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About ALLUNY

Since 1954 the Association of Law Libraries of Upstate New York (ALLUNY) has been bringing together law library staff and people interested in law libraries from Upstate New York for professional development, networking, and social activities. ALLUNY is a Chapter of the American Association of Law Libraries (AALL), the national organization for law libraries.

Mission

  • Promote law libraries (including staffing, funding, collections, etc.) in Upstate New York
  • Conduct continuing education programs
  • Foster an interest in law librarianship as a career
  • Stimulate cooperation among area law libraries and library associations
  • Encourage research

History

ALLUNY was founded on June 11, 1954

Founders:

Ernest H. Breuer – New York State Law Librarian
Nancy W. Stirling – Senior Law Librarian, New York State Library
Sidney B. Hill – Association of the Bar
Fred E. Rosbrook – Appellate Division, 4th Department
Michael S. Pulcher – Supreme Court, 5th Judicial District, Utica
Lawrence H. Schmehl – New York County Lawyers
George P. Seebach – New York Law Institute

*Taken from ALLUNY annual reports, newsletters, and other documents, but with many of my observations added..

On March 28, 1952 the New York State Law Library held a conference of law librarians in New York State to discuss specific problems of mutual interest and to acquaint law libraries of the state with the resources of, and the services offered by the State Law Library. As a result of this conference, the Association of Law Libraries of New York State was organized.

On June 11, 1954 , a special meeting of ALLNYS was held at the New York State Law Library to consider the tentative recommendations of the New York State Temporary Commission on the Courts for reducing the cost of appellate records and briefs and its effect on depository law libraries throughout the state. The recommendations threatened the distribution of records on appeal to depository libraries and as a result of this meeting the Temporary Commission withdrew its proposal to curtail distribution of records in original form and to substitute microprint. Ernest H. Breuer, as President of the Association, was authorized and directed to prepare a brief on behalf of the members of the ALLNYS and to present their views at a public hearing before the Court of Appeals on October 15, 1954 . Note: Microforms eventually won out in the end, but ALLUNY (I’ll get to the name change) established itself as a strong advocate for legal information services.

In order that more public law libraries could become aware of the resources and the services of the State Law Library, Ernest Breuer – the State Law Librarian – visited nine upstate law libraries between Albany and Buffalo from August 22 to August 26, 1955 . As a result of these visits a formal annual meeting of the Association was held at Cornell Law School , Ithaca , New York on October 28, 1955 . The meeting was attended by eleven members from seven law libraries. Lewis W. Morse of Cornell was our host. A demonstration and discussion of micro-reproduction and microlex was given by William F. Wheatley of Matthew Bender and A. Ross Kitt and John Tarbox of Lawyers’ Co-op. The present inadequacy of the New York State code of Rules and Regulations; the lack of a cumulative index for the Attorney Generals’ opinions; the monopoly of distribution and price discrimination against out of state purchases of the New Hampshire revised statutes; the suspension of the State Law Index; the advantages of central cataloging by the State Law Library to small law libraries without law catalogers; the problem of lack of uniformity and size of typewritten records on appeal in the Appellate Division, Third Department under its recently revised rules and other problems of mutual interest were discussed.

The president urged all members to attend the Miles O. Price Testimonial Dinner and the annual meeting of AALL in Philadelphia . The group was taken to lunch at the fabulous Statler Hotel on the Cornell campus as guests of the Lawyers Cooperative Publishing Company.

The following year, (1956) Fred Rossbrook, recently retired Law Librarian of the Appellate Division, Fourth Department was unanimously elected as the Association’s first life member. It was at this Second Annual Meeting that ALLUNY adopted a constitution and voted to apply for a charter as a chapter of the American Association of Law Libraries. Dues were $1.00 per year. Apparently, at that time if you were a member of a Chapter, and a member of AALL, AALL would refund your dues paid to AALL – at least in part- to the Chapter. So if ALLUNY got a refund of your dues to AALL, then you owed no dues to ALLUNY. Our first Treasurer’s Report given by Nancy Stirling showed 54 members a balance of $106.58.

In 1957 the Association met in Syracuse at the newly constructed Syracuse University College of Law (White Hall) At this time the name of the Association was changed, in deference to members of LLAGNY and the concern that ALLNYS was too encompassing and indicated a coverage that overlapped their area.

