Rhea Ballard-Thrower

Associate Professor of Law

J.D., 1986, University of Kentucky
M.I.L.S., 1988, University of Michigan
B.A., 1983, University of Cincinnati


In August 2016, Professor Rhea Ballard-Thrower was appointed Executive Director for the Howard University Library System, which includes Founders Library, the Undergraduate Library and Moorland Spingarn Archives.  Professor Ballard-Thrower joined the law faculty in February 2001, and continues to teach at the law school.  Professor Ballard-Thrower holds degrees from the University of Cincinnati, the University of Kentucky, and the University of Michigan.  Prior to her current directorship for the Howard University Libraries, she served as Director of the Howard University Law Library, Associate Director at the Georgia State University Law Library in Atlanta, Georgia and as Reference Librarian at the Tarlton Law Library at the University of Texas-Austin.  Professor Ballard-Thrower has been a legal bibliography instructor, conference presenter, and author of many articles on law librarianship.


Rhea Ballard-Thrower, Freeman v. Pitts, in 1 ENCYCLOPEDIA OF AFRICAN AMERICAN EDUCATION 271 (Kofi Lomotey ed., 2010).

Rhea Ballard-Thrower, Dayton Board of Education v. Brinkman, I and II, in 1 ENCYCLOPEDIA OF AFRICAN AMERICAN EDUCATION 208 (Kofi Lomotey ed., 2010).

Profiling Minority Law Librarians: an Update, (written with Dwight King and Grace Mills) 101 L. LIBR. J. 267 (2009).

Leadership for the Twenty-First Century Library Director, in BEYOND THE BOOKS: PEOPLE, POLITICS AND LIBRARIANSHIP 239, (Leslie Lee and Michelle Wu, eds., 2007). PUBLICATIONS (continued)

Making Diversity a Goal through Strategic Planning, (written with Grace M. Mills) in ACHIEVING DIVERSITY: A HOW-TO-DO-IT MANUAL FOR LIBRARIANS 16, (Barbara I. Dewey and Loretta Parham eds., 2006).

Finding Free Legal Research Sites and Free Case Law, in FIND IT FREE AND FAST ON THE NET: ADVANCED STRATEGIES FOR THE LEGAL PROFESSIONAL 1, National Business Institute (2005).

Law Students Performing at a Class Near You, 14 PERSPECTIVES: TEACHING LEGAL RES. & WRITING, Fall 2005, at 5.

Internet Strategies for the Paralegal in Georgia, (written with Holliday Gordon), 1999 INST. FOR PARALEGAL EDUC. 2 (1999).

Legal Bibliography Presentations Can Be Murder: an Alternative to the Lecture, (written with Joe C. Morris) 16 LEGAL REFERENCE SERVICES Q. 23 (1998).

Webbing the Law: Finding Legal Information on the Web, (written with Edna S. Dixon) BLACK CAUCUS OF THE AM. LIBR. ASS’N THIRD NAT’L CONF. 277 (1997).

Profiling Minority Law Librarians: a Report on the 1992-93 Survey, (written with Dwight King, Helena Lai, and Grace Mills) 87 L. LIBR. J. 247 (1995).

A Review of Federal Legislative Histories: An Annotated Bibliography and Index to Officially Published Sources, by Bernard D. Reams. 14 LEGAL INFO. ALERT 13 (Jan. 1995).

a.[Multi-l + cultural a. 2.], 16 READER SERVICES LIBRARIAN 9 (1994).

E-Mail Privacy, (written with Jackie Shieh) 29 EDUCOM REVIEW 59 (March/April 1994).

Pocket Guides to the Internet, 19 SOUTHEASTERN LAW LIBRARIAN 10 (Winter 1994).

The Neophyte’s Guide to Nirvana, 12 LEGAL REFERENCE SERVICES Q. 79 (1992).

Kreimer v. Morristown, 29 THE GEORGIA LIBRARIAN 9 (Spr. 1992).

All I Really Need To Know About Libraries I Learned From Dr. Suess, 18 SOUTHEASTERN LAW LIBRARIAN 11 (Fall 1992).

Advance Directives (part II): Durable Powers Of Attorney For Health Care In Georgia, 10 ATLANTA LAW LIBRARIES ASSOCIATION NEWSLETTER 1 (Jun. 1991).

Cross-Training In A Law Library: Just Do It! TRENDS IN LAW LIBRARY MANAGEMENT & TECHNOLOGY 4 (May 1991).

Advance Directives (part I): Living Wills, 10 ATLANTA LAW LIBRARIES ASSOCIATION NEWSLETTER 1 (Mar. 1991).

Professional Contributions

Election Law Judge, Montgomery County Maryland, General Election, November 2, 2010 Election Law Judge, Montgomery County Maryland, Primary Election, September 14, 2010

Foreign Service Selection Board, U.S. Department of State, Second Session, August 2008

Election Law Judge, Montgomery County Maryland, Primary Election, February 12, 2008

Meals on Wheels, Montgomery County Maryland, Wheaton, Volunteer Greeter and Driver, 2006-08

Telephone Reassurance for Caregivers Program, Montgomery County, Maryland, Provided weekly call to senior citizen who was primary caregiver for sick relative, 2005.

Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under the Law, DC Election Protection Hotline, Volunteer Researcher, November 2, 2004

“Separate Is Not Equal: Brown v. Board of Education,” National Museum of American History, Docent, 2004–05

Montgomery County Maryland Health Department, Emergency Preparedness Plan, Volunteer Participant, June 2004

Johannes Kepler University Library — Linz, Austria Visiting Librarian, May, 1996 Performed a comparative study of the Kepler Law School libraries and the Georgia State

Auburn Avenue Research Library on African American Culture and History Docent, 1994-96

Georgia State University College of Law Law Day Committee, 1993-95

Clark Atlanta University School of Information and Library Studies/Georgia State University Law Library Internship Supervisor, 1991-2000