Paul Gatz

Reference Librarian


Paul Gatz is a reference librarian at the Moritz Law Library. He provides research and reference assistance to faculty, students, and the public and teaches Advanced Legal Research: Litigation and ADR.

Before joining the Moritz Law Library, Gatz was the reference and student services librarian at the Texas Tech University Law Library. He also worked at the Albert E. Jenner, Jr. Memorial Law Library at the University of Illinois while pursuing his library science degree.

Gatz practiced law in Illinois as a staff attorney at the Illinois Legislative Reference Bureau for two years before entering the library profession. During that time, he drafted legislation in the subject areas of elections, state finance, and financial regulation.

Gatz graduated magna cum laude from Augustana College in Rock Island, Illinois, with a B.A. in Philosophy, and was inducted into Phi Beta Kappa. He earned his J.D. from the University of Illinois College of Law, where he graduated cum laude and was a production editor on the Journal of Law, Technology, and Policy. Gatz returned to Urbana-Champaign to earn his M.S.L.I.S. at the University of Illinois Graduate School of Library and Information Science.

Selected publications and presentations:

  •  “Legal Research Experts Are Made Not Born: How to Design, Implement, and Expand a Successful Legal Research Program” (Panelist), Southwestern Association of Law Libraries (SWALL) Annual Meeting, Boulder, Colorado (April 11, 2015)
  • “Google for Lawyers,” part of CLE entitled “A Look at Legal Technology: Using Technology in the Practice of Law,” Texas Tech University Law Library, Lubbock, Texas (November 14, 2014).
  • One Among Many: With So Much Legal Information Available for Free on the Web, What Role Remains for the Law Library?, AALL Spectrum, Apr. 2014, at 9 (with Paul D. Healey).