Leah Chanin, 1929–

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Hall of Fame Induction: 2010

Significant AALL Service

President, Southeastern Chapter of the AALL, 1970–72
Chair, Annual Meeting Program Committee, 1973–74
Chair, Committee on Relations with Publishers and Dealers, 1974–75
Executive Board, 1975–78
Chair, Legislation and Legal Developments Committee, 1980–81
Vice President/President-Elect, 1981–82
President, 1982–83
Immediate Past President, 1983–84
Chair, Public Relations Committee, 1984–85
Chair, Call for Papers Committee, 1987–89
Representative, National Commission on Libraries, 1992–94

Professional Honors and Awards

Marian Gould Gallagher Distinguished Service Award, 2003
AALL Hall of Fame, Inaugural Class Inductee, 2010

Selected Publications by the Inductee

“The Opinions of the State Attorneys General,” Law Library Journal 69 (1976): 210–20.
Basic Lists for Georgia Law Libraries. Macon, Ga.: Mercer Law Library, 1973.
“Recent Developments in Title Seven (Sex Discrimination) Litigation, Georgia State Bar Journal 10 (1974): 373–84.
'A Survey of the Writing and Publication of Opinions in Federal and State Appellate Courts,” Law Library Journal 67 (1974): 362–79.
Basic Guide to Georgia Law Libraries. Macon, Ga.: Mercer Law Library, 1976.
“Sources and Tools for Federal Tax Research,” Agricultural Law Journal 2.2 (1980): 161–70.
Reference Guide to Georgia Legal History and Legal Research. Charlottesville, Va.: Michie, 1980.
Ethics. Macon, Ga.: Macon Bar-Mercer Law School CLE Program, 1985 (with Walter H. Bush).
Specialized Legal Research, general editor. Boston: Little, Brown, 1987 (with Joseph J. Beard).
“The Scope and Use of State Ethics Opinions,” Journal of the Legal Profession 14 (1989): 161–74.
Guide to Georgia Legal Research and Legal History. Norcross, Ga.: Harrison, 1990 (with Suzanne L. Cassidy).
Legal Research in the District of Columbia, Maryland and Virginia. Buffalo, N.Y.: William S. Hein, 1995 (with Pamela Gregory and Sarah Wiant).
Legal Research in the District of Columbia, Maryland and Virginia. 2d ed. Buffalo, N.Y.: William S. Hein, 2000 (with Pamela Gregory and Sarah Wiant).

Selected Publications about the Inductee

Mary Ann Parker, “Three to Receive Marian Gould Gallagher Distinguished Service Award: Recipients Recognized for Longtime Service to Profession, AALL,” AALL Spectrum 7 (June 2003): 12–13
Leah Chanin Interview. In An Oral History of Law Librarianship, interviewed by Patrick E. Kehoe, Dec. 14, 2012, videorecording. Spinelli's Law Library Reference Shelf, HeinOnline.

Professional Positions

Private law practice, Kenmore & Culpepper, Macon, Georgia, 1959–64
Director of the Law Library and Professor of Law, Mercer University School of Law, 1964–92
Dean Pro Tem, Mercer University School of Law, 1986–87
Director of the Law Library and Distinguished Professor of Law, University of the District of Columbia, 1992–96
Head of Public Services, Howard University, 1996–2001

Education

B.A., Southern Methodist University, 1950
LL.B., Mercer University, 1954

Selected Professional Activities & Achievements (outside law librarianship)

Admitted to practice, Georgia, 1954
Authors’ Court, State Bar of Georgia, 1977
Member, Georgia Code of Professional Responsibility Commission, 1985–87
Member, Advisory Opinion Board, State Bar of Georgia 1986–90