Faculty Services


Librarian Liaisons and General Library Contacts

Support for your teaching, research, and scholarship is at the heart of Law Library service to our faculty. One of the support services that the library provides is the Library Faculty Liaison Program. We have three law librarians, Denise Gibson, John Perkins, and Jim Sherwood, all of whom hold a law degree as well as a master's degree in library science. They teach the required Introduction to Legal Research course and the elective, Advanced Legal Research. They have been assigned to individual faculty members and administrative offices to ensure that your library needs are filled.

Your librarian liaison can provide assistance with using the library's collection of subscription and online resources listed on our Quick Research web page. 

Liaisons will also

  • Bring to your attention new books, articles and electronic resources relevant to your interests
  • Acquire and borrow books and materials
  • Assist with the use of the library’s electronic databases and resources, including Bloomberg Law, CALI, HeinOnline, Galileo, ProQuest, Westlaw, Lexis Advance, etc.
  • Provide support and research instruction for your research assistants

 Librarian Liaison Assignments

Denise Gibson
Assistant Law Librarian for Research Services,
J.D., M.L.S.

John Perkins
Reference Services Librarian,
J.D., M.L.S.

Jim Sherwood
Reference Services Librarian
J.D., LL.M., M.L.S.
Feinberg Adams Blumoff  
Floyd, D Fleissner Floyd, T.  
Longan Griffin Gerwig-Moore  
McMurtry-Chubb Hunt  Jellum  
 Painter-Thorne Jones Hricik   
Ritchie Smith Johnson, S.  
Sabbath Titshaw Kidd  
Sherowski Watson  Oedel  
Simson   Roudil  
Sneddon   Templin  
Adjuncts not otherwise

Alumni Programs & Engagement

Director of Communications and Marketing

Director of Finance & Administration


Assistant Dean of Admissions 
Assistant Dean of Students
Director of Academic Success
Assistant Dean of Career Services


Habeas Project Director 


General Library Contacts

You may also contact the following librarians or library staff members for assistance.

Reference and Research Services Contact
To ask a general reference or research question
Your Librarian Liaison
 If unavailable, contact Reference Desk (2334) or Denise Gibson
To ask assistance with an ongoing project or using the library's collection of online and print resources  
Your Librarian Liaison
 If unavailable, contact Reference Desk (2334) or Denise Gibson

To request a library orientation for yourself and/or your research assistant
Your Librarian Liaison 
If unavailable contact Denise Gibson

To inquire about your Bloomberg Law, CALI, Lexis, Westlaw, and TWEN accounts, passwords, and for information regarding our electronic subscriptions and resources
 Denise Gibson
If unavailable contact 
 Billie Jo Kaufman (2665)



To order books, tapes, or software

 Billie Jo Kaufman (2665)
If unavailable contact your Librarian Liaison

To check status of a previously placed order

Ethel Dennis (2668)
 If unavailable contact
Ismael Gullon (5904)

To request certain material be routed to you

 Lynn Bloodworth (2988)
 If unavailable contact
 Ismael Gullon (5904)

Circulation, Interlibrary Loan, Reserve


To have material checked out to you and sent to your office, or to place materials on reserve for your courses.

Shakira Burges-Ortiz (2614)
 If unavailable contact 
John Perkins (2667)


To borrow library books, research materials, and request photocopies from other libraries (Interlibrary Loan)

Shakira Burges- Ortiz (2614)
If unavailable contact ILL@law.mercer.edu 

Classroom Technology and Media Services


 Chris Osier (2183)
 Justin Powers (2182)  

Teaching and Curriculum Support

Our law library's Course Guides are class-specific resources developed to help students become acquainted with the library's study aids and treatises in print and online. If a faculty member would like a Course Guide prepared for his or her class, or to recommend resources, please contact Denise Gibson, Assistant Law Librarian for Research Services. 

Empirical Legal Studies

Empirical Legal Studies (blog)

Statistical and Empirical Legal Studies Research Guide - prepared by Georgetown Law Library.


