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With Its Second 3L Dinner, the Law School Solidifies a


New Tradition Farewell Amy Emerson


Pat Jones Retires


Welcome to the Law Library


Bitner Fellow Visits: Making Connections


Legal Research Clinic: Filling a Gap in Legal Services


The Winning Paper of the Cantwell Research Prize


Legal Information for Developing Countries


Cornell Law Institute for High School Students


LawArXiv Wins AALL’s 2018 Innovations in Technology


Award Cornell Law Library Speaker Series 2017-2018


By the Numbers




Professional Highlights


2018 Gifts to the Law Library


MESSAGE FROM THE DIRECTOR A year of transitions and accomplishments would

Our inaugural two-day summer law institute for

be an apt description for the past year. The law

high school students, an educational oppor-

library said goodbye to beloved staff and wel-

tunity free to local students, was held in June.

comed new colleagues (read more about our

Law faculty taught students a wide variety of le-

transitions in the report). Our collaborative and

gal topics in this program. You can read more

engaged team of librarians and staff continued

about the summer institute in this report. We

to pursue initiatives in furtherance of our mission,

continued our commitment to knowledge im-

which very simply but powerfully states that the

partation and information sharing by hosting vis-

Cornell Law Library advances excellence in le-

itors from near and far, including two of our Bit-

gal scholarship, research, and teaching through

ner Research fellows from Nigeria and Brazil.

creative services and strategic partnerships. We were excited that work began in the spring In March, we joined with partners at Yale and

to restore the Edwin S. Dawson Rare Book Room

the International Labor Organization to formally

(repurposed in 2012 to accommodate a new

launch the Global Online Access to Legal infor-

entrance). Located in the former alumni and

mation (GOALI) program in Geneva. This inter-

development offices outside of the law library,

national outreach program will promote the rule

the anticipated completion date for the new

of law by removing the barriers to legal informa-

rare book reading room is Fall 2018.

tion in emerging economies by partnering with publishers to provide free or low cost access to

I extend my gratitude to our supporters who,

legal information worldwide. Cornell Law Library

through their consistent and dedicated giv-

has the responsibility for providing instruction

ing, make it possible for us to execute our mis-

and teaching, principally applying a “train the

sion. This will be my final report as I prepare to

trainer model.” In May, we were recipients of

leave Cornell in November. It has been a dis-

an Engaged Cornell Opportunity Grant, which

tinct privilege and special honor to serve as the

will enable us to travel internationally with law

Edward Cornell Law Librarian since 2011 and

students to deploy training and instruction in le-

the seventh director of the law library. My ten-

gal research.

ure at Cornell has been an inspirational journey, an amazing adventure shared with wonderful

Also, in May, we celebrated the one-year an-

colleagues. To the dedicated staff of the law

niversary of LawArXiv, the only non-commercial

library, thank you for your support, commitment

legal scholarship repository, which has close to

and friendship over the years—continue to ad-

800 papers from researchers worldwide and a

vance excellence!

total of 67,961 downloads. We were thrilled to be recognized with an Innovation in Technology award by the American Association of Law

Femi Cadmus

Libraries (AALL) at the 2018 annual meeting in

Edward Cornell Law Librarian



WITH ITS SECOND 3L DINNER, THE LAW SCHOOL SOLIDIFIES A NEW TRADITION For only the third time in history, the silence

set manager. Hill began at the beginning,

of the Gould Reading Room was broken

talking about his first 1L assignment and

by toasts, clinking glasses, and graduating

the lasting impressions of his time at Cornell

students eating three–course meals. “Wel-

Law. “This place gets into your soul,” said

come to this second annual 3L class din-

Hill, waxing poetic about the familiar sights

ner,” said Eduardo Peñalver, the Allan R.

and sounds of being back in the reading

Tessler Dean and Professor of Law, open-

room. “Your classmates have become

ing the festivities on April 19. “Convocation

your closest friends, and you’ve spent the

is obviously a wonderful celebration, par-

last three years living the law in an intellec-

ticularly in its inclusion of friends and fam-

tual, spiritual way. You may not appreci-

ily. But tonight is an opportunity for us to

ate how that’s affected you now, but you

come together as a small community of

will someday.”

students, faculty, and administrators who have worked side by side as you moved

Counseling the graduating class on re-

toward this wonderful achievement.”

