Christopher L. Steadham

Director, Wheat Law Library
Primary office:
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:
  • Kansas Supreme Court Research Clinic
  • Advanced Legal Research
  • 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

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.  

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

Why KU
  • One-third of full-time faculty have written casebooks and treatises
  • 2 KU law faculty were U.S. Supreme Court clerks
  • KU’s Project for Innocence: 34 conviction reversals since 2009
  • 7,600+ alumni in all 50 states, D.C., and 21 foreign countries
  • #18 “best value” law school in the nation — National Jurist Magazine
  • 12 interdisciplinary joint degrees
  • 20th nationwide for lowest debt at graduation. — U.S. News & World Report
  • 80 percent of upper-level law classes have 25 or fewer students
  • More than 600 employment interviews at law school, 2014-15
  • 92 percent overall employment rate for Class of 2014 – top 20 percent nationally
  • 23rd: for number of law alumni promoted to partner at nation’s largest law firms
  • #1 in Kansas and Missouri for July 2015 bar exam performance