Annie Mentkowski

  • CALL Position: Bulletin Committee, Member & Historian, 2015-2016; Archives Committee, Co-Chair, 2015-2016; Membership Committee, Co-Chair, 2015-2016
  • Head of Reference & Research Services/Assistant Professor at Northern Illinois University College of Law
amentkowski@niu.edu

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.

 

 

CALL Executive Board Meeting Minutes – January 2019

January 15, 2018

Board Members Present: Joe Mitzenmacher, Jessie Le Mar, Clare Willis, Julie Swanson, Jesse Bowman, Scott Vanderlin, Annie Mentkowski

Board Members Absent: None

Treasurer’s Report (IV):

  1. BMO Harris bank balance as of January 15, 2019: $17,782.27
  2. Net income as of December 3, 2018: $ 57.65
  3. Membership numbers as of January 15, 2019: 217

Significant Action: The Board voted to raise the membership dues to $45.  This increase will take effect at the beginning of the next renewal cycle.

 

CALL Executive Board Meeting Minutes – December 2018

December 4, 2018

Board Members Present: Joe Mitzenmacher, Jessie Le Mar, Clare Willis, Julie Swanson, Jesse Bowman, Scott Vanderlin, Annie Mentkowski

Board Members Absent: None

Guests: Archives Co-chairs Matt Timko and Brittany Adams, Placement/Recruitment Co-chairs Susan Berg and Lucy Robbins, Public Relations Co-chairs Donna Tuke and Sharon Nelson

Treasurer’s Report (IV):

  1. BMO Harris bank balance as of November 30, 2018: $19,562.47
  2. Net income as of December 3, 2018: $1,177.82
  3. Membership numbers as of December 3, 2018: 216

Significant Action: None

CALL Executive Board Meeting Minutes – November 2018

November 6, 2018

Board Members Present: Joe Mitzenmacher, Jessie Le Mar, Clare Willis, Julie Swanson, Jesse Bowman, Scott Vanderlin, Annie Mentkowski

Board Members Absent: None

Guests: Membership co-chairs Todd Ito and Stephanie Crawford, Bulletin editor Matt Timko, Community Service co-chair Jamie Sommer

Treasurer’s Report (IV):

  1. BMO Harris bank balance as of November 5, 2018: $ 21,061.32
  2. Net income as of November 5, 2018: $2,913.23
  3. Membership numbers as of November 5, 2018: 290

Significant Action: None

CALL Executive Board Meeting Minutes – August 2018

Board Members Present: Joe Mitzenmacher, Jessie LeMar, Clare Willis, Julie Swanson, Jesse Bowman, and Annie Mentkowski

     Board Members Absent: Scott Vanderlin

     Significant Actions: None

     Guests:  None

     Treasurer’s Report (Section IV)

    • Harris Bank Balance as July 31, 2018: $22,741.82
    • Net Income as of July 31, 2018: $2,354.46
    • Membership numbers as of August 13, 2018: 302

CALL Executive Board Meeting Minutes – September 2018

Board Members Present: Joe Mitzenmacher, Jessie LeMar, Clare Willis, Julie Swanson, Jesse Bowman, Scott Vanderlin, and Annie Mentkowski

      Significant Actions: None

      Guests:  Tom Keefe, Julie Pabarja, and Eric Parker

      Treasurer’s Report (Section IV)

    • Harris Bank Balance as August 31, 2018: $22,574.09
    • Net Income as of August 31, 2018: $785.89
    • Membership numbers as of September 10, 2018: 287

September 2018 Business Meeting Roundup

CALL held its September Business Meeting on September 20th at Wildfire. Eighty-six members attended the meeting. We welcomed several new members: Molly Caballero from Locke Lord, Michael Hensler from Kirkland & Ellis, Anne Hudson from DePaul University College of Law, and Mary Ellen Murphy from the American Dental Association.

Sponsor

The sponsor of the meeting was Deal Point Data. Tom Quinn spoke on behalf of the company. Mr. Quinn said that the company’s purpose is to help corporate research. He discussed a tool to search and monitor charters and bylaws. Quinn emphasized that Deal Point Data is a small company and it does all of its research, product development, and customer support in the United States.

Continue reading September 2018 Business Meeting Roundup

CALL Executive Board Meeting Minutes – May 2018

MAY Minutes

Board Members Present: Clare Willis, Todd Ito, Joe Mitzenmacher, Scott Vanderlin, Tom Gaylord, Lindsey Carpino, and Annie Mentkowski

Board Members Absent: None

Guests: Incoming Director Jesse Bowman, Incoming Vice President Jessie LeMar, and Incoming Treasurer Julie Swanson

Treasurer’s Report Section (IV):

  1. Harris Bank Balance as of April 30, 2018: $21,170.71
  2. Net Income as of April 30, 2018: -$ 2367.82
  3. Membership numbers as of May 7, 2018: 303

CALL Executive Board Meeting Minutes – June 2018

JUNE Minutes

Board Members Present: Clare Willis, Todd Ito, Joe Mitzenmacher, Scott Vanderlin, Jesse Bowman, Jessie LeMar, and Julie Swanson.

Board Members Absent: Annie Mentkowski

Guests: none

Treasurer’s Report Section (IV):

  1. Harris Bank Balance as of May 31, 2018: $20,387.36
  2. Net Income as of April 30, 2018: $1,584.47
  3. Membership numbers as of May 7, 2018: 308

 Significant action: The Board passed a resolution to amend the CALL Bylaws.  This amendment removes the Associate member category and removes the requirement that a retired member was an active member of the Association for at least 10 consecutive years.

 

May 2018 Business Meeting Roundup

The meeting was held at Wildfire (159 W. Erie Street) on Thursday  May 10, 2018.

CALL President Clare Willis opened the meeting by welcoming the membership. There were 76 attendees at the meeting. Clare also summarized everything that CALL accomplished this past year: CALL awarded $5000 in grants, posted 17 positions, advocated for preserving net neutrality, established a professional development task force, hosted several continuing education events, and raised $1100 for local service organizations. She also mentioned that the Strategic Planning Committee was still working on a plan, but that the Board recently approved the committee’s proposed new mission statement: “CALL supports legal information professionals through advocacy, education, and engagement.” Clare also introduced and thanked the meeting sponsor, Wolters Kluwer. Continue reading May 2018 Business Meeting Roundup