Emily Barney

  • CALL Position: Bulletin Editor
  • Technology Training & Marketing Librarian at Chicago-Kent College of Law

Biography

From the Editors

Welcome to this rather short, but very important Fall 2019 issue of the CALL Bulletin.  Inside you will find the regular business information of CALL, including a recap of the September 2019 Business Meeting as well as the complete slate of candidates for the 2020 CALL Board.

Anne Hudson, recipient of a CALL grant, reviews the 2019 AALL meeting, and with it fond memories of summer.  Additionally, Matt Timko provides musings on “maintaining” a work-life balance.

Fall is the perfect time to get cozy and comfortable with the CALL Bulletin, so enjoy!

Letter from Editors

In this final issue of the 2018-2019 CALL session, we take the time to consider our accomplishments as a community and what we hope to achieve in the 2019-2020 session. Each of our 14 committees submitted their reports. This year our committees introduced seasonal happy hours, sponsored or co-sponsored six educational presentations, relocated our archives, revised Article IV of our bylaws, and more!  Looking forward, Jessie LeMar, president of CALL, provides words of encouragement heading into the 2019-2020 session.

We also congratulate the recipients of our annual awards: Julie Pabarja, Margaret Schilt, Keith Ann Stiverson, and Chapman & Culter.

Finally, we hear from Heidi Kuehl about the AALL Day of Advocacy, and Sarah Sherman interviews Jacob Jost from the Illinois Supreme Court on recent updates to UELMA.

CALL Bulletin Committee 2018-2019 Annual Report

The CALL Bulletin has published 3 of the four 2018-2019 issues up to the writing of this report (Issues 249-251) with the Summer issue (252) to be published in September 2019.  The committee for the most of the year included Emily Barney (co-editor), Clanitra Stewart Nejdl (co-editor), Matt Timko (co-editor), Emily Byrne, Annie Danberg, Debbie Ginsberg, Philip Johnson, and Sarah Reis.  On May 2, 2019 Clanitra Stewart Nejdl took a position at Vanderbilt University, leaving the third co-editor position vacant for the remainder of 2018-2019. Continue reading CALL Bulletin Committee 2018-2019 Annual Report

What is Legal Technological Competency?

Several of the sessions I attended at the ABA TechShow worked to define what technological competency is in the legal field (including law schools) or how it’s approached in law firms, including “Tech Competencies: Past, Present & Future”  to “Can Technology Competency Help You Get a Job?

Other sessions in the Academic Track, “Law School Tech Training on a Shoestring” (presented by Joe Mitzenmacher and Debbie Ginsberg) and the “Technology in Law Schools: A Single Course or Curriculum Integration?”  looked at the work librarians are doing to create “legaltech” training programs for law students within the law school curriculum.

Most of all, I was encouraged to see this topic brought enthusiastic speakers and audiences from a range of backgrounds, not just law school librarians but everyone from firm hiring managers to new law students. The presentations were excellent, but so was the ongoing context provided during the Q&A, so I’ve included my live tweets here that to illustrate this broader conversation at the TechShow.

Continue reading What is Legal Technological Competency?

ABA TechShow Legal Trends

Every year the ABA TechShow provides a great way to hear about tech trends in the legal field from practitioners, entrepreneurs, trainers, and journalists.

Tech Trends can include everything from shiny new devices to evolving business models to updated regulations and laws. With these changes come many legal challenges and opportunities.

I’m always interested to hear the types of practical advice and ongoing concerns brought to the TechShow. I’ve highlighted what stood out to me at this year’s show – if you attended and want to share what you took away in the comments, that would be very welcome! Continue reading ABA TechShow Legal Trends

Volunteer Day at Greater Chicago Food Depository

Packing Pears at Greater Chicago Food Depository
packing pears

On Saturday, March 9, 2019,  the Community Service Committee organized a trip to the Greater Chicago Food Depository with nine volunteers, to help repack bulk fruit for distribution to local shelters, soup kitchens and food pantries.

At the February 2019 Business Meeting, CALL’s Community Service Committee collected $249 in cash donations for the Chicago Coalition for the Homeless and 4 bags of non-perishable food for the Greater Chicago Food Depository. Continue reading Volunteer Day at Greater Chicago Food Depository

Microsoft Office Tips and Tools

Since one of my hats is tech trainer in our legal writing classes, sharing how to use Microsoft Word effectively as a lawyer, I look forward to what I learn at the ABA TechShow each year about new features of Microsoft Office.

Often I’m able to from the folks who are most familiar with the legal applications of this core software. Ben Schorr, a Senior Content Developer for Microsoft, spoke at one session I attended and was called on to answer questions as an audience member at others. He recommends the Office for Lawyers Facebook group as a great way to learn new tips, best practices, and more. 

If you attended this show – sessions and/or Expo Hall, please feel free to share your own favorites tips or tools in the comments! Continue reading Microsoft Office Tips and Tools