Hyla Bondareff

Lecturer in Law; Electronic Resources Librarian


M.S. 1992, Graduate School of Library and Information Science,
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
J.D. May 1989, Duke University
B.A. 1983, University of Wisconsin - Madison

Phone / Email

Phone: (314) 935-6434
Email: bondareh@wulaw.wustl.edu 


Anheuser-Busch Hall, Room 455H 

Courses Taught

Legal Research Methodologies [more]


Hyla Bondareff is the Electronic Resources Librarian for the School of Law and a Lecturer in Law. A member of the law library staff since 1992, she currently teaches legal research to first-year law students and is responsible for the library’s electronic resources and providing reference services to the law school community. Bondareff has written about the methodology of law school rankings and presented at conferences and workshops on matters such as mobile apps for law libraries; training public interest lawyers and non-law librarians on use of free government information; and web resources for enhancing access to equal justice. She is also on the board of editors for Legal Reference Services Quarterly. Prior to joining the law school, she practiced law at Peterson & Ross, a Chicago law firm, where she represented U.S. and international clients in the area of directors' and officers' liability insurance, and also worked as an insurance and reinsurance underwriter in Boston, Massachusetts for John Hancock and Liberty Mutual.

Representative Publications

Articles & Essays

  • “U.S. News and World Report Ranking Methodology: The Devil is in the Detail,” Washington University in St. Louis Legal Studies Research Paper No. 10-08-01, August, 2, 2010 [SSRN]


  • Illinois Bar Member, since 1989 (currently voluntarily retired) 
  • Board of Editors, Legal Reference Services Quarterly, since 2000 
  • University City, Missouri Traffic Commissioner, since 2008 
  • Presenter, “Mobile Apps for Law Libraries” with Judy Stark, Annual Meeting of the Mid-America Association of Law Libraries, Iowa City, Iowa, October, 2010