Bachelor, Western State College, 1968. Master of Library Science, University North Texas, 1970. Juris Doctor, Washington & Lee University, 1978.
Assistant law library Texas Technology University, 1970—1972, Washington & Lee University, Lexington, Virginia, 1972—1978, director Law Library., since 1978, assistant professor law, 1978-1983, associate professor law, 1984-1992, professor law, 1993—2009. Participant Conference on Fair Use, NII, 1995—1998. Visitor University Melbourne, Monash University, 2001.
Member of American Bar Association (committee on libraries 1987-1993), United States Trademark Association, Maritime Law Association, Special Libraries Association (chair copyright committee 1990-1996, John Cotton Dana award 1997), American Association Law Schools (chairman secretary on libraries 1990-1992, accreditation committee 1991-1994), American Association Law Libraries (member executive board 1981-1984, member copyright committee 1990-1994, chairman 2003-2004, copyright office representative, President' award 2001, Special District Service award Southeastern chapter 1997).
Married Robert E. Akins (deceased).