Assistant Dean for Library and Information Services
& Associate Professor of Law
Amy Emerson is the Director of the Law Library and Associate Professor of Law. She manages law library operations and strategic planning, oversees the legal research curriculum, and teaches courses in law and technology.
Professor Emerson’s areas of expertise include law library administration, emerging law library service models, experiential legal research pedagogy, and the intersection of technology and the law. She speaks regularly on these topics at national and regional conferences. Her personal scholarship interests focus on open access to legal information as it informs access to justice.
Prior to joining Villanova, and following nine years in private practice, Professor Emerson served as Associate Director for Library Administration and Adjunct Clinical Professor of Law at Cornell Law School. While at Cornell, she created the Legal Research Clinic and became its Director, building the first generalist legal clinic of its kind dedicated to serving clients who do not yet require full legal representation for a case, but nonetheless have a legal question that requires council.
Professor Emerson received her B.A. with honors from Wells College, and dual J.D. and M.L.S. degrees with honors from Syracuse University.
She is active professionally, including currently serving as a member of the Board of Directors of the Center for Computer-Assisted Legal Instruction (CALI), as Chair of the Government Relations Committee of the American Association of Law Libraries (AALL), as past president of the Association of Law Libraries of Upstate New York, and as a founding officer of the International Legal Research Interest Group of the American Society of International Law.