Emily Siess Donnellan joined Concordia University School of Law as a Public Services Librarian and Assistant Professor in 2016. Professor Donnellan received her JD from the University of South Dakota School of Law and her Master of Library and Information Science degree from the University of Washington. At UW Professor Donnellan served as a reference intern at the Gallagher Law Library and as Dean Penny Hazelton’s graduate and teaching assistant.
Prior to earning her MLIS Professor Donnellan worked as a freelance contract writer. She negotiated and completed book publishing contracts between publishers and agents/authors. She also worked for a party company negotiating contracts with Chinese companies for bounce houses and other party supplies.
Professor Donnellan is passionate about Indian Law issues. She grew up on the Puyallup Nation Indian Reservation in Tacoma, Washington. In Law School she served as treasurer and pro-bono liaison of the Native American Law Student Association (NALSA), helping to organize the annual will writing trip to reservations throughout South Dakota. Her law librarianship thesis studied the issue of internet access, and access to information, on reservations.
Professor Donnellan’s research interests include Indian law, the criminal justice system, and international law. Outside of work she enjoys writing, road trips, and finding good restaurants.