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Legal Research Librarian – Suffolk Law School
The Legal Research Librarians play essential roles in planning and implementing the law school’s legal research curriculum. Legal Research Librarians support the law school’s faculty and students in their research endeavors, teach stand-alone research classes, partner with Legal Practice Skills (LPS) faculty to teach legal research in the 1L curriculum, and provide assistance to patrons at the reference desk.
Teach legal research to law students through stand-alone classes, the 1L LPS program, and presentations to upper-level electives by faculty invitation
Provide research assistance, training, and reference support to law school students, alumni, and members of the bar
Provide research support and training to law school faculty and serve as liaison to assigned faculty members
Assist students, faculty, and staff in using subscription databases; participate in trials of new subscription resources
Additional duties as assigned, such as maintaining and updating the library’s website, LibGuides and student writing portal; submitting articles to SSRN on behalf of faculty, providing Scholastica support, assisting with the institutional repository; putting together the semi-annual Faculty Newsletter; or working with Suffolk journals to do trainings, and collect and archive author publication agreements
Assist with collection development
Develop and implement new library services and programs
- Bachelor’s degree and a Master’s degree in Library & Information Science completed or in the process of being completed. JD degree is strongly preferred
- Demonstrated relevant work experience
- Strong computer skills and web skills
- Excellent written and oral communication skills
- Strong attention to detail
- Commitment to providing the highest level of customer service and responsiveness
- Emotional and cultural intelligence with proven ability to work independently and as part of a diverse team
- Ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously
- Must be creative and proactive
- Standard hours of this position are 9:00 am to 5:00 pm, M-F, but will include at least one evening per week until 6:00 pm and occasional weeknights and weekends for instruction and special events.
Suffolk University does not discriminate against any person on the basis of race, color, national origin, ancestry, religious creed, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, age, genetic information, or status as a veteran in admission to, access to, treatment in, or employment in its programs, activities, or employment. Suffolk University is an affirmative action, equal opportunity employer. The University is dedicated to the goal of building a diverse and inclusive faculty and staff that reflect the broad range of human experience who contribute to the robust exchange of ideas on campus, and who are committed to teaching and working in a diverse environment. We strongly encourage applications from groups historically marginalized or underrepresented because of race/color, gender, religious creed, disability, national origin, veteran status or LGBTQ status. Suffolk University is especially interested in candidates who, through their training, service and experience, will contribute to the diversity and excellence of the University community.
Senior Law Librarian – Northeastern University
The Law Library is a collaborative space for research, study and community. It provides virtual and on site resources and training to faculty, staff and students. The three Senior Law Librarians are critical to the strategic planning, development and implementation of the Law School’s educational mission. Each Senior Law Librarian’s major areas of responsibility are 1) faculty research support; 2) project management; 3) teaching and legal research instruction; 4) team management; and 5) management and operations. Each Senior Law Librarian shares the first four duties and spends thirty percent of their time on the fifth area: management and operations of a specialty. The three specialties are Collection Development, Scholarship & Publishing Services, and Law Practice. This opening is for the Scholarship & Publishing specialty.
Under the faculty research support responsibility, these librarians work with faculty and administrators to support and promote faculty teaching, scholarship, and publication, including providing research assistance and training RAs and TAs. Under the teaching and legal research instruction responsibility, each librarian teaches upper level research courses; provides coaching and training at the InfoDesk for drop in and email research assistance Monday-Friday 8:30-5:00 p.m.; and provides custom research support to students in the first year Legal Skills in Social Context program that serves clients in an innovative law office structure. The team also works closely with faculty, law school departments, clinics, institutes and centers to support community members in research, digital, and information literacy. The librarians work with the Assistant Dean for the Center for Co-op and Career Development, the Director of the Academic Success Program, the Assistant Dean and Director of Bar Admission Programs, and the Assistant Dean for Academic Affairs in planning and supporting student research, digital, and information literacy and to produce graduates who are reflective and well-prepared to embark upon a career of life-long learning. The Law Library provides a wide range of professional development services to assist students and recent graduates in their efforts to master experiential research skills including staffing the Library’s for-credit course offerings and other teaching and instruction; presenting informational programs and workshops; developing and offering research information online; fielding research questions and training during co-op placements; prepare for co-op appointments; and providing research assistance, coaching, and tutoring to students.
