Tue Sep 02 2014   

Faculty Profile

Michael Chiorazzi

Associate Dean for Information Services, Beverly & James E. Rogers Professor of Law, Professor of Information Resources & Library Science

E-mail:  Michael Chiorazzi
Office Number: 127
Office Phone: (520) 621-5477
Office Fax: (520) 621-3138

Courses Taught:
Intermediate Legal Research for Non-Lawyers - Law 697r
Intermediate Legal Research (Boot Camp) - Law 697A
Teaching Legal Research - Law 689A
Advanced Legal Research - Law 689
Law Library Practice & Administration - Law 681e
Law Review - Law 622

Curriculum Vitae
Personal Webpage

Biographical Information

Prior to joining the University of Arizona's James E. Rogers College of law in 1996, Dean Chiorazzi was a reference librarian and senior instructor in legal research at Duke University School of Law (1981 - 1989). Subsequently, he served as the deputy director of the Law Library and legal research instructor at the Boston College School of Law (1989 - 1996).

Dean Chiorazzi's research interests include legal history, issues in law librarianship, and the use of technology in the teaching of legal research. Since 1999 he has served as the editor of Legal Reference Services Quarterly.

In July 2013, Dean Chiorazzi was awarded the American Association of Law Libraries (AALL) Distinguished Lecture Award. He presented his paper, Mentoring, Teaching and Training the Next Generation of Law Librarians:  Past and Present as Prologue to the Future at the Annual Meeting of AALL, in Seattle, WA. The paper will be published in the Law Library Journal.


University of Washington, M. Law Libr. (1981) 
Gonzaga University, J.D. (1980) 
University of Miami, B.A. (1976) 

Professional Work Experience

Professor of Information Resources and Library Science, University of Arizona School of Information Resources and Library Science, University of Arizona, 1998 - present
Director and Professor of Law, Law Library, James E. Rogers College of Law, 1996 - present
Deputy Director and Instructor in Legal Research, Boston College Law Library, 1989 - 1996
Reference Librarian, Duke University Law Library, 1981 - 1989
Senior Instructor in Legal Research, Duke University Law Library, 1986 - 1989
Instructor in Legal Research, Duke University Law Library, 1981 - 1986

Representative Publications

Mentoring, Teaching, and Training the Next Generation of Law Librarians: Past and Present as Prologue to the Future, 106 Law Libr. J. 69 (2014).
Legal Research Boot Camp: One Approach to Meeting the Research Needs of Law Students, 30 Legal Reference Services Q., no. 4, at 299 (2011) (co-author, with Cynthia Condit).
Commentaries on Hicks’ ‘Teaching Legal Bibliography’: With an Addendum by Robert Berring, 28 Legal Reference Services Q. 9 (2009) (co-author, with Shaun Esposito).
Prestatehood Legal Materials: A Fifty-State Research Guide, Including New York City and the District of Columbia (2005) (co-editor, with Marguerite Most, and author of Preface xxix).
Books, Bytes, Bricks and Bodies: Thinking About Collection Use In Academic Law Libraries, 21 Legal Reference Services Q. 1 (2002), reprinted in Law Library Collection Development in the Digital Age 1 (Michael Chiorazzi & Gordon Russell eds., 2002) and available at http://www.law.arizona.edu/Library/research/guides/paretoarticle.cfm?page=research"
Law Librarianship: Historical Perspectives (1996) (co-editor, with Laura N. Gasaway & author of William R. Roalfe: Builder of Libraries, Scholar, Association Animal 215). [Law Reserve Z 675.L2 L3837 1996]. [The article is also available at: http://www.law.arizona.edu/Library/research/guides/lawlibrarian.cfm?page=research
Complete List of Publications


Desert States Law Library Consortium 2003 - present
American Association of Law Libraries 1981 - Present
Committee on Indexing of Legal Periodicals, 1983; Committee on Relations with Dealers and Publishers, 1984 - 1986; Legal History and Rare Book Special Interest Section, Vice-Chair, Chair-Elect 1989 - 1990; Chair 1990 - 1991; Boston Meeting Local Arrangements, 1993; Special Committee on the History of Law Librarianship 1994 - 1996; Special Committee on Training the Next Generation Of Law Librarians, 2005 - 2007
Association of American Law Schools 1981 - Present
Delegate, AALS House of Representatives 1997 - present
Southwestern Association of Law Libraries 1996 - Present
Arizona Association of Law Libraries 1996 - Present
Consortium of Arizona Law Libraries 1996 - Present
American Bar Association 1998 - 2002
Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar, Law Libraries Committee
Southeastern Chapter of the American Association of Law Libraries 1981 - 1989
Newsletter Committee, 1983 - 1984; Membership Committee, 1985 - 1987; Chair, 1985 - 1986
Consortium of Southeastern Law Libraries 1988 - 1989
Executive Board
Law Librarians of New England 1989 - 1996

Institutional Service

Chair, Building Committee 2005 - 2009
Ad Hoc Budget Committee 2008 - 2009
Curriculum Committee 1996 - 2001; 2003 - present
College of Law Library/Information Technology Committee 1997 - 2007; Chair 1998 - 1999, 2004 - 2005
College of Law Library United Way Representative 1996 - present
Chair, Space Planning Committee 2001
College of Law Library Curriculum Committee 1996 - 2001
Ad Hoc Information Technology Committee 1997 - 2001; Chair, 1998 - 1999
Ad Hoc Space Planning Committee, Chair 1999 - 2000
Dean Search Committee 1998; 2008 - 2009
Community Service Award Committee 1999
ABA Self-Study Team 1998
Acting Director of First Year Moot Court Program 1998 (Spring)
Member, State Law Librarian Search Committee 1998


American Association of Law Libraries Distinguished Lecture Award  2013
Leslie F. and Patricia Bell Faculty Award for 2010 - 2011  2011
Leslie F. and Patricia Bell Faculty Award for 2006 - 2007  2007
AALL Joseph L. Andrews Bibliographic Award (with Marguerite Most) (recognizes significant contribution to legal bibliographical literature)  2007
AALL Call for Papers Award  1987
AALL Law Library Publication Award (with Kathryn Christie and Claire Germain)  1984


Last Updated: 02/26/2014