Ann Chase

Freelance Writer & Editor

Location:Texas, United States
2 Skills

Research Attorney, Greenberg Traurig
October 2010 – Present

• Coordinate large-scale research projects among 14 professional law librarians, develop and communicate research methodologies and timelines, manage distribution of tasks, and consolidate results.
• Legal and non-law research and reference assistance to corporate attorneys; subject expertise in tribal and foreign legal research, corporate and securities, legislative history, and business intelligence.
• Develop training program for librarians; provide research training to new attorneys.
• Compile and edit the firm’s internal current awareness publications with a readership almost 600 attorneys.
• Ensure compliance with copyright law and license terms in the use of print and electronic resources.
• Maintain knowledge of current legal research trends.
• Library outreach and website committees; developed the research segment of the firm’s intranet site.

Librarian and Manager, Honigman Miller Schwartz & Cohn December 2008– September 2010

• Managed a library with five locations serving 240 attorneys at a Detroit corporate law firm.
• Responsible for budgeting, contract negotiation, electronic licensing, and cost recovery.
• Leveraged emerging technology to expand library services and reduce costs.
• Management and development of library administrative and professional staff, including hiring, mentoring, goal-setting, and professional development planning.
• Collection development and management of print and electronic resources.
• Management of physical facilities, including establishing a library in a new office, relocating another library, and conserving water-damaged materials.
• Promoted and expanded library resources and services through outreach efforts, and re-design of training programs for attorneys and summer associates.
• Represented the library and the firm as an active participant in professional organizations.
• Legal and non-law reference and research assistance.
• Developed the library’s website and knowledge management wiki.

Foreign & Comparative Law Librarian,
University of Michigan Law Library
January 2006 – November 2008
• Responsibility for development of the library’s world-class collection of legal research materials for all non-United States jurisdictions in all languages.
• Legal reference service to law school students, faculty, attorneys and members of the community. Performed in-depth research for faculty projects.
• Created bibliographies, research guides, and content for the library’s website.
• Classroom instruction in special topics in legal research.
• Created and maintained research guides, legal research audio tours, and online video tutorials.
• Hired, trained and supervised student employees. Provided leadership and training to student assistants at the Reference Desk.
• Managed vendor contracts; responsible for relations and approval plans with vendors of foreign legal materials.
• Extensive committee participation including a year's service as chair of the Diversity Committee. Served an instrumental role on the Website Committee during a complete re-design of the library’s website using the SharePoint platform. Developed disaster plan as part of the Preservation Committee.


University at Buffalo School of Informatics, MLS, 2006
Coursework included Library Management and Law Library Management

University at Buffalo Law School, JD, 2005
Financial Transactions Concentration
Technical Editor, Buffalo Women’s Law Journal

State University of St. Petersburg, St. Petersburg Summer Law Institute, 2005
Coursework included Public International Law, International Trade, and Russian Business Law

St. Lawrence University, BA, 2001
Majors: Multi-language (French, German, Russian) and English (Creative Writing)

Université de Rouen, Spring Semester Abroad Program, 1999

Reference Department Intern University of Michigan Law Library Summer 2005
• Completed a special project in Russian legal collection development.

Research Department Intern Supreme Court of the United States Summer 2004
• Provided reference and research assistance to Supreme Court Justices and law clerks.
• Completed “Supreme Court Roundup” project, a collection of news articles about all October term cases. Updated individual Justices’ files with recent publications and speeches. Revised legislative history finding aid. Maintained Justices’ bibliographies using ProCite.
• Assisted in testing and implementing an internal knowledge management system.
• Position required security clearance.

• English, French, German, Russian

• State Bar of Michigan, P71527, admitted 2008
• American Association of Law Libraries
• AALL Foreign, Comparative & International Law Special Interest Section; re-designed FCIL-SIS website and served as webmaster
• Recipient of the LexisNexis/Matthew Bender Scholarship
• International Association of Law Libraries; attended its Course on International Law Librarianship, St. Petersburg
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