Brian Flaherty

Brian M. Flaherty

Instructional Services Librarian


Brian Flaherty jointed the Fineman and Pappas Law Library in January, 2018. As the Instructional Services Librarian, he coordinates research portion of the first year lawyering program, overseeing the curriculum, serving as a liaison between the lawyering faculty and the librarians, and teaching several classes. He also teaches in the American Legal Studies LLM program, as well as an Advanced Legal Research, and a Transactional Legal Research class, and several classes in the Legal Research Skills for Practice program. He helps staff the reference desk both in person and online, and works closely with a number of faculty members including the transactional law faculty and the immigration law faculty.

Brian began his library career as an acquisitions clerk at the New England School of Law in January 1990. He graduated from Simmons with an MLS in 1995, and eventually became the Acquisitions and Government Documents librarian at New England School of Law. He moved to Suffolk Law School as a reference librarian in 2000, and then back to New England as a reference librarian in April, 2003. It was there that he developed his passion for teaching, first helping to coordinate the first year research program, and starting in 2006, teaching an annual Advanced Legal Research class. He also has run the LLNE Legal Research Instruction Program since 2015.

Brian has written and presented on different aspects of librarianship and teaching, including an early AALS presentation on bridging the gap between technical services and public services, programs on the pedagogical science and teaching, and most recently a book chapter, “Millennials Are Proving Experience Is the Best Teacher,” in the collection, Millennial Leadership in Law Schools: Essays on Disruption, Innovation, and the Future.