FCIL-SIS Awards

By Catherine Deane

Awards

The Executive Committee would like your input and help in identifying our esteemed FCIL-SIS colleagues who are deserving of these prestigious awards.

Have you, or an FCIL-SIS member you know, made a significant contribution to the profession in the last year? If so, please nominate yourself or a colleague for one of the three special awards that the FCIL-SIS presents each year during the FCIL-SIS Business Meeting.

The Daniel L. Wade FCIL-SIS Outstanding Service Award

This award honors an FCIL-SIS member who has made outstanding contributions to the Section in the areas of section activity and professional service.

Criteria include but not limited to:

  • Outstanding leadership in the Section, at meetings, and in committee work.
  • Special and notable service to the Section, such as participation in special projects.
  • Participation in Section educational programs and public-speaking activities.
  • Mentoring activities that encourage others in the Section.
  • Activities that encourage others to join the Section.

Past winners include: Dan Wade; Marci Hoffman; Mary Rumsey; Maria Smolka-Day; Teresa Miguel-Stearns; Mila Rush; Ellen Schaffer; Marylin Raisch; Dennis Sears; Mirela Roznovschi; Lyonette Louis-Jacques; Alison Shea; Jonathan Pratter; James Hart; Sergio Stone; and Victor Essien.

The Thomas H. Reynolds and Arturo A. Flores FCIL-SIS Publications Award

This award is given to an FCIL-SIS member or members who have greatly contributed to the professional development of their AALL colleagues, by enhancing the professional knowledge and capabilities of law librarians during any given year. The winning “publications” may be print, digital, or electronic initiatives.

Previous winners include Teresa Miguel-Stearns and Alison Shea; Marci Hoffman and Mary Rumsey; Wei Luo; Ralph Gaebler and Alison Shea; Mirela Roznovschi; Timothy G. Kearley; the authors of the Mexican Law and Legal Research Guide: Bianca T. Anderson, Marisol Floren-Romero, Julienne E. Grant, Jootaek Lee, Lyonette Louis-Jacques, Teresa M. Miguel-Stearns, Jonathan Pratter, and Sergio Stone; Sherry Leysen and Alena Wolotira; Heidi Frostestad Kuehl and Megan A. O’Brien. You can see the publications for which they won this award on the Reynolds & Flores Publication Award website.

The Spirit of the FCIL-SIS Award

This award, my personal favorite, is presented each year to members whose work furthers our mission, serves the entire FCIL-SIS, and inspires others to act. Award winners for the past 5 years include: Loren Turner; Yemisi Dina; Thomas Mills; Sherry Leysen; Evelyn Ma; Alyson Drake; Susan Gualtier; Jootaek “Juice” Lee; Joan Policastri; Julienne Grant; Ryan Harrington; Jim Hart; and Carmen Valero.

All past award winners are listed on the Spirit Of The FCIL-SIS Award website.

More details for each award can be found the FCIL-SIS Awards and Grants Website.

Award nominations are due March 31.

You may send your nomination to anyone on the Executive Committee, Catherine Deane, Loren Turner, Sabrina Sondhi, Alex Zhang.

AALL 2018 Recap: FCIL-SIS Awards

By Alex Zhang

As is the FCIL-SIS tradition, this year at the FCIL-SIS Breakfast Meeting in Baltimore, awards were presented to members of our community who have made an impact through their service and scholarship.

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Two of the FCIL-SIS Award Winners with FCIL-SIS Secretary/Treasurer Sabrina Sondhi (center):  Loren Turner (left), winner of the Spirit of the FCIL-SIS Award, and Sherry Leysen (right), one of the winners of the Thomas & Flores FCIL-SIS Publication Award.

Spirit of the FCIL-SIS Award

turnerThe Spirit of the FCIL-SIS Award is presented each year to members whose work furthers our mission, serves the entire FCIL-SIS, and inspires others to act.  This year the award was presented to our incoming Vice Chair/Chair-Elect Loren Turner!

Loren is the FCIL Librarian at the University of Minnesota Law School, where she specializes in and teaches foreign, comparative, and international legal research. She is an excellent example of what spirit of FCIL means. Loren has been a stellar member of the FCIL-SIS, serving in multiple roles, including chairing and co-chairing the FCIL-SIS Publicity Committee. She also served as the FCIL-SIS Secretary/Treasurer from 2015 to 2017. She is a graet team player, always ready to volunteer and represent the SIS (for example, through tabling at the CONELL marketplace). She is the current Vice Chair/Chair-Elect of FCIL-SIS. Loren has also been active in other national organizations, such as the American Society of International Law, the International Association of Law Libraries, and the Minnesota Association of Law Libraries.