In 1959 we created our first scholarships. Two $25.00 scholarships to attend a LLAGNY workshop in 1960 were awarded to Alice Caswell of the Watertown Law Library and Jessie M. Lynch from the Eighth Judicial District Law Library in Buffalo.

In 1961 a merger of ALLUNY and LLAGNY was proposed and Ernest Breuer acted as liaison between the groups. It never happened, obviously, but it is an interesting thought. Breuer, among many others, held membership in both chapters. In 1962 the two chapters combined to buy a 5 x 8 blue banner with gold lettering for AALL to display at the national meeting. This may have been AALL’s first banner. We also contributed heavily ($100.00 one year, $50.00 the next, for a small organization ) to the AALL headquarters fund in the 1960s. ALLUNY Dues at this time were $2.00 a year. By 1977 the dues had increased to $3.00 In 1978 the dues were $6.00.

We also interacted closely with other regional chapters in the 1970s and 1980s, meeting jointly with ORALL, CONELL, LLNE, LLAGNY, and SNELLA on many occasions. The last of these regional or joint meetings occurred in 1996.

Several of our Presidents were from the LLAGNY region – notably James Lodato and Lynn Fullshire. We still do a joint reception at the national meeting every year. For a long time, we used to hold a chapter breakfast meeting at AALL, but ended (?)

Going through the early minutes, it seems we had a more personal relationship with the various legal publishers. Of course at the time many of them were small family owned companies, and not huge corporations. Fred Rothman, Fred Dennis of Dennis & Co. , William Gaunt and William S. Hein were members as were many officers of Lawyers Co-op. When Matthew Bender III died in 1959, we made a donation in his memory to the American Cancer Society. Bender and LCP were major sponsors in our formative years as an association. Prior to 1969, ALLUNY resisted the urge to let the publishers finance the annual meetings, although the various publishers did host and pay for many of the social events. In 1969 Fred Dennis requested to host and finance the 1970 meeting in Niagra Falls . To this day we still maintain strong ties with our vendors and they generously support our meetings and events.

It seems, too, that members were willing to go very far afield during the meetings to have cocktails and a nice dinner. In 1961, The meeting in Syracuse adjourned to the Sherwood Inn in Skaneateles , NY for the banquet and keynote address, some 40 miles away. Many attendees brought their spouses to our meetings, and some still bring their children. In the 1970s Bob Gutz used to bring his mother.

There were member lists kept prior to 1969, but the first official members directory was produced for 1969-70. Matthew Bender & Co. has always supported ALLUNY by paying for the printing and mailing of the directory. There was consistent and sustained growth of membership throughout the 1960s and 1970s The September 1979 newsletter indicates 20 new members joined that year. In 1981 we had 146 active members and 4 life members. This was the high point for a while. The following year there were 129 members and 6 life members. Lay-offs and down-sizing in the Reagan economy hurt membership. In 1984 we were down to 84 regular members. We didn’t reach 146 members again until 1987. In 1993 we had 139 active members, 17 associates and 16 life members for a total of 172.

A President’s newsletter appeared from time to time, but was never formalized as such. The minutes of the 1969 meeting indicate a lack of news and interest up to that point. The first ALLUNY Newsletter appeared in October 1971, and from its inception through the 1970s was printed and mailed for us through Matthew Bender & Co. The William S. Hein Co. Took over this task in the early 1980s. At some point the distribution reverted to Matthew Bender until 2003. In 2004 ALLUNY switched to electronic delivery. Mary Burch was the first Editor and served in that capacity until resigning in June, 1978. The newsletter has varied in style, format and content to a great degree. We used to have more placement info, news from other chapters, and AALL news than we do now, and recurring columns and committee news have come and gone as their authors came and went, or simply had the time to contribute. In the 1990s Cheryl Wolfe wrote a column called “Dear Diary” that showed great insight and humor. “Technical Tips” by a variety of authors, and Judy Lauer’s “Miscellaneous Citings” seem to be the longest running contributions, aside from the President’s Letter and the Editor’s Corner. Ellen McGrath has been a steady contributor. Minutes from the June 1995 Board Meeting indicate 195 subscriptions to the Newsletter.

