The Librarian community once again showed its creative side with an astounding response to The New York Law Institute’s Haiku contest !

27 great entries, a fireside reading session, & one chosen for a Starbucks Card !!

The winning entry was submitted by Jessica Field from Miller Johnson.

It’s not all online.

And even if it could be,

It is not all free.

NYLI staff gathered around the newly created hearth to read all entries…. Here are the Haiku entries, posted with author’s permission, for you to enjoy ……

Please let me approach

a friendly face at the desk.

My hope for help here.

                  —-Amanda M. Steinbacher: Phillips Lytle


Christmas Eve, we get

Emails–red exclamations–

Subject line: URGENT.

——-Wendi Hoffenberg: WilmerHale


Tree decorated

Green Am Jur boughs garlanded

With pocket part star

               ——Sarah Mauldin: DeKalb County Law Library (Georgia)


The law is shifting.

Precepts can be overturned.

Consult an expert.

                  —— Elaine M. Knecht: Barclay Damon LLP


SCOTUS Dark and Bleak

No Opinions This Week

Winter Recessed

               —– Brian L. Baker: Valley Children’s Healthcare


 Holiday Haiku?

Whoever heard of such things?!

Librarians sing!

               —–Michael Edwards: Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison


the hollow clomp of

outdated looseleafs into

the recycling bin

—–Jessica Bumpous : Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky & Popeo, P.C.



Zero based budget 

Plus inflation. Cancel what?

No blood from a stone

 —–Martha Goldman: Jones Day (Retired)


Books tech people law

Libraries make it happen

Rock stars yes they are

              —-Carol Bredemeyer: Northern Kentucky University Chase College of Law

We hope you enjoyed these thought-provoking and fun poems as much as we did…. they added to our holiday festivities, so thanks to Eileen Dolan who thought up the contest & all who participated …..