The 111th Congress (2009-2010)

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ADVOCACY TOOLKIT


Advocacy Toolkit for the 111th Congress [PDF]

ACTION ALERTS

August Recess Action Alert: Your Help Needed on Three “Must-Pass” Bills [PDF]
August 18, 2010

Call Your Senators and Urge Them to Vote NO on Coburn Amendment No. 4331 [PDF]
June 21, 2010

Ask Your House Rep. to Vote for PATRIOT Act Reauthorization Bill, H.R. 3845 [PDF]
November 16, 2009

Immediate Action Needed: Ask Your House Rep. to Co-Sponsor PATRIOT Act Reauthorization Bill, H.R. 3845 [PDF]
November 3, 2009

Your Help Needed to Get Free Online Access to CRS Reports [PDF]
October 16, 2009

Take Action to Welcome Newly Elected Members of Congress [PDF]
Updated January 22, 2009

LETTERS

David S. Ferriero, Archivist of the United States 
To support the re-opening of the National Archives and Records Administration’s investigation into the Central Intelligence Agency’s destruction of federal records showing the torture of detainees at CIA black sites. [PDF]
December 22, 2010

The Honorable Darrell E. Issa 
To urge him to support the Whistleblower Protection Enhancement Act, S. 372. [PDF]
December 16, 2010

Members of the U.S. House of Representatives 
In support of the Whistleblower Protection Enhancement Act, S. 372. [PDF]
December 13, 2010

The Honorable Patrick J. Leahy 
To express our concerns with section 301 of the Motor Vehicle Safety Act, S. 3302, which would exempt certain types of critical information from public disclosure. [PDF]
December 9, 2010

President Obama and Congressional Leaders 
In support of the Whistleblower Protection Enhancement Act, S. 372. [PDF]
November 18, 2010

Members of the United States Senate 
In support of a bill to permit the televising of Supreme Court proceedings, S. 446. [PDF]
October 28, 2010

The Honorable John Rockefeller, The Honorable Kay Bailey Hutchinson, The Honorable James Oberstar and The Honorable John Mica 
To urge them not to include in the final version of the National Transportation Safety Board Reauthorization Act of 2010 (HR 4714, S 2768) two provisions in Section 3(d) in S. 2768 that limit the public's ability to access critical information. [PDF]
October 20, 2010

David S. Ferriero, Archivist of the United States 
Regarding the Online Public Access system. [PDF]
October 1, 2010

The Honorable Patrick J. Leahy and The Honorable Jeff Sessions 
Regarding the Combating Online Infringement and Counterfeits Act (COICA), S. 3804. [PDF]
September 27, 2010

The Honorable Edolphus Towns and The Honorable Darrell Issa 
In support of the Access to Congressionally Mandated Reports Act, H.R. 6026. [PDF]
September 22, 2010

The Honorable Charles E. Schumer, The Honorable Bob Bennett, The Honorable Robert A. Brady and The Honorable Dan Lungren 
To urge that the legal treatise Constitution Annotated be published online in XML format each time it is updated. [PDF]
September 17, 2010

The Honorable Joseph I. Lieberman and The Honorable Susan Collins 
In support of the Electronic Message Preservation Act, H.R. 1387. [PDF]
September 16, 2010

The Honorable Barney Frank 
In support of H.R. 6086, which would repeal a recently enacted new exemption from FOIA for the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). [PDF]
September 15, 2010

The Honorable Edolphus Towns 
In support of H.R. 6086. [PDF]
August 17, 2010

The Honorable Patrick Leahy 
In support of S. 3717, which would repeal a recently enacted new exemption from FOIA for the SEC. [PDF]
August 10, 2010

The Honorable Joseph I. Lieberman, The Honorable Susan Collins, and The Honorable Tom Carper
To express our concerns about free speech, privacy and other civil liberties issues in the Protecting Cyberspace as a National Asset Act, S. 3480. [PDF]
June 23, 2010

Members of the U.S. House of Representatives and United States Senate
To urge them to co-sponsor the Earmark Transparency Act, H.R. 5258 and S. 3335. [PDF]
June 16, 2010

Office of the United States Trade Representative, President Obama, the United States Patent and Trademark Office, the National Telecommunications and Information Administration, and the United States Congress 
Redlined version of the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement, April 2010 PUBLIC Predecisional/Deliberative Draft. [PDF]
June 14, 2010

The Honorable Daniel Inouye, The Honorable Thad Cochran, The Honorable David Obey, and The Honorable Jerry Lewis 
To express our support for S. Amendment 4280 in the Senate-passed version of the Supplemental Disaster Relief and Summer Jobs Act of 2010, H.R. 4899. [PDF]
June 11, 2010