The Daniel L. Wade FCIL-SIS Outstanding Service Award

The Daniel L. Wade FCIL-SIS Award honors an FCIL-SIS member who has made outstanding contributions to the Section in the areas of section activity and professional service. This year the award was presented in absentia to Victor Essien.

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Victor has been an active member of the FCIL-SIS since its inception, primarily as Chair of the African Law Interest Group, which he served on from 1989-2015. In addition to his work on the African IG, Victor also served the SIS through his work on the Nomination Committee (2006-2007) and the second FCIL Strategic Planning Committee (2008-2011).

Educating new FCIL librarians was – as it still is – a vital mission for the SIS in its early days, and Victor was involved in three of the AALL Institutes that were organized to meet these needs. In 1991, he spoke on “International Law – the Basics and Beyond”; in 1993, at the Winter Institute in Washington D.C., he presented an introductory session on foreign legal research; and in 1995, he was a speaker at the Philadelphia Institute on “Introduction to International Business Law: Legal Transactions in a Global Economy.” In addition to his speaking roles at these Institutes, Victor also was a speaker on FCIL topics at the AALL Annual Meeting in 1991, 1996, 2001, and 2004.

Outside of the FCIL-SIS, Victor has been very active in teaching FCIL classes and research sessions.  In addition to his Advanced Legal Research: International and Comparative Law and Advanced Legal Research: International Humanitarian Law courses, Victor has taught substantive courses including Multinational Corporations and International Oil and Gas Law at Fordham since 1989.  Further, Victor has been closely involved with the delivery of Fordham Law’s annual study abroad summer program at Ghana, as well as related programs in the Leitner Center for International Law and Justice.

Victor is also very active in the Ghanaian community, both in New York and in Ghana.  He has been invited to deliver lectures and moderate programs in his area of expertise, has been recognized with the Distinguished Service Award by the Association of Ghanaian Lawyers of America in 2013, and last year received a New York City Citation for Extraordinary Academic, Legal and International Relations Career.

The Thomas H. Reynolds & Arturo A. Flores FCIL-SIS Publication Award

The Reynolds & Flores Award is named after the Thomas H. Reynolds and Arturo A. Flores, the authors of the Foreign Law Guide: Current Sources of Codes and Basic Legislation in Jurisdictions of the World. It is given to FCIL-SIS membres who have greatly contributed to the professional development of their AALL colleagues during any given year through their publications.  This year, the FCIL Executive Committee was thrilled to present the award to authors of two publications. Both publications are exceptionally well-designed and written. Both benefit a broad audience in the law librarianship and fill a critical gap in the international and foreign law legal research field.

The first Reynolds & Flores Award was presented to Sherry Leysen and Alena Wolotira for Multinational Sources Compared: A Subject and Jurisdiction Index.  Sherry Leysen is a Research/Instruction Librarian for Faculty Services at Chapman University’s Hugh & Hazel Darling Law Library. Alena Wolotira is Circulation & Reference Librarian at the University of Washington’s Gallagher Law Library, where she also serves as the Executive Editor of the Current Index to Legal Periodicals (CILP).

The second Reynold & Flores Award was presented to Heidi Frostestad Kuehl and Megan A. O’Brien for International Legal Research in a Global Community.  Heidi Kuehl is the Law Library Director and an Associate Professor of Law at the Northern Illinois University College of Law. Megan O’Brien is the Foreign, Comparative, and International Law Librarian and an Adjunct Professor of Law at Marquette University Law School.

 

 

Call for Nominations: FCIL Awards

The FCIL-SIS Executive Board is currently accepting nominations to honor FCIL-SIS members who have made outstanding contributions to our community.

FCIL-SIS gives out the following awards:

  1. Established in 2006, the Daniel L. Wade FCIL-SIS Outstanding Service Award honors an FCIL-SIS member who has made outstanding contributions to the Section in the areas of section activity and professional service.

    Criteria to be considered include: outstanding leadership in the Section, at meetings, and in committee work; special and notable service to the Section, such as participation in special projects; participation in Section educational programs and public-speaking activities;  mentoring activities that encourage others in the Section; and Activities that encourage others to join the Section.

    Past winners include: Dan Wade, Marci Hoffman, Mary Rumsey, Maria Smolka-Day, Teresa Miguel-Stearns; Mila Rush; Ellen Schaffer; Marylin Raisch; Dennis Sears; Mirela Roznovschi; Lyonette Louis-Jacques; Alison Shea; Jonathan Pratter; James Hart; and Sergio Stone.

