Congratulations to Catherine Macgill

The ALLA (WA) Committee warmly congratulates Catherine Macgill on her appointment as Manager of the Law Library at the Supreme Court of WA. May her "reign" be happy and fulfilling.

Change of name

On 1 March 2012, Blake Dawson becomes Ashurst.

Change of name

On 1 March 2012, Mallesons Stephen Jaques becomes King & Wood Mallesons.

Baby news

Cassie and Joe Netolicky are pleased to announce the arrival of their beautiful baby girl, Nina Isabelle Netolicky, at 2.20am on 24 February 2012, weighing in at 2.9kg (6lb 7oz).

The ALLA (WA) Committee wishes them all health and happiness.

Icebreaker Breakfast

An icebreaker was held on Wednesday, 15 February, for members and prospective members in Blake Dawson's picturesque boardroom on the 32nd floor. The mouth-watering breakfast, sponsored by Thomson Reuters, was enjoyed by all (approximately 31) who attended.

It was pleasing to see many familiar faces, some new ones and especially, Shane, Ken and Mercedes from Thomson Reuters.

Philomena Humphries and Justin Booker from UWA gave a summary of the paper they presented at the 2011 ALLA conference in Canberra - Mind the gap! Legal research skills at university and in the workplace - or how I learned not to love Google.

As we could all share in Philomena and Justin's experiences and challenges in imparting legal skills to others, a lively discussion from the floor ensued.

Thank you to all who contributed to this pleasant early-morning function. A special thank-you goes to the Thomson Reuters crew for their support.

Belinda Eisenhauer
CPD and Events Sub-Committee

Applications now open for ALLA Annual Fellowship Program

ALLA(WA) members, see below for information on applying for the ALLA Annual Fellowship Program:

Dear Members

I am pleased to announce that applications are now open for the ALLA Annual Fellowship Program.

The ALLA Annual Fellowship aims to provide current members of ALLA with an opportunity to attend an international professional development program, or a program of their choosing that is relevant to the law library profession.

The successful applicant will receive $3000 to attend an international conference from the following list:

         American Association of Law Libraries (AALL)
         British and Irish Association of Law Librarians’ (BIALL)
         Canadian Association of Law Libraries (CALL)
         International Association of Law Libraries (IALL)
         International Federation of Library Assocations and
          Institutions (IFLA)
         Joint Studies Institute (JSI)
         New Zealand Law Librarians’ Association (NZLLA)

This is a wonderful opportunity for an ALLA member to attend an international conference with very little out of pocket expenses.

The application form is available on the ALLA website.

Applications close at 5pm on Friday 9th March 2012 and no late applications will be accepted.

Kind regards

Marisa Bendeich
President, Australian Law Librarians' Association

Australian Law Librarians' Association conference 2012

The Australian Law Librarians' Association is pleased to invite you to participate in the Association's 2012 national conference to be held at the Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre from 12 to 14 September 2012.

The theme of this year's conference is: Respect the past, Embrace the future.

It encourages legal information professionals to reflect on the value of our traditions and the rigorous standards on which they are based while exploring the best of what the 21st century offers modern practice.

The theme allows for a varied and highly relevant program that will be of interest to all sectors of the profession.

A call for papers will be issued very soon.

The conference will be held at the newly opened $140m boutique expansion to the Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre (BCEC). Located in the heart of Brisbane's cultural and entertainment precinct, BCEC is a world-class venue and the recipient of many prestigious awards including 2011 Caterer of the Year.

As with previous conferences the event will include an extensive trade show that will allow publishers and other vendors to showcase their latest products and services.

Please visit the conference website and follow developments on Twitter @allaconf.

The conference organising committee looks forward to welcoming you to Brisbane for what promises to be a stimulating and entertaining experience.

Joanna Fear

Convenor, ALLA2012

A new face at Norton Rose

ALLA (WA) welcomes Virginia Fakos, the new Library Assistant at Norton Rose Australia, Perth Office.

Welcome Suzy

Suzy Dimmer has started at Jackson McDonald as a library technician, initially for 8 months.