Category Archives: Awards

Congratulations ALL-SIS Award and Grant winners!

Congratulations to this year’s ALL-SIS Award and Grant winners!!

ALL-SIS Outstanding Article Award
Douglas W. Lind (Southern Illinois University Law Library) for A Bibliography of Littleton’s Tenures as an Archetype for the Study of Early English Legal Printing, 37 LEGAL REF. SERV. Q. 38 (2018).

Douglas Lind 

ALL-SIS Outstanding Service Award
I-Wei Wang (UC Berkeley Law Library)

I-Wei Wang 

ALL-SIS Publication Award
Mike Widener (Lillian Goldman Library, Yale Law School) & Christopher Platts (Alexey von Schlippe Gallery, University of Connecticut, Avery Point), for their exhibition catalogue Representing the Law in the Most Serene Republic: Images of Authority from Renaissance Venice which explores how the Venetian Republic – a prosperous and powerful state in early modern Europe – cultivated a mythical image of stability, liberty, and beauty.

Mike Widener and Christopher Platts 

Frederick Charles Hicks Award for Outstanding Contributions to Academic Law Librarianship
Anne Klinefelter (Kathrine R. Everett Law Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill)

Anne Klinefelter

ALL-SIS Active Member Stimulus Grant
Deborah Heller (Pace Law Library, Elisabeth Haub School of Law at Pace University)

Deborah Heller

ALL-SIS Regular Member Stimulus Grant
Ashley Sundin (Chastek Library, Gonzaga University School of Law)

Ashley Sundin 

Michelle Penn (The Maloney Library, Fordham University School of Law)

Michelle Penn 



2019 Research and Scholarship Grant awarded to Dr. Michele A.L. Villagran

The ALL-SIS Research & Scholarship Committee is pleased to announce that Dr. Michele A. L. Villagran, assistant professor with San José State University School of Information, is the recipient of the 2019 Research & Scholarship Grant for her proposed project: Examination of Cultural Intelligence within Academic Law Librarians.

Dr. Michele A.L. Villagran

Dr. Villagran will examine the cultural intelligence in academic law librarians in order to understand the perspective of these librarians and to help them better serve their stakeholders. The mixed-methods research will be conducted in two phases and include a web-based survey and focus groups. The following research questions will be examined within the study: (a) What is the overall level of and any variations among the four dimensions of cultural intelligence of participating academic law librarians?, (b) What viewpoints do the academic law librarians have about the value and importance of cultural intelligence within their organizations?, and (c) How can academic law librarians best serve the information needs of their patrons through use of cultural intelligence? Dr. Villagran will present and publish her research findings to share with the law librarian community.

ALL-SIS Grant Applications & Award Nominations Due March 1, 2019

Thinking of attending the 2019 Annual Meeting in Washington, D.C.?  ALL-SIS members can apply for a number of grants towards attending the Annual Meeting.  They include the Active Member Stimulus Grant, Regular Member Stimulus Grant, and CONELL Grant.


Nominations are also due for ALL-SIS Awards.  These are: Frederick Charles Hicks Award for Outstanding Contributions to Academic Law Librarianship, Publication Award, Outstanding Article Award, and Outstanding Service Award.

Please note that the deadline for ALL-SIS grant applications and award nominations is March 1, 2019.  More information on these grants and awards can be found here.



AALL Leadership Academy Grant Recipients

As chair of the ALL-SIS Awards Committee, it is my pleasure to announce the recipients of the AALL Leadership Academy grants:

Susan Gaultier, Foreign, Comparative, and International Law Librarian, Louisiana State University

Benjamin Keele, Research & Instructional Services Librarian, Indiana University – Indianapolis

Austin Williams,  Assistant Law Library Director, North Carolina Central University


ALL-SIS Grant Available for Research and Scholarship – Apply by February 8, 2016

Do you have a great idea for a research project, but need funding to help you get it completed? ALL-SIS can help! Grants are available for amounts of $250 to up to $2000 to fund intellectually significant research. If there is more than one accepted grantee, the maximum yearly grant of $2000 will be split among the recipients. If you are a member of  ALL-SIS, submit your proposal BY FEBRUARY 8, 2016. The submission criteria and the grant application are available from the ALL-SIS Research and Scholarship Committee. Proposals should be sent to Ashley Krenelka Chase at This is a terrific opportunity to get some needed help and contribute to our ongoing scholarly discussions.


