MichALL 2012 Speaker Biographies

Spring Educational Meeting

Friday, May 18th 2012

Speaker Biographies

Damian A. Burns

A representative with Lexis, he has been with the company now for over 16 years. During that time he has worked with sales and with the International department working as the regional sales executive for Eastern Europe, Africa, the Middle East, Southwestern Asia, Switzerland and Papau New Guinea.  He now works as a regional sales executive for larger law firms in the US.

Paul Gallagher

The Associate Director for the Wayne State University Library System with the Discovery Services Team, and Adjunct Faculty in the School of Library and Information Science. Mr. Gallagher is an experienced I.T. professional with over ten years of experience in the private sector – including technology education, application development, and systems administration.  He provides leadership for a wide range of library technologies that allow patrons to discover resources, and manages the library metadata, ILS, and systems groups.

Sarah Glassmeyer

The Director of Content Development at the Center for Computer Assisted Legal Instruction, a non-profit publisher of legal educational materials.  She divides her time between editing legal research materials and creating eBooks.  Prior to her work at CALI, Ms. Glassmeyer was an academic law librarian for five years and is still an active member of AALL and ORALL.  She holds a JD from the University of Cincinnati and an MLS from Indiana University.  


Susan Lewis

The Associate Director for Public Services at the Pence Law Library. She holds a B.A. in political science from the University of California at Los Angeles, a J.D., cum laude, from Southwestern University, and an M.Libr. from the University of Washington in Seattle. She is admitted to the practice of law in California (inactive).  Prior to arriving at the Pence Law Library, Ms. Lewis served as an academic reference librarian at the law libraries of Yale, Northwestern, Willamette and Georgetown (temporarily).


Ms. Lewis serves on the American Association of Law Libraries (AALL) Executive Board as Treasurer and chairs the Board’s Finance & Budget Committee. She has also chaired the AALL Recruitment Committee and the Developing Law Librarians for the Future Special Committee. Susan has also served as Secretary-Treasurer of AALL’s Academic Section (ALL-SIS) and chaired that section’s Nominations Committee.  She has also served on the AALL Government Relations, Scholarship, Mentoring, Copyright, and Committee Structure Committees.


In addition, Ms. Lewis has served on the Executive Board of the Law Librarians' Society of Washington, D.C., (LLSDC), chaired the Scholarship and Nominations Committees of the Southeastern Chapter of AALL (SEAALL), and served as Secretary of the Western Pacific Chapter of AALL (WestPAC).

Laura Mancini

The Director of Library Services for the Oakland County Board of Commissioners, where she oversees the three libraries that serve the county government, which includes the Adams Pratt Law Library.  She is also an adjunct faculty member for the School of Library and Information Science at Wayne State University. Prior to coming to Oakland County, Laura worked as a librarian at General Motors, Cranbrook and The Henry Ford. 


Ms. Mancini has a master’s degree in Library and Information Science from Wayne State University.  She served as president and treasurer of the Michigan Chapter of the Special Libraries Association and currently is Chair of the Detroit Area Library Network (DALNET). Laura is also a member of the Solutions on Self-Help Legal Taskforce and the State Bar Committee on Libraries, Legal Research, and Legal Publications. In 2010, Laura was awarded the Allene and Martin Doctoroff Liberty Bell Award from the Oakland County Bar Association.


Linda K. Rexer

Executive Director, Michigan State Bar Foundation. The Foundation provides leadership and grants to support civil legal aid for the poor and improvements in the administration of justice. 

Ms. Rexer is a founding member of the State Bar's Access to Justice Task Force and continues to serve on the successor entity, the Committee on Justice Initiatives and on its Pro Bono Initiative.  She received the State Bar's Michael Franck Award in 2005 for her contributions to access to justice.  She has served in various national and state leadership positions including past president of the National Association of IOLTA Programs and Trustee of the National Conference of Bar Foundations.  She is a past member of the American Bar Association Commission on IOLTA, the ABA Task Force on Standards for the Provision of Civil Legal Aid.  She is current Co-Chair of Michigan’s statewide legal Solutions on Self-Help (SOS) Task Force.


Brooke Stokke

Brooke Stokke currently works as an Academic Account Manager for Thomson Reuters Westlaw.  She teaches Westlaw products at the University of Michigan, University of Toledo, and Wayne State University.  She received her B.A. in American Studies and Political Science from Oklahoma State and her J.D. from The University of Toledo in 2010.  Prior to her work with Westlaw she worked in Admissions for the University of Toledo Law School, as a Judicial Law Clerk in Lucas County, and an Intern at the Ohio Attorney General’s Office.


Jeremy York

Mr. York has been Project librarian for the HathiTrust since July 2008. His primary duties include project coordination among the partnership, maintenance of HathiTrust's informational web site, and activities surrounding new partners and partnership contracts. Jeremy received a bachelor's degree in history from Emory University and a Master of Information Science from the University of Michigan, with a specialization in archives and records management. He has more than ten years experience in libraries, working in areas of course reserves, archives and special collections, and information technology.