James D. Lang Award

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About the Award

TALL is accepting applications for the 2020 James D. Lang Professional Development Award which was created in recognition of the significant contribution to our community by popular legal publishing representative, Jim Lang.

This year, $2,000 has been allocated from the Association’s funds to assist two or more TALL Members with their career development and professional development activities, with a maximum award of $1,000 per winner.

The grant is intended to support attendance at a conference, a professional development program or to help defray research-related costs of conducting the research project (e.g. workshop, course or other similar activity deemed appropriate by the TALL Executive). Preference will be given to individuals who are unemployed, underemployed, switching careers or receive limited professional development funding from their workplace.

Eligible Expenses

Eligible expenses include course, workshop, conference registration fees or expenses related to a research project. The date of the professional development activity must fall within the period of January 1, 2020 to December 31, 2020.

The grant recipient will be required to submit original receipts for the reimbursement of expenses (up to a maximum of $1,000) related to the professional development activity. The recipient may be asked to provide proof of course completion.

The successful applicant(s) will be required to submit an article, 500-1,000 words in length, for inclusion in our TALL Blog and website. This article can take the form of a review of a course taken or conference attended.

All required documentation including the submission for the TALL Blog must be submitted within two months of the completion of the professional development activity. The award will be forfeited if all items are not received by the Administrative Coordinator by the deadline date.


In order to be considered for the grant, all of the following criteria must be met:

  • TALL member in good standing for at least one year
  • Not have received a similar grant from TALL in the past two years

Meeting the minimum qualifications does not guarantee receiving a grant. Grant applications are assessed on a competitive basis. The Committee reserves the right to not award the grant if submissions lack sufficient overall merit.

Application Process & Deadline

A Committee of TALL members struck by the Past President will decide the grant amounts awarded to each recipient, but no individual award will exceed $1,000.

Please submit one electronic application package containing the following items:

  • A written statement (maximum 2 pages)
    • Clearly demonstrate why funding is being pursued and how the grant will benefit the applicant’s professional development and career path
    • Articulate how a grant would assist with the costs of attending the professional development activity or conducting the research activity
    • Describe the learning that will be leveraged to contribute to TALL and/or the profession of legal librarianship as a result of attendance/participation
  • A breakdown of anticipated costs and details of other funding sources (employer, other grant/award applications)
  • Support in writing from an employer, peer or professional colleague

Questions and complete application packages can be sent to:

Candice Fong, Past President / cefong@gmail.com


Start date for applications – December 16, 2019

Application deadline – February 17, 2020 (late or incomplete applications will not be accepted)

Notification of results via email – March 9, 2020