Category: Professional Development

Save the date! LLOPS 2018 Professional Development Conference: Innovate, Inform, Ideas

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By , February 26, 2018 11:33 am

Save the date for the LLOPS Professional Development Conference: Innovate, Inform, Ideas. This year’s conference will be held on Tuesday, April 17 at the University of Washington. A brief description of the agenda is below with more details including registration information to come out soon.

Innovate: From Gwyn McAlpine, Director of Knowledge Management Services at Perkins Coie LLP, who will address Unconventional R&D. “Law firms want to innovate but it requires creative thinking and a tolerance of failure that their organizations may not have the stomach or bandwidth for.  As a way to test out ideas and solutions with low investment, some firms are experimenting with alternate forums, such as student projects and hackathons.  Hear about one firm’s partnership with a law school that is resulting in prototype automation projects for the firm and a unique educational opportunity for students.”

Inform: Lisa Marshall Manheim is an Associate Professor at the University of Washington School of Law and co-author of The Limits of Presidential Power: A Citizen’s Guide to the Law. She will be speaking to us about this book.

Ideas: Discussion group breakout session.

The program will be followed by an offsite happy hour, planned by the Social Committee.

We hope to see you there!

Amy Eaton & Jessica King, your 2018 Professional Development Committee


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By , April 26, 2016 9:39 am

Please join us for the April LLOPS Meeting this Wednesday, April 27th at noon. In this meeting we will have a special guest present on the topic of Networking Effectively and Authentically, including a special presentation on giving a proper handshake and deciphering body language.

Topic:  Networking Effectively and Authentically

Date:   April 27, 2016

Time:   12 noon – 1 pm

Event Type:     Brown bag lunch

Location:         Stokes Lawrence 1420 Fifth Avenue, Suite 3000, Seattle, WA 98101

Register Now! LLOPS Spring Professional Development Conference: The Face of the Law– March 18th

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By , February 11, 2016 9:42 am

The LLOPS Spring Professional Development Conference: The Face of the Law will be held on March 18th. For more details on registration, etc., please refer to the attached brochure. Registration has been extended to March 14th!

LLOPS 2016 PDC Brochure


Strategy and Overdoing the Sports Analogy

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By , November 8, 2015 8:33 am

by Philippe Cloutier

Planning for the Spring/Professional Development Workshop is underway. I’ve always felt that this educational piece has been one of the best features in LLOPS’ education benefit package. The workshop, monthly meetings, and happy-hour socials are our home run hitters in delivering education and networking.  As I work with and execute strategic plans at my job and with the AALL Executive Board, I can’t help but wonder: where should LLOPS be in the next few years and are there other home run or RBI hitters out there?

In terms of benefit, education and networking are internal, as are grants and employment. In developing our partnerships/value externally, LLOPS has joined the Northwest Legal Industry Alliance. This partnership has included joint programs and even a diversity symposium CLE. Our Government Relations is also an external feature that communicates our dedication to the legal playing-field. I only scorecard this so that we can gain a holistic understanding of LLOPS. I may be missing a few pieces but hopefully you get the picture of where we are (and how awesome we are too).

As I work on the Professional Development Committee, I hope members will ask themselves: what more can LLOPS do for you, how can LLOPS better partner with the larger legal community, and what role(s) would you like to have in LLOPS now and in the future? I also posit these questions to our leadership over the next several years. LLOPS finds itself in an exciting time to implement change and be the engines of innovation. We have excellent leadership today and on the horizon; I remain excited to see not only how how they answer my questions but even more so how they meet the challenges and questions I may not even think to ask.

BOLD Bites Happy Hour August 11th, 4:30-6:00

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By , July 30, 2015 3:16 pm

As colleagues of the Northwest Legal Industry Alliance (NWLIA), LLOPS members are invited to this event.

BOLD Bites Happy Hour August 11th, 4:30-6:00

PSALA Special Event – Don’t Miss Our First BOLD Bites Happy Hour
August 11th, 4:30 to 6:00
K&L Gates – 925 Fourth Avenue, Ste 2900

Some call them TED Talks. At PSALA, we call them BOLD Bites – a selection of mini-presentations designed to spark conversation about the legal industry.
Heard about ALA? Big name change just revealed – we’re now members of LawVantage! What else is new in ALA and the legal industry? Let’s have a drink and talk about that.

