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Speaker Bios for the 2020 Annual Meeting & Institute

Kristina J. Alayan is the Law Library Director and Assistant Professor of Law at Howard University. Before joining Howard, she was the Head of Reference and Adjunct Professor of Law at Georgetown. During her tenure at Georgetown, she also served as the Head of Content Acquisitions and Management.  From 2010 – 2015, she was at Duke Law as the Foreign and International Law Reference Librarian and Lecturing Fellow. At Duke, she taught legal research in the required JD and LLM programs. She has also contributed to the first MOOC law course offered through Duke (International Human Rights Law: Prospects and Challenges). She earned her MLIS with a certificate in Law Librarianship from the University of Washington. She graduated from the University of Oregon School of Law with certificates in the International Law and Pro Bono programs. Her undergraduate degree is from Swarthmore College. She has served in various leadership positions in the American Association of Law Libraries (AALL), the International Association of Law Libraries (IALL), and the American Society of International Law (ASIL). She is also an active member of the Law Librarians Society of Washington, DC (LLSDC), and currently serves as LLSDC President. In 2019, she was recognized as an AALL Emerging Leader.

Sharon Bradley is the Digital and Scholarly Resources Librarian at Mercer University School of Law. She will be creating and organizing Mercer Law’s digital repository. Additionally, she’ll be teaching the Introduction to Legal Research and Advanced Legal Research classes. Bradley was previously the Special Collections Librarian at the University of Georgia School of Law and the Reference Librarian for Technology Education at the Thomas M. Cooley School of Law. Her obsession with organizing and decluttering is long-standing. She has instructed her family that her headstone is to read, “I’m Finally Organized.”

Tina Brooks is the Electronic Services Librarian and Associate Professor of Legal Research at the University of Kentucky. Along with her colleague, Beau Steenken, she is the author of Sources of American Law: an Introduction to Legal Research. Before coming to the University of Kentucky, she studied history and Spanish at the University of Northern Iowa, received her J.D. from the University of Nebraska College of Law, and obtained her Masters in Information Science at the University of Texas's School of Information.

Anne Burnett is the Foreign and International Law Librarian at the University of Georgia Law Library and teaches courses in Advanced Legal Research and International Legal Research. As a member of the law library’s Course Design & Development Team, she has a special interest in seeking and trying effective teaching methods.

Femi Cadmus is the Archibald C. and Frances Fulk Rufty Research Professor of Law, Associate Dean of Information Services and Technology, and Director of the Michael J. Goodson Library. For nearly three decades, Femi has worked in both academic and law firm law libraries, where she has taught legal research and analysis and law practice technology to law students and attorneys. Cadmus comes to Duke Law from Cornell University, where she was Edward Cornell Law Librarian, Associate Dean for Library Services and Professor of the Practice from 2011-2018. Her previous professional experience also includes positions at Yale Law School, George Mason University School of Law (now Antonin Scalia Law School), and the University of Oklahoma College of Law. Cadmus is active in regional and national library associations including the American Association of Law Libraries, in which she is immediate past president. She has served on the advisory boards of LawArXiv, The Global Online Access to Legal Information (GOALI), and currently on LLMC Digital. Her research focus, publications, and presentations cover topics such as law and technology, the evolving role of the modern-day law library, open access to legal information, and law library management and administration. Cadmus’ educational background includes an LL.B. from the University of Jos, Nigeria, B.L Nigerian Law School, LL.M. (Law in Development), University of Warwick, England, and M.L.I.S. from the University of Oklahoma. She is admitted to practice in New York.

Meredith Capps is the Foreign and International Law Librarian and Head of Faculty Services at Vanderbilt University Law Library.  Meredith began her legal career as an associate with Hogan Lovells US, based in Washington, D.C., where she practiced for seven years in the firm’s White Collar Defense and Investigations group, focusing on the health care industry.  While completing her MSLIS at Catholic University, she worked as a library intern at the U.S. Department of Justice, and as the Reference and Faculty Services Librarian at the George Mason University Law Library.   She earned her JD at Vanderbilt, where she served as symposium editor and articles editor of the Vanderbilt Law Review, and her BA at George Washington University.

