From the Editors

A retro-active welcome to 2021! Please forgive us for this belated issue, 2021 started with a bang. To mark the speedy passage of time, we offer what we can in this issue.

Included are the President’s Message from Lindsay Carpino and the Executive Board Meeting minutes for November, December, and January.

If you attended or not, you can read summaries of both the lively December Trivia Night and the first CALL Media Club: The Little Paris Bookshop.

We also welcome the incoming Executive Board Members: Scott Vandelin, Sarah Andeen, and Carrie Port. We hope you enjoy this Winter edition of the CALL Bulletin!

President’s Message

I hope everyone did their best to stay warm over the extra cold winter! As I write this message, the snow continues to fall. It has been a year since our last in-person business meeting in February, but CALL continues to keep our members engaged. We hosted a successful virtual business meeting on February 18, 2021 with speaker Robert Ambrogi. Ambrogi spoke about the Essential Role of the Law Librarian. We had 63 members join via Zoom. Continue reading President’s Message

February Business Meeting

Our February business meeting convened on February 18 over Zoom and had 53 CALL members in attendance.

President Lindsey Carpino opened the meeting by reminding attendees that the CALL election is going on until March 15 and that this month the community service has arranged for CALL to support the DuSable Museum of African American History (more on these in the committee announcements below).

She also thanked our speaker Robert Ambrogi, noting that outside of a remote meeting it would be difficult to schedule a meeting with him present. Vice President Jamie Sommer introduced Mr. Ambrogi, who is a long-time expert on legal technology, practice, and ethics. He is the publisher and editor-in-chief of and writes a technology column for Above the Law. Continue reading February Business Meeting

Congratulations to the Incoming Board Members

Please congratulate me in welcoming our newly elected CALL Board:

Vice President/President-Elect

Scott Vanderlin, CALL VP/President Elect 2021-2022

Scott Vanderlin


Sarah Andeen


Carrie Port, CALL Director 2021-2022

Carrie Port

We will congratulate you officially at our May Business Meeting.

I would like to thank the Nominations & Elections Committee for putting together a wonderful slate: Joe Mitzenmacher (Chair), Julie Melvin, Eugene Giudice and Todd Ito.

Thank you to those who were nominated:

Shari Berkowitz Duff (Vice President/President-Elect), Mike McMillan (Secretary) and Patricia Scott (Director). We appreciate your willingness to serve CALL.


Trivia Night Review

The meetings committee hosted a holiday online trivia night on December 17, 2020. Ten excited and hopeful teams participated. Tanya Carlson, Konya Moss, Jessie LeMar, and Sandy Qiu of Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom were the winning team with an assist from their families.

Jillian Baker hosted the trivia night and wowed us with her inventive questions. There were music hints to all the questions and the rounds consisted of pop culture, back to school, random questions, and two picture rounds featuring movies and license plates.

The Final 2 Questions are listed below. For fun see if you know the answers.

  • Children Books: Released in 1987, what book was the result of more than two years of detailed work by illustrator Martin Handford, and spent 93 weeks in the number one spot on the New York Times Best Sellers List?
  • Geography: Which US State has the most natural lakes?

The Meetings Committee is excited to host more events in the future.

Highlights from IALL Annual Course in Sydney

Yaama.* A CALL grant facilitated my attendance at the 38th Annual Course of the International Association of Law Libraries (IALL) held in Sydney, Australia, October 27-30. “Law Down Under: Australia’s Legal Landscape” drew 132 delegates (attendees) from 21 countries with 48% being first-time delegates.

*The Gamilaraay language word for hello used in Northern NSW, Australia. Continue reading Highlights from IALL Annual Course in Sydney

September Business Meeting with Steven Schwinn

CALL held its September 2023 Business meeting at Maggiano’s on Wednesday, September 20, 2023.  President Mandy Lee welcomed three new members to the meeting: Andrew Ellison, Kathleen Mance, and Rachel Tomei.  

