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George S. Grossman

Professor of Law Emeritus


B.A. International Relations, University of Chicago 1960

LL.B., Stanford University 1966

M.S.L.S., Brigham Young University 1971


"Now is the most interesting time to be in the information business since Gutenberg invented movable type," says Grossman, professor of law and director of the law library. Grossman faces the twin challenges of applying new technology to library operations at a time of financial stringency. "Actually, the two are complementary. We must look to technology not only to enhance the library, but also to reduce costs and increase inter-library resource sharing," says Grossman. Grossman also teaches American Legal History, the topic of his 1999 book, which has been recommended as summer reading for students about to start law school.

Subject Areas

Legal Research, Legal History, American Legal History

Selected Career Highlights

  • Director of law libraries at University of Utah, University of Minnesota, and Northwestern University, before coming to UC Davis.

Selected Publications

The Spirit of American Law, (Westview Press, 1999).

Legal Research: Historical Foundations of the Electronic Age, (Oxford University Press 1994).

Early American Legal Lexilographers, in Language and the Law (M. Robinson, ed. 2003).

Scholars and the Constitution: Bibliographic Notes on Two Centuries of Scholarship on the Constitution of the United States, 5 Const. Comment. 393 (1988).

Programming for the New Library: An Overview, 79 L. Libr. J. 489 (1987), also published in The Spirit of Law Librarianship: A Reader 253 (1991).

Housing Books, 79 L. Libr. J. 521 (1987).

The Special Committee on a National Law Library: A History, 77 L. Libr. J. 621 (1984-85).

The Totally Online Library: Northwestern's Integrated Library System, 77 L. Libr. J. 47 (1984-85).

Clinical Legal Education and the Law Library: An Update, 72 L. Libr. J. 75 (1979).

Clinical Legal Education and the Law Library, 67 L. Libr. J. 60 (1974).

Clinical Legal Education: History and Diagnosis, 26 J. Legal Educ. 162 (1974).

Indians and the Law, in New Directions in American Indian History 97 (C. Calloway, ed.) (University of Oklahoma Press 1988).

Looseleaf Services, in How to Find the Law 248 (M. Cohen, ed., 1975).

Report on Law Libraries, in The Law School and the University 33 (American Bar Association, 1993).

Issues in Law Librarianship: A Report to the AALS Committee on Libraries, in Setting the Legal Information Agenda for the Year 2000 307, (American Association of Law Libraries, 1993).

University of Minnesota Law School Library, in Library J. Special Rpt. No. 16: New Academic Library Buildings 24 (1980).

Sovereignty of American Indian Tribes, (Minnesota Civil Liberties Fdn., 1979).

Report of the Subcommittee on the Index to Legal Periodicals, in Proceedings of the 1976 Annual Meeting of the Association of American Law Schools pt. 1, sec. 1, at 30.

Student Problems Book and Instructor's Key to accompany How to Find the Law, (M. Cohen ed., 1975) (1976) (Editor, 1978).

Panel, Sources of American Indian Law, 67 L. Libr. J. 494 (1974).

Clinical Legal Education: An Annotated Bibliography, (Council on Legal Education for Professional Responsibility, 1974).

Legal Bibliography: A Critical Overview for Environmentalists, n 2 Nat'l Envtl. Infor. Symp. Proceedings 311 (U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, 1974), also published as Council of Planning Librarians, Exchange Bibliography No. 366 (1972).

Bibliographical Control in Law and the Environment, Council of Planning Librarians,, Exchange Bibliography No. 334 (1972).

Panel, Legal Bibliography of Current Social Problems, 64 L. Libr. J. 452 (1971).

Book reviews in L. Libr. J., Int'l J. L. Libr., Libr. J., Utah L. Rev., W. Legal Hist.