Category Archives: 2019 Issues

From the Editors

The frigid cold can’t keep the Bulletin down for long.  After a crazy couple of weeks (which are still ongoing), here is the Winter Issue (250) of the CALL Bulletin.

Inside we have wonderful articles from terrific CALL members that run the gamut from CALL history, how to spot fake news, creating dynamic exhibits, and the benefits of modern mentorships.  All CALL members will benefit tremendously from every piece and we know you’ll love reading them as much as we loved editing them.

Along with these pieces, we also have committee news and information on the upcoming CALL election which you will not want to miss.

It’s that time of year to stay inside where it’s warm with something good to read, and there’s nothing better than reading the CALL Bulletin.  Enjoy!

 

President’s Letter

Dear CALL Colleagues –

While the calendar year may have just started, we are already well past the halfway point of the current CALL year. As we navigate another Chicago winter and play the “how many different types of adverse weather alerts can my phone give me?” game, CALL’s work continues.

Before we look at CALL’s present activities, it’s that time to think about our future. The 2019-20 CALL Board Election will start on February 15 and end on March 15. Kudos to Todd Ito and the members of the Nominations and Elections Committee for assembling a fantastic slate of candidates! You can view each candidate’s biography and personal statement, and be on the lookout for the announcement that voting is open.

Don’t forget that in addition to the Board election, CALL will be concurrently running a Bylaws election from February 15 through March 15. If approved, the proposed Bylaws amendments would (1) align the CALL membership categories with AALL’s membership categories by eliminating the “associate” member category (allowing those members to become full voting and office-holding members of CALL); and (2) eliminate the requirement that retired members have been active CALL members for at least 10 consecutive years. The Bylaws election will be available on the CALL Elections page of the website, so please remember to cast your vote! Continue reading President’s Letter

Visual Literacy & Fake News

We’ve all heard the saying “A picture is worth a thousand words.” Have you ever taken a moment to ask why?

If pictures affect us differently than text, how can we use the power of pictures to enhance our communication? On the other hand, how can we make sure we aren’t being manipulated?

Librarians are experts in managing information, but visual information is viewed, interpreted, accessed, and stored very differently than textual information. Still, though we may need other tools or resources to find and review images, I believe our analytical skills and frameworks are just as relevant to evaluating the value of images as information.

Continue reading Visual Literacy & Fake News

Planning an Exhibit: How to Make Exhibits and Displays That Work

When I began my position just over two years ago, I was tasked with implementing an exhibit program at the Pritzker Legal Research Center. Different libraries handle exhibits in different ways. Some have an exhibit committee with an schedule looking years in advance; others simply plan for exhibits as opportunities arise.

I found myself somewhere in the middle, doing exhibits independently, rather than as part of a committee, but I would have a set schedule with ideas planned (at least somewhat) in advance.  In this piece, I highlight some of my practices for curating and presenting exhibits at the Pritzker Legal Research Center. Continue reading Planning an Exhibit: How to Make Exhibits and Displays That Work

Modern Mentorship

The Mentorship and Leadership Development Committee (MDLC) recently hosted a mentorship brown bag event at Chicago-Kent College of Law on Thursday, January 24, 2019.

With the demands of work, professional development, and our personal lives, it can be challenging to add mentorship to your task list. Because of this, we decided to invite our newer CALL members to an informal mentorship event where we could share our insights and take questions over lunch and cookies.

Mentoring New Members

This approach was successful. Our new members were able to get their questions answered and start forming bonds with some of our CALL leaders. Additionally, they now associate names with faces for the next business meeting.

Some of the questions included revolved around the best committees for new CALL members to ease into involvement, and we encouraged Bulletin writing. Also, there were questions about where to find conferences and how to apply for grants – the MDLC calendar where our members can find this information. Continue reading Modern Mentorship

Nominations to the CALL Executive Board

The CALL Bulletin is proud to announce the candidates for the 2019-2020 CALL Executive Board.  The Election for these candidates (and for the Bylaws Amendments) will be held from February 15-March 15, 2019.  Please read the candidate statements and bios by following the link below, and don’t forget to vote!

Candidates for Vice-President/President-Elect

                                               

   Lindsey Carpino                                                 Matt Timko                               Sidley Austin LLP                                Northern Illinois University

Candidates for Secretary

                                           

                Philip Johnson                                               Todd Hillmer                         The John Marshall Law School          Marshall, Gerstein & Borun LLP

 

Candidates for Director

                                           

         Sarah Andeen                                              Megan Butman                           Chapman & Cutler                                                DLA Piper

CALL Elections: Proposed Amendments to the Bylaws

CALL members will consider a proposal to change the existing CALL Bylaws, and vote upon these proposed amendments in the upcoming CALL Election from February 15 through March 15.

If approved, the proposed Bylaws amendments would:

(1) align the CALL membership categories with AALL’s membership categories by eliminating the “associate” member category (allowing those members to become full voting and office-holding members of CALL); and

(2) eliminate the requirement that retired members have been active CALL members for at least 10 consecutive years.

The Bylaws election will be available on the CALL Elections page of the website, so please remember to cast your vote!

Committee Roundup: Mentorship and Leadership Development Committee (MLDC)

The Mentorship and Leadership Development Committee (MLDC) has been busy!  Here is some of the great work already completed by the Committee:

  • MDLC launched a new page on the CALL website under Members Information – this page includes upcoming events, the mentorship form, key contacts and more.
  • The Professional Development Encouragement subcommittee (Lyonette Louis-Jacques and Sarah Andeen) is currently compiling and completing a database of CALL member publications (and forthcoming publications).  Please send any contributions you can to the subcommittee so CALL can recognize your terrific work!  You can find more information at the CALL MLDC website.
  • The subcommittee has also been busy organizing the upcoming opportunities for CALL members to take advantage of in the new  MDLC calendar.
  • Don’t forget to apply for a CALL grant.
  • A special thanks to my Committee for all of their hard work!
  • Any questions, please reach out to the MDLC Chair, Lindsey Carpino lcarpino@sidley.com.

