Christopher L. Steadham

Director, Wheat Law Library
Primary office:
785-864-9242
200D Green Hall


Christopher Steadham is a 2004 graduate of the University of Kansas School of Law and a 2007 graduate of the Emporia State University School of Library & Information Management. He has extensive legal research experience and was named director of the Wheat Law Library in 2015. Steadham teaches the Kansas Supreme Court Research Clinic, Advanced Legal Research and Topics in Advanced Legal Research. He has published extensively on legal research and related topics, and is actively involved in the Wheat Law Library's collection development, strategic planning, and budgetary matters. Steadham is also active in University Governance and served as the 2013-14 KU Faculty Senate President.

Courses Taught:
  • Advanced Legal Research
  • Kansas Supreme Court Research Practicum
  • Topics in Advanced Legal Research

Teaching

Advanced Legal Research, Kansas Supreme Court Research Practicum, Topics in Advanced Legal Research

Representative Publications
“Land Description Errors: Recognition, Avoidance, and Consequences,” 78 (8) Journal of the Kansas Bar Association 20 (September 2009) (with John C. Peck) (republished at 46(2) Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation Journal 253 & 55(1) Landman 34; “Kansas Legal Research Teacher’s Manual” (Carolina Academic Press, 2009) (with Joseph A. Custer); “Ethical Concerns Regarding Fees & Billing,” Chapter 7 in Kansas Ethics Handbook (KBA 2d ed., 2009) (with M.H. Hoeflich); “Ethical Considerations Regarding Lawyer Advertising & Solicitation,” Chapter 10 in Kansas Ethics Handbook (KBA 2d ed. 2009) (with M.H. Hoeflich); “Kansas Legal Research” (Carolina Academic Press, 2008) (with Joseph A. Custer); “The Greatest Challenges for Today's Law School Librarians,” The Changing Role of Academic Law Librarianship (Thomson/Aspatore 2008).

Research Interests
Legal research education, information literacy

Education
M.L.I.M., Emporia State University, 2007; J.D., University of Kansas School of Law, 2004; B.A., University of Kansas, 2001.

Career History
Director, Wheat Law Library, University of Kansas, 2015-present; Interim Director, Wheat Law Library, University of Kansas, 2014-2015; Associate Director, Wheat Law Library, University of Kansas, 2011-2014; Interim Associate Director, Wheat Law Library, University of Kansas, 2010-2011; Faculty Services & Research Librarian, Wheat Law Library, University of Kansas, 2007-2011; Faculty Services & Research Attorney, 2006-2007; Research & Reference Services Attorney, 2004-2006.  

Member
American Association of Law Libraries, Mid-America Association of Law Libraries, Southwestern Association of Law Libraries.

Why KU
  • Top 25 among public law schools — Business Insider
  • KU’s Project for Innocence: 2 wrongfully convicted citizens serving life sentences freed in 2015
  • 7,700+ alumni in all 50 states, D.C., 3 U.S. territories, and 20 foreign countries
  • 91 percent overall employment rate for Class of 2015 – top 23.3 percent nationally
  • 23rd in the nation for most-improved employment rates
  • One-third of full-time faculty have written casebooks and treatises
  • 25th nationwide for lowest debt at graduation
  • 21st: “Best Schools for Practical Training”
  • 77 percent of upper-level law classes have 25 or fewer students
  • National Champions: 2016 National Native American Law Students Association Moot Court Competition
  • #19 moot court program in the nation
  • #17 “best value” law school in the nation — National Jurist Magazine