HeadStart 2020 Call for Volunteers

Dear ELLA Members,
The HeadStart Committee is seeking volunteers to begin planning HeadStart 2020!
The committee will meet once a month, over lunch (12-1), and will plan, organize, and execute this legal research training event for recent law school graduates. Please consider getting involved in this practical and valued event!

We are seeking volunteers or nominations for the following positions

  • Assessment Chair
  • Treasurer/ELLA Liaison
  • Events Coordinator
  • Programming Chair
  • Communications Coordinator

Please see this HeadStart Committee Document for more information on these positions.

To volunteer, please fill out this Volunteers Submission Form.
Form submission deadline: November 30, 2019.

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Time’s a Tickin’…Renew Your ELLA Membership!

Hello All! This is a general reminder that now is the time to renew your membership with ELLA for the 2019/2020 season.

We have some exciting activities planned for our members over the coming months and we don’t want you to miss out! (And we’re pretty sure you don’t want to either!)

Please fill out our membership form and submit payment to our Treasurer, either in person or by mail. Any questions? Please email us at ellaexec [@] gmail.com.

Mailing address:
Edmonton Law Libraries Association
PO Box 47093
62 Edmonton City Centre (Shoppers Drug Mart)
Edmonton, AB T5J 4N1

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Presentation on Bill C-75 and Changes to Jury Instructions

Edmonton Law Libraries Association invites you to a Presentation on Bill C-75 and the Changes to Jury Instructions, with Brian A. Beresh, Q.C.

Friday, Nov 22, 2019
Boardroom B2 at the Edmonton Law Courts, North
1A Sir Winston Churchill Square

There will be door prizes!

Lunch will be provided | $10 Members, $15 Non-Members
Please RSVP to ellaexec [@] gmail.com by Wednesday, Nov 19, 2019 

We are currently accepting membership renewals and applications for the 2019/20 membership year!

Membership dues are $25, please complete this membership form. Our treasurer will arrange for payment.
NB: Students qualify for free membership.

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Report on ELLA’s AGM 2019

Thank you to everyone who came out to ELLA’s 2019 AGM. 16 members attended our AGM last Friday, which represents 39% of our membership, which met our 25% quorum requirements. We are fortunate to have a membership that remains committed to ELLA’s future.

Please welcome our new board:
Past Chair: Anke Eastwood
Chair: Samantha Allan
Chair Elect: Sara Tokay
Treasurer: Christine Brown
Secretary: Gavin Whitelock
Webmaster: Lucinda Johnston

Please direct any queries or comments to our board through the ellaexec @ gmail.com email. The official minutes and financial statements will be added to our website in the coming weeks. Please stay tuned for news about upcoming events.

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Greetings ELLA Members & Adherents,

Please join us for the 2019 AGM, which will be held:
12:00 to 1:00pm on Friday, September 27
in Boardroom B2 at the Edmonton Law Courts, North, just outside of the cafeteria.

Lunch will be on the Association, so please do plan to come! And there will be a door prize…RSVP by September 25 to ellaexec@gmail.com

– Welcome and introductions
– Recap of activities from previous year
– Report from HeadStart
– Discussion of changes to Bylaws (Amended Bylaws) and more generally, the future of ELLA
– Election/Acclamation of new Board

Bylaw Amendments
The ad-hoc Bylaw Review Committee (Lucinda Johnston, Samantha Allen, Shaunna Mireau and Anke Eastwood) have endeavoured to make the bylaws more inclusive, both by updating some of the language and by opening the membership to more people with interest in Law Libraries. We’ve also shuffled the positions and duties of the officers around a bit in the hopes of having some overlap in the directors. This could provide some more continuity and should help make the transitions between executives a bit easier. As well, these changes could lighten the load for any one officer. Please take a look at the attached amendments and if you have any question or concerns, email us at ellaexec@gmail.com

Election of ELLA Board Members
ELLA has been a tiny, but mighty Association for over 40 years!  The same reasons that brought law librarians together all those years ago are still valid today, namely the desire to learn with and from each other and to support one another within the profession, not to mention to have some fun!

The outgoing ELLA Executive appreciates the support we have received over the past two years and greatly enjoyed serving the members of our Association! We hope that someone will come forward to pick up the baton and carry ELLA through the next few years. Note that Anke is willing to stay on for the next year to help in the transition as Past Chair, but only if all of the other positions are filled.

The following positions (as per amended bylaws) are available:
Past Chair – Anke Eastwood

Should you choose to step forward, be assured of transitional support from the outgoing exec, and ongoing support from the Past Chair. Please do consider this opportunity to serve the profession and keep the ELLA ball rolling! Alternately, encourage others to volunteer for positions! If you have any questions about positions or would like to put your name forward, please reply to this email, and we’ll get back to you and/or put your name on the slate.

Your outgoing ELLA Exec
Julie Rainey, Co-chair, 2017-2019
Anke Eastwood, Co-Chair, 2017-2019
Samantha Allan, Secretary/Treasurer 2017-2019
Susan Frame, Member-at-Large, 2017-2019
Lucinda Johnston, Webmaster, 2017-2019

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