ProfPhotos_DSOL_PMR-10Gordon Russell

Associate Dean, Professor of Law, and Law Library Director

B.A., Brigham Young University
M.L.S., Brigham Young University
LL.B., University of Western Ontario
J.D., University of New Mexico
M.B.A., Lincoln Memorial University

Courses taught: Legal Research and Writing, Interviewing, Negotiation and Counseling, Advanced Electronic Research, Advanced Legal Research, Legal Research Boot Camp

Prior to joining LMU Law in 2009, Dean Gordon Russell was the founding Associate Dean for Library and Information Technology and Professor of Law at Charleston School of Law. For more than 10 years, he has taught legal research in offshore tax online for the International Off Shore Tax LL.M. program directed by William Byrnes.

Russell received his B.A. and M.L.S. from Brigham Young University, LL.B. from University of Western Ontario, J.D. from the University of New Mexico, and MBA from Lincoln Memorial University. He has served on a number of ABA Site Team Evaluations and is currently a Member of the AALL-Academic Law Libraries SIS CALI committee. He was a member of the AALL Academic Law Library Special Interest Section’s Task Force on the ABA Standards Review. As a member of the ABA Legal Education Law School Facilities Committee, Russell was involved in the planning of the ABA Bricks and Bytes Conference, March 2010 in Philadelphia and March 2012 in San Diego.

Selected Publications

Library Director as Change Agent Perspectives of Academic Library Directors (Michelle Wu, ed., 2015)

The ABA Section on Legal Education Revisions of the Law Library Standards: What Does it all Mean, 116(3) Law Lib. J. 329 (2014)

The ABA Section on Legal Education Revisions of the Law Library Standards: What Does It All Mean?SSRN (2014)

Collaborative Experience: Cataloging Projects with Cassidy Cataloging (with Paula Tejeda and Joni L. Cassidy), The Criv Sheet: The Newsletter of the Committee on Relations with Information Vendors (2010)

Blogs, Working Papers, Electronic Publishing: Will Changes in Legal Scholarship Afffect the Future Developments of Library Collections?American Association of Law Libraries (2007)

Building a Library in the Digital Age or How Much Print is Enough? Southeastern Association of Law Libraries (2006)

Electronic Books – Acquisition, Access, Bibliographic Control and UseMid-Aerican Association of Law Libraries (2006)

Implementing Virtual Reference: Hollywood Technology in Real Life (with Ray Balleste),Computers in Libraries (2003)

Law Library Collection Development in the Digital Age (with Michael G. Chiorazzi) (2003)

Reengineering the Law Library Resources Today For Tomorrow’s Users: A Response to ‘How Much of Your Print Collection Is Really on WESTLAW and LEXIS-NEXIS?’Legal Reference Services Quarterly (2002)

A Pathfinder on the Admissibility of Forensic DNA Evidence in Criminal CasesLegal Reference Services Quarterly (1994)

Selected Presentations

Transitioning to the Revised ABA Law School Accreditation Standards, American Association of Law Libraries Conference (2015)

Tired of Herding Cats? Re-image Your Law Library with ERM Best Practices, American Association of Law Libraries Pre Conference on ERM (2011)

Library Unbound: The Convergence of E-books, Electronic Access and New ABA Library Standards are Transforming the Law LibraryCALI Conference 2011 (2011)

What to Count, What to Report: The Revised ABA Annual Questionnaire, American Association of Law Libraries Conference (2007)

Reinventing the Law School Library, NE2007: Libraries Without Borders II (2007)

Reinventing Technical Services in the Digital Age, Southeastern Asssociation of the American Association of Law Libraries (2007)

Integrating Real-time Feedback in the Classroom with New Technology , Charleston Connections Conference (with Sydney Beckman) (2007)

Integrating Feedback: Creating a Response Oasis in an IT Mirage CALI – The Center for Computer-Assisted Legal Instruction (with Sydney Beckman) (2007)

Integrating Advanced Legal Research into Upper-level Seminar Courses, Institute for Law School Teaching 13th Summer Conference (2007)

The Internet Revolution: Savvy Research Strategies for Paralegals Institute of Paralegal Education (with Rachel Fisher, Russell Altman, and Douglas Lineberty) (2007)

The Digital Law Library and Virtual Reference, OCLC Virtual Reference Conference (2003)

Experiencing the Virtual Reference Desk, CALI Conference (2003)

The Future of the Law Library, Southeastern Association of Law Schools (2003)

Virtual Support Centeres: Redefining Academic Legal Reference – Meeting the Challlenge of Supporting an Online LL.M. Program. Integrating Asynchronous and Synchronous Learning Components With a Commercial Online Writing Lab (, 17th Annual BILETA Conference (2002)

Capturing Key Evidence Through Electronic Discovery in Florida, NBI Seminar (2002)

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