Texas Tech University

Alyson M. Drake

Associate Librarian of Law; Director of the Excellence in Legal Research Program; Assistant Director for Operations & Educational Programs

Email: alyson.drake@ttu.edu

Phone: (806) 834-3583

Alyson Drake is the Assistant Director for Operations & Educational Programs for the Law Library, managing the reference and access services departments. In addition, she leads the design and assessment of the law library's educational programming, directing the law school's Excellence in Legal Research Program and coordinating the first year Legal Practice research workshops. She also teaches upper-level courses in Texas Legal Research; Foreign, Comparative, and International Legal Research; and Criminal Trial Research.

Professor Drake's scholarship focuses on the intersection of pedagogical and cognitive theory with legal research instruction, focusing on the practical application of science-backed educational strategies into instructional design.  She has spoken on these topics at annual meetings of the Legal Writing Institute, the American Association of Law Libraries, the Rocky Mountain Legal Writing Conference, the Southeastern Chapter of the American Association of Law Libraries, the Southwestern Chapter of the American Association of Law Libraries, the Computer-Assisted Legal Information Conference, and other state and regional conferences and CLEs. In 2019, Professor Drake presented at, and was on the task force that designed, the first Teaching the Teachers Conference for Law Librarians. She also blogs on legal research pedagogy at legalresearchpedagogy.com.

Professor Drake is an active member of the American Association of Law Libraries, which selected her as a 2016 Leadership Academy Fellow. She has served on many committees within AALL's Chapters and Special Interest Sections, including previously serving as chair of the Research Instruction and Patron Service Special Interest Section and a member of the Index for Foreign Legal Periodicals' Advisory Board. Currently, she serves as the editor of DipLawMatic Dialogues, the blog of the Foreign, Comparative, and International Law Special Interest Section; co-chair of the Southeastern Chapter of the American Association of Law Libraries' Special Task Force for Professional Development and Support; and vice chair of the Research Instruction and Patron Services Special Interest Section's Nominations Committee. 

Professor Drake holds a B.A. in History & Philosophy from Nazareth College of Rochester, an M.L.I.S. from the University of Maryland College, and a J.D. from the College of William & Mary's Marshall-Wythe School of Law, where she served as the Managing Editor of the William & Mary Journal of Women and the Law and was recognized as the outstanding member.  Prior to coming to Texas Tech, Professor Drake was on the law library faculty at the University of South Carolina School of Law and served as an adjunct professor at the University of South Carolina's School of Library and Information Science.

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Education

  • B.A., Nazareth College
  • M.L.I.S., University of Maryland—College Park
  • J.D., College of William & Mary Marshall-Wythe School of Law

Courses

  • Foreign, Comparative, and International Legal Research
  • Texas Legal Research
  • Criminal Trial Research

Selected Publications and Presentations

Alyson M. Drake, Service Learning: A Case Study, in Doctrine and Diversity: Inclusion & Equity in the Law School Classroom (forthcoming 2020) (with Dr. Brie Sherwin).

Alyson M. Drake, On Embracing the Research Conference, 111 Law Libr. J. 7 (2019).

Alyson M. Drake, Comparative Law, in Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity, and the Law: A Research Bibliography: 2007-2016 (2018) (contributing editor).

Alyson M. Drake, Foreign Law, in Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity, and the Law: A Research Bibliography: 2007-2016 (2018) (contributing editor).

Alyson M. Drake, International Law, in Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity, and the Law: A Research Bibliography: 2007-2016 (2018) (contributing editor).

Alyson M. Drake, You Can't Write Without Research: The Role of Research Instruction in the Upper-Level Writing Requirement, 18 Fla. Coastal L. Rev. 167 (2017).

Alyson M. Drake, The Need for Experiential Legal Research Education, 108 Law Libr. J. 511 (2016).

Invited Panelist, “Better with Science: Strengthening Patron Learning,” 2019 Annual Conference of the American Association of Law Libraries, Washington, DC, July 2019.

Invited Speaker, “This Is Your Brain on Science: Using Cognitive Theory to Strengthen Student Learning,” 2019 Teaching the Teachers Conference, Atlanta GA, May 2019.

Panelist, “This is Your Brain on Research: Cognitive Theory and Assignment Construction, 2019 Annual Conference of the Southeastern Chapter of the American Association of Law Libraries, Hot Springs, VA, March 2019.

Invited Panelist, “A Macro- and Micro-Discussion of Legal Research Instruction in the 1L Curriculum,” 2018 LWI Conference, Milwaukee, WI, July 2018.

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