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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
Apr 10, 2008

AALL Registration Grant Has Been Awarded

Congratulations to Andrea Guldalian of Duane Morris. She’s been selected to receive the AALL Registration Grant. Enjoy the conference in Portland Andrea!

Mar 6, 2008

2008 GPLLA Panel Discussion at Drexel

Are you in library school and thinking about a career in a law library? Or are you already working in a library and thinking of switching to law? Then come to the 2008 GPLLA Panel Discussion at Drexel on April 23.


The discussion is open to everyone. Scheduled speakers include:


Michelle A. Ayers

Head of Research Services

U.S. Court of Appeals, Third Circuit

Barbara Felicetti

Regional Librarian 

Library Service Group

Nancy Garner

Head of Information & Research Services

Jenkins Law Library

Gregory Weyant

Library Director

Obermayer Rebmann Maxwell & Hippel

Tim Von Dulm

Reference Librarian

University of Pennsylvania Law School


Topics to be discussed include:


+ Types of jobs available in law libraries

+ Whether a law degree is necessary to work in a law library

+ The role of technology in law libraries


And much more.


The panel will be held on April 23, from 4:30 to 6:30 at Drexel’s iSchool. Refreshments will be served. Please contact Susan Posternock with questions or to RSVP. 

Feb 13, 2008

Scholarship And Grant Applications Are Updated!

Note to library school students living within the GPLLA geographic area: we are once again offering up to two $1000 scholarships. Updated applications have been posted on the Scholarships/Grants page. The application deadline is May 16, 2008. Award decisions will be made shortly thereafter.




For those of you already working in law libraries, note that we have revised our grant program to cover educational programs, seminars, etc. relevant to law librarianship. Grants are available for up to $500. Applications are considered on an ongoing basis. Thinking of traveling to a library conference? Apply for a GPLLA grant today. Application forms have been posted on the Scholarships/Grants page.