Over the years we have held numerous educational workshops on a host of topics, we’ve had great social events, and a few marriages, births, and alas, passings. We’ve been activists regarding issues that affect our profession such as publisher mergers, court records distribution, court restructuring, and others. We’ve incorporated microforms, CD-ROMs and Internet-based resources into our print collections. In the firms we’ve added document management software and push technologies to our lexicon. Through all that ALLUNY has grown and matured as an organization and been a valuable professional asset to our members for fifty years. We will surely continue to do so for the next fifty.

Landmarks:

  • Ernie Breuer died June 6, 1972
  • 1978 AALL 71 st Annual Meeting held in Rochester , with ALLUNY as host chapter. Over 1000 librarians attended.
  • 1979 First Ernest Breuer Scholarship awarded to Verdia Jenkins
  • 1982 Mary S. Burch becomes the first Chief Law Librarian of the NY Unified Court System
  • ALLUNY was officially incorporated as a Not-for-Profit Corporation in 1989
  • Tax Exempt Status granted 1992 (?)
  • 1990 Newsletter Editor Jeannine Lee announces the birth of her son Matt in the form of a shelf-list card.
  • June 1993 the ALLUNY newsletter includes an article on “Internet Basics” by Lisa Duvernay, of the U. Buffalo Law Library
  • 1993 Dues are raised to $20.00
  • 1994 ALLUNY establishes “Internet Buddies” to help law librarians adapt to and use the Internet
  • 1996 ALLUNY-L is created and hosted by Cornell. Scott Childs is the first listowner.
  • ALLUNY gets its own website, hosted by Syracuse University College of Law. Eva Mahoney is Web Master 1997- 2004.
  • 1997 Steve Weiter joins, and helps organize the 1997 President’s Party for Jan at the annual meeting. Membership begins to tank soon after. (195 in 1995, 168 in 1997, 138 in 1998, 120 in 2001, 116 in 2003.) Too scary to be coincidence!

Interested in more ALLUNY history? See our 50th Anniversary Brochure & annual meeting program (REVISED 10/2005) (4 MB pdf file) and our 40th Anniversary Brochure (1 MB pdf file).

Bylaws

(Adopted September 8, 1956; amended September 6, 1957; amended September 12, 1964; possibly amended in 1967 and 1968; amended September 21, 1973; amended October 2, 1977; amended March 30, 1981; amended October 21, 1984;amended October 10, 1987; amended September 24,1988; suspended October 7, 1990; revised and adopted May 15, 1991; amended October 4, 1992, amended October 3, 1993; amended September 24, 1994; amended October 18, 1996; amended September 26, 1999; amended October 3, 2004; amended October 2, 2005; amended September 13, 2009; amended October 20, 2013; amended October 19, 2014.)

ARTICLE I. Membership
ARTICLE II. Meetings & Reports
ARTICLE III. Officers, Board of Directors, Committes
ARTICLE IV. Nominations
ARTICLE V. Discrimination
ARTICLE VI. Association and AALL
ARTICLE VII. Standing Rules

ARTICLE I. MEMBERSHIP

Section 1. CLASSIFICATION OF MEMBERSHIP

There shall be four (4) classes of membership:

(a) ACTIVE MEMBERS

Any person interested in law librarianship and either [1] currently, or within the last seven (7) years, employed by a law library or by a separately maintained law section within a general library; or [2] providing professional librarian services to law libraries may become an active member of this association upon the payment of dues. Such membership cannot not be transferred or assigned. One (1) person is allowed only one (1) vote.

(b) ASSOCIATE MEMBERS

Any person other than those persons falling within the definition of “active members” may become an associate member upon payment of dues. Such membership cannot be transferred or assigned.

(c) LIFE MEMBERS

The Association may, at any annual meeting by a two-thirds vote of those present, elect to life membership those who have retired from active library work.

(d) STUDENT/UNEMPLOYED MEMBERS

Any person enrolled in a Graduate School of Library Science may be a student member upon payment of dues. Membership dues may be waived for any librarian who is unemployed. Membership cannot be transferred or assigned.

