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NWLIA Save-the-Date

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By , June 8, 2015 4:10 pm

PSALA and NWLIA present: 
“What do Professionalism, Civility, & Retention have to do with Diversity & Inclusion and the Future of the Legal Profession?”

Thursday, July 16, 2015
8:00 am — 11:30 am

Perkins Coie
(CLE Pending)

Keynote Speaker:
Sandra S. Yamate
Chief Executive Officer,
The Institute for Inclusion in the Legal Profession

Past efforts to increase diversity in the legal profession have been sincere but not inclusive enough…not ambitious enough…not robust enough. The Institute for Inclusion in the Legal Profession is driving real progress through comprehensive outreach and original programming to replace barriers with bridges between legal, judicial, professional, educational, and governmental institutes. Market Intervention is Necessary for Real Change. Our work begins now, with a simple goal: Fewer walls, more doors. Please join Sandra Yamate, Esq. and other leaders in the legal community for a presentation and interactive discussion aimed at reducing walls and opening doors.

More details will follow in a formal invitation in the next few weeks.

Progress Report: UELMA Online Advocacy Training – May 13

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By , April 21, 2015 10:34 am

Registration is now open for the AALL Government Relations Office next online advocacy training, “Progress Report: UELMA Advocacy in 2015 and Beyond” on May 13 at 12:00 pm ET.   Register at

This training is complimentary for AALL and chapter members.

“Progress Report: UELMA Advocacy in 2015 and Beyond”
Wednesday May 13, 2015
12:00 – 12:30 pm ET

Since its approval by the Uniform Law Commission (ULC) in July 2011, the Uniform Electronic Legal Material Act (UELMA) has been introduced in 20 legislatures and become law in 12 states, thanks in large part to the dedicated advocacy of AALL members and chapters. Join AALL’s Government Relations Office as we assess progress made on UELMA and opportunities for the future. In this 30 minute presentation, we’ll cover both common advocacy challenges and strategies for success – from grabbing the attention of busy legislators and answering complex questions about technology and costs to identifying allies and building influential coalitions. You’ll learn more about the process of shepherding UELMA through the legislative process and identify opportunities for you to help enact UELMA in your state!

Registration is required and will close 24 hours in advance of the training. Participants will receive a confirmation email with link to the webinar software on May 12. Please email Elizabeth Holland at with any questions.

NWLIA March 11 Event

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By , February 25, 2015 6:45 am

The Northwest Legal Industry Alliance invites you to join us for a networking reception and presentation by Dan Lear entitled:

Legal Professionals: IBM’s Watson is coming for your job.  Are you ready?

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

4:00 – 6:00 pm

Davis Wright Tremaine LLP

1201 Third Avenue, Suite 2200

Seattle, Washington 98101


Wine, beer and appetizers will be served.

The cost to attend is $20 per person and pre-registration is required.

About the presentation:

In 2011 IBM’s Watson soundly defeated two very successful former champions of the quiz-show Jeopardy! It was a benchmark if not for the artificial intelligence itself then certainly for AI in the public consciousness. But Watson is not stopping there; in fact, “he’s” just getting started. Among the first industries that Watson is tackling is law, with help from legal technology innovators Dan Katz and Paul Lippe. An engineer from IBM has even built a “personal Watson” for pro se litigation. If IBM can teach Watson to win Jeopardy, you can bet they can teach it file briefs, organize and review contracts, and perform routine, and maybe even more complex, legal tasks. And IBM is not the only one working on these problems. Hundreds of legal technology startups and millions of venture capital dollars are bringing an lodging an innovative market-disrupting assault on the monolith that has been the legal industry (including challenging regulation of lawyers).

LLOPS Monthly Meeting

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By , October 28, 2014 10:30 am

When: Wednesday, October 29, 2014 at 12pm

Where: Foster Pepper, 1111 3rd Avenue, Conference Room 30 South, Seattle, Washington (PLEASE GO TO RECEPTION DESK ON FLOOR 34. OUR RECEPTIONIST WILL BUZZ YOU DOWN TO FLOOR 30!)

What: LLOPS is launching a new online membership management service using a product called Wild Apricot. Please join us for a live demonstration of the new system and learn how you can use Wild Apricot to renew your membership online, search the member directory, manage your profile and more!

