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The vision of the Lillian Goldman Law Library at Yale Law School is not modest: “To be the best academic law library in the world.” In the summer of 2016, Teresa Miguel-Stearns, L’94, became its director.

Yale regularly ranks as the nation’s top law school. Miguel-Stearns and her colleagues support students as they meet their substantial writing requirements and represent clients in clinical practice. They also help faculty prepare to testify before Congress or practice in the International Court of Justice.

Miguel-Stearns enrolled in the information and library science master’s program at University of Arizona after nearly a decade as a public defender. A course with the law library director showed her how she could combine her interest in academia with her legal expertise.

She finished her degree in 2005 and took a position at Yale’s law library specializing in foreign and international legal research and collection development. That led to her appointment a decade later as the library’s director.

Miguel-Stearns worked on the library’s first mass digitization project. They collected, digitized, and made publicly available almost 150 student notebooks from Connecticut’s Litchfield Law School, the nation’s first law school. Such projects contribute to the U.S. historical and scholarly record, specifically around the development of legal education.

“I spent countless hours at my carrel in the law library” at Richmond Law, she said. “I have a great appreciation for the importance of the library as a third space, as a home to law students.”