Immediately following her graduation from the Law School in 1986, Lyonette Louis-Jacques began work at the University of Minnesota Law Library, where she taught courses on American as well as foreign and international legal research until 1992, when she returned to the University of Chicago to begin her current position, where she teaches a public international law research lab and an ALR seminar on foreign and international legal research.
Ms. Louis-Jacques is the author of "Gaps in International Legal Literature," in the Chicago Journal of International Law (2000), and the 2008 update, "A Skeptical Reappraisal," in the Syracuse Journal of International Law and Commerce. She is author of "Lists, Newsgroups, Networks," a chapter of the ASIL Guide to Electronic Resources for International Law (1998, 2002 & 2003 eds.), and co-editor (with Jeanne Korman) of Introduction to International Organizations (Oceana, 1996). From 1998-2005, Ms. Louis-Jacques compiled Law Lists, a web guide to law-related electronic mailing lists, Usenet newsgroups, and e-journals. She edited the "International Calendar" column of the International Journal of Legal Information from 1999-2008, and, until recently, maintained a directory of foreign, comparative, and international legal research specialists as part of her Jumpstart guide.
Her current research interests include use of the Internet, and new and emerging technologies, by law faculty, students, and librarians worldwide, and techniques for teaching FCIL research. She has written articles and lectured on researching human rights law, international trade law, sources on careers in international law, finding legal resources on the Internet, and the virtual law library.
Ms. Louis-Jacques is co-founder (with Mila Rush) of INT-LAW, an electronic conference for the discussion of issues related to foreign, comparative, and international legal (FCIL) resources. She is a "Legal Information" columnist for the Slaw.ca blog. She is co-editor (with Kevin McClure) of the CALL Bulletin (newsletter of the Chicago Association of Law Libraries).
Ms. Louis-Jacques is a member of the American Association of Law Libraries (including service as chair of the AALL Foreign, Comparative, and International Law Special Interest Section, 1994-1995, chair of the Computing Services Special Interest Section, 1999-2000, chair of the Advisory Committee on the Index to Foreign Legal Periodicals, 2003-2004, and a member of the AALL Executive Board, 2005-2008), the Chicago Association of Law Libraries (CALL), the International Association of Law Libraries (IALL), the Canadian Association of Law Libraries (CALL)/L’Association canadienne des bibliothèques de droit (ACBD), the Chinese and American Forum on Legal Information and Law Libraries (CAFLL), the American Society of International Law (ASIL), the American Bar Association (ABA), and the Association of American Law Schools (AALS). She is on the Board of the University of Chicago Human Rights Program.