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


Ronald E. Wheeler serves as director of the Moakley Law Library at Suffolk University Law School in Boston. Wheeler, a recognized leader in the area of legal research instruction, teaches Advanced Legal Research and the research and writing seminar Queer Legal Scholarship. He has taught legal research in various contexts including in stand-alone first year and upper level legal research courses. Wheeler believes there should be a legal research component in every facet of the law curriculum including in study abroad programs. To that end, he has taught legal research abroad in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil and Linz, Austria. Wheeler taught a course on U.S. legal research to Chinese law students at the East China University of Political Science and Law in the summer of 2012.

Wheeler’s scholarship focusing on legal research techniques, legal research instruction, and algorithm-driven search engines has gained him national attention, and he is often called upon to speak about teaching innovation and other legal research related topics. He is also a well-known speaker and author on issues related to law library management and the role of the law library in the enterprise of legal education. Wheeler pens a regular feature in Law Library Journal called Diversity Dialogues which aims to engage the scholarly conversation on issues of diversity of librarianship and in the legal profession.

In 2014 Wheeler was named to the Lawyers of Color 50 Under 50 list of minority attorneys making an impact on legal education. 

Wheeler is currently running for the office of Vice-President/President-Elect of the American Association of Law Libraries.



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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