William R. Mills
Professor of Legal Research, Emeritus
Fordham Law School, J.D. 1982; Columbia University, M.S.L.S. 1978; State University of New York at Stony Brook, B.S. 1971
William R. Mills came to New York Law School in 1989 with extensive law library experience in both private firm and academic settings. 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.
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 City University of New York (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 NYLS, 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.