Joyce A. McCray Pearson

Director, Wheat Law Library
Associate Professor of Law
Primary office:
200C Green Hall

Joyce McCray Pearson came to the KU law library in 1994 as electronic services librarian. In 1995 she was named the associate director of the library and in 1997 she became director of the law library and associate professor of law. She participates in the legal research component of the Lawyering course and teaches Advanced Legal Research and Law and Literature. She has published extensively in both law and librarianship and is active in national and regional law library and law school associations.

Courses Taught:
  • Advanced Legal Research
  • Kansas Supreme Court Research Clinic
  • Law and Literature
  • Research in Lawyering


Representative Publications
"Not Everything That Counts Can Be Counted," 23(3) MAALL Markings Newsletter (July 2014); The Law School Librarian’s Role as an Educator" (chapter in Aspatore/Thomson West, 2008); "Red and Black, A Divided Seminole Nation: U.S. v. Davis," 14 Kansas Journal of Law & Public Policy (Spring 2006); "Women: The Good, Bad or Ugly in Law & Literature Text, Picturing Justice," the Online Journal of Law and Popular Culture (2003-04); "A Brief History of the University of Kansas School of Law Library," 51 Kansas Law Review 1 (2003); "KU Law School Launches Program with Emporia State University," 72 Journal of the Kansas Bar Association 8 (January 2003); "Recruitment to Law Librarianship," 94 Law Library Journal 788 (2002); "Bringing Up New Information Technology Systems the Old Fashioned Way," Trends in Law Library Management and Technology, (2001); "Affirmative Action and Diversity: A Selected and Annotated Bibliography," Legal Reference Services Quarterly, (2000); "Diversity in AALL - It Does Exist," 90 Law Library Journal 541 (1998); U.S. Government Directories, 1982-1996 (1998); "The Adarand Case: Now Narrowly Tailored to Prevent Monopoly and Competition," 5 Kansas Journal of Law & Public Policy 31 (1996); "Unauthorized Practice of Law vs. Legal Reference Service," 58 Kentucky Libraries 12 (1994); "The Federal and State Bills of Rights: The Great Charters of Our Liberty and Freedom," 53 Howard Law Journal 43 (1994).

Research Interests
Law librarianship, diversity issues, historical and current perspectives on civil rights, law and literature.

M.L., University of Washington, 1990; J.D., Washburn, 1989; B.M.E., Wichita State University, 1980.

Indiana 1992.

Career History
Reference Librarian, Louisville 1990-94; Librarian, Kansas, 1994-95; Associate Law Library Director, Kansas 1995-97; Law Library Director and Associate Professor of Law, 1997-present.

American Association of Law Libraries; International Association of Law Libraries; Mid-America Association of Law Libraries; Kansas Bar Association; Indiana Bar Association.

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
  • #18 “best value” law school in the nation — National Jurist Magazine
  • 12 interdisciplinary joint degrees
  • 27th 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
  • 20th: for number of law alumni promoted to partner at the 250 largest law firms