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Mary Rumsey

Professor of Legal Research Instruction

Mary Rumsey

255J Mondale Hall
229–19th Ave. South
Minneapolis, MN 55455

612-625-2905

rumse006@umn.edu

University of Wisconsin, B.A.
University of Chicago, J.D.
Dominican University, M.L.I.S.

Library Professor Mary Rumsey is the Foreign, Comparative & International Law Librarian. Her main responsibilities include selecting foreign and international materials for the collection, teaching foreign and international legal research, and serving patrons with foreign and international law research needs.

Ms. Rumsey received her B.A. degree in philosophy and political science from the University of Wisconsin, Phi Beta Kappa, and her law degree from the University of Chicago. She practiced law for two years and then worked for West Group in its Westlaw Research and Development Department. In 1998, she received a master's degree in library and information science from Dominican University.

Ms. Rumsey worked for the William Mitchell College of Law as the Electronic Services Librarian before joining the staff at the University of Minnesota Law Library in June 2000. She is a member of the American Society of International Law, and a past chair of the Foreign, Comparative & International Law Special Interest Section of the American Association of Law Libraries. She has written extensively on library and legal research issues, with two of her publications receiving national awards. With Marci Hoffman, she has published two editions of the book International and Foreign Legal Research: A Coursebook (Martinus Nijhoff/Brill).

PUBLICATIONS

Books

The Development of International Human Rights Law (Ashgate Publishing, 2014) (co-editor with David Weissbrodt & Fionnuala Ní Aoláin)

International and Foreign Legal Research: A Coursebook (Martinus Nijhoff Publishers, 2007; 2d ed., 2012) (with Marci Hoffman)

Vulnerable and Marginalised Groups and Human Rights (Edward Elgar, 2011) (co-editor with David Weissbrodt)

Selected International Human Rights Instruments and Bibliography for Research on International Human Rights (LexisNexis, 4th ed., 2009) (with David Weissbrodt, Fionnuala Ní Aoláin & others)

Selected International Human Rights Instruments and Bibliography for Research on International Human Rights Law (Anderson Publishing, 3d ed., 2001) (with David Weissbrodt, Joan Fitzpatrick, Frank Newman & Marci Hoffman)

Book Chapters

Foreign and International Law Librarianship, in Law Librarianship in the Twenty-First Century (Roy Balleste, Sonia Luna-Lamas & Lisa Smith-Butler, eds., Scarecrow Press, 2007; 2d ed., 2014)

Nigeria, in Sources of State Practice in International Law (Ralph F. Gaebler and Alison A. Shea, eds., Brill-Nijhoff, 2d rev. ed., 2014)

Bibliography on Non-State Actors in International Law, in Non-State Actors and Human Rights (Philip Alston, ed., Oxford University Press, 2005)

The Virtual Chase: A Case Study on Trademark Due Diligence, in Introduction to Online Legal, Regulatory & Intellectual Property Research (Genie Tyburski, ed., South-Western Educational Publishers, 2004) (with Genie Tyburski)

Journal Articles

The Skills They Need: International and Foreign Legal Research, 27 Legal Reference Services Quarterly 133 (2009)

Gauging the Impact of Online Legal Information on International Law: Two Tests, 35 Syracuse Journal of International Law and Commerce 201 (2008)

Foreign and International Law Librarianship, 25 Legal Reference Services Quarterly 73 (2006)

Paper versus Electronic Sources for Law Review Cite-Checking: Should Paper Be the Gold Standard?, 97 Law Library Journal 31 (2005) (recipient of the 2004 AALL LexisNexis Call for Papers Award) (with April Schwartz)

Runaway Train: Problems of Permanence, Accessibility, and Stability in the Use of Web Sources in Law Review Citations, 94 Law Library Journal 27 (2002)

Electronic Media Discovery (EMD): Issues in Electronic Records, Discovery and Evidence, 20 Legal Reference Services Quarterly 19 (2001)

Book Reviews

Book Review, 38 International Journal of Legal Information 410 (2010) (reviewing Beatrice I. Bonafe, The Relationship between State and Individual Responsibility for International Crimes (Martinus Nijhoff Publishers, 2009))

