San Diego Area Law Libraries
Annual Report 2011/2012

The highlight of SANDALL’s 2011-2012 term was the 4th All-California Joint Institute in March 2012. SANDALL hosted its sister California chapters in San Diego for the first time. The Institute theme was “The State We’re In: California Law Libraries in Unprecedented Times.”  Thanks to careful planning by the Vice Presidents of SCALL, NOCALL, and SANDALL, the programs were truly excellent, and participants enjoyed networking with colleagues from around the state. There were 159 attendees and 37 vendor representatives in attendance for a total of 196 participants. We were very pleased that AALL Secretary Deborah Rusin was able to attend and address attendees at a luncheon session.

Programs included: Keynote:  Access to Justice Imperiled?; California County Law Librarians: How They are Faring; AALL and California’s Chapters: A Perfect Partnership for Effective Advocacy; Managing the Challenging Client Personality in Your Law Library; Big But Brittle: Law Firm Survival in the New Economy; Brave New World of Patent Law; Uniform Electronic Legal Material Act (UELMA); and roundtable discussions. In addition to the Institute programming, there were two concurrent half-day workshops held prior to the Institute: (1) Coordinating Legal Research Instruction from 1st Year Law Student to 1st Year Associate; and (2) What You Need to Know About RDA.

There were a number of notable committee projects this year. The government relations committee had a busy year, mobilizing the membership to weigh in on several pieces of federal legislation, including SOPA, PIPA, Research Works Act, and GPO funding. The GR committee also facilitated the board’s advocacy on behalf of UELMA and public law library funding in California. The long-term planning committee led a successful effort to modify election provisions of the SANDALL bylaws. Thanks to the committee’s efforts, the membership voted to approve two-year terms for treasurer and secretary positions and to shift from electing a vice president and president each year to electing a vice president/president-elect. The web committee designed and implemented a brand new website:

We saw a couple of notable changes in our local law library community this year. San Diego Law Library renovations were completed this year and SDLL staff and patrons are enjoying a beautiful main library. And, as a sign of the times, this year we said goodbye to San Diego’s oldest law firm Luce Forward, originally founded in 1873, as it merged with Atlanta-based McKenna Long Luce Forward Hamilton & Scripps.

Many thanks for the outstanding service of this year’s board members: Brent Bernau, Vice President; Chris Pickford, Treasurer; Betsy Chessler, Immediate Past President; and Kelly Keach, Secretary.

Jane Larrington
President, 2011-2012

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