Dannnye K. Holley, Dean and Professor of Law

DeCarlous Spearman
Law Library Director and Associate Professor of Law

 

Phone: (713) 313-7328

Email: decarlous.spearman@tmslaw.tsu.edu

Joined the faculty in 2008.

Education:
M.L.I.S., University of North Texas, School of Library and Information Science, Denton, TX, 2002
J.D., Texas Southern University, Thurgood Marshall School of Law, Houston, TX, 1995
B.S., Political Science, University of Houston, Houston, TX, 1986

Biographical Information

  • Law Library Director, Texas Southern University, Thurgood Marshall School of Law, Houston, TX (2008-Present)
  • Associate Professor of Law, Texas Southern University, Thurgood Marshall School of Law, Houston, TX (2015-Present)
  • Assistant Professor of Law, Texas Southern University, Thurgood Marshall School of Law, Houston, TX (2008-2015
  • Law Library Interim Director, Texas Southern University, Thurgood Marshall School of Law, Houston, TX (2005-2008
  • Law Library Associate Director, Texas Southern University, Thurgood Marshall School of Law, Houston, TX (1998-2005)
  • Government Documents/Reference Librarian, Texas Southern University, Thurgood Marshall School of Law, Houston, TX (1997-1998)
  • Director of Public Services/Reference Librarian, Texas Southern University, Thurgood Marshall School of Law, Houston, TX (1996-1997)
  • Law Clerk, S.A. Randle & Associates, P.C. (1993-1995)
  • Subject Information Specialist-Tax & Finance Libraries, Baker and Botts, L.L.P. (1986-1992)
  • Congressional Intern, Congressman William H, Gray, III (Spring 1986)

PUBLICATIONS

For coming: Brick by Brick: Using Disparate Impact to Remedy Discrimination at the Hand of the Texas Rangers, 42 T. Marshall L. Rev. __ (Spring 2017).

Citing Sources or Mitigating Plagiarism: Teaching Law Students the Proper Use of Authority Attribution in the Digital Age, 42 Int’l J of Legal Info 177 (Summer 2014).

Remembering Our Past, Celebrating Sixty-four Years: Thurgood Marshall School of Law Library 1947-2011, 36 T. Marshall L. Rev. 63 (2010).

Henry Eman Doyle, in African American National Biography (Henry Louis Gates, Jr. & Evelyn Brooks Higginbotham, eds., Oxford University Press, 2008).

Lois Lee Prestage Woods, in African American National Biography (Henry Louis Gates, Jr. & Evelyn Brooks Higginbotham, eds., Oxford University Press, 2008).

I-1: Step Away from the Podium! Tips, Tricks and Technologies for Energizing Training Sessions and Legal Research Classes, 12 AALL Spectrum 44 (2007).

PRESENTATIONS

Speaker, “Forging the Status Quote: Looking Back at the AALL,” at the Houston Area Law Librarians Monthly Meeting. August 9, 2017

Speaker, “Flourishing Through Technology: How the TMSL Adapted its Historical Collection for Electronic Access,” at Southwestern Association of Law Libraries (SWALL) Adapt and Flourish Conference, April 8, 2010.                     

Speaker, “How the Economy has Affected Libraries,” at Houston Area Law Librarians (HALL) Surviving the Economic Times: Law Libraries and Librarians Seminar, October 12, 2009.                  

Special Seminar, “Bluebook and Texas Legal Citations Made Simple,” at Jones Day Law Firm Paralegal Seminar. May 15, 2008                    

Workshop Presenter, “Citing Bluebook and Texas Citation Form,” at Houston Area Law Librarians (HALL) Library Skills, Sources & Solutions Seminar. March 22, 2006      

Workshop Moderator & Panelist, “And a Woman Shall Lead the Way, Lois Prestage Woods, First Female Graduate Thurgood Marshall School and Law and the Building of a Legacy,” at the Texas State Historical Association 112th Annual Meeting. March 7, 2008                      

MEDIA APPEARANCES

Patrick Kehoe, Interview. An Oral History of Law Librarianship of DeCarlous Y. Spearman, HeinOnline – Spinelli's Law Library Reference Shelf, November 13, 2015.

Mary Flood, Interview, Moneymakers: DeCarlous Spearman has a Taste for Law and Library, Houston Chronicle, August 1, 2008, at D2.

Affiliations

  • State Bar of Texas
  • United States Federal Court, Southern District of Texas
  • Mediation Certification
  • American Association of Law Libraries - SIS Collection Development Committee (2015 – 2016), George Strait Minority Scholarship Special Committee (2016-2017)
  • Black Caucus of the American Association of Law Libraries (BCAALL) - Nominations Committee (2015 – 2016), Scholarship Dinner Committee (2015 – 2016)
  • Southwestern Association of Law Libraries - Local Planning Committee Member (2007-2008) - Secretary (2011 – 2012), Nominations Committee (2016-2017)
  • Southwestern Association of Law Libraries - Local Planning Committee Member (2007-2008)
  • Houston Area Law Libraries - Member-at-Large (200-2001), Chairperson Scholarships and Grants Committee (1999-2000)
  • Houston Area Network of Documents Information
  • Houston Area Innovative Users Group
  • Texas Council of Academic Libraries
  • American Bar Association
  • National Bar Association



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