Q and A with Judge Colbert-Botchway

Submitted by Sherry Taylor on Tue, 05/14/2024 - 14:24

The Law Library Association sat down with Law Library Association Board Member, the Honorable Nicole Colbert-Botchway, to learn more about her background and what motivated her to become a lawyer and a judge. Read her story below.

Did you grow up in St. Louis?

Yes, I grew up in North St. Louis and have been a city resident all my life.

Where did you go to college?

Learn about our history: 1909 - 1930

Submitted by Sherry Taylor on Wed, 05/01/2024 - 09:16


Where did the Law Library Association of St. Louis live before the current Civil Courts Building was completed in 1930?

From 1909-1930, the Law Library was housed in the Pierce Building at the northeast corner of Chestnut and 4th Street.  The move was precipitated by the Law Library outgrowing its space in the Old Courthouse. 

Explore Our Online Catalog

Submitted by Sherry Taylor on Tue, 03/19/2024 - 15:54

Did you know that the Law Library Association of St. Louis has an online catalog that you can search remotely?   We have a growing selection of resources for the pro se patron representing himself in a legal matter. You can view the list of pro se resources by going to our catalog and viewing the list from a drop-down menu on the catalog home page.   Many of these pro se resources can also be downloaded, and can therefore be accessed and read without even having to come to the Law Library.

A Guide to Representing Yourself in Court

Submitted by Sherry Taylor on Wed, 03/06/2024 - 09:01

We get a lot of visitors in our library who are attempting to educate themselves about a legal issue, find legal representation, find legal forms, or figure out how to represent themselves in a legal case.   The complexity of the law and the court process and rules can be overwhelming to a non-lawyer.   To help these patrons, The Law Library Association of St. Louis decided to create a “Guide to Representing Yourself in Court.”   The Library was able to fund the creation of this guide after receiving a grant from the St. Louis Bar Foundation.

Historical Print Resources at the Law Library

Submitted by Sherry Taylor on Tue, 01/30/2024 - 13:07

More often than you might think, we receive a request from an attorney looking for an older version of a Missouri statute that they cannot find online.  The Law Library has sets of the Missouri Revised Statutes dating back to 1879.  If you ever need to compare a new statute to its older version, please visit our library and check out our collection.   We also have print volumes of the Missouri Session Laws dating back to 1836.  For the digitally savvy, these session laws can also be found online at https://mdh.co

A Wealth of Resources Available from HeinOnline

Submitted by Gail Wechsler on Wed, 12/06/2023 - 11:24

HeinOnline is a legal research database that is offered free of charge both in the library and remotely for Law Library Association members. But to call HeinOnline a legal research database does not cover its complete scope. This resource provides more than 210 million pages of multidisciplinary periodicals, government documents, legislative histories, international documents, case law and more.

Upcoming Book Discussion Books Tackle Timely Issues

Submitted by Gail Wechsler on Fri, 11/03/2023 - 10:35

The Law Library Association of St. Louis is proud to co-sponsor the Legally Reading book discussion group, along with Saint Louis Public Library.  Over the years, our book group has read and discussed a number of noteworthy books on a range of social justice issues. Past titles have included “Caste” by Isabel Wilkerson, “Bad Blood” by John Carreyrou (about Elizabeth Holmes and the investigation of her company, Theranos) and “Killers of the Flower Moon” by David Grann, now a major motion picture directed by Martin Scorsese.

LLASTL Law Librarians Excited to Learn at Upcoming MAALL Annual Meeting

Submitted by Gail Wechsler on Wed, 10/04/2023 - 16:00

As we all know, the year 2020 brought the COVID-19 pandemic and with it, an end to in-person professional conferences.  One of the conferences most helpful to our staff is the Annual Meeting of the Mid-America Association of Law Libraries (MAALL). 

From 2020 to 2023, the MAALL Annual Meeting carried on, but only in a virtual format. There were many inspiring sessions at these meetings, but something was lost in not being able to connect in person.