Alumni Short

Law Library’s Pat Court and Jean Callihan Retire

Ithaca, NEW YORK, May 30
This summer, Cornell Law School bids farewell to Associate Law Librarian Pat Court and Head of Research and References Services Jean Callihan, who retire with more than three decades at the Law Library between them.

Court joined the staff as a reference librarian in 1990. Her work at the Law School included teaching U.S. Legal Research for LL.M. Students and CLE topics in legal research, as well as team-teaching Advanced Legal Research and Lawyering. She also published articles on research in the topics of immigration, AIDS, and the Americans with Disabilities Act.

On staff since 2001, Callihan team-taught Advanced Legal Research and Lawyering and developed a one-credit advanced legal research course in business law. She also wrote and presented CLE material for the National Business Institute and published in the Cornell Law Review, Law Library Journal, and the International Journal of Legal Information.

At a May 8 retirement reception for the two, the Weiss Faculty Lounge overflowed into the hall with well-wishers. “We welcome you back any time,” Femi Cadmus, Edward Cornell Law Librarian & Associate Dean for Library Services, said during a short speech. “The door is open, never shut. The doors of our hearts are open, never shut.”

Callihan plans to relocate to Harrisburg, Penn., in 2013. In the meantime, she is looking forward to travel, with several trips already scheduled.

“I really appreciated my time at the Law Library,” she says. “It seemed that almost every day I learned something new that allowed me to grow both personally and professionally. Working with a dedicated staff that provides outstanding service was a wonderful experience. I will especially miss helping faculty and students find the information they need. My 10 + years here were very rewarding.”

Court will remain in Ithaca for the time being, enjoying the pool at Island Fitness, singing, and volunteering with a few projects in town as she anticipates future travels to Santa Fe, Paris, and elsewhere.

“I have worked with thousands of wonderful students, scores of great faculty, and so many first-rate colleagues in the Law Library over the 22 years that I have been at the Law School,” says Court. “It has always been my passion to make legal research as transparent as possible, emphasizing an understanding of the nature of legal authorities, regardless of format. And I am proud to be part of the reason that Cornell Law graduates are known as particularly good researchers!”

-- Owen Lubozynski