Director of the Law Library & Information Resources

Contact

  • Suffolk University Law School
    120 Tremont St.
    Boston, MA 02108
  • Suite: 760-J
  • Phone: 617-305-3005
  • Fax: 617-723-3264
  • Email: rewheeler@suffolk.edu

Degrees

  • BBA, University of Michigan
  • JD, University of Michigan
  • MLIS, Wayne State University

    Teaching

  • Legal Research
  • Queer Legal Scholarship

Biography

Ronald E. Wheeler serves as director of the Moakley Law Library. Wheeler, a recognized leader in the area of legal research instruction, teaches Advanced Legal Research and the research and writing seminar Queer Legal Scholarship. He has taught legal research in various contexts including in stand-alone first year legal research courses. Wheeler believes there should be a legal research component in every facet of the law curriculum including in study abroad programs. To that end, he has taught legal research abroad in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil and Linz, Austria. Wheeler taught a course on U.S. legal research to Chinese law students at the East China University of Political Science and Law in the summer of 2012.

Wheeler’s scholarship focusing on legal research techniques, legal research instruction, and algorithm-driven search engines has gained him national attention, and he is often called upon to speak about teaching innovation and other legal research related topics. He is also a well-known speaker and author on issues related to law library management and the role of the law library in the enterprise of legal education. Wheeler pens a regular feature in Law Library Journal called Diversity Dialogues which aims to engage the scholarly conversation on issues of diversity of librarianship and in the legal profession.

In 2014 Wheeler was named to the Lawyers of Color 50 Under 50 list of minority attorneys making an impact on legal education.

Professional Activities

Member of the American Association of Law Libraries (AALL) and the Law Librarians of New England (LLNE); Executive Board of the New England Law Library Consortium (NELLCO); AALL Academic Law Libraries Special Interest Section's Strategic Planning Committee; Executive Committee of the Society of Academic Law Library Directors (SALLD); served on the Executive Board of AALL from 2010 to 2013, and currently running for the office of president of AALL.

Prior Experience

  • Director of the Law Library & Associate Professor of Law, University of San Francisco School of Law
  • Assistant Director of the Law Library, University of New Mexico School of Law
  • Associate Director of the Law Library, Georgia State University College of Law

Awards

  • Named to the Lawyers of Color 50 under 50 list
  • AALL Academic Law Libraries SIS Active Member Stimulus Grant, 2014
  • American Association of Law Libraries Minority Leadership Development Award, 2005
  • American Association of Law Libraries Standing Committee on Lesbian and Gay Issues Alan Holoch Memorial Grant, 2002
  • American Association of Law Libraries Annual Meeting Grant, 2002

Publications

Books

State Documents Bibliography: Georgia (William S. Hein & Co., State Document Bibliography Series, 2012 Revised Edition 2012). (Co-authored with Nancy P. Johnson.)

Sexual Orientation and the Law: A Research Bibliography Selectively Annotating Legal Literature Through 2005 (Buffalo, N.Y.: William S. Hein & Co., Inc., 2006). (Edited by James M. Donovan, James G. Durham, Ronald Wheeler, and Stephanie Wilson. A project of the Standing Committee on Lesbian and Gay Issues Social Responsibilities Special Interest Section of the American Association of Law Libraries.) Read More

Law Review and Journal Articles

Stereotype Threat in Law Librarianship, 106 LAW LIBR. J. (forthcoming 2014) 

Let's Talk About Race, 106 LAW LIBR. J. 267 (2014) 

AALL Diversity Re-delineated, 106 LAW LIBR. J. 135 (2014) 

"Teaching WestlawNext: Next Steps for Teachers of Legal Research," 21 Perspectives: Teaching Legal Research & Writing 127 (Spring 2013). SSRN

"Does WestlawNext Really Change Everything: The Implications of WestlawNext on Legal Research," 103 Law Library Journal 359 (2011). SSRN

"Choosing the Top Candidate: Best Practices in Academic Law Library Hiring," 100 Law Library Journal 117 (2008). (Co-authored with Nancy Johnson and Terrance Manion.) SSRN

Book Contributions

Opportunity Spotter Case Study, in ACADEMIC LAW LIBRARY DIRECTOR PERSPECTIVES CASE STUDIES, FUTURE DIRECTIONS, AND GENERAL ADVICE (William S. Hein & Co., Michelle M. Wu ed., forthcoming 2015) 

"Legal Academe and the Black Gay Intelligentsia," in The Voices of Leadership in the 21st Century: The Rise of LGBT African Americans in a New Millennium (Peter Lang Publishers, Johnson, Richard G. III Edition forthcoming).

