Ronald McDonald House Thanks NJLLA

Ronald McDonald House of Central & Northern New Jersey thanked NJLLA for donations collected at our recent annual meeting. Kudos to the Community Service Committee for its efforts in arranging the donations.

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AALL’s First Innovation Tournament to be Held at Annual Meeting in Austin

[Posted on behalf of AALL]

A few creative go-getters ready to pitch their ideas — ideas that beat out all the others to reach this stage. A panel of judges comprised of the industry’s thought leaders, waiting to be wowed. A rapt audience, eager to see who will sink or swim. It’s the showcase of a major network (legal knowledge network, that is), truly “must-see” stuff.¬†It’s not Shark Tank. It’s AALL’s first innovation tournament.

Legal information professionals are forgoing the status quo every day — leverage this new opportunity to showcase your ideas. If you’re in the process of developing a new, innovative, and implementable idea to improve your workplace, we want to hear from you. What’s the hook? Two $2,500 prizes will be awarded to further support the development and implementation of compelling workplace innovations. Some serious shark cred comes with those prizes, too.

Apply by May 5. Applications will be evaluated later this spring; a group of finalists will be selected to present their innovation plans to attendees and a special panel of judges at the 2017 AALL Annual Meeting in Austin.

AALL thanks Bloomberg Law for its generous support of this event.

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NJLLA’s Community Service Effort Receives Thanks

Marty’s Place Senior Dog Sanctuary in Upper Freehold, NJ, has sent the Association a warm thank you note for our recent community service effort to benefit their organization. Read the full letter here!

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NJLLA Annual Business Meeting & 30th Anniversary Celebration! ūüóď

2017 Annual Business Meeting   &
NJLLA’s 30th  Anniversary  Celebration

Thursday, May 11, 2017

 Keynote Speaker: Lucy Curci-Gonzalez, Executive Director, New York Law Institute

  “I Get By with a Little Help from My Colleagues:
Top Ten Reasons to Join Your Professional Association‚ÄĚ

Lucy is a forward-thinking leader with three decades of experience in the law library field. She is an active member of AALL & PLLIP, LLAGNY, NJLLA and LLSDC.

DATE: Thursday May 11, 2017

PLACE: NJ Historical Society
52 Park Place  Newark, NJ
(convenient to Military Park Garage)

TIME:¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† 11:00 am ‚Äď 2:00 pm

11:00 am -12:00 pm:      NJLLA Annual Business Meeting & Election
12:00 pm to 12:30 pm:   Speaker
12:30 pm to 1:15 pm:      Lunch
1:15 pm:                            Research Library Tour & Exhibits (optional)
(World War I, Louis Bamberger, Ebb &  Flow, 50th commemoration of Newark Riots)

Please arrive promptly.

This program was generously supported by
LexisNexis Librarian Relations Group.

COST: Members: $10.00           Students: $5.00       Non-Members: $20.00

RSVP:  by Friday, May 5, 2017

Community Service Project: Ronald McDonald House of New Brunswick
Wish List:

Visa/MC/Amex, Staples, Target, Amazon, Stop & Shop, Bed Bath & Beyond, & Costco gift cards in increments of $10; coffee pods, paper towels, heavy duty paper plates (no Styrofoam), masking tape, pudding cups, solid white albacore tuna, heavy duty plastic cutlery, double-sided tape, packages of individual cereal boxes.  Thank you!

Please make your check payable to: New Jersey Law Librarians Association

Mail to:
Johanna Bizub
Prudential Insurance
751 Broad Street  NJ-01-04-13
Newark NJ  07102-3714

email:  or call 973-367-3175

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NJLLA Grants to Attend AALL Conference – Apply Now!

NJLLA has two grants available this year to send our chapter members to the American Association of Law Libraries (AALL) conference in Austin this summer from July 15-18. And heads up Рone of the due dates to apply is coming up fast!

One grant is our annual Founders Grant. The purpose of this Grant is to financially assist a member of NJLLA to attend the AALL Annual Meeting. This NJLLA Grant covers the cost of registration, transportation, and hotel accommodations up to $1,500. Receipts for these costs must be submitted to the NJLLA Treasurer. Applications are due April 17, 2017.

The other grant comes to us from AALL. Each Annual Meeting, AALL underwrites one free full registration ($599.00 value) for a number of chapters on a rotation basis.¬† NJLLA members are eligible for the grant this year.¬† AALL‚Äôs goal is to provide an enriching experience as the member learns and networks with colleagues from across the country. Applicant must be a member of the New Jersey Law Librarians Association and a newer member of the American Association of Law Libraries (joined AALL in 2008 or later.) Applications and essays for this grant are due very soon — March 29, 2017.

For both of these grants, prior grant recipients (within the last five years) and current members of the Grants & Awards Committee are not eligible to apply.

Full application information and details are available on the applications below.

2017 NJLLA Founders Grant Application available in Word and PDF.

2017 AALL Chapter Registration Award for NJLLA Members available in Word and PDF.

Questions may be directed to the Chair of our Grants & Awards Committee, Kathy Taggart, at or 973-422-6442.


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NJLLA Nomination Slate for 2017-18 Executive Board

We’re pleased to announce the Nomination Slate for the 2017-18 NJLLA Executive Board. Election of officers will occur at the Association‚Äôs annual business meeting on May 11, 2017. Details to come!


