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The 27th Annual Meeting was held October 12-14 in Fayetteville, Arkansas and was hosted by the University of Arkansas-Fayetteville Law Library staff. The keynote speaker was Pamela Q. L. Andre, Director of the National Agricultural Library, who spoke about the library and several of its current projects. There were programs both Thursday and Friday including: Agricultural Law, Technologies of Freedom, Presidential Libraries, Internet Filtering, Management of Personnel During Interesting Times, Indian Law, and Fundraising in Public Academic Law Libraries. Saturday the entire session was devoted to a presentation by Lolly Gassaway on Copyright Update for Librarians and was held at the University of Arkansas-Fayetteville. Thursday evening was held at the Tyson retreat. Friday afternoon was a tour of Loislaw headquarters. At the MAALL business meeting Mary Ann Nelson became president, Tranne Pearce was elected Vice-President/President Elect, Dorie Bertram was elected Secretary and Sally Crowley continued as Treasurer.

The 28th Annual Meeting was held October 25-27, 2001 in St. Louis, Missouri. Attendees enjoyed visiting many of the area law libraries that hosted the meeting. An opening reception was held at the recently constructed Thomas F. Eagleton U.S. Courthouse, home of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 8th Circuit Library. On Friday, St. Louis University Law School hosted dinner in its atrium and Washington University School of Law offered dessert in its reading room. Tours of the libraries at Bryan Cave LLP and Thompson Coburn LLP were also offered. Prof. Robert Berring gave the keynote speech. At the business meeting, Tranne Pearce became president, Barbara Fullerton was elected Vice-President/President Elect, and Needra Jackson was elected as Treasurer. Dorie Bertram continued as Secretary. Before the next annual meeting, however, a variety of causes led to an almost complete restructuring of the Executive Board. Barbara Fullerton resigned as Vice-President/President-Elect after taking a new job in Texas. Then, in July, Needra Jackson resigned as Treasurer to have more time to attend to her mother's health. Finally, late in August, Tranne Pearce resigned as President when she unexpectedly retired from her position at the U.S. Courts Library in Kansas City. Janet McKinney, an experienced MAALL Treasurer, was appointed to fill Needra's slot. Susan Goldner was appointed to the Vice-President's position in July and then suddenly became President in August.

The 29th Annual Meeting, held November 7-9, 2002 in Champaign-Urbana, Illinois was a joint meeting with the Chicago Association of Law Libraries, hosted by the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Law Library staff. The meeting, themed "Making the Connection!" included a number of speakers from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Graduate School of Library and Information Science faculty. Saturday featured a "show and tell," highlighting holdings of the University of Illinois Library System, which has nearly 10 million volumes and over 40 special collections. Rare legal books were among the featured items. At the business meeting, Kay Andrus was elected Vice-President/President Elect and Charlie Condon was elected Secretary. Janet McKinney continues as Treasurer and Susan Goldner as President.

The 30th Annual Meeting was held October 2-4, 2003 in Norman, Oklahoma and hosted by the University of Oklahoma Law Library staff. It was themed "MAALL Together in Norman, OK." At the business meeting, Kay Andrus assumed the Presidency. Janet McKinney was elected Vice-President/President Elect and Sharon Kern was elected Treasurer. Charlie Condon continued as Secretary.

The 31st Annual Meeting, held October 14-16, 2004 in Des Moines, Iowa, was a joint meeting with the Minnesota Association of Law Libraries (MALL). The meeting was hosted by the Drake University Law Library staff, with assistance from law librarians from Davis Brown Koehn Shors & Roberts, Dickinson Law Firm, Kutak Rock LLP (Omaha), Principal Financial Group, State Law Library of Iowa, and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit Des Moines Branch Library. The theme, "The Future is Now," was evident throughout the meeting, from keynote speaker Dennis Kennedy, an information technology/e-commerce attorney, to programs on "New Strategies for Teaching Advanced Legal Research," Functional Requirements for Bibliographic Records (FRBR), and "Business Civility & Etiquette" in the age of cell phones and e-mail. On Thursday night, several dine-arounds at local restaurants were well-attended. Friday programs were held at the Drake University Law School, and afternoon tours were available at Drake's Law Library, Legal Clinic, and the American Judicature Society's new headquarters on the Drake campus. Tours of the new Iowa Judicial Branch Building and of three downtown firm/corporate libraries (Davis, Brown firm; Dickinson firm; Principal Financial Group) were also offered. Friday night a reception was held in the beautiful, historic State Law Library, located in the Iowa Capitol building. At the business meeting, Janet McKinney assumed the MAALL Presidency, Brian Striman assumed the office of Vice-President/President-elect, and Lorraine Lorne became Secretary. Sharon Kern continued as Treasurer. In anticipation of her upcoming retirement from the University of Oklahoma, Marilyn Nicely was recognized for nearly 30 years of service to law librarianship and MAALL.

The 32nd Annual Meeting was held October 6-8, 2005 in Grand Forks, North Dakota and was hosted by the University of South Dakota Law Library staff. The theme of the meeting was "Great Past, Grand Future." On Thursday, October 6th, the keynote address, "Law Librarianship in the Grand Manner" was presented by Associate Dean Roger Jacobs, then Director of the Kresge Law Library and Professor of Law at Notre Dame Law School. On Friday and Saturday morning, programs included topics such as automated selection, teaching legal research, and OCLC's Collection Management Service. On Saturday afternoon, an Introduction to American Indian Law was provided by Professor Matthew Fletcher, Assistant Professor and Director of the Northern Plains Indian Law Center and Assistant Professor Wenona Singel. At the MAALL business meeting Brian Striman assumed the MAALL presidency. John Christensen was elected Vice-President/President Elect, Marilyn Nicely was elected Secretary. Robert Mead was elected Treasurer, but was unable to serve out his term. As a result, Darla Jackson was appointed interim treasurer.

