Thomas R. Bruce

Research Associate and Director, Legal Information Institute,Research Associate and Director, Legal Information Institute
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Contact Information
Cornell Law School
501 Myron Taylor Hall
Ithaca, NY 14853-4901

Phone: (607) 255-6550
Fax: (607) 255-7193

Professional Biography

Thomas R. Bruce is the co-founder and Director of the Legal Information Institute. Educated at Yale College and the Yale School of Drama, he had a decade-long career as a stage- and production manager for such organizations as the American Repertory Theater, the Lyric Opera of Chicago, Houston Grand Opera, and Spoleto Festival USA, where he was Director of Special Technical Projects. After serving for five years as the Law School's Director of Educational Technologies, he became Co-Director of the LII at its founding in 1992, and sole Director in 2004. An Internet and Web pioneer, he developed the first Web browser for Microsoft Windows. He has served as a visiting fellow for the Center for Online Dispute Resolution at the University of Amherst, and as a Senior International Fellow of the University of Melbourne Law School. For more than a decade, he was the digital-projects consultant for the Harvard Law School Library, and has consulted on legal information projects on four continents. He has been an invited expert for the Hague Conference on Private International Law, and has testified before Congress on legal information modernization. In 2009, the American Bar Association Journal named him one of 50 innovators doing the most to change the American legal profession.


B.A. 1975, Yale College
M.F.A. 1979, Yale School of Drama