Carol Collins is the Head of Technical Services at the University of Tennessee, Joel A. Katz Law Library.  She oversees the cataloging, serials management, electronic resources, binding, and materials processing.  In 2019 Collins managed the migration from Innovative Interfaces (Sierra) to OCLC’s WMS. She has been a member of the American Association of Law Libraries and the Southeastern Chapter of the American Association of Law Libraries since 2001. Collins is the incoming chair, 2020-2021, of AALL’s Technical Services Special Interest Section.

Alyson Drake is the Assistant Director for Operations & Education Programs and Director of the Excellence in Legal Research Program at the Texas Tech University School of Law, where she designs, assesses and teaches in the first-year Legal Practice Program, as well as courses in Texas Legal Research, Criminal Trial Research, and Foreign, Comparative, and International Law Research.  Professor Drake’s scholarship focuses on the role cognitive science should play in legal research instruction.  Professor Drake blogs on topics related to educational psychology, pedagogy, and more at www.legalresearchpedagogy.com.

Sarah Dunaway is a Research Services Librarian and Lecturer in Law in Vanderbilt’s Alyne Queener Massey Law Library, who teaches legal research to first-year law students as well as Advanced Legal Research. Before joining Vanderbilt’s law library staff in 2018, Dunaway earned her J.D. at St. Thomas University School of Law, where she was an executive editor of the Intercultural Human Rights Law Review. She then worked as an associate attorney at Saleh & Associates in Coral Gables, Florida, where she assisted with the firm’s federal cases and worked on cases in all areas of immigration law. She left practice in 2015 to earn her master’s degree in library and information science with a specialization in law librarianship at the University of Washington. While studying for her M.L.I.S., Dunaway was a law library intern in the Ninth Circuit Court Library and at the Marian Gould Gallagher Law Library, both in Seattle, Washington. She then went on to serve as the Assistant Law Librarian for References Services at the Public Law Library of King County in Seattle, Washington. She is a member of the American Association of Law Libraries as well as the Southeastern Chapter of the American Association of Law Libraries.

Allison Fentress has been the solo librarian for the U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims since 2007. She earned her MLS from Indiana University and has had a varied career in public and academic libraries, and law firms. Previous positions include Acquisitions/Collection Development Librarian at The Ohio State University Moritz Law Library and Coordinator of Acquisitions & Cataloging at Millsaps College Library in Jackson, MS. 

Brian Flaherty is the Instructional Services Librarian at Boston University Law School.  Brian has worked in libraries for 30 years, starting as an Acquisitions Clerk at the New England School of Law in 1990.  He has held numerous positions in libraries, including Government Documents Librarian, Acquisitions Librarian, and Legal Reference Librarian.  He has given a number of presentations over the years, most recently “Research Shows… Integrating Pedagogical Science into Curriculum Design” at TeachX in 2019, and a poster session, “Legal Research Exercising: Getting Legal Research Up and Running” at AALL in 2019.  Brian received an MLS from Simmons College in 1995.

Ellen Frentzen is the Associate Director for Administration and Access Services at the Fineman & Pappas Law Libraries. In this role, she works on planning, management, and assessment of library services, systems, and collections and overseeing the Access Services department, as well as aiding at the reference desk and teaching legal research to students in the First-Year Writing and American Law LLM programs, the law library’s Research Skills for Practice Program, and a for-credit Administrative Law Research class. She also serves on the Assessment Committee, which conducts qualitative and quantitative research in all BU Libraries to better understand faculty and student scholarly needs. Previously she worked as a Reference and Instruction Librarian at the University of South Carolina’s Coleman Karesh Law Library and an intern at both the Social Law Library and the Marian Gould Gallagher Library at the University of Washington. Ellen received her Master’s in Library and Information Science with a specialization in Law Librarianship from the University of Washington and her J.D. with a concurrent LL.M. in International and Comparative Law from Cornell Law School. While at Cornell, she was a Managing Editor for the Cornell Journal of Law & Public Policy, a Bench Editor for the Moot Court Board, and a Research Assistant for the Cornell eRulemaking Initiative (CeRI). Her primary research interests are library assessment, management, and government documents. She also regularly writes and presents on teaching legal research and skills-based learning to millennials. 

