1. Where did you grow up?
My father worked in the horse racing industry, so I grew up in the Triple Crown states—New York, Kentucky, and Maryland.
2. Why did you select law librarianship as a career?
I worked at a student assistant in the Cataloging & Serials department in the law library at George Washington University when I was an undergraduate student at GW and loved it. I found myself practicing at a big firm in DC for a number of years after I graduated from law school (at Vanderbilt!), but periodically found myself researching library science programs. When I was ready to take a step back from legal practice, I finally acknowledged that nagging feeling that I should, perhaps, consider librarianship. I’m fortunate that my husband (who is also a lawyer) thought it was a fantastic, and not entirely, crazy idea, and supported me as I went back to school and made the transition.
3. When did you develop an interest in foreign, comparative, and international law?
I took several international law courses whilst getting my JD at Vanderbilt—public international law, EU law, human rights, international civil litigation. The government investigations I helped to manage were almost entirely domestic in scope, so I’m excited that librarianship is now affording me the opportunity to immerse myself in FCIL.
4. Who is your current employer? How long have you worked there?
I just started working at Vanderbilt in October, so I’m very new to my current position!
5. Do you speak any foreign languages?
Very, very rudimentary Spanish. So rudimentary as to hardly be worth mentioning.
6. What is your most significant professional achievement?
I don’t know that quitting something can be considered an “achievement,” but it certainly took a lot of courage and planning to quit practicing and try something new professionally. I know many readers of this publication have done the same, and probably also experienced sleepless nights and periodic nausea. In general I’ve found that the times I helped people in concrete ways were the most personally satisfying, even when they weren’t the most challenging work. I managed some complex investigations when I was practicing law that required patience, creativity, and long hours, but the client I remember most fondly was a pro bono asylum client, and I’m always happy when a student is appreciative of my help and returns for advice.
7. What is your biggest food weakness?
Sweets. Peanut Butter M&Ms and anything covered in very sugary frosting, such as grocery store sheet cake.
8. What song makes you want to get up and sing/dance?
This could be an entire blog post! Most recently noted myself doing this to Dancing Queen by ABBA.
9. What ability or skill do you most wish you had (that you don’t have already)?
See question 5—I really wish that I had taken language instruction more seriously. I also wish that I could play the piano, and did not experience anxiety when faced with numbers.
10. Aside from the basic necessities, what is one thing you can’t go a day without?
Some kind of movement. I’m a certified Pilates instructor and try to get on the equipment a few times a week, but also enjoy yoga and long walks or hiking. I have foot and ankle issues from years of ballet/pointe, so I try to go really easy on my joints.
11. Anything else you would like to share with us?
I’m really excited to join such a welcoming (and fun) professional community. I attended IALL’s annual conference in Atlanta last week, and it was really encouraging to meet so many wonderful people and see how many resources I’ll have available to me.