Claire M. Germain, 1951–

Hall of Fame Induction: 2018

Significant AALL Service

Claire Germain

  • Chair, Foreign, Comparative and International Law Committee, 1981–83
  • Co-Chair, International Law and Business Institute, University of Texas at Austin, 1983
  • Member, Special Committee on International Placements, 1983–84
  • Chair, Foreign, Comparative and International Law Special Interest Section, 1985–86
  • Chair, National Legal Resources Committee, 1991–92
  • Chair, Task Force on AALL/Law Library of Congress Digital Law, 1998–99
  • AALL Vice President/President-Elect, 2004–05
  • AALL President, 2005–06
  • AALL Immediate Past President, 2006–07

Professional Honors and Awards

  • Joseph L. Andrews Bibliographical Award, 1992
  • Knight, French Legion of Honor, 2007
  • Elected to International Academy of Comparative Law, 2013
  • AALL Hall of Fame, Inductee, 2018
  • Marian Gould Gallagher Distinguished Service Award, 2018

Selected Publications by the Inductee

  • “France: Libraries of Law and Librarians,” Law Library Journal 72 (1979): 235–44.
  • “The Librarian Fellowship Program at the Max-Planck-Institute for Foreign and International Private Law in Hamburg, West Germany,” International Journal of Law Libraries 8 (1980): 223–24.
  • “European Community Law: A Selective Bibliography of Publications in English, French, and German with Annotations,” International Journal of Law Libraries 8 (1980): 239–81.
  • “Current Research Sources in French Law,” Law Library Journal 75 (1982): 34–51.
  • The International Legal Puzzle: How to Find the Pieces—AALL Institute on International Law and Business, University of Texas at Austin, June 22–24, 1983, edited by George S. Grossman and Claire Germain. Austin: University of Texas, Tarlton Law Library, 1983.
  • “Foreign Experiences Toward the Development of a National Legal Information Center,” Law Library Journal 77 (1984–85): 657–94.
  • Guide to Foreign Legal Materials: French. 2nd rev. ed. Dobbs Ferry, NY: Oceana Publications, 1985 (with Charles Szladits).
  • “An Overview of Health Law Research and an Annotated Bibliography,” Journal of Health, Politics, Policy and Law 11 (1986): 146–61 (with Richard A. Danner).
  • “In Memoriam: Dr. Charles Szladits,” International Journal of Legal Information 14 (October-December 1986): x.
  • “Teaching Legal Research to Non-Lawyers: The Duke Program,” Legal Reference Services Quarterly 8, no. 1–2 (1988): 247–71.
  • “Moving into Management from Within,” Law Library Journal 81 (1989): 539–44.
  • “U.S. Perspectives on the Training of Law Librarians with International and Foreign Law Expertise.” In Bibliothek und Recht—International: Libraries and Law—International: Festschrift Ralph Lansky, edited by Jürgen Gödan & Holger Knudsen, 59–75. Hamburg: Heuser,1991.
  • Germain’s Transnational Law Research: A Guide for Attorneys. Ardsley-on-Hudson, NY: Transnational Juris Publications, 1991–2006.
  • “Constitutionalism in France: The Conseil Constitutionel—A Selective Bibliography of Sources.” In Supranational and Constitutional Courts in Europe: Functions and Sources, edited by Igor I. Kavass, 273–76. Buffalo, NY: William S. Hein & Co., 1992.
  • “The Scholar’s Workstation Now a Reality! Enhancing Faculty Information Access and Delivery through the Law School Network,” Trends in Law Library Management and Technology 6 (March 1993): 1–5.
  • “The French Legal System: Sources of Law, Authorities and Research Methods.” In Introduction to Foreign Legal Systems, edited by Richard A. Danner & Marie-Louise H. Bernal, 57–78. Dobbs-Ferry, NY: Oceana Publications, 1994.
  • “The North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) and Its Impact on the European Community: Research Issues and Legal Literature.” In Catalonia, Spain, Europe, and Latin America: Regional Legal Systems and Their Literature, edited by Jürgen C. Gödan and Bernard D. Reams, 201–51. Buffalo, NY: William S. Hein & Co., 1995.
  • “The North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA): Research Issues and Legal Literature.” In Introduction to International Organizations, edited by Lyonette Louis-Jacques and Jeanne S. Korman, 525–62. New York: Oceana Publications, 1996.
  • “Rediscovering Rare Books in an Electronic Age,” Cornell Law Forum 22 (July 1996): 11–13.
