Welcome Bloggers!

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 2019-2020. We are fortunate to have seven returning bloggers and three new bloggers.

Returning Bloggers

  • Cassie DuBay, Southern Methodist University Underwood Law Library

Cassie DuBay is the Head of Research Services at the Southern Methodist University, Underwood Law Library in Dallas, TX. Her primary responsibilities include teaching Advanced Legal Research, serving as the library liaison to all law journal students, and managing the law school’s digital repository presence. Outside of her career, Cassie enjoys world travel, downhill skiing, and interior design. Follow her on twitter @cassieraedubay.

  • Elizabeth Manriquez, University of Wisconsin Law Library

Elizabeth Manriquez is the Scholarly Communications and Reference Librarian at the University of Wisconsin Law School Library.  In this role, she oversees the management of the UW Law School Digital Repository.  Elizabeth is always on the hunt for new collections and content featuring UW Law and the greater Wisconsin legal community. Before joining the University of Wisconsin, Elizabeth was a Research Librarian and Assistant Professor of Law at the Wiener-Rogers Law Library at the University of Nevada – Las Vegas.  While there, she taught Advanced Legal Research – Intellectual Property. In her spare time, Elizabeth enjoys traveling, attending concerts, and spending time with her two young daughters.

  • Ashley Matthews, George Mason University Law Library

Ashley Matthews is a Reference Librarian at the George Mason University Law Library in Arlington, Virginia. Prior to joining the law library, she interned for the Law Library of Congress, managed law student engagement and raised awareness of Public Service Loan Forgiveness with Equal Justice Works, and designed communication strategies to increase federally funded civil legal aid with the Legal Services Corporation. Ashley is currently completing her M.S.L.I.S. at Catholic University of America. She received her B.A. from Hampton University and her J.D. from the University of Miami School of Law. Her favorite legal topics are access to justice, visual law, and legal research.

  • Tarica LaBossiere, Nova Southeastern University Law Library

Tarica LaBossiere is a Research and Reference Librarian and Adjunct Professor of Advanced Legal Research at the Shepard Broad College of Law at Nova Southeastern University. She received both her B.A. in English Literature and her M.L.I.S. from Florida State University. She received her J.D. from Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law with a certificate in Criminal Law. She is an active member of AALL, and her regional chapter, SEAALL. She is chair of the SEAALL Diversity and Inclusion Committee and is interested in sharing ideas on increasing diversity in the profession. Ms. LaBossiere is also interested in current trends in legal technology and their potential uses in the classroom. She is excited to share her thoughts and experiences over the upcoming year.

  • Caren Luckie, Jackson Walker LLP

Caren is a research attorney at Jackson Walker LLP in Houston, Texas.  As the only reference attorney with a JD and an MLIS, she handles research, reference, e-filing and e-recording oversight, library management issues, and continuing legal education.  Caren has been with Jackson Walker for 25 years, and has seen many changes in law library services in law firms.  The title has changed, but the basic work – supporting the attorneys and the law firm – remain the same.  She is also the firm’s competitive intelligence “guru” and has spoken on the subject at AALL and SLA conferences and webinars.  Caren earned her BA in Greek and Latin from Mount Holyoke College, her JD from the University of Houston Law Center, and her MLIS from the University of Texas Graduate School of Library and Information Science.

  • Sarah Gotschall, University of Arizona Daniel F. Cracchiolo Law Library

Sarah Gotschall 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.

  • Emily Donnellan, U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit

Emily Donnellan serves as a Branch Librarian for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit overseeing branches in Boise (her home base), Pocatello and Couer d’Alene.  In her role she is a Solo/Satellite Librarian so she does a little bit of everything including: item processing, answering research questions, hosting instructional sessions, law clerk orientations, event organization, and assisting patrons! Emily made the transition to the Courts in 2018 after serving as the Public Services Librarian at Concordia University School of Law. She earned her B.A. in Criminology from Portland State University, J.D. from the University of South Dakota School of Law, and M.L.I.S. from the University of Washington. 

New bloggers

  • Matt Timko, Northern Illinois University Davide C. Shapiro Memorial Law Library

Matt Timko is the Academic Technologies and Outreach Services Librarian and Assistant Professor at Northern Illinois University’s David C. Shapiro Memorial Law Library where he teaches Basic Legal Research to the first year students.  Matt joined NIU after graduating from the University of Illinois iSchool for Library Science and Loyola University – Chicago’s School of Law.  Matt has been a professional librarian for three years, but has worked in libraries since he was in high school.  In addition to Matt’s teaching, technology, and outreach roles, he is also a reference librarian, assisting students, faculty, and the public.

  • Jenny Ham, Penn State Law Library

Jenny Ham works at Penn State Law Library as the Reference and Information Services Librarian. She focuses on teaching the Legal Research Tools and Strategies course for 1Ls, fielding reference questions, and supporting students. Before joining Penn State, she worked at the University of Oklahoma College of Law, where she served as research and instructional services librarian. At Oklahoma, she taught Legal Research, Writing, and Analysis I and II, provided research instruction in additional law courses, and supported law faculty research and curriculum. Jenny completed her BS in Food Science and Technology, JD, and MIS at the University of Tennessee.  

  • Elizabeth Christian, Emory Law Library

Elizabeth Christian is a Law Librarian for Research Services at the Emory Law Library.  Prior to becoming a law librarian, Elizabeth practiced intellectual property law at a large firm in South Carolina.  She is also the former Director of the IP Law Clinic at Franklin Pierce Law Center (now the University of New Hampshire School of Law) and the former Director of the New Hampshire Inventors Assistance Program.  She has taught advanced legal research classes at Emory Law for the past 7 years and helps both faculty members and students with their in-depth research requests.  Elizabeth holds a JD from the University of Georgia School of Law, a Master of Library Science from the University of Maryland, and a bachelor’s degree in English from the University of Georgia (Phi Beta Kappa).

About malikahhalllibrarian

Malikah Hall is a Reference Librarian and Instructional Assistant Professor at Texas A&M University. She was previously the Diversity Fellow, Research Services Librarian, and Lecturer in Law at Cornell University. Malikah is very active in AALL where she is the current RIPS Law Librarian Blog editor, Immediate Past Chair of PEGA-SIS, a member of the AALL Diversity & Inclusion Committee, and a member of the AALL Legal Research Competencies Review Special Committee. Malikah graduated from North Carolina Central University with a J.D./M.L.S. joint degree. In her spare time, she enjoys playing with her sweet dog and anything true crime related.
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