2019 Speakers

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Sarah Wipperman

Scholarly Communications & Digital Repository Librarian, University of Pennsylvania

Sarah heads the Scholarly Communication & Research Infrastructure Project (SCRIP), which is rethinking Penn Libraries' scholarly communication infrastructure - the services, tools, and platforms we provide to help the Penn community create and disseminate their scholarly works - and the Scholarly Communication UnBoxed Activity (SCUBA), a blueprint for hosting events where communities work through collaborative activities designed to build a shared understanding of scholarly communications and to think together about their practices.

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Kyle Courtney

Copyright Advisor, Harvard University

Kyle K. Courtney is the Copyright Advisor for Harvard University, working out of the Office for Scholarly Communication.  He works closely with Harvard Library to establish a culture of shared understanding of copyright issues among Harvard staff, faculty, and students. His work at Harvard also includes a role as the copyright and information policy advisor for HarvardX/edX. 

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Barbara Bintliff

Joseph C. Hutcheson Professor in Law; Director, Tarlton Law Library, University of Texas at Austin

Professor Bintliff is Director of the Tarlton Law Library/Jamail Center for Legal Research and the Joseph C. Hutcheson Professor in Law. She came to the position in the fall of 2010, after serving as Director of the William A. Wise Law Library and Nicholas Rosenbaum Professor of Law at the University of Colorado. Her research interests include studying the differences between print and electronic information retrieval and the ways in which these search methods yield divergent results. She was selected to present the prestigious 22nd Annual Austin Scott, Jr. Lecture at the University of Colorado, and followed it with an article in Law Library Journal, From Creativity to Computerese: Thinking Like a Lawyer in the Computer Age.

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Becky Moseley

Civil Justice Attorney, Legal Access Division, State Bar of Texas

As a Civil Justice Attorney in the State Bar of Texas’ Legal Access Division, Becky works support legal aid and non-profit legal services organizations, as well as the broader legal community’s pro bono advocacy, in order to increase access to justice for all Texans, regardless of wealth.

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Yolanda Patrice Jones

Law Library Director and Associate Professor of Law, Florida A&M University College of Law

Yolanda Patrice Jones is the Law Library Director and Associate Professor of Law at the Florida A&M University College of Law, where she teaches Advanced Legal Research and Legal Bibliography.

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Yvonne Chandler

Associate Professor, Department of Information Science, College of Information, University of North Texas

Yvonne J. Chandler is an Associate Professor in the Department of Information Science (DIS) in the College of Information at the University of North Texas where she is the Director of the Law Librarianship program.  Dr. Chandler has experienced significant success receiving more than $5.5 million dollars in grants awarded by the Institute of Museums and Library Services (IMLS) - Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian Program.

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Lora Livingston

Presiding Judge of the 261st Civil District Court, Travis County

Judge Lora J. Livingston was sworn in as an Associate Judge for the District Courts of Travis County, Texas in 1995.  After her successful election, Judge Livingston was sworn in as Judge of the 261st District Court in 1999.  She is the first African-American woman to serve on a district court in Travis County, Texas.  Since 2011, she has served as the Local Administrative Judge for the Travis County Courts.  She began her legal career as a Reginald Heber Smith Community Lawyer Fellow assigned to the Legal Aid Society of Central Texas in Austin, Texas.

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Aizul Ortega

Head of Technical Services, Travis County Law Library and Self Help Center

Aizul G. Ortega received her Master's in Information Studies from the University of Texas School of Information in 2014 with a concentration on librarianship. She is the Technical Services Supervisor at the Travis County Law Library, where she has worked for three years. Her primary responsibilities include implementing current technology practices and procedures, overseeing the collection development processes for the Law Library, and maintaining the Law Library website. She is a current SWALL (Southwestern Association of Law Library) member and participated on a panel at the 2017 SWALL Annual Meeting to discuss helping pro se patrons.

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Shivani Naicker

Master’s Student in Law Librarianship and Intern, University of North Texas College of Law

Shivani Naicker is a licensed attorney and will graduate with her Master of Science in Library Science degree in May 2019.  During her masters’ degree program, she worked as an intern at the University of North Texas at Dallas College of Law Library.  She is now the Electronic Services Librarian at the prestigious Dallas firm, Jackson Walker.  She obtained her law degree from Texas A&M (formerly Texas Wesleyan) School of Law in 2010 and practiced for six years at Godsey Martin in Dallas.  In her career as an attorney, Ms. Naicker worked with the Dallas Volunteer Attorney and the National Adoption Day programs serving clients who could not afford legal representation. Her experience as both an attorney and librarian gives her insight to the need for recruiting and educating diverse law librarians who can help serve the needs of diverse populations and lower income patrons.

