Sally H. Wise

Professor of Law Emerita & Director, Law Library Emerita

J.D. 1976, Seattle University School of Law
Master of Law Librarianship 1977, University of Washington
B.A. 1972, Lake Forest College

Phone: (305) 284-1656

Director of the Law Library and professor of law, Wise earned a B.A. from Lake Forest College in 1972 (with honors in senior thesis), a Master of Law Librarianship from the University of Washington in 1977, and a J.D. with distinction from Seattle University (formerly the University of Puget Sound) in 1976.

From 1977 to 1981, she was the assistant/associate law librarian at the University of Puget Sound School of Law. Between 1981-1985, she was the assistant librarian for public services and then the associate director of the Underwood Law Library at Southern Methodist University.

Before joining the faculty in 2000, she was the director of the Schmid Law Library and professor of law at the University of Nebraska College of Law. She has been president of a chapter of the American Association of Law Libraries (AALL), chair of the Constitution and Bylaws Committee of AALL, chair of the Academic Law Libraries - Special Interest Section of AALL and chair of the Law Libraries section of the Association of American Law Schools.

She is a member of the Executive Board of AALL and the Executive Board of CALI, Center for Computer-Assisted Legal Instruction. She has been a grant reviewer for the Institute of Museum and Library Services and was a Co-PI with Professor Stephen Urice on a grant from the Mellon Foundation that involved planning for and initial development of CHILI (Cultural Heritage International Law Index), an online index.

Professor Wise teaches Legal Research Techniques and International & Foreign Law Legal Research and has written and spoken on issues in the field of law librarianships and legal research.



Hitting the Mark? AALL Legal Research Competencies: From Classroom to Practice, with Gail Partin, 20 (Mar./Apr.) AALL Spectrum 13 (2016).

Creating a Legal Research Audit: Assessing Competency, with Mary Jenkins, Gail Partin, 2015 (Feb.) PD Quarterly 45 (2015).

Library Director as Educator, Academic Law Library Director Perspectives: Case Studies and Insights, with Michele Wu, 309 (2015).

Technology in the Practice of Law in the Future, 2000 (Mar.) Neb. Law. 17 (2000).

Internet Resources for Estate & Business Planning , with Beth Smith, Estate and Business Planning Seminar University of Nebraska College of Law and School of Accountancy and NCLE, Inc. (1999).

What Software Are You Using: Institute Survey Reveals Those Commonly Used by Nebraska Lawyers, 1998 (Nov.) Neb. Law. 20 (1998).

Legal Research and the Internet, Nebraska School Law Seminar (1998).

Internet Immigration Resources, Immigration Law for the General Practitioner (1998).

Nebraska State Documents Bibliography, with Mitchell Fontenot, Brian Striman, Government Documents Special Interest Section of the American Association of Law Libraries (1998).

Nebraska Institute for Technology in the Practice of Law, with Beth Smith, 1997 (Aug.) Neb. Law. 24 (1997).

Complying with the ADA: Law Library Services and Facilities (1997).

Bankruptcy Resources, Nebraska "How To" Practice Manual (1997).

College of Law and Schmid Law Library Take to the Web, 1996 (Oct.) St. B.: Newsl. Neb. B. 11 (1996).

Find U.S. Court of Appeals Opinions on Internet, 1996 (Mar.) St. B.: Newsl. Neb. B. 7 (1996).

Electronic Lists Provide Valuable Tool for Lawyers, 1996 (Nov./Dec.) St. B.: Newsl. Neb. B. 9 (1996).

Law on the Web, 1996 (Aug.) St. B.: Newsl. Neb. B. 7 (1996).

Legal Reference, STAR Reference Manual: Nebraska Statewide Training for Accurate Reference (1994).

Intellectual Freedom and the Academic Library, Summer NLAQ - Nebraska Library Association Quarterly 35-37 (1993).

Legal Research Tools for the Nebraska Practitioner: An Annotated Bibliography, with Patricia Cervenka, Nebraska L. Rev. 519 (1991).

Managing Library Resources Without a Librarian, From Yellow Pads to Computers: Transforming Your Law Practice with a Computer, with Kathryn Braeman, Fran Shellenberger, 161 (1991).

Current Literature on Aerospace Law, with Kay Andrus, 55 J. Air L. & Com. 1219 (1990).

Current Literature on Aerospace Law, with Kay Andrus, 54 J. Air L. & Com. 673 (1988).

Legal Materials, June NE Association of Legal Assistants (1987).

Encyclopaedic Dictionary of International Law, 7 Legal Reference Services Q. 313 (1987).

Courts and Court Reports , A Reference Guide to Texas Law and Legal History: Sources and Documentation, with Karl Gruben, James Hambleton, 27 (1987).

Current Literature on Aerospace Law, with Kay Andrus, 53 J. Air L. & Com. 601 (1987).

Managing Library Resources Without a Librarian, From Yellow Pads to Computers: Transforming Your Law Practice with a Computer, with Kathryn Braeman, Fran Shellenberger, 133 (1987).

Current Literature on Aerospace Law, with Kay Andrus, 52 J. Air L. & Com. 305 (1986).

Current Literature on Aerospace Law, with Kay Andrus, 51 J. Air L. & Com. 273 (1985).

Current Literature on Aerospace Law, with Kay Andrus, 49 J. Air L. & Com. 1063 (1984).