Each Senior Law Librarian manages several department-head level functions in their specialty. The Law Library has a team management structure, where the dedicated team of attorney librarians and professional staff is charged with sharing strategic legal research, digital, and information literacy skills with faculty, staff, administrators and students. In the area of management and operations for Scholarship and Publishing Services, this Senior Law Librarian will manage NUSL accounts with publication submission platforms, assist authors in completing submissions to journals; advise authors on journal reputation and placements; disseminate faculty scholarship through managing SSRN eJournal by soliciting articles, liaise with SSRN staff, and produce draft versions for editor review; preserve faculty scholarship through maintaining a database of NUSL scholarship; and place scholarship in appropriate repositories (e.g. SSRN, DRS); and, finally, keep up to date on copyright issues and publishing contracts and advise faculty on best practices.
1) Project Management
- Plan and complete projects that are delegated from your manager, assigned by the team management structure, or self-generated, using project management skills: define the scope, determine available resources, check the timeline, assemble your project team, list the big steps, list the smaller steps, develop a preliminary plan, create your baseline plan, request project adjustments, work your plan, monitor your team’s progress, document everything, and keep everyone informed
2) Faculty Research Support
- Serve as a faculty research liaison; research complex faculty projects; design and conduct research and webcourse training sessions for faculty and their research assistants; page requested materials
- Develop several subject specializations and keep up to date in these areas
- Update faculty support manuals, publications binders and webpages
- Attend faculty research colloquia, lectures and presentations
3) Teaching and Legal Research Instruction
- Provide reference and research assistance to all library users one-on-one or in small groups through walk-in mentoring and appointments
- Keep up to date on the latest legal information trends, websites, electronic and other resources through research and attending trainings and conferences
- Design and conduct bespoke legal research instruction sessions for first year students, upper-level students and law review members
- Support research instruction in the first year legal research and writing program and social justice research projects
- Teach three credits a year, including one two credit upper level research class and a one credit Legal Research Workshop, including syllabus development; creating research exercises; developing and delivering lectures, demonstrations and presentations on legal research and strategy; creating and/or commenting on student exercises; and mentoring students on legal research exercises and pathfinder
- Create and update bibliographies, hand-outs, and exercises
4) Management & Operations: Scholarship & Publishing Services
- Leadership: develop and demonstrate leadership: developing people (self & others), managing resources effectively, leading innovation & change, university-wide perspective
- Publish faculty scholarship through managing NUSL accounts with publication submission platforms (Scholastica); assist authors in completing submissions to journals; advise authors on journal reputation and placements; and support finding funding for research opportunities
- Disseminate faculty scholarship through managing SSRN eJournal by soliciting articles, liaise with SSRN staff, and producing draft versions for editor review; work with faculty and Communications Department to promote faculty work through social media; coordinate a series of author talks to highlight NUSL scholarship in the Northeastern community
- Preserve faculty scholarship through maintaining a database of NUSL scholarship and placing scholarship in appropriate repositories (e.g. SSRN, DRS)
- Promote and create scholarship opportunities
- Keep up to date on copyright issues and publishing contracts and advise faculty on best practices
5) Team Management and Collaboration
- Develop and demonstrate team management skills including knowledge of the discipline of team management; mutual trust; sense of relationship; open and direct conflict; information-sharing; high level question-asking and listening, toleration of errors; flexibility and responsiveness; periodic attention to group maintenance; recognition and mitigation of outside forces
- Participate in cross-training and mentoring within and across functions; share ideas, feedback and suggestions for improving existing systems and creating opportunities for staff development; identify ways to improve work processes and procedures; make suggestions and, where appropriate, take action to make the changes happen
Supervision: This position will mentor and supervise 1-2 law library interns on various projects
- Candidates must have completed either a Master’s of Library or Information Science or a J.D. degree from accredited law schools.
- The candidate must enjoy interacting with students, faculty, and staff and possess excellent public services skills.
- The desire to teach.
- Excellent research, reference, writing, and bibliographic skills
- Word-processing, e-mail, basic web publishing, and basic Excel skills
- We need a responsible, motivated, creative team player who is also able to work independently. You must enjoy completing a variety of tasks. We need a creator, not just a maintainer.
- Some evening and weekend hours are required.
The following qualifications are preferred, but we will train the right candidate:
- Having completed both the Master of Library or Information Science degree and a J.D.
