May 1, 2009
Associate Dean for Library and Information Services and Professor of Law Nancy Johnson has been named the 2009 recipient of the Frederick Charles Hicks Award for Outstanding Contributions to Academic Law Librarianship.
This award recognizes the individual or group who has made outstanding contributions to academic law librarianship through continued efforts to improve law librarianship. The award, presented by the Academic Law Libraries Special Interest Section (ALL-SIS) of the American Association of Law Libraries, is named in honor of Frederick Charles Hicks, the first great American law librarian/scholar who was also the first academic law librarian to serve as president of American Association of Law Libraries (AALL).
"I know the Hicks award is especially meaningful to Nancy as it is an award bestowed by her colleagues across the country," Dean Steven J. Kaminshine said. "It's so nice to see so many others recognize what we at the College of Law have long known about Nancy's incredible leadership and talent."
The award will be presented to Johnson at the ALL-SIS Awards Ceremony at the AALL Annual Meeting in Washington, DC, July 25-28. Past award recipients are Penny Hazelton of the University of Washington, Frank Houdek of Southern Illinois University, Dick Danner of Duke University, Bob Berring of the University of California-Berkeley, Tim Coggins of the University of Richmond, Barbara Bintliff of the University of Colorado, Roger Jacobs of Notre Dame, Roy Mersky of the University of Texas, and Bob Oakley of Georgetown University.
Johnson joined the College of Law Library in 1982 where she is responsible for the overall management of the Law Library. Since 1983, Johnson has taught legal research to first year students and since 1988, she has taught a seminar in advanced legal research techniques. From 1989-2003, Johnson taught law librarianship in the Clark Atlanta University Graduate School of Library and Information Studies.
Johnson has authored several books and articles on legal research and law library management. Her Legal Research Exercise book (with Susan Phillips, West) is now in its 9th edition. Her article on Researching Georgia Law (with Beth Adelman and Nan Adams) that appeared in the Georgia State University Law Review, remains a popular teaching tool. In 2007, she coauthored Georgia Legal Research with Beth Adelman and Nan Adams (Carolina Academic Press). In addition, in 2007, she co-authored a book chapter titled "Georgia Practice Materials" with Ron Wheeler. She continues to update her work on Sources of Compiled Legislative Histories, which is now on HeinOnline. In 2002, she authored a CALI lesson on Researching Federal Legislative History and in 2005, she coauthored a CALI lesson on Georgia Primary Materials.
Johnson served as a member of the American Association of Law Libraries Executive Board, President of the Southeastern Law Library Association, President of the Consortium of Southeastern Law Libraries, and President of the Atlanta Law Libraries Association. She has been a member of several ABA Site Evaluation Teams. She received the CALI Excellence in Service Award and the SEAALL Service Award.