig nm ent a nd             ho w
how ever, seem s to b e the b est tool to             he/ she      p erform s the           resea rc h
assure attendance.                                    p roc ess.           The      lib ra ry   sta ff
                                                      sup p lem ents the session w ith tip s on
At the end of the p rog ra m , ea c h                 resea rc h a nd hig hlig hts key lib ra ry
a ttend ee is a sked to c o m p lete a n              p rint a nd o nline resourc es to a id in
evaluation form. These forms have been                the process. It is followed by a library
extrem ely b enefic ia l. Pa rtic ip a nts fill out   tour.
tw o eva lua tion form s in tota l ? the first is
c om p leted up on c om p letion of the la st         It is very b rief a nd just a n overa ll
m od ule on the d a y of Brid g e the Ga p            review of wha t is a va ila b le a nd how
a nd the sec ond is filled out a fter the             the lib ra ry sta ff c a n a ssist them w ith
stud ents ha ve finished their sum m er               a ssig nm ents a nd ob ta ining resourc es
exp erienc e. The informa tion p rovid ed             not a va ila b le in p rint or elec tronic
b y the a ttend ees is g rea t feed b a c k. As       format in our library.
a n a d d ed inc entive for c om p letion of
the p ost-sum m er eva lua tion form , w e            We        m a nd a te      tha t      sum mer
offer a $100.00 p rize to the stud ent                a ssoc ia tes visit the lib ra ry to ob ta in
w hose c om p leted form is c hosen a t               their Lexis/ Westla w IDs/ p a ssw ord s.
ra nd om from a ll those sub m itted . Onc e          Then, w e g ive them a b rief tour,
the $100.00 c hec k is in the m a il to the           p rovid e them w ith a m a p show ing
luc ky w inner, it is tim e to sta rt p la nning      the la yout of the lib ra ry, introd uc e
for the next Bridge the Gap.                          the sta ff, p o int out ?hig hlig hts? in our
                                                      c ollec tion (i.e. m a teria ls tha t they w ill
                                                      probably be using to a great extent),
                                                      instruc t them on how to ?b orrow ?
  LIBRARY ORIENTATION FOR                             resourc es, a nd just g enera lly try to
    SUMMER ASSOCIATES:                                enc oura g e       them      to    use     our
      WHAT ARE YOUR                                   resourc es a nd seek out the lib ra ria ns
                                                      for help with research.
    COLLEAGUES DOING?
                                                      We d o a tour, p rovid e ha nd outs w ith
    A b a sic overview of how to id entify            b a sic inform a tion foc using on NJ
    releva nt    fa c ts a nd    issues for           resourc es, a nd sit-in on Lexis a nd
    a ssig nm ent c om p lim ented b y a n            We stla w tra ining to see w ha t they
    overview o f releva nt sourc es in ha rd          a re a sking . We a lso try to serve a s a
    c op y a nd in elec tronic form a t. I            resourc e      for    inform a tion   not
    p la c e a p a rtic ula r em p ha sis on
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   a va ila b le in elec tronic form a t b ut
   a re a va ila b le in p rint o r throug h             FREE WEB SITES YOUR
   other mediums (i.e. the internet).
                                                      SUMMER ASSOCIATES MIGHT
   We d o a n inform a l lib ra ry orienta tion             FIND HELPFUL
   w ith our sum m er a sso c ia tes. We just
   g o over some of the va rious                      Attorney Information
   p roc ed ures a nd fea tures o f the               www.findlaw.com
   lib ra ry a nd w ha t the lib ra ry sta ff c a n   www.martindale.com
   do to help them.
                                                      Dictionaries & Thesauruses
   We d o a lib ra ry a nd leg a l resourc e          www.dictionary.com
   orienta tion. We p rovid e ha nd outs,             www.yourdictionary.com
   p a thfind ers, a nd p rovid e a ?show &           www.thesaurus.com
   tell? using online servic es a nd p rint
   resources.                                         NJ Courts & Government
                                                      www.state.nj.us/governor
   We d o a p p roxim a tely a 1 to 2 hour            www.njleg.state.nj.us/
   session ? first in the c om p uter la b ,          www.judiciary.state.nj.us
   d isc ussing a nd d em onstra ting lib ra ry
   servic es a nd fea tures, follow ed b y a          NJ Legal Resources
   library tour.                                      www.libraries.rutgers.edu/rul/rr_gateway
                                                      /research_guide/law/njlaw.shtml
   We d o a very b rief, 10 ? 30 m inute
   overview w ith a ll the sum mer                    NJ Libraries & Law School Libraries
   a sso c ia tes. We a lso p rovid e Lexis           www.njstatelib.org/cyberdesk/
   a nd Westla w tra ining . We p refer to            http://law-library.rutgers.edu/
   w ork one-to-o ne w ith the summ er                http://law.shu.edu/library
   a sso c ia tes a s they rec eive their
   assignments.                                       NJ News
   We review w ha t is a va ila b le in p rint ?      www.nj.com
   emp ha sizing tha t c om p uters a re not
   a lw a ys the b est w a y to sta rt a              NJ Legal News
   resea rc h session. We then g o over               www.law.com/regionals/nj/
   the va rio us servic es tha t a re                 www.njlnews.com
   a va ila b le to them elec tronic a lly,
   exc ep t Lexis a nd Westla w . We d o a            NJ Law Librarians Association
   tour of the lib ra ry. Ea c h SA is a g iven       http://aallnet.org/chapter/njlla/
   a little p a c ka g e of g ood ies (c a nd y
   a nd sm a ll toys). We em p ha size tha t
   the sta ff is here to help a nd not to
   hesitate to ask for assistance.

   A b rief lib ra ry ? foc using on NJ
   resources.

                                 s
   We review the lib ra ry? c ollec tion
   w ith the sum m er a sso c ia tes. We a lso
   review w ha t is a va ila b le to the
   sum m er a ssoc ia tes in elec tronic
   format.
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                                   Emma J. Williams, Presid ent,
                                 the 2002-2003 Exec utive Board
                                                and
                                     the memb ers of NJLLA
                                           WELCOME
                                       our visitor from the
                                      AALL Executive Board
                                  SARAH (Sally) G. HOLTERHOFF
                        Government Information/Reference Librarian
                         Va lp araiso University School of Law Library
                                      Va lparaiso, Indiana



                HOW VENDORS CAN HELP SUMMER ASSOCIATES
 Ea c h yea r, b oth LexisNexis a nd We stlaw p repare struc tured training p ro g ra m s a nd
 materia ls for the inc om ing c la ss o f sum m er associates. Your a c c ount m a na g ers a re
 prepared a nd eager to assist in the development of your summer associa tes? research skills.
 In m a ny instances, if they a re provid ed w ith the sum m er a sso c ia tes? names and la w
 sc hools fa r enoug h in a d vance of their a rriva l a t yo ur org a niza tion, they c a n ha ve their la w
 sc hool c ounterp a rts seek the stud ents out for tra ining p rior to their sta rt d a tes. Onc e the
 summer a ssociates a rrive a t your organization, a d d itional tra ining c a n a nd should b e
 provided. Your a c c ount m a na g ers c a n a ssess computer-assisted leg a l research skills a nd
 help you to ta rget area s for improvement or further training. If possible, in addition to basic
 a nd a d va nced training sessions, the a c c ount manager c a n a lso p rovid e sp ec ia l semina rs
 or training programs for the benefit of your summer associates.