Meeting Speaker

Vice-President/President Elect Philip Johnson introduced our speaker, Steven D. Schwinn, professor of law at the University of Illinois Chicago School of Law, where he teaches constitutional law, comparative constitutional law, human rights, civil rights, and legal writing. Continue reading September Business Meeting with Steven Schwinn

It Was All About AI…..Or Was it? – AALL 2023 Grantee Report

I wish to start this article by thanking the 2022–2023 Grants and Awards Committee for providing me with resources to attend this year’s conference.  I would encourage all CALL members to avail themselves of the opportunity that the Grants and Awards Committee offers each year to help subsidize attendance at the annual AALL conference.  This article aims to share my reflections on some of the sessions I sat in on.

As the title of this article implies, I went into this conference thinking the hot topic that would dominate all the conversations would be generative AI and its impact on our profession.  While it is true that there were many substantive discussions on this topic, as the conference progressed, it became clear to me that another topic became a very dominant undercurrent for me, and that was the idea of the invitation, how we offer it and maybe most importantly, to whom do we offer it. Continue reading It Was All About AI…..Or Was it? – AALL 2023 Grantee Report

President’s Letter

Dear Chicago Association of Law Libraries Members,

At the Chapter Presidents’ Training during the American Association of Law Libraries Annual Meeting and Conference in Boston this past July, our chapter stood out among chapters for our strategic plan. Not only was our plan well-thought and clearly articulated, the mere fact that we had a strategic plan was an achievement in itself. 

Special thanks to our 2020-21 Strategic Plan Committee for all of the hard work that you put into crafting our plan. It lights the way forward as we embark on the 2023-24 year, and progress toward our centennial in 2046 in order to place CALL in the best possible position, technologically and with respect to our structure. Continue reading President’s Letter

Claire Toomey Durkin & Bill Schwesig – 2023 Lifetime Achievement in Law Librarianship Honorees

The Outstanding Lifetime Achievement in Law Librarianship Award is presented annually to a librarian for an outstanding lifetime achievement in law librarianship.

The 2023 Honorees were Claire Toomey Durkin and William “Bill” Schwesig. Continue reading Claire Toomey Durkin & Bill Schwesig – 2023 Lifetime Achievement in Law Librarianship Honorees

Emily Byrne – 2023 Outstanding In-House Publication Honoree

The Outstanding In-House Publication Award is given to an individual or group who created in-house library materials (print or online) that are user and staff oriented, are relevant for law libraries, and are outstanding in quality.

Emily Byrne, Chapman and Cutler LLP

Each year, the library at Chapman and Cutler celebrates National Library Week with daily emails that include short puzzles, a compilation of recommendations in a column called Off-Hours, trivia, book recommendations, prizes and “Did you know…” style research tips. Emily creates the emails and puzzles and each year they get better and better.  Continue reading Emily Byrne – 2023 Outstanding In-House Publication Honoree

Shari Berkowitz Duff and Jessie LeMar – 2023 Agnes and Harvey Reid Honorees

The Agnes and Harvey Reid Award for Outstanding Contribution to Law Librarianship is presented annually to librarians who have provided outstanding service to the chapter during the previous year or for contribution to law librarianship.

This year the honorees are Shari Berkowitz Duff and Jesse LeMar: Continue reading Shari Berkowitz Duff and Jessie LeMar – 2023 Agnes and Harvey Reid Honorees

Bulletin Committee Annual Report 2022-2023


  • Emily Barney
  • Lindsey Carpino, through Winter 2023
  • Matt Timko


  • Stacia Stein
  • Shannon Conder
  • Rachel Ford

Committee Charge

The Bulletin Committee produces 4 issues of the CALL Bulletin each year. The Bulletin will contain information concerning the governance of the Association, including summary minutes of Board and business meetings as well as committee reports and other items of interest to the Membership. Issues will be published in Fall, Winter, Spring and Summer. Continue reading Bulletin Committee Annual Report 2022-2023

Community Service Committee Annual Report 2022-2023

In 2022-2023, the Community Service Committee was chaired by Lisa Winkler. The members of the committee were James Fortsas, Mike McMillan, Nan Norton, Beth Schubert and Leah Whitesel.

Volunteer Opportunities

We successfully coordinated the following four volunteering opportunities from October 2022 to May 2023: Continue reading Community Service Committee Annual Report 2022-2023

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