Deputy Director at Harris County Law Library Recognized with Emerging Leader Award

Joseph D. Lawson, Deputy Director at Harris County’s Law Library, has been named as a recipient of an Emerging Leader Award by the American Association of Law Libraries (AALL).

The Emerging Leader Award recognizes newer AALL members who have made significant contributions to the Association and/or law librarianship and who have demonstrated potential for leadership and continuing service.

“I am honored to receive this year’s Emerging Leader Award,” Lawson said. “AALL membership is essential to my professional success and I look forward to contributing more to the organization, my law library and my community for years to come.”

Lawson has been deputy director at the Harris County Law Library since May 2014.  He previously worked at the Fort Bend County Law Library.  Lawson has his law degree from Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law and a Master of Library and Information Science from the University of North Texas.

“The Harris County Law Library is incredibly proud of Joe’s accomplishments” Library Director Mariann Sears said. “We’re honored that AALL considered Joe’s achievements in law librarianship and leadership worthy of this prestigious award.”

“The work done by Joe and everyone at the Harris County Law Library should be applauded,” Harris County Attorney Vince Ryan said.  “The Library is a valuable resource for not only lawyers but also citizens seeking legal information.” 

The Harris County Law Library is a public library that serves the legal information needs of self-represented litigants, legal professionals, the judiciary and county and other governmental officials.  On October 1, 2015, the Library celebrated a century of service to the local legal community and the citizens of Harris County. The Law Library is part of the County Attorney’s Office.

Of Lawson and the other award recipients, AALL President Ronald E. Wheeler Jr. said, “All three recipients help AALL and its members stay ahead of the curve through their active participation; we look forward to seeing where the next phases of their careers take them.”

The Emerging Leader Award winners will be recognized at the upcoming 110th AALL Annual Meeting & Conference to be held July 15 through 18 in Austin.

The American Association of Law Libraries is the only national association dedicated to the legal information profession and its professionals. Founded in 1906 on the belief that people—lawyers, judges, students and the public—need timely access to relevant legal information to make sound legal arguments and wise legal decisions, its nearly 4,500 members are problem solvers of the highest order. AALL fosters the profession by offering its members knowledge, leadership and community that make the whole legal system stronger