Oct 10

The Association of Boston Law Librarians (ABLL) is a diverse group with members from Boston area private law firms, law schools, federal and state agencies, as well as businesses. ABLL was founded in 1966 when the librarian of Choate, Hall & Stewart initiated informal luncheon meetings among Boston law firm librarians in order to get acquainted, exchange ideas and discuss common issues. The group focuses on providing educational and social opportunities for its members.

Jan 26

January 26th, 2016

Following is a message sent via email from the Mass. Appeals Court:

Please note the following update:  In response to requests for extensions of time, the Trial Court Committee on Public Access to Court Records has extended the comment period for all comments to May 4, 2016.  All comments received will be made available for the public on the committee’s web page.

See http://www.mass.gov/courts/case-legal-res/rules-of-court/rule-changes-invitations-comment/proposed-trial-court-rule-xiv-access-to-court-records.html


The Committee appreciates your continuing interest in this topic.


ABLL members are encouraged to read the proposed rules and forward any comments to the Board for possible inclusion in any communications to the Committee.

Bob DeFabrizio, President

“Engage, Involve, Collaborate”

Nov 04

When:  Friday, November 6, 2015 – 12-2pm

Location: Social Law Library, John Adams Courthouse, One Pemberton Square, Suite 4100, Boston


Anne Stemlar (MLIS, JD) Managing Director, Research and Knowledge Management at Goodwin Procter

Sarah Montgomery (MLIS, JD) Knowledge Management Analyst, Corporate Legal Department, Liberty Mutual

Please join us for a conversation about transitioning Library/Information Services into Knowledge Management Information Centers. Both speakers will share their experiences in leading/expanding their libraries into Information Resource/KM Centers


  • Making the transition from the research/manager role to a combination with KM
  • Reasons for incorporating KM into the Information Services Department, or making it its own department, and organizing the process
  • Challenges KM presents from Corporate Legal Department perspective vs. Law Firm environment
Sep 22

ABLL’s “End of Summer Party” held last evening at the Downtown Harvard Club was a great success.  Over 40 members attended the event, where views from the 38th floor were matched by the food, drink, and company.

Thanks go out to Roger Lemire, Chair of the Sponsorships-Events Committee, for locating and organizing the event and April Taylor, Vice President and Chair of the Standing Committee on Communications, for being our gracious hostess (not to mention printing out all the name tags).   On behalf of ABLL I would also like to extend our gratitude to Thomson Reuters for partially sponsoring the event.

Look out for an announcement for an upcoming happy hour co-sponsored by ABLL and LLNE.

Being an all-volunteer organization, it is each member’s responsibility to keep the Association vibrant and relevant.  Do your part and get involved.

“Engage, Involve, Collaborate”

Bob DeFabrizio, President

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Sep 15

What:  The End of Summer Party (f/k/a The Fall Event, f/f/k/a The Welcome Back Party)

When:  Monday, September 21, 2015 – 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Where:  Downtown Harvard Club of Boston, One Federal Street

What Else:  You will need to show a photo ID when you check in with the security desk in the lobby of this building.

Why Not:  Join your friends and colleagues to launch ABLL’s 50th Anniversary Year!  This celebration features an open bar and tasty treats, such as Beef Tenderloin, Summer Thai Rolls, and Tortilla Trumpets.

RSVP to Roger Lemire at 617.951.8666 or roger.lemire@morganlewis.com by Thursday, Sept. 17th.

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May 22

The ABLL Board is busy planning our Golden Year with educational and social events!

We are excited to announce reduced membership dues for this membership year.

  • Individuals, vendors and shared memberships are now $110.
  • Students, retired and unemployed memberships are now $40.

The 2015-16 membership form is now available.  We are again offering payment via PayPal  (using the email address andrea.rasmussen@ropesgray.com).  Please return your form (no matter your form of payment) and your check to:

Kara Mack, ABLL Membership Chair

Goodwin Procter, LLP

53 State Street

Boston, MA 02109

Phone: 617-305-6942


Don’t miss out on what is sure to be a special year filled with networking, learning and connecting with your peers!

*Lifetime members do not have to return their form unless changing contact information. Thank you.