  • “Internet for Legal Information: The U.S. Experience,” International Journal of Legal Information 24 (1996): 310–24 (with Pat Court, Jean Wenger, and Scott Childs).
  • “The United Nations Convention on Contracts for the International Sale of Goods: Research Issues and Literature,” 24 International Journal of Legal Information (1996): 48–70. [also published in Cornell Review of the Convention Contracts for the International Sale of Goods 1 (1996): 117–45.]
  • “France.” In Information Sources in Law, 2nd ed., edited by Jules Winterton and Elizabeth M. Moys, 177–99. London; New Providence, NJ: Bowker-Saur, 1997.
  • “Matching Library Vision with Institutional Mission: The Library as Web Author and Publisher,” AALL Spectrum 1 (June 1997): 16–18, 37.
  • “Digital Legal Information: Here Today, Gone Tomorrow?” Syllabus (ABA) 29 (Spring 1998): 17–19.
  • “Digital Preservation and the Word of Law,” Technical Services Law Librarian 24 (March 1999): 6.
  • “Digital Legal Information: Ensuring Access to the ‘Official’ Word of the Law,” Cornell Law Forum 26 (July 1999): 11–14.
  • “Content and Quality of Legal Information and Data on the Internet with a Special Focus on the United States,” International Journal of Legal Information 27 (1999): 289–306.
  • “Mirror, Mirror on the Wall: A Vision for the Future,” AALL Spectrum 4 (March 2000): 28.
  • “Legal Research in the Internet Age,” Cornell Law Forum 26 (March 2000): 15–17 (with Charlotte L. Bynum).
  • “Rediscovering Rare Books in an Electronic Age,” Legal Reference Services Quarterly 20, no. 1–2 (2001): 93–98.
  • “Remembering Harry Bitner: Law Librarian, Professor, and Wonderful Colleague,” Law Library Journal 94 (2002): 188–92.
  • “Web Mirror Sites: Creating the Research Library of the Future, and More . . .,” Legal Reference Services Quarterly 21, no. 2–3 (2002): 87–104.
  • “Approaches to Statutory Interpretation and Legislative History in France,” 13 Duke Journal of Comparative & International Law 13, no. 3 (2003): 195–206.
  • “Pioneering Change in the Centennial Year,” AALL Spectrum 10 (September-October 2005): 4, 33.
  • “AALL’s National Advocacy Efforts,” AALL Spectrum 10 (February 2006): 4, 41.
  • “Partnering with Decision Makers in Your Institution,” AALL Spectrum 10 (March 2006): 5, 25.
  • “Visit to Puerto Rico,” AALL Spectrum 10 (May 2006): 4, 37.
  • “Exciting Education Summit News; 70th Anniversary Celebration of the Federal Register,” AALL Spectrum 10 (June 2006): 4, 7.
  •  “Books and Legal Publishing: Celebrating Faculty Scholarship and Our 700,000th Acquisition,” Cornell Law Forum 33 (Summer-Fall 2006): 10–15.
  • “Legal Information Management in a Global and Digital World: Revolution and Tradition,” International Journal of Legal Information 35 (2007): 134–63.
  • “ Louisiana, America, and France: Retracing Historical Milestones and Enhancing Legal Dialogue.” In Essays In Honor of Saúl Litvinoff, edited by Olivier Moréteau, Julio Romañach, Jr., and Alberto Luis Zuppi, 501–32. Baton Rouge, LA: Claitor’s Publishing, 2008.
  • “Beyond the Expected: Creating and Sustaining Relationships for your Institution,” AALL Spectrum 14 (March 2010): 10–13, 27.
  • “The French Jury at a Crossroads,” Chicago-Kent Law Review 86 (2011): 737–68 (with Valerie P. Hans).
  • “Worldwide Access to Foreign Law: International and National Developments Toward Digital Authentication,” Comparative Law Journal of the Pacific-Journal de Droit Comparé du Pacifique 19 (2013): 85–107.
  • “Digitizing the World’s Laws.” In IALL International Handbook of Legal Information Management, edited by Richard A. Danner and Jules Winterton, 181–200. Burlington, VT: Ashgate, 2011.
  • “Reducing Legal Babelism: CISG Translation Issues.” In International Sales Law: A Global Challenge, edited by Larry A. DiMatteo, chap. 5. New York: Cambridge University Press, 2014.
  • “CISG Language and Translation Issues.” In International Sales Law: Contract, Principles and Practice, edited by Larry A. DiMatteo, Andre Janssen, Ulrich Magns, and Reiner Schulze, chap. 2. Baden-Baden, Germany: Nomos, 2016.
  • “Lay Participation in the Criminal Jury: France and Belgium,” RCSL Newsletter (Research Committee on Sociology of Law of International Sociological Association) (Winter 2017): 7–9.

