Cornell H. Winston is the Law Librarian and Records Center Supervisor for the United States Attorney’s Office, Central District of California. He has been at the U.S. Attorney’s Office, one of the largest in the United States, for 22 years. Cornell has over 35 years of library experience working at a law school (Whittier College School of Law) and two law firms (Munger, Tolles & Olson LLP and Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP) in Los Angeles.
Cornell is the former chair of the Library Advisory Group for the United States Attorneys’ Offices, which provides library support for the U.S. Attorneys’ Offices that don’t have professional librarians. He has taught legal research classes for many years for Department of Justice support staff at the National Advocacy Center in Columbia, South Carolina.
Cornell is active in the American Association of Law Libraries (AALL). He is the incoming Vice President/ President-Elect of the Association. He formerly served as Treasurer of the Association (2019–2022), having served on the AALL Executive Board (2006–2009) and various AALL committees, and is a former chair of the AALL Black Caucus (2011–2012). Cornell is also a member of the Southern California Association of Law Libraries (SCALL), where he served on several committees and was SCALL President (2001–2002).
Cornell is a graduate of the University of California, Irvine and Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, California, and serves as Associate Pastor for Education Ministries at Santa Clarita Christian Fellowship in Castaic, California. He has been married to his wife Cynthia for 33 years and has two daughters and two granddaughters.