Frank G. Houdek
Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Professor of Law
573 - Law Journal
Faculty Advisor to Southern Illinois University Law Journal.
Frank G. Houdek has served as Associate Dean for Academic Affairs for Southern Illinois University School of Law since July 2007, with a year off in the 2009–2010 academic year when he served as the school's Interim Dean. Prior to becoming associate dean, Houdek served as Law Library Director at Southern Illinois University from January 1985 to June 2007, first as Associate Professor of Law and then as Professor of Law from 1988. Before coming to SIU, he was Associate Director of the Law Library and Adjunct Assistant Professor of Law at the University of Southern California Law Center (1982–84); Librarian at Lawler, Felix, & Hall, a Los Angeles law firm (1979–82); and Reference Librarian at the Los Angeles County Law Library (1975–79). He holds B.A. (Cum Laude), J.D. (Order of the Coif), and M.L.S. degrees from the University of California, Los Angeles.
Dean Houdek is actively engaged in research and writing and public speaking. In this regard, he was the editor of the preeminent scholarly journal in the field of law librarianship, Law Library Journal from 1995 to 2007 (volumes 87–99), and editor of another prominent legal education journal, Perspectives: Teaching Legal Research and Writing from 1994 to 2000. He was also a member of the latter's Editorial Board from 1992 to 2007.
Dean Houdek, the 1997 recipient of the School of Law’s Outstanding Service Award, has been very active in service to his profession. He has been a member since 1975 of the American Association of Law Libraries (AALL), a law librarian organization formed in 1906 and now comprised of more than 5,000 members nationwide, serving as its president in 1996–97. He served a two-year stint (1998–2000) as chair of AALL's Committee on Relations with Information Vendors, for which he was awarded a Presidential Certificate of Appreciation at the Association's 2000 Annual Meeting for "furthering positive relationships between AALL and legal publishers." He then chaired a special committee that drafted the AALL Guide to Fair Business Practices for Legal Publishers (2002), for which he was awarded a Presidential Certificate of Appreciation in 2005. In 2005–06, he served as a member of the Task Force on AALL Vendor Relations. In previous years he chaired committees on publications, Law Library Journal, and the history of law librarianship, and served as the Association’s first public relations coordinator. In July 2001, he was awarded the Frederick Charles Hicks Award for Outstanding Contributions to Academic Law Librarianship by the Academic Law Libraries Special Interest Section of AALL, a group he chaired in 1987–88. In July 2011, the American Association of Law Libraries presented him with the Marian Gould Gallagher Distinguished Service Award, its highest honor. He also was inducted into the AALL Hall of Fame in 2011. In 2012-13, he is serving as a member of the Association's Awards Committee.
Dean Houdek also served as chair of the Committee on Libraries and Technology of the Association of American Law Schools in 2009. He is currently a member of the Data Policy and Collection Committee of the ABA's Section on Legal Education and Admission to the Bar.
In addition to service on the national level, he has been active in local and regional law library groups, having served as president of the Southern California Association of Law Libraries, founding chair of the Council of Chapter Presidents, chair and secretary of the Mid-America Law Library Consortium, and chair of the Council of Law Library Consortia.
For the SIU School of Law, Dean Houdek chaired the law school's ABA Self-Study Committee in 1993–94 and 1999–2002, and its Dean Search Committee in 2002–03. He also has served as the faculty advisor to the Southern Illinois University Law Journal since 2003.
Dean Houdek has also served Southern Illinois University in a variety of contexts. He served as a member of the university-wide Intercollegiate Athletic Advisory Committee from 1992 to 1996; a member of the NCAA Certification Self-Study Steering Committee from 1997 to 1999, chairing its Academic Integrity Sub-Committee; and a member of the NCAA Certification Interim Report Review Committee in 2003. At various times he has served on the Library Affairs Administrative Council, the Council of SIU Library Directors, the Policy Committee on Information Technologies, and the Library of the Future Committee. He was a member of the planning committee for the inaugural and second annual Morris Library symposiums on information issues, regional conferences that presented nationally recognized speakers on important copyright and government information issues. He served as a member of the university's Higher Learning Commission Reaccreditation Steering Committee, and chaired one of its five subcommittees. In 2011–12, he served as a member of the Program Changes Review Committee. In 2012–13, he is serving as a member of the Complementary Practices and Academic Efficiencies Task Force.
Dean Houdek teaches legal research in the school's first-year Lawyering Skills Program and has co-taught the upper-division Advanced Electronic Legal Research elective course.