Can’t attend in person? Join the meeting virtually – see details in the email sent to the LLOPS listserv earlier!

UELMA Enacted in Pennsylvania

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By , September 27, 2014 12:42 pm

by Grace Feldman

You probably have heard that UELMA was enacted in Pennsylvania this week!  Comprehensive information about UELMA can be found on the AALL Government Relations website and some quick FAQs are addressed as well.  From the AALL UELMA FAQ page:

  • UELMA (the Uniform Electronic Legal Materials Act) is a uniform law that addresses many of the concerns posed by the publication of state primary legal material online.
  • UELMA provides technology-neutral, outcomes-based approach to ensuring that online state legal material deemed official will be preserved and will be permanently available to the public in an unaltered form.
  • UELMA requires that if legal material is published only in electronic form, it must be designated official.  Electronic legal material that has been designated official must be :
    • Capable of being authenticated;
    • Preserved; and
    • Permanently accessible to the public.

As of September 25, 2014, 12 states (including Oregon and California) have enacted UELMA.  See more details here.  AALL has also provided advocacy materials in favor of UELMA on their website.  To read more about the significance of adopting UELMA, read Judy Janes’ Why States Should Adopt UELMA.


Tips for More Effective Presentations from Steve Hughes

By , September 5, 2014 8:00 am

by Laurel Evans

Last year I attended Steve Hughes’ “Own the Room: Presentations That Captivate and Win Over Any Audience.” Apparently it was such a hit that they had him back for AALL 2014 in Texas. Hughes’ talk came up in our most recent LLOPS meeting, where members shared their favorite takeaways from this year’s conference. I thought I’d share my notes from last year with you all. I still use what I learned from this session in presentations today!

Steve Hughes’ advice was directly applicable to the teaching and training I do regularly. He shared techniques for more successfully soliciting questions from the audience. Hughes recommended making handouts interactive by leaving blanks that participants need to fill in. Keeping programs interactive makes them more effective by capturing audience members’ fleeting attention. Hughes mentioned the startling fact that the average attention span is 3-8 minutes, so at these intervals you need to do something different to keep the audience engaged: change a slide, pause for questions, move around the room for no reason, ask them to fill in the blank on a handout, etc. And so, moving on…

Some other useful tips from Hughes for more effective and interactive presentations:

  • Pre-load the point. (Interestingly, another session I attended on writing recommended this same tactic, calling it by the military acronym “BLUF” for “bottom line up front.”) Frame the point you’ll be making from the perspective of the audience and put it FIRST. I’ve started using this in emails where I have to ask a question or make a point. Before I send an email, I often end up moving my question to the beginning.  It seems like I get a better response rate with this method.
  • When you use PowerPoint slides in a presentation, obey the 4×4 rule: no more than four bullet points per slide and no more than four words per bullet. The audience should be listening to you, not reading your slides.
  • Ask the audience to do things. (For example, ask someone to share their search string or ask everyone to be thinking of their most important takeaway from the class for later on.)
  • Use phrases like “Make a note of X.” (This helps reiterate the point you’re making and also suggests action. Suggesting that your audience do something may prompt action and thus reboot their attention span.)
  •  Ask questions often and throughout your presentation. Get comfortable with silence so that people have enough time to respond. Ask questions like:
    • What is your experience with X?
    • What have you found when you do X?
  • Suggest specific areas where they may have questions or comments. (“Are there any questions about selecting search terms?”)
  • If you ask whether there are any questions and no one has any, be ready to supply your own example questions. Hughes suggested couching your questions in terms like “What people often want to know is…” to make the audience feel more comfortable with the idea of asking questions.

9 Reasons to Submit an AALL Program Proposal for Philly

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By , September 4, 2014 7:00 am

posted on behalf of Carol Watson, 2014-15 AMPC Chair

9 Reasons to Submit an AALL Program Proposal for Philly (It’s ok to ask, “What’s in it for me?”)

  1. Get valuable speaking and/or program development experience.
  2. It’s a resume builder.
  3. Create positive change.
  4. Share your knowledge.  Use your skills to benefit others.
  5. Be a part of AALL.
  6. Make new friends and professional contacts.
  7. It’s a scientific fact that volunteering has many health benefits.
  8. AALL members are in need.
  9. You can be a hero!  Now is your chance to make an impact.