Section 2. DUES, RIGHTS, AND PRIVILEGES

(a) Dues for each class of membership shall be determined by the Board of Directors subject to approval by two-thirds (2/3) of the members present and voting at any annual meeting of the Association, provided that a written notice and explanation of proposed dues change shall have been mailed to the members at least ten (10) days in advance of the meeting.

(b) The annual dues of active and associate members shall be thirty dollars ($30.00) payable in January of each year. The annual dues of student members shall be fifteen dollars ($15.00) payable in January of each year. Life members shall be exempt from payment of dues.

Five dollars ($5.00) of each dues payment shall be allocated to the ALLUNY Grants committee for the purpose of adding to the amount of and/or increasing the number of educational grants sponsored by ALLUNY.

Members failing to pay dues after receiving an email written reminder shall be dropped from membership on March 31st. Suspended members may be reinstated at any time upon payment of the full current year’s dues.

(c) The fiscal year of the Association shall begin on October 1st.

(d) The right to hold office shall be restricted to Active Members. Voting is restricted to Life and Active members.

ARTICLE II. MEETINGS AND REPORTS

Section 1. ANNUAL MEETINGS

An annual meeting of the Association shall be held at such time and place as the Board of Directors or the President may determine.

Section 2. SPECIAL MEETINGS

Special meetings may be called by the President, the Board of Directors, or at the written request of ten percent (10%) of the active membership addressed to the Secretary, but the time and place of such meeting shall be determined by the Board of Directors, as proposed by the President.

Section 3. QUORUM

A quorum at any meeting of the Association shall consist of the members present.

Section 4. PROCEDURE

Robert’s Rules of Order, current edition, shall govern the conduct of meetings of the Association and the Directors.

Section 5. VOTING

Except where otherwise prescribed in the By-Laws, decisions shall be made by majority vote. Voting by proxy will be permitted.  Pursuant to Section 609 of the NPCL, a member’s authorization of another person or persons to act for the member as proxy may be made by transmitting or authorizing the transmission of an electronic transmission to the person who will be the holder of the proxy or to a proxy solicitation firm, proxy support service organization or like agent duly authorized by the person who will be the holder of the proxy to receive such transmission, provided that any such electronic transmission will either set forth or be submitted with information from which it can be reasonably determined that the electronic transmission was authorized by the member.  Unless otherwise specified by majority vote of the Board of Directors at a meeting occurring at least [60] days before a meeting of the members, all proxies submitted in connection with meetings of members shall be irrevocable.  Proxies shall count toward a quorum only for those items which are specified in advance on the agenda or in the proxies.

Section 6. REPORTS

The Board of Directors shall present at each annual meeting of the Membership a report, verified by the President and Treasurer or by a majority of the directors, showing in appropriate detail the following:

(a) The assets and liabilities, including the funds, of the Association as of the end of the twelve-month (12) fiscal period of the Association terminating not more than six (6) months prior to said meeting.

(b) The principal changes in assets and liabilities, including trust funds, during said fiscal period.

(c) The revenue or receipts of the Association both unrestricted and restricted to particular purposes, during said fiscal period.

(d) The expenses or disbursements of the Association, for both general and restricted purposes, during said fiscal period.

(e) The number of members of the Association as of the report, together with a statement of increase decrease in such number during said fiscal period, and a statement of the place where the residence of the current Members may be found. Such report may be filed with the records of the Association and a copy or an abstract thereof shall be entered into the minutes of the annual meeting at which the report is presented.

ARTICLE III. OFFICERS, BOARD OF DIRECTORS AND COMMITTEES

Section 1. OFFICERS

The President must be a member of the American Association of Law Libraries. The American Association of Law Libraries dues for the President and Vice President/President Elect will be paid for by the Association if necessary.

Section 2. TERMS OF OFFICE

(a) PRESIDENT

The President shall hold office for one (1) year. The Vice-President/President-Elect shall automatically become President after the first (1st) year.

(b) VICE-PRESIDENT/PRESIDENT-ELECT

The Vice President/President-Elect shall assume office at the close of the annual meeting immediately following his/her election and shall serve a term of one (1) year.

(c) THE SECRETARY AND TREASURER

The Secretary and Treasurer shall serve two (2) year terms and shall assume office at the close of the annual meeting immediately following their election and shall serve until their successors are elected.

