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SWALL 2017: Saturday Schedule

Conference information for the 2017 Southwestern Association of Law Libraries

Registration Check In

Saturday, 9am-12pm. 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

Program Quick View

Saturday, April 8

8:00-9:00 | Breakfast (Roxy)
9:15-10:00 | Securities Law (Wurlitzer)
9:15-10:00 | Fight for Status (Regal)
10:15-11:00 | Chapter Website Redesign (Wurlitzer)
10:15-11:00 | The Future of AI (Regal)
11:00-11:15 | Break (Galleria/Exhibit Hall)
11:15-12:00 | Build Your Own Digital Depository (Wurlitzer)
11:15-12:00 | Getting Published (Regal)


8:00am - 9:00am

Roxy Room


Join your colleagues for bagels, yogurt, granola, oatmeal and traditional toppings, fresh muffins, pastries, croissants, and fresh fruit.  Coffee, tea, juices & fruit-infused water will also be available.

Morning Programs - Details and Materials


Wurlitzer Room

Introduction to Securities Law Research

Speaker: Katy Badeaux (University of Houston)

This program will introduce the basics of securities law, examine the applicable research components, and suggest best practices and resources for law librarians unfamiliar with the area. From defining important terminology to demonstrating successful search strategies, the program will give librarians the background needed to begin research projects surrounding securities issues.


Regal Room

UNM Law Librarians' Fight for Law Faculty Status

Speaker: Ernesto Longa (University of New Mexico)

Prof. Longa's research into the university's archives revealed a fascinating history of the status of librarians at UNM. Attendees will hear the story of trailblazing librarians and recalcitrant administrators and learn the role the documentary history played in the current voting rights policy of the law school.  


Wurlitzer Room

Chapter Website Redesign: HALL Membership Services Move to the Cloud

Speaker: Richard Guajardo (University of Houston)

HALL committee chairs were interested in automating and streamlining manual and repetitive processes needed to support member services. In response, the HALL website was moved to a cloud-based membership management service that allows for a more robust handling of events and membership services.

The new platform offers individual member accounts, self-serve options for membership renewal, meeting RSVPs, and an online, real-time membership directory. This project will result in huge time savings for HALL officers and committee chairs.

In addition, the website design incorporates a new HALL logo and more vibrant color palate which led to a rebranding of the website, newsletter, and Facebook page.


Regal Room

The Future of Artificial Intelligence in Law Libraries: A Threat or an Opportunity?

Speakers: Jamie Baker (Texas Tech University), Kathleen Bransford (Denton County) & Marin Dell (Texas Tech University)

The threat of artificial intelligence replacing lawyers (and law librarians) is growing louder. Most recently, the makers of a legal research database, ROSS, powered by IBM's Watson, are touting ROSS as a "robot lawyer" who will save over 30% of a lawyer's time (coincidentally, the exact amount of time that studies show new associates spend on legal research). At this point, ROSS has a great PR scheme but is ultimately performing natural language processing much like Lexis or Westlaw. While seemingly benign, the dangers of this PR campaign are in the notion of premature disruption. What happens when lawyers buy into ROSS's capabilities to perform legal research  without understanding how or why the database retrieves certain results? What happens when partners decide that expensive law librarians are no longer necessary when a legal research robot is poised to replace them? There are a myriad of issues surrounding this type of thinking, including potential unauthorized practice of law or malpractice issues by relying on a database to do lawyering work. Ultimately, how can law librarians respond to the question of "why do we still need you when we have ROSS (or other AI)?


Galleria/Exhibit Hall

Morning Break

Visit with our exhibitors one last time while you enjoy apple strudel, scones with fresh whipped cream, assorted fruit juices, coffee, and fruit-infused water.

Break sponsored by Thomson Reuters


Wurlitzer Room

Build Your Own Digital Repository

Speaker: Erik Beck (University of Colorado)

Pay $22,000+ a year to host your scholarly articles and publications online through Digital Commons? Forget that! Build your own repository! This program will offer a step-by-step narrative of setting up a digital repository using open sources software like Dspace and Fedora. Audience members will learn the costs and benefits of such an approach and will be able to determine whether or not DIY digital repository development is for them.


Regal Room

Getting Published: My Story of Writing and Publishing a Judge's Biography

Moderator: Robert Hu
Speaker: Joan Cook Carabin (freelance writer)

Many law librarians need to write and publish as part of their employment. However, it is a challenging task to publish since it takes much time and effort to research and write. In this program, Joan Cook Carabin, author of a 2014 short biography, One of a Kind Judge: The Honorable Hippo Garcia, published by Life Rich Publishing, will share the story of how she chose to write about her subject, the research and writing process, publishing of the book, and its aftermath. Hopefully, her experience may provide inspirations to others.

Copies of Ms. Carabin's book will be available for purchase in the Galleria/Exhibit Hall on Saturday morning.

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