1. Where did you grow up?
I’ve been very fortunate to grow up all over the world because I was part of a military family. We moved to Naples, Italy when I was 5 and then to London, England when I was 8. When my dad retired from the Marine Corps, we moved to Tallahassee, Florida where I attended high school. Seeking a more metropolitan city, I went to Miami, Florida for university. After university, I taught English in Korea for a year before deciding to return to Florida for law school.
2. Why did you select law librarianship as a career?
The short answer is a lifestyle choice. First and foremost, I love doing research. Finding that seemingly impossible source provides personal satisfaction. Combined with that, during law school I saw many of my friends and peers go into practice, work long hours, and pass on social activities to get work done. I know that law librarians must occasionally work longer hours to grade assignments or sit a late night reference desk shift, but I did not want this to be a normal occurrence. I’m very active outside of work and I don’t want my job to totally define who I am. Admittedly though, I do enjoy when friends introduce me as a lawbrarian.
3. When did you develop an interest in foreign, comparative, and international law?
Because I had the opportunity to grow up abroad, I’ve always been interested in foreign and international issues. While I did not go to law school with an intent to study FCIL, I was always interested in discussing it with people who were.
4. Who is your current employer? How long have you worked there?
I began working for Columbia Law School in April 2015. I celebrated my three month work anniversary at AALL.
**Editor’s Note: Hunter won the Newest FCIL Librarian Award this year at the FCIL-SIS business meeting in Philly! He models his prize in the picture above.**
5. Do you speak any foreign languages?
Currently working in FCIL, I’m a little embarrassed to say I do not speak a foreign language fluently. While I was in University, I studied Mandarin and loved it. I continue to try and improve my Mandarin skills by listening to language MP3s while I work and conversing with people when I have the opportunity.
6. What is your most significant professional achievement?
While I was earning my M.L.I.S. at Florida State University, I had the honor of working with Professor Larry Krieger on his law review article, What Makes Lawyers Happy?: A Data-Driven Prescription to Redefine Professional Success, identifying lawyer well-being and happiness. His work and our talks reinforced my decision of career paths.
7. What is your biggest food weakness?
Truffle oil. I’ll give anything with truffle oil a shot. Right now one of my favorite recipes is truffle oil macaroni and cheese.
8. What song makes you want to get up and sing/dance?
Anything by Girl Talk.
9. What ability or skill do you most wish you had (that you don’t already have)?
Unrealistic ability: teleportation. It would be amazing to live anywhere in the world and commute instantly.
Realistic ability: photographic memory.
10 Aside from the basic necessities, what is one thing you *can* not go a day without?
There isn’t anything that I cannot go without. Some things may be unpleasant to be without (caffeine, friends, technology) but nothing is so detrimental that I could not go without it.
11. Anything else you would like to share with us?
As the school year approaches, I hope everyone has a great year!