  2. The Thomas H. Reynolds and Arturo A. Flores FCIL-SIS Publications Award honors FCIL-SIS members who have greatly contributed to the professional development of their AALL colleagues during any given year.

    The award is named after Thomas H. Reynolds and Arturo A. Flores, authors of the Foreign Law Guide.  The winning “publications” may be print, digital, or electronic initiatives. The decisive factor for bestowing the Award is “the degree to which the publication enhances the professional knowledge and capabilities of law librarians.”

    Previous winners include Teresa Miguel-Stearns and Alison Shea; Marci Hoffman and Mary Rumsey; Wei Luo; Ralph Gaebler and Alison Shea; Mirela Roznovschi; Timothy G. Kearley; and the authors of the Mexican Law and Legal Research Guide: Bianca T. Anderson, Marisol Floren-Romero, Julienne E. Grant, Jootaek Lee, Lyonette Louis-Jacques, Teresa M. Miguel-Stearns, Jonathan Pratter, and Sergio Stone.

  3. The Spirit of the FCIL-SIS Award is presented each year to members whose work further the FCIL-SIS’s mission, serves the FCIL-SIS community, and inspires others to act.  See the long list of previous winners of the Spirit of the FCIL-SIS award here.

Submit your nominees to any member of the Executive Board: Alex Zhang, Catherine Deane; Sabrina Sondhi, or Alison Shea by March 31, 2018.

AALL 2017 Recap: Yemisi Dina & Thomas Mills win Spirit of the FCIL-SIS Awards!

The Spirit of the FCIL-SIS Award is presented each year to members whose work furthers our mission, serves the entire FCIL-SIS, and inspires other to act. This year during the AALL 2017 Annual Meeting, Yemisi Dina and Thomas Mills received Spirit of the FCIL-SIS Awards.

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Yemisi Dina is an Associate Librarian and Head of Public Services at Osgoode Hall Law School Library in Toronto, Canada.  Yemisi currently serves as Chair of the African Law Interest Group and was responsible for proposing, coordinating, and moderating the FCIL-SIS sponsored program at this year’s Annual Meeting: Global Energy Law: Perspectives from North America and Africa.  Yemisi has published two research guides on the Globalex platform: one on Nigerian law and one on Caribbean law , based on her prior experience as a librarian in both Nigeria and the Bahamas. Additionally, Yemisi developed a project that digitizes and summarizes customary court decisions from Ibadan and Abeokuta, two major cities in South Western Nigeria.  These court decisions are not published in an official record, so Yemisi’s summaries provide one of the few means of access.  As many members may remember, Yemisi shared the results of her project at the jurisdictions IG joint meeting held during last year’s Annual Meeting in Chicago. Thank you, Yemisi!  Congratulations!

 
millsThomas Mills, now the Director of the University of Notre Dame Law School Library, served with a team of consultants for the UN International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda in the summer of 2009, providing advice on how to archive materials on the genocide trials.  He has also served as Chair of the FCIL-SIS Strategic Planning Committee; Chair of the FCIL-SIS Pre-Conference Summit Task Force; a member of the Index to Foreign Legal Periodicals committee; and a member of the indexing of periodical literature committee.  More recently he has worked as a member of the project team of Global Online Access to Legal Information(GOALI).  Congratulations, Thomas!

AALL 2017 Recap: Authors of the Mexican Law and Legal Research Guide win the Reynolds & Flores Publication Award!

The Reynolds and Flores Publication Award is named after the authors of the Foreign Law Guide, a source that we all gratefully consult on daily basis. This award recognizes FCIL-SIS member(s) who have created a publication that enhances the professional knowledge and capabilities of law librarians. Winning publications may be print, digital, or electronic initiatives. Thus, journal articles, treatises, symposia papers, digitization projects, websites, databases, and ebooks are all eligible for consideration. This year, all authors of the Mexican Law and Legal Research Guide won the Reynolds & Flores Publication Award: Bianca T. Anderson, Marisol Floren-Romero, Julienne E. Grant, Jootaek Lee, Lyonette Louis-Jacques, Teresa M. Miguel-Stearns, Jonathan Pratter, and Sergio Stone. Julienne and Jonathan, as co-editors of the Guide, accepted the award on behalf of the group.

