NJLLA’s 2017 Holiday Party 🗓


NJLLA’s Annual Holiday Party!

Wednesday, December 6, 2017
5:00-8:00 p.m.

18 Columbia Turnpike, Suite 200
Florham Park, NJ 07932

Dinner Buffet and Dessert

The holiday party is generously sponsored by the Librarian Relations Team at

Please RSVP by Friday, December 1st to Joanne Murphy at jmurphy@saiber.com.

The Community Service Committee will be collecting
children’s books and pajamas for The Pajama Program.

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SLA Event: “Explore the Internet of Things” with Speaker Projit Aon from Verizon 🗓

Special Libraries Association
Princeton-Trenton Chapter AND New Jersey Chapter

“Explore the Internet of Things”

Speaker: Projit Aon
Senior Manager of Product Management & Development
In Verizon’s Global Product and Services

Projit Aon leads product management for the Connectivity Management Group of ThingSpace IoT Platform.  He previously led product management for the Machine to Machine Management Center. He launched a series of network technologies, services and tools that address a large part of the IoT connectivity management market.  His career spans over 19 years in the technology and telecommunications industries.

Projit has an MBA from Columbia Business School, a Master of Engineering from Widener University and a Bachelor of Engineering from Manipal Institute of Technology in India.

In his presentation, Projit will cover an overview of IoT, why IoT is important to us as consumers and why/how IoT is important for us to understand as Information Professionals. He will provide resources to follow to learn more.

The Rutgers Club
Livingston Dining Commons, Second Floor
85 Avenue E
Piscataway, NJ  08854

Thursday Evening
Nov. 2 , 2017
5:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

SLA/SCIP/ALA/AIIP/NJLLA-Members (any chapter): $30
Non-Members: $40
Members who are Retired or Not Working/Any Students: $20

Click here for full information on RSVP, payment, and for directions to the event.

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November Meeting: “Newark — Legal Capital of the State” by Robert Steinbaum, Esq. 🗓

November  2017  Meeting

Newark—Legal Capital of the State
Robert Steinbaum, Esq.

Trenton may be New Jersey’s official state capital, but Newark, where many of our members work, is the de facto legal capital of the state.  Rob Steinbaum will discuss the history of the Newark legal community – the large firms that started in the city, and the many other smaller firms, government offices, law schools, and non-profit legal organizations which call Newark home.

Mr. Steinbaum has been a prominent member of New Jersey’s legal community since he began his career as an Assistant United States Attorney in Newark after graduating from Yale and Georgetown Law School. He went on to be the publisher of the New Jersey Law Journal for 26 years and now serves as the Associate Dean for Advancement at Rutgers Law School.  He has held leadership positions on many boards in Newark and was the recipient of an award for outstanding and dedicated community service by the Legal Services Foundation of Essex County.

DATE/TIME:          Thursday, November 2nd, 2017, 12 noon to 1:30 PM 

PLACE:                      New Jersey Historical Society, 52 Park Place, Newark, NJ

COST:                         $15 members; $18 nonmembers; $7.50 students

RSVP:                         By Friday, October 27thst to Anne Shulman, ashulman@riker.com

Community Service Project: Collection for Bethany Baptist Church Food Pantry, serving the Newark community . Top needs:  Cold and instant hot cereals, pasta and rice, peanut butter & jelly, coffee & tea, canned soup, meat & fish, canned fruit, juice & veggies, mac & cheese, baby food, shelf stable milk, and canned meals. Cash and check donations are also welcome.  Checks can be made payable to the Bethany Baptist Church, and please note Food Pantry & Clothes Closet on the memo line.

Make check payable to: New Jersey Law Librarians Association

Mail to: Anne Shulman, Riker Danzig Scherer Hyland & Perretti, PO Box 1981, Morristown, NJ 07962

Event Flyer PDF

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October Brown Bag Luncheon: Video Viewing of AALL Keynote Speaker Bryan Stevenson 🗓


Video Viewing of AALL Keynote Speaker Bryan Stevenson

American Injustice: Mercy, Humanity and Making a Difference

Bryan Stevenson, a visionary legal thinker and social justice advocate, delivered an inspiring and memorable keynote address at this year’s AALL Annual Meeting in Austin. You could hear a pin drop during the speech, which was followed by a long-lasting standing ovation.

His thought-provoking ideas regarding achieving a fair and equitable legal system should be of interest to all legal information professionals. Those who have seen the speech can attest to its power.

Join us to watch the video and for a brief discussion at the end. For this brown bag luncheon, as always, bring your own lunch. Drinks and dessert will be provided by the host.

Date & Time: Tuesday, October 10, 2017 at 12:00 noon

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

Lowenstein Sandler
NEW ADDRESS – One Lowenstein Dr., Roseland, NJ
Click here for directions


McCarter & English
100 Mulberry St., Gateway 4, Newark, NJ
Click here for directions

Contact: Kathy Taggart at ktaggart@lowenstein.com or 973-422-6442

RSVP by Friday, October 6, 2017

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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! 🗓

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”

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 – 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: jbizub@prudential.com  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 – one 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’s 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 ktaggart@lowenstein.com 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’s 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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