Ronald E. Wheeler

Director of the Fineman and Pappas Law Libraries Associate Professor of Law & Legal Research

  • Title Director of the Fineman and Pappas Law Libraries

    Associate Professor of Law & Legal Research
  • Office Library Administrative Offices Room 304
  • Phone 617-353-2332
  • Education BA, University of Michigan-Dearborn
    MLIS, Wayne State University
    JD, University of Michigan Law School

Ronald Wheeler, a recognized leader in the area of legal research instruction, has served in various law library management roles at law schools across the country, including Suffolk University Law School, the University of San Francisco School of Law, Georgia State University College of Law, and the University of New Mexico School of Law. Wheeler has taught legal research in various contexts including in stand-alone first year legal research courses, upper division courses, online, and in study abroad programs in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil and Linz, Austria. Wheeler also taught a course on US Legal Research to Chinese law students at the East China University of Political Science and Law in Shanghai, China during the summer of 2012. Wheeler also teaches a research and writing seminar called Queer Legal Scholarship which addresses the intersection of sexual orientation law and academic literature.

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

Director Wheeler currently serves as President of the American Association of Law Libraries (AALL). He is the the first African-American male to hold this office. He is a member of the Law Librarians of New England (LLNE), serves on the executive board of the New England Law Library Consortium (NELLCO), and is a member of the Editorial Board of the Legal Information Review.

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