Blogger Profile: Genevieve Nicholson

Name: Genevieve NicholsonImage

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)

Education:

  • 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.

Favorite authors:

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.

Favorite directors:

Pedro Almodovar, Tom Tykwer, Atom Egoyan, Hal Hartley, Jim Jarmusch, Ed Burns, Jane Campion, Nicole Holofcener, and Woody Allen.

Favorite music:

PJ Harvey, Morphine, Soul Coughing, Fugazi, the Violent Femmes, Railroad Jerk, Billie Holiday, Etta James, and Robert Johnson.

Other:

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.

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