CAFLL 2019: Programs and Speakers

Keynote: The Promises and Challenges of Technology in Libraries

In a world where libraries face increasing stressors, from budget cuts to climate change to vendor consolidation to growing user expectations, technology holds the promise of relief. Robots and digital platforms can help to make shared collections more easily accessed; digitized texts can ensure uninterrupted access to materials even when a fire or flood destroys a physical library; a universal library interface would allow users to identify materials relevant to their research regardless of the location of the owning library; and a robust consortium of controlled digital lending libraries could provide access to information to communities that otherwise could not afford it. However, each of these visions face corresponding challenges, whether legal, political, cultural, structural, or technical. This address will seek to explore a vision of how technology could transform libraries and outline some of the challenges that would need to be overcome to achieve that level of change.

Michelle Wu

Michelle M. Wu is the Associate Dean for Library Services and Professor of Law at Georgetown University Law Center.  Over her 24 years in academic libraries, she has also fulfilled various roles within her law schools, including supervising IT, registrar, facilities management, and financial operations.  She has served as chair of the AALS Committee on Libraries and Technology, the chair of ALL-SIS, vice-president of LLSDC and the editor of the CRIVSheet. She teaches, publishes, and speaks in the areas of copyright, intellectual property licensing, and information management.

Legal Technology Curriculum: Current Trends & Future Directions

The importance of technology in the legal environment has grown exponentially in the past decade. How are we and how do we train law students to adapt and thrive in this environment? A panel of Chinese and American legal educators will discuss, in detail, existing instructional and curricular programs that help develop students’ legal technology skills. The panel will then discuss future directions in legal technology skills development and support with a focus on strengthening the legal technology educational framework in both China and the United States.

Alex Zhang

Alex Zhang is currently the Assistant Dean for Legal Information Services and Professor of Practice at Washington and Lee University School of Law. Before joining Washington and Lee, Alex worked and taught Advanced Legal Research at both Stanford Law School and University of Michigan Law School.

Alex has served multiple leadership positions in many national and international organizations. Alex has been a board member of CAFLL since 2015. She is currently the vice chair/incoming chair of American Association of Law Libraries (“AALL”)’s Innovations in Technology Award Jury. She is also the vice president/president-elect of AALL’s Animal Law Caucus and the immediate past chair of AALL’s Foreign, Comparative, and International Law SIS. Alex’s publications appear in many scholarly and peer review journals and books including but not limited to Law Library Journal, International Journal of Legal Information, Chinese Journal of Comparative Law, Legal Information Management, and Legal Reference Services Quarterly. She has also presented at national and international conferences such as CAFLL, AALL and ASIL.

刘丽君 Joan Liu

Joan is currently a curator at Fudan University where she teaches Legal Information Retrieval & Academic Writing and Fundamentals of Chinese Law in the Law School, and teaches and supervises graduate students in the LIS program in the Literature and Information Centre of the Library. Additionally, she serves as a legal counsel for the Institute of Humanities and Social Science Data affiliated with both the Library and the School of Big Data, overseeing related legal issues such as intellectual property and privacy, prior to the review of the University General Counsel’s Office.

Before joining Fudan University, she was a tenured associate curator and Head of Acquisitions & Serials at New York University School of Law Library. She received her LL.B. and LL.M. from East China University of Political Science and Law (ECUPL) and an M.L.S. from Rutgers University in New Jersey. Prior to becoming a law librarian in the United States in 1995, she taught law in ECUPL and other legal education institution in China. She has authored, co-edited, and translated a number of research works on various subjects, including legal research and information system, education for law librarianship, jurisprudence, and Chinese law. Joan is a licensed Chinese lawyer and an arbitrator.


Anne Mostad-Jensen

Anne Mostad-Jensen is Head of Faculty Services at the University of North Dakota School of Law (“UND Law”). Prior to UND Law, Anne worked and taught at Concordia University School of Law. Anne teaches Advanced Legal Research and incorporates legal technology topics into the course. She is also working with colleagues at UND Law to develop a legal technology program.

Anne is active in multiple national and international organizations. Anne has been a member of CAFLL since 2014. She is currently the chair of both the American Association of Law Libraries (“AALL”)’s Legal Research & Sourcebook Committee and AALL’s Foreign, Comparative, and International Law SIS’s Asian Law Interest Group. Anne’s publications have appeared in multiple scholarly journals including the Law Library Journal, Boston College Law Review, AALL Spectrum, and Brill’s Foreign Law Guide. She has also presented or moderated panels at national conferences, such as CAFLL and AALL.

