#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.

#AALL2016 Recap: The FCIL-SIS Newest Member and Spirit of the FCIL-SIS Awards

By Lucie Olejnikova

janetEach year the FCIL-SIS is proud to recognize its colleagues for their contributions to our profession. First, during our annual business meeting, one of our all-stars – Dan Wade – bestows the Newest FCIL Librarian Award on the ‘newest’ FCIL librarian member among us. This year, we are happy to recognize and welcome Janet Kearny, Cataloging and Reference Librarian and Assistant Professor at Loyola University College of Law in New Orleans, Louisiana. Janet is a graduate of Tulane University Law School and is admitted to the Louisiana Bar. She focuses on legal research and technology, teaching research skills and ensuring access to electronic resources. Her research interests are in foreign and comparative law with a focus in civil law systems, the UK, and the EU. Janet is active in the New Orleans Association of Law Librarians and a Masters student in Library and Information Science.

Next, the current FCIL-SIS Chair recognizes colleagues – whose work furthers the FCIL-SIS mission, serves the entire membership, and inspires others to act – with the Spirit of the FCIL-SIS Award. This year we were happy to recognize three wonderful colleagues in this category: Sherry Leysen, Evelyn Ma, and Alyson Drake.

SherrySherry Leysen is the Research and Instruction Librarian for Faculty at Chapman University Fowler School of Law in California. Prior to coming to Fowler School of Law, she was a reference librarian at the Gallagher Law Library at the University of Washington Law School and the Rains Law Library at Loyola Law School in Los Angeles. At Chapman, Sherry offers reference services to all patrons and participates in teaching legal research. She has published in Legal Reference Quarterly, Law Library Journal, and in AALL Spectrum. Sherry has been an active member of many of the FCIL interest groups and most recently she served on and chaired the FCIL Schaffer Grant for Foreign Law Librarian Selection Committee. She has made sure our recipients have a steady liaison when they arrive in the United States. Her commitment to the spirit of this grant is evident and will be a great inspiration as she joins the FCIL Schaffer Grant Fundraising Committee. We thank her for her excellent service and continuous commitment to the overall mission of the FCIL-SIS.

evelynEvelyn Ma is the Reference Librarian for Foreign and International Law and Lecturer in Legal Research at the Lillian Goldman Law Library, Yale Law School. She has spoken domestically and internationally (i.e. 2009 Beijing Conference) and published in Law Library Journal on the Issues and Trends of Collection Development of East Asian Law in the US in 2013. Evelyn has been a long time leader of the FCIL Asian Law Interest Group ensuring continuous education opportunities for the group. She herself also presented on issues of access to Asia related resources, East Asian databases and open access materials, and ASEAN Integration on number of occasions. She embodies the FCIL spirit and we are pleased to thank her for her continuous service and never-ending enthusiasm.

alysonAlyson Drake is the Reference and Student Services Librarian at the Texas Tech University School of Law, where she also serves as the default FCIL librarian. Prior to joining Texas Tech, she worked at the University of South Carolina where she taught a variety of legal research classes. Alyson currently chairs the European Law Interest Group and she is stepping up to become co-chair of the Publicity Committee with Susan. Alyson is an active member of CARLIG (Customary and Religious Law Interest Group) and a frequent contributor to DipLawMatic Dialogues blog. She is an example of FCIL librarian without having the official title who fully embodies the spirit of the FCIL as evidenced by her dedicated service.

Introducing…Hunter Whaley as the August FCIL Librarian of the Month (and Winner of the Newest FCIL Librarian Award)!

1. Where did you grow up?whaley

I’ve been very fortunate to grow up all over the world because I was part of a military family. We moved to Naples, Italy when I was 5 and then to London, England when I was 8. When my dad retired from the Marine Corps, we moved to Tallahassee, Florida where I attended high school. Seeking a more metropolitan city, I went to Miami, Florida for university. After university, I taught English in Korea for a year before deciding to return to Florida for law school.