 This year, LexisNexis ha s c rea ted the ?Build Your Future? training p rog ra m for sum m er
 associates. The tra ining starts a t la w sc hool p rior to their a rriva l a t their sum m er job s. Lexis
 provides up to 4 d ifferent sessions. With ea c h c la ss a ttended, the stud ent receives points
 that c a n b e red eemed a t various p la c es like Ba rnes & No b le, Starbucks, or the Ga p.
 Tra ining c ontinues once the sum m er a ssoc ia tes begin their summer em p loyment a nd w ill
 be conducted by the local Lexis account manag er.

            s
 We stlaw ? sum m er a ssocia te training p rog ra m for 2003 is entitled ?Sta nd Out?. The training
 consists of tw o p ha ses. Pha se 1 tra ining ta kes p la c e a t the la w sc hool d uring the spring
 semester. Phase 2 training ta kes p la c e on the job a nd is p rovid ed b y the local We stla w
 account m a nager. In add ition, Westlaw is offering two online Westlaw tutoria ls on Cost-
 Effective Resea rch a nd Integrated Leg a l Research w hic h the sum mer a ssocia tes c a n ta ke
 a t their own convenience.

 For a d d itiona l info rm a tion, p lea se contact yo ur loc a l LexisNexis a nd / or Westla w a ccount
 manager.

 In a d d ition, a lthoug h it m a y not b e readily apparent, other vend or rep resentatives m a y b e
 offer sp ec ia l training for sum m er a sso c ia tes. Consid er w ha t resea rc h p rod uc ts you
 subscrib e to a nd w ha t resources the summer a ssocia tes m a y need to utilize d uring their
 tim e a t your org a niza tion. Then, investig a te if tha t vend or will a g ree to offer tra ining to this
 specia l g roup of ?tem porary? em p loyees. The m ore training and support the vendors c a n
 provid e, the m o re you ca n help to p repare the sum m er a ssociates for the work they will b e
 doing.
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ARCHIVE                                              NEWSLETTER
Nothing to report.                                   Nothing to report.
BYLAWS                                               NOMINATING
Nothing to report.                                   The Co mm ittee m et on Mond a y,
                                                     Feb rua ry 24, 2003 to d evelop a sla te of
GOVERNMENT & LEGAL AFFAIRS                           w orthy c a nd id a tes for elec tion to the
Nothing to report.                                   Exec utive Boa rd for the 2003-2004 yea r.
                                                     A c op y of the sla te of nom inees c a n b e
GRANTS & AWARDS                                      found in this issue of the new sletter. The
Ap p lic a tions for this yea r's g ra nt to         sla te   w a s a lso     p osted    on    the
a ttend the Am eric a n Assoc ia tio n o f La w                    s
                                                     Assoc ia tion? listserv. Elec tions w ill b e
Lib ra ries Annua l Meeting in Sea ttle, WA          held a t the a nnua l m eeting of the
were due by April 15, 2003. The recipient            Association on Wednesday, May 7, 2003.
w ill b e notified b y Ma y 1, 2003. If you
ha ve a ny q uestions, p lea se c o nta c t          OUTREACH EDUCATION
Mary Ellen Kaas.                                     The Com m ittee held its first ?Leg a l
                                                     Referenc e for Pub lic Lib ra ria ns? p rog ra m
GUIDELINES                                           for the South Jersey Reg iona l Lib ra ry
The Co mm ittee c ontinues to m eet                  Coo p era tive o n Ja nua ry 28, 2003. The
a p p roxim a tely tw o tim es a m onth. We          p rog ra m w a s very w ell rec eived a nd w e
a re nea ring c om p letion of d ra fts for a ll     p la n on offering the p rog ra m in other
of the c om m ittees a nd Exec utive Boa rd          New Jersey locations in the future.
p ositions. Up on c om p letion of the entire
first d ra ft, w e w ill m a ke nec essa ry          Our 12th Annua l ?Brid g e the Ga p ?
up d a tes a nd revisions b efore p resenting        sem ina r for sec ond yea r la w stud ents
it to the Executive Board for approval.              m a king the tra nsition from sc hool to
                                                     c lerking a s sum m er a ssoc ia tes w a s held
MEMBERSHIP                                           on April 5, 2003.
   s
It? tha t tim e of yea r a g a in!! Be on the
lookout for your m em b ership renew a l             On Ma y 13, 2003, w e a re onc e a g a in
form s in ea rly Ap ril. PLEASE, p a y sp ec ia l    offering a ?Ba sic Leg a l Resea rc h?
a ttention to the form s this yea r.                 p rog ra m a t Rutg ers La w Sc hool in
Ad d itiona l inform a tion w ill b e solic ited ,   New a rk. We a re c ounting on NJLLA
suc h a s yo ur w ork w eb p a g e a d d ress        members to promote this program within
a nd your job title. I a m a ttem p ting to          their institutions. For m ore inform a tion,
m a ke sure our d a ta b a se is c om p letely       p lea se see our p a g e on the NJLLA w eb
up -to-d a te w ith our c urrent m em b ers?         site                                      at
inform a tion. Another d irec tory w ill b e         http://www.aallnet.org/chapter/njlla/blr.
p rinted this yea r for use b y the m em b ers       htm.
of the organization.
                                                     Anyone interested in w orking on this
As a lw a ys, if you know of a nyone w ho            Com m ittee, p lea se c o nta c t La ura Vinc i
w ould like to join NJLLA, you m a y d irec t        at lvinci@wilentz.com.
them to our w eb p a g e a nd the link tha t
sa ys, ?Join NJLLA!? Our w eb a d d ress is          PLACEMENT
www.aallnet.org/chapter/njlla.            Of         Nothing to report.
c ourse , I a m ha p p y to a nsw er
m em b ership q uestions a nyone m a y
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PROGRAM                                               g la ss roof of the lib ra ry a t Da vis Wrig ht
Nothing to report.                                    Tremaine; check out the new and nearly
                                                      new libraries at Seattle University and the
PUBLIC RELATIONS                                      University of Washington and more!
Rec ently severa l NJLLA lib ra ria ns w ere
interview ed for a Sta r Led g er a rtic le
c onc erning the im p a c t o f elec tronic
                                                              VOLUNTEER IN SEATTLE
resourc es on the la w lib ra ry. If you
ha p p ened to m iss the a rtic le a nd the           AALL need s you! Jo in the g roup of
a nnounc em ent on the listserv, p lea se             interesting a nd d ed ic a ted p eop le
c onta c t m e (Joha nna Ic a sia no) a nd I?ll       volunteering their tim e to help m a ke the
p rovid e the online link a nd p rint version         2003 Annual Meeting a great success!
inform a tion to you.        Our p rog ra m s
c ontinue to b e p ub lic ized in the New             How c a n you help ? There a re a va riety
Jersey La w Journa l on the Leg a l Pro               of a c tivities a va ila b le -- p ic k the ones
Pa g e.     If you ha ve a ny id ea s or              that interest you most! For example:
sug g estions c onc erning p ub lic rela tions                 m eet new p eop le a nd see old
w ork, p lea se c onta c t m e a t (973) 642-                  friend s w hile w orking a t the
8452 or icasiajo@shu.edu.           I?m very                   Registration Desk
interested in w ha t the m em b ership ha s                    w rite a rtic les for the d a ily
to offer in term s of id ea s, thoug hts a nd                  newspaper, "Coffee Talk"
expertise!                                                     help "stuff" c onferenc e tote b a g s
                                                               (Friday, July 11th)
TECHNOLOGY                                                     ta ke tic kets a nd sea t ind ivid ua ls
Nothing to report.                                             a t the Assoc ia tion lunc heon a nd
                                                               closing banquet
UNION LIST                                                     w ork w ith c hild ren a t the Fa m ily
Nothing to report.                                             Social Hour (Saturday, July 12th)

