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Meet Our AALL 2016 Orbitz Gift Certificate Raffle Winner: Dennis Sears

Our AALL 2016 Orbitz gift card winner, Dennis Sears of the J. Reuben Clark Law School at BYU.

Dennis Sears of the J. Reuben Clark Law School at BYU.

At the AALL Annual Meeting & Conference in Chicago this year, PLI celebrated the global reach of Discover PLUS–which is now being accessed from all 50 states and more than 65 countries–by raffling off a $1,000 Orbitz gift card at our booth. Dennis Sears of the J. Reuben Clark Law School at Brigham Young University won the raffle. Check out our interview with Dennis below!

Tell  me a little about yourself.  Why did you become a librarian?

I worked in the law library during my time as a student in law school.  After graduating, I clerked for a judge and then as a hearing officer for the the Salt Lake County Tax Administration.  A position came open and I was approached about joining the law library faculty.  Evidently, they liked the work I did for them while I was in law school.

What do you like most about your job at BYU Law?

Working with the students and teaching legal research.  Having clerked for a judge, I became acutely aware of how important effective, efficient, and accurate legal research is and to be effective and efficient, you have to be familiar with the secondary sources out there so that you don’t reinvent the wheel every time you get another research project.

What is the most common research question of law students?

Probably, where do I go to begin my research?  Usually, by this time, students have thrashed about on their own looking for cases and statutes (maybe successfully, but maybe unsuccessfully) but they don’t know where to go from there.

Have you used PLI publications for your own research? Which ones?

Yes, I used the trial practice materials, such as jury instructions, depositions, etc. as well as appellant materials dealing with brief writing and oral argument.  Now, I search for whatever will help students in the trial and appellant practice courses and even help professors find materials for the courses and their research.

 What did you think of AALL 2016? Did you do any sightseeing in Chicago?

I thought the annual meeting was a good experience.  The workshop I attended was outstanding.  There was good programming and a lot to learn in the exhibit hall.  I did visit the Chicago Institute of Art the afternoon that I arrived for a couple of hours.

Tell me about your best vacation ever.

My best vacation was after the annual meeting in Boston (which was also great for sightseeing historical sights) to Plymouth, Massachusetts.  I had never traveled in the northeast, but visiting Plymouth,  Plimoth Plantation, and Mayflower II and drinking in the ambiance of that area was a real treat for me and my wife.

 Where do you plan on traveling with your Orbitz gift card?

To be honest with you, I was so caught off guard by winning this gift card that my mind has been in a whirl.

Thank you, Dennis. And bon, voyage!

AALL Librarian Advisory Breakfast Wrap-Up and Raffle Winner!

Many thanks to everyone who came to our Librarian Advisory Breakfast during AALL! We had a full house, great conversation, and delicious food!

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Alexa Robertson (Director of Legal Information Services & Electronic Publishing) reviewed the changes we’ve made to PLI Discover PLUS since last summer’s conference and highlighted the many new titles that are now in our catalog.  Alexa also updated those in attendance on the archive project and showed our enhanced date range filter, which allows you to filter by decade as well as individual year.

Next, Christina Davis (Library Relations Manager) provided a demo of both Discover PLUS and the Discover PLUS app, which showcased our platforms, the ease of use, and our invaluable content.

On to the raffle. In an effort to pay homage to Chicago–known for its deep dish pizza, pierogies, and jibaritos–we raffled off a $150 gift certificate to Open Table. It was a fitting prize since Discover PLUS allows you to bring the experts to your table! Congratulations to Gina Cartusciello of Cahill, Gordon & Reindel, who won!

PLI AALL Librarian Advisory Breakfast

2016 AALL Breakfast

Practising Law Institute (PLI) will be holding its fifth Librarian Advisory Breakfast at
the AALL 2016 Annual Meeting & Conference in Chicago.

In an effort to pay homage to this year’s host city, known for its deep dish pizza, pierogies, and jibaritos, we will be raffling off a $150 gift certificate to Open Table. Bring the experts to your table with Discover PLUS,
PLI’s online research database!

During the breakfast, we’ll take a deep (dish) dive into Discover PLUS.

7:30 – 8:30 AM
Hyatt Regency Chicago

Please RSVP to libraryrelations@pli.edu, and we’ll include location details in
your confirmation.

We hope to see you in Chicago!

PLI Will Be Exhibiting at the 109th AALL Annual Meeting & Conference!

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Practising Law Institute (PLI) will be exhibiting at the 109th AALL Annual Meeting & Conference… please stop by and say hello!

This year’s conference will take place from July 16-19 at the Hyatt Regency Chicago. We look forward to connecting with law librarians from across the country and communicating the latest Discover PLUS news.

This year we are excited to highlight our Discover PLUS app! Yes, you heard right—PLI created a mobile app that not only mirrors the desktop version of our award-winning online research database, but also simplifies the existing navigation and allows you to download content to access while you’re offline.  With the app, you can access your account from your iPhone® and iPad® and have the most up-to-date, relevant information and techniques practiced by the industry’s leading law firms, corporations and government agencies at your fingertips. It’s like fitting an entire library in your pocket!

Stop by our booth #225 to get a quick demo and to enter a drawing to win a $1000 Orbitz giveaway gift card!

We look forward to seeing you in Chicago!