Continuing Education Committee Presents: Scams, Schemes and Cyber Security

Presented by: David Williams. David Williams is a Supervisor in the Special Prosecutions Bureau of the Cook County Assistant State’s Attorney’s Office. He leads the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office Regional Organized Crime Task Force (CCROC). Former Assistant Chief Counsel with the US Department of Homeland Security. David is an adjunct professor at the University of Illinois-Chicago.

When: Wednesday, May 26th, 12:00 to 1:00 p.m.

Where: At your desk via Zoom. Registrants will receive webinar details prior to the program.

Cost: This program is free to members.

Please register here

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May 2021 Business Meeting

The CALL Meetings Committee presents:

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A chapter of the American Association of Law Libraries

May 2021 Business Meeting
Meeting Date: Thursday, May 20, 2021
Location: Zoom
Time: 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. (Please stay on Zoom after the meeting to network and catch up with CALL friends)
Cost: free

Speaker: AALL Vice President, Diane Rodriguez, will be joining us as the speaker for our May business meeting. Each AALL Chapter has the opportunity for a visit from the President or Vice President every three years and we are delighted to welcome Diane for our chapter visit. She will share news about national initiatives of the association and would like to hear any suggestions or concerns from chapter members. Ms. Rodriguez currently services as Assistant Director of the San Francisco Law Library.

Community Service: This month the Community Service committee would like to encourage donations to Chicago Books to Women in Prison (CBWP). CBWP is an all-volunteer group that distributes paperback books free of charge to incarcerated people nationwide, focusing on all women and trans/non-binary people. They are dedicated to offering the opportunity for self-empowerment, education and entertainment that reading provides. To make a financial donation via PayPal, click here. Alternatively, to purchase a book from their wish list, which will then be picked up and mailed by a CBWP volunteer, click here.

AALL Raffle: As a way to show our appreciation and as a way to support our membership in their professional development during a difficult year, the CALL Grants & Chapter Awards Committee will be raffling off 25 grants to cover registration for the 2021 AALL Annual Conference at our May Business Meeting! If you do not want to be considered for this raffle, please opt-out on the meeting registration form.

Door Prizes: Two gift cards will be raffled during the meeting courtesy of LexisNexis. Check out their InfoPro for news and tips for librarians.

Registration ends Monday May 17th.

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Finding Illinois Law (Second Edition)

The second edition of Finding Illinois Law has been published and is now available in PDF. The guide can be downloaded in its entirely or as individual chapters here.

The CALL Government Relations Committee presents this guide as a tool to assist the general public with conducting legal research. The first edition of Finding Illinois Law was published in 2012. Online access to legal information has improved and expanded since the first edition was published nearly a decade ago, so the second edition reflects these developments.

Each chapter has been updated and revised by CALL members. The second edition of Finding Illinois Law begins with an overview of the U.S. legal system and how to cite to legal materials in Chapters 1 and 2, respectively. Each branch of government produces its own source of law from cases to statutes to administrative regulations. Chapters 3, 4, 5, 6, and 7 discuss these sources of law, focusing on the law of Illinois, but also including information about federal law and the laws of our neighboring states. Chapter 8 provides an overview of how to conduct Illinois legislative history, which is a new chapter added in this second edition of this publication.

Because this guide is intended for an audience of non-lawyers, it includes advice in Chapter 9 on how free internet legal research resources compares with the commercial services generally used by attorneys. Librarians who conduct legal research on behalf of another individual or who assist patrons with locating legal information will be interested in Chapter 10, which covers the unauthorized practice of law to ensure that the assistance they are providing does not cross the fine line between reference assistance and providing legal advice.

Chapter 11 offers resources for where to seek additional help. If a situation arises where legal representation is needed, consult the list of law school clinics, legal organizations, and lawyer referral services to locate free and low-cost legal assistance. Librarians who are looking to add legal titles to their collection should consult the list of recommended publishers and resources in Chapter 12.

We hope that this guide will be a valuable resource for librarians and non-lawyers throughout Illinois. The CALL Government Relations Committee plans on creating a dynamic, online version of this guide in the near future.

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How to Know What you Don’t Know – May 5, 2021 webinar

How to Know What You Don’t Know

Taking on some new roles as job and staffing responsibilities shift?  Started a new job in a different area of law librarianship? Want to learn more about how all different kinds of law library organizations work?  Join us tor this panel discussion where we will talk about how to function effectively when everyone assumes you know exactly what to do.

The Mentorship & Leadership Development Committee asks you to save the date for a virtual panel discussion with:

  • Debbie Ginsberg – Manager, Faculty Research and Scholarly Support Services – Harvard Law School
  • Heidi Frostestad Kuehl – Circuit Librarian  – U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit
  • Jean Wenger – Director of the Library – Chicago-Kent College of Law
  • Sarah Walangitan – Librarian – Supreme Court of Illinois

Bring your questions and your insights to share with your colleagues and we look forward to a lively discussion.

How to Know What you Don’t Know

  • May 5, 2021
  • 12-1 PM Central
  • via Zoom
  • Please e-mail Sarah Andeen at to register

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