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Pamela Crawford
Head of Public Services
785-864-9264
211 Green Hall

Pam Crawford came to the Wheat Law Library in 1995 as the Electronic Services/Government Documents Librarian, a position reorganized in 2001 to become Outreach Services. She was named Head of Public Services in 2006 and oversees the government documents department, interlibrary loan/document delivery services, Public Service Desk scheduling and outreach. She is the webmaster of the Wheat Law Library website and a contributing webmaster of the Kansas Supreme Court and Court of Appeals Opinions website. Crawford conducts online legal research training, edits both print and online publications, and is active in national, regional and state library associations.

Joyce McCray Pearson
Director, Wheat Law Library, Associate Professor of Law
785-864-3025
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

 

Allison Reeve
Cataloging and Technical Services Librarian
785-864-9272
210 Green Hall

Allison Reeve returned to the Wheat Law Library in 2011 as the Cataloging and Technical Services Librarian. She manages the acquisitions and technical services department, assesses special collections, oversees international law student services, contributes to faculty and student scholarly communications and serves as a faculty liaison. Reeve graduated from the University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee in 2011 with a Master of Information and Library Studies and a Master of Foreign Language and Literature with a concentration in Spanish literature.

 

Christopher L. Steadham
Associate Director, Wheat Law Library
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 Associate Director of the Wheat Law Library in 2011. 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:
  • Kansas Supreme Court Research Clinic
  • Advanced Legal Research
  • Topics in Advanced Legal Research

 

W. Blake Wilson
Head of Instructional and Research Services
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

 

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: 28 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
  • 23rd nationally among public law schools. “When Lawyers Do the Grading,”
    —U.S. News & World Report
  • 70 percent of upper-level law classes have 25 or fewer students
  • 37th: for number of law graduates who are partners at nation’s largest law firms