Sheri Lewis

Director of the D'Angelo Law Library and Lecturer in Law Library

Sheri Lewis became Director of the D’Angelo Law Library in 2013 after serving 12 years as Associate Law Librarian for Public Services. She has been a librarian since 1994 and has worked at several law school libraries.

Ms. Lewis is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Northwestern University and a graduate of New York University School of Law, where she was chairperson of the Moot Court Board and was elected to Order of the Barristers. Following law school, she served as law clerk to the Hon. Robert L. Miller Jr., Northern District of Indiana, and then practiced law with the firm of Lord, Bissell and Brook in Chicago.

Ms. Lewis is an active member of the American Association of Law Libraries (AALL) and the Chicago Association of Law Libraries (CALL). She has served as president of CALL and has served as chair of sections and committees of the national association, AALL. Ms. Lewis is a co-author of two CALI (Computer-Assisted Legal Instruction) lessons on legal research and has written various articles on law librarianship. She teaches Advanced Legal Research at the University of Chicago Law School.


Rosary College (now Dominican University)

Master of Library and Information Science, 1994

New York University School of Law

JD, 1989

Northwestern University

BA with distinction, 1986


D'Angelo Law Library, The University of Chicago Law School

Director, 2013-present
Associate Law Librarian for Public Services, 2001-2013

Furman Smith Law Library, Mercer University

Associate Law Librarian for Research Services, 1996-2001

DePaul University College of Law Library

Reference/Computer Services Librarian, 1995-1996

Lord, Bissell & Brook

Associate, Medical Litigation Department, Chicago, IL, 1991-1993

United States District Court for the Northern District of Indiana

Law Clerk to the Honorable Robert L. Miller, Jr., 1989-1991

Books (Author)

  • The Karl N. Llewellyn Papers: A Supplementary Guide to the Collection (William S. Hein & Company Inc., 1995).cu

Book Sections

  • "Basics for Computer Assisted Legal Research," in Tenth Annual National Legal Research Teach-in Training Kit (2002). cu

Journal Articles

  • "A Three-Tiered Approach to Faculty Services Librarianship in the Law School Environment," 94 Law Library Journal 89 (2002). cu
  • "Ten Things for Law Librarians to Do When Managing Technology," Connecting __ (2001). cu
  • "We're Hiring: Designing IT Job Descriptions to Attract the Very Best Feature: New Realities, New Roles: Program Reviews from AALL's 94th Annual Meeting and Conference in Minneapolis, July 14-19, 2001: G-3," 6 AALL Spectrum 33 (2001). cu
  • "Leadership Skills for the Law Library Manager," 2 AALL Spectrum 16 (1997). cu
  • Coordinator, Hot Topic Program: Weaponizing Social Media: Trolling and the Manufacture of Opinion, AALL Annual Meeting, Baltimore, MD, 2018.
  • Host and Coordinator, Meeting on Foreign, Comparative and International Law (FCIL) Collections, Big Ten Academic Alliance Law Libraries (BTAALL), University of Chicago Law School, 2018.
  • Co-Organizer and Co-Presenter, CIC/BTAA Conference for Directors on Academic Law Library Collections, University of Chicago Law School, Chicago, IL, 2016.
  • Presenter, Measuring Impact for Faculty Scholarship and Beyond: A Case Study from the University of Chicago, co-presented by the University of Chicago D'Angelo Law Library and bepress, AALL Annual Meeting, Chicago, IL, 2016.
  • Coordinator and Moderator, Hot Topic Program: The Future of Our Digital Memory, AALL Annual Meeting, Chicago, IL, 2016.
  • Presenter, Chicago Association of Law Libraries (CALL) Institute: Charting a Path to Management: Skills to Take Your Career to the Next Level, Chicago-Kent College of Law, 2015
  • Presenter, Panel of Newer Law School Library Directors, Yale Law School, 2014
  • GradUCon Panel on Library Careers, University of Chicago, 2014
  • Oral History Interview (Myself) for Hein Online’s An Oral History of Law Librarianship, 2013
  • Moderator, AALL Webinar: Rethinking Reference Horizons: Opportunities & Challenges? 2012
  • Moderator, AALL Webinar: Continuing Professional Education Grants, 2012
  • Presenter, Poster Session: Electronic Stacks Maintenance: Mobile Shelf Reading at the University of Chicago, AALL Annual Meeting and Conference, Philadelphia, PA, 2011
  • Coordinator, CALL Program: Adding Value to Your Organization: Non-Traditional Roles of Law Librarians, AALL Annual Meeting and Conference, Denver, CO, 2010
  • Moderator, Changing Collection Policies, Chicago Legal Academic System (CLAS) Collection Development Workshop, 2010
  • Panelist/Presenter, First Year Writing Seminar, Jenner & Block, Chicago, IL, 2006 and 2007
  • Speaker, Librarians, Vendors or Both? Who Should be Teaching Westlaw and Lexis to First Year Law Students? AALL Annual Meeting and Conference, New Orleans, LA, 2007
  • Participant/Panelist, New Associate Legal Research Skills Roundtable sponsored by Thomson West, Chicago, IL, 2006
  • Panelist, Future of Legal Research, Conference, Chicago-Kent College of Law, 2005
  • Coordinator, Planning Committee, Chicago Legal Academic System (CLAS) Enhanced Services, Workshop, 2004
  • Program Coordinator and Moderator, CreativeCommons.org: Publishing in the Digital Age, AALL Annual Meeting and Conference, Boston, MA, 2004
  • Coordinator, CALL Law Library Advocacy Workshop, Chicago, IL, 2004
  • Coordinator, CALL Basic Legal Research Workshop, Chicago, IL, 2004
  • Invited Moderator, Conference for Newer Law Librarians, Ask the Experts Discussion, AALL Annual Meeting and Conference, Seattle, WA, 2003
  • Coordinator/Moderator, Gateways Through the Vendor Maze: Using Technology (and Other Tricks) to Manage Legal Publishers, AALL Annual Meeting and Conference, Philadelphia, PA, 2000
  • Speaker, Creating Instructional Materials for Law Libraries: Teaching Through the Computer, AALL Annual Meeting and Conference, Anaheim, CA, 1998
  • Coordinator/Moderator, Create a Technology Plan in Two Hours, More or Less, AALL Annual Meeting and Conference, Anaheim, CA, 1998
  • Presenter, The Compleat Internet Researcher: Advanced Strategies and Techniques, AALL Annual Meeting and Conference, Baltimore, MD, 1997
  • Coordinator/Moderator, Are We All Becoming Computer Services Librarians? AALL Annual Meeting and Conference, Indianapolis, IN, 1996