lationships, Hill’s advice was straight-forward: Nurture the friendships you made

For the salad course, Michael C. Dorf, the

here in Ithaca. Attend alumni events. Cul-

Robert S. Stevens Professor of Law, provid-

tivate your connections to the Law School.

ed wisdom from Oliver Wendell Holmes

Give back whenever you can. Visit cam-

Jr. Starting with the best-known part of

pus. On top of everything else, be proud

Holmes’s quote—that one may “live

you made it through these three intense

greatly in the law”—Dorf added his own


advice on how to live greatly in the law: by choosing meaningful work, continu-

This story originally appeared in the Cornell Law Spotlight Ithaca, NEW YORK, May 8, 2018

ing to challenge yourself after law school, and always finding new subjects to learn, from guitar to Portuguese to cross-country skiing. “Whatever you do,” he said, “don’t stagnate. By all means, live greatly in the law, but even more, just live greatly.” With that, the entrees arrived and Dorf turned the microphone to alumni speaker James Hill, a member of the Cornell Law School Advisory Council and a senior advisor at BlackRock, the world’s largest as-


3L dinner participants



In May, we celebrated Amy Emerson, Di-

trative and teaching roles in the law library

rector for Administrative Services, Direc-

and most recently as Director of the Legal

tor of the Legal Research Clinic, for her 10

Research Clinic and Adjunct Clinical Pro-

years of service to Cornell Law Library as

fessor of Law. The Legal Research Clinic

she left to become the Director of the Law

is a first of its kind in law school clinical ed-

Library and Assistant Professor of Law at

ucation and a concept Amy conceived

Villanova University Charles Widger School

and deployed with the assistance of an

of Law. Amy joined the Cornell Law Library

Engaged Cornell grant. We thank Amy for

as a Research Services Librarian in 2008 af-

her significant contributions and wish her

ter practicing law for nine years. She has

the best of luck in her new position.

steadily proven herself in various adminis-


From left: Elizabeth Teskey, Carol Clune, Melissa Littlejohn, Ariel Scotese, Amy Emerson, Chris O’Hara, Jane Drumheller, Kathy Hartman, and Cynthia Lange

PAT JONES RETIRES In December, we celebrated Pat Jones,

for help for the holidays. The librarians

Senior Accounts Assistant, as she retired

and staff donate presents for the mem-

after 37 years at Cornell. Pat Jones made

bers of the family, as well as the family’s

significant contributions to the Law Li-

holiday meal and a three day supply of

brary both in her work and by spear-

food. In the picture, Pat is standing next

heading the Law Library’s participation

to the gifts that the Law Library provid-

in programs such as the Salvation Army’s

ed to last year’s family, reminding us of

Adopt-A-Family Program. As a result,

the difference that a little kindness can

each year since 2001 the Salvation Army

make. We thank Pat and wish her all the

sends the Law Library a request to spon-

best in her endeavors.

sor a family that has registered with them


WELCOME TO THE LAW LIBRARY Jacob Sayward joined us as the new Director for Collections and Operations. Prior to coming to Cornell, Jacob was the Head of Electronic



Adjunct Professor at Law at Fordham Law School. Before his time at Fordham, Jacob was at the Law Library for the Office of the Attorney General of New York. Jacob graduated with a B.A. from Cornell, a J.D. from Penn State-Dickinson School of Law, and an M.S.L.I.S. from Pratt Institute. He is admitted to practice in New York. Welcome, Jacob! Peter Hook joined us as the new Head of Digital and Scholarly Services and LawArXiv


tor. Peter joins us from Wayne State University, where he was an Assistant Professor in the School of Information Sciences. His research and teaching foci were in data analytics, information visualization, domain mapping, academic libraries, and information policy. Before Wayne State, Peter practiced law (1997–1999) and was an academic law librarian at the University of Illinois (2000–2001) and Indiana University (2001–2012). Peter graduated


with a J.D. from the University of Kansas

Latia Ward joined us

School of Law (1997), an M.S.L.I.S. from

as the Research Ser-

the University of Illinois (2000), and a Ph.D.

vices Librarian and Di-

in Information Science from Indiana Uni-


versity (2014). Welcome, Peter!