                                                      Vo lunteers rea lly help the c o nferenc e
                                                      run sm oothly a nd it's a lot of fun! Tha nks
             AALL CORNER                              in advance!
    Compiled by Stephanie Fox
             Pierson                                  Plea se    c om p lete     the     Volunteer
                                                      Op p ortunities Form a va ila b le on the
The AALL Annua l Meeting w ill b e in                 AALL website
                            s
Sea ttle this yea r a nd it? tim e to reg ister!      (http://www.aallnet.org/committee/loc
You m a y d o so b y g oing                  to       al03/) a nd in the Prelim ina ry Prog ra m b y
www.aallnet.org/events/                               June 1, 2003, and fax/send/email it to:

You might also want to check out?                     Ann Hemmens
                                                      University of Washington
                                                      Gallagher Law Library
        SEATTLE LIBRARY TOURS
                                                      1100 NE Campus Pkwy.
                                                      Seattle, WA 98105
The Prelim ina ry Prog ra m for AALL                  FAX: (206) 685-2165
p rovid es your only op p ortunity to sig n up        PHONE (206) 543-7672
for lib ra ry tours in Sea ttle. Ta ke a              hemmens@u.washington.edu
m om ent to reg ister for tours of p riva te,
p ub lic , a nd a c a d em ic la w lib ra ries. See
the p ub lic resea rc h op p ortunities a t King
County La w Lib ra ry; b e d a zzled b y the
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   RESEARCH GRANTS AVAILABLE                           a t the sole d isc retion of the           AALL
                                                       Research Committee.
The Resea rc h Comm ittee of the
Am eric a n Assoc ia tion of La w Lib ra ries is       For m ore inform a tion, c onta c t Kum a r
a c c ep ting a p p lic a tions throug h Ma y 5,       Perc y, Cha ir of the AALL Resea rc h
2003 for g ra nts from the AALL Resea rc h             Com m ittee,      by        em a il     at
Fund . The c om m ittee w ill a w a rd one o r         kpercy@mail.law.utexas.edu         or  by
m ore g ra nts tota ling up to $5,000 to               phone at 512-232-1568.
lib ra ry p rofessiona ls w ho w a nt to
c ond uc t     resea rc h        tha t   a ffec ts
librarianship.                                              SUMMER ASSOCIATES &
                                                             BASEBALL: WHAT?S THE
Esta b lished w ith a n end ow m ent fro m
LexisNexis(tm ) in July 2000, the a nnua l                      CONNECTION?
g ra nts fund p rojec ts tha t c rea te ,              Karen B. Brunner & Anne Shulman
d issem ina te or use leg a l a nd la w -rela ted
inform a tion. The Assoc ia tion's Resea rc h          In la rg e la w firm s, there a re tw o thing s
Ag end a offers sug g estions for resea rc h           w e c a n c ount on every sum m er,
p rojec ts tha t c over the p rofession of la w        b a seb a ll a nd sum m er a ssoc ia tes. The
lib ra ria nship , la w lib ra ry p a trons, la w      c onnec tio n w ill b ec om e c lea r a s w e
lib ra ry servic es, leg a l resea rc h a nd           d esc rib e the role of the lib ra ry sta ff in
b ib liog ra p hy, leg a l inform a tion resourc es    Riker      Da nzig ?s    sum m er   a ssoc ia te
a nd la w lib ra ry fa c ilities.        How ever,     program.
p ro jec ts a re not lim ited to those
d esc rib ed       in     the    a g end a ;     the   Lib ra ry sta ff involvem ent in the sum m er
c om m ittee w ill c onsid er a ll a p p lic a tions   a ssoc ia te      p rog ra m    p red a tes    the
a nd resea rc h p rojec ts. To review AALL's           existenc e of a rec ruiting d ep a rtm ent.
c om p lete Resea rc h Ag end a , p lea se g o         The level of involvem ent ha s va ried
to:                                                    throug h the yea rs. The m inim um w a s
http://www.aallnet.org/about/research_                 one leg a l resea rc h sem ina r. The m ost
fund.asp.                                              extensive p rog ra m inc lud ed severa l
                                                       lec tures b y lib ra ry sta ff, view ing s of Bob
To a p p ly for the g ra nts, a ll a p p lic a nts     Berring?s ?Com m a nd o Leg a l Resea rc h?
m ust p rovid e resumes a nd sta tem ents of           ta p es, a nd tra ining o n the use of
their q ua lific a tions for c a rrying out their      intera c tive vid eo lessons.            A m ore
p rojec ts.         The    a p p lic a tions m ust     d efined p rog ra m w a s d evelop ed a fter
d em onstra te exp erienc e w ith resea rc h                                               s
                                                       the c rea tion of the firm ? rec ruiting
p rojec ts a nd a n und ersta nd ing of the            department.
d issem ina tion a nd use of leg a l a nd la w -
rela ted inform a tion. Priority w ill b e g iven      Pla nning for sum m er a ssoc ia tes b eg ins
to p ra c tic ing la w lib ra ria ns a nd AALL         long b efo re their a rriva l. The rec ruiting
m em b ers, w orking ind ivid ua lly or in             d ep a rtm ent send s a letter enc oura g ing
p a rtnership      w ith other inform a tion           sum m er a ssoc ia tes to a ttend NJLLA?      s
p rofessiona ls. The g ra nt a p p lic a tion a nd     Brid g e the Ga p p rog ra m a nd the p re-
c o m p lete g uid elines a re a va ila b le a t       sum m er tra ining sessions offered on
http://www.aallnet.org/about/research_                 c a m p us b y Lexis a nd Westla w .         A
fund.asp.                                              sc hed ule of lib ra ry rela ted events is
                                                       p rep a red in c onsulta tion w ith the
The sub m ission d ea d line for a p p lic a tions     recruiting department.
is Ma y 5, 2003. Gra nts w ill b e a w a rd ed
a nd a nnounc ed b y July 1, 2003.                     Sum m er a ssoc ia tes typ ic a lly a rrive the
Alloc a tion of the resea rc h g ra nts w ill b e      Tuesd a y follow ing the Mem oria l Da y
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holid a y. On their sec o nd d a y, they tour        ?The        Leg a l     Resea rc h       Dia m ond ?
the lib ra ry a nd m eet the sta ff. Rig ht          d evelop ed         by        And rew       Gurthet,
from the sta rt, they a re enc oura g ed to          Referenc e         Lib ra ria n,   Sa nta     Cla ra
think of the library staff as friendly people        University of La w Lib ra ry a nd inc lud ed in
they c a n rely on. Lexis a nd Westla w              the Ninth Na tio na l Leg a l Resea rc h
tra ining ta ke p la c e a s soon a s p ossib le     Tea c h-In Resourc e Kit, 2001. The m od el
w ithin their first c om p lete w eek a t the        d irec ts the sum m er a ssoc ia tes to sta rt a t
