November 2021 Business Meeting

Registration for the November Business Meeting is now open. Register here:

November 2021 Business Meeting
Meeting Date: Thursday, November 18, 2021

Location: Zoom (
Meeting ID: 999 8584 4721

Passcode: 786658

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: Rhea Ballard-Thrower, Dean and University Librarian, University of Illinois Chicago, Topic: “Lessons on Leadership from a Little Black Girl who later became Dean of Libraries”

Rhea Ballard-Thrower recently started as the Dean and University Librarian at the University of Illinois Chicago. Prior to her appointment at UIC, Dean Ballard-Thrower was Executive Director of the Howard University Libraries and a tenured professor at the Howard University School of Law. she has also served as Director of the Howard University Law Library, Associate Director at the Georgia State University Law Library, and as a reference librarian for the Tarlton Law Library at the University of Texas-Austin. Ballard-Thrower has been a legal bibliography instructor, conference presenter, and author of many articles on law librarianship. Her current research examines how to direct libraries as campus change agents

At UIC, Ballard-Thrower also holds an affiliate faculty position at UIC Law, where she teaches Advanced Legal Research using the Inside-Out Prison Exchange Program pedagogy. In the program, she teaches law students and incarcerated students in the same classes at a correctional facility. Ballard-Thrower has a BA from the University of Cincinnati, a JD from the University of Kentucky, and an MLIS from the University of Michigan.

Community Service: Greater Chicago Food Depository

In connection with the November business meeting, the Community Service Committee is working to support the Greater Chicago Food Depository. The Food Depository is Chicago’s food bank, partnering with over 700 local agencies and programs, including pantries, soup kitchens and shelters for children, older adults and veterans. Every day they distribute over 267,000 meals, relying heavily on donors and volunteers to make it happen. The Covid-19 pandemic has dramatically increased food insecurity throughout the Chicagoland area. To meet the surging demand, the Food Depository is providing food at record amounts. By the end of June 2021, the Food Depository distributed more than 117M pounds of food and 97.5M meals. This represents more than a 25% increase from last year’s total.

The Community Service Committee has arranged several opportunities for our members to help the Food Depository this winter:

* Virtual Food Drive: We have set up a CALL Virtual Food Drive where you can pick out a virtual shopping cart full of food to donate to GCFD. Our goal is to donate 900 meals ($1 = 3 meals). Make a purchase or check our progress online:

*Monetary Donations: GCFD welcomes donations of any size online:

*Volunteer Day at the Food Depository:

Joins us for our own CALL Repack Session at the Food Depository on Saturday, December 4, 2021 from 1:00 PM to 3:45 PM. The Food Depository is located at 4100 W. Ann Lurie Place, Chicago, IL 60632. All volunteers need to register with GCFD, which includes an Electronic Waiver. Registration link:

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

Registration ends November 16th.

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Continuing Education Committee Presents: Sneaker Law

Meet the authors of Sneaker Law!

Description: Sneaker Law is a business and legal bible for the sneaker industry and much more. It is also an innovative redesign of the textbook experience. Sneaker Law is the only textbook that teaches “all you need to know about the sneaker business.” It’s digestible and engaging, taking culturally relevant events and using them to teach critical information for any student.

You can find a description of the book and what they’ve done to date here:


Author, professor, and co-creator of SneakerLaw. Kenneth is also the co-founder of 3 8 0 Group, a fashion licensing company specializing in the manufacturing and distribution of premium apparel, footwear and fashion accessories. From 2017-2019, Kenneth was General Counsel & Head of Business Development at YEEZY Apparel, Kanye West’s sneaker and fashion house.

Prior to YEEZY, Kenneth practiced law for over 15 years, advising companies, executives and entrepreneurs in employment, intellectual property, and entertainment matters with an emphasis in the fashion industry. Through his career work, Kenneth has established himself as a leading business and legal expert who regularly advises companies, and lectures on topics, involving sneakers and fashion.

