Ellen Frentzen

Associate Director for Administration & Access Services


BA, Connecticut College
MLIS, University of Washington
JD, Cornell Law School
LLM, Cornell Law School


Ellen Frentzen joined the Fineman & Pappas Law Libraries in December 2012. As the Assistant Librarian for Administration, she works on planning, management, and assessment of library services, systems, and collections, as well as providing assistance at the reference desk and teaching legal research to students in the First Year Writing and American Law LLM programs and the law library’s Research Skills for Practice Program. Previously she worked as a Reference and Instruction Librarian at the University of South Carolina’s Coleman Karesh Law Library and an intern at both the Social Law Library and the Marian Gould Gallagher Library at the University of Washington.

Ellen received her Master’s in Library and Information Science with a specialization in Law Librarianship from the University of Washington and her JD with a concurrent LLM in International and Comparative Law from Cornell Law School. While at Cornell, she was a Managing Editor for the Cornell Journal of Law & Public Policy, a Bench Editor for the Moot Court Board, and a Research Assistant for the Cornell eRulemaking Initiative (CeRI). Her primary research interests are library assessment, management, and government documents. She also regularly writes and presents on teaching legal research and skills-based learning to millennials.  

She is an active member of the American Association of Law Libraries, where she has served on the Research and Scholarship Committee and the Annual Meeting Program Committee, and Law Librarians of New England, where she currently serves as an Education Director.


1 credits

Many practice areas, from environmental law to immigration law, are heavily regulatory. Learn about the structure of administrative law research, from enabling statutes to agency adjudication, in this class. The class will focus on developing your understanding of the structure of administrative agencies and using the various sources of administrative law. You will learn what information is available from government sources and what specialty publishers bring to the table with an emphasis on being cost effective in the workplace. Classes will combine instruction and hands-on exercises using the major print, electronic and web based resources in administrative law. NOTE: Students may not add this course after the first class has been held. ENROLLMENT LIMIT: 16 students ATTENDANCE REQUIREMENT: A student who fails to attend the first class or to obtain permission to be absent from either the instructor or the Registrar, will be administratively dropped from the class. Students who are on the wait list are required to attend the first meeting to be considered for enrollment. Meeting dates -- October 10 to November 14, 2018.

FALL 2018: LAW JD 763 A1 , Sep 5th to Dec 12th 2018
Days Start End Credits Instructors Bldg
Wed 8:30 am 10:30 am 1 Ellen Frentzen
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