Jeff McGowan, legal researcher/legal librarian at Jones Waldo in Salt Lake City, recently joined AALL in July 2010. Previously Jeff was a deputy district attorney for three years, a city attorney for two years, and in private practice for a year. He decided to make the switch to law librarianship in June of 2010 because he felt he could find more fulfillment helping others and to have more time to spend with his wife and kids.
Why did you join AALL?
Moving from the practice of law to the practice of law librarianship, I joined AALL to understand the dynamics and intricacies associated with being a law librarian.
Why do you stay a member?
I will continue to stay a member of AALL because I desire to be the best law librarian I can be, and AALL provides resources, tools, and opportunities for that to happen.
What one membership benefit is most valuable to you?
One of the membership benefits which I value the most is having the ability to communicate and collaborate with other law librarians who willingly and happily provide feedback and assistance when needed.
What about being a member makes you most proud?
I appreciate the genuineness and sincerity of the members and organization to help one another in our pursuit of professional excellence.
What is your favorite memory associated with AALL?
My favorite memory so far is being a member of the PLL Resource Guide 5: The Internet as a Legal Research Tool.