Category Archives: Meetings

The Meetings Committee makes all arrangements for CALL’s business meetings, including site selection, registration, menu planning, and publicity.

CALL Meetings Committee 2021-2022 Annual Report

Jill Meyer – Co-Chair 

Philip Johnson – Co-Chair
Jesse Bowman – Committee member

Mike McMillan – Committee member
Jamie Stewart – Committee member

In-person events were on hold for another year until the June 2022 75th Anniversary Celebration. The Meetings Committee continued to help coordinate our business meetings and assisted with planning and set-up of a few other events listed below.  Continue reading CALL Meetings Committee 2021-2022 Annual Report

November Business Meeting – Rhea Ballard-Throwe

CALL convened on November 18, 2021 at noon via Zoom for our November Business Meeting. There were 54 registrants for this meeting. President Jamie Sommer opened the meeting and thanked Lexis for sponsoring the door prizes before handing it over to Vice President Scott Vanderlin, who introduced our speaker, Dean Rhea Ballard-Thrower.


Dean Ballard-Thrower was recently named the University Librarian at the University of Illinois Chicago. She was previously the Executive Director of the Howard University Libraries and a tenured professor at the Howard University School of Law. She has also served as Director of the Howard University Law Library, Associate Director of the Georgia State University Law Library, and as a reference librarian for the Tarlton Law Library at the University of Texas-Austin. Continue reading November Business Meeting – Rhea Ballard-Throwe

November Business Meeting – David Schwartz and Adam Pah from SCALES-OKN

November 19, 2020 Business Meeting at 12:00 p.m. via Zoom

Our November Business Meeting had 59 attendees. President Lindsey Carpino opened the meeting by welcoming new members and introducing our sponsor, Thomson Reuters. Blythe McCoy discussed the various COVID-19 and civil rights resources that Thomson Reuters has made available to researchers. She also discussed Thomson Reuter’s financial support to the city of Minneapolis and expanded opportunities for employees to volunteer in the community. Continue reading November Business Meeting – David Schwartz and Adam Pah from SCALES-OKN

September Business Meeting – Grace Pai, Director of Advancing Justice–Chicago

Our September Business Meeting was attended by about 70 CALL members. President Lindsey Carpino opened the meeting by thanking outgoing board members (Jessie LeMar, who is now Past President, Joe Mitzenmacher, and Jesse Bowman) and welcoming the board members that joined in May (Vice President/President-Elect Jamie Sommer, Treasurer Tom Keefe, and Director Mandy Lee). Lindsey noted that we’re maintaining our usual schedule as best as possible, including virtual Business Meetings, calls for grants and awards, and continuing education events. Virtual happy hours have been popular and will continue. Further, we will ramp up diversity and inclusion efforts this year. Continue reading September Business Meeting – Grace Pai, Director of Advancing Justice–Chicago

May Business Meeting: Diane Rodriguez (AALL Vice-President)

Our final business meeting of the year was held over Zoom. In addition to our CALL award winners, recognized below, President Lindsey Carpino also acknowledged CALL members that won AALL awards this year:

  • Stacia Stein won the Joseph L. Andrews Legal Literature Award
  • Matt Timko won the AALL/Lexis Nexis Call for Papers Award in the New Member Division
  • Mandy Lee won the Minority Leadership Development Award
  • Clanitra Stewart Nejdl won both the Emerging Leader Award and the AALL Spectrum Article of the Year Award!

Continue reading May Business Meeting: Diane Rodriguez (AALL Vice-President)

CALL Meetings Committee 2020-2021 Annual Report


  • Carrie Port
  • Eugene Giudice – Co-Chair

Committee Members

  • Mike McMillan
  • Jill Meyer – committee member

The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic precluded any in-person events.  The meetings committee, realizing the necessity to keep the librarian community connected, was able to put on a number of virtual events.  The events that the committee planned this year were as follows: Continue reading CALL Meetings Committee 2020-2021 Annual Report

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

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.

CALL Media Club: The Little Paris Bookshop

2020 was an interesting year for the CALL Meetings Committee.  We were forced to revise the traditional “Business lunch” meetings, to at-home Zoom calls, and everyone struggled to stay healthy and sane while living out the year stuck in the “comfort” of our homes.

After some successful Zoom Happy Hours and a really fun virtual Trivia Night holiday party, the CALL Meetings Committee decided to get creative with different ways that our group could stay connected during the pandemic shut-down.  One suggestion was a book club.  We decided to try and keep it light, and fun, and use it as a way to get conversation going and give us all something to look forward to during the cold winter days.

The first meeting, of what we have now decided is the CALL Media Club (open to books and movies – and any other media we see fit to include) occurred on Jan. 28, 2021.  A few book options were sent out to the greater CALL membership to vote on, and it was decide to start off with The Little Paris Bookshop by Nina George.  We had approximately 11 people join the group, and we had a great conversation during our lunch hour.

The book received mixed reviews, but the discussion sparked lots of recommended reading (and travel destinations).  The plan is to continue this quarterly, with the next session taking place in April.  We are hoping to try a movie for the next go-round, and there will be a survey sent out to the membership for recommendations.   So look for that survey to send in your recommendation, and hopefully we can double the participation for the next session!