AALL 2021 Virtual Annual Meeting & Conference Recap


For the second year in a row, we have greatly missed seeing everyone in person at the AALL Annual Conference, but we still made the best of our virtual meet-ups! Thank you to everyone who visited our virtual booth, filled out our survey, watched our live demos, and helped us celebrate our CEO, Kevin Marmion, on his induction into the AALL Hall of Fame! We have a lot to recap—check out what’s new with HeinOnline below!

New and Updated Databases

In the past year we’ve been updating several of our databases. The American Indian Law Collection was renamed to a more appropriate title: Indigenous Peoples of the Americas: History, Culture & Law. We added Welsh Legal History Society publications to the Selden Society Publications and the History of Early English Law database. We expanded the U.S. Presidential Library to include a new subcollection, Electoral College, dedicated to explaining how the electoral college system works, the history of its formation, debates around its efficiency, as well as efforts to reform and even abolish it. New and updated chapters brought updated content to the National Survey of State Laws. The Session Laws Library indexing projects continues with nearly 30 states completely indexed back to inception. And finally, we continue to update our World Constitutions Illustrated database.

In addition to this content, we also introduced the following new databases, rich with unique content:

1. Military and Government

HeinOnline’s Military and Government allows users to research the functions of the federal government in administering these essential armed forces, as well as the issues confronting service personnel both on and off the battlefield—from women’s changing role in the military to the development of new weaponry to navigating benefits offered by the Department of Veterans Affairs after service.

This highly regarded series, compiled by the American Society for Political and Legal Philosophy (ASPLP), includes scholarly works from some of the most distinguished and accomplished scholars in political and legal philosophy. A robust thematic collection of more than 60 volumes* covering valuable interdisciplinary research, NOMOS is a go-to resource that has become a staple for scholars to kick-start their research, and can be accessed digitally within HeinOnline.

*Volumes 7-16 are available as indexing only, as these are pending licensing.

3. Civil Rights and Social Justice

This research database helps users understand the roots of the fight for civil rights, how far our nation has come, and how much we have yet to improve. It includes hearings and committee prints, legislative histories on landmark legislation, CRS and GAO reports, briefs from major Supreme Court cases, and much more.

4. Hackney Publications

Hackney Publications provide an in-depth legal analysis of sports law issues, mission-critical information to sport industry professionals, and practical advice to lead to great business decisions. With the addition of nine new Hackney publications, HeinOnline now offers a Premium Package.

5. Executive Privilege

This database provides primary and secondary source material such as government documents from the executive, legislative, and judicial branches as well as related books and scholarly articles. Peruse congressional hearings, reports, memoranda, and more, as well as law review articles and books that invoke, debate, and explore instances of executive privilege from our country’s founding to the present day.

6. COVID-19: Pandemics Past and Present

This database analyzes government response to COVID-19 and other pandemics, as well as their effect on public health, economics, society, and the world with authoritative government reports and scholarly articles. It includes hundreds of government documents and a curated list of scholarly articles.

New Features

We are continuously updating our interface to include new features to help streamline research for our customers. Many of these new features were a direct result of customer feedback from last year’s AALL virtual conference!

Since the last AALL meeting, the following features have been added to HeinOnline:


One-Box Searching

Searching in HeinOnline received a long-awaited facelift with a new intuitive one-box search.

Database Selector Tool

Users can search multiple selected databases at once right from their HeinOnline welcome page.

PDF Email Features

Users can select a citation format to send within an email, which also now includes a permalink and proxy permalink.

Availability Facet

Refine your search in the Law Journal Library to show only full-text availability of articles or indexed-only content.


Google Single-Sign On

Link your Google and MyHein accounts, allowing seamless access to your MyHein account when you enter HeinOnline.

Favorite Databases

Users can mark databases as favorites to push them to the top of their HeinOnline welcome page.

Manage Author Alerts

View a comprehensive listing of author alerts and adjust those alerts at any time with MyHein.

Manage Search History

Users can manage and organize their search history for greater efficiency using MyHein.

SmartCILP Profiles

This essential current awareness tool provides weekly tailored alerts delivered via email as a supplement to CILP.

Author Profile Pages

Case Citation Alert

Receive email alerts when an author has been cited by a case that has been added to HeinOnline.


Authors can display works on their ORCID record with their HeinOnline author profile page, and vice versa.

HeinOnline Demos

Did you miss our demos? No worries, we’ve got you covered! Below we’ve supplied you with the slides for all of our demos for you to view at your own convenience.

Awards and Recognitions

We had a lot to celebrate at this year’s conference, including both product awards, and a personal award!

Kevin Marmion Inducted into AALL Hall of Fame

We were thrilled to celebrate our CEO Kevin Marmion’s induction into the AALL Hall of Fame.

Kevin Marmion with AALL award

Kevin has contributed a great deal of time and energy in service to the Association. This has been done by sponsoring activities and events during the AALL Annual Meeting, providing publishing support (including the Index to Foreign Legal Periodicals), and hosting the Spinelli Law Library Reference Shelf.

The Hall of Fame Award was established in 2009 to recognize AALL members who have made significant, substantial, and long-standing contributions to the profession of legal information management—such as writing for legal publications, serving in AALL leadership roles, working with outside organizations on behalf of the profession, or serving as an exceptional role model for their colleagues.

Kevin joined two other Hein colleagues,  William S. Hein, Jr. and Dick Spinelli, as the only non-librarians in AALL history to be inducted into the Hall of Fame!

What’s more, not one, not two, but three Hein titles were chosen by AALL to receive the 2021 Joseph L. Andrews Legal Literature Award!

2021 Joseph L. Andrews Legal Literature Award winner book covers

The Joseph L. Andrews Legal Literature Award recognizes a significant textual contribution to legal literature. The textual work may be a book, pamphlet, periodical contribution, website, database, or publication in some other format. Nominations for the Andrews Award shall be measured by the creative, evaluative elements and the extent to which originality and judgment were factors in the formation of the work. The term ‘legal literature’ is meant to be broadly defined, and includes works that: 1) are bibliographical in nature, listing the works of a particular author, printer, or country, or a particular theme; or 2) contribute to the body of legal literature and that also contribute to advancing legal research or law librarianship. Learn more about the winners.

Thank You

Thank you to everyone who filled out our survey and congratulations to our 100 randomly selected winners who will be receiving our exclusive HeinOnline hat! We love to hear feedback from our customers and are grateful for all your ideas and suggestions. We are already looking forward to next year’s conference (hopefully in person)! As always, thank you for your continued support and loyalty. We couldn’t be the company we are without you.

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