Susan Nevelow Mart
Associate Professor and Director of the Law Library
University of Colorado Law School
Wm. A. Wise Law Library
Boulder CO

ALL-SIS 2015 Award and Annual Meeting Grant Recipients

The ALL-SIS Awards Committee is pleased to announce the winners of the 2015 ALL-SIS Awards and Annual Meeting Grants.  We look forward to honoring this distinguished group in person at the ALL-SIS Awards Ceremony and Reception which will be held on Sunday, July 19th from 6:30-8:30 pm.


  • Frederick Charles Hicks Award for Outstanding Contributions to Academic Law Librarianship: Blair S. Kauffman, Law Library Director and Professor of Law, Yale Law School, Lillian Goldman Law Library
  • The ALL-SIS Outstanding Article Award:  James M. Donovan, Carol A. Watson, & Caroline Osborne, The Open Access Advantage for American Law Reviews, Edison 2015-03A,
  • The ALL-SIS Outstanding Service Award: Merle J. Slyhoff, Collection Development Librarian, University of Pennsylvania Law School, Biddle Law Library


  • Active Member Stimulus Grant:  Susan David deMaine, Research & Instruction Librarian, Indiana University, Robert H. McKinney School of Law, Ruth Lilly Law Library, & I-Wei Wang, Reference Librarian, University of California Law School, Boalt Hall Library
  • Regular Member Stimulus Grant: Karen Selden, Metadata Services Librarian, University of Colorado Law School
  • CONELL Grant:  Grace Lee, Law Library Intern, University of Washington School of Law, Gallagher Law Library


Kathy Darvil
ALL-SIS Awards Committee Chair

Kathleen Darvil
Access Services and Reference Librarian and Adjunct Assistant Professor of Law
Brooklyn Law School Library
Brooklyn NY

ALL-SIS AALL Management Institute Grant

ALL-SIS is pleased to offer a $1000 grant to an ALL-SIS member to attend the AALL 2015 Management Institute. The ALL-SIS Awards Committee invites applications for the grant from ALL-SIS members who have not received or used any ALL-SIS grants in the past. Preference will be given to newer managers who are active participants in the ALL-SIS, AALL, and/or AALL Chapters.

The deadline for submission of the grant application is Monday, December 15, 2014 at 5 PM Pacific Time.

Details on all the awards and grants, including the nomination and application procedures, can be found at

Kathleen Darvil
Access Services and Reference Librarian and Adjunct Assistant Professor of Law
Brooklyn Law School Library
Brooklyn NY


The Annual Conference will be here before you know it, and this is an excellent time to apply for an ALL-SIS Award!

Applications are now being accepted by the ALL-SIS Awards Committee for the following Awards:

  • The Frederick Charles Hicks Award for Outstanding Contributions to Academic Law Librarianship
  • ALL-SIS Outstanding Article Award (for an article published either in print or electronically that was not published in the Law Library Journal or the AALL Spectrum.)
  • ALL-SIS Outstanding Service Award
  • ALL-SIS Active Member Stimulus Grant ($1000)
  • ALL-SIS Regular Member Stimulus Grant ($1000)
  • ALL-SIS CONELL Grant ($500)

The Criteria for each of the Awards is available at

Please submit all materials to Irene Crisci at in a single PDF for each award, by 11:59 p.m. on March 17, 2014 (Eastern Standard Time).

Best of Luck to all applicants!

Irene Crisci
Head of Public Services
Touro College
Central Islip NY

2013 ALL-SIS Awards & Grants

On behalf of the ALL-SIS Awards Committee, it is my great pleasure to announce the following 2013 ALL-SIS award and grant winners:

 2013 ALL-SIS Frederick Charles Hicks Award for Outstanding Contributions to Academic Law Librarianship is awarded to Judith M. Wright. Judith is the Associate Dean, Library & Information Services, at University of Chicago D’Angelo Law Library.

The Frederick Charles Hicks Award for Outstanding Contributions to Academic Law Librarianship recognizes sustained efforts to improve academic law librarianship.

Judith’s approaching retirement brings to a close forty years of service not only to the University of Chicago D’Angelo Law Library, but to the academic law library community at large. Over the course of her distinguished career, Judith has chaired numerous national committees and led a variety projects at the local, regional, and national levels. She has modeled forward-looking practices in her own library and generously shared those models with colleagues at other institutions. She has managed two extensive renovations and has shared her facilities expertise in presentations and writings.

