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SWALL 2017: Thursday Schedule

Conference information for the 2017 Southwestern Association of Law Libraries

Registration Check In

Thursday, 9:30am-5pm. Registration check-in is available in the Galleria/Exhibit Hall. If no one is at the desk, there will be a sign with a phone number; please text or call.

Free Wireless!

Complimentary wireless Internet access is available in the SWALL meeting rooms.

Network: attwifi_meeting
Password: sheraton

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Thursday, April 6

10:00-11:30 | Exec Bd Mtg (ABQ Boardroom)
11:15-11:45 | Sponsor Presentations
noon-2:00 | Opening Lunch (Roxy)
2:15-3:00 | Guerilla Marketing (Wurlitzer)
2:15-3:00 | Oil & Gas Law Research (Regal)
3:00-3:30 | Break (Galleria/Exhibit Hall)
3:30-4:30 | Ignite Talks (Wurlitzer)
3:30-4:30 | The Politics of Food (Regal)
4:30-5:00 | Sponsor Presentations
5:30-7:30 | Opening Night Reception (Roxy)

Sponsor Presentations

Three meeting sponsors will give 30-min product updates on Thursday during no-conflict times, either before or after the day’s scheduled programming. 

  • LexisNexis, 11:15-11:45am (Wurlitzer)
  • Power Notes (formerly LearnLeo), 11:15-11:45am (Regal)
  • Thomson Reuters, 4:30-5:00pm (Wurlitzer).

Opening Lunch

12:00pm - 2:00pm

Roxy Room

Opening Lunch

Is the "Act of God" Dead?
Speaker: Clifford Villa (University of New Mexico)

Cliff Villa is an Assistant Professor at the University of New Mexico School of Law where he teaches in the areas of environmental and constitutional law. Prior to joining the UNM law faculty, he served for 22 years as an attorney for the EPA focusing on the cleanup of mining districts and federal facilities, as well as emergency response.

Lunch Menu: Pecan crusted chicken served with fresh whipped potatoes and a Dijon mustard bourbon sauce, salad, artisan rolls, dessert, coffee, iced tea, coffee & hot tea. (Subject to change)

Lunch sponsored by LexisNexis

Programs - Details and Materials

2:15pm - 3:00pm

Wurlitzer Room

Guerilla Marketing

Speakers: Heather Holmes & Joseph Lawson (Harris County)

Guerilla marketing is the practice of using high-energy, grassroots, non-conventional marketing practices to get the word out about events and products. Its an excellent strategy for building law library marketing practices from scratch and on a limited budget. We'll discuss creating and implementing low-cost marketing strategies for promoting programs and resources, using commonly-available software and office equipment to create high-quality marketing materials in various media, and engaging your audience in both physical and digital spaces.

2:15pm - 3:00 pm

Regal Room

Oil and Gas Law Research

Speaker: Christopher Dykes (University of Houston)

This program will provide an overview of sources necessary for oil and gas research. There will be a discussion of primary and secondary resources, subscription databases, and free internet sites.

3:00pm - 3:30pm

Galleria/Exhibit Hall

Afternoon Break

Visit with our exhibitors and refresh yourself with fresh cookies with milk, pita chips and hummus, sodas, tea, coffee, and fruit-infused water.

Break sponsored by Thomson Reuters

3:30pm - 4:30 pm

Wurlitzer Room

Ignite Talks

Each speaker presents 20 slides, which automatically advance every 15 seconds. The result is a fast and fun presentation which lasts just 5 minutes.

Moderator: Michelle Rigual

The Internet of Things and the Law
Speaker: Katy Badeaux (University of Houston)

As our homes, cars, and lives become "smarter" through the Internet of Things, what are the implications for law and legal research? This Ignite Talk will introduce the audience to the Internet of Things and examine how it interacts with multiple areas of law.

Decluttering Your Library: A Spring Cleaning Plan to Keep Your Library Organized and Relevant
Speaker: Stacy Fowler (St. Mary's University)

Tips and ideas for organizing and weeding your library.

Outreach and Access: It's What a County Law Librarian Does
Speaker: Virginia Eldridge (Grayson County)

A day in the life of a county law librarian, with each slide representing an example of the various patrons helped by the public law librarian.

You've Come a Long Way, Soldier: A Brief History of Important Laws and Decisions Affecting Women in the U.S. Military
Speaker: Stacy Fowler (St. Mary's University)

An overview of the most important laws, resolutions, and decisions affecting the 112 years of the American female military experience.

3:30pm - 4:30 pm

Regal Room

The Politics of Food in the Southwest: The Complex Example of New Mexico

Moderator: Jennifer Laws
Speakers: John Garlisch (NMSU Bernalillo County Extension Office), Ari Herring (Rio Grande Food Project), Rodrigo Rodriguez (Southwest Organizing Project)

This panel will respond to a series of discussion questions such as:

  • What obstacles do the various communities in NM face when trying to access fresh, safe, and affordable food?
  • What role can our public schools play in addressing food insecurity?
  • Which local food traditions in NM are under threat and which are flourishing?
  • Does New Mexico need a state food strategy?
  • What cooperative efforts are underway to facilitate access to high-quality food?
  • How great is the impact of economic status on access to fresh, safe, and affordable food?
  • What cultural factors influence the food practices and realities of our varied communities?

Resources related to this presentation:

Opening Night Reception

5:30pm - 7:30pm

Roxy Room

Opening Night Reception

Join your colleagues for an evening reception in the hotel's Roxy Room. Each attendee will receive 2 drink tickets for wine/beer/sodas. A cash bar will be available once the tickets run out. Hors d'oeuvres will include chilled stuffed shrimp, green chile cheese chicken wellington, goat cheese grapes, savory stuffed mushrooms, fire grilled local farmers market vegetables, house made bread, white bean hummus, pepper and dill yogurt dip, and a 'mac and cheese' bar.

Reception sponsored by Thomson Reuters


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