Professor Rich Leiter

Richard A. Leiter Director of the Schmid Law Library and Professor of Law

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Advanced Legal Research Law 733/G (3 cr hr)
Advanced exposure to the tools of legal research: the nature of and philosophies surrounding organization and production of the materials themselves.


A Close Encounter: People to People International's Legal Research and Library Science Delegation Visits China,  13:6 AALL Spectrum 10 (April 2009)

Who Gets to be the Expert? Legal Research Skills Certification in Legal Education,  28 Legal Reference Services Quarterly 271 (2009)

The Missing Lawyer Skill,  12:9 AALL Spectrum 22 (July 2008)

Reflections on Ranganathan's Five Laws of Library Science,  95:3 Law Library Journal 411 (Summer 2003)

Reorganize AALL's Membership Structures for More Effective Representation of Members,  6:5 Spectrum 4 (February 2002)

Planning for the Inevitable,  20:9 Legal Information Alert 6 (October 2001) with Paul Morrison

AALL Exhibits 2001: An Annual Review,  20:7 Legal Information Alert 5 (July/August 2001)

Twenty Years Ago…A Reminiscence, Not a Database Report,  20:6 Legal Information Alert 9 (June 2001)

The Use of Law Reviews in Modern Legal Research: The Computer Didn't Make Me Do It!,  90:1 Law Library Journal 59 (Winter 1998)


Landmark Supreme Court Cases, 2017 Edition. (New York: Facts on File, 2017)

Landmark Supreme Court Cases,Second Edition. (New York: Facts on File, 2011)

National Survey of State Laws,Sixth Edition, Editor (Detroit: The Gale Group, 2008)

The Spirit of Law Librarianship,Second Edition. Co-Editor with Prof. Roy Mersky (Chicago: Alert Publications, Inc., 2004)

National Survey of State Laws,1st Ed. (1993), 2nd Ed. (1997), 3rd Ed. (1999), 4th Ed. (2003)

Spirit of Law Librarianship,1991 with Roy Mersky

Use of Law Reviews in Modern Legal Research: The Computer Didn't Make Me Do It!,90:1 LLJ 59 (Winter 1998)

Book Chapters

Law Librarians' Roles in Modern Law Libraries Academic Law Library Director Perspectives: Case Studies and Insights, 2015

Chapters 9 & 10, Fundamentals of Legal Research Ninth Edition. Barkan, Mersky & Dunn (New York: Foundation Press 2009)

Thursday, September 8, 2022

The Frederick Charles Hicks Award for Outstanding Contributions to Academic Law Librarianship, 2020 by the Academic Law Libraries Section of the American Association of Law Libraries  

Roy M Mersky Spirit of Law Librarianship Award for Public Service, 2019  

Kenneth J Hirsch Distinguished Service Award, 2010, for Outstanding Contributions to Computing Services in Law Libraries by the Computing Services Special Interest Section of the American Association of Law Libraries  

2003 Winner of the Joseph L. Andrews Bibliographical Award,  AALL


Host and founder of “Law Librarian Conversations,” a monthly podcast/radio program on BlogTalkRadio  The podcasts 41 episodes ran from 2008-2017 and boasted over 83,000 listens and downloads.


In 2020 Professor Leiter was elected chair of the Law Libraries and Legal Information Section of the Association American Law Schools  


M.L.I.S., 1986, University of Texas, Austin
J.D., 1981, Southwestern University School of Law
B.A., with Honors, 1976, University of California, Santa Cruz

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Director and Professor of Law at the Schmid Law Library, 2000

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