Meet the Librarians

Janet Sinder, Director of the Library and Professor of Law
A.B., Cornell University; J.D., University of Michigan Law School; M.S., University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign

Janet Sinder joined the faculty in 2012 as the Director of the Brooklyn Law School Library. Her professional interests include the intersection of library services and information technology, copyright, journal open-access issues, as well as legal history. An active member of the American Association of Law Libraries, she served as the editor of Law Library Journal, the association’s official journal, from 2007 to 2013, and is now on the journal’s Board of Editors.

Prior to coming to Brooklyn Law School, Professor Sinder worked at the law libraries of Duke University and the University of Maryland. She began her legal career as an Assistant Defender at the Office of the State Appellate Defender in Springfield, Illinois.
Judy Baptiste-Joseph, Cataloging Librarian
B.A., Medgar Evers College, CUNY; M.L.S., University at Buffalo

Ms. Baptiste-Joseph joined Brooklyn Law School in August 2005 and became the Cataloging Librarian in September 2014. She is responsible for original and copy cataloging of monographs, serials, visual and sound materials, and CD-ROMs. Prior to joining Brooklyn Law School, Ms. Baptiste-Joseph worked in the Columbia University Law Library Serials Department.
Carolyn J. Brown, Reference Librarian and Adjunct Professor of Law
B.A. Seton Hall University, M.L.I.S. Pratt Institute, J.D. The Pennsylvania State University- Dickinson School of Law

Ms. Brown joined the Library Staff in November 2018. She serves as a Reference Librarian and teaches Advanced Legal Research. Prior to joining Brooklyn Law, Ms. Brown was the Access Services Librarian at Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law. She also served as the Outreach and Reference Services Librarian and Access Services Supervisor at the Shepard Broad Law Center at Nova Southeastern University. Ms. Brown is a member of AALL and has served on the Diversity Committee and various other committees.
Kathy Darvil, Associate Librarian for Public Services and Adjunct Professor of Law
A.B., University of Michigan; M.S.I., University of Michigan; J.D., Fordham University

Ms. Darvil joined the law library staff in November 2007, serving as the Access Services and Reference Librarian. Ms. Darvil is responsible for managing and coordinating the Library’s Public Service Department. In addition, she teaches both Introduction to Legal Research and Advanced Legal Resource courses. Prior to joining Brooklyn Law School, she litigated child welfare proceedings both for the Legal Aid Society and for New York City’s Administration for Children's Services.
Jean J. Davis, Associate Librarian for International Law
B.A., Duke University; J.D., Boston College Law School; M.S.L.I.S., Pratt Institute

Ms. Davis has been a Reference Librarian at Brooklyn Law School since 1993. She serves as the Library’s liaison to fourteen faculty members, the Brooklyn Law Journal of International Law, the Jessup moot court team, and the Vis Arbitration Moot team. View Ms. Davis's international and foreign law guides on the Library Research Guides page.
Jeff Gabel, Acquisitions Librarian
B.F.A., Kansas State University; M.F.A., Pratt Institute; M.L.I.S., Palmer School of Long Island University

Mr. Gabel began work as the Library’s Acquisitions Librarian in October 2016. As supervisor of the Serials/Acquisitions Department, his principal areas of responsibility include ordering new books and databases for the library, as well as maintaining subscriptions and managing the Law School's e-resources. Mr. Gabel joined the Brooklyn Law School Library in July 2006 as Cataloging Librarian, and later served as the Catalog and E-Resources Manager. He has presented several times on the BLS Library’s transition to its Koha (open-source) catalog and the integration of the catalog with the EBSCO “OneSearch” discovery product. Prior to joining Brooklyn Law School, Mr. Gabel served as Cataloging Librarian at Long Island University's Brooklyn Campus from 1999–2006 with the rank of Assistant Professor.
Paul Jang, Legal and Educational Technology Specialist
B.A., New York University; J.D., Brooklyn Law School

Mr. Jang joined the law library in the summer of 2019. As the Legal and Educational Technology Specialist, he teaches a legal technology course and is responsible for the library’s student computing network infrastructure. In addition, he acts as the faculty liaison for educational technology innovation. Before joining Brooklyn Law School, Mr. Jang worked as a data control consultant for the Las Vegas Sands company, and he has practical and clinical law experience in technology, start-ups, intellectual property, and policy. He is involved with the Brooklyn chapter of Legal Hackers.
Loreen Peritz, Reference Librarian and Adjunct Assistant Professor of Law
B.A., State University of New York at Stony Brook; J.D., American University - Washington College of Law; M.S.L.I.S., Syracuse University

Ms. Peritz joined the law library in the spring of 2014. She teaches Advanced Legal Research courses and serves on the reference team. Ms. Peritz also serves as library liaison to the Brooklyn Law Review and to a number of faculty members. Prior to coming to Brooklyn Law School, Ms. Peritz worked for over 20 years as a practicing attorney. Over the course of her career, Ms. Peritz worked for a number of law firms and in-house legal departments, specializing in corporate finance, healthcare law, and insurance law.
Sue Silverman, Reference Librarian and Adjunct Professor of Law
B.A., New York University; J.D., NYU School of Law; M.L.I.S., Queens College

Ms. Silverman joined the law library in the fall of 2018. In addition to serving on the reference team, she teaches Introduction to Legal Research for the accelerated J.D. program, and serves as library liaison to several faculty members and the Journal of Law & Policy. Prior to coming to Brooklyn Law School, Ms. Silverman was a litigation associate, specializing in business and insurance law and she worked as a legal editor for several bar review companies.
Eric Yap, Access Services/Reference Librarian and Adjunct Professor of Law
A.B. Cornell University; J.D., Stanford Law School; M.I.M., Portland State University; M.L.I.S., San Jose State University

Mr. Yap joined Brooklyn Law School in the spring of 2017. He teaches Advanced Legal Research courses and is a member of the reference team. Mr. Yap serves as the Library’s liaison to several faculty members, the Moot Court Honor Society, and the Alternative Dispute Resolution Honor Society. He also manages the Library’s social media presence. Before coming to Brooklyn Law School, Mr. Yap worked for law firms in the San Francisco Bay Area and Tokyo, Japan. He has previously taught at Lincoln Law School in San Jose, California and at Missouri State University’s branch campus in Dalian, China.

Departments

Access Services:
(718) 780-7580 | eric.yap@brooklaw.edu

Acquisitions:
(718) 780-0978 | jeff.gabel@brooklaw.edu

Cataloging:
(718) 780-0670 | judy.joseph@brooklaw.edu

Circulation Department:
(718) 780-7973 | circdesk@brooklaw.edu

Director’s office:
(718) 780-7975 | janet.sinder@brooklaw.edu

Government Documents:
(718) 780-7526 | tamika.curtle@brooklaw.edu

Interlibrary Loan:
(718) 780-7973 | tamika.curtle@brooklaw.edu

Support Staff

Jerome Cummings, Public Services Assistant
Tamika Curtle, Public Services Assistant
Phyllis Green, Technical Services Assistant
Diane Lewis-Ade, Technical Services Assistant
Carmen McPhail, Public Services Assistant
Spencer Province, Public Services Assistant
Terri Thompson, Technical Services Assistant
Carol Ragab, Administrative Assistant
Sunil Sam, Library Computer Assistant
Yves Volney, Library Computer Assistant