Nicole M. Downing

Clinical Assistant Professor of Law and Head of Reference Services

Work
(919) 843-9734
Office
4025 Van Hecke-Wettach Hall

Areas of Expertise

  • Legal Research

Biography

Nicole Downing is a Clinical Assistant Professor of Law and Head of Reference Services at the Kathrine R. Everett Law Library. She teaches Advanced Legal Research and focuses her reference work on student services through instruction and research assistance. Her scholarly interests include legal research pedagogy and reference instruction, and her article, “The Five-Minute Exercise: A Method for Using Modified Lectures in the Legal Research Classroom”, was recently published in Legal Reference Services Quarterly.

Professor Downing previously worked as the Reference and Instructional Services Librarian at the University of Miami Law Library. She earned her B.S. in Marketing Communication and Writing, Literature & Publishing from Emerson College. She then completed her J.D. at the University North Carolina School of Law. After law school, she earned her M.S.L.S. at the University of North Carolina School of Information and Library Science and worked as a Graduate Assistant at the Kathrine R. Everett Law Library. Her master’s thesis, “The UNC Law Library’s Redaction of its Digitized Collection of North Carolina Supreme Court Briefs: A Case Study” won the 2014 AALL/LexisNexis Call for Papers in the Student Division.

Education

  • M.S., Library Science, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (2014)
  • J.D., Law, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (2012)
  • B.S., Marketing Comm. and Writing, Lit. & Publishing, Emerson College (2009)

Selected Publications

The Five Minute Exercise: A Method for Using Modified Lectures in the Legal Research Classroom, 38 LEGAL REFERENCE SERVICES Q. 1 (2019).