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Heidi Frostestad KuehlHeidi Frostestad Kuehl
Director of the Law Library and Associate Professor of Law
B.A., Luther College
J.D., Valparaiso University School of Law
M.A., University of Iowa
email: hkuehl@niu.edu / phone: (815) 753-9493

Heidi Frostestad Kuehl joined the NIU College of Law in 2014 as an Associate Professor of Law and Director of the David C. Shapiro Memorial Law Library. Professor Kuehl’s primary research and teaching interests are in foreign, comparative, and international law, international business transactions, law and technology, and basic and advanced legal research.

Prior to joining the NIU College of Law, Professor Kuehl was the Associate Director for Research and Reference Services and Foreign, Comparative, and International Law Library at Northwestern University School of Law’s Pritzker Legal Research Center in Chicago. After graduate school and law school, she worked at the Marquette University Law School in Milwaukee as a law librarian and an adjunct professor. Professor Kuehl has also taught international legal research at the John Marshall Law School (Center for International Law). During law school, Professor Kuehl was the Executive Editor of Publication of the Valparaiso University Law Review, studied abroad in Cambridge, England, was a member of the International Law Society, and also participated in the Jessup International Moot Court team. Professor Kuehl is a graduate of the Valparaiso University Law School and received her B.A. in Music Performance and English from Luther College in Decorah, IA. She also received her M.A. in Library and Information Science from the University of Iowa while working at the University of Iowa College of Law Library.


Therese ClarkeTherese A. Clarke
Associate Director for Administration and Public Services and Associate Professor
B.B.A., Loyola University of Chicago
M.L.S., Dominican University
J.D., The John Marshall Law School
email: tclarke@niu.edu / phone: (815) 753-9497

Therese Clarke joined the law library faculty in 2000. She provides legal reference assistance to faculty, students, and other library users. Additionally, she teaches legal research and supports law faculty and students in their use of instructional technology. She has worked as a reference librarian in both law school and law firm settings. She is a member of the American Association of Law Libraries, the Mid-America Association of Law Libraries and serves on various committees within the Chicago Association of Law Libraries.  She has presented and prepared materials for the American Association of Law Libraries Annual Meeting.  She is admitted to the Illinois Bar.


Annie MentkowskiAnnie Mentkowski
Reference & Instructional Services Librarian and Assistant Professor
B.A., University of Wisconsin-Madison
M.L.I.S., University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
J.D., DePaul University College of Law
email: amentkowski@niu.edu / phone (815) 753-9492

Annie Mentkowski joined the law library faculty in 2013. She provides legal reference assistance to faculty, students, and other library users.  In addition, she teaches legal research.  Prior to joining the faculty, she worked at a Fortune Fifty Company in the Chicagoland area, she also worked as Reference Associate at Northwestern University School of Law's Pritzker Legal Research Center, and taught legal research at Loyola University's Paralegal Studies Institute.  She is a member of the American Association of Law Libraries, the Mid-America Association of Law Libraries, and the Chicago Association of Law Libraries. She is admitted to the Illinois Bar and the Wisconsin Bar.


Sharon NelsonSharon L. Nelson
Associate Director for Systems and Technical Services and Associate Professor
B.A., Northern Illinois University
M.S., University of Illinois
email: slnelson@niu.edu / phone: (815) 753-2021

 

Sharon Nelson joined the Law Library in 2006. She is responsible for the implementation and use of all modules of the Voyager integrated library system, with particular responsibility for serials and acquisitions. In addition to her previous work in library systems, her experience includes positions in information technology and medical librarianship. She has been actively involved in the statewide I-SHARE library consortium and with the annual international conference for users of the Voyager system. She served as the interim Webmaster for the College of Law from November of 2008 through January 2010.


Karl PettittKarl Pettitt
Assistant Technical Services Librarian and Assistant Professor
B.A., Whitworth University
M.A., Wheaton College
M.L.I.S., University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
email: kpettitt@niu.edu / phone: (815) 753-9495

Karl J. Pettitt joined the Law Library in 2013. His main responsibilities involve overseeing the cataloging of law materials as well as assisting the Associate Director for Systems and Technical Services with various duties and projects. He received his M.L.I.S. from the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee in 2010. Since becoming a librarian he has been actively involved in a number of professional organizations including CARLI (the statewide consortium of academic libraries) and the American Library Association. He is a member of the American Library Association, the American Association of Law Libraries and the Chicago Association of Law Libraries.


Clanitra L. StewartClanitra L. Stewart
Reference & Instructional Services Librarian and Assistant Professor
B.A., University of South Carolina Honors College
J.D., Walter F. George School of Law, Mercer University
Certificate in Advanced Legal Writing, Research and Drafting, Walter F. George School of Law, Mercer University
M.L.I.S., University of South Carolina
email: cstewart5@niu.edu / phone:  (815) 753-9487 

Clanitra L. Stewart joined the NIU College of Law Library faculty in 2014. She provides legal reference assistance to faculty, students, and other library users. In addition, she teaches legal research. Prior to joining the Law Library faculty, she practiced law at the South Carolina Appleseed Legal Justice Center, where she provided local and statewide policy advocacy on behalf of low-income communities in the areas of affordable housing, homelessness, hunger, and community economic development. She was also an attorney at the Georgia Legal Services Program, where she represented indigent clients in a variety of civil cases. Clanitra is a member of the American Association of Law Libraries, the Mid-America Association of Law Libraries, and the Chicago Association of Law Libraries. She is admitted to the Georgia Bar and the South Carolina Bar.


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