There and Back Again: Bringing Law Librarian Skills and Perspective into Nontraditional Jobs (A2)

Date + Time: Sunday, July 14, 2019: 11:30 am – 12:30 pm
Speakers: Justin Abbasi, Washington Supreme Court; Tamara Carson, Hugh and Hazel Darling Law Library at the Fowler School of Law at Chapman University; Rob Mead, Washington State Law Library; Dawn Smith, Yale Law School

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In the past two decades, law librarians have faced rapid change in their profession, which has led to the downsizing of many libraries. The skills learned from law librarianship are directly relevant to a variety of positions in related firms and agencies. This session highlights three career journeys, including newer law librarians who worked in publishing and a Supreme Court chamber, as well as a mid-career law librarian who worked as an administrator in public defense. The fears, worries, and empowerment of going and coming back to law librarianship will be unpacked with ample help from the audience.

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