Fordham Law Mourns Passing of Jorene Robbie '79

January 04, 2012

The Fordham Law community expresses its sorrow at the passing of Jorene Robbie, a graduate of the Law School who served as a Reference Librarian since 1988.Jorene Robbie '79
After graduating from Barnard College and earning her library degree from Columbia University, Robbie distinguished herself as a student at Fordham Law, was a member of the Fordham Law Review (for which she published a case note), and received her J.D. cum laude in 1979. She practiced trusts and estates law at the firm of Demov, Morris, Levin & Shein and later became a reference librarian at the Columbia Law School Library and was named Head of Reference there in 1984. While at Columbia, Robbie also served as an instructor at the Law Journal Paralegal Institute. Following the arrival of her daughter, Hillary, Robbie sought a part-time position that would give her time to raise her child while permitting her to stay involved in the life of the law.

Robbie was hired as a part-time reference librarian in 1988 by then Fordham Law Library director, Janet Tracy. Twenty years later, Robbie took a full-time reference librarian position at Fordham.

"During her many years of service to the Law School, Jorene meaningfully affected the lives of countless law students and professors," said Michael M. Martin, Dean of Fordham Law. "She was an unfailingly expert and calming presence at the reference desk and in the classroom. The Fordham Law community will miss Jorene’s quiet humor and wonderful laugh, her extraordinarily deep knowledge of legal information resources, and her great love of Fordham."   

Robbie created, wrote, and named the library’s “Learned Handy” research guides. She supervised the compilation of the Fordham Law School Centennial Bibliography, an exhaustive list of the scholarly publications produced by Fordham faculty members from the founding of the School until 2006. For two years, she served as the editor of Law Lines, the newsletter of the Law Library Association of Greater New York.

A highly regarded instructor, Robbie taught basic legal research to first year students, offered advanced legal research course in tax law, and delivered many bibliographic instruction sessions to students in substantive law classes on topics such as legal ethics, public heath, and family law. Robbie advised and mentored new librarians that were hired at Fordham over the years.
Robbie's funeral will be held on Thursday, January 5, at 11:15 at Riverside Memorial Chapel, 180 West 76th Street (at the corner of Amsterdam Avenue).