Joel Fishman, Ph.D.Assistant Director for Lawyer Services
School of Law
Center for Legal Information
921 City-County Building
Education:Ph.D., History, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 1977
M.L.S., Library Science, Queens College, 1973
M.A., History, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 1969
B.A., History, Hunter College, 1967
After graduating with my library science degree, my first professional job was at Seton Hall University School of Law (1973-77). I then became the head Law Librarian at Allegheny County Law Library (March 1977-November 1977) before joining Duquesne University Center for Legal Information as the Assistant Director for Lawyer Services (Nov. 1999-present).
My expertise is in the areas of bibliography and legal history.
I am the co-director of the Pennsylvania Constitution Web Site, the largest state constituional web site at www.duq.edu/law/pa-constitution.
1995 A.A.L.L. Call for Papers Open Division Award, The Reports of the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania, 87 Law Library Journal 643-93 (1995)
2005 Connie E. Bolden Publications Award from State Court & County Special Interest Section of A.A.L.L., twenty-five years of Pennsylvania publications.
2012 Connie E. Bolden Publications Award from State Court & County Special Interest Section of A.A.L.L., Navigating Legal Research and Technology (2010) (co-author with Mr. Dittakavi Rao)
I am a prolific author with more than 250 publications including more than 75 books/pamphlets, 75 articles, and 80 book reviews in various library, history, and law review periodicals. Through the library, I have published more than 40 books of court reports, bibliographies, indexes, legislative histories, etc.
I have served in a number of professional positions including:
President of the Pittsburgh Regional Library Center (1986-87, 1994-95);
Chair, Western Pennsylvania Law Library Association (1985-86, 2010-11);
Chair, State Court & County Special Interest Section, A.A.L.L. (1990-91)
Chair, Contemporary Social Problems, Special Interest Section, A.A.L.L. (1985-86)
Chair, Legal History & Rare Books, Special Interest Section, A.A.L.L. (2000-01);
Chair, Micrographics-Audiovisual, Special Interest Section, A.A.L.L. (2003-05)
Vice-Chair, Legal Information Services to the Public Special Interest Section, A.A.L.L. (2006-07)