Ronald E. Wheeler, Jr.

Director of Fineman & Pappas Law Libraries

Associate Professor of Law and Legal Research

BA, University of Michigan-Dearborn
MLIS, Wayne State University
JD, University of Michigan Law School

Areas of Interest
Diversity & Inclusion, Law Library Management, Legal Writing & Research

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.

During 2016-17, Director Wheeler served as president of the American Association of Law Libraries (AALL), becoming the first African-American male president of AALL. 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.

  1. Ronald E. Wheeler, "An Introduction to “Critical Legal Research: The Next Wave”," in Symposium “Critical Legal Research: The Next Wave” (A Panel in Honor of Richard Delgado and Jean Stefancic), 101 Boston University Law Review Online 1 (2021).
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  2. Ronald E. Wheeler & Phebe Huderson-Poydras, "How Law Libraries Can Help Tell the Black Lives Matter Movement’s Story," 25 AALL Spectrum 41 (Sept/Oct 2020).
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  3. Ronald E. Wheeler, "Everything from Soup to Nuts: The Full Plate of Academic Law Library Directorship, in “A Day in My Law Library Life,” Circa 2018," 111 Law Library Journal 71, 99 (2019). (Compiled by Scott Frey).
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  4. Ronald E. Wheeler, "Micro Essay Researching Foreign Law in a Bunch of Common Law Jurisdictions Just Got WAY Easier!" 26 Perspectives: Teaching Legal Research & Writing 32 (2018).
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  5. Jenna Fegreus & Ronald E. Wheeler, Sources of Compiled Legislative Histories: A Bibliography of Government Documents, Periodical Articles, and Books, 1st Congress–114th Congress, 4th edition, William S. Hein & Co. (2018).
  6. Ronald E. Wheeler, "About Microaggressions," 108 Law Library Journal 321 (2016).
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  7. Ronald E. Wheeler, "On Empathy," 108 Law Library Journal 489 (Sum 2016).
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  8. Ronald E. Wheeler, "Soft Skills - The Importance of Cultivating Emotional Intelligence," 20 AALL Spectrum 28 (Jan/Feb 2016).
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  9. Ronald E. Wheeler, "Is This the Law Library or an Episode of the Jetsons?" 20 Journal of the Legal Writing Institute 49 (2015).
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  10. Ronald E. Wheeler, "Library Director as Opportunity Identifier," in Academic Law Library Director Perspectives: Case Studies and Insights 195, Michelle M. Wu, ed., William S. Hein & Co. (2015). HeinOnline (BU) | HeinOnline | Scholarly Commons | SSRN
  11. Ronald E. Wheeler, "Michael Brown, Eric Garner, and Law Librarianship," 107 Law Library Journal 467 (2015).
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  12. Ronald E. Wheeler, "We All Do It: Unconscious Behavior, Bias, and Diversity," 107 Law Library Journal 325 (2015).
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  13. Ronald E. Wheeler, "AALL Diversity Redelineated," 106 Law Library Journal 135 (2014).
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  14. Ronald E. Wheeler, Nancy P. Johnson, Deborah Schander & Austin Martin Williams, "Georgia Practice Materials: A Selective Annotated Bibliography," in State Practice Materials: Annotated Bibliographies Georgia-1, Frank G. Houdek, ed., William S. Hein & Co. (2014). HeinOnline (BU) | HeinOnline
  15. Ronald E. Wheeler, "Let's Talk About Race," 106 Law Library Journal 267 (2014).
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  16. Ronald E. Wheeler, "Stereotype Threat and Law Librarianship," 106 Law Library Journal 483 (2014).
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  17. Ronald E. Wheeler, "Teaching WestlawNext: Next Steps for Teachers of Legal Research," 21 Perspectives: Teaching Legal Research & Writing 127 (Spr 2013).
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  18. Ronald E. Wheeler, "National Thank Your Mentor Day – Guest Author Ronald Wheeler," Cassidy Cata-Blog (Jan 2012).
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  19. Ronald E. Wheeler & Nancy P. Johnson, State Documents Bibliography: Georgia, revised edition, William S. Hein & Co. (2012). State Document Bibliography Series
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  20. Ronald E. Wheeler, "Does WestlawNext Really Change Everything: The Implications of WestlawNext on Legal Research," 103 Law Library Journal 359 (2011).
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  21. Ronald E. Wheeler, "Leadership as a Product of Hard Work and Passion," 15 AALL Spectrum Members Briefing 2 (Jul 2011).
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  22. Ronald E. Wheeler & Terrance K. Manion, "A Tale of One CALI Lesson: Librarians Share a New Approach," 14 AALL Spectrum 24 (Apr 2010).
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  23. Ronald E. Wheeler, Nancy P. Johnson & Terrance K. Manion, Georgia Legal Research: Secondary Source Materials, Computer-Assisted Legal Instruction (CALI) Lesson (2009). Publisher
  24. Ronald E. Wheeler, Terrance K. Manion & Nancy P. Johnson, "Choosing the Top Candidate: Best Practices in Academic Law Library Hiring," 100 Law Library Journal 117 (2008).
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  25. Ronald E. Wheeler, "Tips for Developing Specialized Legal Research Courses," 29 RIPS Law Librarian 2 (Spr 2007).
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  26. Ronald E. Wheeler & Stephanie Davidson, "Learning While They Work: The Use of Student Assistants in Two Academic Law Libraries," 25 ALL-SIS Newsletter 19 (Spr 2006).
  27. Sexual Orientation and the Law: A Research Bibliography Selectively Annotating Legal Literature Through 2005, Ronald E. Wheeler, James M. Donovan, James G. Durham & Stephanie Wilson, eds., William S. Hein & Co. (2006). AALL Publication Series No. 74
    HeinOnline (BU) | HeinOnline | Publisher
  28. Ronald E. Wheeler, "Marriage Equality: A Civil Rights Issue," The Black Perspective 5 (Dec 2004).
  29. Ronald E. Wheeler, Jeremy Ballew & Barbara Lah, New Mexico Formal Reprimands and Judicial Notices for Professional Responsibility, New Mexico Courts, Disciplinary Project (2004).
  30. Ronald E. Wheeler, "Where to Find Ordinances Online," 9 Bar Journal (State Bar of New Mexico) 54 (Sum 2003).
  31. Ronald E. Wheeler, "Legal Writing: Some Useful Online Reference Sources," 8 Bar Journal (State Bar of New Mexico) 11 (Win 2002).
  32. Ronald E. Wheeler & Barbara Lah, "Researching New Mexico State Administrative Materials," 8 Bar Journal (State Bar of New Mexico) 15 (Spr 2002).
  33. Ronald E. Wheeler, "Ruminations on Tenure," 24 RIPS Law Librarian 4 (Spring 2002).
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  34. Ronald E. Wheeler, "Vendor Neutral Citation in New Mexico," 8 Bar Journal (State Bar of New Mexico) 11 (Sum 2002).
  35. Ronald E. Wheeler, "Researching International Environmental Law," 7 Bar Journal (State Bar of New Mexico) 6 (Winter 2001).
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