2. Why did you select law librarianship as a career?

The short answer is a lifestyle choice. First and foremost, I love doing research. Finding that seemingly impossible source provides personal satisfaction. Combined with that, during law school I saw many of my friends and peers go into practice, work long hours, and pass on social activities to get work done. I know that law librarians must occasionally work longer hours to grade assignments or sit a late night reference desk shift, but I did not want this to be a normal occurrence. I’m very active outside of work and I don’t want my job to totally define who I am. Admittedly though, I do enjoy when friends introduce me as a lawbrarian.

3. When did you develop an interest in foreign, comparative, and international law?

Because I had the opportunity to grow up abroad, I’ve always been interested in foreign and international issues. While I did not go to law school with an intent to study FCIL, I was always interested in discussing it with people who were.

4. Who is your current employer? How long have you worked there?

I began working for Columbia Law School in April 2015. I celebrated my three month work anniversary at AALL.

**Editor’s Note: Hunter won the Newest FCIL Librarian Award this year at the FCIL-SIS business meeting in Philly!  He models his prize in the picture above.**    

5. Do you speak any foreign languages?

Currently working in FCIL, I’m a little embarrassed to say I do not speak a foreign language fluently. While I was in University, I studied Mandarin and loved it. I continue to try and improve my Mandarin skills by listening to language MP3s while I work and conversing with people when I have the opportunity.

6. What is your most significant professional achievement?

While I was earning my M.L.I.S. at Florida State University, I had the honor of working with Professor Larry Krieger on his law review article, What Makes Lawyers Happy?: A Data-Driven Prescription to Redefine Professional Success, identifying lawyer well-being and happiness. His work and our talks reinforced my decision of career paths.

7. What is your biggest food weakness?

Truffle oil. I’ll give anything with truffle oil a shot. Right now one of my favorite recipes is truffle oil macaroni and cheese.

8. What song makes you want to get up and sing/dance?

Anything by Girl Talk.

9. What ability or skill do you most wish you had (that you don’t already have)?

Unrealistic ability: teleportation. It would be amazing to live anywhere in the world and commute instantly.

Realistic ability: photographic memory.

10 Aside from the basic necessities, what is one thing you *can* not go a day without?

There isn’t anything that I cannot go without. Some things may be unpleasant to be without (caffeine, friends, technology) but nothing is so detrimental that I could not go without it.

11. Anything else you would like to share with us?

As the school year approaches, I hope everyone has a great year!

AALL 2015 Recap: Daniel L. Wade FCIL-SIS Outstanding Service Award Winner

By: Teresa Miguel-Stearns

Established 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.

PratterThis year’s recipient is Jonathan Pratter, International & Foreign Law Librarian at the Jamail Center for Legal Research of the Tarlton Law Library, University of Texas School of Law, in recognition of his three decades of service to the students and faculty at the University of Texas and the members of the FCIL-SIS.  Jonathan joined the Tarlton staff in 1985. He serves on the editorial board of the Texas International Law Journal and the Boletin Mexicano de Derecho Comparado. Jonathan has written numerous articles and book reviews, many on Mexican law, and especially noteworthy is his GlobaLex article “A La Recherche des Travaux Preparatoires: An Approach to Researching the Drafting History of International Agreements.  Jonathan is the recipient of the Carl H. Fulda Award from the Texas International Law Journal for his “contribution to the scholarship of international law,” and just recently a member bursary to attend this year’s IALL Conference in Berlin. Jonathan served as the ninth president of the FCIL-SIS, his term being 1993-1994. He has been a panelist on several programs at AALL annual meetings, most recently last year’s excellent “Mexican Law and Legal Research: Overcoming the Challenges for which he and Julienne Grant edited an extensive research guide to Mexican law and legal resources. He has been an active member of the FCIL-SIS and Int-Law for many years. Jonathan, thank you for all you have given your colleagues in the FCIL-SIS!

