Faculty & Staff




Electronic Services Librarian


MLIS, St. Catherine University, 2011
JD, Drake University Law School, 1993
BA, Drake University, 1990


Brian Huffman holds a bachelor’s degree in international relations from Drake University and a JD from Drake University Law School. He earned his MLIS degree from Saint Catherine University. He practiced law prior to becoming a law librarian and is admitted to the Minnesota and Federal bars. His areas of practice were family law, immigration, and estate planning.

His duties include managing the law school’s Bloomberg Law, Westlaw Precision, and Lexis+ accounts in addition to coordinating and marketing the law library’s e-resources, teaching legal technology plenaries, maintaining the library website, and facilitating LibGuides. He is involved in the law school institutional repository and UH Open Educational Resources (OER).

He maintains active membership in national and local professional organizations. He is a past Chair of both the American Association of Law Libraries (AALL) Placement Committee and the AALL Legal Information Services to the Public special interest section. Presently he serves as Chair of the Legal Innovation & Technology special interest section. Huffman is a past President of the Western Pacific Chapter of the AALL. He served as the President of the Hawaiʻi Library Association. His service included the AALL CLE and Practice-Oriented Education & Publication Task Force, the AALL U.S. News & World Task Force, and the Advancing Access to Justice Special Committee. Prof. Huffman instructs on legal technology currently in use, as well as emerging technology.

Professor Huffman lives in Honolulu with his lifelong partner, Amy, and their cat (Klaus). He enjoys bicycling, baking, and writing fiction.


  • Brian R. Huffman, Access to Justice, in Introduction to Law Librarianship, Ch. 7 (Zanada Joyner and Cas Laskowski eds., 2021), https://lawlibrarianship.pressbooks.com/.
  • Brian R. Huffman & Victoria J. Szymczak, DRM: Provisions for Digital Collections and Sample Language, in DIGITAL RIGHTS MANAGEMENT: THE LIBRARIAN’S GUIDE, 79-101 (Catherine Lemmer and Carla P. Wale eds., 2016). GoogleBooks
  • Brian R. Huffman & Ellen-Rae Cachola, Keep Off the Moors: The Road to Data Archival Storage, 30 STRATEGIC LIBRARIAN, 1-4 (2016). ScholarSpace
  • Brian R. Huffman, Self-Publishing Digital Books: Options, Considerations, and Insights, 17 AALL SPECTRUM, 25 (2013). ScholarSpace
  • Brian R. Huffman, UELMA: Summary, Minnesota Perspective, and Impact, 35 THE CRIV SHEET, 2-3 (2013).  PDF
  • Brian R. Huffman, Marketing Basics for the Small Firm and Solo Practitioner, 16 FAMILY LAW FORUM, 37-40 (2007-2008). ScholarSpace


