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Reference Librarians

Peg Durkin

Margaret Durkin is currently Head of Public Services at the UC Davis Mabie Law Library. She is a member of the Pennsylvania Bar and practiced law in Philadelphia. Previous to her current position, Ms. Durkin was Head of Reference at the Yale Law Library and Public Services Librarian at the University of Georgia Law Library.

Elisabeth McKechnie

Ms. McKechnie graduated from Santa Clara University School of Law in 1988 and practiced primarily insurance defense law for six years. She graduated from San Jose State University School of Library Science with an M.L.I.S. in 1999.

Rachael Smith

Ms. Smith graduated from the University of New Mexico, School of Law and received her M.L.I.S. from the University of Washington. Prior to her current position as the Electronic Services Librarian, she was a Foreign, Comparative and International Law librarian at Georgetown University Law Center and at The Ohio State University, Moritz School of Law.

David Holt

Mr. Holt graduated from Santa Clara University School of Law and received his M.L.I.S. from San Jose State University. Previously he has served as a branch librarian at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit and as the Emerging Technologies law librarian at Santa Clara University School of Law.