firm . These sessions a re c ond uc ted in           ?hom e p la te? a nd d eterm ine w ha t the
           s
the firm ? tra ining room w ith the lib ra ry        leg a l issues a re in their a ssig nm ent a nd
d irec tor in a ttend a nc e. The first of tw o      w ha t p rim a ry m a teria ls a re invo lved . For
leg a l resea rc h sem ina rs ta kes p la c e        exa m p le, if the p ro b lem a p p ea rs to
within this same time frame.                         involve a sta tute, then they a re d irec ted
                                                     to g o to ?first b a se? a nd use the
Sum m er a sso c ia tes a re a g rea t g roup o f    a nnota ted        sta tutes to        sta rt their
people. They are bright and enthusiastic             resea rc h. If the sta tute ha s a nnota tions
a nd ea g er to p lea se. But they o ften            that are on point, then they are directed
la c k b a sic know led g e of thing s tha t la w    to g o to the c a se la w c ited , or if there is
lib ra ria ns ta ke for g ra nted ; for suc h a s    no sta tute, g o to ?sec o nd b a se? a nd
the d ifferenc e b etw een la w s a nd               look in the c a se la w g enera lly. Onc e
reg ula tions, w ha t a leg isla tive history is,    the issues a re id entified , a nd they ha ve
a nd even w ha t the We st key num b er              d one a p relim ina ry sea rc h in the p rim a ry
system is a ll a b out. All of these thing s         sourc es, the next stop is ?third b a se?,
m a y p otentia lly b e a d d ressed in a n          sec ond a ry sourc es, inc lud ing leg a l
a ssig nm ent they a re g iven over the              enc yc lop ed ia s, p ra c tic e g uid es a nd
sum m er. Our g oa l is to help them a s             trea tises, a s w ell a s those b oo ks w hic h
m uc h a s w e c a n to ha ve a suc c essful         sp ec ific a lly a d d ress the la w s of New
sum m er. We a c c om p lish this g oa l, in         Jersey, like the Ga nn Bo oks, a nd New
p a rt, b y c ond uc ting tw o leg a l resea rc h    Jersey Pra c tic e vo lum es.               Another
classes.                                             p ossib ility is the ?throw in from the
                                                     outfield ?, find ing a la w review a rtic le
The first c la ss, a lunc htim e sem ina r, is a n   tha t d isc usses their issue a nd g ives
introd uc tion to resea rc h in New Jersey.          referenc es to p rim a ry sourc es. Fina lly,
Muc h of w ha t la w stud ents a re ta ug ht is      the ?slid e ho me? is w hen they ha ve
b a sed o n c a se la w , so w e m a ke a p oint     either found a n a nsw er to their resea rc h
of outlining the legislative and regulatory          q uestion, or ha ve c om e to the
p ro c esses a nd w here to find d oc um ents        conclusion that no answer is available.
from these areas both in New Jersey and
on a fed era l level. We b ring sa m p les of        A senior a ssoc ia te is the third sp ea ker a t
the va rious rep orters, sta tute b ooks,            the sem ina r. He or she offers p ra c tic a l
reg ula tions a nd c ourt rules to fa m ilia rize    sug g estio ns on how to d ea l w ith
them w ith these m a teria ls. Ad d itiona lly       a ssig nm ents, further em p ha sizing the
w e intro d uc e them to the Da ily Dec ision        importance of the ?JUST ASK? rule, which
Servic e, a nd the New Jersey leg a l                w e review a t the b eg inning o f the
new sp a p ers.       We d isc uss im p orta nt      session.*      Fo r exa m p le, the sum m er
w eb sites a nd inc lud e d oc umenta tion a s       a sso c ia tes a re enc oura g ed to find o ut
part of our handout.                                 w ha t the d ea d line is for their resea rc h,
                                                     a nd how firm tha t d ea d line is. It is
After introd uc ing them to the p rim a ry           stressed tha t the m o re they find o ut in
resourc es, w e review a m od el tha t               the initia l c onversa tion, the few er tim es
illustra tes w a ys to ta c kle a resea rc h         they w ill ha ve to g o b a c k to the
p rob lem . ?The New Jersey Leg a l                  a ssig ning     a ttorney      to     g et m ore
Resea rc h Dia m ond ? is a d a p ted from           inform a tion.        Pa rtic ip a tion b y a n
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a ttorney a d d s a n im p orta nt d im ension        the p rog ra m a nd p rovid es sug g estions
to the c la ss, a nd inc rea ses our c red ib ility   for future sem ina rs.      Ea c h yea r the
as partners in the research process.                  interview s reinforc e the fa c t tha t no
                                                      m a tter how m a ny sem ina rs a re o ffered ,
A fo llow up session w a s a d d ed severa l          the m ost effec tive w a y of tea c hing is
yea rs a g o b a sed on c onc erns exp ressed         ?p oint o f need ?; w hen a sum m er
b y severa l p a rtners tha t resea rc h w a s        a ssoc ia te need s to lea rn a sp ec ific skill.
b eing d one in a va c uum a nd im p orta nt          This serves to underscore the importance
sourc es w ere b eing overlooked . One                of the p erc ep tion of the lib ra ry sta ff a s
rea son for this p rob lem is over-relia nc e         friend ly, c om p etent a nd w illing to help
on online servic es a nd a nother is                  at any time.
inexp erienc e w ith other so urc es b eyond
c a se la w .     In our sec ond c la ss w e              *JUST ASK is c op yrig hted b y AALL?     s
em p ha size im p o rta nt sec o nd a ry so urc es        Resea rc h      Instruc tion  &     Pa tron
including ALRs , Resta tements of the                     Servic es SIS.            It sta nd s for
Law, a nd Uniform La w s Annota ted , a s                 ?Jurisd ic tion, Useful Tip s, Sc op e of
w ell a s sub jec t-sp ec ific        loose-lea f         Resea rc h, Term s of Art, Ac ronym s,
p ub lic a tions tha t c a n b e extrem ely               Sourc es a nd Key Cost Constra ints?.
help ful if their top ic is c overed . We                 These a re sug g estions for q uestions
illustra te the p roc ess b y follow ing a                to ask when a research assignment is
sa m p le      sub jec t   sea rc h      thro ug h        given.
sug g ested sec ond a ry sourc es. We refer
b a c k to the resea rc h m od el noting tha t
sec ond a ry sourc es c a n b e used to                TEN TIPS FOR HELPING YOUR
avoid ?striking out?.
                                                          SUMMER ASSOCIATES
These      c la sses g ive       our     sum m er         1. If p erm itted , c onta c t them p rior
a ssoc ia tes the tools tha t they need to                   to their a rriva l w ith a lib ra ry
b e suc c essful in their leg a l resea rc h. The            welcome package.
c la sses a lso reinforc e the id ea tha t w e ,
their lib ra ria ns, not only feel it is our              2. Within the first d a ys, p rovid e
resp onsib ility to help them , b ut w e ha ve               som e kind of orienta tion ? a