Book Review, 133 Library Journal 88 (Mar. 15, 2008) (reviewing Biographical Encyclopedia of the Modern Middle East and North Africa (Michael R. Fischhach, ed., Gale, 2008))

Book Review, 36 International Journal of Legal Information 210 (2008) (reviewing Alfred M. Boll, Multiple Nationality and International Law (Developments in International Law) (Martinus Nijhoff Publishers, 2007))

Book Review, 36 International Journal of Legal Information 381 (2008) (reviewing Promoting Justice, Human Rights and Conflict Resolution Through International Law/La Promotion de la Justice, des Droits de L'Homme et du Reglement des Conflits par le Droit International: Liber Amicorum Lucius Caflisch (Marcelo G. Kohen, ed., Martinus Nijhoff Publishers, 2007))

Book Review, 132 Library Journal 88 (Oct. 15, 2007) (reviewing Encyclopedia of Law & Society: American and Global Perspectives (David S. Clark, ed., Sage, 2007))

Book Review, 132 Library Journal 88 (Sept. 15, 2007) (reviewing Daniel Oran, Oran's Dictionary of the Law (Thomson Delmar Learning, 4th ed., 2007))

Book Review, 132 Library Journal 170 (Sept. 1, 2007) (reviewing Emily Taitz, Holocaust Survivors: A Biographical Dictionary (Greenwood, 2007))

Book Review, 132 Library Journal 120 (July 1, 2007) (reviewing Richard E. Saunier & Richard A. Meganck, Dictionary and Introduction to Global Environmental Governance (Earthscan, 2007))

Book Review, 132 Library Journal 100 (May 1, 2007) (reviewing Encyclopedia of Antislavery and Abolition (Peter Hinks & John McKivigan, eds., Greenwood Press, 2006) and Encyclopedia of Slave Resistance and Rebellion (Junius Rodriguez, ed., Greenwood Press, 2006))

Book Review, 35 International Journal of Legal Information 209 (2007) (reviewing State Practice Regarding State Immunities/La Pratique des Etats concernant les Immunites des Etats (Gerhard Hafner et al., eds., Koninklijke Brill NV, 2006))

Book Review, 34 International Journal of Legal Information 456 (2006) (reviewing Commentary on the UN Convention on the International Sale of Goods (CISG) (Peter Schlechtriem & Ingeborg Schwenzer, eds., Oxford University Press, 2d ed., 2005))

Book Review, 33 International Journal of Legal Information 151 (2005) (reviewing The Future Development of Competition Framework (Tzong-Leh Hwang & Chiyuan Chen, eds., Kluwer Law International, 2004))

Book Review, 33 International Journal of Legal Information 283 (2005) (reviewing Roy Goode et al., Transnational Commercial Law: International Instruments and Commentary (Oxford University Press, 2004))

Book Review, 23 Legal Information Alert 13 (May 2004) (reviewing Paula Pevato, International Environmental Law (Ashgate Publishing, 2003))

Book Review, 32 International Journal of Legal Information 504 (2004) (reviewing The International Criminal Court: Recommendations on Policy and Practice: Financing, Victims, Judges, and Immunities (Thordis Ingadottir, ed., Transnational, 2003))

Book Review, 96 Law Library Journal 554 (2004) (reviewing Deli Yang, Intellectual Property and Doing Business in China (Pergamon, 2003))

Book Review, 96 Law Library Journal 749 (2004) (reviewing Jordan Paust, International Law as Law of the United States (Carolina Academic Press, 2d ed., 2003))

Book Review, 22 Legal Information Alert 11 (Nov./Dec. 2003) (reviewing World Online Business Law (Andrew Simpson & N. Stephan Kinsella, gen. eds., Oceana Publications, 2003))

Book Review, 22 Legal Information Alert 12 (Jan. 2003) (reviewing English Private Law (Peter Birks, ed., Oxford University Press, 2001))

Book Review, 95 Law Library Journal 441 (2003) (reviewing James Crawford, The International Law Commission's Articles on State Responsibility: Introduction, Text, and Commentaries (Cambridge University Press, 2002))

