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Michael Whiteman to lead Robert S. Marx Law Library

New director is the eighth librarian to hold this position in law school’s 186-year history

Michael Whiteman has joined the University of Cincinnati College of Law as associate dean of Library Services and director of the Robert S. Marx Law Library.

Prior to joining UC Law, Whiteman was interim dean at Northern Kentucky University’s Chase College of Law for the last two years, while simultaneously serving as associate dean for Law Library Services, a position he held for 15 years.  

Michael Whiteman

Michael Whiteman

 “UC Law is a leader in training lawyers for the modern practice of law. The Law Library is the epicenter for teaching students how to use technology and information to assist their future clients. I look forward to working with the faculty and staff to insure that UC Law remains the best choice for those interested in being at the forefront of the legal profession,” said Whiteman.

In addition to leading library services, Whiteman brings extensive teaching experience in the areas of criminal law and legal research. He has presented at national and regional conferences on topics involving law libraries, innovation and legal research, and has published law review articles in Northwestern Journal of Technology and Intellectual Property and the UCLA Law Review Discourse. His most recent article “Appellate Jurisprudence in the Internet Age” was published in the Northwestern Journal of Technology and Intellectual Property.

Before joining Chase, Whiteman was associate director at the Brandeis School of Law’s Library. He began his career at the Boston College Law School Library.

“Michael is a leading innovator and administrator in the legal community. He brings a thoughtful approach to the importance of technology in the legal field and how students and faculty should use it to advance their work.  We’re thrilled that he has joined the law school,” said College of Law Dean Verna Williams.

Whiteman holds a BA from Concordia University, a JD from the University of Louisville’s Brandeis School of Law, and a MS (LIS) from Simmons College. He is actively involved in the legal community, having served on the Board of the Children’s Law Center, served on the Board of Trustees for the Campbell County Public Library, and served on a number of ABA site teams.

Whiteman replaces long-time UC Law librarian Kenneth J. Hirsh, who retired after more than 10 years as director.

About the College of Law

Founded in 1833, the University of Cincinnati College of Law has the distinction of being the first law school west of the Alleghenies. From humble beginnings 175 years ago in a room above Timothy Walker’s law offices to its home today in Clifton (OH), Cincinnati Law has been on the leading edge of legal education. Thousands of lawyers have graduated from the law school, and about one-third practice in the Greater Cincinnati community, working in all areas of the law. For more information about the College of Law, visit