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August 31, 2006

Press Contact: Jodi Bart, UT Law Communications, (512) 232-1408 or

Tarlton Law Library Announces New Staff Hires

AUSTIN, Texas—Professor Roy M. Mersky, director of The Tarlton Law Library at the Law School, announced the hiring of two lawyer-librarians, Melissa Bernstein and Casey Duncan, along with a new Tarlton Fellow, Leslie Ashbrook, who will be joining the Library staff this September.

Melissa Bernstein has an undergraduate degree from Wellesley in economics (Phi Beta Kappa, magna cum laude), a law degree from Harvard, and a master’s degree from Pratt. She is a member of the New York Bar and practiced corporate law in New York and New Jersey (at, among other firms, Chadbourne and Parke). Bernstein also interned at the law library at New York University.

Casey Duncan’s undergraduate degree is from Hillsdale College (magna cum laude), his law degree from the University of Minnesota (cum laude, Dean’s List), and his master’s from the University of Missouri-Columbia. Duncan was executive editor of the Minnesota Journal of Global Trade during law school. Duncan researched constitutional law issues as a research assistant to Professor Michael Paulson at the University of Minnesota. He is a member of the Nebraska Bar.

“Melissa’s background in transactional work will complement our collections’ strengths in business and corporate finance,” said Roy Mersky, director of the Law Library. “Casey’s law review experience, coupled with his constitutional law research, will be valuable assets in support of our faculty’s scholarship and teaching.”

Both lawyer-librarians will be members of the Library’s public services staff and will engage in a wide variety of instructional and research activities. They will be working closely with faculty as liaisons, and will participate in outreach among the law school and University communities.

Ashbrook is the newest Tarlton Fellow. The Fellowship supports recent law school graduates who are pursuing graduate degrees in information science. Ashbrook’s undergraduate degree is from the College of William & Mary and her law degree from the University of Missouri-Columbia. She begins her studies at the UT School of Information this fall, and will be interning in the Library’s public services department.

About the Tarlton Law Library:

The Tarlton Law Library is the 7th largest academic law library in the country with physical collections containing a million volumes and electronic collections providing access to millions more documents. The Library is the largest academic law library facility in the country, occupying over 167,000 square feet. It is a leader in the provision and publication of electronic legal resources - the digital libraries and online bibliographies have been recognized nationally.

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