Date Chartered: 5/31/1990

The Section on Law Libraries and Legal Information promotes the communication of ideas, interests and activities among members of the section, provides a forum for the presentation of research reports and scholarly papers relating to law libraries, and makes recommendations to the Association on matters concerning academic law libraries.

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The AALS Section on Law Libraries and Legal Information Award

The purpose of the award is to honor those who have made outstanding contributions to teaching and scholarship in the areas of legal information and academic law librarianship. Contributions may also include outstanding service, mentoring, leadership, or any combination of these contributions.

Selection Process: The Chair of the Section on Law Libraries and Legal Information shall seek nominations from the Section through its discussion list, along with other venues that may be appropriate, including websites and email. Only those qualified to be Section members may make nominations. Only Section members and other individuals are eligible for the award; law schools, institutions or organizations are not eligible.

The Selection Committee shall consist of the Section Officers and Executive Board. They shall discuss the nominees by e-mail or conference call, as the Chair shall arrange, and then vote. The nominee receiving the most votes (after run-off between the top two nominees, in the event no nominee receives a majority on the initial polling) shall receive the award.

After voting, the Chair shall inform the AALS Managing Director to verify that the award criteria and procedures were followed and to provide the name and affiliation of the winner. Notification shall occur by November 1.


YearAward NameRecipientLaw School
2024Outstanding Service & Contributions to the ProfessionJanet SniderBrooklyn Law School
2023Outstanding Service & Contributions to the ProfessionAnne KlinefelterUniversity of North Carolina School of Law
2022Outstanding Service & Contributions to the ProfessionCarol WatsonUniversity of Georgia School of Law
2021Law Libraries and Legal Information AwardPauline AranasUniversity of Southern California Gould School of Law
2020Law Libraries and Legal Information AwardMichelle WuGeorgetown University Law Center
2019Law Libraries and Legal Information AwardBarbara BintliffUniversity of Texas School of Law
2018Law Libraries and Legal Information AwardRichard A. DannerDuke University School of Law
2017Law Libraries and Legal Information AwardJoan HowlandUniversity of Minnesota Law School
2015Law Libraries and Legal Information AwardBillie Jo KaufmanAmerican University, Washington College of Law
2014Law Libraries and Legal Information AwardNancy P. JohnsonGeorgia State School of Law