January 08, 2008

Accomplished Law Librarian and Legal Scholar to Direct Hamline Law Library

Professor Grace Mills brings nearly 20 years' experience to her new role at Hamline  

Grace M. Mills, an accomplished legal scholar, professor and law librarian, is joining Hamline University School of Law as library director and associate professor. Professor Mills is a 1983 Columbia University School of Law graduate. She also earned her M.L.S. degree from Queens College, Graduate School of Library Science in 1989, and a B.A. from Wellesley College in 1980. She joins Hamline from Florida A&M University College of Law, where she has served as director since founding that library in 2002.

At Florida A&M University College of Law Professor Mills managed a $1.2 million budget. She created, developed and organized a public law library collection of more than 300,000 volumes within three years. She taught Legal Bibliography and a seminar on Advanced Legal Research. Professor Mills has maintained a commitment to scholarly research as well, most recently writing an update of the 1992 Minority Law Librarians Survey and works concerning legal research within the curricula of legal education. She also has served on the University and College of Law Faculty Committees at Florida A&M.

Professor Mills has a strong leadership history in both national and local librarian associations, including the American Association of Law Libraries (AALL) and the Southeastern Law Libraries chapter of AALL. She recently was elected to serve as a board member of the Florida regional library organization, Central Florida Library Cooperative. She is a member of the American Libraries Association, Special Libraries Association and the American Bar Association. Professor Mills is licensed to practice law in New Jersey.

"Professor Mills brings a wealth of leadership experience and academic success that will make her a strong complement to the Law School's existing library team" said Dean Jon Garon. "We are delighted to welcome her to Hamline University School of Law."

Prior to her role as founding director of the Florida A&M University law library, Professor Mills acquired nearly 20 years of experience as a law librarian, an associate law professor and legal editor. She served as assistant law librarian for public services at North Carolina Central Library, senior reference librarian at the University of California at Berkeley, and faculty liaison librarian, reference librarian, and associate law school library professor at City University of New York Law School at Queens College in Flushing, New York.

Earlier in her career, Professor Mills developed and wrote articles and case materials in her role as legal editor at Westlaw. She also conceived, wrote and edited article and case materials as a legal editor at Prentice Hall, Inc. She has given presentations on strategic issues affecting law libraries and has published numerous professional articles on related topics. She is the co-author of "Making Diversity a Goal through Strategic Planning," along with Rhea Ballard-Thrower, in the book Achieving Diversity: A How-To-Manual for Librarians by Barbara I. Dewey and Loretta Parham (Neal-Schuman: New York, 2006).