Speaker Biographies

Georgia Briscoe
Interim Director, William A. Wise Law Library, University of Colorado Law School

Prior to her arrival at the Colorado Law School in 1992, Georgia Briscoe was the Head of Technical Services at the University of San Diego Legal Research Center. During her ten years there, she fulfilled her responsibilities while contemporaneously earning two Master's degrees, one in history and one in theology. At CU, she has focused on the administrative and technical services side of law libraries. She was instrumental in bringing an important research tool to the law school, LAWPAC, a state-of-the-art online public access catalog. Active in several campus committees and professional organizations, she has also published extensively on a number of issues including serials management, cataloging, and the management of paper waste in libraries. Professor Briscoe has traveled extensively with her family, often as part of their mountain climbing adventures. She has climbed five of the "seven summits" (highest point on each continent) and also all 54 of Colorado's 14,000 foot peaks.


Justice Morgan Christen
Alaska Supreme Court

Justice Christen was appointed to the Alaska Supreme Court in 2009 and is the second woman to serve on the court. Justice Christen was born and raised in Washington, and attended college in England, Switzerland, and the People's Republic of China. She earned a B.A. degree from the University of Washington in International Studies and a J.D. degree from Golden Gate University School of Law. After law school, Justice Christen clerked for Judge Brian Shortell, and then joined Preston Gates & Ellis (now K & L Gates) where she practiced civil litigation for 15 years. Justice Christen was appointed to the superior court in 2001 by Governor Tony Knowles and served as Presiding Judge of the Third Judicial District from 2005-2009. While in the trial court, she served on the rules committees for Child in Need of Aid and Involuntary Commitment/Involuntary Medication proceedings. Justice Christen also serves on the board of directors for the Rasmuson Foundation and the Alaska Community Foundation. In 2004, Justice Christen was awarded the Light of Hope Award for work on behalf of Alaska's children and the Chamber of Commerce Athena Society Award. In 2004, she and her husband, Jim Torgerson, were named Philanthropists of the Year. The Alaska Supreme Court's Community Outreach Award was presented to Justice Christen in 2008. Justice Christen and her husband live in Anchorage, where they are raising two daughters.


Terry Kay Diggs
Adjunct Professor, UC Hastings College of the Law

Terry Diggs left a criminal litigation practice for film school, then wandered into Hastings and forgot to wander out. She has written extensively about the intersection of law and popular culture, most often in the column she wrote for American Lawyer Media, Trial by Culture. She has coordinated many well-regarded law-related film programs and series, and she has spoken widely to a variety of public and professional organizations and film societies. This fall she has taken a break from the Film and the Law seminar she usually leads at Hastings to engage in a horrendous, soul-eating, life-devouring curriculum-revision project, a trauma offset only by Netflix and her wonderful friends at the Hastings Law Library.


Holly Lakatos
Law Librarian at California Court of Appeal, Third Appellate District

Before joining the Court in 2008, Lakatos was the Director of Public Services at Chicago Kent and the Access Services Librarian at Tarlton Law Library (University of Texas at Austin). With over 10 years of professional experience, Lakatos has written and lectured on library management, improving customer service, promoting information literacy, and creating positive user experiences. Lakatos was a recipient of the Mersky "Spirit of Law Librarianship" award in 2006 as part of the Chicago Association of Law Libraries' Community Service Committee and is currently active in NOCALL and WestPac.


Richard Mendelson
Lecturer of Law, University of California Berkeley School of Law, and attorney with the law firm of Dickenson, Peatman & Fogarty

Richard Mendelson is an international expert on vineyard and wine law. He has handled legal matters involving almost every aspect of the wine business. His wine course at Boalt law school covers the major legal issues facing the wine industry. He is the author of From Demon to Darling: A Legal History of Wine in America, Berkeley, Ca., University of California Press, 2009.


Holly M. Riccio
Library and Calendar Manager for Northern California at O'Melveny & Myers LLP

Holly has been the library and calendar manager for the San Francisco and Silicon Valley offices of O'Melveny & Myers LLP since joining the firm in 2004. Holly has worked in all types of law library settings, including academic, bar association and private law firm and has been involved in law library professional organizations at both the local and national level. She has written numerous articles and spoken at various conferences, focusing on the topics of the Internet, Legal Research and Law Library Management. She received a BA from New York University in 1992 and an MILS from the University of Michigan in 1994.


Mark Schwartz
Director of West Librarian Relations, West, a Thomson Reuters Business

Mark Schwartz is the director of West Librarian Relations. In that role, he directs the activities of all the West Librarian managers. Mark came to West in 2001 as the first Librarian Relations manager hired by the company. Prior to joining West, Mark spent six years at the law firm of White & Case, beginning as a reference librarian and ultimately becoming associate director of the library. He earned a J.D. at Cardozo Law School and an M.L.S. from Rutgers University. His career, by no means a linear progression, included stints in small start-ups in the health and fitness and textile industries. Mark is a lifelong New York Mets fan, enjoys music, and has been known to extemporaneously begin singing for no apparent reason.


Lauren Van Waardhuizen
Catalog Librarian, Wheat Law Library, University of Kansas School of Law

Lauren Van Waardhuizen joined the staff of the Wheat Law Library in 2005 where she is responsible for the online catalog and record maintenance as well as some collection maintenance duties. She was very excited to learn that Bat Girl, a.k.a. Barbara Gordon, is a librarian. Lauren is ready to take up the cape and cowl should the need arise.


Ronald E. Wheeler
Director of the Dorraine Zief Law Library and Associate Professor, University of San Francisco School of Law

Director Wheeler joined USF with nine years of professional law library experience gained at University of New Mexico School of Law and at Georgia State University College of Law. At University of New Mexico, Wheeler held numerous positions including co-interim director and assistant director of faculty, research, and instructional services. At Georgia State, Wheeler served as associate director for faculty services and then as associate director. Wheeler has taught courses such as Advanced Legal Research, First-Year Legal Research, Critical Thinking, and Sexual Identity and the Law. His scholarship focuses on legal research instruction, law library management, and the law library's role in legal academe.


Blake Wilson
Instructional & Research Services Librarian, Wheat Law Library, University of Kansas School of Law

Blake Wilson became the Law Library's Instructional Librarian in 2007 after spending time in the private world. There, he teaches legal research and helps with reference services. In his spare time, he attends support group meetings in a poor attempt to end his comic book addiction, usually dressed as Wolverine.