MAALL's 33rd Annual Meeting was held in Tulsa, Oklahoma on October 19-October 21st, 2006 and was hosted by the University of Tulsa Law Library staff. The theme of the meeting was "Educate, Celebrate, Collaborate." The keynote speaker was Tulsa lawyer and author William Bernhardt, best known for his courtroom novels featuring the character of Ben Kincaid. Programs at the meeting addressed topics such as automated selection, teaching legal research, and OCLC's Collection Management Service. An article about the conference and the program for the conference were published in the Tulsa Daily Commerce & Legal News. At the MAALL business meeting John Christensen assumed the MAALL presidency. No elections were held because MAALL began utilizing online elections via the AALL website. Lee Peoples was elected as the Vice-President/President Elect. Marilyn Nicely and Darla Jackson continued their service as Secretary and Treasurer. In addition, two new Executive Board positions, Member-at-Large, were created. Members-at-Large serve two-year terms, with one being elected each year. Brenda Foote was elected to a one-year term (to ensure staggered elections), and Liz Glankler was elected to a two-year term.

The 34th Annual Meeting was held November 1-3, 2007 in Lincoln Nebraska and local arrangements were made by the University of Nebraska Library staff. "MAALL: The Possibilities are Limitless" was the theme of the meeting. The opening luncheon address was given by Rivkah Sass, Library Journal's 2006 Librarian of the Year. She spoke about the need to be a risk taker, agent of change, and true believer in the library. Roy Mersky, the "godfather" of modern law librarianship, spoke at the opening reception, which was held at the Nebraska State Capitol. Participants were welcomed to the Capitol by Chief Justice Michael Heavican. Mr. Mersky's keynote address included a discussion of the role of legal dictionaries in the research of law. Programs at the meeting addressed a variety of topics, including ereaders, technology in legal research, relevancy rankings in search engines, law practice technology, and empirical research. Joe Christensen, Inc. printed the program for the meeting and opened up the plant for tours by annual meeting participants. AALL President Ann Fessenden addressed the membership as the AALL Visitor. At the MAALL business meeting, Lee Peoples assumed the MAALL presidency. In an online election, Joe Custer was elected as the Vice-President/President Elect, Jan Medved was elected as Treasurer, and Karen Wallace was elected as Member-at-Large. Marilyn Nicely continued her service as Secretary.

MAALL's 35th Annual Meeting was held in Fayetteville, Arkansas, October 16-18, 2008. The theme of the meeting was "MAALL in the Mountains," and the meeting was hosted by the staff of the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville Law Library Staff. The opening luncheon address was provided by Louise Levy Schaper, Executive Director of the Fayetteville Public Library. The Fayetteville Public Library building received the US Green Building Council's LEED Silver certification and was named the Library was named the 2005 Library Journal Library of the Year. The Keynote Address was deliverd by Elizabeth Ann Eckford, a member of the Little Rock Nine (the nine African American students who desegregated Little Rock Central High School in Little Rock Arkansas in 1957. AALL President James Duggan addressed the MAALL membership as the AALL Visitor. Programs at the meeting addressed a variety of topics, including ABA Questionnaire, budgeting in a recession, the use of multimedia in legal education, and digitizing federal law and legislative history in the Farm Bill Project. At the MAALL business meeting, Joe Custer assumed the Presidency. In an online election, Darla Jackson was elected as the Vice-President/President Elect, Pam Tull was elected as Secretary, and Jeri Kay Hopkins was elected as Member-at-Large. Jan Medved continued her service as Treasurer.

The 36th Annual Meeting was held in Columbia, Missouri, October 15-17, 2009. The meeting was hosted by the Law Library staff of the University of Missouri, Columbia. "Show Me the Past-Imagine the Future" was the theme of the meeting. The keynote address was provided by Dean Stephen Easton, University of Wyoming College of Law. Dean Easton spoke on the use of historic trials in legal education. On Thursday evening, participants visited the restored Missouri Theatre and were entertained by an historic trial reenactment by the Historical and Theatrical Trial Society of the University of Missouri Columbia. During the program, Professor Doug Linder showcased his Famous Trials site, the web's largest and most visited collection of original essays, images, and primary documents pertaining to great trials. Dean Easton and Professor Linder's programs were made possible, in part, by a grant received via the BNA/AALL Continuing Education Grants Program (CEGP). CEGP also allowed funded programming on dispute resolution in the library offered by Paul Ladehoff. Other programming at the meeting included a presentation by Professor Rodney Uphoff, who served as one of four attorneys appointed to represent Terry Nichols during the prosecution in Oklahoma State Court for his involvement in the 1995 bombing of the Murrah Building. Words of experience were also offered by Justice Mary Russell of the Missouri Supreme Court and former Chief Justice of the Missouri Supreme Court, Ann Covington. Additional programs on open source library systems, developing a teaching philosophy, and collection decisions in times of shrinking budgets were also offered. On Friday, October 16, MAALL members were also invited to participate in a copyright workshop lead by Kevin Smith, Scholarly Communications Officer at Duke University. At the MAALL business meeting, Darla Jackson assumed the presidency. In an online election, Richard Leiter was elected as Vice President/President Elect, Courtney Selby was elected as Treasurer, and Kathryn Hahn was elected as Member-at-Large. Pam Tull continued her service as Secretary.

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