Mariah Ford is a Research Services Librarian and Lecturer in Law at Vanderbilt’s Alyne Queener Massey Law Library. Before joining Vanderbilt in 2019, Mariah was the Associate Director for Educational Programs at the University of Pennsylvania Law School. Mariah received her J.D. from Columbia Law School in 2011 and her M.L.I.S. from the University of Washington in 2012.

Lisa A. Goodman is Executive Professor and Director of the Dee J. Kelly Law Library at Texas A&M University School of Law. Her previous positions include Associate Law Librarian for Administration at Yale Law School’s Lillian Goldman Law Library and Interim Director and Associate Director for Public Services at Louisiana State University’s Paul M. Hebert Law Center Library. She has taught both first-year and advanced legal research classes. Before becoming a law librarian, Lisa practiced with the Detroit firm of Dickinson Wright PLLC. She holds a JD and an MLIS from Wayne State University, a BS from Eastern Michigan University, and a BA from the University of Michigan. Lisa is active in the American Association of Law Libraries, including serving as chair of ALL-SIS and AALL’s Black Caucus. She is a member of the State Bar of Michigan.

Katie Hanschke heads access services and coordinates instruction in Vanderbilt’s Alyne Queener Massey Law Library. Before joining Vanderbilt in 2018, Hanschke was a reference librarian at the North Carolina Central University Law Library, where she focused on student services from 2015 to 2017 and on faculty services from 2017 to 2018. Before joining the staff at the North Carolina Central University Law Library, she was a law library fellow at the Cracchiolo Law Library at the University of Arizona James E. Rogers College of Law. While earning her J.D. at Georgia State University, she was a graduate research and reference assistant in the law library and interned at the Eleventh Circuit and Southern District of Georgia Law Libraries.

Edward T. Hart is the Assistant Dean for the Law Library and Lecturer of Law for the UNT Dallas College of Law. He oversees the services and collections of the Law Library, including legal research instruction. Prior to coming to Dallas, Hart was Head of Technical Services and Adjunct Professor of Law at the University of Florida Levin College of Law.  A native of Valdosta, Georgia, Hart graduated from Valdosta State University before going on to the New England School of Law. He earned his Master's in Library Science from Simmons College and an LLM in European Union from Northumbria University. Hart is the author of the chapter “Technical Services 2.0” in Law Libraries in the Digital Age.  He has published articles that appeared in such journals as International Journal of Legal Information, Legal Information Management, and Journal of Southern Legal History.  Hart has been a member of the American Association of Law Libraries since 2000 and a member of SEAALL since 2005.  He is a past president of SEAALL, as well as the Dallas Association of Law Librarians.  During the 2018-2019 academic year, he oversaw the adoption of the open-software library management system Koha as provided by ByWater Solutions.  The law library took the lead on the migration of the UNT Dallas libraries from their use of the III Millennium system that they had used in partnership with the University Libraries of the University of North Texas.

Phebe E. Huderson-Poydras is Director of Library Services at the Oliver B. Spellman Law Library at Southern University Law Center.  In addition to her position in the law library, she also teaches Legal Research.  Phebe has over 15 years of administrative experience in law libraries. She has served as the founding Associate Dean for Library Affairs for Indiana Tech Law School and as Director of Florida A&M College of Law. She has an M.L.I.S. from Louisiana State University, a J.D from Southern University Law Center, and a B.A. from the University of New Orleans.

Anne Hudson is the Senior Faculty Research Librarian at the DePaul University College of Law. Previously, she served in a similar role at Wayne State University for 14 years. Prior to her academic career, she worked for the Department of Justice for 8 years in the Environmental Enforcement, Civil Rights, and Civil case divisions.

