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Pauline Aranas
USC Gould School of Law

Pauline Aranas

John Stauffer Charitable Trust Chief Information Officer, Emeritus and Law Librarian Emerita

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Last Updated: June 9, 2021




Pauline Aranas is the John Stauffer Charitable Trust Chief Information Officer, Emeritus and Law Librarian Emerita.

A 1981 graduate of USC Gould School of Law, Aranas is a past Chair of the Association of American Law School's Section on Law Libraries and Legal Information, a past president of the Southern California Association of Law Libraries and a member of the American Association of Law Libraries and the State Bar of California.

Aranas holds a BA from the UCLA; a JD from USC Gould School of Law; and an MLIS from the UC Berkeley. She joined USC’s law library as a reference librarian in 1984 and served in a number of roles before being named associate director of the law library and adjunct associate professor of law in 1992. From 1994 to 2002, she served as director of Vanderbilt University Law School’s Alyne Queener Massey Law Library — later assistant dean for library and information technology — and associate professor of law. From 2002 to 2004, she was associate law librarian at the UCLA School of Law. From 2004 to 2006, she served as associate dean, chief operating officer for USC Gould. From 2007 to 2009, she served as associate dean, deputy director of the law library and adjunct professor of law. From 2009-2012, she was appointed associate dean, acting dean of library and information technology and adjunct professor of law. In 2013, she was appointed associate dean, John Stauffer Charitable Trust Chief Information Officer and director of the law library.

Articles

  • “AALL Gallagher Award Celebrates Outstanding Achievement,” 20 AALL Spectrum 36 (May/June 2016)
  • “Nowhere to Run; Nowhere to Hide”: The Reality of Being a Law Library Director in Times of Great Opportunity and Significant Challenges,” 107 Law Library Journal 79 (2015) (with Steven M. Barkan, Barbara Bintliff, Darin K. Fox, Penny A. Hazelton, Joan Howland, Spencer L. Simons, Keith Ann Stiverson and Michelle Wu)
  • “Welcome to the Hall of Fame,” 19 AALL Spectrum 29 (June 2015)
  • “Library Director as Opportunity Identifier Analysis One,” in Academic Law Library Director Perspectives: Case Studies and Insights. pp.187-194 (Michelle Wu, ed., Buffalo, NY: W.S. Hein & Co., 2015)
  • “Introducing the 2014 Hall of Fame Inductees,” 18 AALL Spectrum 34 (June 2014)
  • “Who Should Teach CALR - Vendors, Librarians or Both?” 8 Perspectives: Teaching Legal Research and Writing 85 (Winter 2000).
  • “New Horizons Meet Lost Horizons.” 3 AALL Spectrum 20 (September 1998).
  • “Teaching Legal Research Redux.” 2 AALL Spectrum 20 (September 1997).
  • “B.1. Future Libraries: Reality and Law Librarians.” 1 AALL Spectrum 20 (September 1996).
  • “Accelerated Legal Research at the University of Southern California Law Center.” 2 Integrated Legal Research 8 (Summer 1989).

Book Reviews

  • Legal Writing: Getting It Right and Getting It Written, by Mary Bernard Ray and Jill J. Ramsfield. 8 Legal Reference Services Quarterly 291 (January 1988).

FACULTY IN THE NEWS

NPR
January 4, 2022
Re: Franita Tolson

Franita Tolson was interviewed about where election-denying candidates are running to control voting. "The reasons why Trump's attempt to overturn the 2020 election failed is because there were state officials who refused to substantiate his claims of fraud," she said.

RECENT SCHOLARSHIP

Robin Craig
October, 2021

Robin Craig participated on a virtual panel discussion on “Key Recent Environmental Law Developments in the U.S. Supreme Court, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, and California Supreme Court,” California Lawyers Association Environmental Law Section, 30th Annual Environmental Law Conference at Yosemite. Yosemite National Park, CA.

Robin Craig
October, 2021

“Climate Change Adaptation in the United States.” Integrated Marine Biosphere Research. IMBIZO 6: Marine Biosphere Research: Buoyant Solutions for Ocean Sustainability, United Nations Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development activity. Virtual presentation.

Robin Craig
October, 2021

“In term-opener, justices will hear Mississippi’s complaint that Tennessee is stealing its groundwater,” SCOTUSblog, October 1. 2021.