- Three to five years of professional law library experience
- Teaching experience
- Scholarship and publishing experience
Northeastern University is an equal opportunity employer, seeking to recruit and support a broadly diverse community of faculty and staff. Northeastern values and celebrates diversity in all its forms and strives to foster an inclusive culture built on respect that affirms inter-group relations and builds cohesion.
All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply and will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, age, sex, sexual orientation, disability status, or any other characteristic protected by applicable law.
To learn more about Northeastern University’s commitment and support of diversity and inclusion, please see www.northeastern.edu/diversity.
Research Analyst (Hybrid) – Dechert
- The Research Analyst is responsible for providing research services to the entire Firm. The preferred schedule for this position is Tuesday-Saturday.
ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS:
Research and References:
- Conduct efficient and cost effective research and reference support to attorneys and legal assistants using the most appropriate online and print sources.
- Instruct patrons in use of materials in the Research Services collection, including online databases.
- Develop liaison relationship with Practice Groups by attending PG meetings.
- In conjunction with the Manager of Research and Competitive Intelligence and the Manager of Training and Outreach services organize online database training for attorneys and paralegals.
- In conjunction with the Manager or Research and Competitive Intelligence and the Manager of Training and Outreach Services develop research guides and pathfinders to collection.
- Meet with attorneys regarding anticipated research needs and products.
- Produce current awareness newsletters and alerts and monitor legislative issues for attorneys.
- Research topics for attorneys writing articles and presenting speeches.
- Obtain documents and books from outside sources via telephone calls, orders, documents from agencies, courts, document retrieval services and other libraries.
- Track and record billable and non-billable time spent providing research services to library clients on a daily basis and promptly process HEAT requests.
- Supervise the operation of part time filers.
- Implement Research Services policies that are created by the Research Services Leadership Team.
- Conduct local orientation with new attorneys in conjunction with the Manager of Training and Outreach Services.
- Promote Research Services to legal and administrative staff in assigned offices.
- Actively pursue continuing education opportunities and read professional literature to ensure that our research services are efficient, cost-effective and complete.
- Participates in professional conferences when scheduling permits.
- Occasional travel to other Firm offices.
- Work with the Director of Library and Research Services, the Manager of Technical Services and the Collection Development Analyst to review the collection for acquisition/deselecting/weeding of materials and plan for space issues and oversees shifting of collection.
Acquisition and Budgeting:
- Assist in the annual budgeting process as needed.
- Performs any and all other duties as necessary and as assigned by your supervisor for efficient functioning of the Department, Office and Firm.
- Master’s Degree in Library and Information Science or equivalent from an ALA-accredited institution or equivalent degree required
- Two to five years of legal reference and research experience with deep and broad knowledge of the legal materials and databases used to support the Firm’s practice areas and research needs for client work and for business development efforts.
- Extensive legal and business research experience using both online and print resources.
- Well-developed professional interpersonal skills.
- Customer service focused.
- Outstanding problem solving ability with outstanding organizational, management, and supervisory skills.
- Able to work in a fast-paced environment with demonstrated ability to coordinate multiple competing tasks and demands, provide high levels of customer service and maintain a professional demeanor under stress.
Additional Job Description
Chicago, Austin, Boston, Los Angeles, New York, Philadelphia, San Francisco, Washington
Dechert LLP is committed to ensuring equal employment opportunity and non-discrimination. The Firm prohibits unlawful discrimination in any term or condition of employment against any employee or applicant for employment because of the individual’s race, color, creed, religion, sex, age, marital status, national origin, ancestry, citizenship, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, genetic information, disability, membership or service in the armed forces, or any other characteristic protected by law.
Research Analyst – Holland & Knight LLP www.hklaw.com
Research Analyst position (Full time)
Location: Boston, or near any of our offices (with flexibility)
The Research Analyst will join our national team, working under the Director of Research Services. Responsibilities include supporting the legal and business research needs of attorneys and staff, as well as training and instruction of efficient research techniques. The Research Analyst will answer questions through the firm’s request management software, working independently and collaboratively to ensure timely and high quality research output. The Research Analyst will have opportunities to contribute to the development or curation of the team’s intranet, monthly research newsletter, information offerings or knowledge management initiatives as needs and professional interests align.
This is a demanding position in a fast-paced environment and requires excellent written and verbal communication skills, attention to detail, creative problem solving, and the ability to prioritize tasks and meet tight deadlines. The Research Analyst must demonstrate initiative, eagerness to learn, strong intellectual curiosity and willingness to take ownership of key projects. This role requires candidates to have a progressive approach to Library and Information Science.
