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James Wirrell

James Wirrell

Associate University Librarian (University Libraries)
Assistant Dean, Library Services (McGeorge School of Law)
B.A., Simon Fraser University
M.A.T.S., Regent College
LL.B., University of British Columbia
J.D., M.S.L.I.S., University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign


Phone: 916.739.7076
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Supervises and directs the Sacramento Campus & Law Library, including budgeting, staff, collections, services and facilities. Teaches advanced legal research.

Professional Experience

  • Interim Director; Head of Access Services/Senior Reference Librarian; Instructional Services Librarian; Circulation/Reference Librarian, McGeorge School of Law
  • Circulation/Reference Librarian, University of Richmond School of Law
  • Reference Librarian, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Recent Publications & Presentations

Presentation, The Best of Both Worlds: Blending Online and Face-to-Face Learning in Teaching Legal Research. Presented at American Association of Law Libraries Annual Meeting & Conference, in Boston, Massachusetts on July 23, 2012 (co-presenter).

Book Review, 35 International Journal of Legal Information 591-594 (2007) (reviewing John Witte, Jr., God's Joust, God's Justice: Law and Religion in the Western Tradition (2006)).

Presentation, How to Search Like a Pro. Presented at National Business Institute Seminar Find it Free and Fast on the Net: Strategies for Legal Research on the Web, in San Francisco, California on May 17, 2007 (with Monica Sharum).

How to Search Like a Pro, in Find it Free and Fast on the Net: Strategies for Legal Research on the Web, Program Materials, National Business Institute, 2007 (with Monica Sharum).

Effective Advocacy: Tips, Techniques and Examples, A Selected Bibliography, in Institute Bibliography, Third All California Joint Institute, 2006 (with Monica Sharum).

Book Review, 98 Law Library Journal 172-174 (2006) (reviewing Kent Greenawalt, Does God Belong in Public Schools? (2005)).

Professional Affiliations

  • American Association of Law Libraries (AALL), Northern California Association of Law Libraries (AALL chapter); Western Pacific Chapter of AALL.

Courses: Advanced Legal Research

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