Our Open Table raffle winner, Gina Cartusciello (center) of Cahill, Gordon & Reindel with Christina Davis (right), Library Relations Manager, and Alexa Robertson (left), Director of Legal Information Services and Electronic Publishing, both of PLI.
On Sunday, July 17 2016, PLI held our fifth annual Librarian Advisory Breakfast. In an effort to pay homage to Chicago–known for its deep dish pizza, pierogies, and jibaritos–we raffled off a $150 gift certificate to Open Table. It was a fitting prize since Discover PLUS allows you to bring the experts to your table! Gina Cartusciello of Cahill, Gordon & Reindel was the lucky winner and below, Gina answers our questions about being a law librarian, the annual meeting and conference, and restaurants.
Tell me a little about yourself. Why did you become a librarian?
Back in 1979, like all other college students, I needed a summer job after my freshman year. I was fortunate that one of my brothers was an associate in a New York law firm and that he had a few connections. I was able to secure a job where I earned $3.25 an hour. I did many odd jobs for the firm (receptionist, switchboard, telex operator etc.) but most of my time was spent updating loose-leaf services in the Library. I was extremely hard-working and focused in this area and was very good at what I did. It did not go unnoticed, as I was hired back each successive summer. I bonded with the law librarian, became familiar with the operations of a law library and law firm, and learned as much as I could in the short time I was there. It seemed a natural choice for me to enter into this field.
What do you like most about your job at Cahill, Gordon & Reindel?
I would say hands down the people, in the Firm and the Library. It is an extremely friendly work environment. When I started at Cahill in 1986, most of the Library staff had already been working there for more than 15 years. That both shocked and amazed me because it seemed like such a long time to stay in once place. But I soon learned why and loved the atmosphere just as much as they did, and here I am 30 years later. Four of my current colleagues have worked in the Cahill Library between 35 and 46 years. That says a lot. It is a great place to work.
Do you use PLI publications for your own research? Which ones?
Yes, as you can imagine, I used the PLI print publications for many years, and I would say particularly the PLI Course Handbooks. We subscribed to all the practice areas and one could always find a treatment or discussion when searching for secondary sources in a particular topic area. We had a robust collection dating back many years which we eventually donated to the New York Law Institute. Now we use PLI publications on the Bloomberg Law platform. I can always find some chapter, if not a treatise, for topical research.
What did you think of AALL 2016? What was your favorite program? Did you eat at any great restaurants?
I thoroughly enjoyed it. I had attended several of the PLL Summits in the past. It was a great experience to be able to attend the entire conference. My favorite program was by far Diving Into The Deep Dark Web. The funny thing about the restaurants … I tried twice to get into Lou Malnati’s for the best Chicago deep dish pizza. The first time the line was out the door and spilling into the streets. The second time there was less of a line but I was told there would be an additional 35 minute wait once seated. The timing just wasn’t right and I never seemed to have that much down time. Sadly, I left Chicago without trying the pizza they are known for.
What’s your favorite restaurant?
This is by far the most difficult question. Locally, near my home it would be Ortobello’s Italian Restaurant. I also love the roadside “Lunch” in Montauk. I love the seaside lobster restaurants off the coast of southern Maine. But if I had to pick one, there’s this tiny little two-by-four shack right on a beach in Turks & Caicos that made the freshest and most delicious fish and shellfish. I’d go back there in a heartbeat.
Where you do plan on using your Open Table gift certificate?
Oh, it’s a little too soon to tell. I imagine it would be in some Italian restaurant for pasta and shellfish, or a place that has lobster, shrimp and steamers. I will be sure to let you know when and where I use it!
Thank you, Gina! And enjoy your gift certificate!