Joyce Manna Janto is the Deputy Director of the law library at the University of Richmond School of Law. She has taught Legal Research to first-year students first as a component of the larger Law Skills class and then as an independent one-credit class. She also teaches Advanced Legal Research and Virginia Legal Research to upper-level students. She received her MLS from the University of Pittsburgh and her JD from the University of Richmond.

Zanada Joyner is the Senior Reference Librarian at NCCU School of Law Library, where she manages the reference department and develops reference instruction including teaching in the first-year legal research and writing course, Advanced Legal Research courses, and library summer success and refresher training. Joyner joined the North Carolina Central University School of Law Library on August 1, 2017, as the Library’s Digital Service Librarian. Following that appointment, she served as the Faculty Services Librarian and now Senior Reference Librarian for the Law School. Prior to coming to North Carolina Central, Joyner worked at the University of Georgia Law Library as a Research and Instructional Services Librarian (2015-2017). While completing her Master’s Degree in Library and Information Science, she worked as a Reference Associate at Loyola University New Orleans, College of Law Library (2013-2015). She received her Master of Library and Information Science from Rutgers University and her Juris Doctor and Bachelor of Arts degrees from Loyola University New Orleans.

Julie Kang is currently a candidate for a Masters Degree at Simmons University's School of Library and Information Science. She previously worked in financial regulation at CME Group Inc.'s Market Regulation Department as a Senior Investigator, and as an intern at State Street Corporation and FINRA. She also previously worked as an interest rate swaps interdealer broker at BGC Partners, GFI, and Compagnie Financiere Tradition. Ms. Kang earned her BA from Wellesley College as a double major in Economics and Spanish Language & Literature, her MIA from Yonsei University in International Trade and Finance, and her JD from American University's Washington College of Law. She is a member of the State Bar of New Jersey. She is a nidan in kendo and enjoys swimming and reading.

Kat Klepfer is the Research & Access Services Librarian at the Florida State University College of Law. She has taught Advanced Legal Research in Administrative Law, with a range of concentrations in Financial Regulation, Environmental, Health, and Employment law, to both Juris Doctor and Juris Master students. She received her joint JD-MLIS at FSU and worked as a Reference Librarian with her co-presenter, Joyce Manna Janto, at the University of Richmond before returning to her alma mater.

As a native of South Florida, Tarica LaBossiere has enjoyed a lifestyle surrounded by cultural diversity. Throughout her career, she has strived to bring increased diversity practices to law schools and law librarianship. Currently, LaBossiere is Chair of the SEAALL Diversity and Inclusion Committee. She has written and presented at both SEAALL and AALL on topics related to increasing diversity practices in the workplace and in the classroom. LaBossiere received her Law Degree at Indiana University Purdue University Robert H. McKinney School of Law and her Master’s in Library Science from Florida State University. After graduating from law school, LaBossiere immediately began her career in Law Librarianship at Nova Southeastern University Shepard Broad College of Law, where she served as a Research and Reference Librarian and Adjunct Professor of Advanced Legal Research. Currently, LaBossiere is practicing as an Assistant Public Defender at the Broward County Office of the Public Defender.

Anna Lawless-Collins oversees the Systems and Collection Services department at the Fineman and Pappas Law Libraries.  In that role, she oversees the management of the collection, including the acquisition of new resources and evaluation of existing resources.  She also oversees the management and use of library systems.  Anna has been thinking about access in the library setting for several years now. She has worked with the Boston University Libraries to create shared licensing language in an effort to make library materials accessible to all; she has worked with the campus Office of Disability and Access Services; and she has completed a Library Juice Academy course called “Introduction to Accessibility and Universal Design in Libraries,” where she learned concrete steps and action items to take to improve her library’s accessibility. She hopes to continue this important work to make her library accessible to all patrons in the Boston University community.

