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.
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
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 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.
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.