Category Archives: Meetings

CALL Leadership Training Day

By Clare Gaynor Willis, CALL Secretary, IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law
cwillis@kentlaw.iit.edu

CALL Board members and committee chairs met at DLA Piper on August 7, 2014 for CALL’s annual leadership training session. CALL President Margaret Schilt started the meeting by reporting on her experiences at the AALL Chapter Leadership Summit, Chapter Leadership Training, and business meeting of the Council of Chapter Presidents. Margaret shared what she learned about leadership from the presenter at the chapter summit, Mark Levin. She told the group that Levin emphasized finding ways to use a member’s unique skills even if the volunteer opportunity does not match the usual model of a year-long project or commitment. Margaret said Levin also stressed asking people personally and thanking members for their service.

Those present had several ideas on how to achieve those goals. People liked the idea of spreading out commitments over the course of the year, noting that CALL committee work is often front-loaded in the beginning of the CALL year. Several members wanted CALL to emphasize how involvement with CALL would help members at their jobs. Margaret then noted all of the different ways that CALL already succeeds as an organization: strong chapter identity, quality programming, affiliation, and strength of spokespeople who speak for CALL in larger forums. Continue reading CALL Leadership Training Day

Annual Reports: Meetings Committee

This past year the CALL Meetings Committee was responsible for organizing four business meetings and creating four post meeting member satisfaction surveys. Committee members include Andrea Szabo, Julie Swanson, Lorna Tang, Eugene Guidice, and Karl Pettitt with Beth Schubert and Jesse Bowman serving as co-chairs.

The four business meetings were held in September, November, February, and May. The May meeting extended an invitation to local library school students to attend free of charge. Below is a brief overview of each meeting. The Vice President was responsible for obtaining the speakers and sponsors.

September 27, 2013

  • Place: Harry Caray’s Italian Steakhouse
  • Sponsor: Law360
  • Speaker: Professor Randal Picker, University of Chicago Law School James Parker Hall Distinguished Service Professor of Law
  • Attendance: 118

November 14, 2013

  • Place: Wildfire
  • Sponsor: Bloomberg Law/Bloomberg BNA
  • Speaker: Kip Kolkmeier, senior counsel to the Political Law and Government Relations practices at Perkins Coie in Chicago, and lobbyist for the Illinois Library Association
  • Attendance: 91

February 27, 2014

  • Place: Ditka’s
  • Sponsor: Wolters Kluwer Law and Business
  • Speaker: Alison Siegler, University of Chicago Law School Clinical Professor and Director for the Federal Criminal Justice Clinic
  • Attendance: 93

May 15, 2014

  • Place: Maggiano’s
  • Sponsor: Thomson Reuters
  • Speaker: Brian Bannon, Chicago Public Library Commissioner
  • Attendance: 119

November CALL Business Meeting Roundup

CALL held its second business meeting of the year at Wildfire Restaurant. CALL President, Maribel Nash, opened the meeting by thanking the Meetings Committee co-chairs, Beth Schubert and Jesse Bowman. Maribel welcomed a new CALL member, Sara Lock. Continue reading November CALL Business Meeting Roundup