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Jan 14, 2009

Save the Date-Law Firm Economics – Legal Industry Review, Information Spend, Cost Recovery & the Bottom Line

Lunch & Learn Professional Development Session for GPLLA and WPLLA.

Law Firm Economics – Legal Industry Review, Information Spend, Cost Recovery & the Bottom Line

Please join us for a review of the industry followed by a discussion of impact on local firms.

Goal of this session: Gain a basic understanding how law firms calculate profits and how libraries can positively affect the bottom line. Review current financial trends and legal industry predictions for 2009.

February 11, 2009 from noon-1pm

In Person

Held at the Reed Smith offices in Philadelphia and Pittsburgh

Lunch will be provided


Via Webex. You must register in advance at:  

After registration, you will receive a confirmation email with instructions for joining the session.

Presenter: Nikki Shenk, Esq.

Please RSVP to Scott DeMaris(Program Chair/Vice President-GPLLA).by Monday, Feb 9th if you plan on attending in person

Dec 18, 2008

GPLLA Team Raises $8700 for Juvenile Diabetes

This past fall, members of the Greater Philadelphia Law Library Association raised over $8,700 for the Philadelphia Branch of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation International. Charitable contributions were collected at GPLLA’s annual Opening Reception, as well as by individual members through various fundraising activities.


In addition to the monetary donation, a number of GPLLA members also participated in the annual Philadelphia Juvenile Diabetes Walk in October. GPLLA members were part of a team called Ken’s CLASHing Crusaders, which was created in memory of Ken Spegman, a cherished colleague and long-time staple in the Philadelphia law library community.

Nov 5, 2008

Save the Date – Annual GPLLA Holiday Party

GPLLA is proud to present our annual Holiday Party on Wednesday,December 3, 2008 in the Crystal Ballroom at the Radisson Plaza-Warwick Hotel(1701 Locust St., Phila.), from 5:30 to 7:30 PM. This event is free to GPLLA members.

Please RSVP by Nov. 26, 2008 to

Scott DeMaris

(Program Chair/Vice President-GPLLA).

Come join your colleagues for food and drinks as we celebrate this festive time of year.

Sep 25, 2008

Save the Date-November Program with Westlaw Business and GPLLA

Westlaw Business and GPLLA are proud to present The Westlaw Business Story on Wednesday, November 5, 2008 in the Director’s Room at the Westin Hotel (99 S. 17th Street, Phila.), from noon to 1:30 PM. This event is free to GPLLA members. Lunch will be provided.


Please RSVP by Oct. 27, 2008 to Scott DeMaris (Program Chair/Vice President-GPLLA).

Program description:

Please see the vision that drove the creation of Westlaw Business and an explanation of our Practice Center approach for Securities, M&A, Private Equity and Restructuring.


The featured speaker is Jen Duran. Jen is a part of the Westlaw Business Product Management team at GSI, a Thomson-Reuters business. Jen joined the company in 2006 and has played a lead role in the design and development of Westlaw Business since its beginning. Currently Jen spends much of her time shaping the future of Westlaw Business by championing our customers throughout the product development and implementation cycles.


Jen has almost two decades of experience designing information solutions for professionals in a variety of industries including legal, banking, retail and manufacturing. Jen began her information career abstracting SEC filings for Disclosure/Primark, where over ten years she grew into roles in content operations, client training and product management. Jen also spent five years at General Electric designing and implementing supply chain workflow systems, during which time she also earned her Six Sigma Black Belt.

The Westlaw Business Story:

Jen will share insights into the vision that drove the creation of Westlaw Business and will offer an explanation of our Practice Center approach for Securities, M&A, Private Equity and Restructuring. Jen will also review key Westlaw Business features including the Navigator, Precedents Searching and Federated Results. Finally she will also provide a glimpse into the future of Westlaw Business as we continue to fulfill the vision of creating the premier destination for Business Law Professionals.

Sep 10, 2008

SLA Philadelphia Annual Wine & Cheese Event

The Philadelphia Chapter of SLA cordially invites you to this wine & cheese reception, especially since it is so close to our region this time.

They will honor GPLLA, MLA, and SCIP memberships also.

SLA Philadelphia Annual Wine & Cheese Event

Date: September 24, 2008

Location: Brantwyn, DE (part of the Dupont Country Club), 600 Rockland

Road, Wilmington, DE 19803,

Time: 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.

Sponsor: Dow Jones,

Cost: $20 members; $25 non-members; $15 students/between jobs

Registration Info: Please contact Luray Minkiewicz, . You can mail checks to Luray

Minkiewicz, 420 Leslie Lane, West Chester, PA 19382. Please let Luray

know if you plan to pay at the event.

Registration deadline: Thursday, September 18, 2008

Those not canceling on or before the deadline will be expected to pay the

registration fee.

Aug 14, 2008

The Backend of 2.0 – How to Use the GPLLA Site

Word on the street is that Web 2.0 is easy to use. But just how easy? Join us at Jenkins Law Library on Friday, October 10 as Nicole Engard, Open Source Evangelist at Liblime, details how GPLLA members can benefit from (and use), as well as other sites built on the Drupal platform. This will be a hands-on program. Admission is free for GPLLA members and lunch will be provided.


When: Friday, Oct. 10 from 12:00-1:00

Where: Jenkins Law Library, 833 Chestnut East, 12th Floor


To attend, please RSVP by October 6, 2008 to Scott DeMaris.

Aug 13, 2008



The 2008 Opening Reception, which will be held on Sept. 10, from 5:30PM -7:30PM. Come join your colleagues for food and drinks as we celebrate the beginning of another GPLLA season. This year’s reception will be held at Table 31, which is in the new Comcast Building at 1701 JFK Boulevard.

Table 31(2nd floor lounge)

1701 JFK Boulevard

The Comcast Building

Philadelphia, PA 19103

(At the intersection of JFK Boulevard and 17th Streets)

It’s a new venue for us and, since the location is new, we decided to try a new game as well human bingo. Don’t worry, it’s fun, friendly and not at all like work. Prizes will be awarded to the winners! To help us prepare, please send an interesting fact about yourself when you RSVP. The fact could be anything really… where you live… where you grew up… names of pets… hobbies… anything at all. Just keep it simple please.

If you plan to attend, RSVP by Friday Aug. 29. And don’t forget to send one interesting fact about yourself for the bingo game.

The reception is free to GPLLA members, however, donations will be accepted on behalf of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation International (JDRF) in memory of our colleague, Ken Spegman. We will accept cash or checks made out to JDRF. If you would like to send checks individually, please include a note that your check is to support the team "Ken’s CLASHing Crusaders". Please send to:

Eastern Pennsylvania Chapter

225 City Line Avenue, Suite #104

Bala Cynwyd (Philadelphia), PA 19004

Jun 11, 2008

2008 GPLLA Scholarship Awarded!

Congratulations to Michael Barton, who was selected as the winner of the 2008 GPLLA scholarship. Michael was awarded the scholarship at the 2008 Institute. Good luck with school Michael. We look forward to seeing you at future GPLLA events!

May 5, 2008

GPLLA on LinkedIn

I have created us a group on LinkedIn.  Check it out: and join!

If you’re not a member of LinkedIn – I recommend joining, it’s a great

professional social network. Learn some about LinkedIn here:

Apr 24, 2008

New E-mail Address for Job Postings

Take note: going forward, please submit job postings to