Adjunct Professor of Law
Professor McPhail joined the law library staff in August of 2006 and was invited to join the law library faculty in June of 2007. He received a B.A. in English and Philosophy from Quincy College in Quincy, Illinois, and a J.D. from Hamline University in St. Paul, Minnesota. Prior to joining the library faculty at the University of Utah, Professor McPhail clerked and practiced law for 11 years in Illinois, Missouri, and Utah. His specialization was employment law with an emphasis on Title VII litigation, and he has litigated a variety of cases in state, federal and administrative law forums. He is admitted to practice in the Utah State Courts and the United States Court system.
Professor McPhail teaches the legal research component of the first-year legal methods class and an advanced legal research course. In addition to his library and teaching responsibilities, Professor McPhail is an award-winning writer of essays and short stories.
One Moment in Time: The University of Utah Law Library participates in Library Snapshot Day 2010—and learns what patrons really think, Co-authored with Ronald Fuller and Ross McPhail, AALL Spectrum, 15(2), 14 (2010)
Selected Talks and Presentations
Helping Patrons Help Themselves (Free Legal Websites). Presentation at Utah Library Association Annual Conference, St. George, Utah, May 2010
Beyond Google: Factual Legal Research on the Internet. CLE presentation to the Utah Paralegal Bar, Salt Lake City, Utah, February 2009
American Association of Law Libraries Wester Pacific Chapter (WestPac) Committee-Chair, Constitution and Bylaws Committee, 2008-2010.
Financial Aid and Scholarship Committee, University of Utah 2009-current
Reference Committee, Utah Academic Library Consortium, 2009-2010
Honors & Awards
American Jurisprudence Award, Legal Research and Writing, Hamline University School of Law
American Jurisprudence Award, Advanced Legal Advocacy, Hamline University School of Law
Member, American Association of Law Libraries
Member, Utah Library Association
Member, Utah Academic Library Consortium
Member, American Library Association
Member, Western Pacific Chapter of the American Association of Law Libraries (WestPac)
Member, Utah State Bar and Federal Association