News & Events

Monday, October 5, 2020 - 08:16

The William A. Wise Law Library's current Law Library Fellow, Aamir Abdullah, contributed a post to the DipLawMatic FCIL-SIS (Foreign, Comparative, & International Law-Special Interest Section) blog, recapping the 2020 Virtual Law Via the Internet Conference.  Read the full post here.

Thursday, September 3, 2020 - 15:33

Rebecca Ciota is joining the William A. Wise Law Library as the Technology & Web Services Librarian. Ciota has four years of experience at Grinnell College, as their Discovery and Integrated Systems Librarian. Her duties at Grinnell College, in addition to overseeing Grinnell College’s institutional repository and migrating the integrated library system, included providing instruction and research consultation.  Ciota received her undergraduate degree from Oberlin College in 2014, and her Masters of Library and Information Science from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign in 2016. Ciota’s scholarly interests include issues of access to enable participation in democracy, furthering student persistence in their field of study, digital scholarship, oral histories, and library technology.

Wednesday, January 22, 2020 - 14:27

Boulder, Colo. – Lauren Seney has been named Associate Director and Head of Technical Services at the William A. Wise Law Library at the University of Colorado Law School. Seney begins her new role in January 2020.

Seney comes to Colorado Law with nearly fifteen years of law library experience. Most recently, she was the Digital Initiatives Librarian at the Wolf Law Library at the College of William & Mary Law School in Williamsburg, Virginia, where she was also an adjunct professor teaching law and literature courses. Seney began her career at the College of William & Mary Law School as an access and technical services librarian.

Seney brings a wide breadth of knowledge across technical services, library systems, and institutional repositories/digital archives to her new position. She is active in professional associations at both the regional and national levels, and is a well-respected and nationally recognized expert on law school repositories. Her professional activities include chairing both the Technical Services Section and Law Repository Caucus of the American Association of Law Libraries as well as chairing the steering committee for a highly successful, cutting-edge national conference on law school repositories.

Seney obtained a Masters in Information Science from the University of Tennessee in 2008 and received her Digital Archives Specialist Certification from the Society of American Archivists in 2014.

She replaces Georgia Briscoe, who was Associate Director and Head of Technical Services of the William A. Wise Law Library and a member of the faculty at Colorado Law for nearly 27 years. Briscoe retired from the law school in January 2019 and was awarded Emeritus status by the Colorado Law faculty.

About University of Colorado Law School

Established in 1892, the University of Colorado Law School ( is one of the top public law schools in the United States. Located at the base of the inspiring Rocky Mountains, Colorado Law’s curriculum, research centers, and experiential learning opportunities prepare students for success in today’s changing legal environment. Its diverse student body represents over 100 undergraduate institutions, and last fall, the school welcomed its most diverse 1L class ever. A deliberately low student-to-faculty ratio enables meaningful engagement between faculty and students inside and outside the classroom. The school’s nine clinics and three research centers focus on the school’s nationally recognized areas of strength, including natural resources and environmental law, American Indian law, juvenile and family law, business and entrepreneurial law, and technology and intellectual property law. Colorado Law’s graduates thrive in a variety of professional settings and fields across Colorado and nationwide.

Friday, October 25, 2019 - 13:12

Published in the November / December 2019 issue of AALL Spectrum, this article is a behind-the-scenes look at algorithims that rank results in Bloomberg Law, Fastcase, Lexis Advance, and Westlaw.  

Wednesday, June 26, 2019 - 12:08

Law Library Fellow Gerard Fowke had his article titled "Librarians Before Congress: Advocacy and Identity" published in the current issue of Legal Reference Services Quarterly.  The article explores the connection between congressional testimony and political identity for libraries.  Researchers can access the article on the LRSQ website.  

Friday, April 26, 2019 - 08:48

The Clifford Calhoun Service Award is given to Prof. Thompson in recognition of her commitment to public service, and ongoing contributions to the legal community, which exemplify the spirt and tradition of Professor Calhoun’s altruistic career. She will be honored by the law school at the Faculty and Staff Awards Lunch held on May 14, 2019.

Friday, April 26, 2019 - 08:39

The Technical Services Special Interest Section Awards Committee is pleased to announce that the recipient of the 2019 Renee D. Chapman Memorial Award for Outstanding Contributions in Technical Services Law Librarianship is Karen Selden.

Karen is the Metadata Services Librarian and Interim Head of Technical Services at the William A. Wise Law Library, University of Colorado Law School. Karen's distinguished service to law library technical services and law librarianship in general include leadership roles at the local, regional, and national levels, active committee service, significant publications and scholarly work, and numerous conference presentations.

Karen joined the American Association of Law Libraries (AALL) in 1998, and currently serves as a Member-at-Large on the AALL Board where she brings to the Association a much-needed technical services perspective. On her path to AALL leadership, Karen brought her considerable skills and energy to both the Technical Services Special Interest Section (TS-SIS) and the Online Bibliographic Services Special Interest Section (OBS-SIS) as an active member, chairing and participating in committees, proposing and presenting educational programs on cutting edge issues of importance to technical services librarians, and of interest to public service librarians, as well.

The Renee D. Chapman Memorial Award recognizes extended and sustained distinguished service to technical services law librarianship and to AALL, in memory of Renee D. Chapman, former head of technical services at the Charles B. Sears Law Library at the State University of New York at Buffalo and chair of the TS-SIS in 1988-1989.

Wednesday, February 13, 2019 - 15:09

The 11th Annual Boulder Conference on Legal Information: Scholarship & Teaching has announced its call for papers on “All Aspects of Legal Information.” The draft must be more than an outline, but need not be in publishable form (between 6 and 10 pages). Drafts can be sent via email to Susan Nevelow Mart, The work should focus on an aspect of (1) The use or teaching of legal information; (2) An aspect of information retrieval; (3) Law and policy; (4) Information access issues; or (5) Practice issues.

The conference will be held July 11-12, 2019, in Washington, D.C. Applicants to the conference should submit a draft project no later than April 8, 2019.

Tuesday, January 29, 2019 - 16:16

The Oral History of Law Librarianship series contains more than 200 video interviews of active and retired law librarians and others related to the profession. This ongoing series showcases individuals in the profession as they reflect on their experiences. New videos interviews are added monthly.

Tuesday, January 29, 2019 - 16:14

The Algorithm as a Human Artifact: Implications for Legal {Re}search was recently listed on SSRN’s Top Ten Download List for: LSN: Legal Information Practices