"Georgia Practice Materials: A Selected Annotated Bibliography," in State Practice Materials: Annotated Bibliographies edited by Frank G. Houdek (Buffalo, N.Y.: William S. Hein & Co., Inc., 2010). (Co-authored with Nancy P. Johnson.)

Opinion Pieces and Blog Posts

"National Thank Your Mentor Day – Guest Author Ronald Wheeler," Cassidy Cata-Blog (January 2012).

"Marriage Equality: A Civil Rights Issue," The Black Perspective (December 2004).

Other Publications

"Leadership as a Product of Hard Work and Passion," 15 AALL Spectrum Members' Briefing 9 (July 2011) Read More.

"A Tale of One CALI Lesson: Librarians Share a New Approach," 14(6) AALL Spectrum 24 (April 2010) Read More. (Co-authored with Terrance Manion.)

"Georgia Legal Research: Secondary Source Materials," Center for Computer-Assisted Legal Instruction (January 2009) Read More. (Co-authored with Nancy Johnson and Terrance Manion.)

"Tips for Developing Specialized Legal Research Courses," 29 RIPS Law Librarian 2 (Spring 2007).

"Learning While They Work: The Use of Student Assistants in Two Academic Law Libraries," 25 ALL-SIS Newsletter 19 (Spring 2006) Read More. (Co-authored with Stephanie Davidson.)

"Where to Find Ordinances Online," 9 Bar Journal 54 (Summer 2003). (State Bar of New Mexico)

"Vendor Neutral Citation in New Mexico," 8 Bar Journal 11 (Summer 2002). (State Bar of New Mexico)

"Researching New Mexico State Administrative Materials," 8 Bar Journal (Spring 2002). (Co-authored with Barbara Lah.)

"Ruminations on Tenure," 24 RIPS Law Librarian 4 (Spring 2002).

"Legal Writing: Some Useful Online Reference Sources," 8 Bar Journal 11 (Winter 2002). (State Bar of New Mexico)

"Researching International Environmental Law," 7 Bar Journal 6 (Winter 2001). (State Bar of New Mexico)

Presentations

Presenter, "Conference of Newer Law Librarians," American Association of Law Libraries' 106 Annual Meeting, Seattle, WA (July 2013).

Panelist, "Law Libraries of the 21st Century: Butterflies, Phoenixes, or the Same Old Thing?" The Association of American Law Schools 2013 Annual Meeting, "Global Engagement and the Legal Academy," New Orleans, La. (January 2013). (Co-presented with Barbara Bintliff and Lance Query.)

Presenter, "Update on the American Association of Law Libraries," San Diego Area Law Libraries, A Chapter of the American Association of Law Libraries, "Fall 2012 Workshop: MBTI Discovery and Communication for Legal and Law Related Professions," San Diego, Calif. (October 2012).

Presenter, "Update on the American Association of Law Libraries," Association of Law Libraries of Upstate New York, "Building Blocks 58th Annual Meeting," Buffalo, N.Y. (September 2012).

Panelist, "Coordinating Legal Research Instruction: From First-Year Law Student to First-Year Associate," San Diego Area Law Libraries, Northern California Association of Law Libraries, and Southern California Association of Law Libraries' Fourth All-California Joint Institute, San Diego, Calif. (March 2012). (Co-presented with Patrick Meyer, Betsy Chessler, Mark Gediman, and Cynthia Guyer.)

Moderator, "Hiring the Law Librarian of the Future," Western Pacific Chapter of the American Association of Law Libraries 2011 WestPac Annual Meeting, Portland, Ore. (October 2011).

Presenter, "Animal Therapy: An Approach to Relieve the Stress of Law School Exams," Northern California Association of Law Libraries Business Meeting "The Emerging Field of Animal Law," Sacramento, Calif. (September 2011).

Moderator, "Employer Panel IIB: Law Firm Librarians," University of San Francisco School of Law 2011 Western Regional Legal Writing Conference "How to Hit the Ground Writing: Meeting the Expectations of the Changing Legal Market," (August 2011).