(d) THE DIRECTORS

The Directors shall hold office for two (2) year terms and shall assume office at the close of the annual meeting immediately following their election.

(e) BOARD OF DIRECTORS

The Board of Directors shall consist of the current officers, the last retired President, the Newsletter Editor, and three (3) other members elected on staggered terms with two one year and one the next. To the extent practicable, the three elected members should each represent one of the following classes of ALLUNY membership: (i) academic law librarians, (ii) court or state law librarians, and (iii) firm or independent law librarians. The Board of Directors shall meet prior to the annual business meeting and at other Board meetings as called by the President.

(f) VACANCIES

In the event that the office of the President becomes vacant, the Vice President/President-Elect shall automatically succeed to that position. If the Vice President/President-Elect is unable to do so, the position will be filled by appointment by the Board of Directors. All other offices which become vacant shall be filled by appointment by the Board of Directors.

Section 3. DUTIES

The duties of the Officers and Directors of the Association outlined in this section are described in more detail in the ALLUNY Operating Manual. These duties, within the limitations imposed by this section, may be reallocated or changed, temporarily or permanently, by amendments to the text of the Manual. Such amendments may be adopted by majority vote at meetings of the Board of Directors.

(a) The President shall preside at all meetings of the Board of Directors and the Secretary shall act as Secretary of the Directors.

(b) The duties of the Board shall be those ordinarily assigned to such offices in similar associations in addition to the duties assigned to them by this Association.

(c) The President is authorized to call upon or obligate the Treasury for not more than fifty dollars ($50.00) in any one (1) year, for any purpose not here enumerated, without the previous consent of a majority of the Board of Directors.

(d) The Treasurer shall submit a detailed annual report for the publication to the Board of Directors prior to the annual meeting. The Treasurer shall submit a budget to the Board of Directors at the Spring/Summer Board meeting.

(e) The Secretary’s minutes of the annual meeting shall be submitted for publication in the next scheduled issue of the ALLUNY Newsletter.

(f) Meetings of the Board of Directors shall be called and the time and place for them set at the direction of the President. Members of the Board of Directors may conduct Chapter Business via e-mail. Such actions need a majority vote of the Board of Directors and should be reported to the Membership in the next issue of the Newsletter.

(g) The Board of Directors may conduct business and vote by any means authorized by New York statute.

(h) An audit of the Association books shall be performed by two (2) members to be appointed by the President and the Board midway through the Treasurer’s elected term. This audit and the audit for the annual report from the Treasurer shall be submitted to the Board of Directors at the Spring/Summer meeting.

Section 4. COMMITTEES

The duties, members, and procedures of committees shall be specified in the ALLUNY Operating Manual.

ARTICLE IV. NOMINATIONS

Section 1.

Not later than two (2) months after taking office, the incoming President shall appoint a nominating committee of three (3) members, no one of whom shall be a candidate for office or the Board of Directors at the succeeding election. This committee shall nominate candidates for the offices of Vice-President/President-Elect, Secretary if that officer’s term is ending, Treasurer if that officer’s term is ending, and any Director(s) whose term is ending.

Section 2.

The duties, members, and procedures of the Nominating Committee shall be further specified in the ALLUNY Operating Manual.

ARTICLE V. DISCRIMINATION

Neither membership, nor full participation in the activities in this Association, shall be denied to any person on account of race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, disability, sexual orientation, or gender identification.

ARTICLE VI. ASSOCIATION AND AALL

Section 1.

As a chapter of the American Association of Law Libraries, this Association is subject to the Constitution and By-Laws of the American Association of Law Libraries relating to chapters.

Section. 2

Amendments to these By-Laws shall be submitted to the American Association of Law Libraries Committee on Constitution and Bylaws by the Secretary upon adoption by the membership of the Association.

ARTICLE VII. STANDING RULES

Standing Rules of this Association may be amended in any dollar amount by a majority of the Board of Directors.

Section 1.

This Association will provide a sum for the incumbent President to attend professional law library meetings as per the ALLUNY Operating Manual.

Section 2.