Through a generation of change brought by automation, desktop computers and networks, Judith was a leader both on the University of Chicago campus and in the greater law library community in adopting new technologies and leveraging them to improve library work. She has been a steward of the academic law library profession in the ABA and AALS and through her work with the Law Library of Congress.

2013 ALL-SIS Outstanding Service Award goes to Creighton J. Miller, Jr. Creighton is Librarian for Research & Bibliographic Instruction at Washburn University School of Law Library.

The ALL-SIS Outstanding Service Award honors an ALL-SIS member who has made outstanding contributions to the SIS in areas of section activity and professional service.

Creighton has served diligently as the ALL-SIS webmaster since 2010. He can always be relied upon to quickly and effectively respond to requests to update various portions of the website. With the many active ALL-SIS committees this is no small feat!  In addition to his service as webmaster, Creighton’s history of service to the ALL-SIS includes serving on the Task Force to Review and Update the ALL-SIS Web Presence, the ALL-SIS Archives and Website Committee, and the Faculty Services Committee. His dedication to maintaining and improving the ALL-SIS website is an invaluable service to the ALL-SIS.

2013 ALL-SIS Outstanding Article Award goes to Lee F. Peoples for his article, Testing the Limits of WestlawNext, 31 Legal Reference Services Quarterly 125-49 (2012). Lee is the Oklahoma City University School of Law Professor and Law Library Director.

Lee has published a number of articles, books, and book chapters on comparative law and on the impact of technology on legal research, the judiciary, and the law. He is co-founding editor of the Legal Information and Technology eJournal on SSRN.

Prior to his appointment as Law Library Director in 2010 he served as Associate Director, Associate Director for Faculty and Research Services, and Head of Reference Services.  Before joining the faculty Professor Peoples practiced law in Oklahoma City.  He is admitted to practice in the State of Oklahoma, Western District of Oklahoma, and Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals.

2013 ALL-SIS CONELL Grants are awarded to Stacy Posillico and Isaac Samuels. They each will receive $500 for the purposes of attending CONELL.

Stacy graduated from Northeastern University School of Law in 2001 and practiced for many years before becoming a law librarian.  She recently graduated with her M.L.S. from St. John’s University and is currently working as a Reference Librarian & Library Webmaster at the Gould Law Library which is part of the Touro College, Jacob D. Fuchsberg Law Center.

Isaac received his J.D. from Touro Law in May of 2009, and will graduate with his Master’s in Library Science from St. John’s University in May of this year.  He currently serves as a Reference Librarian and Education Technology Specialist at Touro Law Center.  Both Stacy and Isaac have agreed to become members of the New Academic Law Librarians Meeting (NALLM)/Mentoring Committee and will write an article for the ALL-SIS Newsletter about their experience at CONELL.

2013 ALL-SIS Regular Member Stimulus Grant:  Emily Roberts is the winner of the Regular Member Stimulus Grant and will receive $1000 to attend the conference this year.  Emily is currently a Law Librarian for the Congressional Research Service of the Library of Congress.  She has worked as a firm librarian since 2008, first in New York City and then in Philadelphia.  Emily has a M.L.S. from Pratt Institute and a J.D. from Brooklyn Law School.

2013 ALL-SIS Active Member Stimulus Grant:  Frances Brillantine is the winner of the Active Member Stimulus Grant and will receive $1000 to attend the conference this year.  Frances has been a member of ALL-SIS since 1990, and an active member since 2007.  She has served on the Middle Managers Breakfast and Awards Committees.  Currently, Frances serves as the Vice Chair of the Student Services Committee and is a member of the Public Relations Committee.  Frances has been the Head of Access Services at Catholic University of American Law Library since 2000.

Congratulations to all the winners! They will be recognized at the ALL-SIS Reception and Awards Ceremony to be held on Sunday, July 14, 2013, 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. at the University of Washington Law School, during the 2013 AALL meeting.

Jane Larrington
Reference Librarian
University of San Diego
Legal Research Center

2013 ALL-SIS Management Institute Grant Awarded

The ALL-SIS Awards Committee is pleased to announce that the ALL-SIS Management Institute Grant was awarded to Maribel Hilo Nash of the Pritzker Legal Research Center at Northwestern University School of Law. Congratulations Maribel!

The AALL Management Institute provides new and aspiring managers the opportunity to build management skills, collaborate with colleagues from different types of libraries, learn in a small group setting and develop techniques to manage with confidence.