the     b a c kg round , know led g e         a nd           ?Welcome to the Library? event!
experience to do so.
                                                          3. Rea ssure them tha t you a re not
The fina l p a rt of Riker? leg a l resea rc h
                               s                             p a rt  of   the    org a niza tion?s
p rog ra m ,    a     one-on-one          m eeting           evaluation process.
b etw een ea c h sum m er a ssoc ia te a nd
the lib ra ry d irec to r, ta kes p la c e to wa rd       4. On their b eha lf, ta ke a d va nta g e
the end of the sum m er. It is a n inform a l                of the tra ining op p ortunities
session intend ed to review the sum m er                     offered by your vendors.
             s
a ssoc ia te? exp erienc e a t the firm ,
em p ha sizing the resea rc h a sp ec ts. The             5. Provid e a s m uc h b a sic a nd
b a sis of the d isc ussio n is a series of                  a d va nc ed tra ining a s tim e w ill
q uestions a d a p ted from the sem ina l                    allow.
a rtic le b y Ellen Ca llina n, ?Research
Protoc ols in Referenc e Servic e: Inform a l             6. Try to expand their preconceived
Instruc tion in La w Firm Lib ra ries?, Law                  id ea s of w ha t resea rc h is a nd
Lib ra ry Journa l, Vol. 82, No. 1 (Winter                   what the library can offer.
1990), p . 39. The c onversa tio n help s
unc over streng ths a nd w ea knesses of                  7. Sha re your know led g e a nd the
                                                             resources you find most valuable.
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    8. Try to a rra ng e op p ortunities to             I c a nnot eva lua te their w riting , b ut I
       w ork w ith them a s a g roup a nd               do know their research abilities. I am
       on an individual basis.                          not sure tha t m y firm w ould inc lud e
                                                        me in the process, anyway.
    9. Dem onstra te on a d a ily b a sis
       that you are there to help them.                 Ab solutely, yes. We a re in a p osition
                                                        to know how they a p p roa c h
    10. Cond uc t a n exit survey of your               resea rc h issues AND how they d ea l
        summer associates to gain insight               w ith us w hic h a re fa c tors tha t the
        for next time.                                  hiring sta ff should know a b out. I
                                                        rem em b er, la st sum m er, help ing one
                                                        sum mer              w ho           eventua lly
   EVALUATING SUMMER                                    d em onstra ted a terrib le a ttitud e a nd
                                                        w ork ethic , b ut seemed to think tha t
ASSOCIATES: SHOULD WE OR                                his looks a nd c ha rm (w hic h w ere, I
     SHOULDN?T WE?                                      w ill a d m it, sub sta ntia l) w ould g et him
                                                        thro ug h a tric ky a ssig nm ent. He w a s
[Editors? Note: Som e            org a niza tions       wrong!
choose to include the law librarian in the
sum m er a ssoc ia te eva lua tion p roc ess,                     t                     s
                                                        I d on? think so, b ec a use it? a lrea d y
others d o not.          We surveyed the                a n a d d ed resp onsib ility for the
m em b ership to g et their op inions. The              lib ra ria n to c a ter to the summ er
fo llo wing a re exc erp ts of the c om m ents          associates? reference needs.
that we received.]
                                                        Yes ? I think the lib ra ria n ha s a
    No!         I?ve not b een a sked to                uniq ue p ersp ec tive on how p eo p le
                                     t
    p a rtic ip a te a nd w ould n? w a nt to if        a p p roa c h resea rc h.     Are they
    m y firm req uested m y inp ut. I m a ke            thoro ug h, a re they im p a tient, d o
    it a p oint of telling the sum m er                 they rely on others to d o their w ork,
    a ssoc ia tes,      d uring     the     lib ra ry   d o they lea rn?          This inp ut is
    orienta tion, tha t the lib ra ry sta ff is not     invaluable in the evaluation process.
                          s
    p a rt of the firm ? eva lua tion p roc ess.
    I w a nt the sum m er a ssoc ia tes to              Not nec essa rily. The b ottom line is
    b elieve tha t the lib ra ry sta ff is there        the work-product.
    to help them .              If the sum m er
    a ssoc ia tes thoug ht          tha t    every      Most d efinitely not.        The summ er
    q uestio n they a sked mig ht b e used              a ssoc ia tes need a lib ra ria n to b e a n
    a g a inst      them     la ter, it    w ould       im p a rtia l a lly to help them m a ster
    undermine the learning process.                     the req uirem ents of leg a l resea rc h.
                                                        And, the librarian can only be helpful
    Ab solutely. The lib ra ria n g ets a very          if the sum m er a ssoc ia te know s
    g ood p ersp ec tive on how w ell                   he/she can freely seek help.
    sum m er a ssoc ia tes und ersta nd the
    a ssig nments they a re g iven, is                  The     la w   lib ra ria n can      often
    uniq uely a b le to jud g e their resea rc h        c ontrib ute va lua b le insig ht to the
    skills a nd a lso g ets a uniq ue                   eva lua tion p roc ess. Lib ra ria ns c a n
    p ersp ec tive o n how they intera c t              quickly assess the research abilities of
    with other members of the staff, both               sum m er a ssoc ia tes, a nd a re a b le to
    legal and nonlegal.                                 m onitor the lea rning c urve of the
                                                        sum m er a ssoc ia tes? over the c ourse
    I d o not p a rtic ip a te in our firm ?s           of the summer.
    evaluation of the summer associates.
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   No. The a ssig ning a ttorney should              NJLLA?S FEBRUARY MEETING
   eva luate every step o f the p roc ess
   of their d evelopment. They w ill be              EVIDENCE BASED PRACTICE:
   w o rking w ith the sum m er a ssoc ia tes              THE FUTURE OF
   in the future, no t us. How ever, w e
   should b e a sked a s a w hole if w e
                                                          LIBRARIANSHIP?
   have a ny p ositive or neg a tive                           Kathryn Stoppello
   comments to make a b out a ny of
   them in p a rticula r. A c onfid ential
   m em o to the hiring p a rtner c a n
   identify certain behaviors or attitud es
   that are worthy of mention.