Memberships and Professional Affiliations

American Association of Law Schools (AALS)

Section of Law Libraries and Legal Information, Executive Committee Member, 2021-2024

American Association of Law Libraries (AALL)

Emerging Leader Award Jury, 2020-2021
Annual Meeting Program Committee (AMPC), Business of Law Content Area, 2017-2018
Continuing Professional Education Committee, 2010- 2013, Chair, 2012-2013
Council of Chapter Presidents, 2008-2009
Publications Committee, 2002-2004, Chair, 2003-2004
Awards Committee, 1998-2000
New Product Award Subcommittee, Chair, 1999-2000

AALL Academic Law Libraries Special Interest Section (SIS)

Task Force on Identifying Skills and Knowledge for Legal Practice, 2011-2013
Collection Development Committee, 2006-2008

AALL Computing Services Special Interest Section (SIS)

Nominations Committee, 2002-2006, 2009-2010
Strategic Planning Committee, 1998-1999, 2010-2012, Chair, 2008-2009
Awards Committee, 2002-2007
Ad Hoc Name Change Committee, Chair, 2005-2006
Past Chair, 2001-2002
Chair, 2000-2001
Vice Chair/Chair-Elect, 1999-2000

AALL Research Instruction and Patron Services Special Interest Section (SIS)

Strategic Planning Task Force, Chair, 2005-2006
Executive Board, 2003-2005
Research Instruction Committee, Chair, 2001-2002

EBSCO Publishing

Charter Member, Legal Studies Advisory Board, 2013-present


Law School Advisory Board 2020-present

Chicago Association of Law Libraries (CALL)

Meetings Committee, 2016-2019
Nominations/Elections Committee, 2015-2017
Grants and Awards Committee, Chair, 2009-2010, 2016-2017
Corporate Memory Committee, Chair, 2011-2013, Member 2014
Nominations Committee, Chair, 2010-2011
Strategic Planning Committee, 2009-2011, Chair, 2008-2009
Past President, 2009-2010
President, 2008- 2009
Vice President/President-Elect, 2007-2008
Continuing Education Committee, 1994-1995, 2002-2006

Law Library Microform Consortium (LLMC)

Advisory Council, 2017-2019

Oxford University Press

Library Advisory Council, 2014

Thomson Reuters Westlaw

Law School Advisors’ Forum, 2012

Thomson West

Legal Research and Writing Advisory Board, 2007-2009

Awards and Honors

Chicago Association of Law Libraries (CALL)

  • Agnes and Harvey Reid Award for Outstanding Contribution to Law Librarianship, 2011

American Association of Law Libraries (AALL)

  • Kenneth J. Hirsh CS-SIS Distinguished Service Award, 2009

Computer-Assisted Legal Instruction (CALI)

  • First Place Law Librarian Division, Donald Trautman Lesson Writing Competition, 1999
  • First Place Law Librarian Division, Donald Trautman Lesson Writing Competition, 1997