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SWALL 2017: Friday Schedule

Conference information for the 2017 Southwestern Association of Law Libraries

Registration Check In

Friday, 9am-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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Friday, April 7

8:00-9:00 | Breakfast (Roxy)
9:15-10:00 | Law Library Activism (Wurlitzer)
10:00-10:30 | Break (Galleria/Exhibit Hall)
10:30-11:15 | Where's My Free Lawyer, Part 1 (Wurlitzer)
10:30-11:15 | You Can't Write w/o Research (Regal)
11:30-12:15 | Where's My Free Lawyer, Part 2 (Wurlitzer)
11:30-12:15 | Research Assessment in Doctrinal Classes (Regal)
12:15-2:00 | Lunch & Business Mtg (Roxy)
2:15-3:00 | Texas State Law Library's Digital Collection (Wurlitzer)
2:15-3:00 | Sight, Sound & the Law (Regal)
3:00-3:30 | Break (Galleria/Exhibit Hall)
3:30-4:30 | Govt Roundtable (Wurlitzer)
3:30-4:30 | Academic Roundtable (Regal)
4:30-5:00 | Committee Meetings (Wurlitzer)
5:30-7:00 | Reception & Library Tours (UNM)
7:00 | Dine Arounds (Local restaurants)

Dine Arounds

Join your colleagues for excellent food and company!  On Friday night, New Mexico law librarians will host small-group dinners at local restaurants. The groups will leave from the UNM Reception at 7:00 p.m. and return to the Sheraton. See the Dine Around tab above for descriptions of the restaurants and to sign up.

Breakfast

8:00am - 9:00am

Roxy Room

Breakfast

Join your colleagues for a cup of coffee and a warm breakfast at the burrito bar. Fresh fruit, tea, juices & fruit-infused water will also be available.

Breakfast sponsored by LexisNexis

Morning Programs - Details and Materials

9:15am-10:00am

Wurlitzer Room

Plenary Session: Library Activism in a Post-Fact Era

Speaker: Lynne Rhys (New Mexico Supreme Court)

Is truth dead, as Time Magazine recently asked on its cover? If truth is dying, librarians have a special role to play in getting it off of life support. Many of us feel limited in what action we can actually take, particularly if we work in a corporate or government setting. In this session, we’ll look at the many ways we can act, and a few ways in which we can’t. Just what is activism? Does activism need to take sides? How have recent events impacted our ability to effect social change? Should we lobby? What about the Hatch Act? Regardless of your political leanings, this broad survey will help you identify next actions that are right for you.

10:00am-10:30am

Galleria/Exhibit Hall

Morning Break

Visit with our exhibitors while you enjoy granola parfaits, yogurt cups, and fresh fruit. Assorted fruit juices, coffee, and fruit-infused water will also be available.

Break sponsored by LexisNexis

10:30am-11:15am

Wurlitzer Room

Where's My Free Lawyer? Legal Reference to the Pro Se Patron, Part 1

Speakers: Karen Dibble (Dallas County), Deborah Hamilton (Pikes Peak Library District) & Aizul Ortega (Travis County)

Our nation faces a civil legal aid crisis. Many who qualify for civil legal aid or pro bono servies are not able to receive help due to a lack of funding and attorneys. This has increased the number of people representing themselves in court. Nearly seventy percent of civil defendants represent themselves. Many times these people are unprepared for this legal challenge and have difficulty navigating the justice system. In this session, participants will learn who qualifies for civil legal aid; how to help connect pro se patrons with services and legal resources; and what other types of programming and resources libraries can offer to help this population.

10:30am-11:15pm

Regal Room

You Can't Write Without Research: Tips for Helping Students with Scholarly Research Papers

Speaker: Jamie Baker & Alyson Drake (Texas Tech University)

At most law schools, despite recent strides to incorporate practice-focused writing into the law school curriculum, the majority of students fulfill the ABA's upper-level writing requirement by completing a scholarly research paper in the form of a journal note or comment, seminar paper, or independent research paper. Most students receive little instruction, supervision, or feedback during the scholarly research and writing process, and are unprepared to engage in this type of writing since they have only encountered practice-oriented research and writing in their first year skills course, leaving them to struggle when faced with a scholarly writing project.  This program will 1) present the results of a surveyof law librarians across the country regarding the informal scholarly research and writing instruction that is taking place at many law libraries across the country, 2) describe the types of instruction that may be implemented, and 3) give suggestions for ways to formalize the scholarly research and writing program using librarians, such as faculty and student outreach techniques, student writing groups, and more.

Attendees will be able to:

  1. Identify scholarly research and writing programs that work with their law school curriculums
  2. Develop a strategy for implementing a scholarly research and writing program at their law schools
  3. Advocate to their law school administration and faculty regarding why librarians are ideally suited to help students with the scholarly research and writing process.

