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.

Nov 10

We have several exciting events planned for 2014-2015, including our annual holiday party on December 8th at the Bostonia Public House and a very special anniversary celebration. (Not to mention our happy hour meetings and educational events.) If you intend to renew, please do so as soon as possible so you are not dropped from our membership list. If you are not renewing your membership, please take a moment to let me know why – it will help us understand our membership needs.


Kara Mack
ABLL Membership Chair

Nov 06

Cost Recovery for Law Libraries: With a discussion of single vendor firms

Date & Time:

November 19th, 12:30 – 2pm


Hosted by the Brown Rudnick Librarians

Brown Rudnick LLP
One Financial Center
Boston, MA 02111

Program cost :

Please bring your own lunch. Drinks and desserts will be served


  • Does your firm recover the cost of online services? Challenges?
  • Has your firm explored a single provider for online research? Why?

Cannot make the Brown Bag during lunch hour? That’s Okay! Meet up for drinks, appetizers and discussions. Mingle with friends and colleagues. (BYO money!)

Place & Time :

McCormick & Schmick’s
1 N Market St, Boston, MA ‎
Faneuil Hall Marketplace
(4:30pm – 7:30pm)
Please RSVP for both events to Mary Holway (holway@fr.com)
Hope to see you all!

Oct 07

On October 24, 2014, please join us to learn how our colleagues are surviving and thriving, surmounting new challenges and seizing emerging opportunities.

Keynote speaker Matt McTygue of Edwards Wildman Palmer LLP will address the challenges and opportunities currently facing law firms and law libraries, while other speakers will address varied topics from training the new associate to resource management. Our own ABLL President, Stephanie Murphy, will offer her insights in the closing hour in a counter-point with Bob Ambrogi.

The conference program, more information about our speakers &sponsors, and registration information is all available at: http://llne.org/meetings/2014-llneabll-fall-meeting/.

See you there!


Sep 22

Please join us for ABLL’s Fall Educational Lunch Meeting

When: Tuesday October 21st – 12:00-2pm

Location: Bingham McCutchen, One Federal Street, Boston

Steven Medley, a Business Intelligence Analyst for Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP and LAC Group, will present on “Legal CI as an Innovation Engine”. Steven will discuss the factors driving the need for sophisticated Competitive Intelligence in the legal industry; current trends and benchmarks in spending on the CI function, commonly implemented initiatives, and the different types of content used in reports which can be assembled to build your firms own CI engine and drive down the road to success. We will also review established and emerging technology and information vendor solutions which are being used for legal CI, and how CI research differs from traditional law librarianship. Steven will discuss staffing and organizational issues, as well as the skills needed for a successful CI librarian. The importance of customizing solutions and collaboration with other firm departments will also be stressed.

Steven manages the competitive intelligence function for Manatt and consults with a variety of firms on CI and sourcing projects. He was previously a knowledge advisor at Ernst & Young, and managed the Investment Banking research function at Bear Stearns & Co. He has an MS in Business Information Systems from Baruch College.

This event is generously sponsored by Intelligize. Founded in 2008, Intelligize provides tools that help law firms and corporations more efficiently research, prepare and draft SEC filings, corporate transactions and various business agreements within a fast-changing regulatory environment. Through powerful search, filter, comparison and analytical capabilities, Intelligize’s innovative suite of applications is designed to help practitioners cut down on the amount of time and effort it takes to move through the SEC compliance and review process, and to significantly improve the efficiency and effectiveness of benchmarking, negotiating and drafting corporate, securities and M&A transaction documents. We welcome Paul Leighton, Esq. Director of National Accounts for Intelligize who will share with us his insights on corporate research and what trends he is seeing in the legal research market.

Please RSVP to Mary Holway: holway@fr.com

Non-members are welcome to attend this meeting for a fee of $25.00. Checks can be made out to ABLL and brought to the meeting or mailed to treasurer Andrea Rasmussen, Ropes & Gray 800 Boylston Street Boston MA 02199.

Sep 16


DATE: Monday, September 22nd

TIME: 5:00 -7:30 PM

LOCATION: Warehouse, 40 Broad Street (at Milk)

And if you’re wondering what this previously unheard of Fall Event is; it’s the event formerly known as the Welcome Back Party. We just renamed it. Since our organization is active all year round, we (the board) decided to retire the “Welcome Back Party” name– we apologize to those librarians who will be migrating back to Boston.

This event is free for members. Non-members who would like to attend can do so at a cost of $40, payable via PayPal (using the email address andrea.rasmussen@ropesgray.com).

Please RSVP to April Taylor (amtaylor@edwardswildman.com) or ( 401-455-7606)

Sep 01

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Aug 29

The Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts  announced on their website, that as of August 10 2014, certain docket information is no longer available on PACER.  Full announcement: https://www.pacer.gov/announcements/general/webpacer.html.  Material that has been removed from PACER includes docket information for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 2nd Circuit for cases filed prior to January 1, 2010, information for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit for cases filed prior to March 1, 2012, as well as information for the 7th and 11th circuits and the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Central District of California.

Some courts had documents stored on locally developed systems that turned out to not be compatible with Pacer’s updated system,  so the answer was to toss the information rather than convert it over or save it somewhere else.

Recent articles/posts on the matter:

SLA post

Legal Times

ars technica

From AALL:

The Government Relations Office of AALL has contacted the Administrative Office of U.S. Courts for further information, and the GRO and the Government Relations Committee are working to gather more information about the circumstances surrounding the removal information and to understand options moving forward.  AALL is updating their advocacy listserv as they are able to gather more information.


Thoughts or comments? Please share.

Aug 22

The Law Librarians of New England Fall Meeting
Co-hosted by the Boston College Law Library & ABLL

“Reinventing the Law Library: Meeting the Challenge”

The program will be held from 8:30 am – 4:15 pm on Friday, October 24
at the Boston College Connors Center in Dover, Massachusetts.
Please see the Connors Center website, http://www.bc.edu/offices/retreat/.

Programming details to follow.

Aug 12

Administrative Law Information Systems Manager, Hartford CT

Office of the Connecticut Secretary of the State has created a  position which will manage a currently-in-development information system for electronic adoption, publishing and public access to state administrative law and related information resources. For more information please see our job posting page.

Jul 31

Hinckley Allen, LLP is seeking candidates for the position of Electronic Resources Librarian in their Providence Office. For more information please see ABLL’s job posting page.

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