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Meet the Library Staff: Michael Slinger

Slingernew135x180Michael Slinger is the Associate Dean for Information Services and Technology, Professor of Law and the Director of the Legal Information Center. He grew up in the Pittsburgh area, majored in history and English literature at the U. of Pittsburgh, received his master’s degree in library science from the University of South Carolina, and received his J. D. from Duquesne University.

Although Michael gained experience working in law firms, he sought an academic career and started teaching first year legal research as a librarian at Notre Dame Law

School. Six years later he moved to Boston, where he was Director of the law library for five years. He enjoyed 13 years as Director, Professor, and Associate Dean at Cleveland-Marshall College of Law before coming to Widener in 2008. Michael likes the variety of his work at Widener, which involves not only the administrative and technological aspects of the Library, but teaching his course “Legal Issues of the American Civil War.” He tries to teach his students to realize that legal issues are often ignored when history is taught in schools, and that the details of history should be used to guide future actions and laws.

Michael is happy to be in this area because of its many historic sites. He attends local Civil War Round Table meetings and conferences at the Civil War Institute at Gettysburg College. For relaxation he likes to attend musical events at Longwood Gardens.

Michael and his wife Cheryl have two Daughters, Rebecca & Sarah and their household is completed by a Miniature Schnauzer named Rugby.

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