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:

Janice E. Henderson at janiceehenderson@att.net



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Lyonette Louis-Jacques is a graduate of the University of Chicago Law School (J.D. ’86), the University of Michigan School of Library Science (A.M.L.S. 1983), and the College of the University of Chicago (A.B., French, 1979). Immediately after law school, Lyo was the Foreign and International Legal Reference Librarian at the University of Minnesota from 1986-1992. She returned to the University of Chicago in 1992 and has been the Foreign and International Law Librarian and Lecturer in Law there since. In her current position, Lyo provides general reference and specialized services in foreign, comparative, and international law (FCIL) research, instruction, collection development, and management.

Lyo is author of articles in the Chicago Journal of International Law and the International Journal of Legal Information; Introduction to International Organizations (co-edited with Jeanne Korman); Law Lists (a guide to law-related listservs); and Jumpstart (a directory of FCIL research specialists). Lyo co-founded (with Mila Rush) the INT-LAW international legal research listserv. She writes a Slaw (Canada’s Online Legal Magazine) "Legal Information" column. She co-edited the CALL Bulletin (Chicago Association of Law Libraries newsletter) from 2013-2016.

Lyo has been very active in the American Association of Law Libraries. She was a member of various AALL committees, including the Minorities Committee from 1988-1990. She chaired the FCIL (1994-1995) and Computing Services (1999-2000) Special Interest Sections. She served on the AALL Executive Board from 2005-2008.

Lyo has been recognized for her service to the profession. She was the recipient of the 2001-2002 CALL Agnes and Harvey Reid Award for Outstanding Contribution to Law Librarianship.  She received the Spirit of the FCIL-SIS Award in 2005. She is one of the law librarian leaders interviewed for HeinOnline’s “An Oral History of Law Librarianship” project.  More recently,  Lyo received the 2014 FCIL-SIS Dan Wade Outstanding Service Award. Lyo was the Diversity Committee’s co-librarian of the month (with Ron Wheeler) for February 2014 in celebration Black History Month.  Lyo was featured in the “Leaders of Today” chapter of the first edition of Celebrating Diversity: A Legacy of Minority Leadership in the American Association of Law Libraries (2006) and will be profiled in the forthcoming second edition.

Lyo is a member of the International Association of Law Libraries (IALL), the Canadian Association of Law Libraries (CALL), the Chinese and American Forum for Legal Information and Law Libraries (CAFLL), and the American Society of International Law (ASIL).  A founding Board member of the University of Chicago Human Rights Program (now Pozen Family Center for Human Rights) in 1997, Lyo recently completed nearly two decades of service.

In her spare time, Lyo likes to tweet, read sci-fi, fantasy, and romance novels, listen to Tom & Lorenzo’s Pop Style Opinionfest, and watch sports on TV.  Her latest obsession is Hamilton: An American Musical.

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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.

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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