Patrick J. Charles, J.D., M.L.S.

Library Director - Associate Professor of Law

Prior to joining Gonzaga University School of Law, Patrick J. Charles was a Reference Librarian and Legal Research Instructor at Creighton University School of Law in Omaha, Nebraska, from 1997 until July of 2007. From 1994 until 1997, he was the Circulation/Reference...

Patrick J. Charles

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Education & Curriculum Vitae

M.L.S., University of Washington

J.D., University of Idaho

B.A. History, Loyola University of New Orleans

Curriculum Vitae

Courses Taught

Advanced Legal Research

Legal Analysis

Sports Law


Prior to joining Gonzaga University School of Law, Patrick J. Charles was a Reference Librarian and Legal Research Instructor at Creighton University School of Law in Omaha, Nebraska, from 1997 until July of 2007. From 1994 until 1997, he was the Circulation/Reference Librarian at Widener University School of Law in Wilmington, Delaware. From 1990 until 1993, he was judicial clerk for the Honorable Dorothy M. Baker of the Multnomah County Circuit Court in Portland, Oregon. He is an inactive member of the Oregon State Bar Association.

Author, Keeping Up With New Legal Titles (Book Review): Baseball Meets the Law: A Chronology of Decisions, Statutes and Other Legal Events, 110 Law Library Journal __ (2018)

Author, The Library Book Thief, 21 AALL Spectrum 47 (March/April 2017)

Author, Index to Perspectives: Teaching Legal Research and Writing, Volumes 1-24 (1992-2016)

Co-author, Keeping Up With New Legal Titles (Book Review): Idaho Legal Research, Second Edition, 108 Law Library Journal 455 (2016)

Author, Brutal Choices in Curricular Design, West Topic and Key Numbers:  Focusing on the Basic Structure, 18 Perspectives: Teaching Legal Research and Writing 130 (2010)

Co-author, Locating Personal Injury Verdicts and Settlements in Washington, Washington State Bar News (April 2009)

Author, Teachable Moments, How Do You Update the Code of Federal Regulations Using GPO Access?, 17 Perspectives: Teaching Legal Research and Writing 119 (2009)

Co-author, What's It Worth:  Locating Personal Injury Verdicts and Settlements in Oregon, The Oregon State Bar Bulletin (Feb./March 2008)

Co-author, Locating Personal Injury Verdicts and Settlements in Idaho, The Idaho State Bar Association Advocate (March 2008)

Author, Researching the Initiative and Referendum Process in Nebraska, 27 Legal Reference Services Quarterly 205 (2007)  

Author, Researching the Initiative and Referendum Process in Nebraska, The Nebraska Lawyer (Nov. /Dec. 2007)

Co-author, Research Guide to Nebraska Law, 2006 (LexisNexis 2006)

Author, Access to Federal Case Information: PACER and CM/ECF, The Nebraska Lawyer (April 2005)  

Author, Locating Personal Injury Verdicts and Settlements, The Nebraska Lawyer (Oct. 2004)

Co-author, Research Guide to Nebraska Law, 2003 (LexisNexis 2003)

Author, Locating Employment Verdicts and Settlements, The Nebraska Lawyer (Nov. /Dec. 2003)

Author, The Right Cite, Oregon State Bar Bulletin (April 2003)  

Author, Bankruptcy Materials on the Internet, The Nebraska Lawyer (Feb. 2003)

Author, Compiling a Nebraska Legislative History, The Nebraska Lawyer (July 2002)

Author, Why in the World are You Still Using Shepard’s In-Print?, The Nebraska Lawyer (Feb. 2002)

Co-author, Lexis Publishing’s Research Guide to Nebraska Law (Lexis Law Publishing 2001)

Author, The Unicameral Web Page: Not Just Another Pretty Web Site, The Nebraska Lawyer (July 2000)

Co-author, Lexis Publishing’s Research Guide to Nebraska Law (Lexis Law Publishing 1999)

Co-author, Delaware Practice Materials: A Selective Annotated Bibliography, 89 Law Library Journal 349 (1997).