Planning Committee:
Rick Buckingham
Diane D’Angelo
Bob Hodge
Susan Vaughn
Caroline Walters

Speaker Biographies

Panel 1: Working Together to Prepare Students For Practice

Stephanie Gardner, Reference Librarian, Bingham McCutchen

Stephanie has been with Bingham since 2001.  In addition to supporting the Boston office, she recently took over research services for Bingham’s Hartford office.  Stephanie is the local coordinator for Bingham’s First Year and Summer Associate library training programs.  She holds an MLIS from Simmons College and served as the Educational Committee Chair for ABLL (Association of Boston Law Librarians) from 2009-2011.  Stephanie is a member of Beta Phi Mu and a 2011 AALL Leadership Academy fellow.

Yasmin Sokkar Harker, Reference Librarian and Associate Law Library Professor, City University of New York School of Law 

Yasmin has been providing reference services and teaching legal research at the CUNY School of Law for almost 2 years.  Prior to that, she spent 3 years as Reference/Electronic Services Librarian at Hofstra University School of Law. She received  a J.D. from the Case Western Reserve University School of Law and a Master of Library Service (M.L.S.) from the University at Buffalo.  

Janice E. Henderson, Law Librarian Consultant/Trainer

A law librarian since 1980, Janice has spoken on several panels regarding law librarianship and legal research for attorneys and paralegals.  In her role as a professor, she taught at St. John’s University Library Science Graduate Program and CUNY Law School.  The majority of her career has been as a library director or manager in law firms.  Since 1997 Janice has either chaired or co-chaired PLI’s annual program and webinars for law librarians. She has been a member of the Law Library Association of Greater New York and the American Association of Law Libraries since 1978.  In her service to both associations, Janice was the President of LLAGNY from January 1996 to June 1997 and an Executive Board Member for AALL from 2006-2009.  Janice is currently serving as a two-year LLAGNY Board Member, a two-year committee member on AALL’s Bylaws and Resolutions Committee, and a program coordinator for this year's 2012 PLL Summit Committee.

Gabriel H. Teninbaum, Assocociate Professor of Legal Writing, Suffolk University Law School

Gabe Teninbaum teaches Legal Practice Skills and Conflict of Laws at Suffolk University Law School.  He has also taught courses on legal analysis in Suffolk Law’s LL.M. program in Budapest, Hungary, and its summer program in Lund, Sweden.   Before joining the faculty, he was a trial attorney at Sugarman & Sugarman, P.C. He earned a B.A. from Georgetown University and his law degree from Suffolk University Law School (Evening Division).

Panel 2: Collaborating with Other Departments in Your Organization: Get Things Done and Show Your Value

Elizabeth Armour, Director of Employer Relations, Suffolk University Law School

Elizabeth (Betsy) Armour has worked on both sides of the fence in career services and lawyer recruiting for well over two decades. Before coming to Suffolk Law School, Betsy was Director of the Career Development Office at Boston University School of Law from 1992-2004. On the employer side, Betsy worked as Director of Legal Recruiting for Edwards Angell Palmer & Dodge, LLP; Director of Legal Recruiting at Foley Hoag in Boston; Personnel Manager at Goldstein & Manello in Boston; a consultant with the legal consulting firm of Magness & Wehmann in NYC; and started her career as Coordinator of Recruitment Programs at Mudge Rose Guthrie Alexander & Ferdon, NYC. Betsy has served as President of the National Association for Law Placement (NALP), twice served as a member of NALP’s Board of Directors, chaired several national committees, and is a frequent speaker at NALP and other industry-related conferences. She is a former Executive Committee member (and current member) of the Student Services Section of the Association of American Law Schools (AALS), and is a member of the AALS’s Institutional Advancement Section. Betsy served as President of the Association of Boston Legal Recruitment Administrators (now MALRA). She holds a B.A. in Italian Language and Literature from Smith College and is an avid sailor and Italofile.

Kathleen Engel, Associate Dean for Intellectual Life and Professor of Law, Suffolk University Law School

Professor Engel is a national authority on mortgage finance and regulation, subprime and predatory lending, and housing discrimination. Her many publications include a 2011 book published by Oxford University Press, The Subprime Virus: Reckless Credit, Regulatory Failure and Next Steps (with Professor P. McCoy) and articles in Texas Law Review, Fordham Law Review, Washington University Law Quarterly, Connecticut Law Review, The Journal of Economics and Business, Fordham Urban Law Journal, and Housing Policy Debate. Professor Engel presents her research in academic, banking, and policy forums throughout the country and around the world. Her analysis of financial services markets and the laws that regulate them regularly catches the attention of the press; The New York Times, Business Week, The Economist, Newsweek, and The Wall Street Journal have all cited her work. Professor Engel has advised federal and state agencies on various matters related to financing of loans and served for three years on the Consumer Advisory Council of the Federal Reserve Board.

Professor Engel is an honors graduate from Smith College and the University of Texas School of Law. Following graduation from law school, Professor Engel clerked for Judge Homer Thornberry of the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals in Austin, Texas. She then practiced law at Burnham & Hines in Boston, where she primarily represented plaintiffs in civil rights, housing, and employment discrimination cases. Prior to joining the faculty at Suffolk University, Professor Engel held the Leon M. and Gloria Plevin Professorship at Cleveland-Marshall College of Law. Professor Engel has taught courses on torts, civil procedure, employment law, employment discrimination, and consumer credit.

Bridget Lonergan, Electronic and Technical Services Librarian, Foley Hoag LLP

Bridget has been a librarian at Foley Hoag, LLP, for the past 8 years.  Prior to that she was the technical services librarian at a public library.  She holds an MLS from SUNY Albany, and is the immediate past president of the Association of Boston Law Librarians.

Panel 3: Resource Collaboration: Hits & Misses

Irene Good, CIO and Assistant Provost for Information Management, Suffolk University

Irene Good is currently CIO and Assistant Provost for Information Management at Suffolk University where she oversees both the IT and information security needs of the University. Prior to her arrival at Suffolk, Irene worked as an Academic Representative for West Publishing Corporation, and she was responsible for the promotion of Westlaw products at several area law schools.  After West, she joined the Boston College Law School Library staff as a Legal Information Librarian, Educational Technology Specialist, and Lecturer in Law, where she co-taught a full-year legal research and writing course along with specialized research seminars.

Tracy Thompson-Przylucki, Executive Director, New England Law Library Consortium, Inc.

Tracy L. Thompson-Przylucki has served as the Executive Director of NELLCO since 2001. In that capacity she negotiates license agreements on behalf of 115+ law libraries throughout the U.S., Canada, the U.K., and Australia.  Prior to joining NELLCO Tracy served as International Reference Librarian for the Lillian Goldman Law Library at Yale Law School.  She holds a B.A.  from the University of South Florida (’94) and a J.D. from Yale Law School (’97).

Susan D. Zago, Associate Director, Northeastern University Law Library

Sue Zago is currently at Northeastern University School of Law where she has been for the last 11 years.  In addition to teaching legal research she has also recently become involved in collection development and acquisitions.  Prior to Northeastern, Sue was at Western New England College (now Western New England University) School of Law for 6 years as Collection Services Librarian and later Electronic Services Librarian while earning her JD.