Joseph Myron (Mike) Jacobstein, 1920–2005

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Hall of Fame Induction: 2010

Significant AALL Service

Chair, Joint Committee on Cooperation between American Association of Law Libraries and Association of American Law Schools, 1960–61, 1961
Chair, Committee on Application of Mechanical and Scientific Devices to Legal Literature, 1961–63
Vice-President, Southwestern Association of Law Libraries, 1962–63
Chair, Education Committee, 1967–68
Chair, Education Committee, 1968–70
Chair, Task Force on AALL Organization, 1973–75
Executive Board, 1973–76
Chair, Convention Planning Committee, 1977–78
President-Elect, 1977–78
President, 1978–79
Immediate Past President, 1979–80

Professional Honors and Awards

Marian Gould Gallagher Distinguished Service Award, 1987
AALL Hall of Fame, Inaugural Class Inductee, 2010

Selected Publications by the Inductee

Special Note: Jacobstein was an acknowledged scholar and prolific writer. The following is only a selection of his works which is intended to demonstrate the breadth of his scholarship. A complete bibliography of Jacobstein’s writings appears in Law Library Journal 97 (2005): 653–60.

“The Role of Law Schools in the Education of Law Librarians,” Law Library Journal 55 (1962): 209–12.

Classification Scheme Based on That of the Harvard Law Library. Boulder, Colo.: University of Colorado Law Library, 1965 (with John J. Moller).
Water Law Bibliography, 1847–1965: Source Book on U.S. Water and Irrigation Studies: Legal, Economic and Political. Silver Spring, Md.: Jefferson Law Book Co., 1966 (with Roy M. Mersky).
Law Books in Print Including Books in English Published Through 1969. Dobbs Ferry, NY: Glanville Publishers, 1971 (with Meira G. Pimsleur). [Also later editions.]
Erwin H. Pollack’s Fundamentals of Legal Research. 4th ed. Mineola, NY: Foundation Press, 1973 (with Roy M. Mersky).
The Supreme Court of the United States: Hearings and Reports of Successful and Unsuccessful Nominations of Supreme Court Justices by the Senate Judiciary Committee, 1916–1994. Buffalo, N.Y.: William S. Hein & Co., 1975–96 (with Roy M. Mersky).
Fundamentals of Legal Research. New York: Foundation Press, 1977 (with Roy M. Mersky). [Also later editions in 1981, 1985, 1987, 1990, 19945, 1998, 2002.]
"The Supreme Court in Current Literature,” Yearbook of the Supreme Court Society (1978): 113–20 (with Joan S. Howland).
"An Analysis of Academic Law Library Growth Since 1907,” Law Library Journal 75 (1982): 212–24 (with Roy M. Mersky and Irene Berkey).
“John Henry Merryman and Legal Research,” Stanford Law Review 39 (1987): 1093–95.
“Congressional Intent and Legislative Histories: Analysis or Psychoanalysis?” Law Library Journal 82 (1990): 297–301.
The Rejected: Sketches of the 26 Men Nominated for the Supreme Court but not Confirmed by the Senate. Milpitas, CA: Toucan Valley Publications, 1993 (with Roy M. Mersky).
A Bibliography of Published Histories of American Law Firms through 1995. Austin, Tex.: Jamail Center for Legal Research, Tarlton Law Library, University of Texas at Austin, 1996 (with Roy M. Mersky).
Jury Size: Articles and Bibliography from the Literature of Law and the Social and Behavioral Sciences. Littleton: Colo.: Fred B. Rothman & Co., 1998 (with Roy M. Mersky).
"The Dean of Librarians [Miles O. Price],” in Frank G. Houdek, comp., “Meet My Mentor”: A Collection of Personal Reminiscences,” Law Library Journal 91 (1999): 177, 227–28.

Selected Publications about the Inductee

Robert C. Berring, “In Honor of J. Myron Jacobstein,” Stanford Law Review (1987): 1–2.
Gerald Gunther, “J. Myron Jacobstein: For Mike, with Fond Appreciation,” Stanford Law Review (1987): 3–6.
Roy M. Mersky, “Mike Jacobstein: Author, Scholar, Colleague, Friend,” Stanford Law Review (1987): 7–12.
Kathleen Price, “J. Myron Jacobstein: Mentor, Organization Man, and Friend,” Stanford Law Review (1987): 13–16.

Joan S. Holland, “J. Myron Jacobstein: More Than A Mentor,” in Frank G. Houdek, comp., “Meet My Mentor”: A Collection of Personal Reminiscences,” Law Library Journal 91 (1999): 177, 220–227.
Roy M. Mersky, “J. Myron Jacobstein—Law Librarian Extraordinaire, Scholar, Collaborator, and Dear Friend,” Law Library Journal 97 (2005): 625–28.
Bennett Jacobstein, “Eulogy for My Father,” Law Library Journal 97 (2005): 629–32.
Robert C. Berring, “Mike Jacobstein: Truly a Giant,” Law Library Journal 97 (2005): 633–36.
Joan S. Howland, “A Friendship Built on Lunch, Licorice, and Slivovitz,” Law Library Journal 97 (2005): 637–40.
“Remembrances of J. Myron Jacobstein,” Law Library Journal 97 (2005): 641–51.
J. Paul Lomio, “Bibliography of J. Myron Jacobstein, 1952–99,” Law Library Journal 97 (2005): 653–60.

Professional Positions

Cataloger, University of Chicago, 1950–52
Assistant Librarian and Instructor, University of Illinois, 1953–55
Assistant Librarian, Columbia University, 1955–59
Librarian and Professor, University of Colorado, 1959–63
Law Librarian and Professor of Law, Stanford University, 1963–87
Law Librarian Emeritus and Professor Emeritus of Law, Stanford University, 1987–2005


B.A., Wayne State University, 1946
M.S.L.S., Columbia University, 1950
J.D., Chicago Kent University, 1952

Selected Professional Activities & Achievements (outside AALL)

Admitted to the practice of law, Illinois, 1953
Fellow, Council for Library Resources, 1972–73