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Professor Sherri Nicole Thomas

Sherri Thomas

Law Librarian, Assistant Professor of Law Librarianship
A.A.S., San Juan College; B.A., Fort Lewis College; J.D., University of New Mexico School of Law – Indian Law Certificate



Sherri works in the Faculty and Public Services Department of the Law Library and is responsible for providing reference services to Law School students, staff, faculty, and the public. She also plays an integral role in the Law Library’s outreach program. Sherri created and teaches the two-credit-hour Indian Law Research course and frequently leads legal research workshops.

In her capacity as a member of the Collection Development team, Sherri is responsible for collecting monographs in different legal subject areas, including the areas of art law, women’s issues, criminal law, intellectual property, and water law. Her collection development responsibilities also include oversight of the Library’s Indian Law collection, including the Indian Law section of the Law Library’s website.

Sherri has also been appointed to the Law School’s Indian Law Faculty Committee and the Indian Law Certificate Committee, volunteers for the New Mexico State Bar Access to Justice Commission, serves as current Chair of the Native Peoples Law Caucus of the American Association of Law Libraries (AALL), and serves on the Indian Law on State Bar Exams Committee of the Federal Bar Association.

Sherri is Black and American Indian, and she grew up on the Dine (Navajo) Reservation. Her life in Indian country and her status as an enrolled Tiwa (Taos Pueblo) member have cultivated her concerns and interest in Indian law, history, and current issues. Her interests translate into her current scholarship topics of teaching legal research through the scope of federal Indian law, expanding access to trial transcripts of major Indian law cases, and analyzing legal issues surrounding Black and American Indian relations in the United States.

Before coming to UNM Law School as a Visiting Law Librarian, Sherri worked as the Information Manager for Environmental Risk Analysis, Inc., a bio-litigation consulting firm, in San Mateo, CA. She also worked as a Database Specialist and Cataloger for Wilson, Sonsini, Goodrich & Rosati, PC, based in Palo Alto, CA.

Contact Information

Ph.: 505-277-2228
Fax: 505-277-0068
Office: 1311
Email: thomas@law.unm.edu