Law Library Fellow


Since 2012, the law library has sponsored a fellow program which provides valuable training and experience to a newer librarian, and enables the library to pursue innovative projects. Such projects include the digitization of the David H. Getches Collection , a redesign of the law library website, the development of an online collection of Colorado Session Laws , and the creation of legal research guides .  The fellow also contributes to the rich body of legal research instruction provided by the law library, and helps develop new pedagogical approaches.

Below you may find information about our past and current fellows, as well as a link to application information for the fellowship program at the Colorado Law William A. Wise Law Library.

Past Fellows

John Scherrer (2016-2017)

Current Position: Reference and Outreach Services Librarian, George Mason University, Antonin Scalia Law School
John’s thoughts on his fellowship:
Everything my predecessors said is true: the fellowship is a unique opportunity for new law librarians to learn from talented colleagues who will emphasize your professional development. I feel fortunate to have had the fellowship experience and proud to be an alum of the program. Susan says Wise is a “destination library”—and that’s not just because of the mountains. Aside from the obvious benefits to one’s career in librarianship, the Wise Law Library faculty and staff are funny, smart, and welcoming. I had never worked in a more supportive environment. After transitioning from practicing law to law librarianship, the fellowship confirmed for me that I had made the right decision.

Amelia Landenberger(2015-2016)

Current Position: Outreach Services Librarian, University of Kentucky College of Law
Amelia’s thoughts on her fellowship:
The fellowship is a great way to gain experience in law librarianship.  The position is special because it’s flexible and able to be tailored to the fellow’s specific interests.  There’s an opportunity for teaching legal research and working on special projects in addition to the opportunity to gain experience with reference services.  The biggest benefit is the support for the fellow’s professional development.  This isn’t just an opportunity to watch and learn, it’s the chance to learn by doing.  The fellow takes an active role in the library’s operations and can gain experience in all aspects of the library.

Scott Uhl (2014-2015)

Current Position: Technology Innovation & Reference Librarian, University of Minnesota Law School
Scott’s thoughts on his fellowship:
It is increasingly difficult to find truly entry-level work in law libraries, and even more difficult to find an entry-level position that actually provides valuable experience in the field.  That is what makes this fellowship such an incredible opportunity for new and aspiring law librarians.  During my fellowship, I had the opportunity to be involved in the full range of roles law librarians take on, from reference and instruction to collection development to acquisitions to digitization projects.  I was able to work under the mentorship of more senior librarians, while being treated as an equal contributor.  It was perhaps not until I began searching for a new position at the end of the fellowship that I realized what a rich background of experience my fellowship provided me, and there is no doubt at all that I would never have been offered my current position without it.  It's a rare and special program, and I recommend it to anyone who wants to be a law librarian.

Erik Beck (2012)

Current Position: Digital Services Librarian, University of Colorado Law School
Erik’s thoughts on his fellowship:
The Wise Law Library is really a special place for me.  There is a culture of innovation and collaboration here that is unlike anywhere else in the country.  I work on projects that are unique in the field of law librarianship.  My co-workers are some of the smartest in the profession.  Susan and the other directors are the best mentors anyone could ask for.  Applying for the Wise Law Library Fellowship was probably the best career move I’ll ever make.

Applying for the Fellowship

You can find information about applying for the fellowship here.   The application deadline for the fellowship for the 2018-2019 fiscal year will be March 21, 2018; however, applications will be accepted until the position is filled.  Please contact Lisa Schultz,, with questions.