John J. Hasko
College of Law
Campus Locations: Moscow
University of Idaho
Director of the Law Library and Associate Professor
B.A., Siena College
J.D., St. Mary's University
M.L.S., University of Illinois
M.A., Fordham University
Professor Hasko holds a B.A. from Siena College, M.A. from Fordham University, M.L.S. from University of Illinois and received his J.D. from St. Mary's University. A native of New York City, Professor Hasko grew up just north of Albany, NY. His trek West began when he attended the University of Illinois. He spent 4 years at the university working on a doctorate in Russian history. While there, he gained his first experience teaching, spending 2 years as a teaching assistant for a course in Western civilization. Finding a full-time teaching position proved fruitless, and after a couple of stints of long-term assignments spelling secondary school teachers on sabbatical, Hasko decided to look at law school to prepare for a more viable career choice.
While in law school, Hasko worked as a work-study student in the law library, and it was that employment that triggered his interest in becoming a law librarian. According to Professor Hasko, "In many ways, I was in the right place at the right time, and was able to enter the profession just as it was making its transition to the electronic environment we have today." He continued to work a couple of hours a day in the law library while studying for the state bar exam. He worked on verifying the correct names and docket numbers of Texas Supreme Court cases which were being placed on microfiche. His tool for accomplishing this was LEXIS, to which the law school had subscribed just before he graduated. A distinction of sorts, he was the first student at his law school to sit at a LEXIS terminal.
Professor Hasko began work as a reference librarian in the law library at USC in Los Angeles two weeks after he earned his M.L.S., a position he held for four years. He served as the associate law librarian at Cornell University for 12 years, where he was also responsible for teaching the 1L course in Legal Research. Teaching legal research remains his teaching interest. In addition to his responsibilities as Director of the College of Law Library, Hasko teaches Advanced Legal Research during the spring semester each year.
On the service side, he is a member of the Board of Trustees for the Latah County Public Library.