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Pat Newcombe

Associate Dean for Library and Information Resources

Assistant Professor of Law


B.A., University of Massachusetts
M.A., George Washington University
M.S.L.I.S., Pratt Institute
J.D., Western New England University School of Law


Legal Research & Writing
Advanced Legal Research
Advanced Lawyering Skills


Email: pnewcombe@law.wne.edu
Phone: 413-782-1616
Office: 109


Dean Newcombe has been with Western New England University School of Law since 1995, holding various positions in the Library. A 2001 cum laude graduate of the School of Law, she also served as the Articles Editor for the Western New England Law Review. She teaches Advanced Legal Research and writes the chapter on "Legal Citation Form" in the treatise Fundamentals of Legal Research. She has contributed numerous articles to library literature. Prior to working in academia, she worked in the private sector at Morrison & Foerster in Washington, D.C., and Cravath, Swaine & Moore in New York.


Book Chapters

Pat Newcombe, Legal Citation Form, in FUNDAMENTALS OF LEGAL RESEARCH (Steven M. Barkan & Barbara Bintliff, 10th ed.) (forthcoming).

Pat Newcombe, Researching Massachusetts Law, in MASSACHUSETTS CRIMINAL PRACTICE (Eric Blumenson & Arthur B. Leavens eds., 4th ed. 2012) Digital Commons (with Renee Rastorfer).

Pat Newcombe, Interviews with Professionals in the Field, in SPECIAL TOPICS IN INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY (Andrea Twiss-Brooks ed., 2010).

Pat Newcombe, Legal Citation Form, in FUNDAMENTALS OF LEGAL RESEARCH (Steven M. Barkan et al., 9th ed. 2009).

Pat Newcombe, Legal Citation Form, in FUNDAMENTALS OF LEGAL RESEARCH (Roy M. Mersky & Donald J. Dunn, 8th ed. 2002).

Pat Newcombe & M. LaRose, Electronic Legal Research, in FUNDAMENTALS OF LEGAL RESEARCH (Roy M. Merksy & Donald J. Dunn, 8th ed. 2002).

Journal Articles

Beth D. Cohen and Pat K. Newcombe, The Hanging Judge by Michael A. Ponsor -- Capital Punishment: Is the Death Penalty Worth the Price?, 62 CLEV. ST. L. REV. 493 (2014). SSRN Digital Commons

Pat Newcombe & James M. Donovan, Becoming Director: An Internal Candidate's View, 34 LIBRARY MANAGEMENT 188 (2013).

Pat Newcombe, Fab Labs at the Library: Community 'Makerspaces' Give Access to Cutting-edge Tools, as reprinted in 78 EDUC. DIG. 65 (2013) (with Nicole Belbin).

Pat Newcombe, Fab Labs at the Library, GOV'T TECHNOLOGY, Oct. 2012, at 30 (with Nicole Belbin).

Pat Newcombe, Review of Dawn C. Nunziato, Virtual Freedom: Net Neutrality and Free Speech in the Internet Age, 102 LAW LIB. J. 490 (2010). Digital Commons

Pat Newcombe, Optimizing PDF Searchability with Google, 29 LLNE NEWS, no. 1, 2010 at 8 (with Barbara West & Stephen Bobowicz). Digital Commons

Pat Newcombe, Legal Citation Form: The ALWD Citation Manual, PARADOCS, Nov. 1, 2003, at 5.

Pat Newcombe, WebWatch--Legal Self-Help, LIBR. J., June 1, 2002, at 36.

Pat Newcombe, Shopping for Legal Services Online, 21 LLNE NEWS, no. 2, 2001, at 6.

Pat Newcombe, Capital Punishment: A Selected Bibliography, 21 LLNE NEWS, no. 1, 2001, at 5.

Pat Newcombe, Lassoing Legal Software, GOV'T TECHNOLOGY, Dec. 1999, at 32.

Pat Newcombe, Web Regulation Battles Heat Up, AM. LIBR., Nov. 1999, at 50.

Pat Newcombe, Libraries Face Internet Filter Question, GOV'T TECHNOLOGY, May 1999, at 50.

Pat Newcombe & M.LaRose, Self-Help Sources: A Selective Bibliography, 19 LLNE NEWS, no. 2., 1998, at 6.

Pat Newcombe, Libraries Turn New Leaf with GIS, GOV'T TECHNOLOGY, Oct. 1998, at 34.

Pat Newcombe, Will Books Survive in Tomorrow's Library?, GOV'T TECHNOLOGY, Feb. 1997, at 14.

Pat Newcombe, Librarians in Quandry Over Web Access, GOV'T TECHNOLOGY, Dec. 1996, at 30.