Ward graduated from



the University of North Sabrina Sondhi joined us

Carolina at Chapel Hill

as the new Director for

with a Bachelor of Arts in English and a

Administrative Services.

Master of Science in Library Science. She

After earning her J.D.

graduated from Wake Forest Universi-

from Cornell Law School

ty School of Law with a Juris Doctor and

in 2001, Sabrina clerked

is a member of the North Carolina State

for a Magistrate Judge

Bar. In addition, Latia is an active mem-

of the United States District Court in the

ber of the American Association of Law

Northern District of Ohio. She then prac-

Libraries and the American Bar Associa-

ticed law in California, including working

tion. Prior to joining Cornell, Latia was a

as a trial attorney for Safeco Insurance

reference librarian and assistant profes-

Company. She received her M.L.I.S. with

sor at Indiana Tech Law School and a le-

a specialization in Law Librarianship from

gal reference librarian at the Law Library

the University of Washington in 2008. She

of Congress. Welcome, Latia!

spent the next ten years working at the Diamond Law Library at Columbia Law

Ariel Scotese was ap-

School as their Special Collections and


Services Librarian. During that time she

Research Services Li-

managed their Law Firm Subscription

brarian. In addition to

Services, their digitization initiatives, and

her new role as the Ac-

their extensive collection of rare books,

cess and Research Ser-

archives, and institutional history. At Cor-

vices Librarian, Ariel is

nell Law Library, Sabrina manages ad-

also serving as the Assistant Director of

ministrative operations, helps create li-

the Legal Research Clinic. Ariel started

brary policies and procedure, oversees

at the Law Library as the Research Ser-

special collections, and teaches legal

vices and Diversity Fellow. Congratula-

research. Welcome, Sabrina!

tions, Ariel!




BITNER FELLOW VISITS: again and again.” During the fellowship, Bamgbose visited a prison library. Bamgbose also presented at Cornell Law Library about freedom of information laws in Nigeria. Bamgbose also attended the 36th Annual Course on International Law and Legal Information of the International Association of Law Libraries. Bamgbose said “the conference, which would be my first IALL meeting, provided me with an opportunity to learn, unlearn and relearn… I had the opportunity to engage with the participants, for one of whom we have recently Oludayo John Bamgbose The Law Library hosted two Bitner Research Fellows this year: Oludayo John Bamgbose of the Law library at Ajayi Crowther University in Oyo, Nigeria; and Marilia de Souza de Mello of the Law Library in the First Federal Court House of Brasilia, Brazil. Oludayo John Bamgbose visited Cornell in October 2017. Throughout his fellowship, Bamgbose met with members of the Cornell Law Library and Law School communities and attended classes. Of the fellowship, Bamgbose said, “From the reception, to the lunch and other social outings, to the highly academic and intellectually stimulating engagements, it was a holistic experience one can only ask for


submitted an application that would facilitate access to knowledge in Nigeria through the instrumentality of FOI Law.” After the Fellowship, one thing Bamgbose plans to do is engage in the training of law librarians in Nigeria. Bamgbose said, “I plan to pass down my training during the annual conference of Nigerian Law Librarians to be held in October 2018, with the topic ‘What Law Librarians Do Differently in the United States.’” The research that Bamgbose did during the fellowship was the foundation of his article, “Access to Prison Law Libraries as a Precursor to Effective Administration of Justice in Nigeria: Lessons from the United States of America,” published in the International Journal of Legal Information, July 2018.

MAKING CONNECTIONS Marília de Souza de Mello visited Cornell in July 2018. She is the director of the Law Library in the First Federal Court House of Brasilia, Brazil. During the fellowship, she studied best practices and innovations in law library services and met with members of the Cornell Law Library and Law School community. She also visited New York City to meet with librarians at the US Court of International Trade and the US Second Circuit Court of Appeals. De Mello also attended the 111th Annual Meeting of the American Association of Law Libraries (AALL) in Baltimore, Maryland and concluded the fellowship with a presentation to Law Library staff about legal research in Brazil.