American Association of Law Libraries or Chapter memorials, if any, shall be of the value of not more than fifty dollars ($50.00) and be given to the Scholarship Fund of the American Association of Law Libraries or any other established Memorial Fund. Memorials will be limited to the memory of Librarians, or members of ALLUNY, and be made by the President on the recommendation of a member of ALLUNY, and approved by the Board of Directors.

Section 3.

The following grants and awards are available to qualifying members as defined by the criteria of each grant and award:

(a) Ernest H. Breuer Memorial Grant
(b) Anthony P. Grech Memorial Award
(c) AALL Annual Meeting Grant
(d) Miscellaneous Program Grant
(e) Library Studies Student Grant
(f) Katie M. Deveau Volunteer Spirit Award

The criteria and procedure for awarding these grants and awards shall be adopted by the membership of the Association and published in the ALLUNY Operating Manual.

 

 

Content last revised: November 10, 2014

Related documents: ALLUNY Operating Manual ; ALLUNY Meeting Manual ; Proxy Info and Form

Officers

President

Amy Emerson
Director, Legal Research Clinic, Adjunct Professor of Law
Cornell Law Library
Ithaca, NY  14853
(607) 255-5441
aae25@cornell.edu
Term: President 2016-2017; Board 2017-2018

Vice-President

Donna J. Byrne
Law Librarian, Hancock Estabrook, LLP
1500 AXA Tower I
100 Madison Street
Syracuse, New York 13202
(315) 565-4706
dbyrne@hancocklaw.com
Term: Vice-President: 2016-2017; President 2017-2018; Board 2018-2019

Secretary

Brian Detweiler
Student Services Librarian
SUNY Buffalo Law School Library
211A O’Brian Hall
Buffalo, NY  14260
(716) 645-2384
briandet@buffalo.edu
Term: 2016-2018

Treasurer

Andrea Molinet
Technical Services Librarian
Syracuse University College of Law
Law Library
228D Dineen Hall
950 Irving Avenue
Syracuse, NY  13244-6070
(315) 443-9564 (v)
(315) 443-9567 (f)
amolinet@law.syr.edu
Term: 2016-2018

Board of Directors

Margaret Jane Ambrose (Board member & Newsletter editor)
Access & Research Services Librarian
Cornell Law Library
380 Myron Taylor Hall
Ithaca, NY14853
(607) 255-0980
mja224@cornell.edu
Term: 2015-2017 (elected as Board member)

Mark Burns
Reference & Educational Technology Librarian
Syracuse University College of Law, Law Library
950 Irving Ave., Suite 228
Syracuse, NY  13244
(315) 443-9571
mwburns@law.syr.edu
Term: 2016-2018

Nina Scholtz
Head of Research & Instruction
Cornell Law Library
353 Myron Taylor Hall
Ithaca, NY14853
(607) 255-5862
nes78@cornell.edu
Term: 2016-2018

Luara Suttell (past-president)
Paralegal
Phillips Lytle LLP
One Canalside, 125 Main St.
Buffalo, NY  14203
(716) 847-5427
lsuttell@phillipslytle.com
Term: 2017-2018

 

 

 

 

Committees

Archives Co-Chairs: Joan Hoolihan
Principal Law Librarian
Appellate Division Law Library
50 East Avenue, Suite 100
Rochester, NY 14604
(585) 530-3262
jhooliha@nycourts.gov

Robert D. Cunningham
Reference Librarian
Appellate Division Law Library
50 East Avenue, Suite 100
Rochester, NY 14604
(585) 530-3265
rcunnin@nycourts.gov