Tara N. Long-Taylor is the current Faculty Research Librarian for the Thurgood Marshall School of Law, Law Library and a Legal Research/Lawyering Process Instructor.  A native of Gulfport, Mississippi, Tara is a graduate of Rice University with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and was Rice University’s Outstanding Woman in 1997.  She also was the President of the Black Student Association and Student Director of ADVANCE Organization while at Rice. Tara acquired her Juris Doctorate from Texas Southern University in 2000. Tara is licensed with the State of Texas and has practiced law for 18 years, and she currently represents two non-profit organizations and conducts a general practice in criminal and family law.  She is a proud wife & mother of a 17-year-old daughter and 5-year-old son.

Jennifer Mart-Rice is the Head of Collection Services at Washington & Lee University School of Law. In addition to her responsibilities surrounding acquisitions and collection services, Jennifer is a member of the instructional team that is responsible for the design and implementation of an appropriate, engaging, and challenging curriculum for the 1L Legal Research course and for legal research student programming/sessions at Washington & Lee. Creating a diverse and inclusive curriculum and classroom environment is of utmost importance in connecting with the students and assisting them as they navigate their way through their educational experience. Prior to joining Washington and Lee, she served as the Assistant Director for Collection Development, Acquisitions, and Serials, and an Assistant Professor of Law Library Services at Northern Kentucky University, Chase College of Law. In addition to her library duties, she was engaged in the law school curriculum committee, university instructional and budgetary committees, taught 1L Legal Research, Advanced Legal Research, and an introductory course to college freshman.

Angela P. Mason is Assistant Director for Public Services at the Oliver B. Spellman Law Library at Southern University Law Center.  In addition to her position in the law library, Angela is also an adjunct professor and is currently teaching Legal Research and Lawyering Process II. She has also taught Advanced Legal Writing and Torts I. Angela is a graduate of Louisiana State University, Southern University Law Center, and Louisiana State University Graduate School.  She is a member of the Louisiana Bar.

Dr. Susan McGee is a proud Jacksonian and a passionate ESL educator. Dr. McGee's education includes a bachelor's degree in graphic design from Mississippi College, a Master of Arts in English from Jackson State University, and a doctorate in Educational Administration and Supervision from Jackson State University. She comes from a long line of educators and considers teaching as much a mission as it is a profession. She lived in the Philippines for a year and taught English in China for four. She has taught English as a Second language in the English as a Second Language Institute at Jackson State University for the past 16 years. During this time, she taught students from over 54 countries.

Shira Megerman is a Senior Legal Information Librarian at the Fineman and Pappas Law Libraries at Boston University School of Law. In this role, she supports the IP faculty, two technology law clinics, and the Journal of Science and Technology Law. She is also the student services librarian, and plans outreach events and creates marketing for the library.  Shira is currently the co-Education Director of LLNE. Before joining BU Law, Shira was a member of SEAALL while she worked at the Lawton Chiles Legal Information Center at the University of Florida School of Law as their Student Services Reference Librarian for five years. As a member of a minority group, and through her supporting student, equity, access, and inclusion are always priorities in all her work.  

Wendy E. Moore is the Associate Director for Collection Services at the University of Georgia School of Law Library.  Active in AALL and SEAALL, she has served on the SEAALL Board as Member-at-Large from 2015-2017, as Chair of the AALL Technical Services Special Interest Section for 2018-19, and as Secretary of the AALL Animal Law Caucus for 2015-16.  She frequently presents on topics related to library management, acquisition issues, and professional growth.

Will Monroe is the Assistant Director for Instructional Technology at the Louisiana State University Law Center. He earned an M.L.I.S. and a Ph.D. in educational leadership and research with a concentration in educational technology from Louisiana State University.  Will is involved with a variety of university and professional service activities.  Dr. Monroe is also an adjunct instructor at LSU’s College of Human Sciences and Education.  He has designed and taught Introduction to Classroom Technology, Information Literacy Instruction, and Design and Development of Multimedia Units.  He has also taught Program Evaluation in the College of Education at Sam Houston State University.

