Reference Services

Reference Librarian Services

Reference librarian services are available from 8am-5pm, Monday-Friday. Contact (530) 752-0210 or, or stop by the reference desk in the library lobby. For the Mabie Law Library's recess and holiday hours, consult our calendar.

Reference librarians can assist library patrons with locating print and online resources available through the Mabie Law Library. Librarians can also provide research tips, but are not able to give legal advice or to do legal research on demand. 

Other reference librarian services include:

  • Legal Research Training: Librarians teach an elective 2-unit Advanced Legal Research course and provide customized research training for student RAs, clinical students, externs, summer associates, and journal editors.
  • Faculty Liaison Program: Every faculty member is assigned a research librarian to assist with their research, scholarship, and teaching.
  • In-Class Course Support: On request, librarians can provide in-class lectures on course-specific legal and multidisciplinary research resources.

About the Reference Librarians

Refugio Acker-Ramirez

Refugio comes to UC Davis from the law firm Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld, where he served as a lead Research Specialist for the litigation and labor/employment practice groups. He obtained his MLIS from the University of California, Los Angeles and a BA in sociology and ethnic studies from the University of San Diego.

Kristin Brandt

Kristin Brandt is a member of the California bar and has a background as a litigator at Morrison & Foerster LLP, where she also served as head of attorney training and development. She graduated from UCLA School of Law and received her M.L.I.S. from San Jose State University. Previous to her current position, she worked at San Francisco Law Library.

Stephanie Grace

Stephanie Grace graduated from Capital University Law School and is pursuing her MLIS at the University of Washington, where she worked as an intern at Gallagher Law Library. She has a background in intercollegiate athletics compliance and sports management.

David Brian Holt

David Brian Holt graduated from Santa Clara University School of Law and received his M.L.I.S. from San Jose State University. Previously he has served as a branch librarian at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit and as the Emerging Technologies Law Librarian at Santa Clara University School of Law.