Marilia de Souza de Mello

“It was brilliant to meet other librarians and professionals who shared with me their knowledge in a context completely different from my reality, as a law librarian of a federal court in Brazil…Thank you all for allowing me the opportunity to expand my skills through this fellowship. Special thanks to the Bitner family who have funded this opportunity, because otherwise this experience would not have been possible.” About the Bitner Fellowship The Bitner Research Fellows program was established to provide opportunities for foreign law librarians to access Cornell Law Library’s resources and the expertise of its staff while learning about advanced legal research in a global context. The endowment funding this opportunity is a tribute to the late Professor Harry Bitner, Cornell Law Librarian (1965–76) by his daughter and son-in-law, Lorraine and Richard Gilden, J.D. ’71. The fellowship carries on his legacy and contributions to the Cornell law community and to the field of law librarianship.


LEGAL RESEARCH CLINIC: FILLING A GAP IN LEGAL SERVICES Now in its third year, the Law Library’s Legal

will, among other matters. He said that the

Research Clinic continues to provide stu-

work was excellent, and for him to make a

dents with the opportunity to gain valuable

point to approach me demonstrated how

experience working with clients. In addition

meaningful this work was for him.” Beth

to gaining this experience, the students in

Lyon, Clinical Professor of Law, Cornell Law

the Law Library Legal Research Clinic have


the opportunity to make an impact on our local community.

“The presence of Cornell University’s Legal Research Clinic is extremely valuable

Ken Rother, Director of Rev: Ithaca Startup

to the many people who receive services

Works said the following about the value

from Loaves & Fishes of Tompkins County.

of the services provided by the Legal Re-

Starting Fall of 2016, the Legal Research

search Clinic:

Clinic became a regular fixture, visiting our guests monthly during the school year. The

“The clinic held 6 workshops at Rev in 2017.

presence of clinic personnel in our dining

These office hours allowed entrepreneurs

hall is particularly appreciated when guests

and startups the chance to delve into le-

reveal they have a pressing legal concern

gal challenges they face but might not

to Loaves & Fishes staff or Volunteer Ad-

be able to investigate with their limited re-

vocates. This collaboration enables law

sources. As a partnership of the three ac-

school staff and students the opportunity

ademic institutions in Ithaca, Rev is always

to provide meaningful assistance to low-in-

looking for any means of bringing universi-

come people who otherwise could not af-

ty resources like the Cornell Legal Research

ford to seek legal services.” J.R. Clairborne,

Clinic into the community.”

Loaves and Fishes Advocacy Coordinator.

Other notes reflect the same appreciation for the services the Legal Research Clinic provides. “The Legal Research Clinic clearly fills a need for assistance in the community, and recently I was reminded what a great impact the Clinic can have in the life of a local resident. While I was at Loaves and Fishes to provide other legal services, a client of the Legal Research Clinic approached me and made a point to thank Cornell Law School for helping him with a


From left: Amanda Wong (class of 2019), Leonardo Mangat (class of 2019), and Ariel Scotese.

THE WINNING PAPER OF THE CANTWELL RESEARCH PRIZE dant’s presumption of innocence in an anonymous jury, the parties’ trial strategy, the court’s broad discretion, the public’s concern over the legitimacy of verdicts, and the jury’s accountability with regards to anonymous decisionmaking.” His research required a careful analysis of studies regarding the impact of anonymity on group decisionmaking and various cases where anonymous juries were used. “After finishing my Note, I have gained a greater appreciation for the sheer amount Leonardo Mangat

of resources at our disposal,” Mangat said.

The winning paper of the Cantwell Research Prize is “A Jury of Your [Redacted]: The Rise and Implications of Anonymous

Funding for the Cantwell Prize is provided by an endow-

Juries,” by Leonardo Mangat, 2L.

ment given to the Law Library by Barbara Cantwell in honor of her late husband, Robert Cantwell, a 1956 graduate

Mangat’s paper examines the relative-

of Cornell Law School.

ly recent phenomenon of the “anonymous jury,” which a judge can empanel in

In addition to a monetary award, winners are invited to

criminal cases, and ultimately argues that

publish their papers in Scholarship@Cornell Law, the Law

courts should rely on the Seventh Circuit’s

Library’s digital repository, and to feature their papers in

test to determine whether an anonymous

Reading Room displays.

or confidential jury should be empaneled. The paper also argues that anonymous juries should be required to issue reasoned verdicts. According to the paper, using the Seventh Circuit’s test and requiring anonymous juries to issue reasoned verdicts will “address concerns regarding the defen-



