Research and Legal Resources on the Internet
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Speaker Biographies

Kerry Fitz-Gerald
Reference Librarian
Seattle University School of Law
Kerry Fitz-Gerald is a reference librarian at the Seattle University School of Law, joining the faculty in 2002. Before coming to Seattle University. Ms. Fitz-Gerald was a reference librarian at the King County Law Library in Seattle. She is a member of the Washington State Bar Association, American Association of Law Libraries and Law Librarians of Puget Sound. Ms. Fitz-Gerald  has an A.B. with Distinction from Duke University. She received her M.A. at the University of Hawaii and her J.D. cum laude from the University of Wisconsin . She holds a M.L.I.S. from the University of Washington  and is admitted to practice in Washington state.

Kristin Ford
Legislative Librarian
Idaho Legislature
Kristin Ford has served as the Legislative Librarian for the Idaho Legislature since 1999.  She obtained a J.D. from the University of Idaho and has practiced law in Idaho and Alaska.  Ms. Ford earned a Masters in Library and Information Science, with a special certification in law librarianship, from the University of Washington.  She served as a reference librarian in the King County Law Library in downtown Seattle until accepting her current position as Librarian for the Idaho State Legislature.  Her duties with the Research and Legislation section of the Legislative Services Office include performing research for legislators and legislative analysts, indexing pending legislation, and assisting library patrons in researching the legislative history of Idaho statutes. 

Ron Hogan
Founder & President
The TrendTRACK Company
Ron Hogan is the president and founder of The TrendTRACK Company, an online provider of legislative intelligence and other related information management.  Mr. Hogan has more than 25 years experience in state government relations, both in the public and private sectors.  As a consultant, he has worked with clients such as State Net, NETSCAN, Republic Industries, Dow Chemical and Prudential. He started and managed Waste Management, Inc.’s State Government Affairs Department.  Prior to that he worked for many years at NCSL as Director of the former Office of Science and Technology.  And, he began his career with the Oklahoma Legislative Council, where he spent three years as a research analyst.

Cheryl Nyberg
Reference Librarian
Gallagher Law Library
University of Washington
Cheryl Nyberg has been a law librarian since 1979. She has extensive experience  as a reference librarian and a government information specialist. Ms. Nyberg is the author of eighteen volumes in the Subject Compilations of State Laws annotated bibliography series, published since 1984. On the basis of that series and her other books and articles, she was awarded the Association of College and Research Libraries' Marta Lange/CQ Award for "distinguished contribution to bibliography and information service in law/political science" in 2001. She has delivered numerous presentations to groups such as the American Association of Law Libraries, the Australian Institute for Judicial Administration, the California Judicial  Administration Conference, the National Association for Court Management, and the National Center for State Courts. Ms. Nyberg is a reference librarian and the website content manager for the University of Washington, Marian Gould Gallagher Law Library in Seattle.