Richard A. Danner

Archibald C. and Frances Fulk Rufty Research Professor of Law
Senior Associate Dean, Information Services


Richard A. Danner is Archibald C. and Frances Fulk Rufty Research Professor of Law, and Senior Associate Dean for Information Services. His primary academic interests are in legislation, legal education, and legal research and bibliography.  In addition to his administrative responsibilities, he has taught a course on Legislation, focusing on statutory interpretation, and legal research and writing.

Danner has written on the impacts of information technology on legal education and the profession of law librarianship, and on the effects of electronic publication on scholarly communication in law. His current research is focused on the role played by forms and structures of legal information on the history and development of U.S. law. He is the author of Strategic Planning: A Law Library Management Tool for the '90s and Beyond (2d ed. 1997) and Legal Research in Wisconsin (1980), and contributions to journals in law and librarianship. He is the editor of Toward a Renaissance in Law Librarianship (1997); co-editor (with Bernal) of Introduction to Foreign Legal Systems (1994); compiler of the International Journal of Legal Information Cumulative Index 1960-2002 (2003); co-editor (with Houdek) of Legal Information and the Development of American Law (2008; and co-editor (with Winterton) of the IALL International Handbook of Legal Information Management (2012), which received the 2012 Joseph L. Andrews Legal Literature Award.

Danner has been active in the affairs of the American Association of Law Libraries and the International Association of Law Libraries.  He was president of AALL in 1989-90, has chaired several AALL special committees and task forces, and edited AALL's Law Library Journal from 1984-94. He was first vice-president of the IALL from 2004-2010.  He has served on many site visits to other law schools on behalf of the American Bar Association Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar, and the Association of American Law Schools. He served on the executive committee of the AALS from 2002-2004.