Matthew Neely joined the North Carolina Central University School of Law Library on December 3, 2018, as the Library’s Digital Services Librarian.  Prior to coming to North Carolina Central, Neely received his Master of Library and Information Science from the University of Washington. He received his Juris Doctor from the Cumberland School of Law at Samford University in 2016. He received his Master of Divinity from Beeson Divinity School at Samford University in 2016. Neely received his Bachelor of Science in Political Science from Western Carolina University in 2010.

Elizabeth Outler is Assistant Director for Technical Services at the Oliver B. Spellman Law Library, Southern University Law Center. After 11 years at the University of Florida, Elizabeth changed her career emphasis from a mostly public services focus and began managing technical services at Barry University Law School in Orlando; in early 2018, she moved to Baton Rouge and began working at Southern. She has an M.L.I.S. from Florida State University, a J.D. from the University of Florida, and a B.A. from Smith College.

Beth Parker is the Associate Director, Operations & Collections at Nova Southeastern University’s Panza Maurer Law Library, where she has worked since 2016.  Her areas of interest include law and society, teaching, legal research, criminal law, DNA in post-conviction relief, and LGBTQ rights. She teaches Advanced Legal Research and Post-Conviction Relief Workshop. 

Cassandra Patterson joined Georgia State College of Law in 2019. As the Reference and Outreach Librarian, she oversees all aspects of the Law Library’s outreach services. She provides reference assistance to college staff and students, as well as members of the public. She also participates in the maintenance of the Law Library’s website. Prior to joining the Georgia State School of Law Library, Cassandra worked as a reference librarian at the Elon University School of Law and Charleston School of Law, where she taught first-year Legal Research. She received her Master of Library Science and Juris Doctor (dual degree) from North Carolina Central University and her Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of North Carolina Greensboro.

Nichelle J. Perry is the Law Library Director and Assistant Professor of Law at North Carolina Central University School of Law (NCCU).  Prior to becoming director, she served as the Assistant Director at NCCU and the Reference/Electronic Services Librarian at the Kathrine R. Everett Law Library at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.  Additionally, she served as a judicial law clerk at the North Carolina Court of Appeals for the late Judge Clifton E. Johnson.   She teaches Advanced Legal Research, North Carolina Legal Research, and Law Practice Technology. She earned her JD and MLS from North Carolina Central University and her BA from State University of New York at New Paltz.  She has served on numerous regional and national library association committees.  Currently, she is a member of the SEAALL Diversity and Inclusion Committee and the AALL Innovations Tech Award Jury.  She is also one of the co-authors of North Carolina Legal Research, 3rd ed.

Aimee Pittman is a Reference Librarian at the Paul M. Hebert Law Center Library at Louisiana State University. She also manages the Law Library’s social media accounts. Previously, she was a Legal Services attorney and served as a public library director. She earned her bachelor’s degree from Centre College, her Juris Doctor from the University of Alabama, and her Master of Library Science from Louisiana State University.

Richelle Reid is a Law Librarian for Research Services at Emory Law School’s Hugh F. MacMillan Law Library. She co-designed and teaches in the Mastery of Legal Research Course Series.  She also teaches Child Law & Policy Research, other subject-specific legal research classes, and has taught Advanced Legal Research.  Richelle’s professional interests include universal design methods for accessible and inclusive student learning environments. 

Eve Ross is a Reference Librarian at the University of South Carolina Law Library, prior to which she was a research specialist at McNair Law Firm (now Burr Forman McNair). She received her J.D. and M.L.I.S. from the University of South Carolina.

Franklin L. Runge joined the Washington & Lee School of Law as the Faculty Services Librarian in 2018, and he became the Head of User Services in 2019. He is responsible for access, instructional, and reference services for the Law Library. He is a member of the teaching team that instructs the 1L Legal Research course, and he is always looking for new ways to create an engaged classroom that produces life-long learners. Prior to joining Washington and Lee, he served as the Faculty Services Librarian at the University of Kentucky from 2011 to 2018. In addition to his work as a librarian at UK, he served as the Chairperson for Sexual Misconduct Appeals for the entire campus and for a brief time as the Director of Admissions (law). Prior to entering academia, Franklin practiced law at Weisman & McIntyre (Boston, Massachusetts), where he focused on product liability cases against tobacco companies, education reform litigation at the state level, and seatbelt safety litigation against automotive manufacturers.

