Afuso named new law librarian


Pauline Afuso has been appointed the new librarian at the Washington County Law Library, county officials announced Monday.
Afuso replaces for law librarian Brian Huffman, who has taken a similar job in Dakota County.
Afuso received her master of library science from UCLA and her law degree from Chicago-Kent College of Law. She spent the last 12 years working at West Publishing (now known as Thomson Reuters) as a product manager, developing online legal research tools for Westlaw and WestlawNext.
Afuso has also worked as a reference librarian at the University of Southern California Law School Law Library and at the law firm of Paul Hastings in Los Angeles. She recently finished her tenure as president of the Minnesota Association of Law Libraries and is an active member of the American Association of Law Libraries.
“We are very pleased to be able to have someone of Ms. Afuso’s caliber as our new law librarian. We are certain that she will do an outstanding job continuing to help our Law Library serve the needs of Washington County’s citizens,” said 10th Judicial District Judge Greg Galler, president of the law library board of trustees,
The Washington County Law Library in the lower level of the Stillwater courthouse contains the most comprehensive collection of legal research materials in the county. The Law Library is open to the public and is heavily used, serving more than 4,000 people a year.
In addition to maintaining more than 10,000 volumes of printed legal materials, the Law Library also offers online access to numerous legal sources including all Minnesota court calendars, decisions in appellate cases and the Westlaw search system.
The library is open weekdays from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., and the law librarian is available to assist with legal research. The library also features a self-help center and is home to both civil and criminal legal advice clinics staffed by volunteer attorneys.