   Yes. We see early on the sum m er
   associates? w ork ethic w hic h is a trait
   that will likely a lw a ys b e p a rt of their
   work product.

   The lib ra ria ns d on't g et to eva lua te
   the summ er a ssoc ia tes/interns b ut
        d
   w e? like to. The troub le is we d on't
   know how this c ould b e d one here.             On February 10, 2003, NJLLA held its
   We w o uld n't w a nt to inhibit them b y        February meeting at the New Jersey Law
   m a king them feel w e're ra ting the            Center in New Brunswick. Desp ite snowy
   quality of their referenc e q uestions.          conditions, the turnout w a s g ood for a
   Also, w e have so m a ny summer                  nice lunch a nd our fea tured sp eaker,
   associa tes/interns d uring the sum m er         Ross J. Todd, Ph.D.        Dr. Todd, a n
   that I d on't see how we'd find the              Associate     Professor in     the    SCILS
   tim e to eva lua te a ll of them                 Dep a rtment a t Rutg ers University, g a ve
   adequately.                                      a c ogent and p rovocative p resenta tion
                                                    entitled ?Lib raries a nd Evid ence-Based
   Yes, w e c a n p rovid e a g ood c ritique       Practic e.?
   on how the summer a ssociates treat              As his im p ressive resum e reflects, Dr.
   support staff a nd w e c a n eva luate           Tod d b ring s a sec ond a ry sc hool
   resea rc h skills. I think lib ra ria ns ha ve   perspec tive to this subject. He w a s a
   a uniq ue view of the sum m er                   school teac her/librarian in Syd ney,
   associa tes tha t should fig ure into the        Australia, from 1971 to 1986, a nd his PhD
   mix.                                             centered on a d olesc ents' c og nitive
                                                    utilization of inform a tion a b out the d rug ,
                                                    heroin. Sinc e 2001, he ha s b een on
                                                    leave fro m his position a t the University
                                                    of Tec hnology, Syd ney, w here he is a
                                                    Senior Lec turer in the Dep a rtment of
                                                    Med ia      Arts,   Com m unication       and
                                                    Information. In this c a p a c ity, Dr. Tod d
                                                    ha s p erform ed a g rea t d ea l of resea rc h
                                                    which, in his words:
                                                            ? p rim a rily foc uses on
                                                            the   eng a gement       of
                                                            people        a nd     their
                                                            information w orlds, a nd
                                                            how this interaction can
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         be          und erstood       to            reexa m ine m y view s a b o ut lib ra ria nship .
         fa c ilita te      p rofessiona l           He sta ted tha t lib ra ria ns tend to exp ec t
         a c tion a nd c ha ng e, a nd               our org a niza tions to             know      how
         m a ke a d ifferenc e to                    im p o rta nt w e a nd the lib ra ries a re to our
         ind ivid ua ls, org a niza tions,           org a niza tions. Interesting ly, w hen, a t m y
         societies and nations?.                     la st job       interview , the la w firm
[Rutg ers, The Sta te University o f New             a d m inistra tor a sked m e w ha t I d isliked
                                                     m ost a b out w ha t I d o. I rep lied tha t I
Jersey.       Ross J. To d d Hom ePa g e,
Resea rc h                      Direc tions:         d isliked ?ha ving to c onsta ntly justify m y
http://scils.rutgers.edu/~rtodd/Research.            existenc e? w ithin a n org a niza tio n. Of
                                                     c ourse , m y resp onse runs d irec tly
htm]
                                                     contrary to Dr. Todd?s thesis.
True to this o b jec tive, Dr. To d d eng a g ed
his a ud ienc e a nd effec tively a rtic ula ted     I now b elieve tha t our p rofession c a n
the concept of Evidence Based Practice               only b enefit from ha rd evid enc e of how
(EBP). Althoug h EBP is not a sim p le               m uc h lib ra ria ns m a tter ? a nd I w ill g la d ly
end ea vor, Dr. Tod d w a s a b le to c la rify it   d o m y p a rt to g a ther suc h evid enc e.
a s synthesizing sc ientific evid enc e to           Tha nks a nd a p p rec ia tion to the Prog ra m
im p rove the q ua lity a nd effec tiveness of       Com m ittee a nd a ll of the ind ivid ua ls
lib ra ria nship . EBP req uires ea c h of us to     w hose efforts resulted in suc h a n
a sk ourselves: Wha t d ifferenc e d oes m y         interesting a nd enjoya b le Feb rua ry
lib ra ry a nd its initia tives m a ke to m y        Meeting
organization?s objectives?
Ultim a tely, w e w a nt our org a niza tions to
say ?We need more of this!? in reference                  LAWYERS FOR LIBRARIES
to the lib ra ria ns a nd w ha t they ha ve to
offer. EBP rests up on the notion tha t, to          In Dec em b er 2002, the Am eric a n Lib ra ry
rea c h this end , w e m ust id entify the                           s
                                                     Assoc ia tion? Offic e for Intellec tua l
ta ng ib le b enefits tha t our d a y-to-d a y       Freedom announced a series of regional
p erform a nc es        p rovid e     to     our     tra ining institutes for a ttorneys.           The
org a niza tions.         Thus, EBP enta ils         series, ?La w yers for Lib ra ries?, is d esig ned
system a tic a lly g a thering      m ea ning ful    to      a ssist    a ttorneys       w ith     their
evid enc e of our c ontrib utions to our             und ersta nd ing of leg a l issues a ffec ting
org a niza tions, a s w ell a s using this                    s
                                                     tod a y? lib ra ries. The institutes w ill touc h
evidence to plan ongoing initiatives [See            on first a m end m ent issues suc h a s
Tod d , RJ. Evid enc e b a sed p ra c tic e II:      c ensorship , p riva c y a nd c onfid entia lity,
Getting into the a c tion, Sc a n, the               free sp eec h, a nd lia b ility.          The first
Tea c her-Lib ra ria ns' Journa l, Vol. 21, No. 2    tra ining institute w a s held o n Feb rua ry
(May 2002).].                                        27-28, 2003 in Wa shing ton, D.C. The
Clea rly, the foreg oing is no sm a ll ta sk.        sec ond institute w ill b e held in Chic a g o
EBP req uires us to rea d resea rc h a rtic les,     on Ma y 12-13, 2003. Continuing Leg a l
c ollec t a nd synthesize d a ta a b out our         Ed uc a tion c red its a re a va ila b le for
lib ra ries? initia tives, a nd a na lyze the        a ttorneys w ho m a y req uire it. Lib ra ria ns
outc om es. We then ha ve to org a nize              c a n a ttend these institutes b ut only if
a nd p resent this inform a tion to the              a c c om p a nied b y a la w yer! Da tes a nd
d ec ision-m a kers in our o rg a niza tions.        loc a tions for a d d itiona l institutes w ill b e
EBP req uires us to m ove b eyond our                a nnounc ed b y the ALA. Plea se visit their
c urrent       m a rketing / p ub lic rela tions     w eb site, www.ala.org for further
approach to actual outreach.                         information or a registration form.