11:30am-12:15pm

Wurlitzer Room

Where's My Free Lawyer? Legal Reference to the Pro Se Patron, Part 2

Speakers: Karen Dibble (Dallas County), Deborah Hamilton (Pikes Peak Library District) & Aizul Ortega (Travis County)

Our nation faces a civil legal aid crisis. Many who qualify for civil legal aid or pro bono servies are not able to receive help due to a lack of funding and attorneys. This has increased the number of people representing themselves in court. Nearly seventy percent of civil defendants represent themselves. Many times these people are unprepared for this legal challenge and have difficulty navigating the justice system. In this session, participants will learn who qualifies for civil legal aid; how to help connect pro se patrons with services and legal resources; and what other types of programming and resources libraries can offer to help this population.

 

11:30am-12:15pm

Regal Room

Research Assessment in Doctrinal Classes

Speakers: Stewart Caton & Edward Hart (UNT Dallas College of Law)

When research instruction is taught in a standalone class with no connection to the substantive law being researched, students later have difficulty applying their research skills to real world problems or a doctrinal lesson. Incorporating research instruction into doctrinal classes helps students develop legal information literacy, connecting their understanding of legal information with the law they are learning. Attendees will hear how UNT Dallas College of Law adopted a graduation requirement that requires students to complete research lessons (called research segments) during their upper class studies, and how the librarians partnered with doctrinal faculty to carry out assessments of students.

Lunch & Business Meeting

 

12:15pm-2:00pm

Roxy Room

Lunch & Business Meeting

Lunch Menu: Buffet with fresh fruit; tomato, cucumber and sweet red onion salad; orzo pasta salad with cranberries and feta cheese; tender pot roast bourguignon, center cut pork loin with a grainy mustard sauce, roasted garlic broccolini, and maple roasted sweet potatoes. Served with warm dinner rolls, iced tea, coffee & hot tea, and Chef's Choice desert. (Subject to change)

Afternoon Programs - Details and Materials

2:15pm-3:00pm

Wurlitzer Room

Texas State Law Library's Digital Collection: It is Remotely Possible!

Moderator: Michelle Rigual
Speakers: Arturo Longoria & Leslie Prather (Texas State Law Library)

The Texas State Law Library has been providing legal resources and information via their web portal since 2014 and hopes that by sharing their experience they can ignite a conversation about how public law libraries can play a role in the digital access to justice movement. The gamut of issues will be covered, including setting up the technical structure, working with publishers, selecting a well-balanced digital collection, collaborating with other stakeholders, and marketing, as well as the setbacks and challenges they have experienced.

Program sponsored by AALL/Bloomberg Continuing Education Grant

2:15pm-3:00pm

Regal Room

Sight, Sound & the Law: Common Issues in Audiovisual Production

Speaker: Jose Jehuda Garcia (Attorney/Consultant/Producer)

In recent years, television and film production have flourished across the Southwest. As production grows, so do those issues and disputes involving common legal claims of interest to law librarians, such as copyright infringement and privacy torts. This presentation offers an entertaining look at cases involving those claims in the television and film industry.

Upon completion, program participants will be able to:

  1. Identify the exclusive rights of authors under copyright law
  2. Identify the common law foundations of privacy torts
  3. Understand the role of contracts in (a) licensing copyrights and (b) obtaining consents needed to avoid privacy claims.

No previous knowledge or experience with copyright or tort law is required to benefit from this program.

3:00pm-3:30pm

Galleria/Exhibit Hall

Afternoon Break

Visit with our exhibitors and refresh with smoothies, root beer & Coke floats, cold coffee shots with toppings, and Fizzy Izze soda.

Break sponsored by Thomson Reuters

3:30pm-4:30pm

 

Concurrent Roundtables

Roundtable 1: Government Law Librarians  (Wurlitzer Room)
TOPIC: Library Hacks: What Makes Your Job Easier? 
Share the top three tips that have improved your daily grind.

Roundtable 2: Academic Law Librarians  (Regal Room)
TOPIC: Teaching Legal Research in a Two Dimensional World

  1. In a world with few print materials, what are the appropriate topics to add to the traditional curriculum of legal research and what should be dropped?  
  2. What are the legal environments our students find themselves in?  How many will be practicing law without access to Westlaw/Lexis/Bloomberg/Hein Online?  To what extent can researchers conduct competent, comprehensive and authoritative legal research using only free internet sources?
  3. Are there any experts? What training/education updates do we need to better help our students succeed?

4:30pm-5:00pm

Wurlitzer Room

Committee Meetings

Time for committees to meet.

Reception & Tours at UNM Law Library

5:30pm - 7:00pm

UNM Law Library

Reception at UNM Law Library

Join the UNM Law Library faculty and staff for a reception at our library with appetizers from Pasion Latin Fusion, library tours, and ample space at the windows to watch the mountains reflect the colors of the sunset.

Shuttle buses depart from the hotel front door at 5:15pm and 5:25pm. A single shuttle back to the hotel departs UNM at 7:05pm.


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