Are you relatively new to legal research? Unfamiliar with some of the core sources or methods used when finding the law? Just looking to brush up your skills? We are pleased to announce the GPLLA Legal Research Course for 2017. We have made many exciting changes to the course this year, including a reduced registration fee, online payment forms accepted, and access to Westlaw and Lexis Advance for participants during the course.
Dates: Tuesdays, April 11 – May 16
Time: 5:15-6:30 p.m.
Registration: $75 for non-students / $50 for students (Register Here)
This 6-week introductory legal research course is geared towards professionals and students interested in learning the basics of legal research or needing a refresher. The course will be presented by instructors from various Philadelphia area law schools and firms. Topics to be covered include an introduction to the legal system, statutory research, researching case law, using secondary sources, researching administrative law, and using paid and free services to locate the law. Each session will cover both federal and Pennsylvania-specific materials, so participants will be able to start familiarizing themselves with researching in both jurisdictions after each session. Continue reading »
Ready to celebrate the Spring with GPLLA next month? Come to our Spring Happy Hour!
Please join us Thursday, April 6 for an open bar and tons of delicious food. To ensure we order enough for everyone, please RSVP here.
For any questions about the event, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
This year, GPLLA has been awarded an AALL chapter grant to cover full early-bird registration costs for the AALL annual meeting this year for one of our newer members (i.e. someone who has worked less than 5 years as a law librarian).
In addition, every year, GPLLA awards at least one grant to a member of our community who may need some financial assistance in attending a professional conference (not just the AALL Annual Meeting). We encourage everyone who is interested to consider applying for a grant, since our community works best when everyone is engaged in professional organizations and activities.
The deadline for grants for the AALL annual meeting is coming up! Please take advantage of these opportunities while you can.
For more information about either of these grants, and information about GPLLA’s scholarships to subsidize library education, please visit the Grants & Scholarships page.
The American Association of Law Libraries and Bloomberg BNA are currently accepting a second round of applications for the 2016-2017 Continuing Education Grants Program. The grant is intended to provide ongoing quality continuing education programming outside of usual AALL programming. For more information about the grant, eligibility, application requirements, and deadlines, visit AALL’s CPE Program Grants page.
When: December 15th, 5:30-8:30 p.m.
Where: Strangelove’s, 216 S. 11th St.
Because last year’s event was so fun, we decided to again have the annual holiday party at Strangelove’s. We will be on the second floor, and a great selection of craft beers, wine, and cocktails will be offered. Thanks to a generous donation by Thomson Reuters, heavy hors d’oeuvres also will be served throughout the evening. Please RSVP by signing up here on or before Dec. 12th.
*Don’t worry if you haven’t paid your dues yet; memberships will be available at the door for $30.
Please join us Monday, September 26th from 5:30 to 7:30 for this year’s Fall Happy Hour at the PHS Pop Up Garden at 15th and South Streets. The Pop Up Garden is the perfect setting for a late September happy hour, and they have a great selection of craft brews, wine, and cocktails. Thanks to the gracious sponsorship of Lexis, a light selection of food will be served as well.
Please RSVP by Thursday, September 22nd. A space will be reserved at the Pop Up for us, so look for the GPLLA banner to pick up your arm bracelet. We look forward to seeing everyone!
After a very exciting 2015-2016 GPLLA season, we are now transitioning to a new year, which means it is time to renew! In these leaner financial times, membership and participation in local professional organizations is becoming even more important, and GPLLA remains an excellent resource for education, collaboration, support, and networking.
