In 1979, there were informal gatherings of approximately 15 law librarians.  The idea of MALL took shape during the fall of 1985 and the Association was officially launched on January 28th, 1987. It sported a grand membership of close to 25 librarians, mostly from law firms. Today the Association is about 60 members strong, ranging from librarians, technicians, lawyers, legal publishers and information service providers; all of whom share a common interest in the area of legal information.