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~ SANDALL 2015 Winter Institute ~

Friday, January 9, 2015

Authenticating Electronic Legal Materials: UELMA & Beyond

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Diane Boyer-Vine
Emily Feltren
Michele Finerty
Kenneth J. Hirsh
Sarah (Sally) Holterhoff
Judy Janes
Jason Judt
Jane Larrington
Holly M. Riccio
Anna Russell
Michael Saint-Onge
Mendora Servin
Michele L. Timmons
V. David Zvenyach

Diane Boyer-Vine joined the State of California Office of Legislative Counsel in 1988 and has worked in various capacities as a lawyer in the office. She became the first woman Legislative Counsel on June 6, 2002. She received her J.D. from the University of California, Davis, School of Law. She received her undergraduate degree in business administration from California State University, Sacramento. She is a member of the California Law Revision Commission and the California Commission on Uniform States Laws.

Emily Feltren is Director of Government Relations for the American Association of Law Libraries (AALL) in Washington, D.C. She represents AALL to members of Congress and their staff, the Administration, and other government officials; drafts letters, testimony and position papers on a wide range of federal and state legislative and regulatory issues; coordinates grassroots member advocacy efforts at the federal and state levels; and serves as staff liaison to the AALL Copyright Committee, Digital Access to Legal Information Committee and Government Relations Committee. Ms. Feltren has been with AALL since 2007.

Michele Finerty, former Assistant Director for Technical Services, University of the Pacific McGeorge School of Law Library, received the 2014 Northern California Association of Law Libraries (NOCALL) Advocacy Award for her work in promoting and supporting the passage of UELMA in California. Ms. Finerty has been an active Federal and state legislative advocate as the Government Relations Committee (GRC) chair for both NOCALL and the Southern California Association of Law Libraries (SCALL), and she served as a member of the AALL GRC. As a founding member of the AALL Animal Law Caucus, she works in support of animal welfare legislation through advocacy events sponsored by the California Humane Society and the ASPCA. Currently, she chairs the AALL Leadership Development Committee and is the 2014/2015 president of NOCALL.

Kenneth J. Hirsh is the Director of the Law Library and Information Technology and a Professor of Practice at the University of Cincinnati College of Law. Previously, he worked at Duke University School of Law as a reference librarian and Director of Computing Services. Mr. Hirsh has been interested in technology since his visit to the 1964 New York World’s Fair, where he first saw touch-tone telephones and Disney’s Carousel of Progress.

After practicing law for several years, he returned to school to earn his Masters in Library Science at Florida State University. While a reference librarian at Duke, he introduced the college’s local area network and Internet email, and created one of the first law school computing departments in the country nearly 25 years ago. With Wayne Miller he developed Duke’s Introduction to Law Practice Technology Class in 2004 and today he teaches a similar course at Cincinnati with Shannon Kemen. He served on the board of the Center for Computer-Assisted Legal Instruction (CALI) for the past 12 years, having ended his term recently, and is a member of the American Association of Law Libraries (AALL) Executive Board. He has been recognized with a CALI Excellence in Service Award, was a member of the 2013 class of the Fastcase 50, and was awarded the first Computing Services SIS Distinguished Service Award, which now bears his name.

Sarah (Sally) Holterhoff is a law librarian and Associate Professor of Law Librarianship at Valparaiso University Law School. She teaches legal research and provides reference and research services, with a focus on government information and legislative history. Ms. Holterhoff has a long history of active involvement in the American Association of Law Libraries (AALL) and its chapters. During her 2006-07 term as AALL President, she initiated the AALL National Summit on Authentic Legal Information in the Digital Age. This event was an impetus for further efforts that ultimately led to the Uniform Law Commission’s drafting and 2011 adoption of the Uniform Electronic Legal Material Act (UELMA).

Ms. Holterhoff has served two terms on the Federal Depository Library Council to the Public Printer. Currently, she is working on digital authentication issues at the global level through involvement with the International Association of Library Associations (IFLA) and its Law Libraries Section (for which she is a Member of the Standing Committee). In 2014, she was the recipient of the AALL Robert L. Oakley Advocacy Award and was selected by the faculty of the Valparaiso University School of Law to receive the 2014 Distinguished Faculty Award.