From left: Dr. Lilian Gondeni Chikwava and Dr. Susan Isiko Strba, Research4Life researchers with Professor Cadmus at the GOALI Launch in Geneva, Switzerland. On March 6, 2018 in Geneva Switzerland,

with Research4Life. Their goal is strength-

Cornell Law Library in partnership with the

ening the rule of law, evidence-based

International Labor Organization, Yale Law

research, healthcare, policymaking and

Library and leading publishers, formally

global justice in developing countries by

launched the Global Online Access to Le-

providing access to free or low-cost legal

gal Information (GOALI) initiative. The in-


ternational project, will give users in more than 115 developing countries access to

Key topics include international law, hu-

a wide range of essential legal information

man rights, humanitarian law and labor

for their work and studies that they would

law – areas that can help strengthen legal

not normally be able to obtain due to eco-

frameworks and institutions in many de-

nomic and technical barriers.

veloping countries. Governments, universities, law schools, research and not-for-


GOALI has been developed with the par-

profit institutions, as well as the secretariats

ticipation of publishers, UN organizations

of national workers’ and employers’ orga-

and academics, as part of a collaboration

nizations will have access to GOALI. The program will also contribute to UN Sustain-


able Development Goal 16—Peace, Justice

ternational law, human rights, humanitari-

and Strong Institutions.

an law and labor law to researchers, students, librarians, policymakers, judges and

“Cornell Law Library is excited to partici-

legal experts. 

pate as a founding academic partner in Research4Life’s newest program,” said Femi

The Cornell Law Library has since begun to

Cadmus, Edward Cornell Law Librarian and

contribute its expertise in the areas of re-

Associate Dean and Professor of Practice at

search, teaching and learning by provid-

Cornell Law School. “This initiative will pro-

ing instructional support to participants in

mote access to justice by removing the

the program both virtually and in person to

economic and technological barriers to

far-reaching countries in Asia, South Amer-

proprietary legal information in developing

ica and Africa. The law library was also a

economies around the world.”  

recipient of an Engaged Cornell Opportunity grant in April, which will help expand

The world’s leading academic publish-

the reach of training and instruction with

ers will offer academic and peer-reviewed

assistance from law students.

journals, publications and databases on in-

A version of this story originally appeared in Cornell University Library News.

From left: Nina Scholtz, Latia Ward, Peter Hook, Jacob Sayward, and Femi Cadmus with the students.

CORNELL LAW INSTITUTE FO In June, 14 local juniors and seniors at-

study of law, learned about the intersec-

tended the inaugural Cornell Law In-

tion between the law and current events,

stitute for High School Students. Devel-

and received guidance on pursuing a le-

oped and hosted by the Law Library, the

gal career.

goal of this free, two-day program was


to introduce these students to the study

The response from the students to this

of law and the legal profession. The stu-

new program was overwhelmingly pos-

dents attended lectures taught by Cor-

itive, and in general, students agreed

nell Law faculty, local attorneys and a

that this program allowed them to con-

judge where they were exposed to the

sider the law as a viable career path.

Eduardo M. Peñalver, the Allan R. Tessler Dean of Cornell Law School, teaching the students about case analysis.

OR HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS “I really loved and appreciated this pro-

different possibilities and definitely makes

gram. I thought studying law was com-

me want to continue pursuing law.”

pletely unachievable and I did not understand how lawyers can truly help others. I

“I really enjoyed the program and how

enjoyed the presentations and learning

much it opened me up to the study of law.

about different careers that having a law

Before coming, I had almost zero interest in

degree provides. I am definitely consider-

it, and law school seemed so unattainable

ing law school now.”

for me, but learning the different paths you can take and the many opportunities that

“This program was amazing. It really was able to open up my mind to a bunch of

it offers really intrigues me.”


