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Nicholas F. Stump

Nick Stump

Head of Research and Reference Services


  • M.S.I.S., University of Tennessee, 2014
  • J.D., West Virginia University College of Law, 2011
  • B.A., West Virginia University, 2008



Articles & Essays

Selected Other Publications

  • Legal Research for Public Interest Lawyering: An ALR Course Module (RIPS Law Librarian Blog May 2023)
  • Rural Civil Disobedience and Fossil Capital: Toward Radical Futures (Law & Political Economy Blog, Mar. 2023)
  • UN Council Resolution on Human Right to Healthy Environment: Implications for US Grassroots-Led Non-Reformist Reforms, (Oxford Human Rights Hub, Jan. 2022)
  • Democratic Leadership and Transformations of Academic Law Libraries, (American Association of Law Libraries ALL-SIS Newsletter, Vol. 41, Issue 2, 2022)
  • Book Review: Research Handbook on Law, Governance and Planetary Boundaries, 50 Int. J. Legal Info. 1-2 (2022)
  • Environmental Law Has Failed. Can Transformative Ecological Change Begin in Appalachia?, The Rural Rev. (2021)
  • Justice Kennedy’s Mixed Environmental Legacy Turns Tragic, (Oxford Human Rights Hub, Sep. 2018)
  • Legal Actions Against Mountain Valley Pipeline Underscore Grassroots Activism’s Importance, (Oxford Human Rights Hub, Aug. 2018)
  • U.N. Framework Principles on Human Rights and the Environment: A Catalyst for Grassroots-Centered U.S. Reform? , (Oxford Human Rights Hub, Apr. 2018)
  • Is a Healthy Environment a Human Right? Testing the Idea in Appalachia, The Conversation (Jul., 2017); republished in Huffington Post (Jul. 2017)
  • Food Deserts in Appalachia: A Socioeconomic Ill and Opportunities for Reform, Oxford Human Rights Hub  (Oxford Human Rights Hub, Nov. 2016)
  • The Future of Academic Law Librarianship, Lib. J. Peer to Peer Rev. (2015) (co-authored)

Selected Professional Presentations

  • "Teaching to the Platform: Critical and DEI Perspectives," Southeastern Association of American Law Libraries, Lexington (2024) (panel co-organizer)
  • "The Biases of Legal Generative AI," Southeastern Association of American Law Libraries, Lexington (2024)
  • "Building on Teaching Critical Legal Research," Clinical Legal Education Association Teaching Justice Webinar Series (2023)
  • “Designing a Critical or Social Justice Module in a Legal Research Course,” Southeastern Association of American Law Libraries, Richmond (2023) (panel co-organizer)
  • “Sites of Authority and Contestation in Global Law and Political Economy,” Law & Society Association (2022)
  • “Critical Race Theory in Law Librarianship,” American Association of Law Libraries (2022)
  • “Critical Legal Research: The Next Wave (A Panel Honoring Richard Delgado and Jean Stefancic),” American Association of Law Schools, (2021)
  • “Critical Legal Research in the Law School Classroom,” AALL Research Crits Caucus (2020)
  • “Democracy, Social Justice, and the November 2020 Election,” ClassCrits (2020)
  • “Partnership Opportunities to Enhance Access to Justice” Southeastern Association of American Law Libraries, Hot Springs (2019) ( panel co-organizer )
  • "Academic Law Libraries: Better Serving the State and Region," West Virginia Libraries Association (2017)
  • "Civil Disobedience in Critical Legal Research Modeled Law Reform," Boulder Conference on Legal Information: Teaching and Scholarship (2016)
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