Sweating the Details: AALL or Association for Legal Information

As we continue to discuss the proposal to change the name of American Association of Law Libraries to Association for Legal Information, it is fair to say that the larger part of the conversation has focused on fundamentals such as the meaning of library and libraries, whether the organization can and should “expand its tent” […]

A Change for AALL: The Time is Right, The Name is Right

The American Association of Law Libraries, founded in 1906 and my preferred professional association home since I joined it in 1989 as a library school student, may be ready to change its name. I say “may” because, of course, it is up to a majority vote of its membership whether to agree with the unanimous […]

Why Kim Davis, the Rowan County Clerk, Is So Wrong, and What the Press (and Commentators) Are Missing

As you will know if you’ve read my earlier posts on same sex marriage and so-called “religious freedom restoration laws,”, I strongly believe that acting in the marketplace is a matter of commercial activity and not religious expression. In the case of Kim Davis, the Rowan County Clerk in Kentucky who has refused to issue […]

Evolving Roles for Law Librarians and Legal Technologists

Caroline Young, chair of the Computing Services Special Interest Section of the American Association of Law Libraries, graciously invited me to be the breakfast speaker at the section’s business meeting during the 2015 annual meeting and conference of the American Association of Law Libraries. Here are my remarks, lightly edited. By now everyone here is […]

An Open Letter to Those Who Would Turn Back the Right to Same-Sex Marriage

Dear Sen. Ted Cruz, Gov. Greg Abbott, Gov. Mike Huckabee, Gov. Jeb Bush, Ken Connelly, and yes, dear many friends of mine who vehemently oppose the results of the decision reached by the U.S. Supreme Court on Friday in Obergefell v. Hodges. I was once a homophobe, and I once opposed the ability of same-sex individuals […]

An Empty Nest Summer

The summer season, which astronomically does not begin until the solstice, but for vacationing, socializing, and summer trips begins with Memorial Day weekend, will be an unusual one for my wife Lisa and me. Our son Micah, who is approaching his twenty-first birthday late in the summer, will be spending two months with one of […]

Fooled me once…

Today likely presidential candidate Jeb Bush tried to shift attention from his flubbing the “what would you have done” question about invading Iraq by blaming President Obama for the presence of and gains made by ISIS/ISIL in Iraq. Bush not only conveniently ignores that it was the 2003 invasion and its aftermath that totally destabilized Iraq, but […]

Article in Print, But Not Quite Right

While I am always pleased to have an article in print, I need to point out that my latest one, “Like Mark Twain: The Death of Academic Law Libraries Is An Exaggeration,” 106 Law Libr. J. 521 (2014) is not the correct version. Somewhere in the production process the edits I had submitted were lost, and a […]

More Thoughts on the Indiana RFRA Controversy

This post is adapted from a Facebook note I published today, which was in response to a discussion on a friend’s timeline. A Facebook timeline is not well suited to the back-and-forth of serious issues, and it is not my goal to fill up someone else’s timeline with my views, so instead I wrote a […]

All Praise Religious Bigotry!

“All” is, of course, an intentional use of hyperbole. But in the case of Indiana’s enactment of SB 101, its version of a “Religious Freedom Restoration Act,” a large majority of state assembly members voted to pass the act. Governor Mike Pence, though saying in several public appearances in the past few days that signing […]