Molly Brownfield of Kelly IP


Molly (Mary) Brownfield brings years of extensive and varied legal research experience spanning both the law firm and academic legal sectors. Molly’s role at Kelly IP is unique: recognizing that our clients require up-to-date and comprehensive information to keep their brands and businesses distinctive and dynamic. Molly combines legal and information expertise to deliver a timely product. She deftly navigates the ever-changing landscape of information resources and partners with attorneys on complex legal research projects. In addition, Molly is equally accomplished at designing and teaching specialized legal research courses.

Molly previously was Manager of Library Services at Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner, LLP, where she was responsible for the daily oversight, supervision, and long-range planning and development of Library and Information Resources and Services. Prior to Finnegan, Molly held the position of Head of Reference Services and Lecturing Fellow at Duke University School of Law, where she taught specialized advanced legal research courses, managed all aspects of the Law Library’s Reference Department, and conducted numerous, complex legal research projects for Law School faculty.

Molly’s writings about legal research have appeared in publications and white papers, and she has held several leadership positions with the Law Librarians’ Society of DC and the American Association of Law Libraries.


  • Lecturer, The University of Texas School of Law (Advanced Legal Research)
  • Instructor, National Business Institute CLE Seminar (Attorney’s Guide to Legal Research Strategies On- And Offline) (December 20, 2010)
  • Instructor, Duke University School of Law (Research Methods in International, Foreign & Comparative Law) (Spring 2010)
  • Developer/Instructor, Duke University School of Law (Health and Medical Research for Lawyers) (Fall 2009)
  • Research Instructor, Duke University School of Law (First-Year Legal Analysis, Writing and Research) (Fall 2008 to Spring 2011)
  • Research Instructor, Duke University School of Law (International (LLM) Legal Analysis, Writing and Research) (Fall 2008 to Fall 2010)
  • Co-developer/Co-instructor, Rutgers School of Law-Newark (Foreign and International Legal Research) (Spring 2007 and Spring 2008)


  • American Bar Association, 2013-2017
  • American Intellectual Property Law Association (AIPLA), 2013-2017
  • Law Librarians’ Society of DC (LLSDC), 2011-2013 (Chair, Private Law Libraries Special Interest Section, 2012-2013)
  • DC Legal Knowledge Management Group, 2011-2013
  • American Association of Law Libraries (AALL), April 2005-present
    • Private Law Libraries Special Interest Section, 2011-2017
    • Chair, Foreign, Comparative & International Law Special Interest Section’s Strategic Plan Committee, 2010-2011
    • ALL-SIS Programs Committee, 2010-2011
    • Research and Publications Committee, 2009-2011
    • Vice-Chair of Joint Committee on the Articulation of Law Student Information Literacy (LSIL) Standards, 2009-2010
    • Foreign, Comparative & International Law Special Interest Section and the Academic Law Libraries Special Interest Section, 2005-2011
  • Southeastern Association of Law Libraries (SEALL), 2009-2011
  • New Jersey Law Librarians Association (NJLLA), 2006-2008 (NJLLA Executive Board Secretary, 2007-2008)


  • Author. Chapter on Collection Development, Law Libraries in the Digital Age (Scarecrow Press, 2013).
  • Coauthor. “Driving Resource Usage Through SharePoint Customization” for AALL/ILTA White Paper, October 12, 2012 (
  • Speaker. PLL-SIS-sponsored program at AALL 2012 Annual Meeting “Driving Utilization and Profitability of Firm Resources.” July 2012, Boston, MA.
  • Moderator. AALL 2012 Annual Meeting, “iCan! Empowering Law Librarians with Mobile Devices.” July 2012, Boston, MA.
  • Speaker. AALL 2011 Annual Meeting, “Making the Grade: Assessing Legal Research Skills in the Classroom and Firm.” July 2011, Philadelphia, PA.
  • Speaker. AALL 2009 Annual Meeting, “What We Learned from Our SAILS: Using Law Students as Human Subjects and Measuring Law Student Information Literacy.” July 2009, Washington, D.C.
  • Copresenter. 2009 North & South Carolina Legal Research & Writing Colloquium, “Putting Problems Together.” May 2009, Elon University School of Law, Greensboro, NC.
  • Moderator and Program Coordinator. ALL-SIS-sponsored program at the AALL 2008 Annual Meeting, “Evolving Research Instruction: Exploring Law Student Information Literacy to Energize Instructional Programming.” July 2008, Portland, OR.
  • Author. Chapter 25 on “Foreign Law” in New Jersey Legal Research Handbook, 5th edition (New Jersey Institute for Continuing Legal Education, 2008) by Paul Axel-Lute.
  • Speaker. Northeast Regional Law Libraries 2007 Meeting “Finding Foreign & International Law on the Web – Your Passport to Free Resources.” October 18, 2007, Toronto, ON.


  • Illinois
  • District of Columbia


  • University of Texas School of Information, Master of Science in Information Studies, 2006
  • University of Minnesota Law School, J.D. cum laude, 2004
  • Duke University, B.A. with honors, French and Comparative Areas Studies, 2001