Key Responsibilities Include:
- Work as part of a team to perform a wide variety of legal and non-legal research projects for lawyers, clients, and staff in multiple offices
- Explain and assist in use of databases and print material
- Create and curate current awareness alerts and newsletters for attorneys and staff
- Assist with business development efforts including ongoing litigation alerting and complaint pulls
- Assist with ongoing tracking of legislative, regulatory, and local government updates
- Act as research liaison to assigned practice group and teams, including attending meetings and reporting back on information and training needs
- Work with Library Technical Services team for requests requiring new access to digital subscriptions or updated credentials
- Assist in updating and maintaining open-source electronic resource management solution housing current resource and vendor information
- Thoughtfully suggest ideas for processes or workflow improvement as recognized in the course of daily work
- Record and report research projects and time spent utilizing firm billing software and reference request database
- Special projects and additional duties as assigned
- 1-2 years of legal research experience required, preferably in a law firm setting
- Strong MS Office Skills
- Fundamental understanding of legal concepts, as well as legal industry and current trends
- Legal research and database skills, including proficiency with Lexis, Westlaw, Lex Machina, Bloomberg, Lexis Securities Mosaic, Cheetah, Checkpoint, S&P Capital IQ, HeinOnline and others.
- Ability to adapt and apply new technologies and workflows
- Commitment to strong service values with an ability to exhibit sound professional judgment, discretion and diplomacy
- Basic troubleshooting skills with common IT issues involving access to databases and online content
- Team-focused yet independently motivated for the good of the team and firm
- Interest in working in a fast-paced environment while balancing multiple projects simultaneously
- Active involvement in relevant professional organizations
- Commitment to innovation, creative thinking, and professional growth
- Master’s Degree in Library Science from an ALA accredited school
Wilson Sonsini – Competitive Intelligence Analyst
Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati is the premier legal advisor to technology, life sciences, and other growth enterprises worldwide. We represent companies at every stage of development, from entrepreneurial start-ups to multibillion-dollar global corporations, as well as the venture firms, private equity firms, and investment banks that finance and advise them. The firm has approximately 1,100 attorneys in 16 offices: 11 in the U.S., three in China, and two in Europe. Our broad spectrum of practices and entrepreneurial spirit allow our staff exceptional opportunities for professional achievement and career growth.
Wilson Sonsini, the leading law firm for innovative companies, is expanding its Competitive Intelligence (CI) team to support the firm’s 1,000+ lawyers in the US, Europe and Asia. The Competitive Intelligence Analyst will work as a member of the firmwide Research & Information Services team and conduct in-depth research and analysis of companies, sectors, practice areas, geographic markets, technologies, and competitors using a comprehensive variety of online research tools. The CI Analyst will develop and communicate insightful and actionable intelligence to aid in strategic decision-making and drive business development, profitability, growth, prospective/client retention and other business opportunities.
The CI function works collaboratively with a wide variety of the firm’s departments to obtain and synthesize internal and external data in to high-impact deliverables. This position reports to the Research & Information Manager and works closely with our existing CI team. The position can be based in any of our US offices and we will also consider candidates who want a hybrid or remote position.
The scope of the research undertaken is varied and challenging, including economics and market sectors, profiles on current and potential clients, competitors and new markets and monitoring key targets or sectors. The CI Analyst will help identify market trends, industry developments, client movements and relevant client news to provide information for client development and attorney teams. The CI Analyst will compile and distill information into various deliverables and provide a written executive summary. This role will also work collaboratively with Business Development, Research & Information Services and other departments to execute the firm’s business and competitive intelligence function. The CI team is developing into a critical resource for the firm and the CI Analyst must be able to work in a fast-paced environment. The ideal candidate is highly curious and detail oriented and has strong written, analytical and project management skills.
Essential Job Functions
- Under general direction, conduct in-depth research and analysis of key companies, sectors, industries, technologies, market segments, and competitors to uncover key, actionable information and summarize into concise deliverable reports.
- Identify and monitor trends and key clients to aid client development efforts for all practice groups and cross-disciplinary sector teams.
- Stay abreast of trends and technologies in the legal industry.
- Track research requests to demonstrate ROI, firm trends and patterns.
- Perform legal research on an as needed basis as part of the firmwide Research & Information Services team.
Required Experience and Traits
- 2 years minimum in a research-focused role ideally in business intelligence and/or legal research.
