Live Interview Series: So, You Wanna Be an Editor?

Recorded On: 05/24/2022

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In this “So, You Wanna . . .?” episode, Sabrina A. Davis will interview three law librarians who are currently serving or who have served as editors or on editorial boards of various publications, including books, journals, and newsletters. This interview will explore how they gained the skills and experiences necessary to be editors and how other law librarians can do the same. Topics will include: (1) how roles, responsibilities, and time commitments of editors and editorial boards differ among publications; (2) what experiences help law librarians prepare to take on editorial roles; and (3) where to look for editing opportunities. 

This series is brought to you by the Professional Engagement, Growth & Advancement SIS and the AALL Continuing Professional Education Committee.


Anyone interested in learning about or obtaining an editorial role on a publication.


  1. The audience will have an increased understanding of the roles and responsibilities of editors and editorial board members on various publications.
  2. The audience will learn what experiences are beneficial to editorial roles.


  • Alex Zhang, Duke University School of Law
  • Annalee Hickman Pierson, Brigham Young University 
  • Lacy Rakestraw, Saint Louis County Law Library


  • Sabrina A. Davis, Harris County Robert W. Hainsworth Law Library 

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Alex Zhang is the Archibald C. and Frances Fulk Rufty Research Professor of Law, Associate Dean of Information Services, and Director of the J. Michael Goodson Law Library at the Duke University School of Law. She is the chief editor of Legal Reference Services Quarterly. She is a co-editor of Global Animal Law Research (Carolina Academic Press, forthcoming in 2022). She is also a country editor of the chapters on Mainland China and Taiwan in Foreign Law Guide.

Annalee Hickman Pierson is the Head of Reference and Faculty Services at the Howard W. Hunter Law Library at Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah. She happily joined the law library faculty there in 2016 shortly after completing a J.D. at Brigham Young University. She is currently serving a four-year term as an editorial board member (specifically, the Online Content Editor) of Legal Writing: The Journal of the Legal Writing Institute. She has also been involved in editorships as an assistant editor for Legal Writing: The Journal of the Legal Writing Institute and for Legal Information Review, as a peer reviewer for Legal Communication & Rhetoric: JALWD, and as the faculty adviser for BYU Journal of Public Law. Her scholarship has appeared in Law Library Journal, Perspectives: Teaching Legal Research and Writing, AALL Spectrum, Student Lawyer, BYU Journal of Public Law, and the books The Scribes Manual for Law Review Editors (forthcoming 2022) and Introduction to Law Librarianship.

Lacy Rakestraw is a staff attorney and the Director of the Saint Louis County Law Library, located in the County Courthouse in Clayton, MO. Lacy earned a B.A. in English-Creative Writing and History from the University of Missouri-Columbia, where she also received her M.L.S. She attended Southern Illinois University for her J.D. and is licensed to practice in Missouri. Lacy has previously worked as a law clerk for the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Illinois and as the evening librarian at the East St. Louis Community College Center. She has served on the editorial board for Law Library Journal and was the Editor-in-Chief of MAALL Markings, the newsletter of Mid-America Association of Law Libraries (MAALL), for a handful of years.


Sabrina A. Davis is the Associate Law Librarian for Digital and Educational Services at the Harris County Robert W. Hainsworth Law Library in Houston, Texas. She has held various editorial positions for Legal Reference Services Quarterly, as well as for three SIS newsletters and two AALL chapter newsletters.


Live Interview Series: So, You Wanna Be an Editor?
05/23/2022 at 12:00 PM (CDT)  |  Recorded On: 05/24/2022
05/23/2022 at 12:00 PM (CDT)  |  Recorded On: 05/24/2022
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