Welcome Back!

by Jamie Baker, RIPS Blog Editor

The fall semester is fast approaching. It’s time for the RIPS Law Librarian Blog to welcome back returning bloggers and introduce our new bloggers for 2017-2018. We are fortunate to have four returning bloggers:

  • Erik Adams, Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton
  • Paul Gatz, The Ohio State University
  • Christine George, Cardozo Law
  • Duane Strojny, WMU-Cooley Law School

We also have several new contributors to welcome:

  • Bret Christensen, Riverside County Law Library

Bret Christensen is a 14-year veteran of assisting the public as a Librarian and presently serves as the Research & Instructional Services Librarian at the Riverside County Law Library in beautiful downtown Riverside, California. Bret speaks, writes articles, and creates media of all kinds on the topic of how to conduct research for attorneys, paralegals, and pro se litigants. His blog at legalresearchiseasy.blogspot.com is but one example of his dedication to spreading the religion that legal research really is easy (or can be with practice) and, with a little effort, anyone can learn the finer techniques of the trade. Bret has won the Excellence in Marketing Award for Best Newsletter and Best Campaign from the American Association of Law Libraries and presently teaches a 9-hour MCLE refresher course for legal professionals on what they should have learned in law school about how to conduct legal research but probably forgot.

  • Emily Donnellan, Concordia University School of Law

Emily Donnellan is the public services librarian and an assistant professor at Concordia University School of Law in Boise, Idaho. The library has three librarians which means Emily does a little bit of everything including: teaching advanced legal research, fielding research requests, and making sure the circulation desk runs smoothly. Emily joined the university in 2016 after graduating from the University of Washington’s law librarianship program. While at UW she served as a reference intern at the Gallagher Law Library and as a graduate assistant. Emily received her BA in Criminology from Portland State University and her JD from the University of South Dakota.

  • Nicole Downing, University of North Carolina School of Law

Nicole Downing currently works as a Clinical Assistant Professor of Law and Reference Librarian at the Kathrine R. Everett Law Library at the University of North Carolina, where she focuses on student services and teaching Advanced Legal Research. She previously worked as the Reference and Instructional Services Librarian at the University of Miami Law Library. She earned her B.S. in Marketing Communication and Writing, Literature & Publishing from Emerson College. She completed her J.D. at the University North Carolina School of Law and her M.S.L.S. at the University of North Carolina School of Information and Library Science.

  • Sarah Gotschall, The University of Arizona James E. Rogers College of Law

Sarah has been a reference librarian and professor of practice at the Daniel F. Cracchiolo Law Library since 2005. She teaches Introductory Legal Research and Administrative Law Research and provides research assistance to students, professors, and the public. After graduating from law school in 1995 she practiced law for two years before working in the customer support department of LexisNexis. Sarah received her B.A. from Rhodes College, her J.D. from Emory University School of Law, and her M.L.I.S. from Kent State University School of Information.

  • Lora Johns, Yale Law School

Lora Johns is the Faculty Services Librarian at Yale Law School’s Lillian Goldman Law Library. Prior to joining the library, she worked as a law clerk to the Honorable Ralph K. Winter on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit and as a litigator in New Haven, CT, where she wrote a Wall Street Journal-cited amicus brief in a veterans’ benefits appeal in the Federal Circuit. Lora is currently completing her M.L.I.S. at Simmons College. She earned her J.D. from Yale Law School and her B.A. in linguistics from Dartmouth College. As a librarian, she is interested in a wide range of topics, including technology in the library and foreign legal research.

  • Brandon Wright, Loyola University New Orleans College of Law

Brandon is a Reference Librarian (and unofficial Rare Book Librarian and Inter Library Loan Librarian) at Loyola University New Orleans College of Law Library. She joined Loyola Law after nearly two years of service to the judiciary at the Louisiana Supreme Court in the Law Library of Louisiana. A graduate of the Loyola New Orleans College of Law, Brandon completed her J.D. in Common Law with a certificate in Civil Law. In addition, Brandon has a Master’s degree in Information Science from the Florida State University. She focuses on Louisiana legal history and issues concerning access to information. Her research interests include: mixed jurisdictions, rare law books, Spanish and Louisiana legal history, canon law, the intersection of law, religion, and society, and the relationship of graphic novels and the law. Brandon is the President of the New Orleans Association of Law Libraries and is an active member of the American Association of Law Libraries as a contributor to the RIPS Blog and an Outreach Committee member for the Legal History and Rare Book Special Interest Section.

Please join me in welcoming a great group of librarians who will provide us with their valuable insights throughout 2017-2018!


About Jamie Baker

Jamie Baker is the Interim Director of the Law Library at Texas Tech University School of Law. She also teaches Civil Trial Research. She blogs at www.gingerlawlibrarian.com.
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