Michael Roffer ’83

Professor of Legal Research
Associate Librarian for Reader Services

Michael Roffer ’83

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 also teaches the Judicial Externship Seminar. He has particular expertise in research matters involving statutory law and legislative history as well as the 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, 20 years after graduating from the Law School. Prior to obtaining his MLIS degree 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 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 is the author of The Law Book: From Hammurabi to the International Criminal Court, 250 Milestones in the History of Law (Sterling Publishing 2015), which received the American Association of Law Libraries’ 2016 Joseph L. Andrews Legal Literature Award. The book also received the 2016 Otto L. Walter Distinguished Writing Award from New York Law School. Adapted excerpts from the book have appeared on Law.com and in the New York State Bar Journal. Professor Roffer has published articles in the areas of legal history, antitrust law, criminal procedure law, and employment law, as well as reviews of various legal research databases. He co-authored the chapter on Judicial Externships in Learning from Practice: A Professional Development Text for Legal Externs (Third Edition, Thomson/West, 2016). Professor Roffer has lectured at bar associations and 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

Professor Roffer is active in the American Association of Law Libraries (AALL), where he has served on the Digital Access to Legal Information Committee and is a member of the Law Repositories Caucus. He is active in AALL’s Academic Law Libraries Special Interest Section and AALL’s local affiliate, the Law Library Association of Greater New York (LLAGNY). He is also a member of the Historical Society of the New York Courts and of the Washington University in St. Louis Libraries’ National Council.


The Law Book: From Hammurabi to the International Criminal Court, 250 Milestones in the History of Law (Sterling Publishing 2015).



“Judicial Externships,” co-authored with Mariana Hogan, chapter in Learning from Practice: A Professional Development Text for Legal Externs 3rd ed. (L. Wortham, A. Scherr, N. Maurer, & S. Brooks, eds.) (Thomson/West Spring 2016).



Note, “Pleading the Entrapment Defense: The Propriety of Inconsistency,” 28 New York Law School Law Review. 1025 (1984)

Comment, “Foreign Antitrust Violations and the Act of State Doctrine,” 27 New York Law School Law Review. 1013 (1982)



“Something Wicked This Way Comes: A History of Witch Hunts,” law.com (August 22, 2016)

“Books Still Matter: Making Milestones,” LLAGNY LawLines (July 11, 2016)

“A Celebration of Milestones,” New York Law School Magazine (35:1 at 2, May 2016)

“Five Times the Government Tried to Regulate Sin,” law.com (April 22, 2016)

The Archival Collection of Judge Roger J. Miner: 1981-2012 (New York Law School, 2013).

Review, “Mealey’s Litigation Report: Employer Liability Insurance,” (Fran Lysiak, ed. 2002, LexisNexis/Mealey Publications), 22 Legal Information Alert 10 (2003)

“Holding Employees’ Native Tongues: English-Only Rules in the Workplace” (joint author), HR Magazine, 177 (September 2000)

“Meting out Justice: Practice and Procedure in the U.S. Courts” (joint author), 1987 PLI series, Introduction to Litigation of Disputes Affecting the U.S. and the U.K.

“New Research Tool Blooms,” LLAGNY LawLines 38-40 (Review of Bloomberg Law) (Spring 2010)