Awards & Grants

Award for Outstanding Achievement

The Legal Community Award for Outstanding Achievement is designed to recognize a member who has demonstrated active participation in Legal Community activities and programming as well as contributed to the continued success of the SLA Legal Community and the profession within the past year.

Nomination forms can now be submitted for consideration until July 17, 2020.

Nomination Form

Selection Criteria

  • The nominee must:
    • be a member in good standing of the SLA Legal Community for at least two (2) years.
    • not have received an award presented by the SLA Legal Community for at least five (5) years.
    • not be presently serving on the Legal Community Board and must have been off the Board for at least one (1) year.
    • have made significant contributions to the SLA Legal Community and/or the profession within the past year.
      • Significant contributions include, but are not limited to:
        • A special service to the Community.
        • A record of sustained service to the Community.
        • Innovation and/or creative solutions to improved resources, programs, services, or operations for law library professionals and the clients they serve.
    • must show outstanding potential for continued service and leadership within the SLA Legal Community and the profession.

Congratulations to our 2019 recipient, Jessica King!

Jessica is a past-chair of the Legal Division, past Legal Division Docket editor, and an invaluable asset to the Legal Division.  She currently has a position at Perkins Coie LLP in Seattle, WA as the Reference Services Manager. 

Jessica has been a member of the SLA Legal Division since she was a student at the University of Kentucky, earning her MLIS in 2010.  She has since contributed to the division regardless of her physical location, be it Lexington, Lancaster, or Seattle.  Her predominant experience is within the private law firm area, but she also has experience in the academic sector, and has also worked for one of our vendor partners.  

She has devoted her professional development to being a leader and fostering relationships, in order to give back to those who have given so much to her.  This has had the added benefit of her being an invaluable mentor, whether to past ECCA grant winners, like current Chair-Elect, Ruth Mallalieu, or to newbies who needed a crash course in what it means to be a law librarian (as well as a roommate), like Board Director, Amy Noll. In addition to our current Board leadership, there are countless others, within the Legal Division and beyond, who can state, “I wouldn’t be where I am if not for Jessica!”  

She has been a thought leader in regards to vendor relations, spearheading the “Get to Know an Emerging Vendor” series while she was Legal Division Chair and continues to be a force of nature in our community.

Travel Grants

Annually, the Legal Community of the Special Libraries Association offers travel grants to help defray the cost of attending the Annual Conference & INFO-EXPO to one (1) or more Legal Community members. 

Travel Grant Applications can now be submitted for attendance to the 2020 Annual Conference in Charlotte, North Carolina, October 15-18, 2020

Travel Grant Application 

In light of the the ongoing developments internationally with COVID-19 and the uncertainty of members' ability to travel, the Legal Community is extending the deadline to apply for a Travel Grant to July 31, 2020.

Travel grants are available to all individuals who have been Legal Community members for a minimum of 12 months. The grants are intended to defray actual expenses but may not be sufficient to meet all expenses of attending the conference. Applicants are advised to plan and budget accordingly.

  • Applicants must be a current member of SLA and the Legal Community. (Membership will be verified with SLA headquarters.)
  • Current Legal Community Executive Board members and previous travel grant winners are not eligible to apply.
  • Only actual eligible expenses up to and not exceeding the grant amount will be reimbursed. Expenses will be reimbursed to the winner after the conference ends, provided that the obligations and agreements outlined below have been satisfied to the Chair’s approval. The SLA Legal Community reserves the right to deny reimbursement of expenses for failure to comply with the conditions stated herein.
  • Recipient will be required to submit to the Legal Community Treasurer a completed Request for Reimbursement/Payment form with original receipts for his or her conference expenses. 
  • The SLA Legal Community also reserves the right to not issue a travel grant award if there are no applicants or unsatisfactory applications, as determined by the Chair. 

Reimbursable expenses

Non-reimbursable expenses

  • Transportation costs (including air/rail/bus and ground transportation to and from the hotel)
  • Cost of a standard room at a conference sponsored hotel (taxes and fees included)
  • Meals
  • Continuing education courses, other ticketed events and tours
  • Passport or visa expenses (new or renewal)

SLA Europe - Early Career Conference Award

The Legal Community co-sponsors an Early Career Conference Award (ECCA) with the Europe Community.