A.I. in Legal Research Classrooms: Guiding Students’ Informed Use of Legal Analytics Tools

This presentation is designed to explore the availability and integration of A.I.-infused legal analytics tools into research platforms commonly used in U.S. academic law school research curricula. Reviewing tools incorporated into such platforms as Lexis Advance, Westlaw Edge, Bloomberg Law and others, we will discuss how students can be guided in their use. Students need to comprehend the origins of these legal analytics tools and the underlying algorithms driving the search results. Examples of research assignments focused on litigation or transactional tasks will be used as illustrations of teaching moments for these tools.

Mary Ann Neary

Mary Ann Neary is associate law librarian for education and reference and a lecturer in law at Boston College Law School. She teaches semester-long courses in advanced legal research, tax research and bankruptcy research. Previously, she was counsel to the Massachusetts senate clerk and director of acquisitions and reference services at the State Library of Massachusetts. Ms. Neary holds a B.A. from the University of Massachusetts, an M.S. from Simmons College, and a J.D. from Suffolk University Law School. She is active in the American Association of Law Libraries and serves on the Board of Trustees of Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education, Inc. She is admitted to practice in Massachusetts.

Sherry Xin Chen

Sherry Xin Chen is a legal information librarian and lecturer in law at Boston College Law School. She teaches both U.S. and international legal research courses and is active in AALL’s Foreign, Comparative & International Law section, currently chairing one of its interest groups on electronic research and resources. She holds a B.A. from Shanghai International Studies University, China, and both a J.D. and a M.S. in Library Science from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. She is admitted to practice law in the State of New York.

Law Librarians Help People, AI can Help Law Librarians Help More People

“Artificial Intelligence” is a much over-promised phrase. In this short session, I will unpack AI a little bit and try to explain that it is a collection of technologies and approaches to solving real-world problems. The biggest promise of AI is that once you have captured “intelligence” in software, you can make that available to millions of people via the internet and adapt that “intelligence” to new situations. Law Librarians are already doing this when they collect and curate research guides or information packets for patrons, faculty, students or citizens. They can – and have – go the next step to automated guidance. I will demonstrate what automated guidance means and how Law Librarians can use this to scale it up to help millions of people. Finally, I will talk about some of the new responsibilities this imposes on us all.

John Mayer

John Mayer is the Executive Director of the Center for Computer-Assisted Legal Instruction or CALI, a non-profit consortium of almost 200 US law schools. CALI publishes online tutorials, open access casebooks and develops software for legal education and access to justice. Mr. Mayer has a degree in Computer Science from Northwestern University and a Masters Degree in Computer Science from the Illinois Institute of Technology. Mr. Mayer has been active in legal education since 1987 and has been with CALI since 1994.


Ed Walters

Ed Walters is the CEO and co-founder of Fastcase.  Under Ed’s leadership, Fastcase has grown to one of the world’s largest legal publishers, currently serving more than 800,000 subscribers from around the world.  Before founding Fastcase, Ed worked at Covington & Burling, in Washington D.C. and Brussels. He worked in the White House from 1991-1993, first in the Office of Media Affairs and then in the Office of Presidential Speechwriting.

Ed is a member of the Virginia State Bar, and the District of Columbia Bar, and he has been admitted to practice in the U.S. Supreme Court and the U.S. Courts of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit and Fifth Circuit.  He serves on the boards of Pro Bono Net, Friends of Telecom Without Borders, and He is an adjunct professor at the Georgetown University Law Center, where he teaches The Law of Robots, a class about the frontiers of law and technology.


Daniel Blackaby

Dan has worked as a professional librarian in various roles including research, technology, cataloging and acquisitions. After earning a B.A. at the University of Houston, he earned his J.D. from Michigan State University, an M.L.I.S. from San Jose State University, and an M.A. in History from California State University, Fullerton. Dan has a rich background in law librarianship, and has worked in many different library settings, including the Montana Department of Natural Resources, Microsoft Corporation, the Santa Clara County Counsel, South Texas College of Law, and Western State College of Law.
Dan is actively involved with the American Association of Law Libraries, having served as an executive board member for both the Legal History & Rare Books and Computing Services Special Interest Sections. In recent years, he has been invited to speak at national forums on topics ranging from digital repositories to blockchain technology.
He currently teaches courses in Law Practice Technology, Researching American Legal History, and 1L Legal Research.

