Michelle M. Wu, Associate Dean and Professor of Law at Georgetown University Law Center

Michelle M. Wu, Associate Dean and Professor of Law at Georgetown University Law Center

Michelle M. Wu is the Associate Dean for Library Services and Professor at Law at Georgetown University Law Center, a premier law school in Washington DC known for its innovative educational program that melds law, policy, theory and practice. She has served in this role since 2010, mapping a strategic course for the management and use of legal information, as well as teaching in the areas of copyright and copyright licensing. She has also served various additional roles in the law center including Acting Associate Dean for Administration and Finance and Acting Head of Human Resources.

Prior to joining Georgetown, Wu worked for Hofstra University as Associate Dean for Information Services, Professor of Law, and Interim Senior Vice Dean for Academic Affairs. As part of the law school’s leadership team, she served as a key player in strategic planning and helped to build the infrastructure necessary for a law school in a period of transition.

From 2001 to 2004, she was the Associate Director and then Acting Law Library Director for the University of Houston Law Center. She led the library through recovery from Tropical Storm Allison, from the necessary renovation of the library facilities to rebuilding the library’s collection to working with FEMA on the 34M budget for the project. Before Houston, Wu worked at The George Washington University Law School in various capacities including Government Documents/Reference Librarian, Computer Services Librarian, and Assistant Director for Information Services.

Wu is a frequent speaker on library and information management and has written widely on these topics as well as copyright. Her publications include Technology and Future Directions for Law Libraries; Building a Collaborative Digital Collection: A Necessary Evolution in Libraries; Collaborative Academic Library Digital Collections Post-Cambridge University Press, HathiTrust and Google Decisions on Fair Use; and Food for Thought: Should Libraries Partner with Nonlibrary Search Engine Providers for Their OPACs and Discovery Layers?

Wu received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from the University of California, San Diego, her J.D. from California Western School of Law, and her M.Libr. from the University of Washington.