Each year, in addition to the Newest FCIL Member and Spirit of the FCIL Awards, and the FCIL-SIS Reynolds & Flores Publication Award, we also honor an FCIL-SIS member who has made outstanding contributions to the Section in any number of the following areas: outstanding leadership in the Section, at meetings, and committee work; special and notable service to the Section; participation in Section educational programs and public-speaking activities; mentoring activities that encourage others in the Section; activities that encourage others to join the section. This year, we are proud to recognize and grant the Daniel L. Wade FCIL-SIS Outstanding Service Award to our colleague, James Hart!
Jim is the Senior Reference Librarian with the Robert S. Marx Law Library at the University of Cincinnati Law School. Prior to joining Marx Law Library, he held positions at San Diego State University and Southeast Missouri State. Currently, he is responsible for providing reference and research assistance to all library patrons, he offers particular expertise in the areas of foreign and international law research, and he teaches in the Legal Research course.
Among his interests are International Legal Research and Writing and International Human Rights, as evidenced by his publication titled “The European Human Rights System” originally published in the Law Library Journal and subsequently reprinted in the February 2011 issue of GlobaLex and again updated in June 2015. Jim is a long time member of various professional associations both regionally, nationally, and internationally. He has presented at local, regional, and national conferences and has been responsible for organizing, coordinating, and participating in a number of excellent programs at the AALL Annual Meeting, which we all had an opportunity to enjoy, including Piercing the Veil of Sovereignty: The Sources of International Human Rights Law in 2012, Translation Tools for the Law Librarian in 2013, and Designing Subject Guides that Make the Effect You Want in 2015.
He has been an active member of the FCIL-SIS and has served on various committees including the FCIL-SIS Schaffer Grant for Foreign Law Librarian Fundraising Committee, the Internships and International Exchanges Committee, the Nominations Committee, and the Strategic Planning Committee. Most recently he has been chairing the FCIL-SIS Electronic Resources Interest Group. In this position, he has spearheaded the much needed update of our Jumpstart pages (no easy task) and he is responsible for securing two excellent speakers at this year FCIL-SIS Standing Committees Joint Meeting – Mr. Ismael Raboud from the ICRC who spoke to us about the ICRC Customary International Humanitarian Law Database, and Mr. Steve Perkins of Library of Congress who spoke to us about the LOC’s Indigenous Law Portal. Jim is always full of ideas, energy, and yes-attitude – and we are lucky to have him. Congratulations!