Texas Tech University

Alyson M. Drake

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Assistant Director for Public Services; Director of the Excellence in Legal Research Program

Alyson Drake is the Assistant Director for Public Services at the Law Library, where she oversees reference services, instructional services, and student services, and an Assistant Law Library Faculty member.  In addition to coordinating the library’s public services, she directs the law school’s Excellence in Legal Research Program, coordinates the first year Legal Practice research workshops, and teaches upper-level courses in Texas Legal Research and Foreign, Comparative, and International Legal Research.

Professor Drake’s scholarship focuses primarily on pedagogical theory in legal research instruction and the role and value of legal research education in the law school curriculum under ABA standards.  She has spoken on these topics at annual meetings of 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.  Professor Drake is an active member of the American Association of Law Libraries, in which she serves as the Vice Chair/Chair-Elect of the Research Instruction and Patron Services Interest Section, as well as other committees, the Southwestern Association of Law Libraries, where she serves as editor of the SWALL Bulletin, and the Southeastern Association of Law Libraries.  Professor Drake also serves on the Index to Foreign Legal Periodicals Advisory Board for 2017-2018.

Professor Drake holds a B.A. (magna cum laude) in History & Philosophy from Nazareth College, an M.L.I.S. from the University of Maryland-College Park (cum laude), and a J.D. from the College of William and Mary Marshall-Wythe Law School, where she served as managing editor of the William & Mary Journal of Women and the Law.  Prior to coming to Texas Tech, Professor Drake was a reference librarian at the University of South Carolina School of Law and an adjunct professor at the University of South Carolina School of Library and Information Science.

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Degrees

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

Courses

  • Texas Legal Research
  • Foreign, Comparative, and International Legal Research
  • Legal Practice research workshops
  • Excellence in Legal Research Program courses

Law Review Articles

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. ___ (forthcoming Spring 2017).

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

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