REPORTS TO: Director of Litigation and Information Technology
Responsibilities include managing all aspects of library services including legal and business research, training and instruction of efficient use of internet-based legal research programs, managing firm’s conflict checking process, budget management and staff supervision. This role requires candidates to have a progressive approach to library and competitive intelligence research, and work as part of a collaborative team on firm-wide research issues and projects.
Perform a wide variety of legal and non-legal research including practice-specific areas of law, business intelligence, legislative history, public records and news/media for lawyers, clients, and staff in multiple offices
Obtain documents such as articles, cases, statutes, and dockets, using online resources and the collections of local public, academic, and law libraries
Regularly conduct client development research and produce competitive intelligence reports for the firm’s business development efforts
Compile RSS feeds that monitor clients, competitors, market trends and regulatory issues
Identify collection strengths and weaknesses, target titles for cancellation and interface with attorneys to align collection with current and future needs
Conducting periodic reviews of new and existing electronic resources with an eye toward improved service and research efficiencies
Provide library orientation to attorneys and other professional staff in the use and resources of the Library
Record regular activity reports and bill research time accordingly
Ability to supervise third-party filing service contractors
Maintain databases that house the library’s catalog and other data regarding invoices, book orders, serial check-in, and interlibrary loan transactions
Create and maintain library and conflicts content for the firm’s intranet
Commitment to strong service values with an ability to exhibit sound professional judgment, discretion and diplomacy
Perform other duties as assigned
Education and Experience Required:
Master’s Degree in Library Science required, minimum of 5 years of substantive research experience in a law library.
Fundamental understanding of legal concepts
Expert research and database skills, including proficiency with Lexis, Westlaw, Bloomberg Law, PACER, HeinOnline and Monitor Suite
Proficiency in Microsoft Office and internet search engines
Proven ability to organize and manage multiple projects simultaneously within a fast-paced environment
Superior problem solving and interpersonal skills, with the ability to work effectively with a diverse clientele and competing priorities
Self-motivated with demonstrated customer service and people management skills
All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, national origin, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability or veteran status.
Freeborn & Peters LLP is a full-service law firm, headquartered in Chicago, with international capabilities and offices in Springfield, Ill.; Richmond, Va.; and New York City. Freeborn is always looking ahead and seeking to find better ways to serve its clients. It takes a proactive approach to ensure its clients are more informed, prepared and able to achieve greater success – not just now, but a...lso in the future. While the firm serves clients across a very broad range of sectors, it has also pioneered an interdisciplinary approach that serves the specific needs of targeted industries.
Freeborn is a firm that genuinely lives up to its core values of integrity, effectiveness, teamwork, caring and commitment, and embodies them through high standards of client service and responsive action. Its lawyers build close and lasting relationships with clients and are driven to help them achieve their legal and business objectives.
For more information, please visit www.freeborn.com.