CAFLL 2019: Programs and Speakers

Speakers: Michelle Wu, 陈晶莹 Chen Jingying, Alex Zhang, 刘丽君 Joan Liu, Sherry Xin Chen, Mary Ann Neary, Amy Emerson, Airel Scotese, 徐美莲 Xu Meilian, 钱崇豪 Qian Chonghao, 邓子滨 Deng Zibin, Ed Walters, Brian R. Huffman, Cas Laskowski, 于丽英 Yu Liying, 程雷 Cheng Lei, 周文全 Zhou Wenquan,  Jamie Baker, Daniel Blackaby, John Meyer


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.

Program Title (TBD)

陈晶莹 Chen Jingying

职务/职称 Title: 副校长/教授
单位 Employer: 华东政法大学 East China University of Political Science and Law

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

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 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.


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

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

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.

Using Technology to Track and Assess Student Learning Outcomes and Associated Performance Criteria

The American Bar Association (ABA) mandates that law schools develop learning outcomes and assessment methodologies in order to improve legal education curricula. Although law schools have readily complied with the requirement to create learning outcomes, many struggle with how to asses those outcomes.

The Cornell Law Library’s Legal Research Clinic is successfully partnering with a case management software company to develop new functionality in the software to track and assess student learning outcomes. The speakers will share their experience with using legal case management software not only as a traditional pedagogical tool to teach practical skills such as timekeeping, conflict-checking, and document management, but also as a novel administrative tool for mapping and assessing law school learning outcomes and associated performance criteria as required by the ABA.

The partnership is a valuable exercise in applying new technology to find a solution to a common law school problem, while informing critical thinking about future assessment of law school learning outcomes. This new use of legal case management technology can readily be applied to other library-related legal research courses to provide structure to the assessment process, create a complete and detailed record of student learning, provide consistency in reporting, and ultimately create a natural archive of years of assessment.

Amy Emerson


Amy Emerson is the Director of the Law Library and Assistant Professor of Law. She manages law library operations and strategic planning, oversees the legal research curriculum, and teaches Legal Research, Analysis, Writing, and Communication in the first-year legal writing program.
Professor Emerson’s areas of expertise include law library administration, emerging law library service models and technologies, alternative research platforms, and experiential legal research pedagogy. Her personal scholarship interests focus on open access to legal information as it informs access to justice.
Prior to joining Villanova, and following nine years in private practice, Professor Emerson served as Associate Director for Library Administration and Adjunct Clinical Professor of Law at Cornell Law School. While at Cornell, she created the Legal Research Clinic and became its Director, building the first generalist legal clinic of its kind dedicated to serving clients who do not yet require full legal representation for a case, but nonetheless have a legal question that requires council.
Professor Emerson received her B.A. with honors from Wells College, and dual J.D. and M.L.S. degrees with honors from Syracuse University.

Ariel Scotese


Ariel recently earned her M.L.I.S. from the University of Illinois in Urbana–Champaign Information School in 2017. She received a B.A. in Economics from the University of Chicago, a J.D. from IIT – Chicago Kent College of Law, and an LL.M. in Taxation from the same institution, where she graduated with honors. Ariel started her legal career in Illinois as general counsel for a Class III short line railroad where she advised her client in all matters ranging from tax planning and federal regulatory compliance to litigation in federal court. She is a member of the Illinois bar and the New York bar. She is also admitted to practice in the Northern District of Illinois and the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals. Prior to joining Cornell, she was a reference associate at the Pritzker Legal Research Center at Northwestern University School of Law and 2017 Judith M. Wright Fellow at the University of Chicago D’Angelo Law Library, as well as a 2017 Cornell Law Library Diversity Fellow.

Guarantee of Vulnerable Groups in Chinese Library Law and regulations


This paper introduced the protection of vulnerable groups in current library laws, regulations and local regulations in China, and discussed the problems in the aspect of the current service situation for Chinese libraries to vulnerable groups. On the basis of the experience and inspiration from the main western countries, the service improvement measures for Chinese libraries to vulnerable groups were put forward.