L AW A R X IV WINS AALL’ s 2018 INNOVATIONS IN TECHNOLOGY AWARD LawArXiv, a product associated with the

gal scholarship,” said Jennifer Behrens,

Cornell Law Library, has won the 2018 In-

chair of the 2018 AALL Innovations in Tech-

novations in Technology Award from

nology Award jury.

the American Association of Law Libraries (AALL). is the only free,

Launched in May 2017, LawArXiv was de-

open access, nonprofit, pre and post print

veloped and is supported by a collabora-

repository devoted to legal scholarship. It

tion of the Legal Information Preservation

currently has 778 articles and over 68,000

Alliance (LIPA), the Mid American Law Li-

cumulative downloads.

braries Consortium (MALLCO), NELLCO Library Consortium Inc. and the Cornell Law

A jury of law librarian members of AALL se-

Library, which also provides administrative

lected LawArXiv for the award. It did so

and leadership support.

based on a selection criterion evaluating its benefit to the legal information commu-

“It is wonderful that we have been rec-

nity and its innovative use of technology

ognized for our work providing the only

to serve as “the human connection be-

non-commercial pre and post-print repos-

tween technology, the information, and

itory for scholarly legal articles,” said Peter

the user experience,” according to the

Hook, Law ArXiv Adminstrator and Head of

award website.

Digital and Scholarly Services in the law library. “LawArxiv is committed to providing

“Award jury members praised LawArXiv’s

authors and institutions a place to archive

accessible interface and its commitment

and share their work without being mone-

to providing a free, open-access online

tized by for-profit vendors.”

platform for publishing and preserving leInterested persons are encouraged to contact LawArXiv with questions, feedback, or comments, at A version of this story will appear in the Cornell Law Spotlight Ithaca, NEW YORK

Left to right: Greg Lambert (AALL President), Femi Cadmus (Cornell Law), and Peter Hook (Cornell Law) accept the award


at the AALL Annual Meeting in Baltimore, Maryland on July 15, 2018.

CORNELL LAW LIBRARY SPEAKER SERIES 2017-2018 “Revisiting Puerto Rico’s Political Sta-

“Cornell Legal Research Clinic”

tus: The Puerto Rico v. Sánchez Valle

Amy Emerson, Director of the Legal

Case and its Implication in Contem-

Research Clinic, Cornell Law Library

porary International Law”

May 1, 2018

Carlos Andrés Pagán, 2017 Summer Diversity Fellow

“Indigenous Legal Initiatives at UVic

August 25, 2017

Law Library” Kim Nayyer, Associate University Li-

“A Refresher on Competitive Intelli-

brarian for Law, University of Victoria

gence in Big Law”

May 3, 2018

John Yanchak, Business Research Manager, Orrick, Herrington & Sut-

“Collaboration and Preservation:

cliffe LLP

Past, Present, Future”

September 11, 2017

Margie Maes, Executive Director, Legal Information Preservation Alliance

“Six Years of Freedom of Information


Act in Nigeria: The Journey So Far,”

May 15, 2018

Oludayo John Bamgbose, Cornell Law Library Bitner Research Fellow

“Access to Federal Written Opinions

October 17, 2017

under the E-Government Act,” Peter Martin, Jane M.G. Foster Pro-

“Best Practices for Library Outreach

fessor of Law, Emeritus, Cornell Law

to Law School Clinics”


Ariel Scotese, Access and Research

May 22, 2018

Services Librarian, Cornell Law Library March 20, 2018

“Legal Research in Brazil,” Marília Mello, Cornell Law Library Bit-

“Identity Management”

ner Research Fellow

Jean Pajerek, Director for Information

July 26, 2018

Management, and Jacqueline Magagnosc, Cataloging and Continuations Management Librarian, Cornell Law Library April 23, 2018



EXHIBITS Neil M. Gorsuch, Associate Justice Supreme Court of the United States, August 2017 Cornell’s Commitment to Diversity, September 2017 Bobbles at the Bar: Greenbag Bobbleheads simply for the joy of it, Spring 2018 Lynn Stout Distinguished Professor of Corporate & Business Law 1957–2018, May 2018 Cantwell Prize Winner, June 2018 Curated by Elizabeth Teskey, Law Library



§ § Program Presenter: “Artificial Intelligence—Overcrowding on Mars, or Don’t Worry About Our Robot Overlords Just Yet,” Association of Law Libraries in Upstate New York Annual Meeting, Syracuse, NY, 2017. § § Co-Presenter, “Beyond Bitcoin: What is Blockchain and What Will It Mean for Law Librarians,” American Association of Law Libraries Webinar, 2017 § § Presenter: “Blockchain Applied: Impact on the Information Profession,” Library 2.018 Virtual Seminar, 2018


§ § Published an article, Peter A. Hook & Kurt R. Mattson, Surprising Differences: An Empirical Analysis of LexisNexis and West Headnotes in the Written Opinions of the 2009 Supreme Court Term, 109 LAW LIBR. J. 557 (2017) § § Taught two courses as an adjunct for the Wayne State University School of Information Sciences: (1) Data Analytics, and (2) Academic Libraries.


