Roger V. Skalbeck

Professor of Law
Associate Dean for Library and Information Services


Roger V. Skalbeck is a Professor of Law and the Associate Dean of Library & Information Resources. He teaches legal research, applied practice technology, and copyright law.  He is a frequent presenter on legal technology at national conferences, and he writes about libraries, technology, and intellectual property. Dean Skalbeck is on the Board of Directors for the Center for Computer-Assisted Legal Instruction (CALI), a member of the Virginia Access to Justice Commission’s Committee on Self-Represented Litigants, and a member of the Legal Scholarship Advisory Board for LawArXiv. He was formerly an Adjunct Professor and Associate Librarian at Georgetown Law Center, where he co-taught a seminar on Technology Innovation and Law Practice.


Presenter, "From Conversation to Conversion: Getting Lawyers to Use New Tools," American Association of Law Libraries, Online Webinar (April 2019).

Presenter, "Partnership Opportunities to Enhance Access to Justice," SEAALL: South Eastern Chapter of the American Association of Law Libraries, Hot Springs, Virginia (March 2019).

Presenter, "Law School Roaring Twenties/Great Depression: The View from the Director's Suite on the challenges facing Law Schools and Law Libraries in the 21st Century - Deep Dive," SEAALL: South Eastern Association for Law Libraries, Hot Springs, Virginia (March 2019).

Presenter, "Taking the Lead on Teaching Legal Technology: Opportunities and Challenges," American Association of Law Libraries Annual Meeting, Chicago (July 2016).

Presenter, "Emerging Trends in Legal Aid Technology," Legal Aid Attorneys & Staff, Virginia Poverty Law Center (Oct. 2016).

Bar Admissions


Professional Experience

Associate Law Librarian for Electronic Resources & Services (2006-2015)
Georgetown Law Library, Washington, D.C.

Adjunct Professor (2011-2015)
Georgetown Law Center, Washington, D.C.

Technology Services Librarian (2000-2006)
George Mason School of Law, Arlington, Va.

Electronic Services Librarian (1999-2000)
Howrey LLP, Washington, D.C.

Systems Librarian (1998-1999)
Williams & Connolly, Washington, D.C.

Knowledge Analyst (1997-1998)
Schwegman, Lundberg, Woessner & Kluth, P.A., Minneapolis, Minn.



Honoring Rick McKinney and LLSDC's Legislative Source Book, in Festschrift in Honor of Rick McKinney 69 (with Joyce Manna Janto and Kat Klepfer) (2016).

Leveraging Narratives: Communicating Value with Qualitative Content, in Defining ROI: Law Library Best Practices 7 (2016).

Benefits and Risks of Legal Research Technologies, Virginia Lawyer (August 2015).

Tech Innovation in the Academy, in: AALL/ILTA Ditigal White Paper, Oct. 2012, at 74-78 (reprinted in Peer to Peer, Dec. 2012, at 24-28).

Top 10 Law School Home Pages of 2011, 2 J.L. (1 J. Legal Metrics) 25-52 (2012).

Top 10 Law School Home Pages of 2010, in 2011 Green Bag Alm. 339-366 (Ross E. Davies ed., Wash., D.C.: Green Bag Press 2010) (with Jason Eiseman).

Mobile Legal Research: Do We NEED an App for That?, Law Libr. Lights, Winter 2011, at 20-22.

Top 10 Law School Home Pages of 2009, in 2010 Green Bag Alm. 289-306 (Ross E. Davies ed., Wash., D.C.: Green Bag Press 2009).

The Power of Collaboration: WorldCat's Copyright Evidence Registry, AALL Spectrum, April 2009, at 14-15, 32-33.

Re-Hashing the Hash Tag - Crowd Competition and Community Standards at the #AALL2009 Conference,, Aug. 27, 2009. (with Meg Kribble).

New Research Uses for Patent and Trademark Data, Legal Info. Alert, Feb. 2008, at 1, 3-4.

Law and Technology Podcasts, N.J. Lawyer, Dec. 24, 2007, at S4.

Don't Dilute my Coffee! Federal Trademark Dilution and Likely Legislative Changes, Legal Information Alert, June 2006, at 1, 4-6.

Is There a New Digital Collection in Your Future? Legal Information Alert, Feb. 2006, at 1, 4-7 (with Iva Futrell).

Did You Use Westlaw Enough For That Free iPod? -- What Recent Graduates May (or May Not) Know About Legal Research, Legal Information Alert, vol. 24, no. 7 July/August 2005 (with Iva M. Futrell).

Isn't that Patented Trademark Under Copyright Protection? infoEdge (Thomson/West), vol. 5, no. 1, Spring 2004.

How Dewey Classify OCLC's Lawsuit?, September 29, 2003 (

Computing Efficiencies, Computing Proficiencies & Advanced Legal Technologies, Virginia Lawyer, vol. 50, no. 3 (October 2001, p.24-26).

Legal Software Review Sources and Related Sites to Help Meet Law Practice Technology Needs, Virginia Lawyer, vol. 49, no. 9 (April 2001, p.55,58).

Casting a Wide Intranet, Legal Times, Week of July 19, 1999. S26-27 (Special Supplement: Expanding Horizons: New Frontiers for Law Firm Librarians) (with Sabrina Pacifici).


Fastcase, in A Guide to Legal Research in Virginia (Virginia Law Foundation, 2017).

Additional Publications

National Conference on Copyright of State Legal Materials Conference Summary and Promotion, AALL Spectrum (2016).

Finding and Using Images, While Respecting Copyright, in Virginia Laywer Magazine (2017).

Government Relations Office and Copyright Committee, AALL Issue Brief 2010-5: Exemptions to DMCA § 1201 Circumvention of Copyright Protection Systems. (with Jennifer Wondracek).

Contributed to: Introduction to Online Legal, Regulatory & Intellectual Property Research (1st Ed.) South-Western Press, October 2003, ISBN: 0-324-20315-2.

Former editor of “Tech Talk” column for Law Library Lights (2003-2015); former monthly editor for “Notes from the Technology Trenches” for from September 1999 through June 2001.


J.D., George Mason University School of Law 2005

M.L.I.S., Dominican university 1996

B.A., Macalester College 1993

Contact Information

Room L9, Law School
(804) 289-8218
(804) 289-8683 (Fax)

Areas of Expertise

Law Librarianship
Technology in Legal Practice
Copyright Law
Intellectual Property