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Barbara Bintliff recognized for her work by the American Association of Law Libraries and the University of Washington School of Information

Barbara Bintliff

Barbara Bintliff, director of the Tarlton Law Library/Jamail Center for Legal Research and Joseph C. Hutcheson Professor in Law at the Law School, has recently won three different awards in recognition of her work, two from the American Association of Law Libraries and one from her alma mater, the University of Washington School of Information.

Bintliff was a 2012 inductee into the American Association of Law Libraries Hall of Fame. She was recognized for her leadership in the ongoing development of a legal-research pedagogy based on the recommendations in the 2007 Carnegie Report, Educating Lawyers, and for creating a series of workshops over the last four years (“The Conference on Legal Information: Scholarship and Teaching”) for law librarians to present substantive works in progress for critique. The nominators also noted Bintliff’s leadership in the AALL as president and as chair and/or a member of numerous standing and special committees; as representative to the American Bar Association’s Section on Legal Education, and as chair of the Academic Law Libraries Special Interest Section, among other contributions.

The AALL also recently awarded the Robert L. Oakley Advocacy Award to Bintliff. The Advocacy Award is given to recognize an AALL member or group who has been an outstanding advocate and has contributed significantly to the AALL policy agenda at the federal, state, local, or international level. Bintliff was recognized for her work on the National Conference of Commissioners of Uniform State Laws’ Study Committee and as reporter to the Drafting Committee that produced the Uniform Electronic Legal Material Act. Bintliff served as the expert on the subject matter of the drafting project, drafted the text of the uniform act based on the deliberations of the Commissioners, and wrote the prefatory notes and comments. The Uniform Electronic Legal Material Act (UELMA) is a uniform law that addresses many of the concerns posed by the publication of state primary legal material online. UELMA provides a technology-neutral, outcomes-based approach to ensuring that online state legal material deemed official will be preserved and will be permanently available to the public in unaltered form. It furthers state policies of accountability and transparency in providing legal information to the public. The Act has been introduced into several state legislatures this spring.

In addition, the University of Washington School of Information awarded Bintliff its Distinguished Alumnus Award. This award has, since 1961, been given to a graduate of the University of Washington School of Information to recognize impact in the information profession. It is the highest award the School of Information gives. Bintliff was recognized for her work with UELMA, for her work with the Conference on Legal Information: Scholarship and Teaching, for her record of scholarship relating to legal information topics, and for her leadership in the field.

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