          s
Dr Tod d ? p resenta tion reso na ted q uite
strong ly w ith m e a nd m a d e m e
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   TOPPING THE 2002 LIST OF                           the lib ra ry sta ff a re inva lua b le sourc es of
                                                      id ea s, solutions, a nd feed b a c k. While
    CHALLENGED BOOKS IN                               none o f these w ere m ore va lua b le tha n
     AMERCIA?S LIBRARIES                              the others, the role the lib ra ry sta ff
                                                      p la yed     in m y sum m er a ssoc ia te
Conc ern a b out the future of b ooks                 exp erienc e w a s esp ec ia lly imp orta nt to
a lw a ys ra ises the issue o f those b oo ks         my success at the firm.
tha t c erta in seg m ents of the p ub lic
a ttem p t to b a n fro m lib ra ries ea c h yea r.   The lib ra ry sta ff a t m y firm took a
In Ja nua ry 2003, the Am eric a n Lib ra ry          p roa c tive a p p roa c h to p rep a ring m y
Assoc ia tion? Offic e for Intellec tua l
                s                                     sum m er a ssoc ia te c la ss. They b eg a n
Freed om rep orted tha t, for the fourth              severa l m onths b efore our sum m er b y
year in a row, the Harry Potter books (the            inviting us to a ttend the NJLLA ?Brid g e
entire series) top p ed the 2002 list a s the         the Ga p ? p rog ra m . This p rog ra m w a s a
b ooks m ost c ha lleng ed b y p a rents a nd         one-d a y c ra sh c ourse in leg a l resea rc h,
c onc erned c itizens.         The c om p la ints     fea turing la w lib ra ria ns a nd a ssoc ia tes
a ro se from a c onc ern tha t the them e of          g iving       a d vic e     on       rec eiving ,
the Ha rry Potter b ooks foc uses on                  a p p roa c hing , a nd c om p leting resea rc h
wizardry and magic.                                   a ssig nm ents.      The lib ra ry sta ff then
                                                      offered us a short refresher c la ss w hen
For a c om p lete list of the m ost                   the sum m er b eg a n. They a lso g a ve us a
c ha lleng ed b oo ks of 2002, p lea se visit         g uid ed tour of the lib ra ry, a nd , m o st
the ALA? ?Ba nned Books? p a g e a t
            s                                         im p orta ntly, m a d e us feel c om forta b le
www.ala.org.                                          to ask for their assistance at any time.

                                                      The tour o f the lib ra ry, ho w ever, should
                                                      not b e the la st tim e a sum m er a ssoc ia te
   MY SUMMER ASSOCIATE                                                     s
                                                      utilizes the firm ? lib ra ry sta ff? they a re
    EXPERIENCE: HOW THE                               too va lua b le a sourc e of inform a tion not
 LIBRARY STAFF HELPED ME &                            to ta ke a d va nta g e of them . There w ere
                                                      num erous tim es throug hout the sum mer
 OTHER THINGS THE LIBRARY                             tha t m y inexp erienc e w ith b o ok
 STAFF CAN DO TO HELP THE                             resea rc h m a d e m y a ssig nm ents m ore
                                                      d iffic ult  a nd      tim e  c onsum ing      to
     SUMMER ASSOCIATES                                c o m p lete. At those tim es, how ever, I
            John Falzone                              w a s a b le to rely on the know led g e of
        Seton Hall Law School                         our lib ra ry sta ff to m a ke m y jo b ea sier.
       2002 Summer Associate                          Whether it w a s w here to loo k, w ha t to
      LeBoeuf, Lamb, Greene &                         look in, o r w ha t a p a rtic ula r p a rtner
                                                      p referred , the lib ra ry sta ff w a s a lw a ys
           MacRae, L.L.P.                             willing to assist me.