In accordance with Article IX, Section 1 (b) of the bylaws, the Nominating Committee is pleased to present its candidates for the following offices:

(Appointed automatically by succession.)
Sheryll Rappaport
McCarter & English LLP
Newark, NJ

Dennis Kim-Prieto
Rutgers Law Library
Newark, NJ

(Appointed automatically by succession.)
Joanne Murphy
Saiber LLC
Florham Park, NJ

(Appointed to a 2-year term.)
Judith Simms
Rutgers Law Library
Newark, NJ

Brittany Persson
Seton Hall Law Library
Newark, NJ

Brian Craig
Sills Cummis & Gross P.C.
Newark, NJ

Marlene Gebauer
Greenberg Traurig LLP
Florham Park, NJ



The Nominating Committee solicits the membership for input during the selection process and it is deemed that the nominees presented are the candidates of the membership. However, any member in good standing in the Association may make additional nominations by petition. The member must contact the President at least 30 days prior to the annual meeting, submitting the petition in writing, endorsed with the signatures of at least 10 other members, as specified in Article IX, Section 1 (c) of the Association’s bylaws.


Election of officers will occur at the Association’s annual business meeting on May 11, 2017.

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NJLLA April Program: The Changing Face of Family Law; Plus Annual Meeting Save the Date ūüóď

The New Jersey Law Librarians Association welcomes speaker Ellen C. Marshall, Esq., for our April 4th luncheon event. Plus, please save the date for NJLLA’s annual meeting and 30th anniversary celebration! It will be held on May 11 at the New Jersey Historical Society in Newark. More details to come.


The Changing Face of Family Law
Ellen C. Marshall, Esq. 

Families have changed, economic regulations impacting those newly in the workforce have become more stringent, even case law has begun to evolve to recognize these sometimes seismic shifts.  Society’s expectations of divorce, however, have not always kept pace with legal, economic and sociological realties.

The impact of children spending more time with caregivers and teachers than parents; changes brought about in conjunction with recognizing the LGBTQ community; new custodial and economic demands of divorcing families; new challenges for borrowers and lenders and other social, legal and financial challenges of the 21st century will be discussed in this luncheon program. 

Ellen C. Marshall practiced Family Law for almost 26 years, after a career in social service. A graduate of Seton Hall University School of Law, Ellen also holds a Master’s Degree in Counseling Psychology. Appointed by courts as guardian ad litem in complex custody cases, Ellen’s practice focused on high net worth families and high conflict custody cases. Ellen currently teaches as adjunct faculty at Raritan Valley Community College.

DATE and TIME:       Tuesday, April 4, 2017, 12 noon to 1:30 PM

PLACE:                           Saiber, LLC, 18 Columbia Turnpike #200, Florham Park

COST:                              $12 members; $15 nonmembers; $6 students

RSVP:                              By Friday, March 31st to Leigh DeProspo

Community Service Project: Marty’s Place Senior Dog Sanctuary,
Top wish list needs: Lysol wipes, mini milk bones, Milk Bone Maro Snacks, Milk Bone Trail Mix, Greenie-Pill Pockets, Bounty paper towels, training pads, Tide Pods laundry detergent, and Dawn dish detergent.  Also, gift cards from PetSmart, Petco, Pet Supply Plus, Pet Valu, Costco, and BJ’s. Cash or checks are also welcomed.

Make check payable to: New Jersey Law Librarians Association

Mail to:
Leigh DeProspo
Greenbaum, Rowe, Smith & Davis
99 Wood Avenue South
Iselin, NJ 08830

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February Brown Bag Luncheon: Tips, Tricks and Questions ūüóď


Members Choice: Tips, Tricks and Questions
Moderated by Gayle Lynn-Nelson

Take advantage of this opportunity for members to bring up issues they are currently facing and to get feedback from the group.  An example might be how to handle a move, since many of our libraries are being relocated.  This is a chance to benefit from the wisdom and experience of your peers!

Submission of topics or questions before the event is encouraged.

In order to make it possible for more members to participate, we are introducing the video-conference option.  You are welcome to join the discussion in person, at either the Newark or Roseland location, or to dial in.

For those attending the brown bag luncheon in person, bring your own lunch. Drinks and dessert will be provided by the host.

Date and Time: Tuesday, February 28, 2017 at 12:00 noon 

Locations: Simultaneous Video Conference in 2 locations ‚Äď join us in person or dial in from your desk
Dial-in Access will be provided before the event

Lowenstein Sandler
65 Livingston Ave., Roseland, NJ 


McCarter & English
100 Mulberry St., Gateway 4, Newark, NJ 

Contact:  Kathy Taggart at or 973-422-6442

RSVP by Friday, February 24, 2017

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2017 AALL Annual Meeting Grant

[Posted on behalf of AALL]

Wanting go to the 110th AALL Annual Meeting & Conference in Austin, TX, July 15-18 and need some financial assistance to attend? Then the Annual Meeting Grant is for you.

The Annual Meeting Grant Awards Jury is seeking applications for the AALL Annual Meeting Grant Award. The deadline to apply is April 1, 2017. Additional information about the award as well as the application can be found at: Annual Meeting Grant Awards.

The AALL Grants Program provides financial assistance to experienced law librarians who are actively involved in AALL or its chapters and to newer law librarians or graduate students who hold promise of future involvement in AALL and the law library profession. Funds are provided by AALL, AALL individual members, and vendors.

An applicants must meet all of the following criteria to be considered for the award:

  • be a member or student member of AALL or an AALL chapter;
  • not have received a grant in the past three years; and
  • submit a timely and complete application.

If you have any questions, please email Iain Barksdale at

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Pajama Program Thanks NJLLA

It’s a tradition for the Community Service Committee to collect donations at NJLLA’s Annual Holiday Party for the Pajama Program, and this year was no different. Please take a moment to read the lovely letter of appreciation from the Pajama Program, and enjoy a cozy and warm holiday season!

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