Legal Research

David Dirgo Adjunct Law Professor

David Dirgo is a Career Law Clerk at the Nebraska Supreme Court, U.S. District Court for the District of Nebraska.

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Professor Rich Leiter

Richard A. Leiter Director of the Schmid Law Library and Professor of Law

Richard Leiter is the Director of the Schmid Law Library and Professor of Law. Although he assumed his current position in 2000, he had worked on the UNL law library staff years ago (1986-1988) as Public Services Librarian. He earned his undergraduate degree (with honors) in 1976 from the University of California, Santa Cruz, his J.D. in 1981 from Southwestern University School of Law, where he was an editor of the law review, and his MLIS in 1986 from the University of Texas at Austin.

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Professor Matt Novak

Matthew S. Novak Professor of Law Library & Reference Librarian

Matt Novak is an associate professor and reference librarian at the Marvin and Virginia Schmid Law Library of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln College of Law. Prior to joining the Schmid Law Library, he was an Assistant Public Defender with the Missouri Public Defender System. In addition to his reference duties, Professor Novak co-teaches the legal research component of the First Year Legal Research and Writing Course. He has lectured on legal research and legal information technology issues. Professor Novak received his B.A. from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, his J.D.

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Professor Stefanie Pearlman

Stefanie Pearlman Professor of Law Library & Reference Librarian

Professor Pearlman is a professor of law library and reference librarian. She teaches legal research in the First Year Legal Research and Writing course and serves as the faculty advisor to the Allies and Advocates and the Student Animal Legal Defense Fund student groups.  She also runs the Schmid Research Fellowship Program.

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Professor Sandy Placzek

Sandra B. Placzek Associate Director and Professor of Law Library

Professor Placzek joined the Schmid Law Library faculty in October 1998 as an Assistant Professor and Reference Librarian. She received her B.A. in Art History from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in 1986, her J.D. from Creighton University School of Law in 1993, and a Masters in Library and Information Science from the University of Texas-Austin in 1995. Before coming to Nebraska, Professor Placzek worked as the Acquisitions/Reference Librarian at the Drake Law Library.

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