The Guide was most recently published in March of  2016 in Volume 35, Issue 1, of the Legal Reference Services Quarterly.  It covers all types of  primary sources of law and secondary legal literature, including international agreements, state gazettes, law journals, textbooks, and monographs.  Additionally, it filled a gap in the literature: it contains an extensive bibliography of secondary literature in English on Mexican law and legal research, which is not found in other research guides or treatises on Mexican law and legal research. Since its publication, it has received approximately 500 views (on the Taylor & Francis platform that hosts Legal Reference Services Quarterly) and over 200 SSRN downloads.  

The Guide is a significant contribution to our field in terms of its content, but it is also a fantastic example of the quality of work we can achieve when we collaborate with each other for the benefit of our profession.  Congratulations to all!

AALL 2017 Recap: Sergio Stone receives the Daniel L. Wade Outstanding Service Award!

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Each year, we honor an FCIL-SIS member who has made outstanding contributions to the Section in any number of the following areas: outstanding leadership in the Section, at meetings, and through committee work; special and notable service to the Section; participation in Section educational programs and public-speaking activities; mentoring activities that inspire others in the Section; and activities that encourage others to join the section. This year, our colleague, Sergio Stone won the Daniel L. Wade FCIL-SIS Outstanding Service Award

Sergio is currently the Deputy Director and Foreign, Comparative, and International Law Librarian at Stanford University Law School’s Robert Crown Library.  He has contributed to the FCIL librarianship community both nationally and internationally throughout his career. Sergio served as Chair of the Asian Law Interest Group from 2006-2010 and then as Chair of the FCIL-SIS in 2011-2012.  In addition to his work with the FCIL-SIS, he serves as the Chair of the Nomination Committee of International Association of Law Libraries and as the Chair of the Nomination Committee of Chinese-American Forum on Legal Information and Law Libraries.  

Sergio’s scholarship on Mexican legal research, Cuban legal research, Chinese legal research, and international legal research appears in many well-known legal research publications such as Globalex, Legal Reference Services Quarterly, and American Society of International Law’s EISIL. He is also a contributor of the Mexican Law and Legal Research Guide, which won this year’s Reynolds and Flores Publication Award.

For his contributions to the FCIL-SIS and the world of FCIL librarianship overall, join us in congratulating Sergio Stone as this year’s recipient of the Daniel L. Wade Outstanding Service Award!

#AALL2016 Recap: The FCIL-SIS Reynolds & Flores Publication Award

By Lucie Olejnikova

Each year, in addition to the Newest FCIL Member and Spirit of the FCIL Awards, we also give out the Reynolds and Flores Award (“The Thomas H. Reynolds and Arturo A. Flores FCIL-SIS Publication Award”). This Award is named after the authors of the Foreign Law Guide, a source that we all gratefully consult on daily basis. This award recognizes an FCIL-SIS member(s) who have significantly contributed to the professional development of their AALL colleagues during any given year. The publication may be print, digital, or an electronic initiative which in turn may include journal articles, treatises, symposia papers, digitization projects, websites, databases, and e-books – to name a few. This year, we are honored to recognize our colleague – Professor Emeritus Timothy G. Kearley.

timothykearley smTimothy Kearley was the Director of the Law Library and Centennial Distinguished Professor of Law, University of Wyoming. Before coming to the University of Wyoming, he was the FCIL Librarian and Associate Director of the Law Library at the University of Illinois College of Law and then Director of the Law Library and Professor of Law at Louisiana State University Law Center. Professor Kearley was instrumental in creating the FCIL-SIS and served as its Chair in 1989/90.

Among Prof. Kearly’s interests is undoubtedly the fascinating field of Roman law, which extends to his publications, including the Blume’s Annotated Justinian Code Website, which he edited. Further, his article “Justice Fred H. Blume and the Translation of Justinian’s Codex” will appear in Cambridge’s The Codex of Justinian: A New Annotated Translation, to be published this coming fall.

Over his career, he has contributed many articles to Law Library Journal, including his most recent “From Rome to the Restatement: S.P. Scott, Fred Blume, Clyde Pharr, and Roman Law in Early Twentieth-Century America” in the Winter 2016 issue. “This article describes how the classical past, including Roman law and a classics-based education, influenced elite legal culture in the United States and university-educated Americans into the twentieth century and helped to encourage [early American translators such as] Scott, Blume, and Pharr to labor for many years on their English translations of ancient Roman law.”

For this contribution, which greatly enhances the professional knowledge of law librarians in the area of Roman law and legal history, we congratulate Prof. Kearley on receiving the FCIL-SIS Reynolds & Flores Publication Award!

For those of you who have not had a chance to hear him speak at this year program titled “Roman Law, Roman Order, and Restatements”, keep an eye out for the AALL recording.