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Joseph D. Lawson

Deputy Director, Harris County Law Library

Joe’s work is focused on removing barriers to legal information for everyone involved in the legal system. As Deputy Director of the Harris County Law Library, Joe led the initiative to create the Legal Tech Institute, which offers a collection of learning opportunities designed to help self-represented litigants and small firm attorneys learn the tech they need to access and use digital legal information. Joe regularly presents on the topics of self-represented litigation, legal research, and public law library services for the judiciary, governmental agencies, law librarians, bar associations, public libraries, and community groups throughout Harris County, Texas.

Joe holds a B.A. in Mathematics from Indiana University, a J.D. from Indiana University-Indianapolis School of Law, and a M.S. in Library and Information Science from the University of North Texas.

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Heather Holmes

Assistant Law Librarian, Harris County Law Library

Heather joined the Harris County Law Library staff in 2016 after working in an academic law library setting for more than 10 years.  Heather loves sharing information and helping library users locate the resources they need to address their legal concerns. She enjoys keeping up with developments in the access to justice movement, taking a special interest in the role that libraries play in narrowing the justice gap. Heather is happy to be part of the Harris County Law Library staff and grateful for the opportunities it gives her to serve the community and residents of Harris County.  

Heather holds a B.A. in Sociology from the University of Texas at Austin and an M.L.S. from the University of North Texas School of Library and Information Science.

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Brea Lowenberger

Access to Justice Coordinator and Director of CREATE Justice, University of Saskatchewan

Brea Lowenberger is Saskatchewan's Access to Justice Coordinator; Director of CREATE Justice, an action-oriented access to justice research centre at the University of Saskatchewan (U of S) that is working on transforming legal and justice services and the removal of systemic barriers to justice; and an adjunct law instructor at the U of S. Her reputation for collaboration and innovation in the justice sector includes 2016 and 2018 nominations as a “Young Influencer” and “Changemaker” by Canadian Lawyer.

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Melanie Hodges Neufeld

Director of Legal Resources, Law Society of Saskatchewan

Melanie Hodges Neufeld is the Director of Legal Resources at the Law Society of Saskatchewan. In addition to being responsible for the administration of the traditional library, Melanie is responsible for developing and recommending a strategic plan for the management of legal information within the Law Society and the province, and various access to justice initiatives.

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Kim Hebig

Library Director, Wheatland Regional Library

Kim Hebig has been the Library Director of Wheatland Regional Library for over 10 years. Prior to her time in regional libraries, she worked in municipal libraries. Kim did her undergraduate in Sociology/Criminology before moving on to the University of Alberta to complete her Masters in Library and Information Studies.  

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L. Kelly Fitzpatrick

Research Associate, Harvard Library Innovation Lab

L. Kelly Fitzpatrick is an open access and digital collections specialist living in Cambridge, Massachusetts. She is a Research Associate at the Harvard Library Innovation Lab.

Kelly graduated with a B.A. from Hampshire College in 2013 and an M.S. from Simmons College School of Library and Information Science in 2015.


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Agnes Gambill

Head of Scholarly Communications, Appalachian State University

Agnes Gambill is Head of Scholarly Communications for Appalachian State University.  Her work involves matters pertaining to copyright, intellectual property, open access, open educational resources, scholarly publishing, and digital humanities.  She is the chair of the Digital Humanities Working Group at ASU and the former Managing Director of the Duke Law Tech Lab, an accelerator for legal technology startups.  Her research interests include entrepreneurship, emerging technology, and international copyright law.

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Kelli Raker

Coordinator, Entrepreneurial Law Program, Duke University School of Law

Kelli Raker supports the Duke Program in Law & Entrepreneurship and the Duke Center on Law & Technology as a program Coordinator at Duke University School of Law. She serves as the Managing Director of the Duke Law Tech Lab and provides student services for the LLM in Law & Entrepreneurship. She received her BA in Interdisciplinary Studies from The College of William and Mary in 2005 and her MA in Higher Education and Student Affairs from The Ohio State University in 2007, and has worked in multiple higher education and nonprofit startup environments.

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Casandra M. Laskowski

Technology and Research Services Librarian, Duke University School of Law

Cas Laskowski collaborates with other innovators and technology centers at the law school to foster student engagement with technology through training, networking, and access to emerging technologies. She is also part of Law by Design, a law school initiative to help foster students creative problem solving by teaching them design thinking methodology. Cas writes regularly about legal and library technology and serves as Vice Chair of the AALL Diversity & Inclusion Standing Committee and SEAALL Treasurer.

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