Title: Research Librarian
Employer: Lewis and Roca LLP, a law firm based in Phoenix with offices in Tucson, Reno, Las Vegas, Albuquerque, and Silicon Valley
Generation: X (born 1973)
From: Atlanta, Georgia
Current City: Phoenix, Arizona (since 2004)
- J.D. with certificates in Indian Law and Law, Science, and Technology (specialization in environmental law), Arizona State University College of Law
- M.A., English, University of West Georgia
- B.A., English (minor in political science), University of West Georgia
How I became a law librarian:
I am an artist turned poet turned literary scholar turned editor turned lawyer turned librarian. Along the way, of course, I waited on a lot of tables and held many office jobs. While writing my master’s thesis, I worked for an attorney during the day and at a restaurant at night. For a time, I lived in three worlds and loved them all: the academic world in which I had spent many years, the legal world in which I spent my days, and the creative world of artists, writers, singers, dancers, musicians, and actors in which I spent my nights and weekends. Ultimately, I chose to go to law school instead of pursuing a Ph.D. or trying to forge a livelihood in the arts. I did not envision myself as a traditional lawyer — I hoped to work as a policy analyst or research attorney or something along those lines (at that point, I did not know research librarians existed). After law school, I worked a few legal research jobs before being placed in Lewis and Roca’s Research Services Department by a temporary agency. I knew I had finally found where I belonged: a position in a legal setting that appealed to my academic and creative sides! Six months later, the firm hired me as a permanent research librarian. Four years in, I still enjoy tackling tough research problems, and I still learn at least one new thing every day.
Pets and siblings:
Ally, a tortoiseshell tabby cat, adopted my partner Jon and me about six months ago. I have a younger brother and a younger sister.
There are so many! I read a lot. My favorites novelists include Milan Kundera, Margaret Atwood, Louise Erdrich, Jean-Paul Sartre, Salman Rushdie, and Val McDermid. My favorite poets include Jorie Graham, Craig Arnold, Allen Ginsberg, Lawrence Ferlinghetti, Robert Hass, and Walt Whitman. I also loved Keri Hulme’s The Bone People and wish she would write a million more novels.
Pedro Almodovar, Tom Tykwer, Atom Egoyan, Hal Hartley, Jim Jarmusch, Ed Burns, Jane Campion, Nicole Holofcener, and Woody Allen.
PJ Harvey, Morphine, Soul Coughing, Fugazi, the Violent Femmes, Railroad Jerk, Billie Holiday, Etta James, and Robert Johnson.
I have been a vegetarian for more than 21 years and like to try out new recipes. I enjoy going to plays and have been pleasantly surprised by the quality of the theatres in Phoenix. Also, I like museums, festivals, and jazz and blues clubs. In the 1990s, I spent a lot of time in nightclubs because dancing is one of my favorite favorite favorite things. Now, though, my need for at least a minimal amount of sleep does not permit me to have that kind of lifestyle, so I dance in the kitchen while I cook.