Lisa Goodman

Executive Professor and Director of the Dee J. Kelly Law Library

Lisa Goodman

Get to Know Lisa Goodman

What drew you to the law?

I was inspired by the legal career and civil rights advocacy of former U. S. Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall. His tireless efforts in cases such as Brown v. Board of Education and his fearless use of the law to champion civil rights motivated me to consider a career in the law.

What do you enjoy most about teaching?

I enjoy helping students learn the process of legal research as well as helping them develop skills in evaluating information resources.

What do you hope students gain from your courses?

I hope that students leave my classes with the ability to thoroughly analyze the research queries they encounter and the skills to efficiently locate and apply the sources of law necessary to appropriately respond to them.

What did you do prior to entering academia?

I briefly practiced law in Detroit specializing in labor & employment law and commercial litigation. 

What are you passionate about outside of the law?

I am passionate about travelling the world and exploring different cultures. I recently visited the United Arab Emirates and hope to visit Singapore and South Africa in the near future. I also love live music and have been known to travel just to attend a concert!

What are your research interests?

My research interests include legal research, library administration, information literacy, and open access.

Publications

Link to my publications.

Presentations

Presentations are listed on my CV.

Expertise

  • Legal Research
  • Law Library Administration

Academic Experience

  • Executive Professor and Director of the Dee J. Kelly Law Library
    Texas A&M University School of Law (2019-present)
  • Associate Law Librarian for Administration
    Yale Law School (2016-2019)
  • Interim Assistant Dean for the Law Library and Information Technology
    LSU Paul M. Hebert Law Center (2015-2016)
  • Associate Director Public Services
    LSU Paul M. Hebert Law Center (2012-2016)
  • Head of Public Services
    Texas Wesleyan University School of Law (2009-2012)
  • Senior Public Services Librarian
    Texas Wesleyan University School of Law (2008-2009)
  • Public Services Librarian
    Texas Wesleyan University School of Law (2006-2008)

Education

  • M.L.I.S., Wayne State University School of Information Science (2005-2006)  
  • J.D., Wayne State University Law School (2000-2003)
  • B.S. in Paralegal Studies, Eastern Michigan University (1997-1998)
  • B.A. in English, University of Michigan (1993-1997)

Awards / Honors

  • Profiled in Celebrating Diversity: A Legacy of Minority Leadership in the American Association of Law Libraries (Dalton, Shamika, et al., 2018)
  • Wayne State University School of Information Shining Star Award Recipient, 2017

Other Professional Activities

  • American Association of Law Libraries (AALL)
    • Council of SIS Chairs, 2018 – present
    • Diversity & Inclusion Committee, 2018 – 2019
    • Volunteer Service Award Jury, 2016 – 2017
    • Conference of Newer Law Librarians (CONELL) Chair, 2013 – 2014
  • AALL Academic Law Libraries Special Interest Section
    • Chair, 2019 – present
    • Vice Chair, 2018 –2019
  • Black Caucus of AALL
    • Immediate Past Chair, 2017 – 2018
    • Chair, 2016 – 2017
    • Vice-Chair/Chair-Elect, 2015 – 2016
    • Secretary, 2012 – 2014