Attendance is complimentary to all PSALA Members, Business Partners, and guests. Please visit our website, for additional information and to register (so we can be sure to have enough adult beverages!), but feel free to just show up if spontaneous works best for you!




Congratulations LLOPS Grant Recipients!

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By , June 22, 2015 10:18 am

The LLOPS Grants Committee received several very strong applications this year and tried to support as many of them as possible. The Committee has awarded $1,558 to four members (listed below) in support of their attendance at the 2015 Annual Meeting in Philadelphia and the Spring Professional Development Workshop. We all look forward to the recipients’ report on the events and programming of the 108th annual gathering of AALL.

Attending AALL

  • LaJean Humphries, Schwabe, Williamson & Wyatt – $599
  • Melissa Pinch, K&L Gates – $599
  • Mary Thurston, University of Washington – $300

Attended the Professional Development Workshop

  • Katherine Foster – $60

2015 CAFLL-WestPac Conference Now Open for Registration

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By , June 15, 2015 10:03 am

The Chinese and American Forum on Legal Information and Law Libraries (CAFLL) & American Association of Law Libraries – Western Pacific Chapter (WestPac) Joint Conference

October 7-11, 2015

 Sheraton Princess Kaiulani Hotel, in Honolulu, Hawaii

The conference is now open for registration. Please visit WestPac’s 2015 conference website for detailed information about conference registration, fees and hotel reservation. The joint conference is the first collaboration between the two library professional organizations and will feature the theme “Challenges, Competencies and Opportunities.” The conference is co-sponsored by the American Association of Law Libraries (AALL), China University of Political Science and Law (CUPL), and East China University of Political Science and Law (ECUPL). Intended to provide a forum for educational exchange among legal information professionals from China and the United States, the conference will be attended by a delegation of law librarians, library directors, deans and faculty from over fifteen prominent law schools in China, as well as their counterparts from the United States.

For detailed program descriptions, schedule and listing of speakers, see the CAFLL website. For more information please contact: Evelyn Ma (CAFLL): (203)432-7120 Mari Cheney (WestPac) (503)768-6708

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.

Upcoming LLOPS Events!

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By , May 18, 2015 8:56 am

Legal Research Tune Up 2015 – May 20 @ 9:30

The Seattle University and Lane Powell law firm law libraries are pleased to offer a legal research workshop to help students brush up on their legal research skills for their summer employment or other summer research endeavors. The workshop will cover state and federal legislative history, regulations, and practice materials using a problem-based approach. Students will have hands-on practice working through research scenarios.  Please bring your laptop.

 The workshop is free and will be held on Wednesday May 20th from 9:30 – 11:30 am in Sullivan Hall room 109. Coffee and breakfast snacks will be provided.  Please RSVP here by May 18th.

Questions? Contact: Barbara Swatt Engstrom

Happy Hour with Donna Nixon – May 26 @ 4:30

Meet other LLOPSters at Rhein Haus (fka Von Trapp’s) just across the street from Seattle U on Tuesday May 26th at 4:30.  We’ll be buying appetizers starting at 4:30. You come when you can and buy your beverages. See you then!

LLOPS Monthly Meeting – May 27 @ 12 (RSVP)

Lunch and Learn with Donna Nixon, AALL Executive Board Member and current Electronic Resources and Access Services Librarian at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.  In addition to sharing thoughts about AALL programs and plans, Donna will kick off a discussion about current trends in teaching legal research in law schools and law firms. LLOPS members, Sarah Andeen (Williams Kastner), Sarah Griffith (U.S. Courts), and Jessica King (Perkins Coie) will add comments on training in firms and in the courts.

We hope you will share your ideas with us over a “free lunch” of pizza and salads!

WHERE:  US Court of Appeals Library, William K. Nakamura Courthouse, 1010 5th Avenue, across the street from the Seattle Public Library.

*** PLEASE REMEMBER  that you will go through airport style security, so bring photo ID. ***

No liquids may  be brought into the building.

SEND YOUR RSVP TO Brenna Louzin by Monday, May 18th, if you plan to attend.

Grants Reminder

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By , May 8, 2015 8:00 am

The Grants Committee is accepting applications for AALL 2015! If you are interested in attending and would like assistance with registration, please fill out the 2015 Grant Application and return by Friday, May 15, 2015. We are looking forward to hearing from you and hope you take advantage of this great member benefit!

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