About VALL

About VALL

Virginia Association of Law Libraries

The Virginia Association of Law Libraries was founded in 1988, expanding a previously existing organization, the Richmond Area Law Libraries. Now, as then, VALL’s objectives are to develop and increase the usefulness and efficiency of law libraries, to promote librarianship and to foster a spirit of cooperation among members of the profession. The organization is a chapter of the American Association of Law Libraries.

Our Mission

The Virginia Association of Law Libraries (VALL) supports and serves its members’ professional pursuits by fostering a spirit of leadership and cooperation, providing educational and leadership opportunities, and promoting and enhancing the value of law libraries. VALL also advocates for easy and equitable access to legal information and education of library users.

Our History

The Virginia Association of Law Libraries (VALL) initially was organized as the Richmond Area Law Libraries Association (RALLA) in 1981. As the name suggested, the organization was formed to provide opportunities for the exchange of ideas and solutions to common problems for law library professionals and paraprofessionals in the Richmond metropolitan area.

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Constitution & Bylaws

ARTICLE II. OBJECT

The Association is established to develop and increase the usefulness and efficiency of law libraries. It shall be conducted as a non-profit corporation to promote librarianship and to foster a spirit of cooperation among members of the profession.

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Our Officers & Committees

VALL Leadership

EXECUTIVE BOARD 2019-2020

President: 
Chris Vassey
Thomson Reuters
Christina.Vassey@TR.com

Vice President/President Elect: 
Jane Harrison
Hunton Andrews Kurth
JHarrison@HuntonAK.com 

Immediate Past President: 
Andrew Winston
Law Library of Congress
Andrew.M.Winston@gmail.com

Secretary:
Megan Scanlon 
Williams Mullen
mscanlon@williamsmullen.com

Treasurer: 
Alexis Sharp
Hunton Andrews Kurth
ASharp@HuntonAK.com  

Directors:

Liz Schiller 
University of Richmond 
eschille@richmond.edu

Anna Price
Law Library of Congress
anpr@loc.gov

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Special Committees and Board Liaisons

VALL Access to Justice Committee

  • Patty Petroccione, Chair

VALL Chapter Leadership Handbook Committee

(see handbook editors below)

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Administrative Positions / Board Liaisons

  • VLA Liaison – Amy Harrison / Andrew Winston
  • Chapter Leadership Handbook Editors – Suzanne Corriell and Megan Scanlon / Andrew Winston
  • Wiki Administrator – Evelyn Campbell / Evelyn Campbell
  • Blogmaster – Evelyn Campbell / Evelyn Campbell
  • Archivist – Gail Warren

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Last Updated September 12, 2019

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RESOURCES

CHAPTER LEADERSHIP HANDBOOK (PDF)

VALL STRATEGIC PLAN 2015-2020 (PDF)

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ANNUAL REPORTS

ANNUAL REPORT 2018-2019

ANNUAL REPORT 2017-2018

ANNUAL REPORT 2016-2017

Committee Placements 2019-2020

Standing Committees and Board Liaisons

Bylaws

Purpose: To review and revise the VALL Bylaws and Constitution as directed by the Executive Board or as needed.

  • Patty Petroccione, Chair 
  • Andrew Winston, Board Liaison

Communications/Public Relations

Purpose: To share VALL news and information through social media efforts, such as the VALLTalk blog and Facebook and to explore ways to highlight the contributions of law libraries and librarians to the legal and library communities and to promote law librarianship as a profession.

  • Alexis Fetzer Sharp, Chair & Board Liaison

Grants

Purpose: To publicize, award, and administer grants. 

  • Joyce Manna Janto, Chair
  • Alexis Fetzer Sharp, Board Liaison

Legislative Awareness

Purpose: To monitor and inform members of pending federal and state legislation, citizen referendums, executive and administrative action, and judicial review of laws affecting law libraries.

  • David Knight, Chair
  • Liz Schiller, Board Liaison

Membership

Purpose: To promote chapter membership, maintain a current membership database, and publish an annual membership directory.

  • Doris Morgan, Chair
  • Chris Vassey, Board Liaison

Nominating Committee

Purpose: Prepare annual slate of candidates for Chapter offices.

  • Lara Dresser, Chair
  • Chris Vassey, Board Liaison

Programs

Purpose: To design, plan, and implement educational programming for the Chapter.

  • Jane Harrison, Chair and Board Liaison

Publications

Purpose: Explore opportunities for VALL to publish in professional sources.

  • Marie Hamm, Co-Chair
  • Greg Stoner, Co-Chair
  • Jane Harrison, Board Liaison

Website

Purpose: To create a VALL website, keep it current, develop web content and re-design ideas, and to work with VALL committees and the VALL Executive Board to determine new information that should be on the website.

  • Stella Naulo, Chair
  • Andrew Winston, Board Liaison
Virginia Association of Law Libraries

Mailing Address

PO Box 1378
Richmond, Virginia 23218