Robert O'Leary
Updated July 2014
Storyteller, Librarian, Legal Research Specialist

As a librarian at New Mexico's Supreme Court Law Library, I work at the Reference Desk, assist the judiciary, provide Skype conferencing at legal fairs, and serve on the court's Access to Justice Commission's group to create a guide for pro se litigants. In addition, I coordinate the library's digitization projects in early bills and statutes.

As a Fellow at the University of Arizona’s Law Library, I worked at the Reference and Circulation Desks and in Digital Collections. I also researched legal issues for faculty members. In Digital Collections, I created the University of Arizona Law Deans' Reports. For this collection, I selected and scanned the items, processed the images, adapted the metadata schema of the College of Law's Archive, and entered all the metadata. I also created the College of Law's Virtual Map.

You can see my website here: robertoleary.com.

Timeline

Law Library Fellow

  • University of Arizona
  • Dec 1, 2011 - Aug 16, 2013
  • Daniel F. Cracchiolo Law Library •Provide Reference and Circulation services. •Teaching Assistant for international student section of Introduction to Legal Research. •Recommend acquisitions for Environmental Law Collection Development. •Serve on Student Outreach and Teaching Legal Research committees. •Perform legal and interdisciplinary research for faculty. •Teach legal research lessons at weekly Lunchtime Learning sessions. Topics include the Ebsco Interface and Social Science Research, Dockets (w/PACER and Bloomberg Law), and the West Topic and Key Number System. •Created online research tutorials on Arizona Legislative History using Guide on the Side. •Created online Virtual Map of the Law College using FloorPlanner, Adobe Illustrator, Adobe Photoshop, and Adobe Flash Professional.

Reference Assistant

  • University of San Diego
  • Aug 1, 2007 - May 1, 2011
  • Copley Library •Taught students and public patrons how to use print and electronic library resources. •Provided Reference and Circulation services. •Processed additions and removals of business serials in the Reference Collection using Innovative Interfaces Millennium Integrated Library System, Serials Module. •Interim bibliographer for the Light Reading Collection: created mission statement for collection; selected, ordered, received, and processed items; downloaded, imported, and modified electronic records. Used Millennium Cataloging Module. •Supervised student workers in tasks relating to Reference and Circulation.

Language Teacher

  • Embassy English
  • Jul 1, 2007 - Aug 1, 2007
  • •Taught English language to diverse population of students. •Supplemented curriculum with exercises I designed to support weekly learning goals. •Evaluated all student work and progress through Embassy’s program.

Graduate Program Assistant

  • University of California in Barcelona
  • Aug 1, 2004 - Aug 1, 2006
  • University of California Education Abroad Study Center at the University of Barcelona •Lived and worked in Barcelona, Spain, for two years during my graduate Spanish studies. •Advised approximately 75 undergraduates per year during their year in Barcelona. •Counseled students on cultural adjustment, transfer of credits, and other concerns. •Processed all student documents required by participating universities.

Teaching Assistant

  • University of California, San Diego
  • Sep 1, 2002 - Jul 1, 2004
  • •Led weekly student discussion sections for 15 to 30 students. •Created and used course website to prepare students for weekly class discussions. •Developed assignments, and evaluated all student work. •Held weekly office hours and proctored exams. •Classes included U.S. and Latin American History, Ethnic Studies, and Literature.

Teaching Assistant

  • University of California, San Diego
  • Sep 15, 2006 - Jun 1, 2007
  • • Led weekly student discussion sections for 15 to 30 students each. • Created and updated course websites to prepare students for weekly class discussions. • Developed assignments, and evaluated all student work. • Held weekly office hours and proctored exams. • Classes included U.S. and Latin American History, Ethnic Studies, and Literature.

Studied and Passed the Exam

  • California Bar
  • May 2, 2011 - Jul 31, 2011

Legal Intern

  • San Diego Volunteer Lawyer Program
  • Jan 3, 2011 - Apr 13, 2011
  • • Assisted children and victims of domestic violence with their immigration paperwork. • Primary contact person for Spanish-speaking clients. • Translated documents, simultaneously interpreted (Spanish to English/English to Spanish). • Conducted intake interviews at weekly and monthly clinics.

Legal Volunteer

  • San Diego Volunteer Lawyer Program
  • Aug 19, 2011 - Aug 29, 2011
  • • Assisted low-income people living with HIV in non-criminal legal matters. • Primary contact person for Spanish-speaking clients. • Translated documents, simultaneously interpreted (Spanish to English/English to Spanish). • Conducted intake interviews at weekly clinics.

Legal Volunteer

  • Access, Inc.
  • May 4, 2009 - Dec 16, 2009
  • • Assisted victims of domestic violence with their immigration paperwork. • Primary contact person for Spanish-speaking clients. • Translated documents, simultaneously interpreted (Spanish to English/English to Spanish). • Conducted entrance clinic.

Spanish Literature Student

  • University of California, San Diego
  • Sep 9, 2002 - Dec 15, 2006
  • Master of Arts candidate Thesis: Analyzed early modern ideas of blood purity and empire.

Law Student

  • California Western School of Law
  • Sep 15, 2008 - Apr 25, 2011
  • Juris Doctor candidate Law Review Clinical Internship Program Dean's Honor List Pro Bono Honors Society

Information Resources and Library Science Student

  • University of Arizona
  • Jan 2, 2012 - May 10, 2013
  • Master of Arts (LIS) candidate • Course issues include: Teaching Legal Research, Law Library Practice and Administration, Advanced Legal Research, Organization of Information, and Disability Studies.

Digital Information Student

  • University of Arizona
  • Jun 4, 2012 - May 10, 2013
  • Certificate candidate • Courses on the creation, maintenance, and preservation of digital collections. Trained in digital repository software: DSpace, EPrints, and Omeka. Experience with Content Management Systems: Drupal and WordPress.

Librarian

  • New Mexico Supreme Court
  • Aug 19, 2013 - Current
  • New Mexico Supreme Court Law Library •Outreach, Digital Initiatives, Reference

Adjunct Professor of Legal Research

  • University of New Mexico School of Law
  • May 27, 2014 - Current
  • •Team teach legal research with Robert Mead. •Responsible for teaching Secondary Sources, Updating with multiple platforms, Legislative History, Administrative Law, and Tribal Law. •Develop assignments and evaluate student work.
Education
MA (LIS)
University of Arizona, May 2013
Information Resources and Library Science
Course issues included: Law Library Practice and Administration, Teaching Legal Research, Advanced Legal Research, Library Ethics, and Disability Studies.
University of Arizona, May 2013
Certificate in Digital Information Management
Courses on the creation, maintenance, and preservation of digital collections, curating data, and using digital repository software. Created and cataloged digital collections with Drupal, DSpace, EPrints, and Omeka.

Capstone Project: Created a digital collection for the James E. Rogers College of Law’s Archive: University of Arizona Law Deans' Reports.
JD
California Western School of Law, 2011
Law Review
Dean’s Honor List
Pro Bono Honor Society
MA
University of California, San Diego, 2006
Spanish Literature
Thesis: Analyzed early modern ideas of blood purity and empire.
BA
University of California, San Diego, 2002
English Literature
BA
University of California, San Diego, 2002
Theater
Languages