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.
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
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.
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
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
CALL’s own Debbie Ginsberg was one of the speakers, focusing on the role of law librarians in legal tech: Continue reading Women of Legal Tech: The Law Librarians
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
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.
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!
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!