This week a new class of students is beginning their education at Chicago-Kent. Our newest research librarian, Mandy Lee, arrived on August 21st along with you, and looks forward to getting to know you.
Mandy came to Chicago-Kent from the University of Nebraska College of Law. She also served as a reference assistant at the University of Illinois College of Law Library, and as a teaching assistant for faculty in the UIUC graduate library/information science program.
Mandy has experience as an extern at the Circuit Court of Cook County, a law clerk at the Chicago Housing Authority, and an intern at UNESCO in Bangkok. She was a volunteer in Chicago at the Domestic Violence Legal Clinic and the Illinois Human Rights Commission. As if that weren’t enough, Mandy has been a real estate broker associate at Baird & Warner.
What were you doing before you came to Chicago-Kent?
I served as an Assistant Professor of Law Library and Reference Librarian at the University of Nebraska in Lincoln, where I really enjoyed working with students and my colleagues. It seemed time for me to return to Chicago, though, so I’m thankful and excited to be at Chicago-Kent. I look forward to working with students and faculty here. Right before I started working at Chicago-Kent, I spent about a week in Hawaii, where I explored Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, saw sea turtles swimming, and ate lots of fresh local fish.
What’s the best thing about being a law librarian?
Having myriad opportunities to help people.
What do you miss about law school, and what was your happiest law school memory?
The friends I made, many of whom, fortunately, continue to number among my closest friends. For instance, last month, I met up with my friend Amelia in Hong Kong. Having met as 1Ls, Amelia, our friends, and I celebrated Easter in Chinatown all three years of law school.
The Legends and Myths of Hawaii by His Hawaiian Majesty Kalakaua.
Do you have any tips for anybody reading this who is new to Chicago?
If you can spare the time, visit the Art Institute, eat Lou Malnati’s pizza and something from Portillo’s, wander around the neighborhoods, admire the world-class architecture, and enjoy the lakefront!