Membership dues are:
- Individual Membership(s) $30/each
- Transitional Membership(s) $20/each
- Student Membership(s) $10/each
To renew or start a new membership, please enclose payment along with completed membership forms (available at http://gplla.org/w/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/GPLLA_Member_Form_2016-17.doc) and send to:
P.O. Box 335
Philadelphia, PA 19105
Questions or concerns about membership should be directed to our new membership chair, Lilah Knox, at LilahMKnox@gmail.com
[ EDIT: Lowered Registration Fee! ]
The 2016 GPLLA Annual Institute:
Telling Our Stories:
Developing and Presenting Professional Narratives of Law Library Success
Friday, June 3
12:00 PM – 5:00 PM
at Temple University (Barrack Hall, Room 102)
Followed by a cash bar meetup at the Draught Horse Pub
In our profession, we are often called upon to make a case for ourselves in order to move up or ask for improvements. Whether we are interviewing for a new job, a higher position, a raise, justifying an expense, or in a performance review, we are really being asked to tell the story of our accomplishments and our careers. Our feature presenter, Geoffrey Berwind (www.storytellingsuccess.com) is a professional storytelling trainer who works closely with people in business to develop and tell their “signature stories” to captivate audiences, enhance persuasiveness, and increase confidence.
Registration for this event is $
45 $20 for GPLLA members, $ 55 $25 for non-members.
If you are planning to attend, please RSVP to email@example.com, and complete a 2016 GPLLA Institute Registration Form to bring to the door with payment.
Program of Events
GPLLA Institute 2016 – “Telling Our Stories”
12:00 – Registration, Lunch
12:30 – Opening Remarks
12:45 – Storytelling Workshop with Geoffrey Berwind, professional storytelling trainer
2:15 – Break
2:30 – Board Business / Remarks from Katherine Coolidge, Secretary of the AALL Executive Board
3:00 – Panel – “Making your case: Interview tips and strategies”
Catherine Dunn, Director, Temple University Beasley School of Law Library
Christine Scherzinger, Director of Library & Research Services, Duane Morris LLP
Greg Weyant, Library Director, Obermayer Rebmann Maxwell & Hippel LLP
3:50 – Break
4:00 – Panel – “Adding a new chapter to your career: Taking on new challenges”
Gwendolyn Friedman, Senior Manager, Research Services, Ballard Spahr LLP
Tracy Maleeff, Principal, Sherpa Intelligence LLC
Nicole Snyder, Legal Researcher, Baker Hostetler LLP
4:45 – Meet for a post-institute happy hour at the nearby Draught Horse pub (cash bar)
Please join us for the GPLLA Spring Networking Event / Happy Hour
Wednesday, May 4th from 5:30 – 7:30
at Smokin’ Betty’s
(Corner of 11th and Sansom)
Free food and drink for GPLLA members
Sponsored by Bloomberg BNA
GPLLA members are all invited to join us for an evening of fun, great food & drink, and catching up with colleagues as we head towards the close of the 2015-2016 GPLLA season! We will have a great selection of food available from Smokin’ Betty’s delicious menu (including vegetarian dishes), and your choice of beer and wine from their impressive drink menu. Come to see your friends, talk to some of the current GPLLA Board, hear about the slate of nominees for next year’s board, and get a preview of the upcoming GPLLA institute!
We look forward to seeing many of you at this event. If you would like to attend, please RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org by Monday, May 2.
Please join us for the GPLLA Spring Program:
Building a Better Researcher: Educating New Associates Before and After Graduation
Jenkins Law Library
April 4, 2016: 5:30-7:00 PM
When meeting at conferences and other events, academic and law firm librarians often find themselves falling into the age-old discussion of how best to prepare law students / new associates to conduct smart, thorough, and efficient research in practice situations. Our end-game is the same but whereas academic librarians are often responsible for teaching research principles and strategies, law firm librarians are generally the ones who must deal with the end result, giving advanced training and instilling the costs of poor or unplanned searches.
This session will be a panel-led discussion among librarians from both sides, covering the processes, challenges, and frustrations that we all face when making law students into legal researchers. Ideally, a complete understanding of how “the other half lives” will lead to more effective solutions and communications between firms and law schools.
Our panelists include:
Carla Wale, Head of Public Services, Temple Law Library
Jill Poretta, Director, Research and Business Intelligence, Cozen O’Connor
Yasmeen Bakht, Manager of Training and Outreach Services, Dechert LLP
If you wish to attend this event, please RSVP to: Benjamin.email@example.com
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