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 restrictions, we are sorry to announce that we are no longer proceeding with awarding the 2020 SLA Europe Early Career Conference Award.

More information may be found here:

Past Award Recipients


  • Thomson Reuters Westlaw Award for Outstanding Achievement: Marie Cannon, Knowledge and Information Officer at Clifford Chance LLP


  • Thomson Reuters Westlaw Award for Outstanding Achievement: Clara Cabrera, Research and Reference Supervisor at WilmerHale


  • Thomson Reuters Westlaw Award for Career Achievement : Jill Strand, Senior Manager, Library & Knowledge Information Systems at Fish & Richardson P.C.
  • Wolters Kluwer Law & Business Innovations in Law Librarianship Award : Tracy Z. Maleeff,  Principal of Sherpa Intelligence LLC
  • Bloomberg Law Outstanding Member Contribution Award : Sarah Maudlin, Director of Library Services at Smith, Gambrell, & Russell LLP



  • Thomson Reuters Award for Career Achievement: John DiGilio, Reed Smith LLP, Chicago, IL
  • Wolters Kluwer Innovations  in Law Librarianship Award: Bobbi Weaver, California Western School of Law, San Diego, CA
  • Bloomberg BNA Outstanding New Member Contribution  Award: Virginia Mattingly, University of Louisville Brandeis School of Law, Louisville, KY


  • Career Achievement: Tracy Z. Maleeff, Duane Morris LLP, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Innovations in Law Librarianship Award: Zena Applebaum, Bennett Jones Toronto, Ontario, Canada
  • Outstanding New Member Contribution Award: Christine DeLuca, Bennett Jones Toronto, Ontario, Canada


  • Career Achievement: Marilyn Bromley, Bloomberg BNA Arlington, Virginia
  • Innovations in Law Librarianship Award: Joan Thomas, Bryan Cave LLP Kansas City, Missouri
  • Outstanding New Member Contribution Award: Sam Wiggins, Berwin Leighton Paisner LLP London, England, United Kingdom


  • Career Achievement: Martha Foote, Library Co Toronto, Ontario, Canada
  • Innovations in Law Librarianship Award: Rosalie Piscitelli, Weil Gotshal & Manges, New York, New York
  • Outstanding New Member Contribution Award: Elizabeth “Liz” Polly, Stites & Harbison, Lexington, Kentucky



Past Grant Recipients


  • Karen Whitney, Library Operations Supervisor at Perkins Coie in Seattle, Washington
  • Ciara O'Shea, Business Intelligence Analyst at Borden Ladner Gervais LLP in Montreal, Quebec. 


  • Erin Rance, Research Analyst at Lane Powell in Seattle, Washington


  • Chrystelle Browman, Legal Research Analyst at Fenwick & West in San Francisco, California


  • Bronwyn Guiton, Senior Librarian with the Government of British Columbia
  • Deanne Fix, Manager of Library and Information Services at Sanberg Phoenix and von Gontard, P.C. in St. Louis


  • Legal Division Conference Travel Grant recipient: Christine DeLuca, Law Librarian at Bennett Jones, LLP in Toronto, Ontario
  • Legal Division Conference Travel Grant (sponsored by LexisNexis) recipient: Amy Noll, Assistant Law Librarian at McNees Wallace & Nurick, LLC in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania


  • The U.S. Law Librarian Veteran Member Grant Recipient: Bobbi A. Weaver, Foreign & International Law Reference Librarian at California Western School of Law in
    San Diego, California
  • The Non-U.S. Law Librarian Grant Recipient: Marie G. Cannon, Information Officer at Trowers & Hamlins LLP in London, England


  • Thomson Reuters Westlaw U.S. Law Librarian New Member Grant — Sonya M. Durney, Business and Government Team Leader at the Portland Public Library in
    Portland, Maine.

