2022 CAFLL Conference

Core Values & Evolving Roles of Legal Information and Information Professionals

2022 Conference Programs

Panel A: Librarians as Scholars: Researching Chinese Legal Intellectuals in the PRC and the USA 图书馆员的学术贡献:对中国法律知识分子在中美两国的研究 >>>

Date/Time: 8 p.m. (EST), Thursday, September 8, 2022
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Robert Hu (Professor of Law, St. Mary’s University),
Alex Zhang (Research Professor of Law and Associate Dean of Information Services, Duke University School of Law)
Nongji Zhang (Librarian for East Asian Law, Harvard Law School Library)

Moderator: Joan Howland (Roger F. Noreen Professor of Law, Associate Dean for Information and Technology, University of Minnesota Law School)

Program Description:
Academic librarians perform their traditional roles in acquiring, organizing, and disseminating information and supporting users. Many of them are also researchers and writers who investigate and publish scholarly works. In this panel, three speakers will discuss their personal experiences researching and publishing a book and articles regarding the contributions of leading Chinese and Chinese-American scholars. The discussions are intended to inspire others to be engaged in research and publishing efforts.

Panel B: Building a Western-Style Law Library in Shenzhen, China: Peking University School of Transnational Law 北京大学国际法学院:在中国深圳建设西式法律图书馆 >>>

Date/Time: 8 a.m. (EST), Tuesday, Sep 13, 2022
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Duncan Alford (Associate Dean and Director of the Law Library, Professor of Law, University of South Carolina)
Tessie Tian (Associate Director, Peking University School of Transnational Law Library)

Moderator: Faye Jones (Director, Albert E. Jenner, Jr. Memorial Law Library, University of Illinois College of Law)

Program Description:
The speakers on this panel will share with the audience background on the Peking University School of Transnational Law and its unique curriculum offering a U.S.-style J.D. and a J.M. in Chinese law. The School of Transnational Law (“STL”) is located in Shenzhen which some consider to be the “Silicon Valley” of China. Speakers will then discuss the role of the STL Library in supporting the curriculum and scholarship of the international faculty of STL. The STL Library collects materials in both English and Mandarin Chinese and has developed partnerships with other libraries in the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area to augment its collections. The speakers will introduce the services and resources of the STL Library, as well as sharing some of the difficulties and challenges the library is currently encountering. The presentation will also consider challenges typically not faced by law libraries in the West, including censorship and the “Great Firewall.” The panelists will allow time for questions and hope to take this opportunity to learn from the audience and seek collaborative opportunities with audience members.

Panel C: Teaching Legal Research Courses in the Age of Transformation: Reports from Chinese and American Law Librarians 在转型时代教授法律检索课程:来自中美法律图书馆的报告 >>>

Date/Time: 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. (EST), Thursday, September 22, 2022
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Joan Lijun Liu (Curator & MLIS Faculty Advisor, Institute of Humanities and Social Science Data, Fudan University Library, China);刘丽君(复旦大学图书馆人文社科数据研究所研究馆员和研究生导师)
Xuemei Hu (Associate Professor, Beijing Normal University, Zhuhai Campus, China) ;胡雪梅(北京师范大学珠海分校副教授)
Ming Liu (Deputy Law Library Director, Renmin University of China) ;刘明(人民大学法学院图书馆副馆长)
Ying Wu (Deputy Director, Information Education and Consultation Center, China University of Political Science Law Library) ;武莹(中国政法大学图书馆信息教育与咨询中心副主任)
Wei Luo (Director of Technical Services & Lecturer in Law, Washington Univ in St. Louis School of Law Library, USA)
Lingqiao He (Law Library Director, Zhejiang University, China) ;何灵巧(浙江大学法学院图书馆馆长)

Moderator: Liying Yu (Executive Deputy Director, Law Library of Tsinghua University, China);于丽英(清华大学法律图书馆副馆长)

Program Description:
Join a panel of librarians from Chinese and American law school libraries to discuss the challenges and complexities of teaching legal research courses in the age of transformation. Speakers from across the Pacific will provide an overview of the legal research curriculum in legal education, reflect upon their best practices in pedagogical approaches, course design and development, and share their success stories battling the transformational forces of a global pandemic and the digitization of library resources. 欢迎加入2022中美法律信息与图书馆论坛9月8日的网络研讨会,讨论在转型时代教授法律检索课程的挑战和复杂性。来自太平洋两岸的中美图书馆馆员将概述法律检索课程在法律教育中的地位和作用,反思他们在教学方法、课程设计和开发方面的最佳实践,并分享他们面临新冠疫情和图书馆数字化等一系列变革时寻求突破和创新的故事。

Panel D: The Evolving Role of Law Librarians as Education Specialists (Part I) 法律图书馆员作为教育专家的角色演变(第一部分)>>>

