Access, Services, and Staff

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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. In addition to serving on the reference team, she supervises the Library’s circulation operations, teaches Advanced Legal Resource courses, and serves as Library liaison to the Moot Court Honor Society. 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.

  • 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 co-teaches International and Foreign Law Research seminar and 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.

  • 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.

  • B.A., Howard University; M.S., Columbia University 

    Ms. Holmes joined Brooklyn Law School in 1981 as Head of Public Services and currently serves as the Associate Director of the Law School Library. Her areas of responsibility include managing and coordinating activities with the Library’s Technical Services Department. Ms. Holmes began her professional career as the Physics-Astronomy Librarian at Columbia University. She worked as a Reference Librarian at the Columbia University Law School Library. From 1976-1981, she was Head of Reader Services at Pace University Law School Library. Ms. Holmes is a member of the American Association of Law Libraries, the Law Library Association of Greater New York, and the International Association of Law Libraries.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • B.A., Shanghai Conservatory of Music; M.S., Brigham Young University 

    Mr. Yu is primarily responsible for the operation of the Library’s computer facilities and networks and coordinates Library access technologies with the Information Technology Department. Prior to joining Brooklyn Law School, Mr. Yu worked as a Librarian at the New York offices of Cravath, Swaine and Moore.

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