A Tale of Two Academic Tech Training Approaches: Workshop vs. Online Class

Integrating technology skills into the law school curriculum is essential and evolving. Taking on this task is a natural fit for law librarians. No one instructional model fits all. Highlighting two different approaches, this presentation will deliver strategies for implementing tech instruction in legal education that you can adapt and implement at your institution. Learn from the success and setbacks of your colleagues before you conduct a similar program at your law library.

Brian R. Huffman

Brian R. Huffman, JD, MLIS, is the Electronic Services Librarian at the University of Hawaiʻi Law Library. He has published and presented on topics including digital self-publishing and open educational resources. His duties include managing library database accounts, coordinating and marketing the law library’s e-resources, website, LibGuides, archival collection, and digital institutional repositories in addition to teaching advanced legal research and a series of legal technology workshops. Brian is the current President of the AALL Western Pacific chapter. He received his JD from Drake University Law School and his MLIS from Saint Catherine University. Brian’s two big pastimes are bicycling and baking scones.

Cas Laskowski

Cas Laskowski is the Technology & Research Services Librarian at Duke Law where she collaborates with other innovators and technology centers at the law school to foster student engagement with technology through training, networking, and access to emerging technologies. She is also part of Duke Law by Design, a law school initiative to help foster students creative problem solving by teaching them design thinking methodology. Cas writes regularly about legal and library technology and currently serves as Vice Chair of the AALL Diversity & Inclusion Standing Committee and SEAALL Treasurer.

The Duty of Technology Competence in the Algorithmic Society

While law has generally been slow to adapt to technological change, the ABA Model Rules of Professional Conduct amended the Duty of Competence language to include a Duty of Technology Competence. This duty requires lawyers to keep abreast of “changes in the law and its practice, including the benefits and risks associated with relevant technology.” A majority of states have now adopted this new Duty of Technology Competence, but there is little guidance on its current reach. As society moves beyond the Information Age to the Algorithmic Society, this duty should extend to the competent use of artificial intelligence and algorithms in law. As such, it behooves the legal academy, particularly law librarians, to prepare lawyers for ethical practice in this brave new world.

Jamie Baker

Professor Jamie Baker is the Interim Director of the Law Library at Texas Tech University School of Law. In addition to coordinating Law Library operations, Professor Baker teaches Civil Trial: Practice & Litigation Materials and Academic Legal Writing. Professor Baker’s scholarship primarily focuses on cognitive computing in the legal research realm. Her recent articles have appeared in the Law Library Journal and the South Carolina Law Review. Her blog, The Ginger Law Librarian, has been named an ABA Blawg 100, as well as a Top-Ten Blog for Information Professionals, and Best of the Legal Blogs by the Internet Legal Researcher. Professor Baker has spoken on artificial intelligence impacting legal research at the American Association of Law Schools Annual Meeting, the South Carolina Law Review Annual Symposium, the Duquesne Law Review Annual Symposium, and the Southwestern Association of Law Schools Annual Meeting, among others.


钱崇豪 Qian Chonghao

职务/职称 Title: 图书馆副馆长
单位 Employer: 华东政法大学图书馆 East China University of Political Science and Law, Law Library


徐美莲 Xu Meilian

职务/职称 Title: 主任/副研究馆员
单位 Employer: 南开大学法学院资料中心 Nankai University School of Law


周文全 Zhou Wenquan

职务/职称 Title: 图书馆馆长
单位 Employer: 西南政法大学图书馆 Southwest University of Political Science & Law, Law Library

司法大数据与法律图书馆的未来   Judicial Big Data and the Future of Law Libraries

程雷 Cheng Lei

职务/职称 Title: 副院长/副教授
单位 Employer: 中国人民大学法学院 Renmin University of China Law School


邓子滨 Deng Zibin

职务/职称 Title: 馆长/博导、正研究员、教授
单位 Employer: 中国社会科学院图书馆法学分馆 Chinese Academy of Social Science, Law Library


Speaker: 于丽英 Yu Liying

职务/职称 Title: 馆长
单位 Employer: 清华大学法学院图书馆 Tsinghua University School of Law