New Faculty Bring Expertise to UNM Law Library

Jennifer LawsProfessors Jennifer Laws and Alexandra Siek (`05) have joined the faculty of the University of New Mexico Law Library. Laws brings a deep knowledge of electronic and digital resources from a decade of work in an appellate court library. Siek, an employee with the UNM Law Library since 2010, will expand her role there.    

Jennifer Laws joined the UNM Law Library faculty as a Lecturer III on Dec. 1. She brings to the library 13 years of experience working in law firm and court libraries. She is coordinating electronic resources and digital initiatives, along with providing research support for students, faculty and the public.

Three years after earning a master’s of library science degree from the University of Texas at Austin in 1996, Laws joined the San Antonio office of Jenkens & Gilchrist, where she provided research support for a staff that included 25 lawyers.

In January 2002, she became a librarian for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit in its San Antonio satellite office. For the next 11 years, until joining the UNM Law Library faculty, she provided legal and non-legal research and reference services for the court’s judges, their staffs and other court personnel.

Laws has been active in the Southwest Association of Law Libraries (SWALL), which she currently serves as treasurer. She has shared her expertise in articles, continuing education training and presentations Her most recent presentation, at the 2012 SWALL annual conference, was titled, “How to Make Great Training Documents with Tools you (Probably) Already Have.”

Alexandra SiekAlexandra Siek became a Visiting Lecturer III in mid-November and works in the library’s Faculty and Public Services Department. Her duties include coordinating front desk services for the Law Library, which involves providing reference assistance to law students, staff, faculty and members of the public. She also teaches and performs faculty research and assists in collection development.

Siek rejoined the law library staff in 2009; she has served in a variety of roles, including coordinating the Library Research Assistant Pool and managing front-desk services. After completing her work toward a master’s degree in Library and Information Science (scheduled December 2012) from San Jose State University, she was promoted to the UNM law library faculty.

Siek loved libraries from an early age, and has worked in them since high school. In fact, her interest in research and analysis propelled her to enroll in the UNM School of Law in 2002.

“I was eager to come to UNM, as they had excellent clinics and programs in family law and mediation, as well as criminal law and forward-looking fields such as Indian law and natural resources law,” she said. “And I knew I would want to live and work in New Mexico, a state which I love, for a long time.”  

After earning her J.D. in 2005, Siek moved to California where she became certified in crime/intelligence analysis, and performed that work for the Los Angeles Police Department. Four years later, she joined the UNM Law Library staff.

January 14, 2013