    Sonya is a member of the New England Chapter. Sonya Durney is the Business and Government Team Leader at the Portland Public Library in Portland, Maine. She moved to Maine from Boston after completing her MLS at Simmons College in 2010. She currently serves as the Employment Chair for SLA New England. With SLA San Diego being her first conference, she looks forward to networking and learning as much as possible. She also hopes to sneak in a surf session in the warm California water!

  • LexisNexis U.S. Law Librarian Veteran Member Grant — Jeffrey M. Nelson, Research Services Manager at Squire Sanders (US) LLP in Miami, Florida.

    Jeff is a member of the Florida & Caribbean Chapter. Jeffrey Nelson is the Research Services Manager at the Miami office of Squire Sanders LLP. After accepting his current position less than a year ago, Jeffrey relocated to South Florida from Washington, DC where he had worked in law firms for five years. He currently serves as the South Florida Regional Contact for the SLA Florida & Caribbean Chapter. As a conference first-timer, Jeffrey is looking forward to meeting other SLA members and hopes to gain innovative ideas to share with colleagues at his place of work and in his local library community.

  • Non-U.S. Law Librarian Grant — Samuel H. Wiggins, Information Officer at Norton Rose LLP in London, England.

    Sam is a member of the Europe Chapter. Sam Wiggins is an Information Officer at Norton Rose LLP in London. Prior to taking up his current role, Sam completed his MA in Librarianship at the University of Sheffield. He currently serves as the SLA Europe Chapter's Events Chair, sits on the Chapter's board, and is the Legal Division's Ethics Ambassador. Sam also helps to run #uklibchat, a monthly twitter discussion tackling current issues affecting the library and information community. Sam hopes to both bring a UK perspective to the conference, as well as learn about solutions to problems affecting the information industry from North American and international delegates. Sam regularly blogs and tweets in a personal capacity on his thoughts about the issues facing information professionals.


  • Thomson Reuters Westlaw U.S. Law Librarian New Member Travel Grant Award ($1,500): Joseph Keslar, Electronic Services Technician at Blank Rome LLP in Philadelphia, PA
  • LexisNexis U.S. Law Librarian Veteran Member Travel Grant Award ($1,500): Elizabeth M.C. Scheibel, Librarian at Lindquist & Vennum PLLP in Minneapolis, MN
  • Wolters Kluwer Law & Business Non-U.S. Law Librarian Travel Grant Award ($3,000): Amanda Adams, Librarian at Nipissing Law Library in North Bay, Ontario, Canada


  • Veteran Member Grant: Joanne C. Kiley

    Joanne is Manager of Information Services at Michael Best & Friedrich LLP in Chicago IL. She has been working part-time at MB&F for a few years while her children

    were young, and is now able to get more involved in SLA, to give back to the profession and to focus on professional growth. She is on the local arrangements committee

    for the SLA 2012 conference in Chicago and looks forward to attending the Philadelphia conference with an eye to making the Chicago conference a success. Joanne

    dedicates some of her volunteer time to MLS students and new graduates, and always mentions the benefits of membership in SLA.

  • New Member Grant: Amy Levine

    Amy Levine is Head of Research and Reference for the Circuit Library at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 10th Circuit in Denver CO. She recently moved from Arizona to

    Colorado for a career change, from academic law library to court library. Amy is eager to get involved in SLA and specifically the Legal Division — to further her career, gain

    knowledge she can use on the job, and share what she has learned with her co-workers. Among sessions she is interested in attending are programs on moving from

    research to analysis, and on creating an institutional repository. This will be her first SLA conference.

  • Non-US Member Grant: Laura Woods

    Laura is Information Services Advisor at Addleshaw Goddard LLP in West Yorkshire, UK. She has recently moved into a more senior role at her firm. At Addleshaw, she

    has been tasked with analyzing the information needs of two business development and practice groups, and hopes to gain advice and insight from fellow DLEG members

    who have undertaken this type of strategic service review. After attending SLA in 2009, she knows what a stimulating, inspiring experience it is. In addition to valuable

    Legal Division sessions and networking, she "came away completely overwhelmed by the enthusiasm, drive and commitment" of all attendees.