Mailing Address:

University of San Francisco School of Law
Dorraine Zief Law Library
2130 Fulton Street
San Francisco, CA 94117-1080

Physical Address:

2101 Fulton Street (between Shrader and Cole)
San Francisco, CA 94117-1080

Phone and Fax Numbers:

  • Circulation Desk: 415-422-6679
  • Research Center Desk: 415-422-6773
  • Fax Number: 415-422-2345


Suzanne Mawhinney, JD, MLIS

Interim Director, Research Librarian 
& Assistant Professor of Law

Suzanne Mawhinney

Professor Mawhinney has been a librarian at USF since 2010 and was named interim director of the Zief Law Library in 2021. In addition to overseeing all aspects of library operations, she provides research assistance to students and faculty, teaches legal research to first-year students, serves as a research advisor to the domestic and international student externship programs, and manages the library's research assistant program, which provides research support to the law faculty.

Professor Mawhinney developed the Taxation Research course for USF’s Graduate Tax Program and has taught the course since 2014. She also teaches Advanced California Legal Research to upper-division students. Before becoming a law librarian, she practiced labor and employment litigation in California, where she maintains admission to practice law.

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Research Services Staff


John Shafer

John Shafer, JD, MLIS
Research Librarian & Assistant Professor of Law
Provides a full range of research assistance and participates in legal research training. Teaches Taxation Research, Advanced Legal Research, and Advanced California Legal Research.


April Ham

April Ham, JD
Research Librarian & Assistant Professor of Law
Provides research services, legal research instruction, and faculty research support. Manages the library’s student research assistants program, which provides research support to faculty. Teaches Taxation Research and Advanced Legal Research.

Access and Technical Services Staff

Shannon Burchard

Shannon Burchard, MLIS
Head of Collection Services
Supervises cataloging, serials, acquisitions, binding, preservation, the access desk, and the coordination of information technology to ensure that the library has the information resources that the law school needs, and that they are organized so that users may easily retrieve them.

Troy Cook, BA, MFA/MA, MFA
Library Assistant for Circulation
Handles inter-library loans, group study room scheduling, searching for missing collection materials, statistics compilation, and other library functions.