W. Blake Wilson

W. Blake Wilson

Head of Instructional and Research Services
Primary office:
785-864-9253
200E Green Hall

W. Blake Wilson graduated from the University of Missouri in Columbia with both his J.D. and a Masters in Information Science and Learning Technologies in May 2004. That same month, he started working for one of the largest law firms in the Kansas City area, where he conducted research and instructed attorneys on the finer points of electronic database usage. The role of digital media specialist was passed down to him, and Wilson later worked for an even larger firm as a litigation support analyst using those skills. In January 2007, Wilson became the Instructional and Research Services Librarian at the Wheat Law Library, where he continues on his path, instructing individuals and conducting research.

Courses Taught:
  • Advanced Legal Research
  • Research in Lawyering
  • Topics in Advanced Legal Research

 

Publications and Presentations
Continuing legal education seminar, "Find it Free and Fast on the Net: Advanced Internet Strategies for the Missouri Legal Professional" (contributing author); Research Guide to Internet Copyright Law (author); Missouri Bar CLE, "Legal Research and the Internet," "How to Manage a Law School Library: Leading Librarians on Updating Resources, Managing Budgets, and Meeting Expectations" (contributing author); "Superheroes and the Law" (presenter).

Education
J.D., M.A., University of Missouri in Columbia, 2004; B.A. (Philosophy), University of Missouri in Kansas City, 2000.

Career History
Litigation Analyst, Shook, Hardy & Bacon, 2006; Research and Reference, Polsinelli Shalton Welte Suelthaus, 2004-2006; Reference and Digital Media Specialist, University of Missouri at Columbia School of Law Library, 2002-2004; Judicial Intern, Missouri Western District Court of Appeals, 2000-2001.

Research Interests
Computer law, intellectual property, Buddhism and the law, law librarianship, comic books and the law, social networking.

Why KU
  • One-third of full-time faculty have written casebooks used at U.S. law schools
  • 2 KU law faculty were U.S. Supreme Court clerks
  • KU’s Project for Innocence: 33 conviction reversals since 2009
  • 7,300+ alumni live in all 50 states and 18 foreign countries
  • Routinely ranked a “best value” law school
  • 12 interdisciplinary joint degrees
  • 26th nationwide for lowest debt at graduation. — U.S. News & World Report
  • 70 percent of upper-level law classes have 25 or fewer students
  • Nearly 800 employment interviews at law school, 2012-13
  • Top 25% for number of 2013 grads hired by the nation’s largest law firms