Margaret Leary’s biography

Margaret A. Leary

1056 Newport Road

Ann Arbor, MI 48103

734-764-4468;; October, 2011




B.A. political science, Cornell University, 1964

M.A. library science, University of Minnesota, 1966

J.D., William Mitchell College of Law, St. Paul, MN, 1973

Currently enrolled in Eastern Michigan University’s program for an M.A. in Creative Writing

Professional Experience:

Cataloger, University of Minnesota Walter Library, 1965-68.

Head Cataloger, University of Minnesota Law Library, 1968-1970

Head Cataloger, William Mitchell College of Law, 1970-1972

Lawyer under supervision, Legal Aid Society of Minneapolis, 1972-1973

Assistant/Associate Director, University of Michigan Law Library, 1973-1984

Consultant to Nottingham University (England) Law School; Northwestern University Libraries; Melbourne University Law School.

Director, University of Michigan Law Library, 1984-2011. Retired in August 2011.

Taught Advanced Legal Research course, 1987-2011

Service Experience

Trustee, William Mitchell College of Law, 1993-2002

Member, City of Ann Arbor Planning commission, 1994-2003

Board member and President, Huron Valley Habitat for Humanity, 1994-2002

Member, Executive Committee, Institute of Continuing Legal Education, 2000-2010.

Foster parent, 1982-1985

Elected as Trustee, Ann Arbor District Library, 2004-current; President 2006-2008, 2011

Served on 15 accreditation teams for the American Bar Association Section on Legal Education, fact-gathering site visits to U.S. law schools including Yale and Georgetown.


Articles about law librarianship in numerous professional journals, including Law Library Journal.

Short pieces in the local monthly newspaper, The Ann Arbor Observer (on a cat with nine lives who  moved into a retirement community for people with memory disorders; about William Cook’s wife Ida who died in Ann Arbor; about earthworms as an invasive species).

Giving It All Away: William W. Cook and His Michigan Law Quadrangle, University of Michigan Press, 2011.

Current Research Projects

  1. White-tailed deer in Washtenaw County, Michigan (causes, consequences, range of responses) Will pitch to local papers, at least.
  2. The Mackay Companies (telegraph and cable companies which provided the only competition to Western Union from 1895-1920; WWC worked for them) Will pitch to business history academic journals.
  3. Hyperparathyroidism (little diagnosed, probably present in 2-3% of population, easily fixed medical condition that has serious life-threatening consequences) Will pitch to magazines.
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