Patrick Meyer

Patrick Meyer

Director, Kresge Law Library
Professor of Law

Meyer, Patrick
Contact Info:
Campus: Riverfront Campus
Building: Dowling Hall
Room: Kresge Law Library-L18
Phone: 313-596-0240
Meyer, Patrick
Areas of Expertise:
Legal Research


  • J.D. Washburn University School of Law
  • M.L.S Syracuse University
  • M.S. Kansas State University


Professor Meyer is the Director of the Kresge Law Library where he manages the library budget and library personnel, has primary responsibility for the development of the collection, and fosters the creation of services to faculty and students. He has taught extensively for 25 years and teaches Advanced Legal Research in either the online or the traditional format. He managed the development of the required first year legal research course, has dramatically changed the course two times to make it more interactive, and currently manages the program and teaches a substantial number of students each semester. Professor Meyer has served as Chair and Vice Chair of the Curriculum Committee, recently finished a three-year stint on the Honor Council, and was a member of the ABA Self-Study Committee. He is currently a member of the Admissions Committee and Budget Committee, and chairs the Library Committee. The focus of his scholarship is on legal research, online teaching, food labelling laws, and curricular issues.

Professor Meyer has recently served on the Executive Board of the Michigan Association of Law Libraries (MichALL) in the capacity of Vice President, President, and Past-President. He recently completed three years of service on the Executive Board of the Society of Academic Law Library Directors (SALLD). He was previously President of the Southern California Association of Law Libraries (SCALL) and served on the SCALL board for five years. Professor Meyer was also a member of the ThomsonReuters Legal Research and Writing Advisory Board. He has made numerous presentations on law firm legal research requirements, teaching an integrated research course, and new library space planning.


    Courses Taught

    Introduction to Legal Research and Communication I/II

    Advanced Legal Research Online


    Selected Publications

    This Article Contains 400 Calories: A Critique Of, and Call for Expansion To, the Menu Labeling Requirements of Section 4205 of the Affordable Care Act, 56 Ind. L. Rev. 59 (2022)

    Adding Legal Research to the Bar Exam: What Would the Exercise Look Like? 53 Akron L. Rev. 107 (2019)

    The Crazy Maze of Food Labeling and Food Claims Laws, 92 St. John’s L. Rev. 233 (2018)

    The Google Effect, Multitasking, and Lost Linearity: What We Should Do, 42 Ohio N.U. L. Rev. 705 (2016)


    Selected Presentations

    Panelist, Bouncebackability --Law Library Support for Professional Development Post-COVID, at Ohio Regional Ass’n of Law Libraries (ORALL) Annual Conference, Akron, Ohio (Nov. 2, 2023)

    Co-Presenter, E-Books in a Post-Pandemic World, at ABA Associate Dean’s Conference, Chicago, Ill. (July 12, 2023)

    Co-Presenter, Rethinking Law Reference Services: Who, Where, What, When, & How?, at Ohio Reg’l Ass’n of Law Libraries (ORALL) Annual Conference, Sandusky, Ohio (Oct. 24, 2019)

    Panelist, What Research Skills and Other Lawyering Competencies Do New Law Graduates Need to be Successful in Practice? at Wayne State Univ. Law School, Detroit, Mich. (June 10, 2019)

    Co-Presenter, Teaching Online Courses at Univ. of Detroit Mercy Law School, Detroit, Mich. (April 25, 2019)

    Panelist, Legal Research & Lawyering Skills: What’s Expected of New Law Graduates at Wayne State Univ. Law School, Detroit, Mich. (June 12, 2018)

    Presenter, Addressing the Cognitive Differences in How the Mind Works for Online Learning vs. Print-Based Learning at the Univ. of Toledo Law Faculty Colloquium Series, Univ. of Toledo College of Law, Toledo, Ohio (Nov. 9, 2016)

    Co-Presenter, Building Better Collections: LMAs – Should They Stay or Should They Go? at the Ohio Regional Assn. of Law Libraries (ORALL) 2016 Annual Meeting, Dayton, Ohio (Oct. 21, 2016)

    Co-Presenter, Diversity in the Legal Profession: A Dialogue About the Librarian’s Role at the MichALL Spring Education Meeting, Univ. of Michigan Ross School of Business, Ann Arbor, Mich. (May 20, 2016)

    Co-Presenter, Qualifying Advanced Legal Research as a Simulation Course at the SALLD General Meeting, Fordham Univ. School of Law, New York, NY (Jan. 8, 2016)