  • “A2J Pocket Part 2023: An Update on How Law Libraries Facilitate Access to Justice”, Presentation, Western Pacific Chapter of the American Ass’n of Law Libraries, San Diego, Calif. (Sep. 29, 2023) (with Gina Catalano, Pauline Afuso, and Jenny Silbiger).
  • “Cool Tools Café”, Presentation Coordinator, American Ass’n of Law Libraries, Denver, Colo. (July 17, 2022).
  • “Using Word to Teach Tech Skills – Best Practices and Real-Life Lessons.” Presentation, American Ass’n of Law Libraries, Denver, Colo. (July 16, 2022) (with Deborah Ginsberg).
  • “A Bird’s Eye View of a Dossier Panel.” Presentation, University of Hawaiʻi Center for Teaching Excellence, Honolulu, Haw. (June 17, 2022) (with Wei Zhang, Teresa Bill, Alison Sherwood, Vernadette Gonzalez, and Noelani Goodyear-Kā’opua).
  • “Law School Faculty Metrics” Webinar presentation, American Ass’n of Law Libraries (February 19, 2020).
  • “How Does Legal Technology Facilitate Access to Justice in Hawaiʻi?” Presentation, Hosted by Casetext and the Hawaiʻi Women’s Lawyer’s student group, Honolulu, Haw. (Oct. 30, 2019) (with Andres Garcia and Diane Haar).
  • “Law Faculty Metrics: The Devil’s in the Details.” Presentation, Western Pacific Chapter of the American Ass’n of Law Libraries, Spokane, Wash. (October 12, 2019).
  • “A Tale of Two Academic Tech Training Approaches: Workshop vs. Online Class.” Presentation, Chinese and American Forum on Legal Information and Law Libraries, Washington, D.C. (July 11, 2019) (with Casandra Laskowski).
  • “Open Source Alternatives to Digital Commons.” Presentation, CALIcon19, Columbia, S.C. (June 7, 2019) (with David B. Holt, Erik Beck, Leah Prescott, and Kathy McCarthy).
  • “The Shape of Future Libraries: Planning Orientation for 2018 and Beyond.” Presentation, American Ass’n of Law Libraries, Baltimore, Md. (July 17, 2018) (with Khelani Clay and Todd Weaver).
  • “Copyright, Intellectual Property, and Creative Commons.” Presentation, Open Access Week, Honolulu, Haw. (Oct. 25, 2016) (with Debora Halbert, Billy Meinke, and Peter Shirts).
  • “OER in Legal Education.” Presentation, CALIcon16, Atlanta, Ga. (June 17, 2016).
  • “Facilitating Transition from Homelessness to Stable Situation: Toward an Understanding of the Role of Information and Communication Technologies (ICT), Libraries, and Digital Literacy.” Presentation, Hawai’i Library Ass’n, Honolulu, Haw. (Dec. 4, 2015) (with Luz Quiroga and Wayne Buente).
  • “Open Textbooks: Advocating for Change.” Presentation, Hawai’i Library Ass’n, Honolulu, Haw. (Dec. 5, 2014) (with William Chismar).
  • “Legal Research and Online Resources.” Presentation, Oakdale Library, Oakdale, Minn. (Sep. 18, 2012) (with Pat Dolan).
  • “Teaching Legal Literacy Outside the Law Library.” Presentation, ARLD Day 2012, Chaska, Minn. (Apr. 27, 2012).
  • Presentation, Second Annual Pro Bono/Pro Se Bar Summit, Fredrikson & Byron, P.A., Minneapolis, Minn. (Apr. 23, 2012) (with Cathy Haukedahl, James Long, David March, and Stephen Meili).
  • “Making Your Voice Heard: Your Role in State Advocacy.” Webinar presentation, American Ass’n of Law Libraries (Mar. 20, 2012) (with Catherine Dunn and Camilla Tubbs)
  • .“Legal Research and Online Resources.” Presentation, LSTA-funded seminar series, Woodbury, Minn. (Oct. 18, 2011) (with Pat Dolan).
  • “Professional Social Media: Beyond the Buzz.” Presentation, Minnesota Library Ass’n, Duluth, Minn. (Oct. 12, 2011) (with Megan Kocher).
  • “Foreclosure, and Bad Credit and No Job, Oh My!” Webinar presentation, Metropolitan Library Service Agency, St. Paul, Minn. (June 21, 2011) (with Joseph Manion, Randall Ryder, and Nicola Viana).
  • “Playing with the Law: Clear and Convincing Legal Resources for Public Librarians.” Presentation, Minnesota Library Ass’n, Rochester, Minn. (Oct. 6, 2010) (with John Freeman, Sara Galligan, and Mary Ann Van Cura).
  • “Statutes, Cases & Codes, Oh My! Easing Public Librarians Down the Road to Legal Reference.” Presentation, American Ass’n of Law Libraries, Denver, Colo. (July 13, 2010) (with Terrance Manion, Terrye Conroy, and Emily Satterwhite).
  • “Public Libraries and Access to Justice Conference.” Presentation, American Ass’n of Law Libraries, Joint Roundtable on Library Services to Pro Se Patrons and Prisoners, Denver, Colo. (July 12, 2010). 

Awards / Honors

American Ass’n of Law Libraries Volunteer Service Award, 2024.
American Ass’n of Law Libraries Joseph L. Andrews Legal Literature Award, Introduction to Law Librarianship, chapter author, 2022.

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