徐美莲 Xu Meilian

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





法律主题索引的意义与编制 – 《中国法律主题词表•国际法》编纂项目介绍
Significance and Compilation of Subject Index of Legal Documents – Introduction to the Compilation Project of Chinese Legal Thesaurus and International Law

摘 要 索引是一种重要的文内检索工具,有多种类型。于学术著作,索引工具中的主题索引有着举足轻重的作用,以主题(术语)索引为主的书后索引是学术著作极其重要的组成部分。就法律文献而言,对检索的精准性有着更高的要求,规范化了的主题索引才有文献检索的实际意义。与出版发达的西方国家相比,我国在法律出版中的索引工具的使用,尤其在法律法规汇编以及学术专著中,尚属滞后,相当部分纸质出版作品未提供索引工具,为法律的研究和实务设置了障碍。此外,从现有索引标引工具而言,我国也有颇大的发展空间:目前,我国有1980年出版《汉语主题词表》,2017年新版的《中国分类主题词表》,对于特定学科,尤其是法学学科,这两种词表相对简略,不能完全满足法律文献的主题标引。从中国经济和法律的发展上所呈现的出了前所未有的发展速度,在某些法律领域,比如国际法、商法等,现有知识组织的工具远远不能解决现实问题。因此,自2017年起,来自华东政法大学图书馆和复旦大学图书馆的学者专家们合作,着手开启动了《中国法律主题词表•国际法》(计划)编制项目的探索与实践。本文尝试对中国法律主题词表编纂项目勾画一个较为完整的图像,包括项目的意义和背景、目的和内容、框架和体例、技术和方法从项目的设计、发展、到使用中总结主题词表设计的原则、逻辑、技术,以及如何将该法律主题词表与2017年新版的《中国分类主题词表》的D9的法律词表整合,以期起到补充和完善《中国分类主题词表》的作用。
Abstract:Index is an important tool to search the texts from a publication. In academic scholarship, topic index plays a pivotal role, and the index based on the subject headings placed on the back of the book is extremely useful for research. For legal literature, there is a higher demand for the accuracy of the content search. The standardized subject index has the practical significance of the literature search. Compared with the publication rules developed in Western countries, the index tools in legal publishing in China, especially in the types, such as the compilation of laws and regulations and academic monographs, is still far lagging behind. A considerable legal treatises were published with no index included, which brings tremendous hardship for efficient access to the context of the publications. Additionally, the existing index tools seem to have a significant room for advancement. China has published the Chinese Thesaurus in 1980 and the new edition of Chinese Classification Thesaurus in 2017. For specific subjects, especially in the discipline of law, these two tooks are rather sketchy thus unable to fully provide subject index to legal documents. In some legal fields, such as international law, commercial law, etc. that are booming due to the rapid economic grouth, those index tools are short of capacity for real problems. Therefore, since 2017, scholars, librarians, and experts from East China University of Political Science and Law and Fudan University have cooperated to initiate an exploration and practice: to compile a Chinese Law Thesaurus by using International Law as a sample study. This paper attempts to draw a picture of the compilation project, through the design and development process to summarize the principles, logic, technology, and furthermore, how to put the legal thesaurus with the 2017 new edition of Chinese Classification Thesaurus.

钱崇豪 Qian Chonghao

Qian_Weihao钱崇豪 毕业于华东师范大学图书馆学情报学专业及华东政法大学经济法专业,获法学硕士。长期从事图书馆自动化管理和信息检索研究,参与编者《法律文献检索:技巧、方法与策略》、《中外法律文献检索》和《信息素养与法律文献检索》等书。现为华东政法大学图书馆副馆长。

Qian Chonghao, deputy director of East China University of Political Science and Law Library, graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Library and Information Science of East China Normal University and with a master’s degree in Economic law of East China University of Political Science and Law. He has been engaged in studies of library automation management and information retrieval, and is an editor in “Legal Research: techniques, methods and strategies”,” Chinese and Foreign Legal Retrieval”,” Information Literacy and Legal Retrieval”.