Book Review, 21 Legal Information Alert 12 (July/Aug. 2002) (reviewing John Norton Moore, National Law of Treaty Implementation (Carolina Academic Press, 2001))

Book Review, 20 Legal Information Alert 15 (Nov./Dec. 2001) (reviewing Louis Rorimer, International Stock Plans: The Practitioner's Guide to Exporting Employee Equity (Bowne Publishing, 2000))

Book Review, 93 Law Library Journal 175 (2001) (reviewing Basic Legal Documents on International Animal Welfare and Wildlife Conservation (Mark Austen & Tamara Richards, eds., Kluwer Law International, 2000))

Book Review, 18 Legal Information Alert 10 (Nov./Dec. 1999) (reviewing Family & Medical Leave Act Compliance Guide (David E. Block, ed., Business & Law Reports, 1999))

Book Review, 18 Legal Information Alert 10 (July/Aug. 1999) (reviewing ADA Case Digest & FMLA (James Publishers, 1998))

Book Review, Research Advisor 6 (May 1999) (reviewing Anthony Davis & Robert Spencer, The Year 2000 Problem and the Legal Profession: Managing the Risks (American Bar Association, Law Practice Management Section, 1998))

Book Review, 17 Legal Information Alert 7 (Sept. 1998) (reviewing Accommodating Employees with Psychiatric Disabilities: A Practical Guide to ADA Compliance (Thompson Publishing Group, 1998))

CLE Materials

21st Century Legal Research (University of Minnesota Law School, 2007) (University of Minnesota Law School Summer CLE Program XXVIII) (with Suzanne Thorpe)

Foreign and International Legal Research on the Web, in 25th Annual International Business Law Institute: International Business Transactions in the New Millennium (Minnesota State Bar Association, Continuing Legal Education, 2001)

The Essential Internet Tour for Business Lawyers, in Emerging Technical Issues in the Business Law Practice (Minnesota State Bar Association, Continuing Legal Education, 2001)

Legal Research on the Internet, in 2000 New Lawyer Experience (Minnesota State Bar Association, Continuing Legal Education, 2000)

Other Publications

Going Global: Developing an Electronic Foreign and International Law Collection: Part 1, 18 Trends in Law Library Management and Technology 31 (2008)

Going Global: Developing an Electronic Foreign and International Law Collection: Part 2, 18 Trends in Law Library Management and Technology 43 (2008)

A Guide to Fee-Based U. S. Legal Research Databases, GlobaLex (Aug. 2005; updated Dec. 2006)

Foreign and Transnational Legal Forms, LLRX.com (June 2006)

Is the Law Library a Woman's World?, 10 AALL Spectrum 16 (Feb. 2006)

Essay: The Human Rights Legacy of Dachau, The Colophon 11 (Spring 2006)

Basic Guide to Researching Foreign Law, GlobaLex (Sept. 2005)

Learn from the FCIL Folks, 16 PLL Perspectives 8 (Summer 2005)

Strangers in a Strange Land: How to Answer Common Foreign Law Research Questions, 8 AALL Spectrum 16 (July 2004)

Visionaries in Law Librarianship: McCarthy, Finley and Tyburski Blaze New Trails for the Profession, 7 AALL Spectrum 16 (July 2003) (with Paul Healey)

A Tribute to Professor Robert E. Hudec, The Colophon 4 (Fall 2003)

Sherlock Holmes & the Law, The Colophon 5 (Spring 2003)

Libraries Confront the Challenges of Accommodating Disabled Users, 6 AALL Spectrum 6 (Apr. 2002) (recipient of the 2003 AALL Spectrum Article of the Year Award)

Weighing the Pig: The Mishandling of Reference Statistics, 5 AALL Spectrum 6 (Nov. 2000)

Multimedia

Researching International Environmental Law (Center for Computer-Assisted Legal Instruction, 2008)

Introduction to Foreign Legal Research (Center for Computer-Assisted Legal Instruction, 2004)

Introduction to State and Federal Statutes (Center for Computer-Assisted Legal Instruction, 2002) (with Suzanne Thorpe)