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Pauline Aranas

Pauline Aranas

Associate Dean, John Stauffer Charitable Trust Chief Information Officer, Director of the Law Library, and Adjunct Professor of Law

Last Updated: Wednesday, May 24, 2017

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Pauline Aranas is associate dean, John Stauffer Charitable Trust Chief Information Officer, director of the law library and adjunct professor of law. She specializes in law library administration and legal research. A 1981 graduate of USC Gould School of Law, she was appointed to her current position in 2013.

Aranas is a past Chair of the Association of American Law School's Section on Law Libraries and Legal Information, a past president of the Southern California Association of Law Libraries and a member of the American Association of Law Libraries and the State Bar of California.

Aranas holds a BA from the UCLA; a JD from USC Gould School of Law; and an MLIS from the UC Berkeley. She joined USC’s law library as a reference librarian in 1984 and served in a number of roles before being named associate director of the law library and adjunct associate professor of law in 1992. From 1994 to 2002, she served as director of Vanderbilt University Law School’s Alyne Queener Massey Law Library — later assistant dean for library and information technology — and associate professor of law. From 2002 to 2004, she was associate law librarian at the UCLA School of Law.  From 2004 to 2006, she served as associate dean, chief operating officer for USC Gould.  From 2007 to 2009, she served as associate dean, deputy director of the law library and adjunct professor of law. From 2009-2012, she was appointed associate dean, acting dean of library and information technology and adjunct professor of law.

Articles

  • “AALL Gallagher Award Celebrates Outstanding Achievement,” 20 AALL Spectrum 36 (May/June 2016)
  • “Nowhere to Run; Nowhere to Hide”: The Reality of Being a Law Library Director in Times of Great Opportunity and Significant Challenges,” 107 Law Library Journal 79 (2015) (with Steven M. Barkan, Barbara Bintliff, Darin K. Fox, Penny A. Hazelton, Joan Howland, Spencer L. Simons, Keith Ann Stiverson and Michelle Wu)
  • “Welcome to the Hall of Fame,” 19 AALL Spectrum 29 (June 2015)
  • “Library Director as Opportunity Identifier Analysis One,” in Academic Law Library Director Perspectives: Case Studies and Insights. pp.187-194 (Michelle Wu, ed., Buffalo, NY: W.S. Hein & Co., 2015)
  • “Introducing the 2014 Hall of Fame Inductees,” 18 AALL Spectrum 34 (June 2014)
  • “Who Should Teach CALR - Vendors, Librarians or Both?” 8 Perspectives: Teaching Legal Research and Writing 85 (Winter 2000).
  • “New Horizons Meet Lost Horizons.” 3 AALL Spectrum 20 (September 1998).
  • “Teaching Legal Research Redux.” 2 AALL Spectrum 20 (September 1997).
  • “B.1. Future Libraries: Reality and Law Librarians.” 1 AALL Spectrum 20 (September 1996).
  • “Accelerated Legal Research at the University of Southern California Law Center.” 2 Integrated Legal Research 8 (Summer 1989).

Book Reviews

  • Legal Writing: Getting It Right and Getting It Written, by Mary Bernard Ray and Jill J. Ramsfield. 8 Legal Reference Services Quarterly 291 (January 1988).

FACULTY IN THE NEWS

The New York Times
December 14, 2017
Re: Abby K. Wood

Abby Wood was quoted about the standard of acceptable behavior established by the Democratic Party. “I’m struck by where the Democrats drew this line. Suppose they had drawn it somewhere between the allegations against Rep. John Conyers and those against Sen. Franken,” Wood explained. “By requesting retirement from Conyers but continuing to work with Franken, the message would have been that women should simply learn to live with some level of sexual harassment and assault. Instead, they seem to have drawn a bold line: no unwanted touching of any kind is permissible, full stop.”

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Ariela Gross
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Edward Kleinbard
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Edward Kleinbard (with Kimberly Clausing) wrote an op-ed, “Trump’s Economists Say a Corporate Tax Cut will Raise Wages by $4,000. It Doesn’t Add Up: The UK Cut Corporate Rates and Wages Still Dropped," posted to Vox - The Big Idea on October 20, 2017.