Inaugural Board of Editors for the International Journal of Legal Information announced!

The IALL is pleased to announce that it has appointed its inaugural Editorial Board for the IJLI. The three-member board will consist of the Editor, Mark Engsberg, along with Teresa Miguel-Stearns, director of the Yale Law Library at Yale Law School in New Haven, Connecticut, and Marylin Raisch, Associate Director for Research & Collection Development, Georgetown Law Library at the Georgetown Law Center in Washington, D.C.  The Editorial Board members will serve three-year terms and may be re-appointed for two consecutive terms.  The Editorial Board will assist the Editor in promoting the IJLI, soliciting article submissions for the Journal, and judging articles for the forthcoming annual Best IJLI Article contest.  Photos and brief biographies of the new Editorial Board members appears below.  Welcome – and congratulations! – to Teresa and Marylin!


Teresa M. Miguel-Stearns is Law Librarian and Professor of Law at the Lillian Goldman Law Library, Yale Law School. She previously served as Associate Director for Administration and Associate Director of Foreign and International Law during which time she was the Latin American and Iberian bibliographer and taught courses on Law, Politics, and Society in Latin America, and Legal Research in Foreign and International Law. Ms. Miguel-Stearns was the 30th Chair (2014-15) of the Foreign, Comparative, and International Law Special Interest Section (FCIL-SIS) of the American Association of Law Libraries (AALL), and is a member of the Standing Committee of the Law Libraries section of the International Federation of Law Libraries and Institutes (IFLA). She led the creation and development of ALLStAR Benchmarking (Academic Law Libraries Statistics, Analytics, and Reports), a data collection and analysis tool, for use by academic law libraries in the United States. Ms. Miguel-Stearns has published numerous articles and chapters primarily on topics relating to domestic, foreign, comparative, and international legal research, most recently pertaining to understanding judicial power in Latin America, researching Cuban international law, and the history of collecting legal materials from Latin America by U.S. law libraries. Ms. Miguel-Stearns received her B.A. from University of Wisconsin-Madison, MLIS from the University of Arizona, and J.D. from the University of Richmond.


Marylin Johnson Raisch is Associate Director for Research and Collection Development at the Georgetown Law Library. She received her J.D. from Tulane University School of Law (1980) with work both in civil and common law courses as well as international law and Roman law. She holds degrees in English literature from Smith College (B.A. magna cum laude, 1973) and St. Hugh’s College, Oxford (M.Litt., 1978). She received her M.L.S. degree from Columbia University School of Library Service in 1988 and has worked as a law librarian for over twenty years, ten of which were at Columbia University School of Law as International and Foreign Law Librarian. She has served as moderator or panelist in several continuing education programs at the annual meetings of the American Association of Law Libraries, and is a past Chair of its Foreign, International, and Comparative Law Special Interest Section (FCIL-SIS). She is currently Chair of the Roman Law Interest Group of the FCIL-SIS and has produced conference programs jointly with the Legal History and Rare Books Special Interest Section (LHRB-SIS).  She teaches research skills in international and comparative in a for-credit course as an adjunct at Georgetown Law.

Ms. Raisch has edited (with Roberta I. Shaffer) the resulting volume of proceedings, Transnational Legal Transactions (Oceana, 1995). She is the author of several articles, reviews, and web guides on international and foreign legal research, such as “The European Union: A Selective Research Guide,” 1 Columbia Journal of European Law 149 (1994/95) and the current ASIL European Union Research Guide, the annual book and web surveys for the Journal of International Economic Law,  “Codes and Hypertext: The Intertextuality of International and Comparative Law,” 35 Syracuse Journal of International Law and Commerce 309 (2008), and hyperlinked web guides published from 2001 through 2009 on international family law, and religious law. “Shaping Electronic Collections in Foreign, Comparative and International Law,” The IALL International Handbook of Legal Information Management (Ashgate, June, 2011).  Her latest publications are as author and co-author of chapters on researching law in England and Wales and the European Union, respectively, in a new 5th edition of the Canadian treatise on legal research, Legal Research Handbook, D. T. MacEllven, et. al., 6th ed. (Markham, ON:  LexisNexis Canada, 2013). She is currently coordinating updates for Electronic Research Guides (ERG) for the website of the American Society of International Law and author of its European Union guide and has written book reviews for the International Journal of Legal Information and the newsletter of the LHRB-SIS.

Marylin’s current interests and scholarly agenda focus on the western civil law tradition, religious law in all cultures, and the history of international law and colonialism. Lately enamored of marginalia, and having attended Rare Book School at the University of Virginia, she is trying to figure out what Digital Humanities might be.


Mark Engsberg

Editor, IJLI Editorial Board

Library Director and Assistant Professor of Law at the MacMillan Law Library

Emory University