Associate Dean for Information Services & Associate Professor of Law
B.S., Central Michigan University; J.D., South Texas College of Law; M.L.S., Indiana University
Phone: (615) 460-5611
|Mitch Counts has previously built two academic law libraries from inception, Ave Maria School of Law in Ann Arbor, Michigan, and Elon University School of Law in Greensboro, North Carolina. Both schools achieved ABA accreditation in the shortest possible period of time. Belmont University College of Law’s library will be the third law school library to be created under the watchful eye of Dean Counts.
Dean Counts has been an Associate Dean, Director, or Acting Director at academic law libraries for the last fourteen years and has been working in increasingly responsible positions in these libraries for the last twenty-two years. He has also helped design and plan the physical space for five academic law libraries during his professional career, including the law libraries at Baylor, Elon, Drexel, Ave Maria-Michigan, and Ave Maria-Florida. In addition to his library director responsibilities, Dean Counts has been responsible for the information technology function in academic law libraries for the last fourteen years.
With over seven years of teaching experience, Dean Counts has taught Legal Research, Legal Writing, and Education Law. His teaching interests include Legal Research, Advanced Legal Research, Higher Education Law, and Education Law. He received his Bachelor of Science degree from Central Michigan University in Mt. Pleasant, Michigan, his Juris Doctor degree from South Texas College of Law in Houston, Texas, and his Master of Library Science degree from Indiana University in Bloomington.
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