Eileen H. Searls, 1925 –

Hall of Fame Induction: 2010

Significant AALL Service

  • Chair, Committee on State Bar Publications, 1955–56
  • Chair, Local Arrangements Committee, 1963–64
  • Chair, Committee on Microfacsimiles, 1967–68
  • Chair, Microfacsimiles Committee, 1968–69
  • Chair, Local Arrangements Committee, 1980 Annual Meeting (St. Louis), 1979–80
  • Chair, Mid-America Law School Libraries Consortium, 1980–84
  • Chair, Council of Law Library Consortia, 1981–90
  • President, Mid-America Association of Law Libraries, 1984–86
  • Chair, Statistics Committee, 1992–93

Professional Honors and Awards

  • Woman of the Year, Women’s Commission of Saint Louis University, 1987
  • Distinguished Service Law Librarian, Mid-America Association of Law Libraries, 1991
  • Marian Gould Gallagher Distinguished Service Award, 1999
  • AALL Hall of Fame, Inaugural Class Inductee, 2010

Selected Publications by the Inductee

  • “The Demise and Fall of Library Fungus,”  Law Library Journal 57 (1964): 209–16 (with Edward M. Searls).
  • “Observations on Law School Rankings.” In Legal Education for the 21st Century, edited by Donald B. King, 433–57. Littleton, Co.: Fred B. Rothman, 1998.

Selected Publications about the Inductee

  • Carol J. Parris, “Gallagher Award Recipients Named,” AALL Spectrum 3 (June 1999): 18.
  • Joseph J. Simeone, “Eileen H. Searls: A Noble Bibliophile,” St. Louis University Law Journal 44 (2000):  799–802.

Professional Positions

  • Cataloger, Yale Law Library, 1951–52
  • Director and Professor of Law, St. Louis University Omer Poos Law Library, 1952–99
  • Professor of Law Emerita, St. Louis University School of Law, 2000–

Education

  • B.A., University of Wisconsin, 1948
  • J.D., University of Wisconsin College of Law, 1950
  • M.S.L.S., University of Wisconsin School of Library and Information Studies, 1951

Selected Professional Activities & Achievements (outside AALL)

  • St. Louis University School of Law, first woman promoted to full professor (1964) and first to receive tenure
  • Admitted to practice of law, Wisconsin, 1950
  • Co-founder, Law Library Microform Consortium, 1976–77
  • Co-founder, Mid-American Law School Library Consortium, 1980
  • Founding Chair, Council of Law Library Consortium, 1981
  • Co-founder, Jesuit Law School Library Consortium, 1987