Parlimentarian Chair: Elaine Knecht
Director of Information Resources
Barclay Damon, LLP
200 Delaware Ave.
Buffalo, NY  14203
(716) 566-1595
eknecht@barclaydamon.com
Education Chair: Donna J. Byrne
Law Librarian, Hancock Estabrook, LLP
1500 AXA Tower I
100 Madison Street
Syracuse, New York 13202
(315) 565-4706
dbyrne@hancocklaw.com
Government Relations Chair: Amy Emerson
Assistant Director for Access Services
Cornell University Law Library
Myron Taylor Hall
Ithaca, NY 14853
(607) 255-5441
aae25@cornell.edu
Grants & Scholarship Chair: Jean-Paul Vivian
Principal Law Librarian
N.Y.S. Supreme Court Library – Nassau
100 Supreme Court Drive
Mineola, NY  11501
(516) 442-8578 (voice)
(516) 571-0752 (fax)
jvivian@courts.state.ny.us
Listserv Manager: Robert J. Weiner
Electronic Services Librarian
Syracuse University College of Law, Law Library
228G Dineen Hall, 950 Irving Avenue
Syracuse, NY 13244
(315) 443-5424 (voice)
(315) 443-9567 (fax)
rjweiner@law.syr.edu
Membership, Nominations, Elections Chair: Laura Suttell
Paralegal
Phillips Lytle LLP
One Canalside, 125 Main St.
Buffalo, NY  14203
(716) 847-5427
(716) 852-6100
lsuttell@phillipslytle.com
Communications and Outreach Margaret Jane Ambrose
Access & Research Services Librarian
Cornell Law Library
380 Myron Taylor Hall
Ithaca, NY14853
(607) 255-0980
mja224@cornell.edu

Elaine Knecht
Director of Information Resources
Barclay Damon, LLP
200 Delaware Ave.
Buffalo, NY  14203
(716) 566-1595
eknecht@barclaydamon.com

Nancy Babb
Cataloging Librarian & Web Manager
SUNY Buffalo Law Library
216B O’Brian Hall
Buffalo, New York 14260-1110
(716) 645-0394
babb@buffalo.edu

Vendors & Corporate Sponsors Co-Chairs: Melissa Lamb
Librarian
Hodgson Russ LLP
The Guaranty Building, 140 Pearl St., Suite 100
Buffalo, NY  14202
(716) 848-1218
mlamb@hodgsonruss.com

Angela Patti
Senior Law Librarian
Supreme Court Library at Buffalo
77 West Eagle Street
Buffalo, NY 14202
(716)845-9391
apatti@nycourts.gov

Archives Committee
The Archives Committee is charged with storing and maintaining the archives of the Association of Law Libraries of Upstate New York. The Chair of the Archives Committee will be the Archivist.

Constitution and By-Laws Committee
Charged with reviewing and revising, when necessary, the ALLUNY Constitution and By-Laws, with an eye toward conforming with AALL. The recommendation is to retain this as a standing committee. The board and officers frequently have questions regarding the current By-Laws and Constitution during their various meetings and require interpretation from this committee chair.

Education Committee
Charged to act as a clearinghouse for program ideas for the Association. This committee will be responsible for planning and presenting workshops when they are desired by the association. It will also coordinate with the Vice-President on annual meeting programs.

Government Relations
The Government Relations Committee is charged with monitoring legislative, regulatory and judicial developments that affect the membership of the Association of Law Libraries of Upstate New York (ALLUNY) and/or the practice of law. This includes, but is not limited to the following areas: freedom of information, privacy/confidentiality, dissemination of government information, New York State Depository Library Program, telecommunications, intellectual property, funding for law libraries located in New York State, and censorship.

Government Relations activities regarding UELMA:
As proposed by the Government Relations Committee, ALLUNY passed “A Resolution to support Enactment of the Uniform Electronic Legal Material Act in the State of New York” on October 19, 2014. AALL maintains additional UELMA resources.

Grants Committee
Charged with the responsibility for administering the Ernest H. Breuer Memorial, the Anthony Grech Award and other awards or scholarships presented by the association.

Listserv Manager
Responsible for the management and maintenance of the association listservs

Membership Committee
Charged with the responsibility for soliciting and processing new member applications, maintaining current records of ALLUNY members, and generating the annual directory. This committee also provides assistance with labels for all association mailings.

Websitemaster(s) & Newsletter Editor(s)
Charged with soliciting items for inclusion in the association’s newsletter. It also publishes and distributes the association’s newsletter three (3) times a year and develops and maintains website.

Nominations Committee
Charged with soliciting the membership for those people interested in filling positions as officers and members of the board, in accordance with the guidelines set forth in the By-Laws.

Public Relations Committee
Charged with publicizing the field of law librarianship and promoting ALLUNY on both the local and national levels.

Vendors & Corporate Sponsors Committee
Responsible for coordination and organization of Exhibits area at the Annual Meeting.

Social Media Coordinator
Responsible for design, organization and maintenance of the association website and coordination of social media activities.