The Contribution, Dilemma and Future of Law Libraries: Taking the Law Library of Chinese Academy of Social Sciences as an Example

The Law Library of Chinese Academy of Social Sciences(CASS Law Library),a specialized law library established in the 1950s,has been providing meticulous professional academic services to Chinese and foreign scholars in the past 60 years by relying on its huge collections of Chinese and foreign books and materials, especially itsspecial collections ofancient Chinese legal documents and materials, official gazettes of the Government of the Republic of China(1912-1949), legal periodicals published during the period of the Republic of China (1912-1949), and Japanese language literatures taken over from Southern Manchurian Railway Company.By doing so, it has gained a high reputation in the academic circle.The library has also made high-level academic contributions to the establishment of a new legal material classification system and to the construction of a large-scale national database of legal research and practice in China.Needless to say, the current trend of digitalization and intellectualization oflegal literature has had a strong impact on CASS Law Library, which takes traditional legal literature as its main strength.Faced with the great challenge, the library has actively adapted itself to and participated in the new technological revolution in the context of new media and the Internet and utilizedstate-of-the-art Internet technologies to break the barriers to the access to foreign frontier legal academic information, thereby contributing greatly to the narrowing of the academic gap between Chinese and foreign legal scholars.Currently China is making steady progresses in the construction of the rule of law and the demand for legal literature and information by legal scholars and practitioners in legislation, administration of justice, legal research and legal education is increasing year by year. In view of this situation, CASS Law Library has made a long-term plan to build itself into an authoritative and digitalized national legal information center in China.

邓子滨 Deng Zibin

DengZibinDr. Deng Zibin, Professor and Doctoral Supervisor, Chinese Academy of Social Science Law Institute; Head Librarian, CASS Law Library

How Data Analytics Remake Legal Services

Data Analytics seem like a tool for large firms with data scientists and geeks – but data analytics are really just reports of what has happened in legal matters. Analytics are like maps for litigation. Data analytics doesn’t have to be intimidating, and in fact, it can level the playing field in litigation, helping small firms to harness the kinds of resources that large firms do. In this session, Fastcase CEO Ed Walters (and editor of the new book Data-Driven Law) will give an introduction to data analytics – what they are, and how to use analytics to make better strategic decisions and to win more cases.

Ed Walters

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.

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

Brain 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 laskowskiCas 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.

Program Title (TBD)

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

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


The mission of law library is complex, diversified and developing and in the era of digital society, the role of law library is evolving. Big Data in China is changing every field and judicial big data is part of the whole area. On the website of Supreme People’s Court, over 50 million judicial verdicts have been publicized and upload on-line. In addition, there are massive judicial administrative data in the system of courts and prosecutors offices. How the law libraries make good use of those data to provide timely knowledge for clients, which is very important issue for law libraries in the digital age. Data is valuable, but more important thing is how to analyze and make good use of big data. In past, cases search and data collection by law libraries should be bases for analyzing judicial big data. Law libraries should think about how to meet the updated needs of researchers and law students on judicial data, which is done partly by third-party data companies.

程雷 Cheng Lei

ChengLeiDr. Lei Cheng is associate professor and Vice Dean of Law School of Renmin University of China. He got his PhD in law in 2007 from Law School of Renmin Univeristy of China(RUC). His research interests are criminal justice and judicial reform. He is Deputy Director for the Center for Criminal Justice and Reform at RUC, where he implemented a series of research projects including combating torture, Model Criminal Procedure Code, Sentencing Reform and pre-trial detention Centers etc. He was granted Vera Fellowship Justice Research and Innovation by Vera Institute of Justice in 2011 in recognition of commitment to the use of empirical methods to advance justice reform. he published over 40 articles and several books on China’s criminal justice reform in recent years. At the Renmin Law School, he is in charge of Law Library and international Cooperation


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

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

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.


Blockchain is everywhere in the news. This session will look at this buzzword technology, describing what it is (and what it isn’t), showing working and possible applications, discussing the legal implications of how it works and how it fits into today’s legal structures, and giving a realistic description of what is hype and what isn’t about the technology everyone is talking about.

Daniel Blackaby

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.

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.

Data that Tells a Story: Creating Visuals with their own Voice

Data visualizations help you communicate your message to stakeholders. Creating visuals that tell your story or sell your position requires planning in advance of data collection. Learn best practices and helpful tricks to creating simple but effective data visualizations.
Speaker: Casandra Laskowski, Reference Librarian Duke Law. As a geospatial analyst, Casandra Laskowski created visuals that communicated intelligence information on high-value targets to command leadership in Iraq to aid in mission planning. Now she applies those skills to help faculty with strategic planning and communicating clinic value.

Cas Laskowski, 

Casandra Laskowski, Reference Librarian Duke Law. As a geospatial analyst, Casandra Laskowski created visuals that communicated intelligence information on high-value targets to command leadership in Iraq to aid in mission planning. Now she applies those skills to help faculty with strategic planning and communicating clinic value.