ABA Section of Legal Education and Admission to the Bar
Association of American Law Schools (AALS)

Daily law and technology news with links to reliable primary and secondary sources on topics including: e-government, privacy, government documents, cybercrime and ID theft, the Patriot Act, freedom of information, federal legislation, legal research, KM, blogs, RSS and wikis.

Best Practices for Legal Education Blog 
Blog on exchanging ideas on current reforms in legal education.
Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Learning

Clinical Legal Education Association

Faculty Lounge: Teaching

Institute for Law Teaching and Learning: Gonzaga School of Law

International Society for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning   

Law.com - As a library service to our Mercer Law faculty, this website includes content from 21 different legal magazines including The American Lawyer, The National Law Journal, The Legal Intelligencer, Daily Report and others. Law.com also features news on Legal Technology, Class Actions, Products Liability, Corporate and Securities, Intellectual Property, Labor & Employment Law. Faculty can stay current on many legal topics by receiving newsletters via email. Please contact your Librarian Liaison for instructions on accessing the full content of Law.com while on campus, or remotely. 

Law Professor Blogs Network 
Network of web logs ("blogs") designed to assist law professors in their scholarship and teaching, i.e., Science and Law Blog, Statutory Construction Blog (by Mercer Law Professor David Hricik), Law School Innovation Blog, etc.

Law School Survey of Student Engagement Annual Report

Law.com - As a library service to Mercer law faculty, this website includes over 21 legal news publications, including Daily Report, The National Law Journal, The American Lawyer, The Legal Intelligencer, and more. Faculty must register to access the content, and to receive topical newsletters via email. Please see your law librarian liaison for information on how to register.

Legal Blawgs Archive 
Maintained by the Law Library of Congress since 2007. 

LegalEd's Teaching Videos

Legal Scholarship Blog 
This blog features law-related Calls for Papers, Conferences, and Workshops, as well as general legal scholarship resources.

Leiter's Law School Reports

Schreyer Institute for Teaching Excellence
Teaching and Learning Law Resources for Legal Education 

The Teaching Professors Blog

The Volokh Conspiracy

Washburn's List 
Over 150 legal listservs maintained by Washburn School of Law.

New practice ready resources, including drafting and transactional research, International Law, Native American Law, China Law Research, are now available to the Mercer Law School community as of March, 2018. Sign on to Westlaw with your password, and click the Practice Ready link on the top browsing bar > scroll down to access these materials. 

The following books are availabe in Mercer Law Library's collection (to view additional materials, please use LawCat, our library's online catalog).

Building on Best Practices Transforming Legal Education in a Changing World, KF273.B84 2015

William M. Sullivan, Educating Lawyers: Preparation for the Profession of Law (Carnegie Foundation Study - Jossey-Bass/Wiley 2007) aka as the Carnegie Report is available in the law library's Reserve collection and in the Walnut Wing, KF272.E38.

The Global Evolution of Clinical Legal Eduction: More Than a Method, K100.W55 2018

Madeleine Schachter, The Law Professor's Handbook - Copies in the Walnut Wing and on Reserve, KF272.S29 2004

Reinventing Legal Education: How Clinical Education is Reforming the Teaching and Practice of Law, KJC89.R45 2018

Scalia's Constitution: Essays on Law and Education KF8745.S33 2018

Standards, Rules of Procedure for Approval of Law Schools, Reference KF 273.A46 2018-2019

Lori E. Shaw, Student Learning Outcomes and Law School Assessment - KF272.S52 2015 

Robin West, Teaching Law: Justice, Politics and the Demands of Professionalism - KF272.W47  2014

Jennifer Camerow, Teaching Law Online - KF 282.5.C37 2015

Teaching Law Practice: Preparing the Next Generation of Lawyers - KF279.T43 2013

Techniques for Teaching Law - KF272.T436 2011

Michael Hunter, What the Best Teachers Do - K100.S39 2013

Submitting Law Review Articles & Law Journal Information

Information for Submitting Articles to Law Reviews & Journals

Describes the process for submitting articles for 2017 submission process for 203 main journals of each law school. The first chart contains information about each journal’s preferences about methods for submitting articles (e.g., e-mail, ExpressO, Scholastica, or regular mail), as well as special formatting requirements and how to request an expedited review.  The second chart contains rankings information from U.S. News and World Report as well as data from Washington & Lee’s law review website.The second chart contains rankings information from U.S. News and World Report as well as data from Washington & Lee's law review website.


