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.

May 22

Apr 29

ABLL’s Annual Business Meeting will be held at Post 390 on Wednesday, May 22nd from 12-2pm. Come listen to the president’s report from Jenna Fegreus and vote for nominated Board Members. Please RSVP with your lunch choices (listed below) and any food allergies by May 17th.

(select 1)
Arugula Salad | Seasonal Soup (tbd later)
Main Course
(select 1)
Grilled Salmon & Artisan Lettuces | North Shore 3-Way | Grilled BBQ Chicken Bahn Mi | Warm Vegetable & Quinoa Bowl
(select 1)
Valrhona Hot Fudge Sundae | Vanilla Creme Brulee | Sliver of Dark Chocolate Cake

RSVP to christie.schauder@wilmerhale.com by Friday, May 17th


Feb 22

Today’s Library Tour Postponed

February 22nd, 2019

Good Morning!

Today’s Library Tour has been postponed. We are working to reschedule this event and will sent out another notice when a date is confirmed.

Thank you for being flexible,


Feb 22

Reminder: Brown Bag – implementing analytic tools

February 22nd, 2019

We still have room for more attendees!

Join me at the Insurance Law Library to discuss implementing analytic tools. Open discussion about the who and what of executing roll out and adoption.

How do  you plan? Who are your stakeholders? How do you get excitement/buy-in? What has worked? What hasn’t?


When: Monday, February 25th, at noon

Where: Insurance Law Library, 156 State St. , Boston, MA 02109

RSVP to Kara Mack – kmack@goodwinlaw.com


Feb 04

Join me at the Insurance Law Library to discuss implementing analytic tools. Open discussion about the who and what of executing roll out and adoption.

When: Tuesday, February 12th, at noon

Where: Insurance Law Library, 156 State St. , Boston, MA 02109

RSVP to Kara Mack – kmack@goodwinlaw.com by February 11th

Jan 16

Joseph Raczynski, Thomson Reuters legal technologist and blockchain expert, will present on blockchain and its impact on the legal industry. Joe has published and regularly presents on a variety of legal technology topics. We are very fortunate to have this opportunity to learn what blockchain is, how it is being used now, and what we can expect in the future.

When: 11:30 a.m.
January 24, 2019
Where: Social Law Library
1 Pemberton Sq Ste 4100, Boston, MA 02108
RSVP by January 21 to kmack@goodwinlaw.com Please let me know if you have any food allergies.
11:30 Welcome
11:35-12:15 Blockchain & the legal industry – including Q&A
12:15-1:00 Lunch and networking

Jan 04

From January 1, 2019 through January 30, 2019, Massachusetts Law Updates will present a daily series of blog posts showcasing the 30 Articles in the Declaration of Rights in the Massachusetts Constitution.

Each post will follow the same format. The post will begin with an identification of the subject of the Article, assigned for the purpose of this series, followed by the article itself. If the Article has been amended or replaced entirely, the new text follows with the date of the amendment or change. Finally, “Precedents, Following Law, and Quotations” relevant to each particular Article complete the post.

All of the Articles in the Declaration of Rights, with the notable exception of Article 3, which deals with responsibilities regarding the “public worship of God”, were drafted by John Adams. Precedents were chosen keeping in mind what may have been in John Adams’ head as he drafted the Articles. The writings of Enlightenment thinkers, men like John Locke, Algernon Sidney, and Montesquieu, influenced men like John Adams, George Mason (author of the Virginia Declaration of Rights), and James Madison (author of the Bill of Rights in the U.S. Constitution). These men had the opportunity to create governments where there had only been colonies before. The Magna Carta, the English Bill of Rights, and Nathaniel Ward’s Body of Liberties had precedential value to eighteenth century men schooled in law, philosophy and political theory. In some cases, John Adams copied text directly from other state constitutions, which had been drafted only a few years earlier. There is an abundance of secondary source literature which gives us clues, and points to these possible sources.

To put the Articles in the Declaration of Rights into context, Following Law and Quotations point to documents and commentary since 1780 that might give us a chance to better understand what the words in the Articles mean. The Bill of Rights amending the U.S. Constitution in 1791 includes cognate provisions which echo articles or sections in states’ constitutions. Presidents, judges, scholars and passionate advocates have pointed to the need to expand the provision of rights to disenfranchised groups, and given us a chance to more fully understand the implications of what John Adams wrote so long ago.

Italics indicate where text has been added to clarify why particular quotations may have been chosen.

On January 31, there will be an index providing hot links to the blog posts about the 30 Articles. A post with acknowledgments on February 1, 2019 and a list of selected secondary sources on February 2, 2019 will conclude the series.

For more information people should contact Barbara Schneider, Head Law Librarian, Berkshire Law Library (bershirelawlib@hotmail.com).

Bob DeFabrizio
Manager of Law Libraries
Massachusetts Trial Court
Office of Court Management
“Serving the bench, bar, and public”

Nov 29

We are happy to share the results of the 2018 ABLL Member Survey.

Out of the 114 active members at the time of the survey, there were 34 total responses, or a response rate of 29.82%. Member responses were gathered electronically from September 10 through October 1, 2018. Results were shared with the Board on November 6, 2018.

Among the Board, we are discussing responses to the survey results including one change that has already happened: offering our “Thirsty Thursdays” on other days of the week to diversify attendance at social events. We hope that these results will lead to interesting conversations at the Holiday Party and other upcoming events. Additionally, please send any observations or feedback to Amy Wilson.

Nov 26

The White Bull Tavern
Wednesday, December 12 from 5-8pm

RSVP to christie.schauder@wilmerhale.com
by Friday, December 7

Sep 10

Please take three minutes to complete our survey about the Association of Boston Law Librarians.

Your feedback is essential as we map out the future of ABLL and improve member services!

EDIT: The survey is closed as of October 1, 2018

Please contact Amy Wilson (aewilson@mintz.com) with any questions regarding the survey

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