§ § Coordinator/Moderator: “Not Pie in the Sky—Practical Strategies for Embracing Change in Technical Services” (Pre-Conference Workshop) AALL Annual Meeting July 15, 2017 § § Program Presenter: “Deep Dive: You’ve Heard the Jargon, Now Play the Game: Linked Data on Your Laptop” AALL Annual Meeting July 16, 2017 (with Jean Pajerek)


§ § Program Presenter: “Due Diligence and Competitive Intelligence: The “New” Practice-Ready Skills,” American Association of Law Libraries Annual Meeting, Austin, TX, 2017. § § Chair, AALL Spectrum Article of the Year Jury, 2017–2018 § § Member, CUL Liaisons Steering Committee, 2017–2019.


§ § Vice-President, Association of Law Libraries of Upstate New York § § Chair, Cornell University Library Reference and Outreach Committee § § Co-presenter, “Research4Life: Access to Research in the Developing World,” and “Global Online Access to Legal Information, GOALI,” Association of Caribbean University, Research and Institutional Libraries, Santo Domingo, June 4–5, 2018.



§ § AALL representative to the international MARC Advisory Committee § § Program Presenter: “Deep Dive: You’ve Heard the Jargon, Now Play the Game: Linked Data on Your Laptop” AALL Annual Meeting July 16, 2017 (with Jackie Magagnosc) § § Awarded the Renee D. Chapman Memorial Award, given by AALL’s Technical Services Special Interest Section in recognition of outstanding contributions in technical services law librarianship


§ § Chair, NELLCO Reference Interest Group § § Co-Chair, ALLStAR Advisory Board’s Content Subgroup


§ § Moderator for webinar “Understanding Burnout and Leading Your Organization Through It,” AALL Professional Engagement, Growth, and Advancement Special Interest Section, April 2018 § § Panelist, “Navigating Oppression” Spectrum Leadership Institute at the American Library Association Annual Conference, New Orleans, LA June 2018 § § Co-Presenter, “The Cloud, Metadata, Social Networking and You: How Technology is Changing the Practice of Law,” Cornell Law School Alumni Weekend, June 2018


§ § Created Guides for Using the Global Online Access to Legal Information (GOALI) Database § § Co-Instructor, Cornell Law Institute for High School Students, June 2018

FEMI CADMUS Femi Cadmus was selected as a Fastcase 50 honoree, which is awarded to the “smartest, most courageous innovators, techies, visionaries, and leaders in the law.” The Fastcase 50 illuminates entrepreneurs and visionaries who are catapulting law and legal technology into a new era. This honor was first mentioned on the Fastcase blog on July 9, 2018.

In July, Cadmus commenced a one year term as President of the American Association of Law Libraries at the end of the Association’s 111th annual meeting in Baltimore, MD.


WE GRATEFULLY ACKNOWLEDGE THE FOLLOWING GIFTS RECEIVED IN THE FISCAL YEAR 2017–18 AND CORNELL UNIVERSITY LAW LIBRARY ENDOWED FUNDS $10,000 (Library Foundation Level) Richard Gilden JD ’71 $5,000 (Library Partner Level) Sheppard Guryan JD ’67 $2,000–$ 2,500 (Patron Level) Edward Bergmann JD ’66 Henry Korn AB ’68 $500–$1,500 (Associate Level) Valerie J. Armento JD ’77 Stanley Chess JD ’72 Christa K. Cornell William L. Hoffman JD ’92 Andrew Ritter Gretchen Ritter AB ’83 Matthew Ritter Walter Von Schmidt JD ’70 Douglas Williams Ethan Williams Frank Wiswall Jr JD ’65 $100–$200 (Support Level) James McBrady JD ’89 John Mulcahy Jr JD ’59 Peter L. Lindseth AB ’84, JD ’87 Andrea Loux Jarman JD ’93 Alfred R. Johnson AB ’76



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