Creative Research in Law Libraries, Federal Tax Law American Association of Law Libraries (1983).

Published Writings of A.J. Thomas, Jr., with Kay Andrus, J. Air L. & Com. 231 (1983).

Current Literature on Aerospace Law, with Kay Andrus, 48 J. Air L. & Com. 461 (1983).

Fundamentals of Legal Reserach, with , Tex. B. J. 803 (1982).

Current Literature on Aerospace Law, with Kay Andrus, 47 J. Air L. & Com. 823 (1982).

Legislative Histories - State and Federal, Modern Legal Research: Analysis and Information Resources, with C. Bolton, (1979).

 Presentations & Awards

Distance Education (July , 2016)

Teaching Legal Research Panel (January , 2016)

Who Teaches Legal Research in Law Schools Around the Country? (January , 2016)

Distance Learning in Legal Education – Where do we go from here? (July , 2015)

Creative Assessment: Connecting Legal Research Instruction to Results. (December , 2015)

Employer Expectations for Legal Research Skills (February , 2014)

Assessing Student Learning in a Virtual World (August , 2014)

Using the AALL Principles and Standards for Legal Research Competencies in Law Schools and Law Firms (December , 2013)

Emerging Technologies: Gamification in Legal Education (August , 2013)

Technology in Legal Education – Distance Learning and More – You CAN Do it (August , 2013)

Distance Learning Expo (August , 2013)

Step into the Future with Knowledge from the Past (March , 2012)

Asynchronous, Synchronous, or Hybrid: Delivering Distance Education-What works Best for Legal Education (July , 2012)

Distance Learning Expo (July , 2012)

Workshop for Newer Academic Law Library Directors (July , 2012)

Casebook Project: An Update (June , 2011)

Distance Learning Expo (July , 2010)

Using CALI lesson in Your Teaching (November 13, 2009)

A Wise Look at Modern Legal Research (December 2, 2009)

Entering the Technology Age in Teaching (June , 2008)

Available Technologies for Electronic Education (Distance Education) (July , 2008)

Using Technology in the Classroom: The Professor's Perspective (July , 2008)

Licensing and Copyright: Moving Target or Sitting Duck (January , 2002)

How to Technology at the American Association of Law Schools Workshop, Do You Know Where Your Students Are? (January , 2002)

(Pyramids, Circles, and Clusters: A Survey of Changes in Library Organization Structures) for the Business meeting for the Section on Law Libraries ( , 2002)

Director's Program (January , 2001)

Web Pages for Law Firms (October , 1999)

Internet Resources for Estate & Business Planning (May , 1999)

Immigration Internet Resources (August , 1999)

A Student Driver's Guide to the Information Super Highway: An Introduction to Legal Resources on the Internet (April , 1999)

Internet Immigration Resources (October , 1998)

Free (and Other) Sources on the Internet Relating to Estate Planning (May , 1998)

Legal Research and the Internet (June , 1998)

Technology and the Law (October , 1997)

Bankruptcy Resources (June , 1997)

Teaching, Learning and Technology Roundtable (July , 1997)

Copyright and Scholarly Publishing (September , 1996)

CD-Rom Network (October , 1996)

Electronic Legal Research: Nebrask@ Online, the Internet and Nebraska CD Rom Products (October , 1996)

Successful Strategic Planning (January , 1996)

Controlling Costs to Permit New Growth (October , 1995)

Scholarly Publications in Crisis: What Will Survive? Who Will Decide? What will be the Impact? (February 23, 1995)

Joint Conference on Disability Issues, ABA AALS, LSAC, NCBE (April 6, 1995)

Several Presentations of behalf of the Academic Senate during Presidential Term (May , 1994)

Schmid Law Library (January , 1993)

The Decline and Fall of the Printed Book - The Rise of Technology (July , 1992)

Legal Research (September , 1991)

The Evolution of the Law Library Typing Room: The Modern Law School Computer Lab (June , 1990)

Academic Law Library Link to the Main University Library: The Effect on Autonomy of Automating with the Main Library (April , 1990)

Answering Legal Reference Questions (October , 1989)

Legal Aspects of Boardsmanship (August , 1989)

Survey of Automation in Law School Libraries (October , 1988)

Should We Cooperate with the Main Library? Considerations of Multi-Library Cooperation in Automation (June , 1988)

Legal Reference Workshop (June , 1988)

Effect of Modern Technology on the Role and Needs of the Law Library (July , 1988)

Electronic Media and the Changing Role of Libraries and Librarins (October , 1987)

Computer Laboratory Program (October , 1987)

Legal Reference Workshop (June , 1987)

Legal Materials (June , 1987)

Cooperative Purchasing - Benefits and Pitfalls (October , 1986)

Career Patterns of Academic Library Administrators (October , 1986)

Resource Sharing (October , 1985)

Legal Research (June , 1985)

Special Workshop on Program Planning ( , 1984)

Law Libraries ( , 1984)

Tax Research ( , 1984)

Law Libraries ( , 1983)

Federal Tax Law ( , 1983)

Seminar on Legislation - Something Old, Something New ( , 1981)

Legislative Histories - State and Federal ( , 1979)

Phone: (305) 284-1656
Faculty Assistant

Nelson, Antoinette

Phone: (305)284-4277
Office: G264

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