Mar 16, 2016
Benjamin Carlson

2016 GPLLA Legal Research Course

Each year the Greater Philadelphia Law Library Association (GPLLA) offers an introductory legal research course to professionals and students interested in legal research. The course is presented by instructors from Philadelphia area law schools, firms, membership libraries and legal information vendors.

The course is presented entirely online in cooperation with Drexel University and the Drexel University Student Chapter of the Special Libraries Association. Course enrollees attend the weekly interactive course. An archive of presentations and related material will be made available to course attendees for a limited time following the conclusion of the course. Details regarding technical specifications will be distributed to attendees in advance of the beginning of the course.

The cost of enrollment is $100 to be made by check payable to “GPLLA”. To register please RSVP to Nicole Snyder at, and mail the registration form to the address found on the form.


Class takes place Wednesdays, April 6 through May 25, 2016

6pm – approximately 7:15 pm

Course Outline:

April 6 Introduction to Legal Research Catherine Dunn
Director of the Law Library & Associate Professor of Law
Temple University Law Library
April 13 Pennsylvania State Legal Research Peter Egler
Head of Research & Instructional Services
Drexel University Thomas R. Kline School of Law
April 20 Administrative & Regulatory Research Benjamin Carlson
Emerging Technologies Librarian
Villanova University Charles Widger School of Law Library
April 27 Statutory Research Carla Wale
Head of Public Services
Temple University Beasley School of Law
May 4 Electronic Legal Research: Lexis Gayle Lynn-Nelson
Senior Librarian Relations Consultant
May 11 Electronic Legal Research: Westlaw Kim Hurley
Thomson Reuters
May 18 Secondary Resources & Internet Resources Dan Giancaterino
Education Services Manager
Jenkins Law Library
May 25 Electronic Legal Research : Bloomberg Michael Scotto
Bloomberg Law

Instructor Bios

Benjamin Carlson is the Emerging Technologies Librarian at Villanova University School of Law, where he handles the library’s web presence, provides reference services, and teaches Legal Research. Before coming to Villanova, he worked as a law librarian at Northern Illinois University and Drexel University. Benjamin received his J.D. from the University of Notre Dame, and his Masters in Library Science from the iSchool at Drexel University.

Catherine M. Dunn is the Director of the Law Library and Associate Professor of Law at the Temple University Beasley School of Law. She launched two new upper-level research courses upon arriving at Temple, including the three-credit Advanced Legal Research course she teaches. Professor Dunn taught a variety of legal research-related courses at each of her prior institutions, and she regularly experiments with new teaching methods in an effort to create an effective environment for skills-based learning. She received her J.D. from the University of Michigan and her M.S.L.I.S. degree from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Peter J. Egler is a Research and Instructional Services Librarian at Drexel University’s Thomas R. Kline School of Law. He has a Juris Doctor degree from the Catholic University of America, and a Master of Library and Information Science degree from the University of Pittsburgh. Peter is a member of the Pennsylvania bar, and he practiced law in Pennsylvania for eight years before pursuing a career as a law librarian. Prior to coming to Drexel, Peter worked at the Sacramento County Public Law Library in Sacramento, CA and the University of Houston’s Law Center in Houston, TX. He has taught classes on legal research in California, Texas, and Pennsylvania. Peter teaches a class on Pennsylvania legal research at his law school. He has published several articles in legal research topics.

Dan Giancaterino is the Education Services Manager Jenkins Law Library. Dan received his MS in 1989 from Drexel University. He joined the staff at Jenkins Law Library in October 2000. Dan has given Internet presentations at meetings hosted by county bar associations, as well as organizations such as CIGNA, Community College of Philadelphia, Community Legal Services, Dispute Resolution Institute, Garden State Alliance of Paralegal Associations, Greater Philadelphia Law Library Association, Institute for Paralegal Education, Municipal Court of Philadelphia, PALINET, Pennsylvania Bar Institute, Pennsylvania Conference of State Trial Judges, Pennsylvania Library Association, Pennsylvania Workers’ Compensation Judges, the Philadelphia Association of Paralegals, Philadelphia Daily News, and SEPTA. On many occasions Dan has discussed Web searching on The Michael Smerconish Morning Show, The Glenn Beck Program, and Bill O’Reilly’s Radio Factor on The Big Talker, WPHT 1210 AM.

Kim Hurley serves as a Westlaw key customer contact for law librarians in New York City, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Delaware. Kim plays an important role in customer initiatives, including moderating customer events, delivering in-firm topical seminars, customizing individual training sessions, providing educational webinars and participating in new product development focus groups. She also represents Thomson Reuters Westlaw in professional librarian associations. During her 24 years with West, Kim has served in various roles in the Sales and Account Management division. She has deep ties to the New York librarian community in large law firms, corporations and law schools and has strengthened those relationships by providing excellent customer service over the years. Kim received her J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center and A.B. in Government from Smith College. She is currently pursuing her M.L.S. degree at Queens College, City University of New York. Kim is based in New York City and will continue her commitment to support librarians and their research and management needs in the large law firms.

Gayle Lynn-Nelson is a Senior Librarian Relations Consultant for the LexisNexis Librarian Relations Group. She serves librarians in New York City, New Jersey and Pennsylvania. Gayle has 19 years of professional experience in law firm and court libraries. She is active at the national, regional and local level in professional library associations. Gayle is a past president of the New Jersey Law Librarian Association (NJLLA), as well as a faculty member of the MCLE/Teaching Legal Research Committee and Technology Committee for the Law Librarians Association of Greater New York. She has also chaired and served on various AALL and SLA committees. In addition to her professional affiliations, Gayle has written various articles which have appeared in AALL Spectrum, NJLLA In Brief, PLL Perspectives, SLA Chapter News, Trends in Law Library Management and Technology and SLA Information Outlook. She has been a featured speaker at national, regional and local library association conferences. In November of 2004, Gayle won the HW Wilson Award for an article she co-authored in SLA Information Outlook titled: The Millennial Invasion: Are you ready? Gayle participated as a member of the Board for the Institute of Museum & Library Services, ( who commissioned a study on the Future of Librarians and Information Professionals in the workforce. The Institute established a grant and set up a National Advisory Board. This was a two-year study with the purpose of developing a comprehensive understanding of the current and projected future workforce needs for librarians, other library workers, and other information professionals in relation to anticipated retirements over the next decade. Additionally the study addressed the capacity and capabilities of current and needed sources of supply for librarians and other information professionals, and strategies for recruitment, education and retention of information professionals. Gayle received her J.D. from Western State University College of Law and her M.L.S. from Rutgers University School of Library Information Studies.

Michael Scotto is a Client Success Manager on the Client Success Team with Bloomberg Law, focusing on large law firms in the mid-Atlantic region. Before joining Bloomberg Law, Michael was associated with Wilson Elser Moskowitz Edelman & Dicker LLP where his practice focused on Toxic Tort, Energy and Asbestos. Michael graduated from St. John’s University with a degree in Finance, and he received his law degree from Hofstra University School of Law. He is licensed to practice in New York and New Jersey.

Carla P. Wale is the Head of Public Services at Temple University’s James E. Beasley School of Law Library, where she oversees reference, research, and access services and teaches a newly created course focusing on legal research in Pennsylvania. Prior to joining Temple Law Library, Carla was a law librarian and instructor at Georgetown University Law Center and Northern Illinois University College of Law. Carla received her B.A. from Washington State University, J.D. from Loyola University College of Law, and M.L.I.S. from the University of Washington.

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