Judy Janes is the Director of the Mabie Law Library and Lecturer in Law at the University of California Davis School of Law, teaching Advanced Legal Research, and Legal Research for the LL.M. program. She received her J.D. from Pacific McGeorge School of Law in Sacramento, California, and is a member of the State Bar of California. For over a decade, she has been an advocate for legislation improving access to public records in California.   She campaigned and testified at legislative committee hearings for the 1996 California Public Records Act, and was a member of the core team of law librarians who worked on enacting the Uniform Electronic Legal Material Act (UELMA) in California, which passed in 2012. Ms. Janes is the administrator of a worldwide listserv, law-lib, which has a membership of over 3,400 law librarians.

Jason Judt has worked with the Revisor of Statutes for the State of Minnesota since 2011. As the Data Systems Project Manager Mr. Judt oversees the development of a custom built electronic bill drafting and publishing system used by the state legislature. Much of his recent work has focused on upgrading this system to conform to the Uniform Electronic Legal Material Act (“UELMA”). Prior to working with the Revisor of Statutes, Mr. Judt worked in the Electronic Data Discovery industry focusing on large scale enterprise systems tasked with the processing and preparation of electronic documents for legal review. Before that time, Mr. Judt worked in research and development for a small government contracting company. Mr. Judt holds a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from North Carolina Statute University. Throughout his career, Mr. Judt has worked on a wide variety of software projects and software related tasks, ranging from rapid prototype development to large scale enterprise design and implementation, from coding to project management to proposal writing.

Jane Larrington is Faculty Services & Reference Librarian at the University of San Diego Legal Research Center. She currently serves as Chair of the AALL Digital Access to Legal Information Committee (DALI), which has been involved in education and advocacy around the adoption and implementation of UELMA. DALI also hosts a State Online Legal Information microsite which inventories the legal materials available on state websites and whether those materials are official, authenticated, and preserved, among other features. Ms. Larrington also serves as Chair of the AALL CLE and Practice-Oriented Education and Publication Task Force, on the editorial board of Legal Reference Services Quarterly, and is a past president of the San Diego Area Law Libraries (SANDALL) (2011-2012).

Holly M. Riccio is the Director of Library Innovation and San Francisco Library Manager for O’Melveny & Myers LLP, a global Am Law 100 law firm. In addition to her library-related duties, she leads a firmwide inaugural leadership training initiative, aimed at developing the firm’s managers and supervisors. She has spoken and written on various library and legal research topics, including authoring a chapter on Professional Development in the recently published book Law Librarianship in the Digital Age. Having held many elected offices and served on and chaired numerous committees within both AALL and NOCALL throughout her career, she is currently serving as AALL President. She received a Bachelor of Arts from New York University and a Masters of Information and Library Studies from the University of Michigan.

Anna Russell has been an Electronic Resources librarian at the University of San Diego School of Law since 2011. Before working at USD, she spent six years working for the federal government in the Department of the Navy and the Federal Bureau of Investigation. With a background in government information access, she monitors the ever-changing world of access to online information in order to provide legal research instruction to USD law students on both advanced legal research topics and in the first year legal writing and research courses. She constantly stays abreast of current information technology tools and trends, co-authoring articles about digital authentication of primary legal documents in 2013 and mobile-tagging technologies in 2012 as well as writing a scholarly piece on the legal implications of intimacy with machines in 2009. She is the current president of San Diego Area Law Libraries (SANDALL).

Michael Saint-Onge is a Senior Librarian Relations Consultant for the LexisNexis Librarian Relations Group based in Los Angeles. He works with the Librarian Relations Consultants in Arizona, California, Colorado, Oregon, Texas and Washington. He joined LexisNexis 16 years ago from his position as Librarian for the San Francisco, San Jose and Palo Alto offices of Coudert Brothers. Prior to that, he served as the Washington, D.C. law librarian for Kelley Drye & Warren. He has been a law librarian since 1986. He received his M.S.L.S. from The Catholic University of America in Washington, DC and his B.A. from St. Thomas College in Denver.

