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Brian Raphael

Brian Raphael

Assistant Director for Public Services and Adjunct Assistant Professor of Law

Last Updated: Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Telephone: (213) 740-2622
Fax: (213) 740-7179
699 Exposition Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90089-0074 USA Room: 202

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Brian Raphael, who specializes in print and electronic legal research, teaches Legal Research at USC Gould School Law.

His scholarly work includes “California Case Law,” published in Henke’s California Law Guide, 8th ed., and “Basic Legal Research Techniques,” in Locating the Law, 3d ed. He also has published numerous book reviews.

Professor Raphael graduated summa cum laude from the University of California, Los Angeles, where he also received his JD and MLS. He joined USC Gould in 1993 as a reference librarian and became an adjunct assistant professor of law in 1997. He served as head of reference/international law librarian before becoming assistant director of the Law Library in 1999. He is a member of Phi Beta Kappa, the American Association of Law Libraries and the Southern California Association of Law Libraries.

Contributions to Books

  • “California Case Law.” In Henke’s California Law Guide, 8th ed. (Daniel Martin, ed.) (Lexis Nexis/Matthew Bender, 2006).
  • “California Case Law.” In Henke’s California Law Guide, 7th ed. (Daniel Martin, ed.) (M. Bender, 2004).
  • "Basic Legal Research Techniques." In Locating the Law, 3d ed. (Fay Henexson, ed.) (Southern California Association of Law Libraries, Committee on Public Access to Legal Information, 1995).

Book Reviews

  • Legal Research Survival Manual, by Robert C. Berring and Elizabeth A. Edinger. 95 Law Library Journal 102 (2003).
  • Introduction to International Organizations, edited by Lyonette Louis-Jacques and Jeanne S. Korman. 89 Law Library Journal 296 (1997).
  • A Dictionary of Modern Legal Usage, 2d ed., by Bryan Garner. 88 Law Library Journal 189 (1996).
  • Martindale-Hubbell Dispute Resolution Directory. 88 Law Library Journal 199 (1996).
  • United Nations System (bibliography), International Organizations Series, vol. 10, by Joseph P. Baratta. 88 Law Library Journal 219 (1996).
  • Historical Dictionary of International Tribunals, by Boleslaw A. Boczek. 87 Law Library Journal 323 (1995).
  • International Organizations: A Dictionary and Directory, 3d ed., by Giuseppe Schiavone. 87 Law Library Journal 324 (1995).
  • Mellinkoff's Dictionary of American Legal Usage, by David Mellinkoff. 86 Law Library Journal 240 (1994).

Other Works

  • "Library Update: Law Library Launching Renovations, Innovations to Enhance Services." USC Law 31 (Spring 2001).
  • "Spotlight on the Library." USC Law 25 (Spring 2000).
  • "Gerontology and the Law: A Selected Annotated Bibliography, 1995-98 Update" (with Rachel Pergament). 72 Southern California Law Review 1461 (1999).
  • Business Law in the 1990s: Who Owns Whom (bibliography) (with Rachel Pergament). (Southern California Association of Law Libraries, 1998).
  • "Gerontology and the Law: A Selected Bibliography, 1991-94 Update" (with Wendy Nobunaga and Lisa Moske). 69 Southern California Law Review 287 (1995).


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March 18, 2018
Re: Niels W. Frenzen

Niels Frenzen was quoted on the lower evidentiary standard for arresting someone based on immigration status instead of a criminal act. The majority of immigration arrests in the United States are warrantless arrests, Frenzen said. "I don’t know if that is the case with this recent arrest in San Diego, but if CBP really had evidence that she was involved in a transnational human smuggling operation of some kind, that would definitely be a case where CBP would seek to criminally prosecute first and deport second," Frenzen said. "So the fact that CBP has arrested her on the civil law violations suggests that CBP does not have enough evidence to convince a judge to issue a criminal arrest warrant."


Robert K. Rasmussen
January, 2018

"Puerto Rico and the Netherworld of Sovereign Debt Restructuring," Workshop, Duke Law School, Durham, NC. 

Pauline Aranas
January, 2018

Pauline Aranas participated on a panel on "Effective Assessment:  Measuring Your Law Library's Impact" at the Association of American Law School's Annual Meeting in San Diego, CA.

Pauline Aranas
January, 2018

Pauline Aranas concluded her year-year term on the Executive Committee of the Association of American Law School's Section on Law Libraries and Legal Information.