PencePointers Issue Number 4: Spring 2014

Dean's Corner


We've almost survived winter - I hope.  Many of you have expressed your appreciation that the Pence Law Library offers 24/7 access with your AU ID during weather closures and after normal library closure.

Library faculty and staff worked with the SBA several years ago to create this special service for our community.  We know some of you just need a study space; others need access to databases; and some of you need print materials for cite-checking or research efforts. We are always glad to speak to you about creating new services or service adjustments to provide more flexibility and convenience.

The library belongs to a number of consortia.  These agreements allow for interlibrary loan and document delivery services, consortia pricing for databases, and training. NELLCO, the Northern New England Law Library Consortium, is the consortium that gave us the special pricing that allowed the library to provide the New York Times to the WCL Community.

We have two great events coming up this spring. The Student Author Reception on March 24 will honor students and recent alums for their scholarship efforts. On April 14, Finding the Founders will present a panel discussion about the WCL Founders and other leading women legal pioneers.  We'd love for you to join these outstanding legal scholars, moderated by our own Professor Mary L. Clark, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs.

Finals will be coming up soon.  We will do everything possible to provide the best study atmosphere possible. 

Best of luck on exams and in your celebration of spring events. And for those of you graduating and taking the bar - do your best!

Do let us know if you have suggestions or new ideas for services or materials. We're happy to help!

~Billie Jo Kaufman, Associate Dean for Library and Information Resources

Pence Law Library Announcements

Finding the Founders

The Pence Law Library will sponsor a panel discussion, Finding the Founders, about the founders of the Washington College of Law, Ellen Spencer Mussey and Emma Gillett, and other early women legal pioneers. WCL faculty member Mary Clark, author of The Founding of the Washington College of Law: The First Law School Established by Women for Women, will moderate women’s legal history scholars Jill Norgren, author of Rebels at the Bar: The Fascinating, Forgotten Stories of America’s First Women Lawyers, Barabara Babcock, author of Woman Lawyer: The Trials of Clara Foltz and Mary Jane Mossman, author of The First Women Lawyers: A Comparative Study of Gender, Law and the Legal Professions.

The panel will discuss their books, the history of women in the legal profession in America, the role that the law school's founders played in the early women lawyers' movement and in advancing other women's rights causes, such as women's suffrage and the Equal Rights Amendment. The program is part of the WCL Founders’ Celebration 2014. A display of early photos and other artifacts from the WCL archives will accompany the program. The program will take place at WCL on Monday, April 14 from 2:00-5:00 in Room 603. Click here to register.

Student Author Reception

The Pence Law Library will sponsor the 9th Annual Student Author Reception on Monday, March 24 from 2:30-3:30 in the 6th Floor Student Lounges. The event honors all Washington College of Law students for their published scholarship and celebrates the students' efforts and hard work. Click here to register.

Heywood Coaches Winning Moot Court Team

John Heywood, Foreign & International Law Librarian, recently coached the big winners of the Niagara International Moot Court Competition. Team members Lauren Talerman and Samantha Serna won First Place overall in the competition, as well as the awards for Best Applicant Argument and Best Respondent Argument. In addition, Lauren won the award for Best Oralist. They competed as a two-person team against the other four- and five-person teams and they still swamped the competition! The Pence Law Library congratulates Lauren and Samantha (and John!) for their exciting victory!


Spring Library Hours

Monday - Friday: 8am-12am

Saturday - Sunday: 9am - 12am

WCL students, faculty and staff may access the Library 24/7 using their AU ID cards. Access is granted by swiping a current AU ID in the card reader to the left of the Library's entrance. Library services are not available outside of regular Library hours. Users without AU ID cards must sign in with Security in the lobby prior to using the Library and exit at the designated closing time.

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Pence People

Deputy Director Adeen Postar has been appointed Director of the Law Library at the University of Baltimore. Associate Dean Billie Jo Kaufman announced the appointment by saying that “Adeen has worked tirelessly wearing many different hats here at WCL. She has contributed enormously to the vision and success of the Pence Law Library. Her work on the Admissions Committee and Student Services Working Group has been stellar. Our huge loss is University of Baltimore’s huge gain.” Deans Claudio Grossman and Kaufman will host a special farewell event to honor Adeen on April 23 at 4:00. Her final day at WCL will be April 30.

Christine Dulaney, Assoc. Law Librarian for Technical and Metadata, was recently appointed to a new position at the AU Bender Library as Director of the Technical Services Division. She will provide strategic direction for the Library’s Acquisitions, Cataloging and Electronic Resource Management Units. Christine began her new position at the Bender Library on February 3. The Pence Law Library held a farewell event for her on February 12.

Featured Services

Mobile Apps

New mobile apps keep sprouting, so the Pence Law Library has revised its popular Mobile Apps for Law Students guide. It includes free and paid legal, law school-related, and productivity apps for iOS, Android and Windows.

New E-Journals and E-Books Finder

The Pence Law Library has a new way for you to browse and search for electronic journals, newspapers and BNA publications. It’s the E-Journals Finder, located on the Pence website’s sidebar menu. Now you can search by periodical title or browse to find any electronic periodical held by either AU library, the Pence Law Library or the Bender Library. What’s more, you can also now search and browse for e-books held by the Pence Law Library by switching to the E-Books tab. It’s never been easier to find the resources you need at the Pence Law Library.

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