The Louisiana State University Board of Supervisors 
Joint letter from AALL and the New Orleans Association of Law Librarians (NOALL) in opposition to the announced closure of the LSU School of Library & Information Science. [PDF]
June 3, 2010

The Honorable Christopher J. Dodd, The Honorable Barney Frank and Members of the Conference Committee
To urge them to ensure that the financial reform legislation does not unnecessarily limit public access to critical information about financial fraud or harm whistleblowers. [PDF]
June 2, 2010

President Barack Obama
To urge public access to all monitoring data related to the oil leak in the Gulf of Mexico. [PDF]
May 26, 2010

The Honorable Charles E. Schumer, Chairman, and The Honorable Robert F. Bennett, Ranking Member, of the Senate Committee on Rules and Administration
In support of President Barack Obama’s nomination of William J. Boarman to be Public Printer of the United States. [PDF]
May 20, 2010

Members of the United States House of Representatives
To urge funding for the Office of Technology Assessment in the Fiscal Year 2011 legislative branch appropriations bill. [PDF]
May 7, 2010

President Obama, United States Congress and Office of the United States Trade Representative
To express concerns with April 2010 ACTA Text. [PDF]
April 23, 2010

President Obama, United States Congress and Office of the United States Trade Representative
To express concerns with copyright statutory damages in ACTA. [PDF]
April 19, 2010

Co-sponsors of The Federal Research Public Access Act
To thank them for introducing FRPAA, H.R. 5037 [PDF]
April 16, 2010

Comments to the Intellectual Property Enforcement Coordinator
Regarding the Coordination and Strategic Planning of the Federal Effort Against Intellectual Property Enforcement Infringement. [PDF]
March 24, 2010

The Honorable Patrick Leahy and The Honorable John Cornyn
In support of the Faster FOIA Act, S.3111. [PDF]
March 17, 2010

The Honorable Thomas R. Carper, The Honorable John McCain, The Honorable William Lacy Clay, and The Honorable Patrick McHenry 
To request hearings on the apparent destruction of emails at the Department of Justice to determine how the emails could be missing despite the requirements of the Federal Records Act (FRA), and if the Act needs further strengthening. [PDF]
March 10, 2010

President Barack Obama
To urge him to immediately nominate individuals to the Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board. [PDF]
March 1, 2010

The Honorable Debbie Wasserman Schultz and The Honorable Robert B. Aderholt
To urge funding for the Office of Technology Assessment (OTA) in the legislative branch appropriations bill for Fiscal Year 2011. [PDF]
February 24, 2010

The Honorable Jane Harman
In support of Chairwoman Harman's amendment to require the Inspector General of the Intelligence Community to prepare a report on over-classification. [PDF]
February 23, 2010

Email Comments to Todd Park, Chief Technology Officer, Department of Health and Human Services, with Minimum Criteria Suggestions 
Regarding proposed Open Government Dashboard "bonus criteria" for scoring agency open government plans. [PDF]
February 18, 2010

The White House, United States Congress and Office of the United States Trade Representative 
In support of strengthening the copyright balance and protecting the right to innovate. [PDF]
February 5, 2010

Chairs and Ranking Members of the Connecticut General Assembly Joint Committee on Appropriations
Joint letter from AALL and the Southern New England Law Librarians Association (SNELLA) to oppose the proposed closure of six law libraries and three other court facilities in Connecticut. [PDF]
December 23, 2009

The Honorable M. Jodi Rell, Governor
Joint letter from AALL and SNELLA to express concern about the recent budget cuts to the Connecticut Judicial Branch. [PDF]
December 23, 2009

President Barack Obama
To express our concerns about the absence of nominations to the Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board. [PDF]
November 11, 2009

President Barack Obama
To express our concerns about the lack of transparency and openness surrounding the negotiations on a new Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement ("ACTA"). [PDF]
November 5, 2009

The Honorable John Conyers, The Honorable Jerrold Nadler, and The Honorable Robert Scott
To express our support for the USA Patriot Amendments Act of 2009, H.R. 3845. [PDF]
November 4, 2009

The Honorable Julius Genachowski
To express our support for the Federal Communications Commission's public proceedings to ensure an open and nondiscriminatory Internet. [PDF]
October 21, 2009

AALL Comments to the Federal Trade Commissionwith Attachments
Regarding the Prenotification Negative Option Rule Review Matter No. P064202. [PDF]
October 8, 2009

The Honorable Patrick J. Leahy
To thank him for his commitment to protecting and advancing government transparency through the Freedom of Information Act. [PDF]
September 30, 2009

The Honorable Patrick J. LeahyThe Honorable Benjamin L. Cardin, and The Honorable Ted Kaufman
In support of the USA PATRIOT Act Sunset Extension Act of 2009, S. 1692. [PDF]
September 25, 2009

