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Mark W. Podvia

Mark W. Podvia

Associate Law Librarian, Reference and Archivist

(717) 240-5015
Principal Office: 

J.D., The Dickinson School of Law
M.A., The Pennsylvania State University
M.S.L.S., Clarion University
A.B., Grove City College

Associate Law Librarian and Legal Research Professor Mark Podvia provides reference services to library patrons and teaches Legal Research. As archivist, he supervises the collection of materials related to the Law School's history.

Professor Podvia is a member of the American Association of Law Libraries, the Society of American Archivists, the Pennsylvania Library Association and the Bar of the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania. He is a past chair of both the American Association of Law Libraries Legal History and Rare Books Special Interest Section and AALL’s Council of Newsletter Editors. He is also a past president of the Interlibrary Delivery Service of Pennsylvania. He currently serves as editor in chief of Unbound: An Annual Review of Legal History and Rare Books and is a member of the American Association of Law Libraries Morris L. Cohen Student Essay Contest Committee.


Introduction, Hon. John Reed, Pennsylvania Blackstone; Being a Modification of the Commentaries of Sir William Blackstone, With Numerous Alterations and Additions (Lawbook Exchange, reprint 2006) (with William E. Butler).
Part I, The Early Years, 1750-1920in Cumberland Justice: Legal Practice in Cumberland County, 1750-2000 (2001).

Encyclopedia Entry

Northwest Ordinance and Titles of Nobilityin Encyclopedia of the United States Constitution (David Schultz, ed. 2008).


Demystifying Pennsylvania Law: Finding Your Way Through the Tangle of Pennsylvania Legislation on the General Assembly Website, Pa. Libr. Ass'n Bull. (July 2007).
Twenty-Five Years of Excellence: Dickinson International Law Annual; Dickinson Journal of International Law; Penn State International Law Review, 25 Penn St. Int'l L. Rev. 479 (2006).
Dedication: Professor Joseph B. Kelly, 25 Penn. St. Int'l L. Rev. 1 (2006).
Researching, Writing and Publishing Institutional History: An Ideal Quest for the Inquisitive Librarian, Pa. Libr. Ass'n Bull. (Feb. 2006).
The Victorian-Era Law Office: How to Furnish Your Workplace for Under $100, 96 L. Libr. J. 727 (2004).
Canals, Railroads, Philadelphia, and the Struggle for Internal Improvement in the Cumberland Valley1825-1837, Cumberland County History (Summer 2004).
The Use of Trivia as a Tool to Enhance the Teaching of Legal Research, 12 Perspectives 156 (2004).
The Dickinson Law Review: A History, 108 Penn St. L. Rev. 747 (2004).
The Trials and Travails of Interlibrary Loaning for Law Review Cite Checks, RIPS Law Librarian (Winter 2004).
Yes, Pittsburgh, There is a Santa Claus, 7 Green Bag, 2d Series 33 (2003).
A Brief Introduction to the World War II Memoirs of Professor Joseph B. Kelly, 21 Penn State Int'l L. Rev. 445 (Spring 2003).
Dean Walter Harrison Hitchler, 1883-1959, Cumberland County History (Summer 1999).