                                                      In a d d ition, our lib ra ry sta ff c ontinued to
Assig nm ents g iven to sum m er a ssoc ia tes        p rovid e us w ith resea rc h too ls a nd skills
a re often c ha lleng ing a nd , a t tim es, c a n    throug hout the d ura tion of the sum m er
even b e d a unting . In m y exp erienc e ,           w hic h not only help ed us d uring the
there is one sim p le rea liza tion a sum m er        sum m er b ut ha ve a lso b enefited m e a s
a ssoc ia te need s to c om e to in ord er to         a la w stud ent. Fo r exa m p le, c om p uter
c om p lete these a ssig nm ents in a                 resea rc h too ls, suc h a s LexisNexis a nd
sa tisfa c tory m a nner. It is c ritic a l tha t a   We stla w a re very exp ensive ; o ur lib ra ry
sum m er a ssoc ia te ta kes a d va nta g e of        sta ff, ho w ever, ta ug ht us ho w to use the
a ll the resourc es a va ila b le to him / her.       internet to d o resea rc h a t no c ost. They
Mento rs, other sum m er a sso c ia tes, a nd
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a lso p rovid ed us w ith inform a tion on            exp la ined w ha t I d id b a sed on w ha t
w riting a nd c iting tec hniq ues w hic h            I was told was needed. Fortunately, I
were specific to New Jersey courts.                   ha d w orked a t the firm fo r a yea r or
                                                      so b y this tim e a nd ha d d one a lot of
In c onc lusion, I c a nnot em p ha size              w ork for this p a rtic ula r p a rtner, w ho
enough how critical it was to my summer               b elieved m e. After this oc c urred , I
a ssoc ia te c la ss to ha ve a lib ra ry sta ff      sta rted keep ing a log of resea rc h
tha t w a s b oth w illing a nd a b le to a ssist     a ssig nm ents rela ting to the sum m er
us in our resea rc h p rojec ts.          They        associates.
c rea ted a friend ly a tm osp here in w hic h
a ll of the sum m er a ssoc ia tes w ere not          A sum m er a ssoc ia te d id not notify
only c om forta b le a sking for a ssista nc e        m e a b out a n inter-lib ra ry loa n
w ith a ssig nm ents, b ut a lso a sking for          req uest w hen he b orrow ed a set of
a d vic e on non-a ssig nm ent rela ted               b ooks from a nother lib ra ry. I ha d the
issues. It wa s very im p orta nt to us to            unp lea sa nt exp erienc e of tra c king
ha ve ind ivid ua ls w e c ould g o to w ith          d ow n the b o oks a s the intern ha d
q uestions w ho w ere not eva lua ting our            left the firm w ithout returning the
p erform a nc e, b ut w ere sim p ly trying to        books to the lending library.
help us succeed.
                                                      One tim e a sum m er a ssoc ia te
                                                      p rinted out the entire Fed era l Civil
SUMMER ASSOCIATE HORROR                               Jud ic ia l Proc ed ure a nd Rules off
                                                      Westla w ra ther tha n c om e to the
        STORIES                                       library to get the book.

    My nig htm a re w ith a sum m er                  In term s of kno w led g e of leg a l
    a ssoc ia te ha p p ened w hen I g ot             m a teria ls, the sum m er a ssoc ia te w ho
    invoic es from Lexis a nd We stla w tha t         a sked for a trea tise on fed era l jury
    tota led a n extrem ely hig h a m ount of         instruc tions. When I a sked him if he
    usa g e for a just a few sea rc hes. It           ha d c onsulted Devitt & Bla c km a r, he
    ha p p ened      a fter    the    sum m er        rep lied , ?I looked a t Devitt b ut not
    a ssoc ia te ha d left the firm a nd d id I       Blackmar!?
    ha ve a p rob lem !       Tha nks to the
    und ersta nd ing of b oth Lexis a nd              I ha d a sum m er a ssoc ia te c om e up
    We stla w , w e w ere a b le to resolve it        to m e w ith a volume of the Federal
                     s
    to everyone? sa tisfa c tion. [Editors?           Supplement in his ha nd a nd a sk,
    Note: Ma ny resp ond ents seemed to               ?Where?s the pocket part??
    ha ve exp erienc ed this p ro b lem , a t
    lea st, onc e in their la w lib ra ria n          Althoug h,      no     one     p a rtic ula r
    careers.]                                         exp erienc e c om es to m ind , I know it
                                                      is not g oing to b e a g ood
    My b ig g est p rob lem w ith a sum m er          exp erienc e     w hen the       sum m er
    a ssoc ia te w a s som eone w ho a sked           a ssoc ia tes c om e in w ith a n ?I a m
    for m y help             on a       resea rc h    sup erior? a ttitud e o r a p a tronizing ,
    a ssig nm ent.       La ter, b ec a use this      condescending manner.
    p erson ha d initia lly m isund erstood
    the a ssig nm ent, a nd w ha t she w a s                                            t
                                                      My w orst exp erienc e w a sn? w ith a ny
    sup p o sed to d o, the sum m er                  one p a rtic ula r sum m er a ssoc ia te. It
    a ssoc ia te tried to shift the b la m e to       oc c urred the sum m er tha t w e w ere
    m e w hen the p a rtner c a lled her on           p rep a ring for the renova tion of the
    it. I w a s c a lled into the offic e of tha t    lib ra ry. The lib ra ry w a s g oing to b e
    p a rtner a nd a sked a b out m y                 c losed for severa l w eeks d uring the
    involvem ent in the resea rc h.               I
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    summer b ut instead w e ha d the
    sum m er a ssoc ia tes trying to w ork in          CALENDAR OF EVENTS
    there a nd needing our help a s we
    were boxing the print collection.             We d nesda y, Ma y 7, 2003 - NJLLA Annua l
                                                  Business Meeting & AALL Cha p ter Visit @
    One of the w orst sum m er associa te         Newark Pub lic Library, Newark, NJ
    experiences I ha d w a s a n entire
    c la ss rig ht out of Anim a l House. They    Sunday, July 12 - 16, 2003 - AALL Annual
    were undisciplined , discourteous             Meeting & Conference @ Wa shington
    a nd slop p y. Almost every one of            Sta te Convention & Tra d e Center,
    them thought they ?knew it a ll.?             Seattle, WA
    Wo rk assignments and research logic
    were a real eye opener.

    We nic kna m ed him the ?telephone
    talker? b ec a use he never hesita ted
    to take long , loud, p ersona l p hone           CAN'T FIND A SERIAL? LOOK
    calls in the mid d le of the library.            TO YOUR COLLEAGUES FOR
                                                                HELP!
                                                   Com p iled b y the NJLLA Union List
            CHECK-IT-OUT                           Committee, the NJLLA Union List,
The NALP Founda tion for La w Career               2001 ed ition, p rovides, in one
Resea rc h      &     Ed uc ation     recently     convenient loc a tion, a list of the
published       a    rep ort   entitled   The      leg a l    a nd    non-leg a l      serials
Signific a nc e of Sum m er Prog ra m s: The       m a intained       by     p a rticipa ting
La w Students a nd Legal Employers                 m em b er lib raries. It is a va ila b le in
Report.         Interestingly, the      rep ort    b o th p rint a nd elec tronic form ats.
indicated        that    the     respondents
                                                   To sub sc rib e, p lea se c onta c t the
consid ered overall, at 60.2%, research
                                                   Union List Committee Cha ir, Julie
skills a s the most va lued tra ining they
c ould rec eive d uring their sum m er             L. von Shra d er, Pitney Ha rd in Kipp
associate exp erienc e b ut exposure to            & Szuch at 973-966-8120 or
library resources fell m uc h b elow this          jvonschrader@pitneyhardin.com.
p erc enta g e a t 20.5 p erc ent. You c a n       To a ccess the w e b version of the
ord er a c op y of the report b y                  Union List, go to:
contacting the NALP Found a tion a t 202-           www.aallnet.org/chapter/njlla
533-2002 or through their online
bookstore at www.nalpfoundation.org.




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