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Karen Skinner

Karen Skinner

Senior Law Librarian - Research Services, and Adjunct Assistant Professor of Law

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Telephone: (213) 740-2615
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699 Exposition Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90089-0074 USA Room: 210

Last Updated: January 22, 2019




Karen Skinner specializes in legal research as a Senior Law Librarian – Research Services at the USC Gould School of Law. She teaches the Legal Research component of Legal Research, Writing, & Advocacy I and II. She also teaches Legal Research to LLM students. Previously, Skinner was an attorney in the litigation practice group at Porter, Wright, Morris & Arthur, LLP in Columbus, Ohio. She is a member of the Illinois and Ohio bars.
 
Skinner received her BA in Criminology and International Studies from The Ohio State University in 1995. She earned a JD from Capital University Law School, in 1999, where she was admitted to the Order of the Curia. She also obtained an MS in Sport Management from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst in 2001 as well as an MS in Library Science from Indiana University at Bloomington in 2009. Additionally, Skinner is a member of the American Association of Law Libraries, the Southern California Association of Law Libraries, and Beta Phi Mu.

Articles and Book Chapters

  • "The 'Shock and Awe' Approach To Legal Research: Helping Students Understand Their Research Deficiencies So That They Are Better Prepared To Learn Legal Research". 23(1) Perspectives: Teaching Legal Research and Writing (Fall 2014).
  • "Effectiveness of Social Media: Does it Measure Up?" 19(3) AALL Spectrum (December 2014). - (www)
  • "ALL-SIS Sourcebook for Teaching Legal Research." 33(3) ALL-SIS Newsletter 6 (Spring 2014)
  • "Career Management from the Trenches: Some Suggestions from the AALL Economic Status Committee". 18(4) AALL Spectrum 21-24, with Lisa Junghahn, Patricia Scott, Cathleen Cochran, Kate Wilko, Elizabeth Scheibel, Julie Lim, and Melissa Bernstein. (February 2014). - (www)
  • "A Law Librarian at the Internet Librarian Conference". AALL Spectrum Blog (December 19, 2013) - (www)
  • "Gerontology and the Law – A Selected Annotated Bibliography: 2009-2011 Update". 86(6) Southern California Law Review 1389-1462, with Judy Davis (September 2013). - (Hein)
  • "Seven Tips for a Successful Flip". AALL Spectrum hybrid article, with Cindy Guyer. (June 2013) - (www)
  • Book Review of “Cosmic Constitutional Theory: Why Americans are Losing their Inalienable Right to Self-Governance,” by J. Harvie Wilkinson, III. 105 Law Library Journal 105-107 (Winter 2013). - (Hein)

FACULTY IN THE NEWS

The Washington Post
June 12, 2019
Re: Niels W. Frenzen

Niels W. Frenzen was quoted about the case of Scott Warren, an activist who was arrested and charged with harboring and conspiring to transport undocumented immigrants. In 2017, a directive from then-Attorney General Jeff Sessions to prioritize cases involving the transportation of undocumented immigrants,"brought to a head the conflict between immigration enforcement and a sanctuary movement that reaches back to the 1980s," explained Frenzen. "While maintaining a spiritual element, the movement has become more political and less religious...especially as the Trump administration draws stark battle lines on immigration," he said. Frenzen's quote was also mentioned in the National Post, Daily Herald, Calgary Herald, Montreal Gazette, Leader Post, Ottawa Citizen, The London Free Press, The Star Phoenix, Canada.com, The Salt Lake Tribune, and The Province.

RECENT SCHOLARSHIP

Lisa Klerman
April, 2019

“Labor and Employment Law Jeopardy,” Los Angeles County Bar Association’s Labor and Employment Section Annual Retreat, Westlake Village, CA.

Hannah Garry
April, 2019

Hannah Garry co-facilitated "#MeToo" at the International Human Rights Clinicians Conference held at the Univeristy of Pennsylvania Law School.

Thomas D. Lyon
April, 2019

Tom Lyon received a one-year $250,000 grant from the California Office of Emergency Services Child Advocacy Center Program for his and his lab's interviewing work in the Los Angeles County Dependency Court.