Professor of Legal Research
Associate Librarian for Reader Services
Michael Roffer is the Associate Librarian for Reader Services and Professor of Legal Research at New York Law School. He teaches a variety of legal research classes, including a number of Legal Research: Practical Skills courses, and engages in scholarly research with both faculty and students. He has particular expertise in research matters involving statutory law and legislative history as well as the rules and regulations of federal administrative agencies. He previously served as an Adjunct Assistant Professor of Law co-teaching Advanced Topics in Criminal Law and Procedure: Federal Courts and Federal Crimes.
Professor Roffer joined the New York Law School Library in 2003, twenty years after graduating from the Law School. Prior to obtaining his MLIS degree (Masters in Library and Information Science) from the School of Communication, Information, and Library Studies at Rutgers in 2003, Professor Roffer had been a Senior Counsel at Proskauer Rose LLP in New York, where he practiced in both the Labor & Employment Law and Litigation departments for thirteen years. His practice took in a wide range of complex litigation matters cutting across a broad spectrum of legal issues. Professor Roffer had previously been associated with Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom. Professor Roffer also served as a Law Clerk to Judge Roger J. Miner ’56 in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit and the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of New York.
Professor Roffer holds a J.D. degree magna cum laude from New York Law School, where he was a John Ben Snow Scholar and an Articles Editor for the New York Law School Law Review. He received his B.A. degree magna cum laude with Honors in Economics from Brandeis University. He has published articles in the areas of antitrust law, criminal procedure law, and employment law, and has lectured at Continuing Legal Education programs for attorneys and Continuing Professional Education programs for law librarians.
Professor Roffer has been a member of the New York Bar since 1984 and is admitted to practice before the Supreme Court of the United States as well as numerous other federal courts
Roffer is active in the American Association of Law Libraries (AALL),
where he is a member of the Electronic Legal Information Access and
Citation Committee, which is charged with, among other things, studying
and formulating nationwide policies concerning the authentication and
preservation of online state and federal legal materials.
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Brandeis University, B.A., 1980 magna cum laude (Honors in
New York Law School, J.D., 1983 magna cum laude (Law Review, Articles Editor)
Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, M.L.I.S., 2003
Law Clerk, Hon. Roger J. Miner, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit and U.S. District Court, Northern District of New York.