Mr. Saint-Onge is active in local and national law library associations. He has served on the following American Association of Law Libraries (AALL) committees: AALL Special Committee on the Annual Meeting; Recruitment to Law Librarianship Committee (2005-2007); Awards Committee (2003-2005); Committee on the Future of Law Libraries in the Digital Age (2001-2002); AALL Committee for Relations with Information Vendors (CRIV) (2000-2002); Chair of the AALL Professional Development Committee (1999-2000); Chair of the Annual Meeting Program Selection Committee for the AALL Annual Meeting in Anaheim (1998); and Chair of the Private Law Libraries Special Interest Section (1996-1997). In addition, he is a member of the Northern California Association of Law Libraries (NOCALL), the Southern California Association of Law Libraries (SCALL), SanDALL (San Diego Association of Law Libraries), HALL (Houston Area Law Libraries), the Dallas Association of Law Libraries (DALL), the Arizona Association of Law Libraries (AzALL) and the Western Pacific Chapter (WESTPAC), as well as the Special Library Association’s Legal Division.

Mr. Saint-Onge has authored more than 35 articles concerning various aspects of law librarianship in a number of legal and library publications, including The San Francisco Daily Journal, The National Law Journal, Legal Information Alert and The Recorder. He was the Editor of the original AALL Resource Guide Series, and is a co-author of Law Librarianship: A Handbook for the Electronic Age and Specialized Legal Research (Aspen). He is a frequent speaker at AALL on topics ranging from “The Frugal Librarian” to “Harnessing Technology in the Private Law Library.”

Mendora Servin is an Information Technology Manager at the California Office of Legislative Counsel. She has 20 years of experience providing technology solutions for legislative customers. Ms. Servin graduated with a B.S in electrical and computer engineering from the University of California, Davis. After graduation, she joined the TRW Corporation and worked on defense projects. Later, she moved to the Legislative Counsel Bureau where she dedicates her time to providing solutions to help the legislative staff work more efficiently and effectively. Ms. Servin’s projects include systems for managing constituent contacts, legislative appointments, and others. She is a certified Project Management Professional and used those skills to provide California with a state-of-the-art bill drafting system. This work led to collaborating with the Minnesota Historical Society, the National Archives, and several other states to develop guidelines for archiving legislative legal material.

Michele L. Timmons has served as the Revisor of Statutes for the State of Minnesota since 1998. During that time, she has also been a Commissioner on the Uniform Law Commission and served on drafting committees for the Uniform Environmental Covenants Act and the Uniform Collateral Consequences of Conviction Act. Recently, Ms. Timmons chaired the Uniform Law Commission drafting committee for the Uniform Electronic Legal Material Act (UELMA). Ms. Timmons did her undergraduate work at St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minnesota, and obtained her juris doctor, cum laude, at the University of Minnesota Law School. Immediately following law school, she clerked for the Minnesota Supreme Court. Prior to becoming Revisor, Ms. Timmons had an eighteen-year career in county government, serving as Assistant Ramsey County Attorney, Director of the Civil Division of the County Attorney’s office, and as Director of Risk Management. Throughout her career, Ms. Timmons has managed large projects, ranging from environmental resource recovery to departmental mergers to the recent development of an XML-based computer system for bill-drafting and publishing at the Revisor’s office. Because of Ms. Timmons’ commitment to making Minnesota laws, statutes, and rules accessible on the Minnesota Legislature’s web site, and her national work on UELMA, she is the 2012 recipient of the Public Access to Government Information Award from the American Association of Law Libraries (AALL) and the 2013 recipient of the John R. Finnegan Freedom of Information Award in Minnesota.

V. David Zvenyach is General Counsel to the Council of the District of Columbia, where he is responsible for advising the Council about its legislative activities, powers and procedures; providing members with alternatives to solve legislative problems; representing the Council in any legal action to which it is a party; supervising the publication of the District of Columbia Official Code; making legislative drafting assistance available to all members; and other functions. He is an active member of the D.C. Bar, Washington Council of Lawyers, and the Uniform Law Commission. Mr. Zvenyach is an “accomplished armchair coder,” building projects that make it easier to access, understand, track, and edit legal documents. For these efforts, he was named to the 2014 FastCase 50 and described as “a model for other open law advocates inside government.”

He previously served as Chief of Staff to D.C. Councilmember Mary Cheh and clerked for the United States District Court in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. He is a graduate of the George Washington Law School and holds a mechanical engineering degree from the University of Wisconsin. He lives in DC with his spouse and two children.

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