Apr 22

As per the ABLL bylaws, the Board of ABLL would like to share with you the following to be voted on at our Annual Business Meeting on May 7, 2015:

In order to more accurately reflect the current by-laws of the Association of Boston Law Librarians, Inc. (ABLL), and in conjunction with the filing of papers with the Internal Revenue Service  for recognition as a 501(c)(6) organization, the Board of Directors requests members favorable vote to the following amendment of ABLL’s Articles of Organization, filed on January 26, 1984:

Article 3, Subsections A and B (member classification and rights) as currently provided:

  1. A. Standing Members: Any person interested in the science of law librarianship, willing to pursue the objectives of the Association may become a Standing Member upon payment of the first year’s dues and upon approval by the Program Planning Committee.
  2. B.  Life Members: The Program Planning Committee shall nominate, and the Association may, at a regular meeting, by vote of two-thirds of those present, elect as a Life Member anyone who has (i) been a Standing Member for ten or more years; (ii) reached the age of 55 years or older; and (iii) retired from active library works.  Life Members are not entitled to vote.  Life Members are not required to pay dues.

Shall be deleted and replaced with the following:

           “As shall be set forth in the corporation’s by-laws as permitted by Chapter 180.”

Apr 21

The annual Business Meeting will take place on Thursday, May 7, 2015 (12:00 – 2:00 p.m.) at the Hampshire House.

We will be voting on the slate of officers and important issues pertaining to ABLL’s Articles of Organization.  If you are not going to be at the meeting, you must cast your vote one week prior to the meeting (Thursday, April 30th) via email; you will need to contact the VP of Membership, Kara Mack, to request a ballot if you can not attend the meeting.

We will also be announcing changes the board has voted on (such as an overall reduction in membership fees!) that will impact every member, so we strongly encourage all members to attend.

We need to provide the Hampshire House with the final attendee count and entrée selections by Monday, May 4, 2015, so please contact April Taylor (401-455-7606 / april.taylor@lockelord.com) before then.  The full luncheon menu is listed below, but your entrée choices are chicken, fish, or vegetarian.   Please RSVP with your entrée selections by 12 o’clock noon on Monday, May 4th.

To request an absentee ballot, please contact Kara Mack (607-305-6942 / kmack@goodwinprocter.com) by Monday, April 27, 2015.


ABLL Business Meeting Luncheon Menu

Boston Bibb Lettuce peppered goat cheese medallion, pink grapefruit and orange segments, lemon vinaigrette

Entrée Choice #1:  Pan-Seared Chicken Breast wild mushroom risotto cake, baby kale, glazed petit carrots, citrus vinaigrette

Entrée Choice #2 (Gluten Free, and Heart Healthy)Grilled Salmon roasted vegetables, organic red rice, ginger-citrus nage

Entrée Choice #3 (Vegetarian)Risotto Stuffed Tomato saffron and ratatouille risotto, grilled asparagus, crimini mushrooms, petit vegetables, Kalamata olive tapenade, extra virgin olive oil, aged balsamic vinegar

Fresh Fruit Tart seasonal fruit and berries, flaky pie crust, pastry cream

Jan 02

Please join us for an ABLL Brown Bag:  Mobile Research Technology:  Setting up mobile applications from the law library – SAVE THE DATE!

(Bring your lunch – Drinks and dessert will be served)

When:  Friday, January 16th 2015

Location & Time:  Sullivan & Worcester LLP:  12pm-1:30pm

One Post Office Square – Boston, MA

The law librarians of Sullivan & Worcester will review how they implemented mobile applications from their Library and how they publicized and decided on vendors to use.  They will also discuss the pros and cons of this process and what they learned.

Can’t make the brown bag?

Join us after work for Happy Hour to discuss the event and mingle with colleagues and friends from 5pm – 7:30pm.

Location:  Towne Stove and Spirits – At the bar!

900 Boylston Street, the Shops at the Prudential Center

Please RSVP for both events to Mary Holway


Hope to see you all at some point!

Dec 23

The results are in for the 2014 ABLL Holiday Charity Drive and I am pleased to announce a grand total donation by ABLL to Bridge Over Troubled Water of $1,170.00 to include $565.00 in gift cards and $605.00 in checks and cash.

Collectively, ABLL has made many young children and adults very happy this holiday season. Thank you all for your kind generosity. I know that Bridge Over Troubled Waters is thrilled as they send their wishes for a beautiful holiday season, and of course their thanks.

There may still be some of you who wish to contribute. If so, please mail your donation directly to Latenya Allen, Bridge Over Troubled Waters, Inc., 47 West Street, Boston, MA 02111. If you do mail a donation directly, would you please also email me so that we can include it in this year’s total.

Again, thank you all for your kindness and generosity!

I wish you and your families a Joyous, Peaceful and Happy Holiday Season and a Healthy and Prosperous 2015!


Nicholas H. Ypsilantis
President & CEO

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