Co-sponsors of the Judiciously Using Surveillance Tools In Counterterrorism Efforts (JUSTICE) Act
In support of the JUSTICE Act, S.1686. [PDF]
September 23, 2009

The Honorable Dianne Feinstein, The Honorable Christopher S. Bond, The Honorable Silvestre Reyes, and The Honorable Peter Hoekstra
To express concerns regarding a provision in the Intelligence Reauthorization Act of 2010 that would exempt terrorist identity information (TII) from the Freedom of Information Act. [PDF]
September 1, 2009

General James Jones, Assistant to the President for National Security Affairs
To request that the public be given an opportunity to provide comment on the language of the proposed revisions to Executive Order 12958, as amended, "Classified National Security Information." [PDF]
August 1, 2009

Members of the United States Senate
Co-sponsors needed for The Federal Research Public Access Act of 2009, S.1373. [PDF]
July 20, 2009

The Honorable John F. Kerry
To express our concern with the use of the word "Piracy" in the Foreign Relations Authorization Act, H.R. 2410. [PDF]
July 6, 2009

The Honorable Joseph I. Lieberman and The Honorable John Cornyn
To thank them for introducing The Federal Research Public Access Act of 2009, S.1373. [PDF]
July 2, 2009

The Honorable Jerrold Nadler and The Honorable James Sensenbrenner
In support of the State Secrets Protection Act, H.R. 984. [PDF]
June 11, 2009

The Honorable Zoe Lofgren
Joint letter from AALL and the Northern California Association of Law Libraries (NOCALL) in support of the William Orton Law Library Improvement and Modernization Act, H.R. 2728. [PDF]
June 8, 2009

The Honorable John Berry, Director, United States Office of Personnel Management
To propose ways to improve personnel practices for employees who administer the Freedom of Information Act. [PDF]
June 3, 2009

The Honorable Daniel Inouye, The Honorable Thad Cochran, The Honorable David R. Obey, and The Honorable JerryLewis
In support of retaining the Leahy-Cornyn OPEN FOIA Act during the House-Senate conference. [PDF]
June 1, 2009

City Clerk Elizabeth Maland
In support of San Diego Area Law Libraries (SANDALL) regarding the City's recent decision to stop publishing the San Diego Municipal Code supplemental updates for public distribution.[PDF]
June 1, 2009

Senator Joseph I. Lieberman and Senator John McCain
In support of Senate Resolution 118 on Congressional Research Service (CRS) reports. [PDF]
May 20, 2009

Chairman Leahy and Ranking Member Sessions
In support of the State Secrets Protection Act, S. 417. [PDF]
May 20, 2009

Dr. Beth Noveck, Deputy Chief Technology Officer for Open Government 
To request a formal process for public input on developing recommendations to make government transparent, collaborative, and participatory. [PDF]
May 18, 2009

Chairs and Ranking Members of the Connecticut General Assembly Joint Committee on Appropriations
Joint letter from AALL and the Southern New England Law Librarians Association (SNELLA) to oppose proposed elimination of acquisitions funding for Connecticut Judicial Branch Law Libraries in FY 2010 and FY 2011. [PDF]
May 18, 2009

President Obama and Members of Congress
In support of strong whistleblower protections. [PDF]
May 15, 2009

Chairman Schumer and Senator Bennett
To urge the Senate Committe on Rules and Administration to hold a mark up and pass Senate Resolution 118. [PDF]
May 14, 2009

The Honorable Gregory B. Craig, Counsel to the President
To request that the Obama administration act to restore treatment of the White House's Office of Administration as an agency subject to the Freedom of Information Act. [PDF]
May 14, 2009

Adrienne C. Thomas, Acting Archivist of the United States
In response to a request for input (RFI) on alternative models for Presidential libraries from the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA). [PDF]
April 17, 2009

The Honorable Barack Obama
To request that future Presidential appointments to intellectual policy positions reflect the diversity of stakeholders. [PDF]
April 2, 2009

The Honorable Nancy Pelosi and The Honorable David Obey
To urge Congress to post the omnibus spending legislation, and the 2010 appropriations bills, online in a machine-readable format. [PDF]
February 24, 2009

Members of the House Judiciary Committee
To ask Committee members to oppose The Fair Copyright in Research Works Act, H.R. 801. [PDF]
February 13, 2009

REPORTS AND ISSUE BRIEFS

Network Neutrality
AALL Issue Brief 2008-3 [ PDF ]

December 2008, Revised January 2011

Exemptions to DMCA § 1201 Circumvention of Copyright Protection Systems
AALL Issue Brief 2010-5 [ PDF ]

July 2010

The Google Book Settlement
AALL Issue Brief 2010-4 [ PDF ]

