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Suzanne Thorpe

Professor of Legal Research Instruction

Suzanne Thorpe

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



University of Wisconsin at Madison, B.A., M.A.
University of Minnesota, J.D.

Professor Suzanne Thorpe is recognized for her expertise in the areas of legal research and library administration. She is the Associate Director for Faculty, Research and Instructional Services, and oversees all public and faculty services offered by the University of Minnesota Law Library. She provides legal research instruction and is also responsible for collecting Scandinavian legal materials for the Law Library. In 2005 and 2008, Professor Thorpe taught Introduction to American Law as part of the Law School’s exchange program with Uppsala University in Sweden. She was appointed the inaugural Caroline Brede Scholar for 1999-2001.

Professor Thorpe earned B.A. and M.A. degrees from the University of Wisconsin, Madison. She received her J.D. degree from the University of Minnesota. Professor Thorpe worked previously at Hamline University Law Library and at Hennepin County Law Library. She joined the University of Minnesota Law School library faculty in 1987. She has served as President of the Minnesota Association of Law Libraries and currently serves on the Executive Board of the American Association of Law Libraries.



Minnesota Legal Research (Carolina Academic Press, 2010)

Book Chapters

Denmark, Norway, and Sweden, in Sources of State Practice in International Law (Ralph Gaebler & Maria Smolka-Day, eds., Transnational Publishers, 2001)

A Guide to International Legal Bibliography, in Contemporary Practice of Public International Law (Ellen Schaffer & Randall Snyder, eds., Oceana Publications, 1997)

International Organizations: Selected Reference Tools, in Introduction to International Organizations (Lyonette Louis-Jacques & Jeanne Korman, eds., Oceana Publications, 1996)

Journal Articles

Researching Labor Arbitration & Alternative Dispute Resolution in Employment, Employee Advocate: A Publication of the National Employment Lawyers Association 67 (2004); also available at LLRX.com (significantly revised version of the bibliography published in 91 Law Library Journal 367 (1999) (with Laura Cooper)

Researching Swedish Intellectual Property Law, 31 International Journal of Legal Information 473 (2003)

Online Legal Information in Denmark, Norway, and Sweden, 29 International Journal of Legal Information 25 (2001)

Litigation Against Tobacco Companies, 28 RSR: Reference Services Review 24 (2000)

Researching Labor Arbitration and Alternative Dispute Resolution in Employment, 91 Law Library Journal 367 (1999); revised as appendix in Laura J. Cooper, Dennis R. Nolan & Richard A. Bales, ADR in the Workplace (West Group, 2000; Thomson/West, 2d ed., 2005) (with Laura Cooper)

A Comparison of OCLC, WLN, and RLIN for Public Services: A 1985 Update, 6 Legal Reference Services Quarterly 141 (1987) (with Donna Hirst & Ruth Funabinki)

Book Reviews

Book Review, 92 Law Library Journal 330 (2000) (reviewing Kimm Alayne Walton, America's Greatest Places to Work with a Law Degree (Harcourt Brace Legal & Professional Publications, 1999))

Book Review, 15 Legal Information Alert 15 (Feb. 1996) (reviewing Corporate Governance & Corporate Control (Saleem Sheikh & William Rees, eds., Cavendish, 1995))

Book Review, 14 Legal Information Alert 13 (June 1995) (reviewing Librarian's Guide to Public Records (BRB Publications, 1995))

Book Review, 14 Legal Information Alert 14 (June 1995) (reviewing Dispute Resolution Directory (Martindale-Hubbell, 1995))

Book Review, 10 Constitutional Commentary 277 (1993) (reviewing Thurston Greene, The Language of the Constitution: A Sourcebook and Guide to the Ideas, Terms, and Vocabulary Used by the Framers of the United States Constitution (Greenwood Press, 1993))

Book Review, 20 International Journal of Legal Information 187 (1992) (reviewing Andrew Evans and Per Falk, Law and Integration: Sweden and the European Community (Kluwer Law and Taxation Publishers, 1992))

CLE Materials

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

Family Law on the Web: Helpful Sites for Practitioners, in 21st Annual Family Law Institute (Minnesota State Bar Association, Continuing Legal Education, 2000)

Web Sites for Specialized Areas of Law, in Advanced Legal Research on the Internet (Minnesota State Bar Association, Continuing Legal Education, 1997)

A Guide to Law and News on the Net, in Using the Internet for Legal Research (Minnesota State Bar Association, Continuing Legal Education, 1996)

Where and How to Find Federal and State Statutes, Constitutions, and Related Materials, in Legal Research for Legal Assistants (Minnesota State Bar Association, Continuing Legal Education, 1995)

Other Publications

The Faegre & Benson Symposium: Law, Information, and Freedom of Expression, Law Alumni News 33 (Fall 2004)

Tips for Succeeding as a New Law Librarian, 7 AALL Spectrum 24 (Sept. 2002)

Trends in Law Library Public Services: Have You Seen Your Patrons Lately?, 6 AALL Spectrum 6 (Feb. 2002)

Eureka for Law Reference, RLIN Focus 2 (Oct. 1994)

The Swedish Collection at the University of Minnesota Law Library, 3 FCIL Newsletter 1 (Feb. 1989)


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