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Ellen Schaffer's career as a law librarian has spanned over three decades and has shaped Foreign, Comparative, and International Law Librarianship as we know it today. She has worked in a multitude of environments spanning from the University of Miami Law library where she began her career as a law librarian to working for the United Nations. She has helped coordinate the collection policies of her libraries, written pieces on collection development, served as a member on various international librarian organizations, and perhaps most importantly, established the FCIL Schaffer Grant, assisting foreign law librarians participate in the AALL conference. This paper will focus on Ms. Schaffer's successful career due to: her willingness to take on new adventures; her fortitude resulting in many achievements; her altruism which benefits us all; and trace the history and contributions of the Schaffer Grant which provides an American perspective to foreign law librarians, and offers new perspectives to United States Librarians—who perhaps have not had the chance to experience law libraries abroad.