Legal Scholarship Network (part of the Social Science Electronic Publishing Network) is a free service that allows you to submit a paper to over 300 law reviews that allow electronic submission. You can send customized messages to each journal, and to submit to different journals at different times. To use eSubmission, you must first include your paper in the SSRN elibrary.


A Mercer Law faculty member must be added to the law school's institutional account before submitting an article to Scholastica. Please contact Denise Gibson or your librarian liaison.


Berkeley Electronic Press provides electronic submission of articles to over 750+ law reviews. The law school has an institutional account, and a Mercer Law faculty member must be added to the law school's institutional account before creating an individual account. Faculty must use their law school email address. There is a submission guide on the main page: http://law.bepress.com/expresso/  

Law Journal Information
The basic purpose of this site from Washington and Lee Law School Library is to allow authors to find journals by subject, country, or journal rank. 

Article Providing Information for Submitting Articles to Law Reviews and Journals
Available on SSRN. Article update by Nancy Levit and Allen Rostron on law review submissions/expedites and law review rankings from different sources for the summer and fall submission season. The first chart contains information about each journal’s preferences about methods for submitting articles (e.g., e-mail, ExpressO or regular mail), as well as special formatting requirements and how to request an expedited review. The second chart contains rankings information from U.S. News and World Report as well as data from Washington & Lee’s law review website.

NELLCO Legal Scholarship Repository
The NELLCO Legal Scholarship Repository provides a free and persistent point of access for working papers, reports, lecture series, workshop presentations, and other scholarship created by faculty at NELLCO member schools. Powered by Berkeley Electronic Press technology, the aim of the NELLCO Legal Scholarship Repository is to improve dissemination and visibility of a variety of scholarly materials throughout the academic and legal research communities.

Bepress Legal Repository
Website from Berkeley Electronic Press which posts working papers and other materials from law schools, institutes, research centers, conferences and think tanks. Law schools can set up a collection of working paper series to be posted on this site for a fee. Mercer Law School has an insitutional account.

Law Review Commons
The Law Review Commons brings together a growing collection of law reviews and legal journals in an easily browsable and searchable format. It contains both current issues and archival content spanning over 100 years. All Law Review Commons publications are made freely available online through their institutions’ bepress Digital Commons repositories. The Commons includes many of the leading U.S. law reviews—such as the California Law Review and the Duke Law Journal.

Tips on Publishing from Columbia Law School.

Google Scholar - Search for scholarly literature across many disciplines and sources: peer-reviewed papers, theses, books, abstracts and articles, from academic publishers, professional societies, preprint repositories, universities and other scholarly organizations. Tips on getting email alerts.

Google Book Search
Search and preview millions of books from libraries and publishers worldwide using Google Book Search. Google now includes a bookstore to shop for ebooks.


Law School & Law Review Rankings

U.S. News World Report - Ranking of Top Law Schools 

Journal Rankings:

  • HeinOnline contains a Most-Cited browse option which provides a list of HeinOnline's most-cited authors, articles, and journals. It also lists the top 50 articles and 250 authors. For example, in the Law Journal Library, clicking the Author's name will produce that author's profile page, which will include a list of articles he or she has written,  how many times it was cited in cases and cited by articles, and how many times it was accessed. The ScholarRank tool ranks the top 50 articles and the top 250 authors in HeinOnline based on the number of times they have been cited by other articles in HeinOnline. All cited-by numbers are updated on a monthly basis. Click either link to view a list of these articles and authors. Click on any author's name to view the author's profile page.
  • Washington and Lee's Journal Rankings is a database which counted citations to journals in two large Westlaw databases: U.S. journal and law reviews, and U.S. federal and state cases. Faculty may choose to view the list arranged by journal title or by ranking.