AALL 2015 Recap: Reynolds & Flores Publication Award Winners

By: Teresa Miguel-Stearns

The Thomas H. Reynolds and Arturo A. Flores FCIL-SIS Publications Award is named after the indomitable authors of the Foreign Law Guide: Current Sources of Codes and Basic Legislation in Jurisdictions of the World, better known as “Reynolds & Flores” to the many grateful FCIL Librarians who habitually use the Foreign Law Guide. The Award is given to FCIL-SIS members who have greatly contributed to the professional development of their AALL colleagues during any given year.  The winning publications may be print, digital, or electronic initiatives.

This year, three colleagues have been awarded the Reynolds and Flores Publication Award for two bodies of work.

MirelaMirela Roznovschi – Mirela recently retired from New York University Law Library where she was the Reference Librarian for International and Foreign law since 1996. She is both the brains and the brawn behind GlobaLex, celebrating 10 years in 2015.  GlobaLex is an electronic legal publication dedicated to international and foreign law research. Published by the Hauser Global Law School Program at NYU School of Law, GlobaLex is committed to the dissemination of high-level international, foreign, and comparative law research tools in order to accommodate the needs of an increasingly global educational and practicing legal world. The guides and articles published are written by scholars well known in their respective fields and are recommended as a legal resource by universities, library schools, and legal training courses. Many congratulations to Mirela on both the 10th Anniversary of GlobaLex as well as her well-deserved retirement.

SheaRalph Gaebler Alison Shea and Ralph Gaebler –  Alison is a Reference Librarian, Foreign and International Specialist, and Adjunct Associate Professor of Law at Fordham University School of Law Library. Ralph is an Associate Librarian and Lecturer in Law at Indiana University’s Maurer School of Law Library.  Together, Alison and Ralph are co-editors of the second edition of Sources of State Practice in International Law. This volume is a dense descriptive bibliography of both electronic and printed sources of information containing the text of treaties and the record of diplomatic activity of important jurisdictions around the world. It includes an up-to-date description of national treaty portals and other valuable Internet-based sources. At the same time, it also includes descriptions of printed sources providing access to treaties and official diplomatic documentation difficult to locate in standard compilations. In addition, this work includes a narrative section for each jurisdiction summarizing issues related to treaty succession and treaty implementation in municipal law.

AALL 2015 Recap: FCIL-SIS Spirit Award Winners

By: Teresa Miguel-Stearns

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, three colleagues were awarded the Spirit of the FCIL-SIS.


Susan Gualtier – Susan is the Foreign, Comparative, and International Law Librarian at Louisiana State University and has been an active member of the FCIL-SIS since she began her work as an FCIL librarian four years ago.  She has been instrumental in getting DipLawMatic Dialogues up and running, and has tirelessly pursued contributions to the blog along with co-editor, Loren Turner. She has initiated new features of the blog including FCIL Research Instruction and film reviews.  She also is excellent about publicizing the blog both via the listserv and via Facebook, thereby greatly helping improve FCIL-SIS’s presence in high traffic social media venues. She is the new Co-Chair of the Publicity Committee (with Loren Turner) and is a founding member and Chair of the Customary and Religious Law Interest Group (CARLIG).

JootJuiceaek Lee – Jootaek is a Senior Law Librarian and Research Librarian for Foreign, Comparative & International Law at Northeastern University Law Library. Jootaek has served as Chair of the Nominating Committee; he contributed to the Mexican Law and Legal Research Guide; he has presented numerous times at AALL including as a panelist on Land Grabbing: Accessing Information to Protect Property Rights of Indigenous People and at the Diversity Symposium in 2014, and on Korean Legal Research in 2013. Jootaek is always cheerfully willing to take on any task that is asked of him and exemplifies the true spirit of our organization.

PolicastriJoan Policastri – Joan is the Collection Services and Research Library at the William A. Wise Law Library at the University of Colorado School of Law. She has worked in the area of Indigenous Peoples Law for many years and is the Chair of the Indigenous Peoples Law Interest Group.  At virtually every AALL conference, you will find Joan participating in a panel (such as Land Grabbing: Accessing Information to Protect Property Rights of Indigenous People in 2014 or delivering a research guide or bibliography related to Indigenous Peoples. She also volunteers to lead activities (such as the Jurisdictions Joint Meeting) and interest groups without fail.