Librarian group awards scholarship to Elon Law student

The Southeastern Chapter of the American Association of Law Libraries honored Amber Cain L’20 for her enjoyment of “the pursuit of knowledge and … assisting people with that pursuit.”

An Elon Law student with a career interest in law librarianship has been awarded a scholarship to help with the expenses of her legal studies.

The Southeastern Chapter of the American Association of Law Libraries honored Amber Cain L’20, who enrolled at Elon Law shortly after earning a Master of Library and Information Science from the University of South Florida.

“It’s hard to put into words how it feels to be grateful and flattered at the same time,” Cain said of the scholarship and the encouragement she has received from the professional association. “Law librarianship is not something a lot of people understand.”

Established in 1954, SEAALL is today comprised of more than 500 members representing law librarians from the private sector, government, academia, and more. The mission of the not-for-profit organization is the promotion of law librarianship and developing and increasing the usefulness of law libraries.

Cain grew up in Sarasota, Florida, and found an interest in libraries while volunteering at one to fulfill high school graduation requirements. She earned a degree in creative writing from Florida State University before turning her professional focus toward librarianships.

At Elon Law, Cain helps classmates as a student worker in the library and as an Academic Fellow.

“The happiest and calmest part of my week during my 2L year so far has been the hours I am allotted to spend at the library working under the librarians at Elon University School of Law,” Cain wrote in her scholarship application. “Under their guidance, I have been able to hone the skills that I learned about during my M.L.I.S. degree and apply them to actual projects assigned to me to meet the needs of the library and its patrons.”

Kate McLeod, Elon Law’s associate dean for library and information services, praised Cain for character traits that will help her thrive in her chosen field. “Amber is looking forward to a promising career with unlimited success in the profession,” McLeod said. “She’s energetic. Personable. Outgoing. These are all markers of great public service librarians.”

Cain will complete her residency-in-practice over the winter trimester at the law libraries for Stetson University College of Law in Florida. Her goal, she said, is to return to North Carolina having grown her library experience while assisting law faculty with legal research.

“I really like finding the ‘right’ answer even if there may not be a ‘perfect’ answer,” Cain said of her research responsibilities as a law library student worker. “I came here to be a librarian and have not changed my mind at all. I’m so happy!”

About Elon Law:

Elon University School of Law in Greensboro, North Carolina, is the preeminent school for engaged and experiential learning in law. With a focus on learning by doing, it integrates traditional classroom instruction with course-connected, full-time residencies-in-practice in a logically sequenced program of transformational professional preparation. Elon Law’s groundbreaking approach is accomplished in 2.5 years, which provides distinctive value by lowering tuition and permitting graduates early entry into their legal careers.