portrait of william mills, professor of legal research

William R. Mills

Professor of Legal Research
Associate Librarian for Information Services

William R. Mills

Professor of Legal Research
Associate Librarian for Information Services

William R. Mills, associate librarian, holds a J.D. from Fordham, and a master’s degree in Library Science from Columbia. In the Mendik Library he is in charge of Information and Technology Resources, which encompasses acquisition and dissemination of the Library’s electronic information resources, as well as maintenance and development of the Integrated Library System and the Library website. He came to New York Law School in 1989 with extensive law library experience in both private firm and academic settings.

Professor Mills began his career at the law firm of Willkie Farr & Gallagher, where he managed the library; planned and coordinated a move into a new building; and oversaw the installation of LEXIS, the first computer legal research system. He then attended law school and moved into academia, first serving as the evening librarian at Seton Hall University School of Law. After a year, he joined the founding faculty at CUNY Law School as public services librarian. At CUNY, Professor Mills participated in the planning and execution of three library relocations, including the library’s move into its permanent facility on the Queens College campus. He also coordinated CUNY’s legal research skills course, a comprehensive program of instruction for first and second year students that was integrated with other curricular work.

In addition to his administrative duties at the Law School, Professor Mills teaches the Advanced Legal Research seminar. He has served on numerous law school committees, including Student Professional Development and Academic Status.

A frequent participant in the activities of library associations, Professor Mills was a member of the American Association of Law Libraries’ Special Committee on the Renaissance of Law Librarianship in the Information Age, an elite committee designated to act as a think tank, proposing new definitions and models for the legal information profession of the future. He has long been active in leadership roles in the Law Library Association of Greater New York, recently serving a term as the association’s president.


Tablets and Mobile Device Management, Chapter 9 in Law Librarianship in the Digital Age at 139-155 (E. Kroski, ed., Scarecrow Press 2014).


“The Decline and Fall of the Dominant Paradigm: Trustworthiness of Case Reports in the Digital Age”, 53 New York Law School L. Rev  917 (2009)

The Shape of the Universe: The Impact of Unpublished Opinions on the Process of Legal Research.”(Special Issue: Reflecting on the Legal Issues of Our Times. New York Law School Faculty Presentation Day), 46 New York Law School Law Review 429-446 (2002-2003).


“Thinking About the Year 2020.” Essay in Toward a Renaissance in Law Librarianship, at 67 (R.A. Danner, ed.). American Association of Law Libraries, 1997.

“New York City Landlord-Tenant Law: A Critique of Research Materials.” 1 CityLaw 52 (June 1995).

Subject Index, Annual Survey of American Law. (Annual Index 1983–1985 and 1987–1989).