Frank G. Houdek | School of Law | SIU

Southern Illinois University



Frank G. Houdek

Frank G. Houdek

Office: Lesar Law Building, Room 208
Phone: (618) 453-8788

Frank G. Houdek, who retired on June 30, 2014, served as Associate Dean for Academic Affairs for Southern Illinois University School of Law from July 2007 to June 2014, 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, and 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.

Throughout his professional career, and now in retirement, Houdek has been actively engaged in research and writing and public speaking. 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 subsequently served on the journal's Board of Editors. He also was the editor of another prominent legal education journal, Perspectives: Teaching Legal Research and Writing from 1994 to 2000, and served on its Editorial Board from 1992 to 2007. In retirement, he has combined his legal and bibliographic expertise with a longtime passion, baseball, in both his writing and speaking engagements. He is the co-author, with Ed Edmonds, of Baseball Meets the Law: A Chronology of Decisions, Statutes and Other Legal Events, published by McFarland in 2017, and has authored numerous book reviews for NINE: A Journal of Baseball History and Culture, published by the University of Nebraska Press. He and Edmonds also edited Business and Legal Aspects of Sports and Entertainment (BLASE), a new database product released in 2019 on HeinOnline, a commercial internet provider specializing in legal and business materials. Houdek also has spoken at the annual Cooperstown Symposium on Baseball and American Culture at the National Baseball Hall of Fame and at the annual NINE Spring Training Conference in Tempe, Arizona.

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 2014–15, he served as chair of the Association's Awards Committee.

Houdek also served as chair of the Committee on Libraries and Technology of the Association of American Law Schools in 2009. He was a member of the Data Policy and Collection Committee of the ABA's Section on Legal Education and Admission to the Bar from 2010 to 2016.

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, 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 served as the faculty advisor to the Southern Illinois University Law Journal from 2003 to 2016.

Houdek also has 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. In 2006–09, 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 served as a member of the Complementary Practices and Academic Efficiencies Task Force.

Houdek taught legal research in the school's first-year Lawyering Skills Program and co-taught the upper-division Advanced Electronic Legal Research elective course.