Mark W. Podvia

Mark Podvia

Associate Law Librarian, Emeritus and Archivist, Emeritus

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

About Podvia

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

Professor Podvia is a member of the American Association of Law Libraries and the Bar of the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania. He is a past chair of the American Association of Law Libraries Legal History and Rare Books Special Interest Section, the AALL Council of Newsletter Editors, the AALL/LexisNexis Call for Papers Committee, and the Pennsylvania Library Association Preservation Round Table. 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.

Mark Podvia retired from Penn State in September 2014 following 25 years of service to the law school. He went on to serve as University Librarian at the West Virginia University College of Law. He retired from WVU in 2021.

Mark continues to offer ghost tours of Carlisle each fall in support of Dickinson Law’s Public Interest Law Fund (PILF).

Select Publications

The Strange Case of Dr. Paul Schœppe accepted for publication by Talbot Publishing, Clark, New Jersey.

A Citizens’ Guide to a Modern Constitutional Convention in Pennsylvania (with Kerry L. Moyer, Ph.D.).

Encyclopedia Entries
“Northwest Ordinance” and “Titles of Nobility,” Encyclopedia of the United States Constitution.

“James Wilson: Political Philosopher, Founding Father and Supreme Court Justice,” Pennsylvania Bar Association Quarterly (2021).

“The Battle of the Law Books,” Green Bag, 2d (2019).

Dean William Trickett,” Pennsylvania Bar Association Quarterly (2019).

“The Baltimore Incident and American Naval Expansion,” Jus Gentium: Journal of International Legal History (2018).

Pennsylvania Public Pensions and Public Pension Forfeiture Part II: The Pennsylvania Pension Forfeiture Law” with Charles E. Shields, III, Pennsylvania Bar Association Quarterly (2018).

“Bourbon and the Law: A Brief Overview,” Unbound (2015).

“Frederick Douglass in Carlisle,” Unbound (2012).

“The Honorable Frederick Watts: Carlisle’s Agricultural Reformer,” Penn State Environmental Law Review (Spring 2009).

“The Victorian-Era Law Office: How to Furnish Your Workplace for Under $100,” Law Library Journal (Fall 2004).

“The Dickinson Law Review: A History,” Penn State Law Review (Winter 2004).

“The Use of Trivia as a Tool to Enhance the Teaching of Legal Research,” Perspectives (Spring 2004).

“Yes, Pittsburgh, There is a Santa Claus,” Green Bag, 2d (Autumn 2003).