Founded in 2005, the Black Caucus of the American Association of Law Libraries (BCAALL) enhances the professional experiences of African American law librarians. The purpose of the Black Caucus is to promote the professional development, recruitment, and social interests of black law librarians.  


If you are interested in issues concerning black law librarians, we encourage you to join BCAALL. Becoming a member is a great way to meet and network with other law librarians, give back to the profession and serve the community.

BCAALL is an inclusive organization. Membership is not denied to anyone on account of race, color, religion, gender, age, national origin, disability or sexual orientation.

For questions about the organization and membership please contact:

Michelle Cosby at mcosby@nccu.edu


Chair's Welcome

Welcome to the 2014-2015 term for BCAALL! We would love to hear from you! If you have any ideas for BCAALL, please email me at mcosby@nccu.edu. We are looking for volunteers for our standing committees: Programs Committee, Marketing Committee, Scholarship Dinner Committee, and Community Service Committee. Please email me if you are interested in serving BCAALL through committee work. I look forward to working with you this year!

Michelle Cosby, Chair 2014-2015


Meldon D. Jenkins-Jones is the law librarian at the Richmond Public Law Library.

A native of New York City, Meldon’s vibrant career has spanned both the legal and information studies fields.

Her legal career began while working in the Mayor’s Policy and Development Office in Newark, NJ. She then practiced in Landlord-Tenant Court while employed at the Newark Housing and Redevelopment Authority. Meldon gained invaluable training and experience as the second female African American Assistant Prosecutor for Essex County, New Jersey. After a brief stint as the Director of Intergovernmental and Congressional Affairs, U. S. Department of Health and Human Services, Region 2, Meldon opened her own solo law office where she maintained a general practice from July 1981 through 2003 when she retired.

Meldon has had the pleasure of stretching her work activities at RPL to include time as the Interim Community Services Manager for the West End Branch as well as the initiation of two Writers Groups, one of which—the Main Writers Group—she still facilitates, and a literacy program for African American  male teens called Black Male Emergent Readers (BMER).

In 2013, Meldon initiated the Community Law Series of classes for the general public on such topics as Estate Planning, Teen Empowerment, Starting a Business, and Workers’ Compensation. BMER and the Community Law classes have earned Meldon recognition from the City of Richmond—a Tri-annual Rise! Achievement Award and a 2014 Annual Mayor Award. Meldon also earned a Certificate of Completion of the City’s Aspire Career Development Series.

Meldon is an active member of the Virginia Library Association, the American Association of Law Libraries—where she is a member of the Diversity Committee as well as the Black Caucus, and a contributor to the AALL Spectrum online Blog—and the Virginia Association of Law Libraries where she is a new Director and a member of the Access to Justice Committee. She is also a member of the American Library Association.

Meldon completed her Bachelors degree at Smith College, where she majored  in Russian Civilization and minored in Black Studies and Physics. She went on to graduate from Rutgers University School of Law – Newark with a J.D. Meldon received her Masters degree at the Florida State University School of Library and Information Studies. 

Meldon’s greatest interests are her two children--Meldon and Alexander—and three grandchildren. (Meldon’s husband of 28 years, Rev. Rayford Jones, passed away in July 2014.) Her daughter Mel is currently pursuing her M.A. in Journalism and Public Affairs at American University and her son Alex is in law enforcement. In her spare time, Meldon also enjoys writing and traveling and has visited Poland, Russia, Canada, and a few Caribbean islands.


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Considering a career in legal information? Law librarianship may be the perfect career for you! Law librarians can be found in various legal settings. Take a moment to look over this brochure created by the Black Caucus of the American Association of Law Libraries for more information on law librarianship as well as the BCAALL.  BCAALL Recruiting Brochure



Click the link below to see images of BCAALL related events including the AALL Annual Meetings, Fundraising Dinner and Community Service Projects.

BCAALL San Antonio, TX 2014
BCAALL Denver, CO, 2010
BCAALL In Action

If you have any images that you would like to see included please contact Janeen Williams at jwill216@nccu.edu.



The Community Service Committee identifies and promotes opportunities for BCAALL members to donate or volunteer services to the law, library and/or greater community, with a particular focus on organizations serving minority needs.

The Committee selects a service project that benefits the host city of the AALL's Annual Meeting. A representative of the selected organization is invited to the annual dinner and presented with donations.

Click here for more information about the organizations supported by BCAALL:

BCAALL Community Service Initiatives