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Kay L. Andrus

Kay L. Andrus, Director of the Law Library and Professor of Law, received his Bachelor of Arts, 1977, his Master of Library Science (M.L.S.), 1980, and his Juris Doctor, 1980, from Brigham Young University. He joined Creighton in 1990 after serving as Associate Law Library Director for Public Services at Northwestern University School of Law. He has also worked as Reader Services Librarian and Assistant Professor in the Law Library at Southern Illinois University, as Senior Reference Librarian at Southern Methodist University, and as Assistant Law Library Director at Oklahoma City University.

e-mail: andrus@creighton.edu

George E. Butterfield

George E. Butterfield, Legal Reference Librarian, received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Oklahoma Christian University. He earned his Juris Doctor from Pepperdine School of Law in 1994 and a Master of Science in Library Science (M.S.L.S.) degree from the University of North Texas in 2007. From 2006-07 Mr. Butterfield provided legal reference assistance at the Denton County Law Library in Denton, Texas. From 2002-05 he practiced law at Marsh & Odom, L.L.P., in Denton, Texas. Earlier, from 1987-95 he served as Legal Services Director for the National School Safety Center, Westlake Village, California. He began working at Creighton University on August 27, 2007.

e-mail: georgebutterfield@creighton.edu

 

Kristy Coté

Kristy Coté received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Speech Communication in 1993, and her Masters of Arts degree in Rhetorical Criticism and Argumentation in 1995 from Colorado State University. After teaching on Creighton's main campus for three years, she began her law school career. She graduated with her Juris Doctor degree, magna cum laude, in 2001. She was admitted to the Nebraska State Bar in August 2001. While at Creighton Law School she was the Champion in the Domestic Moot Court Competition, earning Outstanding Oralist for the Tournament, and she was also the President of the Domestic Moot Court Board. She joined the administration of Creighton Law School, after serving four years as an Adjunct Professor for the Legal Writing Program.

email: kristyco@creighton.edu

 

Rachel J. Goedken

Rachel Goedken received her B.A. in Psychology from Iowa State University and M.S. in Industrial Relations from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, working in labor relations and human resources for five years before returning to law school. She graduated with her Juris Doctor degree, cum laude, from William Mitchell College of Law in 1994. Ms. Goedken served as Labor Counsel for Northwest Airlines, where she arbitrated contract, discipline and discharge cases, negotiated labor agreements and responded to internal and agency complaints of employment discrimination. More recently she worked for MidAmerican Energy Company, directing the employee and labor relations staff. She currently provides appellate arbitration services to the Union Pacific Railroad. Ms. Goedken grew up in West Africa.

email: rachelgoedken@creighton.edu

Troy C. Johnson

Troy C. Johnson, Electronic Services/Reference Librarian, received his Bachelor of Science, 1992, a Juris Doctor from the University of Nebraska, 1997, and a Master of Arts in Information Science and Learning Technologies from the University of Missouri, Columbia, in 1998. He joined Creighton University in 2000 after serving as Public Services Librarian at Valparaiso University Law School Library.

e-mail: troyjohnson@creighton.edu

 

Carol C. Knoepfler

Carol C. Knoepfler joined the Creighton University School of Law Faculty in August 2008, and is an Assistant Professor and the Director of Legal Writing at the Law School. Prior to joining the faculty, Professor Knoepfler was a career law clerk for the Honorable Lindsey Miller-Lerman, Justice of the Nebraska Supreme Court, and she taught various courses as an Adjunct Professor at the Law School, including Legal Writing and Lawyering Skills I and II; Employment Discrimination; Business Associations; and Legal Interviewing, Negotiations, and Counseling. Previously she also was a partner with the Omaha law firm of Baird Holm, LLP, working in the Labor & Employment Section of the firm.

Professor Knoepfler earned her Bachelor of Arts, magna cum laude, in History & Political Science, in 1984, from DePauw University, and her Juris Doctor with high honors, in 1987, from the University of Iowa College of Law. At the University of Iowa, she was a Senior Note & Comment Editor of the Iowa Law Review. Professor Knoepfler teaches Legal Writing and Lawyering Skills I and II and Employment Discrimination.

e-mail: carolknoepfler@creighton.edu

Daniel L. Real

Daniel L. Real is a 1995 graduate, magna cum laude, of Creighton University School of Law, where he served on the Creighton Law Review and the Domestic Moot Court Board and was a member of Phi Delta Phi; and a 1993 graduate, magna cum laude, of Creighton University School of Business Administration.

Mr. Real has served as a career judicial staff attorney for the Nebraska Court of Appeals since 1995. He has been teaching in the Legal Writing and Lawyering Skills program at Creighton Law since 1999. He is a member of the Legal Writing Institute, a national organization of legal writing and skills instructors, and serves on the LWI website committee as the liaison for regional and national legal writing and skills conferences. He has been the coach for Creighton School of Law's third year National Moot Court Teams since the 2008-2009 academic year.

Mr. Real is the author of Daniel L. Real, Appellate Practice in Nebraska: A Thorough, Though Not Exhaustive, Primer in How To Do It and How To Be More Effective, 39 Creighton L.Rev. 29 (2005); Daniel L. Real, Appellate Practice in Nebraska: A Primer, The Nebraska Lawyer Magazine, July 2006, at 5; Hon. John F. Irwin and Daniel L. Real, Thoughts About Enriching Judicial Independence by Improving the Retention Vote Phase of Appointive Selection Systems, 43 Ct. Rev. 60 (2006); Hon. John F. Irwin and Daniel L. Real, Enriching Judicial Independence: Seeking to Improve the Retention Vote Phase of an Appointive Selection System, 34 Fordham Urb. L.J. 453 (2007); Hon. John F. Irwin and Daniel L. Real, Unconscious Influences on Judicial Decision-Making: The Illusion of Objectivity, 42 McGeorge L.Rev. 1 (2010). He is also the co-author of David A. Domina and Daniel L. Real, The Insider's Guide to the Nebraska Appellate Courts, a chapter on appellate practice in Nebraska for a forthcoming book published by the American Bar Association; and a forthcoming article for the University of Nebraska Law Review concerning implicit bias in the field of employment law. In addition to these publications, he was a presenter at the Washburn School of Law Symposium, The Art of Advocacy: Writing to Win, March 9-10, 2007, and presented the Institute for Paralegal Education seminar, Legal Drafting Tips for Paralegals: Pleadings, Motions and Briefs, October 2008.

email: dreal@creighton.edu