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Virginia C. Thomas to Lead Wayne Law’s Arthur Neef Law Library

February 06, 2009

DETROIT (Feb. 6, 2009) – Wayne State University Law School is pleased to welcome new Arthur Neef Law Library Director Virginia C. Thomas.

Thomas joins Wayne Law and the Wayne State University Library System with over 30 years of experience working in law libraries, most recently as Law Library and Information Technology director at the University of Cincinnati College of Law, where she also served as an adjunct law professor.  Previously, Thomas held positions at the University of Miami School of Law, Loyola University of Chicago School of Law and the Chicago-Kent College of Law at the Illinois Institute of Technology.

Thomas received a B.A. in philosophy and German language and literature from DePaul University, an M.B.A. and J.D. from the Illinois Institute of Technology, and an M.A. in library science from the University of Chicago. She has taught, lectured and coordinated instructional support in law and is currently developing a course in empirical legal research. The author of numerous publications and presentations, Thomas is active in professional and community service activities and organizations.

As the director of the Neef Law Library, Thomas is now responsible for overseeing one of the nation’s 40 largest legal collections. Thomas succeeds Georgia Clark, who retired from Wayne State after serving over 30 years as the director of the Law Library.

“We are thrilled to welcome Ms. Thomas to the Law School,” said Wayne Law Dean and Professor Robert M. Ackerman. “The Arthur Neef Law Library is known as one of the best law libraries in the country thanks to the commitment of Georgia Clark and the Law Library staff throughout the years. I am confident in Ms. Thomas’ expertise and ability to lead the Library into its next chapter, maintaining its focus on providing informational access for our students and for our community.”

“We’re very excited to have Virginia Thomas joining the Library System,” said Sandra Yee, dean of the University Library System. “Her experience, enthusiasm and commitment to providing students with the best education and resources possible are going to significantly benefit our Wayne State and community users.”

About Wayne Law
Wayne Law has educated and served the Detroit metropolitan area since its inception as Detroit City Law School in 1927. Located at 471 West Palmer Street in Detroit’s re-energized historic cultural center, the Law School remains committed to student success and features modern lecture and court facilities, multi-media and distance learning classrooms, a 250-seat auditorium, and the Arthur Neef Law Library, which houses one of the nation's 40 largest legal collections. Taught by an internationally recognized and expert faculty, Wayne Law students experience a high-quality legal education via a growing array of hands-on curricular offerings, five live-client clinics, and access to well over 100 internships with local and non-profit entities each year. Its 11,000 living alumni, who work in every state of the nation and more than a dozen foreign countries, are experts in their disciplines and include leading members of the local, national and international legal communities. For more information, visit www.law.wayne.edu.   



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