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Welcome to the following new members: Julie Beamer – Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals Gabrielle Dennis – Thomson Reuters Allison Gifford - Alexandria Law Library Isaac Needell – Norfolk Law Library Leslie Street – William & Mary Law School
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VALL Voting Members , At the recent Executive Board meeting, two updates to the Bylaws were proposed to address changes to our organizational structure and operational processes. In accordance with the VALL constitution, members are being notified of these proposed changes in advance of the next meeting (October 25, 2019). Article I, Sec. 5 Current language: Section 5: Suspension...
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by Molly Lentz-Meyer As a relatively new research instructor I am always on the look-out for ways to improve my teaching and the experience of my students. This year’s programming provided a wealth of opportunity to learn what practitioners wish students knew, and how to teach them those skills. I have found in prepping my...
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by Ashley Vavra First, a highlight: AALL 2019’s Thompson Reuters reception at the Library of Congress. I saw Dr. Carla Hayden speak, gawked at the art on the walls and ceiling of that beautiful building, and met dozens of friends-of-a-friend. I took an entirely unsophisticated number of photos. That opportunity was just one exciting piece...
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by Kelsey Cox As a new law librarian (just shy of six months), I was very eager to attend my first AALL Conference and participate in the Conference of Newer Librarians (“CONELL”).  My mentors had described CONELL as a fun, engaging, and rewarding experience where lifelong bonds would be formed. With such high regards and...
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submitted by Linda Tesar,  Interim Director/Head of Technical Services & Special Collections Long-time VALL member Jim Heller officially retired on June 25, 2019 after more than 30 years as library director and professor of law at William & Mary Law School. Jim at a retirement luncheon with his staff, looking through a scrapbook put together...
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Hello VALL members, My term as President seemed to fly by.  I wanted to take the opportunity to share with you some of the highlights from our recent Spring Meeting, and to express some well-deserved VALL gratitude. Spring Meeting The meeting was held at the offices of Hunton Andrews Kurth in Richmond on May 3,...
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Congratulations to the following for being awarded grants: VALL/AALL Grant: Ashley Vavra (Virginia Supreme Court) AALL Chapter Registration Grant: Molly Lentz-Meyer (University of Richmond Law Library) Barbara Cumming Grant: Megan Scanlon (Williams Mullen) We look forward to reading their articles on VALLTalk in the very near future!
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Name: Molly Lentz-Meyer      Organization: University of Richmond Law School Title: Digital and Archival Collections Librarian What is your favorite moment of your career so far?  Helping a struggling student who genuinely wanted to succeed at legal research. What is something you would want people to know about you (hobbies, interests, passions, etc.)?  I love to cook. What is...
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Congratulations to Ben Almoite who started with McGuireWoods on May 6 as the technical services librarian in the Richmond office. Ben was previously with the Henrico County Public Library. Congratulations to Anna Price who will begin her new job as a librarian with the Law Library of Congress on May 28! Anna will be leaving...
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