The Call for Proposals for AALL’s 2015 Annual Meeting is now open.  AMPC would like to extend a special invitation for chapter members to collaborate on program submissions.

  • Has your chapter held a well-received program that could be repeated for a larger audience?
  • Do you have special expertise within your chapter, particularly in the top 30 must-have programming topics?
  • Is your chapter sponsoring a VIP who would be a good speaker or panelist on a program?

If you have any questions about the program proposal process or if you would like feedback about your program proposal before submitting it, contact AMPC Chapter Liaison, Carol A. Watson.

The deadline for submission is October 6.

San Antonio On My Mind

By , July 25, 2014 8:01 am

by Brenna Louzin

Have you ever nursed a secret desire to, you know, run away and take good care of yourself, like at one of those spas advertised in the back pages of THE NEW YORKER or SUNSET MAGAZINE? Attending the 107th American Association of Law Libraries Conference in San Antonio, Texas, in several ways, provided me with some “spa features”, the most important of which was the extended opportunity to think and learn about the law, new technologies, communications, marketing, and networking.  Although I consider attending a conference work, it was very nice not to be multitasking at the reference desk or composing a new client analysis under a deadline of an hour or less!

I attended the Private Law Libraries Summit on Saturday, July 12th. This all-day program featured some terrific speakers including Susan Hackett, Founder of Legal Executive Leadership. Hackett, a lawyer, and irreverent, hilarious speaker, hammered on the principles of disruption. She evangelized about the need for (firm) law librarians to become part of the business solutions and project management services delivered to clients. “The $200 an hour librarian is important to the profitability of the firm. Focus on the most efficient way to do the work. Use the librarians!” Hackett was followed by a panel of in-house counsel (including Casey Flaherty from KIA) who were really amazed to find out what firm law librarians could do and what cost-effective services they provide. Last, but not least at the Summit was Arin Reeves, lawyer, President of consulting firm, Nextions, and author of THE NEXT IQ: THE NEXT LEVEL OF INTELLIGENCE FOR 21ST CENTURY LEADERS. Reeves led a fine discussion about leadership and the theory of inclusion in the workplace.

Andrew Keen, an Internet media investor and darling (?) from the U.K. delivered our keynote address, urging librarians to strive to be superstars. He emphasized that current times were not kind to ordinary people and that only superstars survived. Needless to say, he was both very arrogant and provocative.  And, surprisingly, he did not seem to really understand what most librarians, even those who might already be superstar librarians do.

Besides spending copious amounts of time in the Exhibit Hall meeting with current vendors or learning about new products like Modio [new program to turn pushed newsletters and alerts into audible files for mobile phone access], Darts-IP [patent research]; Ravel [new graphical case law research]; PacerPro [new commercial Pacer case file tracking product]; and multiple  aggregator products, I packed in as many programs as I could. Big Data.  Competitive Intelligence.  Law Firm Pricing. Frugal Intellectual Property Research.  Current Awareness tools (aggregators).    This may not sound like much, but I learned a lot.

Oh, getting back to the spa idea… Did I mention that it got up to 99 degrees? But then, we had super-cooled conference rooms, hotels and restaurants.

The Thomson Reuters [West] party at the Knibbe Ranch in the Texas hill country was a hoot: brisket and all the picnic fixings you could eat; beer; longhorns; a rodeo; fireworks; fantastic country band. Lots of fun except for learning that I need intense line-dancing tutelage!

Perhaps one of the best parts of my trip was the opportunity to hang out with fellow LLOPS members in the San Antonio Airport as we waited to fly home to our beloved Seattle.

Thank you, LLOPS, for allowing me to fully participate at AALL 2014!


Turning off Google Personalization

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By , December 16, 2011 9:44 am

by Robyn Hagle

Most of us know that Google is smart enough to customize or personalize results based on past search activity.  This is true whether you have a Google account or not.  In doing this, Google looks at past searches you’ve done and results you’ve clicked.  This can be useful if the majority of what you do on Google is business or legal related research.  Sometimes I think this helps me get better results (and find what’s actually being asked for) more efficiently than our attorneys.  Google keeps getting smarter the more I use it. Continue reading 'Turning off Google Personalization'»

No December LLOPS Meeting: Christmas

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By , August 16, 2011 3:24 pm

Title: No December LLOPS Meeting: Christmas
Date: 2011-08-16

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