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Brian Raphael, who specializes in print and electronic legal research, teaches Legal Research at USC Gould School Law.
His scholarly work includes “California Case Law,” published in Henke’s California Law Guide, 8th ed., and “Basic Legal Research Techniques,” in Locating the Law, 3d ed. He also has published numerous book reviews.
Professor Raphael graduated summa cum laude from the University of California, Los Angeles, where he also received his JD and MLS. He joined USC Gould in 1993 as a reference librarian and became an adjunct assistant professor of law in 1997. He served as head of reference/international law librarian before becoming assistant director of the Law Library in 1999. He is a member of Phi Beta Kappa, the American Association of Law Libraries and the Southern California Association of Law Libraries.
Contributions to Books
“California Case Law.” In Henke’s California Law Guide, 8th ed. (Daniel Martin, ed.) (Lexis Nexis/Matthew Bender, 2006).
“California Case Law.” In Henke’s California Law Guide, 7th ed. (Daniel Martin, ed.) (M. Bender, 2004).
"Basic Legal Research Techniques." In Locating the Law, 3d ed. (Fay Henexson, ed.) (Southern California Association of Law Libraries, Committee on Public Access to Legal Information, 1995).
Legal Research Survival Manual, by Robert C. Berring and Elizabeth A. Edinger. 95 Law Library Journal 102 (2003).
Introduction to International Organizations, edited by Lyonette Louis-Jacques and Jeanne S. Korman. 89 Law Library Journal 296 (1997).
A Dictionary of Modern Legal Usage, 2d ed., by Bryan Garner. 88 Law Library Journal 189 (1996).
Martindale-Hubbell Dispute Resolution Directory. 88 Law Library Journal 199 (1996).
United Nations System (bibliography), International Organizations Series, vol. 10, by Joseph P. Baratta. 88 Law Library Journal 219 (1996).
Historical Dictionary of International Tribunals, by Boleslaw A. Boczek. 87 Law Library Journal 323 (1995).
International Organizations: A Dictionary and Directory, 3d ed., by Giuseppe Schiavone. 87 Law Library Journal 324 (1995).
Mellinkoff's Dictionary of American Legal Usage, by David Mellinkoff. 86 Law Library Journal 240 (1994).
"Library Update: Law Library Launching Renovations, Innovations to Enhance Services." USC Law 31 (Spring 2001).
"Spotlight on the Library." USC Law 25 (Spring 2000).
"Gerontology and the Law: A Selected Annotated Bibliography, 1995-98 Update" (with Rachel Pergament). 72 Southern California Law Review 1461 (1999).
Business Law in the 1990s: Who Owns Whom (bibliography) (with Rachel Pergament). (Southern California Association of Law Libraries, 1998).
"Gerontology and the Law: A Selected Bibliography, 1991-94 Update" (with Wendy Nobunaga and Lisa Moske). 69 Southern California Law Review 287 (1995).
FACULTY IN THE NEWS
Franita Tolson was quoted in the New Yorker about the legal challenges likely to follow the 2020 presidential election. “You will still see many claims that absentee ballots have been wrongly rejected, and those will lead to court cases," Tolson said. "The fact that we are generating lots of voting by mail will generate a lot of litigation.”
"Lessons from Luckin Coffee: The Underappreciated Risks of Variable Interest Entities," Columbia Law School Blue Sky Blog, July 28, 2020.
"Big is not necessarily bad," The Hill, July 30, 2020.
“The Death of the Income Tax (or, The Rise of America's Universal Wage Tax),” Indiana Law Journal 95 (2020): 1233.