June 2010

AALL State Working Groups to Ensure Access to 
Electronic Legal Information 
AALL Issue Brief 2010-3 [PDF]

January 2010, Revised June 2010

AALL Leadership on the Authentication and Preservation 
of Online Legal Resources [PDF]

October 2009, Revised June 2010

USA PATRIOT ACT and PATRIOT Reauthorization Act: Section 215
AALL Issue Brief 2009-2 [ PDF ]

August 2009, Revised June 2010

Public Access to Presidential Records and Claims of Executive Privilege
AALL Issue Brief 2007-1 [ PDF ]

March 2007, Revised June 2010

State Secrets Privilege
AALL Issue Brief 2009-4 [ PDF ]

November 2009, Revised May 2010

2009 Reauthorization of the USA PATRIOT Act
AALL Issue Brief 2009-3 [ PDF ]

October 2009, Revised March 2010

Classification Policy
AALL Issue Brief 2010-1 [ PDF ]

January 2010, Revised March 2010

Whistleblower Protections
AALL Issue Brief 2009-1 [ PDF ]

June 2009, Revised March 2010

Open Government Directive 2009-2010
AALL Issue Brief 2010-2 [ PDF ]

February 2010

National Security Letters
AALL Issue Brief 2007-2 [ PDF ]
 
March 2007, Revised February 2010

AALL 2009 Day on the Hill Issue Briefs:
July 2009

SPEAKING OUT


NJLLA Meeting
November 15, 2010
Strategic Advocacy - NJLLA & AALL: The Power of Many 
by Mary Alice Baish

American Bar Association - Standing Committee on the Law Library of Congress
October 22, 2010
Authentication 101: What It Means, Why It's Significant, and What the Future May Bring 
by Mary Alice Baish, Lucy Thomson and Denley Chew

American Court and Commercial Newspapers/PNRC Meeting
October 14, 2010
A Vision for the Future: Authenticated and Official Online Legal Resources 
by Mary Alice Baish

AALL Annual Meeting
July 10-13, 2010

AALL Advocacy Training: Raising the Bar in Your State 
by Mary Alice Baish and Emily Feldman

C3: A Vision for the Future: Authenticated and Official Online Legal Resources
by Mary Alice Baish

G3: AALL Public Policy Update: The Government Relations Office
by Mary Alice Baish

The Raw Materials of Our Democracy Broader Access to Primary Legal Materials in the United States
May 25, 2010

AALL Statement on Legal Materials and Our System of Law 

SEAALL Annual Meeting
April 23, 2010
The Power of Many: Strategic Advocacy 
by Catherine M. Dunn, Mary Alice Baish and Emily Feldman

ABA Standing Committee on the Law Library of Congress CLE Program
July 31, 2009

When Is the Law THE Law?
by Mary Alice Baish

AALL Annual Meeting
July 25-28, 2009

AALL 2009 Day on the Hill: Hot Topics on AALL's Policy and Legislative Agenda
by Mary Alice Baish and Emily Feldman
AALL Day on the Hill: Tips and Techniques for Effective Advocacy
by Stephanie Vance
H5: 2009 Legislative and Regulatory Update
by Mary Alice Baish
E6: Discovering Advocacy Web Tools: Your Key to Influencing Congress
by Emily Feldman

Library 2.0 Symposium: Ethics & Politics of Library 2.0 
Yale Law School's Information Society Project 
April 4, 2009

Government & Web 2.0: Opportunities and Challenges 
by Mary Alice Baish

Resources List

TESTIMONY

February 26, 2010 Before the Connecticut Joint Committee on Judiciary in support of a bill, An Act Concerning Funding for the Judicial Branch (House Bill 5148), that could restore funding to the Judicial Branch and help save Connecticut’s courthouse libraries.

February 24, 2010 Before the House Committee on Appropriations' Subcommittee on Legislative Branch "Legislative Branch Subcommittee Public Witness Hearing" in Support of the FY 2011 Appropriations Request of the U.S. Government Printing Office.

September 8, 2009 Before the Copyright Office on exemption to the prohibition of circumvention of copyright protection systems for access control technologies (Docket No. RM 2008-8).

July 10, 2009 Before the Copyright Office on exemption to the prohibition of circumvention of copyright protection systems for access control technologies (Docket No. RM 2008-8).

May 6, 2009 Before the Copyright Office on exemption to the prohibition of circumvention of copyright protection systems for access control technologies (Docket No. RM 2008-8).

May 5, 2009 Before the House Committee on Appropriations' Subcommittee on Legislative Branch "Legislative Branch Subcommittee Public Witness Hearing" in Support of the FY 2010 Appropriations Request of the U.S. Government Printing Office.

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