ARCHIVED: Students Receive $11,000 in LexisNexis™ Scholarships

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June 12, 2003

The American Association of Law Libraries has awarded seven LexisNexis™/John R. Johnson Memorial Scholarships totaling $11,000 to law librarians enrolled in advanced-degree programs.

The Johnson Memorial Scholarship recognizes those law librarians who have exhibited high academic achievement and assists those who want to enter the field of law librarianship. This year’s scholarship recipients are:

  • Lisa Britt has been the head of circulation at the University of Cincinnati College of Law Library since September 2000. She is pursuing her master’s degree at the University of Kentucky School of Library and Information Science.
  • Rebecca Colbert has been the serials supervisor at the University of Nevada at Las Vegas since November 1998. She is currently attending the University of North Texas School of Library and Information Sciences to obtain her master’s degree. Colbert earned a B.A. and M.A. in English from UNLV and has the A.B.D. status in her Ph.D. in English literature from Arizona State University.
  • Stacy Etheredge was hired as the library assistant at Davis Wright Tremaine in Seattle in January. She was recently accepted as a student in the Information School at the University of Washington. Etheredge earned her J.D. from the University of Nebraska in 1991.
  • Steven Probst has worked at the Valparaiso University School of Law Library since January as a law library professional specialist. Probst has been accepted into the Information School at the University of Washington for the fall semester. He earned his J.D. from Valparaiso University in December 2002.
  • Trina Tinglum has been the reference librarian at the University of St. Thomas School of Law Library in Minneapolis since May 2002. She will begin working on her Master’s of Library and Information Science degree at the University of Wisconsin in Milwaukee School of Information Studies this summer. She earned her J.D. from the University of Wisconsin in Madison in 1989.
  • James Thurow has been the librarian at Lane and Waterman in Davenport, Iowa, since October 1998. He is currently pursuing his M.L.S. at the School of Library and Information Science at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He obtained his M.A. in philosophy from the University of Wisconsin in Milwaukee and his B.A. in English and philosophy from Augustana College in Rock Island, Ill.
  • Lance Werner has worked at the Michigan State University College of Law Library since January 2001. He started as the reference desk assistant. He was then promoted to circulation manager in July 2001. A year later Werner was promoted to reference librarian. He is currently pursuing his Master’s of Library and Information Science at Wayne State University in Detroit. Werner earned his J.D. in 2001 from Michigan State University.

The first AALL-endowed scholarship, the LexisNexis™/John R. Johnson Memorial Scholarship was established in 1994 in memory of John R. Johnson, the director of the legal librarian segment of LIS at Mead Data Central and a longtime law library supporter. He believed that librarians are "the only ones who know how real users use real information." Optimistic about the role of librarians in the future, Mr. Johnson believed that law librarians would assume even greater responsibility in the expanding electronic-networked environment.

This year LexisNexis celebrates its 10th anniversary in supporting AALL’s scholarships, grants and many special projects. AALL thanks LexisNexis for its continued sponsorship of various Association activities over the last 10 years and looks forward to working with the company on future projects that promote law librarianship.

Scholarship winners will be recognized at the Association Luncheon on July 14 during the AALL Annual Meeting in Seattle.