Minority Leadership Development Award (MLDA)

The Diversity & Inclusion Committee encourages eligible AALL members to apply for the Minority Leadership Development Award (MLDA).

The MLDA was created in 2001 to foster future leaders and introduce minority law librarians to leadership opportunities within the Association. MLDA recipients will receive prepaid travel, lodging, and registration for the 2020 AALL Annual Meeting in New Orleans, mentorship for at least one year from an experienced AALL leader, and the opportunity to serve on an AALL committee.


Upon submission of the application, an applicant must meet all of the following criteria to be considered for the award:

  • Be a current member of AALL;
  • Be a member of a minority group as defined by current U.S. government guidelines as found in 62 F.R. 58782;
  • Have a strong academic record and have earned a master’s degree in Library/Information Science;
  • Have no more than five years of professional (post-MLS or post-JD) library or information service work experience;
  • Have been a member of AALL for at least two years or have two years of full-time, professional law library work experience; and
  • Demonstrate leadership potential.

Award Benefits:

  • Travel, lodging, and registration expenses to attend the 2020 AALL Annual Meeting in New Orleans;
  • An experienced AALL leader to serve as the recipient’s mentor for at least one year; and
  • An opportunity to serve on an AALL committee during the year following the award.

Application Deadline: February 1, 2020Application Form and More Information: www.aallnet.org/education-training/grants/…

About malikahhalllibrarian

Malikah Hall is a Reference Librarian and Instructional Assistant Professor at Texas A&M University. She was previously the Diversity Fellow, Research Services Librarian, and Lecturer in Law at Cornell University. Malikah is very active in AALL where she is the current RIPS Law Librarian Blog editor, Immediate Past Chair of PEGA-SIS, a member of the AALL Diversity & Inclusion Committee, and a member of the AALL Legal Research Competencies Review Special Committee. Malikah graduated from North Carolina Central University with a J.D./M.L.S. joint degree. In her spare time, she enjoys playing with her sweet dog and anything true crime related.
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