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 ldeprospo@greenbaumlaw.com

Community Service Project: Marty’s Place Senior Dog Sanctuary, www.martysplace.org
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 ktaggart@lowenstein.com 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 ibarksdale@law.ua.edu.

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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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NJLLA’s Annual Holiday Party ūüóď


NJLLA’s Annual Holiday Party!

Wednesday, December 7, 2016
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 December 2nd to Joanne Murphy at jmurphy@saiber.com.

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

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November Meeting: Secrets of Tax Research ūüóď

New Jersey Law Librarians Association
November 2016  Meeting

Secrets of Tax Research

Sarah Jaramillo, Reference Librarian at NYU

Legal areas that are laden with jargon and have a complex administrative component can intimidate even the strongest  researchers. Taxation is definitely one of those legal areas. However, a breakdown of the basics of tax law authority and tax law research can demystify this process. Join Sarah Jaramillo, reference librarian at New York University Law Library, in this program on the basics of tax research. This session will also include navigation tips for Checkpoint, Bloomberg BNA and other tax specialty sources.

Thursday, November 17, 2016, 12 noon to 1:30 PM

McCarter & English
Four Gateway Center
100 Mulberry St.
Newark, NJ


$12 members; $15 nonmembers; $6 students

By Thursday, November 10, 2016 to Caroline Young
email: caroline.young.rutgers@gmail.com

Community Service Project:
The Committee will be collecting canned and boxed food for a local food pantry. Cash donations are also appreciated.

Make check payable to:
New Jersey Law Librarians Association
Mail to: Caroline Young, Rutgers Law School
123 Washington St, Newark, NJ 07102

Full Event Flyer (PDF)

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SLA Event ‚ÄúBack to school: Social Media Skills for Research, Networking, and Professional Development‚ÄĚ

The Special Libraries Association New Jersey & Greater Princeton/Trenton Chapters are hosting a joint event on September 27, 2016. NJLLA members are invited to attend at the member rate! Click here for full event information.

When: ¬† ¬† ¬† Tuesday, September 27, 2016; 5:30 p.m.¬†‚Äst9:00 p.m .

Where:      The Rutgers Faculty Club, 199 College Ave., New Brunswick, NJ 08901. Phone: 848-932-7139

Speaker:    Tracy Z. Maleeff

Topic: ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ‚ÄúBack to School: Social Media Skills for Research, Networking, and Professional Development‚ÄĚ


$25.00 ‚Äď NJSLA/SCIP/ALA/AIIP/NJLLA (any chapter)
$15.00 ‚Äď Students/Retired/Between Jobs
$35.00 ‚Äď Non-Members

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Ronald McDonald House Thanks NJLLA

Karen Brunner from the Community Service Committee has shared with us the thank-you note from the Ronald McDonald House of Central and Northern New Jersey¬†for NJLLA’s donation. Check out the letter, and many thanks to the committee for organizing NJLLA’s charitable efforts!

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AALL Model Law Firm Copyright Policy and Guidance Document

[Posted on behalf of AALL]

AALL Model Law Firm Copyright Policy and Guidance Document have been finalized and are available on AALLNET.   

Patricia Barbone, Director of Library Services at Hughes Hubbard & Reed LLP, passed on the following information about the Model Policy:

I am pleased to announce that the AALL Model Law Firm Copyright Policy has been updated and posted on AALLnet. The AALL Board approved the new update at their last board meeting on April 8th, 2016. 

As stated on the website, AALL’s Model Law Firm Copyright Policy is a model of a copyright policy and will require revision to fit the specific needs of your law firm. Your firm’s General Counsel or Intellectual Property attorneys should review the policy before it is adopted. The Model Policy should be read in conjunction with the Model Law Firm Copyright Guidance Document. The Guidance Document provides clarification and insight into copyright law and more nuanced aspects of the policy. The Guidance Document should also be revised to meet the needs of your law firm. Should your firm adopt a copyright policy, it will require revision if laws change.

The newly updated Model Law Firm Copyright Policy can be found here:  http://www.aallnet.org/mm/Advocacy/recommendedguidelines/model-law.html

The Model Law Firm Copyright Guidance Document can be found here:  http://www.aallnet.org/Documents/Leadership-Governance/Policies/guidance-document.pdf

The AALL Copyright Blog’s posting on the policy can be found here:  http://community.aallnet.org/blogs/kelly-leong/2016/05/06/new-model-law-firm-copyright-policy

The policy was updated under the auspices of the AALL Copyright Committee. Many people contributed to this three year endeavor to update the Model Law Firm Copyright Policy.  An early task force of private law librarians helped to share their copyright pain points; then the membership was surveyed on copyright concerns via the Private Law Librarians & Information Professionals SIS communities list. Several librarians shared their existing firm copyright policies with Carolyn and me.

Fellow Copyright Committee member Carolyn Hersch (Ropes & Gray) and I reviewed the survey to find issues that members needed addressed in a revised policy. Then the work of drafting began. We were assisted by Kelly Leong (UCLA School of Law), Pam Brannon (Georgia State University College of Law), as well as my firm’s General Counsel, James B. Kobak, and Intellectual Property attorney, Genevieve Perez. Thanks also go out to our AALL Board liaison Emily Florio (Finnegan) for getting some last minute updates approved by the Board.  To everyone who was a part of this process, I offer my thanks and gratitude.

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Annual Meeting Follow Up: Link to Leadership Article

As a follow up to NJLLA’s Annual Business meeting, speaker and AALL Past-President Holly Riccio has passed along the article she discussed. Please take a look at Norm Smallwood’s article published in the Harvard Business Review: “Define Your Personal Leadership Brand in Five Steps.”¬† Thanks again to Holly Riccio for an informative talk!

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