Author, professor, and co-creator of SneakerLaw. Jared is also Senior Counsel at LiveIntent, an ad-tech and marketing company. Jared assists LiveIntent with all in-house legal matters, including advertising, technology, digital media, privacy and data protection, IP, compliance, and corporate issues.

Prior to LiveIntent, Jared worked at Undertone and Complex Media, where he assisted their legal departments with a wide array of matters related to advertising, technology, IP, licensing, digital media, compliance, and other issues. Jared also published several articles for Complex about a variety of legal issues related to the legal protection of sneaker designs. Additionally, Jared has represented various clients in the entertainment, music, and fashion industries.

When: Wednesday, November 10th, 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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Continuing Education Committee Presents: Nailing Your AMPC Proposal: Tips From the Trenches

Nailing Your AMPC Proposal: Tips From the Trenches

Description: Proposing a program for the AALL Annual Meeting 2022 in Denver is nowhere near as daunting as it may seem to be. Shari Berkowitz Duff and Lindsey Carpino 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. 

Shari Berkowitz Duff (Chair, PLLIP Education for the Annual Meeting Committee)
Research Librarian
Jones Day

Lindsey Carpino (AALL Chapter Council Chair)
Legal Content Services Supervisor

The deadline for AMPC Proposal submissions is November 30!

When: Tuesday, October 19th, 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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Continuing Education Committee Presents: The FBI on Hate Crimes

FBI presentation on Hate Crimes

Description: Hate crimes are the highest priority of the FBI’s civil rights program because of the devastating impact they have on families and communities. The FBI investigates hundreds of these cases every year, and we work to detect and prevent incidents through law enforcement training, public outreach, and partnerships with community groups.

Presented by: Special Agents Joseph M. Holzman and Amillita Marayag

Joseph M. Holzman entered on duty with the FBI in September 2009. Following graduation from the FBI Academy, he was assigned to the Fresno Resident Agency in the FBI’s Sacramento Division where he investigated primarily domestic terrorism and civil rights matters, and was a member of the FBI Sacramento SWAT Team. In 2014, SA Holzman transferred to the FBI Chicago Division and investigated national security matters until accepting a promotion to FBIHQ as a Supervisory Special Agent (SSA) in the Counterintelligence Division in August 2016. In 2018, SA Holzman returned to the FBI Chicago field office, investigating public corruption and civil rights matters. In May 2019, SA Holzman took over as the SSA managing FBI Chicago’s civil rights program and Law Enforcement Anti-Corruption Task Force. SSA Holzman most recently served as the Program Coordinator for FBI Chicago’s division-wide Civil Rights program, including hate crime and color of law matters.

After serving as a US Marine Corps Officer, SA Amillita Marayag entered the FBI in June 2006. SA Marayag reported to the Honolulu Division in October 2006 and was assigned to work all criminal violations with the exception of white collar crimes. SA Marayag investigated drug trafficking organizations, organized crime, kidnappings, crimes against children, fraud against the government, bank robberies, and assault against federal officers. In January 2010, SA Marayag reported to the New York Division where she investigated violent gangs within the New York City area of operations. In November 2015, SA Marayag reported to FBI Headquarters in Washington DC to the Criminal Investigative Division Executive Staff. After her assignment in FBI Headquarters, SSA Marayag served as an acting Assistant Legal Attache in Instanbul, Turkey. SA Marayag returned to the New York Division in September 2017 and was promoted to Supervisory Special Agent for the Asian and African Transnational Organized Crime squad. In January 2021, SSA Marayag was promoted to be the ASAC of the Operational Support Branch, which handles human intelligence coordination, private sector engagement, community outreach, ground and air surveillance support, and language interpretation services. On October 1, 2021, ASAC Marayag was re-positioned to head the Violent Crime and Resident Agencies Branch.

 When: Wednesday, October 13th, 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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