100 Most Popular General Student Law Reviews and Top Law Reviews within the Most Popular Subjects from Berkeley Electronic Press's ExpressO are rankings based on how many articles were submitted to each journal through their online submission service.

Leiter's Law School Rankings Website
Designed as an alternative to the U.S. News & World Report ranking of law schools, this site seeks to provide a knowledgeable guide to the best law schools based on faculty quality, student quality, teaching quality and job placement. This website is a service of Law Professor Web Services, LLC, parent limited liability company of the Law Professor Blogs Network.


Call for Papers, Conferences, & Upcoming Symposia

Legal Scholarhip Network Call for Papers and Conferences (get on the distribution list for LSN Professional Announcements and Job Openings.)

Legal Scholarship Blog
This blog is a collaborative effort from faculty and staff at the University of Pittsburgh School of Law and the Gallagher Law Library at the University of Washington School of Law. The blog features calls for papers, conferences, and workshops, with links to relevant websites and papers and it also contains an event calendar.

AALS Workshops and Conferences

In addition to the above mentioned sources, faculty can follow listservs and blogs in their subject areas.


Copyright & Publisher Information

General information regarding copyrighted material and "fair use" of copyrighted material is available on the U.S. Copyright Office website. The Mercer University policy regarding copyright is available in the University Faculty Handbook.

Copyright Clearance Center, Inc.
The largest licenser of text reproduction rights in the world, the CCC was formed in 1978 to facilitate compliance with U.S. copyright law. CCC provides licensing systems for the reproduction and distribution of copyrighted materials in print and electronic formats throughout the world. The company currently manages rights relating to over 1.75 million works and represents more than 9,600 publishers and hundreds of thousands of authors and other creations. The Center also provides an online permission service.

Copyright Crash Course – from University of Texas Library intended for faculty use.

Higher Education Compliance Alliance matrix

Stanford Copyright and Fair Use Center
Stanford University's web page provides a wide range of discussions pertaining to fair use, website permission and the public domain.

When Works Pass Into the Public Domain
A concise table from Univeristy of North Carolina simplifying the issue of when a copyright work is no longer covered by copyright restrictions based on its date of publication.

What Can You (Legally) Take From the Web? 
Article by Kirk Teska in IEEE Spectrum Online, April 2008.

Publisher Directories and Information

Rare books, out of print books, new and used (use this site if book is unavailable on Amazon).

Rare books, out of print books, new and used (use this site if book is unavailable on Amazon).



  • Center for Computer Assisted Legal Instructions (CALI) - The Center for Computer-Assisted Legal Instruction (CALI), a non-profit consortium of law schools, is providing a Legal Education Commons where faculty can find and share legal education materials including syllabi, podcasts, presentations, and more. Faculty and librarians from CALI member schools can upload materials under a Creative Commons license that allows colleagues and students to find and use the materials.
  • TWEN - Westlaw Course Web Page System- If you wish to create a course web page utilizing TWEN, the following information is provided to help get you started with the setup and maintainance of the course web page.

TWEN is a course home page system available to professors through the Westlaw system. Among the features of TWEN are:

  • Ability to post course syllabus and readings on the Web.
  • Ability to seamlessly link to the full-text of cases and law review articles availabe on the Westlaw system without concern about copyright clearance.
  • Create links to CALI lessons.
  • Create threaded forums for course participant interaction.
  • Create online quizzes.
  • Create faculty access levels, create co-teachers and invite guests into your course.
  • View course usage statistics.
  • Archive a course.
Some things to consider before creating the course:

1. Do you want to password protect the page? (If you choose to password protect the page you will have to let your students know what the password is.)
2. Be cognizant of the registration date - do you want students to be able to access the page immediately or do you want to give yourself some time to work on the site?
3. What types of documents will you be posting and how do you want to organize them? (Document pages: Syllabus, Course Materials, etc.) Remember, you can always go back into TWEN and change your initial settings.