The Michigan Association of Law Libraries (MichALL) was formed on September 16, 1976 at a gathering held in conjunction with the Michigan State Bar Association in Southfield, Michigan.
At that time a steering committee chaired by Georgia A. Clark, Wayne State University, was formed. Georgia became the first President. The first meeting of the new organization was held on 3/9/1977 at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. The chapter was incorporated in the State of Michigan on 10/1/1981. MichALL became a chapter of the American Association of Law Libraries in the early 1980’s.
The membership represent academic, law firm, court, bar, public, government and corporate libraries. Detroit, Lansing and Grand Rapids are well represented with the remainder of the membership distributed throughout the state of Michigan.
MichALL holds an annual meeting in the Spring. The Board meets bimonthly. Both educational programs and a business meeting are conducted at the annual meeting. Education programs have covered a broad variety of areas of law librarianship. MichALL has held several joint meetings with Ohio Regional Association of Law Libraries, and has participated in the regional meeting in Albany (1987), Chicago (1989) Columbus (1992) Toronto (1996) and Milwaukee (1998). Members may participate in shaping association activities by way of several committees.
President: Daryl Thompson
Vice-President: Donyele Darrough
Past-President: Brent Domann
Secretary: Don Killinger
Treasurer: Joe Anteau
Member at Large: Allie Penn
Committee Chairs 2022-2023
Education and Elections Committee:
Member Services Committee:
MichALL committees are composed of a liaison from the Executive Board, the chairperson, and individuals who have designated their interest in committee activity on the annual membership renewal form. If you are interested in getting involved in one of the committees, please contact the chairperson designated. Or thanks to those who have indicated their willingness to work!
- develop strategies to best promote MichALL in social media platforms
- oversee the production of the Newsletter
- establish editorial policies governing the Newsletter with the approval of the Executive Board
- publicize the activities of the Association
- explore relations with other organizations concerned with law or librarianship in Michigan
- explore methods of improving public access to legal information; to recommend to the Executive Board programs, workshops, and projects that will improve such access
Education and Elections Committee
- plan the educational activities of the Association
- propose to the Executive Board any programs, workshops, publications, or other activities that advance the education of Michigan law librarians
- work with the Vice President in planning the annual meeting program(s)
- implement the provisions of Article X of the Bylaws regarding the nomination and election of the Association’s officers
- propose to the Executive Board any scholarships
Membership Services Committee
- send renewal notice messages to the MichALL listserv starting in mid-June
- develop and implement a member recruitment plan
- establish protocols for managing organization records and retention
- work with organizations involved in the preservation and storage of Association records