75th Anniversary Celebration at the Columbia Yacht Club

CALL will celebrate its 75th anniversary on Thursday, June 23 at the Columbia Yacht Club (111 N. DuSable Lake Shore Dr.) from 5:00-7:00 p.m. Get ready to enjoy the company of your favorite CALL friends you haven’t seen in forever and a view of the lake and the skyline from a gorgeous covered outdoor space!

If you opt to be dropped off, be on the lookout for someone holding a bunch of balloons right where your ride can let you out.

Parking and transit information follows:

By Car-Parking Information

Public parking is available in the DuSable harbor parking lot located just north of Columbia, under Lake Shore Drive. The cost is $18 for 2-6 hours. Directions are here. If you have the SpotHero app and you want to save a few dollars you can try Field Harbor parking which is located off lower lower Randolph and can be tricky to find. It is across from the auto pound. The website with directions is here. There is also metered parking on lower lower Randolph.


There are three levels of Randolph St in Chicago. Columbia Yacht club is on the intermediate level. There is a turnaround just East of (and below) Lake Shore Drive. That is where you want to be dropped off and picked up. If you are approaching Columbia on Randolph St. do not go to the upper level of Randolph; that does not go to the lakefront.


The No. 60 Blue Island/26th bus goes through the loop on Washington and ends at Harbor Drive and Upper Randolph. There are stairs just north of the bus stop that go down to Du Sable Harbor parking lot. There is a walkway through the parking lot that ends at the lakefront. Columbia Yacht Club will be on your right (south). It’s about a 15 minute walk from the bus stop to Columbia.


If you decide to ride, there is a DIVVY bike station at the north end of DuSable harbor, just north of Columbia.

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May 2022 Business Meeting

Registration is now open for our May 12, 2022 business meeting. Please see your email or reach out to Philip Johnson or Jill Meyer for the registration link.

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

Speakers: CALL welcomes co-speakers, Kristen Sonday, co-founder and CEO of Paladin and Devshi Mehrotra, founder and CEO of Justice Text. They will be speaking about their experiences as female LegalTech founders and CEOs, the importance of technology in the push for access to justice and increased accessibility of legal information, as well as the importance of legal professionals in their work.

Devshi Mehrotra is a founder and the CEO of JusticeText, an audiovisual evidence management system for public defenders. JusticeText automates transcripts for videos, including body camera footage, interrogations, and courtroom proceedings — speeding up pre-trial preparation and helping defense attorneys to give better counsel to their clients. Devshi founded JusticeText in 2019 with a classmate at the University of Chicago. In 2020, they secured funding from multiple investors to scale their solution and improve the criminal justice system nationwide. They were recently named to the Forbes 30 under 30 list for social impact.

Kristen Sonday is the Co-Founder and CEO of Paladin, a service that aims to increase access to justice by helping legal teams run more efficient pro bono programs. After graduating from Princeton, Kristen joined the U.S. Department of Justice, where she worked on international criminal affairs in Mexico and Central America. After the DOJ, she joined the founding team of Grouper (Y Combinator W’12), learning how to build startups and use technology to scale networks. Kristen is a Fellow for Stanford’s Latino Entrepreneur Leaders Program, and a Google for Entrepreneurs Code2040 Entrepreneur-in-Residence. Kristen is also a 2017 ABA Woman in Tech to Watch as a result of her access to justice work through Paladin.

Community Service: In light of the Russian invasion of Ukraine and the ongoing humanitarian crisis it is creating for Ukrainians everywhere, the Community Service Committee encourages CALL members to make monetary donations to the Ukrainian National Women’s League of America. Established in 1925, the Ukrainian National Women’s League of America (UNWLA) is the longest-running and largest Ukrainian women’s organization in the US. Their mission is to promote and develop educational and cultural efforts and provide humanitarian assistance to Ukrainians worldwide. They have been very active in response to the attack on Ukraine and have six local Chicago branches. They accept online donations through PayPal and Facebook as well as checks: https://unwla.org/#donate

Additionally, join us on Saturday, May 14, 2022, from 10 am – 12 pm at the River Trail Nature Center (RTNC, 3120 Milwaukee Ave., Northbrook, IL 60062) to help clean-up the forest preserve. Work typically involves removing buckthorn or other invasive species, mulching, planting, clearing brush, or clearing trails of debris. Tasks will be given by Forest Preserve staff on the day of service. All volunteers should dress for working outdoors, including full-length pants, layers, sun protection, and closed toe work shoes that can get muddy. Water and snacks will be provided, but bringing your own water bottles and snacks is recommended. All family members or friends ages 10 & up are welcome.

Use this Google Doc to sign up. Contact James Fortsas or Lisa Winkler with any questions. Visit the RTNC website for more information about the event.

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

Registration ends May 11th.
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.

Permanent link to this article: https://chicagolawlib.org/blog/2022/04/19/may-2022-business-meeting/

Continuing Education/Mentorship and Leadership Development Committees present: Adaptive Leadership in the Context of the Pandemic and its Impact on Law Libraries

Panel Discussion: Adaptive Leadership in the Context of the Pandemic and its Impact on Law Libraries

Description: If you want to help your organization, your community, and your society throve in a changing world, this program is for you.

If you want to mobilize greater progress on the issues most important to you, this program is for you.

If you want to strengthen your practice of leadership no matter where you sit in your society or organization, this program is for you.

If you want to help others strengthen their capacity for change, as a trainer, coach, consultant, facilitator, or friend, this program is for you.

  • Adapted from the introduction to “The Practice of Adaptive Leadership” By Ronald Heifetz, Alexander Grashow, and Marty Linsky

Join your fellow CALL members for a lively panel discussion as we attempt to put the last two years in context and take some leadership lessons from pandemic life.


Eugene Giudice, Dentons US LLP

Joanne Kiley, HBR Consulting

Mandy Lee, Chicago-Kent College of Law Library


Heidi Kuehl, United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit Library

When: Wednesday, April 20, 12:00 to 1:00 p.m.

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

Register here.

Permanent link to this article: https://chicagolawlib.org/blog/2022/04/07/continuing-education-mentorship-and-leadership-development-committees-present-adaptive-leadership-in-the-context-of-the-pandemic-and-its-impact-on-law-libraries/

Continuing Education Committee Presents Proof of Provenance: Why Law Librarians Should Care About Blockchain

Proof of Provenance: Why Law Librarians Should Care About Blockchain

Description: This talk will provide a high-level introduction to basic blockchain concepts and attempts thus far to utilize the tech stack to change the way digital provenance is handled.

Presenter: Nelson M. Rosario is a tech lawyer whose commentary and analysis has been featured in the New York Times, TechCrunch, CoinDesk, Law360 and other publications. Mr. Rosario is licensed to practice in the State of Illinois and before the United States Patent & Trademark Office. Mr. Rosario is focused on working with clients dealing with emerging technologies that are changing the way we think about privacy, property, and power. Mr. Rosario holds a JD from Illinoi Tech, Chicago-Kent College of Law, a BS in Computer Science from Florida State University, and a BA in History and Political Science from the University of Minnesota.

When: Tuesday, April 5th, 2:30 to 3:30 p.m.

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

Register here.

Permanent link to this article: https://chicagolawlib.org/blog/2022/03/25/continuing-education-committee-presents-proof-of-provenance-why-law-librarians-should-care-about-blockchain/