The AALL Hall of Fame was established in 2009 to recognize members whose contributions to the profession and service to the Association have been significant, substantial and long-standing. Members are selected for the Hall of Fame based on having been a member in good standing with AALL for at least twenty-five years, having provided distinguished service to the Association over a substantial portion of membership, and having made a significant contribution to the profession.
An excerpt from the AALL Spectrum which announced the award:
“Is there a better-known or more well-liked individual in law librarianship than Dick Spinelli? Not likely. As Gallagher Award recipient Charles Dyer says of Spinelli, “I am sure than anyone who has dealt with him considers himself or herself to be [his] friend, but that hardly puts anyone in an exclusive club, although we always felt like it.””