Presenter, "Diversity Symposium: Celebrating the First 10 Years of the AALL Minority Leadership Development Award," 104th American Association of Law Libraries Annual Meeting & Conference, Philadelphia, Pa. (July 2011).

Presenter, "I’m a New ___ Now What?" American Association of Law Libraries Annual Meeting & Conference, Philadelphia, Pa. (July 2011).

Presenter, "Developing Human Resources: The Skills Needed for Law Librarians of Today and the Future," Harvard University Conference "The Future of Law Libraries: The Future is Now?" Cambridge, Mass. (June 2011).

Presenter, "American Association of Law Libraries Executive Board Update," Chicago Association of Law Libraries Business Meeting, Chicago, Ill. (May 2011).

Presenter, "American Association of Law Libraries Exective Board Update," Michigan Association of Law Libraries Meeting, Ann Arbor, Mich. (May 2011).

Presenter, "AALL Update, WestlawNext, and Other Miscellany," Houston Area Law Libraries Meeting, Houston, Texas (April 2011).

Moderator, "WestlawNext Discussion Roundtable," Northern California Association of Law Libraries "Annual Spring Institute 2011," San Francisco, Calif. (April 2011).

Moderator, Western Pacific Chapter of the American Association of Law Libraries Annual Meeting "The Impact of WestlawNext on Legal Research and Legal Research Instruction," San Francisco (October 2010).

Moderator, "Arizona's SB 1070: Necessary Protection from Illegal Immigration or a License to Discriminate?" American Association of Law Libraries 103rd Annual Meeting and Conference, Denver, Colo. (July 2010).

Presenter, "Becoming a Leader in the Library Profession," Georgia Council of Media Organizations Annual Conference, Columbus, Ga. (October 2009).

Presenter, "So You Think You Can Teach: Keeping the Audience Awake and Learning Alive," American Association of Law Libraries Annual Meeting, Washington, D.C. (July 2009).

Presenter, "Law Librarians Abroad," Southwestern Association of Law Libraries Annual Meeting, Albuquerque, N.M. (March 2009).

Presenter, "Legal Research, Legal Writing, and Moot Court: Pink Ink and Beyond," American Association of Law Schools Annual Meeting, San Diego, Calif. (January 2009).

Presenter, "So You Think You Can Teach: Five Lessons in 50 Minutes," Southeastern Chapter of the American Association Law Libraries, Alexandria, Va. (April 2008).

Presenter, "Developing an Advanced Training Program for Research Assistants: Library in Support of Law Faculty Scholarship," Southeastern Chapter of the American Association of Law Libraries Annual Meeting, Baton Rouge, La. (2007).

Presenter, "Electronic Legal Research: A World of Legal Information at UNM School of Law Library," State Bar of New Mexico's Center for Legal Education, Albuquerque, N.M. (May 2006).

Presenter, "Who Let the Blawgs In (and what do I do with them now that they're here)?" New Mexico Law Review and the Intellectual Property Student Organization, Albuquerque, N.M. (March 2006). (CLE Presentation)

Presenter, "'Don't Ask, Don't Tell', Solomon, FAIR v. Rumsfeld and the Law Librarian's Role in Amelioration," American Association of Law Libraries, St. Louis, Mo. (2006).

Presenter, "Find it Free and Fast on the Net: Advanced Internet Strategies for the New Mexico Legal Professional," National Business Institute, Albuquerque, N.M. (December 2005). (CLE Presentation)

Presenter, "Internet Legal Research: Find it Fast in 2005," Paralegal Division of the State Bar of New Mexico, Albuquerque, N.M. (April 2005).

Presenter, "Find it Fast and Free on the Net: Advanced Internet Strategies for the New Mexico Legal Professional," National Business Institute, Albuquerque, N.M. (November 2004).

Presenter, "Learning More in 2004 - Staying on the Cutting Edge of Navajo Law," Sutin Thayer & Brown, Albuquerque, N.M. (October 2004). (CLE Presentation)

Presenter, "Legal Research on the Internet: Explore a World of Resources at Your Desk(top)," State Bar of New Mexico Center for Legal Education, Albuquerque, N.M. (February 2002).