Selected Publications about the Inductee

  • Claire M. Germain, Interview. In An Oral History of Law Librarianship, interviewed by Patrick Kehoe, March 26, 2014, videorecording. Spinelli’s Law Library Reference Shelf, HeinOnline.
  • Claire M. Germain, Interview. In Cornell University Law School Heritage Project, interviewed by Peter W. Martin, May 17, 2016, videorecording, https://scholarship.law.cornell.edu/lawschool_heritage/14/.
  • Michelle Cosby, “Gallagher Award Celebrates Outstanding Achievement: Mark E. Estes, Claire M. Germain, Margaret K. Maes & Victoria K. Trotta Recognized for Service to the Profession,” AALL Spectrum 22 (July/August 2018): 40–42.

Professional Positions

  • Reference/Documents Librarian, Duke University School of Law Library, 1977–80
  • Research Fellow and Guest Librarian, Max-Planck-Institute for Foreign and International Private Law, Hamburg, Germany, 1980
  • Senior Reference Librarian and Lecturer in Legal Research, Duke University School of Law Library, 1980–82
  • Head, Reference Department, Duke University School of Law Library, 1982–84
  • Assistant Librarian and Senior Lecturer in Comparative Law, Duke University School of Law Library, 1984–89
  • Associate Director, Duke University School of Law Library, 1989–93
  • Acting Director, Duke University School of Law Library, January–June 1991
  • Edward Cornell Law Librarian and Professor of Law, Cornell Law School, 1993–2011
  • Director, Dual Degree Programs, Paris and Berlin, Cornell Law School, 2002–11
  • Professor Emerita, Cornell Law School, 2011–present
  • Associate Dean for Legal Information and Clarence J. TeSelle Professor of Law, Frederic G. Levin College of Law, University of Florida, 2011–18
  • Professor Emerita, Frederic G. Levin College of Law, University of Florida, 2018–present

Education

  • B.A., University of Paris III, Sorbonne Nouvelle, 1971
  • LL.B, University of Paris XII, 1974
  • M.C.L., Louisiana State University School of Law, 1975
  • M.L.L., University of Denver, 1977

Selected Professional Activities & Achievements (outside AALL)

  • Executive Board, International Association of Law Libraries, 1995–98
  • Chair, Committee on Libraries and Technology, Association of American Law Schools (AALS), 1996–98
  • Member, Accreditation Site Evaluation Teams, ABA, 1999–2018
  • Steering Committee, Legal Information Preservation Alliance, 2003–05
  • Chair, Section on Libraries, Association of American Law Schools (AALS), 2004–05
  • Treasurer, Global Legal Information Network (GLIN), 2007–12
  • Advisory Board, Chinese and American Forum on Legal Information and Law Libraries, 2009–present
  • Chair, Law Libraries Section, International Federation of Library Associations, 2011–15