Adrienne Shields is the Associate Director of Library Services and an adjunct professor at Southern University Law Center. Shields has a Bachelor of Arts, magna cum laude, from Southern University. She has a Juris Doctor degree from Southern University Law Center and a Master’s in Library and Information Science from Louisiana State University. Furthermore, has a certificate in records management from Louisiana State University. She also has a certificate in Human Resources Management and is a member of the Louisiana State Bar Association.

Heather J.E. Simmons joined the University of Georgia School of Law Alexander Campbell King Law Library in 2019 as Associate Director for Instruction and Access Services.  She previously worked at the University of Illinois College of Law’s Albert E. Jenner, Jr. Memorial Law Library as Law and Business Reference Librarian and Teaching Associate Professor. She worked at General Motors for 17 years in a variety of positions within the GM Libraries. She also served as the Assistant Director of the Arthur Neff Law Library at Wayne State University.  Simmons earned her BA from the University of Michigan, her JD from Wayne State University and her MLS from the University of Michigan.  She is a member of the State Bar of Michigan and is active in the American Association of Law Libraries.

Itunu Sofidiya is a Reference Librarian and Adjunct Professor of Law at the Georgetown Law Center. Prior to joining Georgetown, Itunu served as the Learning Resources Librarian and Legal Research Professor at Texas Southern University.  She has also worked as a Staff Attorney for a non-profit and an Associate Attorney for a firm that dealt with immigration and criminal law matters (specifically death penalty appeals).  Itunu earned her BA from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County. She holds a Masters of Library Science from Texas Woman’s University, where she became a member of the Epsilon Omega Epsilon Honor Society, and a JD, with honors, from Thurgood Marshall School of Law, where she was a member of the Innocence Project.  She is currently on the SEAALL Diversity and Inclusion Committee and is also a member of the American Association of Law Libraries, American Libraries Association, and of the state bar of Maryland.

Beau Steenken is the Instructional Services Librarian and Associate Professor of Legal Research at the University of Kentucky. Along with his colleague, Tina Brooks, he is the author of Sources of American Law: an Introduction to Legal Research. Before coming to the University of Kentucky, he managed to collect a B.A., a J.D., and an M.S.I.S. from the University of Texas, as well as an M.A. in history from Texas State University and an LL.M. in Public International law from the University of Nottingham, where he also took up archery.

Melissa Strickland is the Associate Director for Public Services at the Louisiana State University Law Center Library.  She joined the Law Center in 2017. Prior to that, she was the Reference and Electronic Services Librarian at Charleston School of Law.  She has been teaching various classes since 2010. 

Thomas “TJ” Striepe is the Associate Director of Research Services at the University of Georgia School of Law Library.  He has been at the Georgia Law Library since 2011 and teaches legal courses on Advanced Legal Research, Business Legal Research, and 1L Legal Research.  TJ has presented at AALL and SEAALL on a variety of law librarianship topics such as scholarly impact, outreach to faculty, and intuitional repositories.

Amy Taylor is Clinical Services and Research Librarian at the University of Georgia Alexander Campbell King Law Library. She also teaches 1L Legal Research, Georgia Legal Research, and Advanced Legal Research. Previously she has worked as a research librarian at Crowell & Moring and as an academic law librarian at American, Duke, and Georgetown. She earned her bachelor’s degree from Rhodes College, her J.D. from the University of Alabama and her M.S.I.S. from The Catholic University of America.

Candle Wester is the Associate Director for Faculty Services and Administration at the University of South Carolina School of Law Library. Prior to joining UofSC Law, she was the access services librarian at Southern Illinois School of Law Library. She received her J.D. from the University of Nebraska and her M.S.L.I.S from the University of Illinois.



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