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Janet Sinder

Director of the Library and Associate Professor of Law

A.B., Cornell University; J.D., University of Michigan Law School; M.S., University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign


Janet Sinder joined the faculty in 2012 as the Director of the Brooklyn Law School Library and an Associate Professor of Law.  Her professional interests include the intersection of library services and information technology, copyright, journal open-access issues, as well as legal history.  An active member of the American Association of Law Libraries, she has been the editor of Law Library Journal, the association's official journal, since 2007.


Prior to coming to Brooklyn Law School, Professor Sinder worked at the law libaries of Duke University and the University of Maryland.  She began her legal career as an Assistant Defender at the Office of the State Appellate Defender in Springfield, Illinois. 



Rosemary Campagna

Reference / Government Documents Librarian

B.A., Brooklyn College M.S.L.I.S., Pratt Institute

Rosemary H. Campagna began her professional career at Brooklyn Law School in 1983. From 1985-87 she served as Serials/Acquisitions Coordinator in the Technical Services Department and since 1988 she has been Government Documents Librarian. Ms. Campagna also provides general reference assistance and coordinates part of the library’s interlibrary loan operation. Her main focus is providing federal government information to the BLS community and to the public. Currently, she is focusing her attention on the electronic dissemination of government information via the Internet. 


Gilda Chiu

Collection Development/Acquisitions Librarian

B.A., New York University; M.L.S., City University of New York, Queens College


Ms. Chiu joined the law library staff in August 2012.  She supervises the Serials/Acquisitions Department and is in charge of ordering new books and databases for the library as well as maintaining current subscriptions and performing various collection development duties.  Prior to joining Brooklyn Law School, she worked at Fordham Law School Library's Serials Department and at New York University Law School Library's Circulation Department.  Ms. Chiu is a member of the American Association of Law Libraries, the Law Library Association of Greater New York, and the American Library Association.



Kathleen Darvil

Reference/Access Services Librarian and Adjunct Assistant Professor of Law

A.B., University of Michigan M.S.I., University of Michigan, School of Information J.D., Fordham University Law School

Prior to pursuing a career in law, Professor Kathleen Darvil served as a Young Adult Librarian for the New York Public Library in Northern Manhattan. After graduating from law school she litigated child welfare, custody, family offense and delinquency proceedings in New York County Family Court where she worked as a Staff Attorney both for the Administration for Children’s Services and later for the Legal Aid Society, Juvenile Rights Division. Professor Darvil joined Brooklyn Law School in December of 2007.As a member of the public services team, Professor Darvil serves at the reference desk, teaches Advanced Legal Research, supervises the library’s circulation operations and is the library's liaison to the Journal of Law and Policy. 


Jean Davis

Associate Librarian for International Law/Adjunct Professor of Law

B.A., Duke University J.D., Boston College Law School M.S.L.I.S., Pratt Institute


Professor Jean Davis teaches Advanced Legal Research and International and Foreign Law Research. She also works closely with the instructors who teach Legal Writing II (International Moot Court).This collaboration includes conducting a research training class for the first year students who select this course. Currently, Professor Davis is developing podcasts that highlight the many international, comparative and foreign law sources provided by Brooklyn Law School Library. The first podcast, “Treaties in Twenty Minutes,” discusses the U.S. treaty-making process and The Bluebook’s preferred treaty sources. Professor Davis supports the faculty who teach the International Law Curriculum and she is the library’s liaison to the Brooklyn Journal of International Law, the Willem C.Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot Court team and the Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot court team. During her many years of service at Brooklyn Law School, she has published bibliographies in three of the school’s scholarly journals and has chaired the American Association of Law Libraries’ international law section. An article that she co-authored with Library Director Victoria Szymczak and others, titled “Perspectives on Teaching Foreign and International Legal Research," received an award as one of the top 20 articles on library instruction for 2001.



