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Rebellious Lawyering honors June Kim, Rebellious Law Librarian, in memoriam

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“On December 24, 2014, the UCLA Law Library lost a beloved friend and colleague.”

“UCLA law professor Jerry Lopez remembered June in this way. ‘She brought energy, wisdom, and perseverance to the tiniest and the hugest projects. She brought good humor to the daily grind. She brought love, really.'”






From Remembering June Kim By Amy Atchison and Jennifer Lentz

“June developed close friendships with her colleagues during her eleven years at the Law Library. We shared her enthusiasm for literature, popular culture, dining out, pets, and shopping. June was kind, thoughtful, giving and joyful, and now, so very missed.”

“June Kim died at her family home in Cerritos after a long battle with cancer. She was 45. Born on June 12, 1969, June grew up the middle of three sisters in Cerritos, California. She graduated cum laude from Pomona College with a degree in Asian Studies, and earned her J.D. from the UCLA School of Law. She earned her master’s degree in library and information science at the UCLA Graduate School of Education and Information Studies. She interned at the UCLA Law Library while in library school, and later joined the staff as a Reference Librarian in 2003.”

“After receiving a SCALL scholarship while in library school, June became an active member of SCALL. She served on the Library Liaison Committee since 2003, and the 2005 SCALL Institute committee. June was twice a winner of the William B. Rohan Chapter Service Award, first in 2004 as a member of the AALL-ALL-SIS Academic Marketing Toolkit Bibliography Committee and again in 2010 as Chair of the Public Access to Legal Information Committee. As Chair of the PALI committee, she served as editor for the most recent edition of Locating the Law (2010).”

“’June was the consummate reference librarian and a great colleague,’ recalls UCLA Law Library Director Kevin Gerson. ‘What impressed me most about June was her unhesitating willingness to help, her thoroughness, her ability to anticipate and explore research avenues beyond what was requested, and her extremely sharp mind.'”


Amy Atchison is Director of Reference and Research Services at the Hugh & Hazel Darling Law Library, UCLA School of Law.

Jennifer Lentz is Head of Collection Development at the Hugh & Hazel Darling Law Library, UCLA School of Law.

Excerpt courtesy of Southern California Association of Law Libraries, SCALL Newsletter, January/February 2015 volume 42, number 3.

Click to access SCALL_newsletterJanFeb2015.pdf

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