September 2023 Business Meeting

The Meetings Committee is excited to announce that registration is now open for the September 2023 Business Meeting.

September 2023 Business Meeting
Meeting Date: Wednesday September 20, 2023

Please register here.

Location: Maggiano’s Little Italy. 516 N Clark St, Chicago, IL 60654
Time: Registration & Networking starts at 11:30, lunch begins at 12:00 Noon

Cost: $30.00


Steven D. Schwinn is a professor of law at the University of Illinois Chicago School of Law, where he teaches constitutional law, comparative constitutional law, human rights, civil rights, and legal writing. He writes regularly for the ABA Preview of United States Supreme Court Cases, and occasionally for other periodicals and blogs. He regularly works with high-school teachers and classes on constitutional and public-policy issues.

At this meeting, he will discuss under-the-radar cases in the upcoming Supreme Court term, recent trends in the Court’s decision-making, and the Court’s citations to uncommon sources. 



  • Crispy Zucchini Fritte
  • Calamari Fritte
  • Italian Tossed Salad
  • Ciabatta Rolls


  • Eggplant Parmesan
  • Parmesan-Crusted Cod
  • Mom’s Meat Lasagna, Marinara


  • New York Style Cheesecake
  • Fresh Fruit Plate

Community Service Project:

In conjunction with the September Business Meeting, the Community Service Committee encourages CALL members to make a monetary donation to SitStayRead, a Chicago-based non-profit working to advance children’s literacy skills using an engaging curriculum, certified dogs, and dedicated volunteers. Alternatively, SitStayRead, publishes their own line of inclusive books for early readers and all proceeds from the sale of these books goes directly back to supporting SitStayRead and literacy education.

To make a donation:

To purchase a book from SitStayRead:

The community service project will be a clean-up of Montrose Beach done through the Alliance for Great Lakes organization. We will meet at 9 AM at Montrose Beach on September 23. Please use this link to register to volunteer if you are interested:

Meeting Sponsor: Trellis and TRG Screen

Door Prizes: Gift cards will be raffled during the meeting courtesy of LexisNexis.

CALL No Show and No Walk in Policies for Business Meetings

Registration will close at 12:00 Noon on Friday September 15, 2023.

Note: You will have to log into Neon to register for the meeting. Enter “Not sure if you have an account or you forgot your login information?” to recover your account and reset your password. If you do not receive a password recovery email, please check your spam filter.

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Summer Happy Hour

Come join CALL for a networking happy hour at the 320 South Canal! We will be sitting at the tables outside. Grab a to-go drink at the bar at the Eatery or something at the farmers market and join us for live music and games.

There is no cost to attend and CALL will be providing some appetizers.

Tuesday August 8, 2023
5:00pm – 7:00pm

320 South Canal (behind the building on the green)
Next to Union Station

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

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Volunteer Opportunity: Chicago River Day on May 13, 9:00 am – 12 noon

The Community Service Committee invites you to join us for Chicago River Day on May 13, 9:00 am – 12 noon. The river system provides critical habitats for all sorts of animals from migratory birds to beavers, mink, turtles and over 75 species of fish. Every year, Friends of the Chicago River host a day dedicated to improving the health of the Chicago River.

Volunteers need to register individually. Please register for the Horner Park location using this link. We will meet at Horner Park, 2741 West Montrose Ave. Register now since spots are limited! Email Mike McMillan ( once you’re signed up so he can coordinate CALL attendance.

Hope to see you there!

CALL Community Service Committee

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Continuing Education Committee Presents: State Dockets Research, Wednesday May 10 at noon

State Dockets Research

Description: Please join us on Wednesday, May 10 at noon (central time) for our next program, which will  explore what we as librarians need to know and what our users need to know about state dockets. Presenters and CALL members Clare Gaynor Willis and Shari Berkowitz Duff will focus on trial courts in Cook County and the collar counties. They will compare and contrast the tools available to law firms and law schools and talk about the ever-increasing number of vendors offering state dockets and court records. They will also talk about how to teach our users what they need to understand and how to manage their expectations. The program will discuss the quirks and difficulties of requesting dockets and court records from the courthouse, an option that is necessary when database coverage is not available. Participants can expect to come away with a lot of practical information and a better understanding of how their fellow librarians navigate the challenges of state docket research.

Presenters: Clare Gaynor Willis is the Research and Instructional Services Librarian and Coordinator of Educational Outreach for the Pritzker Legal Research Center at Northwestern Pritzker School of Law. She teaches upper level law students how to search for dockets and court records in her Advanced Legal Research course. Clare is also the co-author of a forthcoming article exploring what happened to defendants in famous U.S. Supreme Court criminal procedure cases. The article highlights how the difficulty of obtaining court records obscures the truth of what happened to those defendants.

Shari Berkowitz Duff is a Research Librarian at Jones Day. Shari has extensive experience searching and working with state courts across the country as part of her various research requests at Jones Day, and previously during her time at Reed Smith.  She is the “go-to” team member for her Library colleagues and a key point of contact for several Partners, Associates, and Paralegals working on high-profile litigation nationwide when they have questions, if they need to know if something is possible to research and obtain easily, and to assist with coordinating aspects of complex research and on-going projects. Shari has also been a source of guidance and training for the Jones Day docket team on many occasions over the past 5 ½ years.  Shari is also currently leading an internal Library Team Project with two other Librarians to put together a living document that provides detailed information on access, costs, coverage and what is available for courts in all 50 states not only through several of the major vendor platforms, but also via court websites.

When: Wednesday, May 10, 12:00 to 1:00 p.m.

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

Please register here.


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