The Private Law Libraries Group of LLSDC met on Friday December 13th for a presentation by Sue Ann Orsini from Fried Frank on Legislative Histories for the Novice Researcher.  As Fried Frank’s Legislative Reference Librarian, Sue Ann spends most of her day compiling legislative histories and her expertise definitely showed during her presentation.  Sue Ann provided an overview of how to do legislative history research and walked through a couple of laws and acts to outline the overall process.  For the presentation, Sue Ann created a flowchart and guide to showcase the various access points and how to use those when locating legislative materials. 


The LLSDC Executive Board meeting was held Monday, December 16, 2013, at noon at Thompson Hine. The Treasurer report was received and approved and Pam Lipscomb noted we have around 550 members in LLSDC at this time. The transition to the new website is almost complete and it is expected that access to the old site will be turned off in early 2014. Mary Kate Hunter reported that the LLSDC archive files, which are currently being stored at Catholic University’s Law Library, will be picked up and moved to storage at Jones Day. In the coming months, a team of volunteers will be put together to go through and index the organization’s archived files. Alicia Pappas, by email, reported that the LLSDC Holiday party was a great success and all those attending had positive feedback regarding the location and food. Thanks to all who were able to attend! Alicia also noted that the planning for the 75th Anniversary party being held in 2014 is still ongoing and electronic invitations should be going out in late January. Finally, the Board discussed providing two grants for LLSDC members to attend the AALL Leadership Academy in the spring of 2014. It was voted on and decided to award such grants and one will be in honor of Harva Sheeler and another one time grant, to attend AALL, will be awarded in honor of Constance Dickson. The meeting was adjourned at 1 pm and the next Board meeting will be held on January 7, 2014. And, for those of you who are interested, here is a link to last month's Board Meeting Minutes. Enjoy!

On Wednesday night, almost 60 members came together at EDGAR bar + kitchen located within the Mayflower hotel for the LLSDC holiday party. This highly attended event was filled with good food, plenty of drinks - including a specialty seasonal cocktail - and most importantly, good cheer! There was already a buzz about the upcoming 75th anniversary year and its event on February 28th.  Check out photos from the event on Facebook! Did you take any photos you'd like to share? Email them to Alicia Pappas ([email protected]).

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LLM Group - Year in Review with Cookies!

Thu Dec 19, 2013 12:00 PM

Come join us for a wrap-up of this year's events, successes and not so successes on December 19th at noon at Jones Day.  

Cookies will be served.

Location: Jones Day

For more information:

Contact: Pamela Lipscomb
Phone: 202-857-6269
Email:  [email protected] 
Register for this event: LLMG Cookie Party

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The fall issue of Lights is now live and available at  The themes for the upcoming issues are also listed for people interested in submitting articles for future issues.

The LLSDC Executive Board meeting was held yesterday, November 12, 2013, at noon at Arent Fox. The Treasurer and Membership reports were received and LLSDC is pleased to announce two new members this month: Molly Kasperek and Krista Stracka. Board members also discussed that the transition to the new LLSDC website is going well and a team of volunteers is working with Pam Lipscomb to double check that all links are working properly and that other transition issues are still not lingering. Alicia Pappas updated the board regarding the planning of the LLSDC Holiday Party, which will be held sometime in December (no firm date yet) and also noted that plans are coming along nicely for the 75th Anniversary party being held in early 2014. The meeting was adjourned at 1 pm and the next Board meeting will be held on December 9, 2014. And, for those of you who are interested, please check out last month's Board Meeting Minutes. Enjoy!

The Private Law Libraries Group of LLSDC met on Wednesday November 6th for a presentation by Emily Florio from Finnegan Henderson and Scott Bailey from Squire Sanders on Intellectual Property Basics: Resources to Support an IP Practice.  Emily and Scott provided a recap of their AALL Annual Meeting program and lead a lively discussion with attendees.  They provided a handout (available here) that outlined a multitude of resources, including patent research databases, patent litigation research databases, litigation monitoring resources, current awareness tools and much more.  For many of the databases, Emily and Scott provided the pros and cons (from a librarian’s perspective) and discussed their experiences with each resource.

A majority of the presentation focused on the patent research tools used by many IP librarian researchers, such as Delphion, Lexis TotalPatent, Questel-Orbit and Thomson Innovation.  There was a lot of discussion between the presenters and the attendees regarding tips and tricks for patent research, including everyone’s favorite, knowing the dynasties and emperors of Japan to determine JP patent information.  It was also noted that the PTAB (the new and improved BPAI) now has their proceedings online.  

The Library Managers' Group of LLSDC met on Halloween for a presentation regarding Fall Associates. The event brought out many ghosts and goblins, and some very interesting ideas were presented by many librarians and information professionals. Some of the ideas concerned formalized orientation processes that involve well thought out practices for all incoming fall associates. Many firms discussed their presentations to Fall Associates and how they address the time constraints in producing well rounded presentations while addressing a wide range of practice issues. In several cases there are designated librarians that conduct all the associate training across the firm and in others it is handled by each office. Several firms use Telepresence, a video-conferencetechnology, to present to associates around the country.

Other firms use less formalized programs to introduce the Fall Associates to their respective firms. Consistent throughout the long discussion was the fact that every Fall Associate is expected to attend training and that most all the librarians follow up multiple times with the associates over the next few months.

More fun and innovative ideas shared include:

  • Firm librarians participate in Fall Associate events, like happy hours and pro bono activities. 
  • Some firms hold rolling demonstrations during the first month to help address new projects with the associates. 
Overall all the librarians convey to the associates that they are their NEW BEST FRIENDS to help them understand that they are here to assist and teach them the skills they need to be successful associates.

The PLL SIS presents a brown bag lunch event open to all LLSDC members.

Emily Florio and Scott Bailey will provide a recap of their AALL Annual Meeting program, “Intellectual Property Basics: Resources to Support an IP Practice”. 

Trick 'em or Treat 'em?

Fall Associates are here again, so come share your scariest practices, spookiest challenges and spine tingliest questions at LLSDC's Fall Associates discussion brown bag.

Where: Jones Day, 300 New Jersey Ave, NW, 20001

When: October 31, 2013 at noon

Please RSVP to [email protected]

Don't forget to bring your lunch!  The lively discussion will make you scarily hungry!

On behalf of your society, we want to extend our sincerest thoughts and support to you during this very difficult period.  Federal law librarians (and the contractor law librarians who support various agencies) are a very important part of our government structure.  You provide information services on a daily basis not only to your internal customers but also to the general public.  Your absence from government operations has been noticed by many patrons whether it be a lawyer who needs a book from the Library of Congress,  a taxpayer who contacts you with a general reference question, or a fellow librarian who seeks out your expertise on a certain matter.  You always answer your customers promptly with great courtesy and a sense of pride.  It is very unfortunate that your careers and livelihoods have been interrupted due to political wrangling on Capitol Hill.  We want you to know that your society supports you 100% and is grateful for your service to the Nation.   We all look forward to your return as soon as possible.  Your presence is definitely missed.

With our best regards,