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Susan T. Phillips 

Professor of Law
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Courses: Legislation & Regulation, Criminal Procedure, & Electronic Research Practicum.

Professor Susan Phillips began her career at the law school in 1992 as a law librarian after serving as reference librarian at Pepperdine University School of Law. She joined the law school faculty in February 2000 as the Director of the Law Library and Professor of Law.  In June 2001, she was promoted to Associate Dean. She was the Director of the Dee J. Kelly Law Library through Summer 2008 when she resigned to devote full-time focus to law faculty duties in Fall 2008.

Professor Phillips’s scholarship has focused on legal research with her legal research exercises book being used in law school and library school programs throughout the country.  In addition to teaching the research courses, she has taught in the Legal Research, Analysis, and Writing program.  Currently, Professor Phillips’s teaching interests include Legislation & Regulation and Criminal Procedure

Professor Phillips earned her B.A. in history from the University of Dallas, and her J.D. and M.S.L.S. from The Catholic University of America. Professor Phillips has been an active member of the Southwestern Association of Law Libraries, serving as president, 2004 – 2005, and on the Executive Board, April 2003 – April 2007.   She also served on the Board of Advisors for the School of Library & Information Science, University of North Texas.

Selected Publications and Presentations:

Author of LEGAL RESEARCH EXERCISES, FOLLOWING THE BLUEBOOK, 11th ed. (West 2013) and INSTRUCTOR’S MANUAL: LEGAL RESEARCH EXERCISES, FOLLOWING THE BLUEBOOK, 11th ed. (West 2013).

Co-author of LEGAL RESEARCH EXERCISES, FOLLOWING THE BLUEBOOK, 11th ed. (Thomson West August 2011) and INSTRUCTOR’S MANUAL: LEGAL RESEARCH EXERCISES, FOLLOWING THE BLUEBOOK, 11 ed. (Thomson West  2011).

Co-author of Legal Research Exercises, Following the Bluebook, 10th ed. (Thomson West forthcoming August 2008) and Instructor’s Manual: Legal Research Exercises, Following the Bluebook, 10th ed. (Thomson West August 2008).

“‘Like Sands Through the Hourglass . . .’: How to Develop a Legal Research Problem,” 28 Legal Reference Services Quarterly(2009).

Co-author of Legal Research Exercises, Following the Bluebook, 9th ed. (Thomson West 2005) and Instructor’s Manual: Legal Research Exercises, Following the Bluebook, 9th ed. (Thomson West 2005).

Co-author of Legal Research Exercises, Following the Bluebook, 8th ed. (West Group 2003) and Instructor’s Manual: Legal Research Exercises, Following the Bluebook, 8th ed. (West Group 2003).

Co-author of Legal Research Exercises, Following the Bluebook, 7th ed. (West Group 2001) and Instructor’s Manual: Legal Research Exercises, Following the Bluebook, 7th ed. (West Group 2001).

Co-author of Legal Research Exercises, Following the ALWD Citation Manual, 7th ed. (West Group 2001) and Instructor’s Manual: Legal Research Exercises, Following the ALWD Citation Manual, 7th ed. (West Group 2001).

Co-author of Legal Research Exercises, Following the Bluebook, 6th ed. (West Group 1999) and Instructor’s Manual: Legal Research Exercises, Following the Bluebook, 7th ed. (West Group 1999).

Speaker/Panelist, “Brushing Up on the Bluebook,” National Conference of Law Reviews, March 20, 2010.

Speaker, Researching European Union Law on the Internet, Southwestern Association of Law Libraries Annual Meeting, Little Rock, March 31, 2005

Speaker, Legal Research:  The 10 Best Resources for Hearing Officers, National Association of Hearing Officials, 2004 National Training and Continuing Education Conference, Oct. 20, 2004, Fort Worth, TX.

Speaker, Researching European Union Law on the Internet, Doing Business in the European Union—A Lawyer’s Perspective, Dallas, March 25, 2004.

Speaker, State Bar of Texas, TexBar 1999 CLE & Expo, Fort Worth, TX, June 1999:  Advanced Legal Research:  Search Strategies of Search Engines.