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June 2, 2008

CONTACTS: Jennie C. Meade: (202) 994-6857;
Adela de la Torre: (202) 994-6424;


WASHINGTON - The American Association of Law Libraries (AALL) has named A Legal Miscellanea: A Newsletter for the Friends of the Jacob Burns Law Library the winner of its 2008 Excellence in Marketing Award in the category of Best Newsletter. The award, which is sponsored jointly by AALL and legal publisher Thomson West, will be presented at AALL's annual meeting in July in Portland, Oregon.

"We are honored that AALL has chosen A Legal Miscellanea as Best Newsletter for its Excellence in Marketing award" said Jennie C. Meade, GW director of special collections and editor of the publication. "As its title indicates, the newsletter is an eclectic blend of information which we hope is effective in highlighting the many facets of our exceptional and growing collections."

The Excellence in Marketing Awards honor outstanding contributions by law librarians which serve to raise the visibility of the library profession. The awards are intended to inspire, educate, and encourage promotional activities by AALL members.

Launched in 2004, A Legal Miscellanea is a semi-annual newsletter whose goals are to forge and strengthen the link to the Jacob Burns Law Library's community of friends by providing information about its collections, development activities, friends events, and to inform the legal and scholarly communities at large about the resources available. By bringing the richness of Law Library collections to its readers, A Legal Miscellanea encourages support of the collections as it shares information in an entertaining and engaging way.

The 5,000-member AALL is a non-profit association founded in 1906 to promote and enhance the value of law libraries to the legal and public communities, to foster the profession of law librarianship, and to provide leadership in the field of legal information. In 2004, the Jacob Burns Law Library received accolades from AALL when its catalog brochure The French Collection received AALL's Publication Award, Print Division.

The Jacob Burns Law Library provides researchers with an impressive array of resources from many jurisdictions and in many formats to meet their needs. More than 600,000 volumes form the core of the research collection. In addition, the library offers a variety of legal and law-related databases and automated indexes to enhance research capabilities. Library patrons can use these many resources to investigate the federal and state laws of the United States as well as international and selected foreign laws. For patrons outside the university community, access to the library is available upon affiliation with the Friends of the Jacob Burns Law Library. For more information about the Friends of the Jacob Burns Law Library, please contact Jennie C. Meade, director of special collections, at (202) 994-6857 or via e-mail at

Established in 1865, The George Washington University Law School is the oldest law school in the District of Columbia. Accredited by the American Bar Association and a charter member of the Association of American Law Schools, GW Law enrolls approximately 1,900 students each year.

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