- Ability to digest, synthesize and manipulate large sets of data into a clear, concise summary.
- Ability to manage multiple priorities and deadlines.
- Proficiency in MS Excel, MS Word, PowerPoint, and Adobe.
- Basic knowledge of financial datasets and investor reports.
- Ability to follow complex instructions with a high degree of accuracy.
- Flexible, responsive and service-oriented team member.
- Initiative and eagerness to learn.
- Self-starter with the ability to work collaboratively as well as independently.
Desired Experience and Traits
- AmLaw 100, financial services, or professional services firm experience preferred.
- Working knowledge and experience using Internet-based corporate and legal research tools.
- An Interest and aptitude in statistics and business analytics.
- Familiarity with legal concepts, practice areas and terminology preferred, but not essential.
- Experience with regulatory research.
- Experience with European legal and business resources.
Bachelor’s degree or higher; an MLS/MLIS, JD or MBA is preferred but not essential with the right experience.
We offer a highly competitive salary and benefits package. Equal Opportunity Employer.
Nixon Peabody – Research Librarian
The Research Librarian is responsible for a wide variety of tasks that support the delivery of firm-wide library research & information services including: conducting timely and cost-effective research and document retrieval upon request; recommending appropriate research services and/or resources in response to inquiries from firm personnel. Remote work flexibility is available for employees within a commutable distance from a Nixon Peabody LLP office.
A career at Nixon Peabody is the opportunity to do work that matters. It’s the chance to use your knowledge to shape what’s ahead. To share, to innovate, to learn at a firm that taps the power of collective thinking.
We’ve created a dynamic, energizing environment that promotes success for our clients and each other. We offer fast growth, connectedness and training in business as well as law. And our rigorous standards assure you are part of a diverse team of top talent at every turn.
If you’re someone who’s looking toward the future, we’d love to hear from you.
Location: Chicago, IL; Boston, MA; Long Island, NY; New York, NY; Rochester, NY; Albany, NY; Manchester, NH; Washington, DC; Providence, RI; Los Angeles, CA; San Francisco, CA
- Provide high-level legal and business research to attorneys and staff in a wide variety of practice areas using both print and online resources.
- Demonstrate ability to handle litigation research, including finding cases and secondary materials related to specific fact patterns in a variety of jurisdictions.
- Perform due diligence research on plaintiffs, experts, defendants and corporate entities.
- Develop knowledge of research in multiple practice areas and jurisdictions, including growing specialization in one or more subjects, and attendance at relevant practice group meetings.
- Collaborate with senior researchers with respect to larger and more complex assignments.
- Assist CI Research Team with providing business development research for attorneys and the Marketing department including preparation of company snapshots.
- Gather, synthesize and present a summary of relevant, well targeted research findings to attorneys and staff to facilitate decision making and business planning.
- As part of the Library & Research Services Team, collaborate and coordinate with library staff in other geographies to provide seamless research service for attorneys in all firm locations, including evening and weekend coverage on an as needed basis.
- Engage in innovation and Library outreach, including evaluation of new information resources and related technology.
- May assist in the delivery of research training programs for attorneys and staff through a variety of formats including in person one-on-one sessions, departmental meetings, web enabled training and orientation.
- Establish relationships with attorneys to improve, expand and market the range of available information sources and services.
- Participate in expanding and/or improving research and information services, procedures and practices. Take part in special projects as requested by the Director of Library & Research Services.
- Remain current in research techniques and available resources relevant to providing high quality research and information services. Continue professional development through various firm and association sponsored activities.
- Minimum of 4-7 years of in-depth law firm library research experience.
- Master of Library Science or Juris Doctor degree required. Combination of education in a research-intensive field with relevant work experience will be considered.
- Professional library experience in a legal or corporate setting conducting complex research.
- Solid proficiency in the use of both print and online resources.
- Strong analytical and critical thinking skills.
- Independently manages multiple projects and negotiates deadlines if necessary.
- Demonstrated ability to provide quality client service.
- Self-motivated with the ability to work independently and collaboratively within and across departments.
- Excellent verbal and written communication skills, including presentation skills.
- Excellent technology skills.
Nixon Peabody is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer: Disability/Female/Gender Identity/Minority/Sexual Orientation/Veteran. Pursuant to the San Francisco Fair Chance Ordinance and the Los Angeles Fair Chance Initiative, we will consider for employment qualified applicants with arrest and conviction records.
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