Finally, please consider becoming a CALL mentor or mentee.  You may contact the Committee with any questions or fill out the Mentorship and Networking Interest Form.

November 2018 Business Meeting Roundup at The Berghoff

 The meeting was held on the Berghoff, 17 W. Adams St., Chicago, IL 60603 on November 8, 2018.

CALL president Joe Mitzenmacher opened the meeting at 12:00 p.m. There were 90 CALL members in attendance, including three new members: Angela Arroyo, Foley & Lardner LLP, Kelsey Cox, student member, and Leslie Strauss, DuPage County Law Library.

CALL vice-president Jessie LeMar introduced and thanked the meeting sponsors, Ellen Ryan and Tami Carson from Thomson Reuters. Ellen spoke very briefly about Westlaw’s latest enhancement, Westlaw Edge and it is enhanced search functions and enhance litigation analytics.

Next, Jessie introduced the meeting’s speaker Fastcase’s Ed Walters. Walters just published a book on data driven law called Data Analytics and the New Legal Services. Walters’ presentation to CALL was about data analytics and Fastcase’s analytics capabilities.

He framed his discussion around cartography and travel. In antiquity before good maps travel was rare and if one were traveling a navigator would be hired. Over time navigators began to record travels aggregating maps, which became strategic assets. For example, kings would horde them and in the modern context Churchill’s war room was kept top secret, primarily because of the maps. Over time maps become democratized when they were printed and made available to everyone, and in modern times maps have become even more sophisticated and accessible. Photos for maps are taken from the air by pigeons, satellites, and drones, or information is collected in real time with apps like Waze. Due to the innovations from map design and dissemination to travelers, the act of travel is now less risky and more affordable.

Walters’s stated that the map/travel analogy is applicable to the legal landscape: lawyers are the navigators and clients are the traveler. Clients are no longer content with the “it depends” answer. Before making a decision about how to proceed with a legal matter clients want to know: How much will the matter cost? Will I win? How much should I offer in settlement? In the past, lawyers typically answered these questions based on their past experience or on hunches. This approach to law is like traveling without a map, making legal services risky and expensive. Through analytics this approach is no longer necessary. Lawyers can now answer data driven questions with data driven answers because data analytics (just like maps) lay out the most accurate and predictable choices and outcomes available.

Extending the metaphor, Walters’ used a docket sheet as an example of a “Map of the Case”.  As such, once many docket sheets get aggregated you start to see really interesting information. Fastcase has a docket aggregating tool called Docket Alarm that maps docket information, which can be mined to help build business and firm management tools since more information is now available: you can see who is doing what, what arguments are working, and who is winning.

Walters believes that the legal landscape is changing and analytics will transition from “nice to have” to “need to have”. He also believes that legal analytics will live in the law library, and the library will become the map room for firms.

At the conclusion of the presentation, members had several questions:

Q: Do you know of a case where a firm used analytics to drop a case?

A: This tends to be confidential but it happens. Probably happens with settlements.

Q: Who are the new cartographers in this era?

A: It’s information professionals, for the most part not data scientists. AI sandbox is training these skills and competencies within law firms.

Q: What’s the impetus for a court to move into the brave new world?

A: We hope it is generational. The old school clerks are retiring.  Or, shame because courts need to get with the times.

Q: Can algorithms determine outcomes that have to be hand coded in the past?

A: Fastcase has an analytics workbench that does this. You can run all sorts of reports and customize them.

Q: What skills do law students need to have use analytics?

A: Curiosity. Never stop asking hard questions.

Q: How do you run the search?

A: It is different for everything that you are doing. You can build a search based on what you need for a particular research problem. It is a multi-stage process but not like computer programming.

After the presentation, several committees made announcements:

  1. Community Service (Nan Norton):

The committee was collecting for Safe Haven in honor of Veteran’s Day. Collection canisters were on the tables, in kind donations and online donations were also welcome.

  1. Mentorship & Leadership Development (Lindsey Carpino):

The committee introduced its new page on the CALL website and reminded members, if they are interested they should fill out a mentor/mentee application form.

  1. Grants & Chapter Awards (Clare Willis)

The committee reminded the membership that grants were available to attend conferences and continuing education events.

  1. Continuing Education (Tom Keefe)

The committee announced that it will be hosting an introduction to securities webinar.

  1. Bulletin (Matt Timko)

The committee announced that it was looking for content for the Winter edition of the Bulletin.

  1. Government Relations Committee (Sarah Sherman)

The committee reminded the membership that AALL was hosting a webinar on the incoming Congress. The committee was also looking for more people to join the committee.

  1. CALL Listserv Reminder (Jessie Bowman)

Jessie announced that the old listserv was no longer active.

  1. Nominations & Elections (Todd Ito)

Todd announced the slate for the 2019 election. The candidates were: Vice President Lindsey Carpino and Matt Timko, Secretary Todd Hillmer and Philip Johnson, Directors Sarah Andeen and Megan Butman.

Then, Eric Parker announced the vote for the proposed amendments to the Bylaws. The membership needed to vote to put the Bylaws change proposal on the ballot. The proposal is to eliminate the associate member and eliminate the rule that to be a retired member you had to be a CALL member for 10 years. Eugene Guidice moved to vote. Clare Willis seconded the motion.  The membership voted unanimously to make the change and the measure will move to the ballot.

The meeting ended with the door prize sponsored by LexisNexis.  Matt Timko and Keith Ann Stiverson were the winners.