Seeking nominations for the 2020-2021 CALL Executive Board

The CALL Nominations and Elections Committee is still seeking nominations for the following Executive Board  positions for 2020-2021:

  • Vice-President/President-Elect (three year term)
  • Treasurer (two year term)
  • Director (two year term)

Please send nominations directly to Clare Willis by the end of the day Friday, October 4th.

If you’re curious about what the Board does, exactly, please feel free to contact me or one of the current Board members. Also, please remember that self-nomination is completely acceptable, even encouraged, so if you are interested in possibly serving on the Board, please let us know.

— Clare Willis, on behalf of the CALL Nominations and Elections Committee

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CALL Event – Tour, Lecture, and Networking at the Federal Court Library – Tuesday, October 1st 3:30

Want to see the Court Museum in the Dirksen Courthouse and hear a lecture on  Saving – and Displaying – Your Organization’s History Lessons from the Federal Court Historical Association & Museum?

Join us on Tuesday, October 1st at 3;30 to see the facility and hear Gretchen Van Dam speak.  Details on her talk are below.  After the event those who want can walk over to Revival Food Hall for an informal networking event.  Space in the Courthouse is limited so please RSVP to Mandy Lee at

Hope to see you there.

Many organizations are now considering how to capture and highlight their own history and notable accomplishments.   This may range from a small lobby display to a dedicated space with exhibits and videos.  Are you considering digital archives, saving memorabilia, dedicated history web site, oral histories of notable partners or professors?   N.D. Illinois Court Historical Association VP and Archivist Gretchen Van Dam will discuss how the court’s historical association went from a luncheon get together group to a 501(c)(3) non-profit with a dedicated museum space and the lessons learned from that journey.  Then spend some time touring the Court History Museum!

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Autumn Happy Hour

Come join CALL for a networking happy hour at Taste 222!

There is no cost to attend (note: drinks/food will not be provided by CALL)

Former CALL Member Robert Martin has set aside a special section for us to use and will be there to chat and catch up.

Thursday October 17, 2019
5:30pm – 7:30pm

Cafe 222
222 North Canal

Please RSVP/send questions to Carrie Port ( or just show up!

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Continuing Education Committee Presents: Nailing Your AMPC Proposal – Tips from the Trenches Tues Sept. 17th

Proposing a program for the AMPC (AALL Annual Meeting 2020) is nowhere near as daunting as it may seem to be. Shari Berkowitz Duff (AMPC Team Content Leader) and Diana Koppang (AMPC team member and frequent proposer) will review the AMPC proposal process and provide guidance and tips for putting together your proposal to have the best shot at its acceptance.

  • Get an overview of the proposal form before you start.
  • Understand how program funding works.
  • Using IdeaScale to brainstorm topics.
  • How to find program collaborators/speakers
  • Best words and phrases to use – and which should you steer clear of.
  • Understand the scoring rubric and how Must-Have topics play into that.

The deadline for AMPC Proposal submissions is in just three weeks – October 1st!  

When: Tuesday, September 17th, Noon to 1:00 p.m.

Where:  At your desk.  This program will be a webinar.  Webinar details will be provided via CALL Listserv prior to the program.

Shari Berkowitz Duff (AMPC Content Team Leader)
Research Librarian
Jones Day

Diana Koppang (AMPC Content Team member)
Director of Research & Competitive Intelligence
Neal, Gerber & Eisenberg LLP

Recording link here. Please note that the program is 43 minutes long.
PPT Slides (PDF) Nailing Your AMPC Proposal – CALL Webinar (September 2019)

Contact Tom Keefe at if you have any questions.

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