Author Spotlight: Shelley L. Dowling

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This week we feature Shelley L. Dowling, B.A. Theology, MLS, J.D., who has extensive experience with more than 30 years in law librarianship, as well as having started her career in 1969 in public and university libraries. Shelley is married to a retired tax lawyer and is the mother of two daughters, one a children’s librarian and the other has graduate degrees in museum studies, library & archives, and the management of cultural heritage.

Recently, Ms. Dowling published an historical biography of Commodore Elbridge T. Gerry, a famous New York City lawyer, philanthropist, and founder of the New York Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children.  He lived in the Gilded Age, the grandson of founding father Elbridge Gerry, Vice President of the United States under James Madison.  Through marriage he is related to three other founding families: the Gallatins, Goelets, and Livingstons.  One of his greatest legacies was the gift of his 30,000-volume private library to the Supreme Court of the United States, which was the foundation of its collection just as Thomas Jefferson’s private library was the foundation of the Library of Congress. The book is Elbridge Thomas Gerry, an Exceptional Life in Gilded Gotham, 2016, printed by Suter Printing, Williamsburg, Virginia.  Ms. Dowling received a 2012-13 Gilder Lehrman Fellowship through the New York Historical Society to complete her research in New York City.

Ms. Dowling is also the author of the annotated bibliography Jurisprudence of United States Constitutional Interpretation (1st ed. 2000, 2nd ed. 2010), published by William S. Hein & Co., Inc. She was awarded the Joseph L. Andrews Literature Award in 2000 by the American Association of Law Libraries for this work.   She also contributed chapter 1, “A History of United States Supreme Court Library,” in the compilation entitled Law Librarianship: Historical Perspectives, edited by Chiorazzi and Gasaway and published by William S. Hein & Co., Inc. Ms. Dowling has also written book reviews for the International Journal of Legal Information, and has edited newsletters and committee manuals.

In addition to her writing, Ms. Dowling has taught legal research and advanced legal research at the University of Missouri – Kansas City School of Law, the Georgetown University School of Law, and the William & Mary School of Law. During her long career she has chaired national committees on law librarianship and was on the Executive Boards of both the American Association of Law Libraries and the Federal Library Information Center Committee in Washington, D.C.

Over her career, Ms. Dowling has worked on four law school building committees: the University of Missouri School of Law on the renovation and expansion of the Law Library; the Georgetown University School of Law’s new law library building; the United States Supreme Court Library’s renovation and modernization of its historic law library; and the William & Mary School of Law’s complete renovation and expansion of the law library.

Although retired to pursue research and writing, Ms. Dowling continues to edit the compilation of annual reports of the Chief Justice of the United States in the book entitled State of the Federal Judiciary: Annual Reports of the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States, available from William S. Hein & Co., Inc.

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Jurisprudence of United States Constitutional Interpretation: An Annotated Bibliography 2nd ed.
Price: $115.00 

Item #: 67837
ISBN: 9780837717975
Published: Buffalo; William S. Hein & Co., Inc.; 2010

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State of the Federal Judiciary: Annual Reports of the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States 
1 Volume (1970-2015) w/Index…………..$205.00
Item #: 12934
ISBN: 9781575886244

Published: Buffalo; William S. Hein & Co., Inc.; 2010

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