Date/Time: 8 a.m. (EST), Tuesday, Sep 27, 2022
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Alyson Drake (Head of Instruction of the University of Houston Law Library & Lecturer in Law at the University of Houston Law Center)
Genevieve Tung (Associate Director for Educational Programs, Biddle Law Library at the University of Pennsylvania Law School)
Jingwei Zhang (Reference Librarian, Rutgers Law School Library) – Virtual Chat Reference

Moderator: Filippa Marullo Anzalone (Professor and Associate Dean for Library and Technology Services, Boston College Law School)

Program Description:
In U.S. law school, librarians have been among the vanguard seeking to bring evidence-based teaching methods and cutting-edge technology to the legal academy. When the spread of COVID-19 forced law schools to abruptly shift to remote operations, law librarians were poised not only to adapt their own teaching and services but to play a crucial role in supporting the work of their institutions as a whole. Law libraries provided the technical expertise and information resources needed to keep students and faculty on track, while also modeling what innovative, engaging, and adaptive teaching could look like in law schools.

As law schools look to a post-pandemic future, librarians should be prepared to consolidate these gains and further extend their reach into advancing law school teaching and technology, both inside their individual institutions and the legal academy at large. The first half of this panel will discuss the ways in which law librarians have deepened their engagement with law school teaching and curricular design before and during the pandemic and provide suggestions for how to broaden their impact going forward. The second half of the panel will discuss how to provide the most cost-effective and efficient virtual reference services, while simultaneously creating a more interactive, welcoming atmosphere to library website users. This interactive program will ask participants to reflect on their own innovations in teaching and technology and engage as a group to share ideas.

Panel E: The Evolving Role of Law Librarians as Education Specialists (Part II) 法律图书馆员作为教育专家的角色演变(第二部分)>>>

Date/Time: 9:30 a.m. (EST), Tuesday, Sep 27, 2022
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Michelle M. LaLonde (Interim Director, Adjunct Professor, Arthur Neef Law Library, Wayne State University Law School)
Eric Yap (Reference Librarian & Adjunct Professor of Law, Brooklyn Law School Library)
Mandy Lee (Head of Research & Instruction, Chicago-Kent College of Law Library)
Artie Berns (Head of Public Services, Assistant Professor, Southern Illinois University Law Library)

Moderator: Billie Jo Kaufman (Law Library Director and Professor of Law, Mercer University Law Library)

Program Description:
Traditionally, the focus of academic law librarians has been to teach and support law students and faculty in such areas as legal research and law practice technology. However, the role of law librarians is constantly evolving. This panel will address the diverse and innovative ways in which law librarians have advanced the educational mission of their institutions. Michelle will share her experiences in going from “traditional” librarian teaching in J.D. programs to become involved in new law school programs for undergraduate and non-lawyer graduate students. Eric will discuss his experience teaching a moot court writing team responsible for creating a complex moot court problem based on the law of evidence, criminal procedure, and constitutional law. Mandy and Artie will share their experiences working with Chinese and foreign students in law school, and suggest ways in which law librarians can help Chinese students settle into life in the U.S.

Attendees will gain insight into how law librarians partner with faculty and administrators to develop new degree programs, how they embrace non-traditional teaching roles, and how librarians help meet the unique information needs of foreign law students including those from China. Attendees will come away with ideas that they can implement in their own law libraries.

Panel F: Teaching Legal Technology to Law Students 向法学院学生教授法律技术 >>>

Date/Time: 9:00 a.m. (EST), Tuesday, Oct 4, 2022
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Artie Berns (Head of Public Services, Assistant Professor, Southern Illinois University Law Library)
Kenton Brice (Director of Technology Innovation, University of Oklahoma Law Library)
Jennifer L. Wondracek (Director of Law Library & Professor of Legal Writing, Capital University Law School)

Moderator: Mandy Lee (Head of Research & Instruction, Chicago-Kent College of Law Library)

Program Description:
Forty US States, the American Bar Association (ABA), and the Federation of Law Societies of Canada have all found technology competency to be so important that they have embedded new language regarding technology in their ethical codes. The ABA was the first to do so, drafting revisions to comment 8 to ABA Model Professional rule 1.1. This rule requires lawyers to “maintain the requisite knowledge and skill, a lawyer should keep abreast of changes in the law and its practice, including the benefits and risks associated with relevant technology.” The States and the Federation have all modeled their rules off of this language. Even in jurisdictions that have not yet adopted comment 8, other professional rules still require lawyers to have a certain level of technological competence, for instance, a lawyer has the responsibility under Model Professional Rule 1.6 to maintain a client’s confidential information.

The large law firms have developed solutions to meet these requirements. Unfortunately, these solutions come with a price tag designed to keep them exclusive. What about the rest of us? How does this fit with law libraries and librarians? We are the solution for many. Law librarians are often tasked with teaching new subjects, including legal technology. All of the panelists have had to build new training tools and classes to teach technology to law students so that the next generation of lawyers are ready to meet these requirements as soon as they start to practice.

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