Jeff Gabel

Cataloging Librarian

B.F.A., Kansas State University M.F.A., Pratt Institute M.L.I.S., Palmer School of Long Island University


Jeff Gabel served as Cataloging Librarian at Long Island University, Brooklyn Campus, from 1999 to 2006 at the rank of Assistant Professor, during which time he often served as Head of Cataloging. Prior to this, he also worked for a number of years in library cir­culation. He joined Brooklyn Law School in July 2006. Mr. Gabel has recently published an article in Collection Management entitled “Grammatical Noun Cases for Non-Linguists: Bibliometrics Applied to a Subset of the Literature on Finnish Linguistics.” He presented “Improving Information Retrieval of Subjects through Citation Analysis: a Study” at the Ninth International ISKO Conference, Vienna, July 5-7, 2006. He has been a member of the American Library Association, the Art Libraries Society of North America, New York Metropolitan Chapter and the Online Audiovisual Catalogers.



Sara Gras

Reference Librarian and Adjunct Assistant Professor of Law 

B.S., University of Utah; J.D., Saint Louis University School of Law, M.S.L.I.S., Queens College, City University of New York


After graduating from Saint Louis University School of Law in 2005, Professor Sara Gras came to New York City as a Westlaw Account Representative.  She worked with attorneys and staff in some of the city's largest law firms to provide expert training and assistance in using Westlaw and other Westlaw products from 2005-2011.  During this time she obtained her Masters in Library and Information Science from Queens College, focusing her studies on law librarianship.  She joined Brooklyn Law School in the fall of 2011 as a Reference Librarian. 



Linda Holmes

Associate Law Librarian

B.A., Howard University M.S., Columbia University

Linda Holmes began her professional career as the Physics-Astronomy librarian at Columbia University. She also worked as a Reference Librarian at the Columbia University Law School Library. From 1976–81 she was Head of Reader Services at the Pace University Law School Library. She joined Brooklyn Law School in 1981. Ms. Holmes’ primary area of responsibility is the public services department, which includes reference and circulation.  She also manages the Brooklyn Law School archives and is involved in many other library activities.



Harold O’Grady

Reference Librarian and Adjunct Assistant Professor of Law

B.A., St. Peter’s College J.D., Rutgers University M.L.S., Rutgers University

Prior to joining Brooklyn Law School in 2002, Professor Harold O’Grady had nearly thirty years’ experience in trial and appellate litigation in both the private and public sectors, as well as teaching and law library experience. As part of the Brooklyn Law School reference team, Professor O’Grady coordinates the library’s student work-study operations, teaches Advanced Legal Research and provides general reference assistance. Professor O’Grady is the library liaison to the Brooklyn Journal of Corporate, Financial and Commercial Law and is a contributing editor to the American Association of Law Libraries publication Sexual Orientation and the Law: A Research Bibliography Selectively Annotating Legal Literature Through 2005 published by William S. Hein & Co. (2007).


Maria Okonska

Manager of Bibliographic Operations

M.S., University of Wroclaw, Poland M.S.L.I.S., Pratt Institute M.A., New York University, History Department

Maria Okonska worked as a cataloger at the New York University Law Library from 1987 to 1994. She then joined Brooklyn Law School in 1994. She supervises the library’s cataloging department and is actively involved in a number of projects, including cataloging Internet resources and the Program for Cooperative Cataloging. Ms. Okonska is the author of a few articles in LLAGNY Law Lines, as well as three annotated bibliographies:“Passive Smoking: The Legal Aspects” in Law Library Journal, 1994;“Labor Law in Poland” in Yearbook of Polish Labor Law and Social Policy,1994; “Labor Law and Industrial Relations in Central and Eastern Europe, 1989-1999” in Brooklyn Journal of International Law, 2001. She has also co-authored, with Sara Robbins, Law Librarian and Professor of Law, the bibliography “Getting Unstuck...Without Coming Unglued” presented at the Workshop for Women in Legal Education, October 1999.



Hainan Yu

Systems Librarian

B.M., Shanghai Conservatory of Music M.L.I.S., Brigham Young University

Prior to joining Brooklyn Law School in March 1999, Hainan Yu was the Technical Services Librarian at the law firm of Cravath, Swaine and Moore for nearly five years. Before coming to the United States, he worked as a music reporter for the Shanghai People’s Broadcasting Station. He is a Microsoft Certified Professional and is now responsible for the library’s computer labs.




















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