David J. Ensign

Director of the Law Library and Professor of Law


As Director of the Law Library, Professor Ensign is responsible for all aspects of library administration, including policies and procedures and book selection.

Ensign joined the faculty in 1989 and served as the law school's acting dean from 2005 until January 2007. Prior to joining the University of Louisville, he was Associate Director and Head of Public Services at Washburn University School of Law Library in Topeka.



Domestic Relations

Legal Research

Chapters in Books

Resource Sharing and Copyright among Library Consortia Members, Growing Pains: Adapting Copyright for Libraries, Education, and Society, Chapter 8. Holmes Beach, FL: Gaunt, 1997.


Legal Liability for Linking, 5 Copyright & New Media Law Newsletter 3-5 (2001).

West's Copyright Claim to Star Pagination Denied by Second Circuit, AALL Spectrum 3 (July, 1999): 12, 35.

Distribution of Reproduced Copyrighted Information: Hotaling v. Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, Copyright and New Media Law (1998)

Who Killed Cock Robin?: The Internet and the Demise of Fair Use in Electronic Publication, Kentucky Libraries 59 (Summer, 1995): 18-22.

Copyright and Photocopies in Library Reserve Practice: Fair Use and Recent Trends, Kentucky Libraries 58 (Winter, 1994): 11-18.

FAX — A Special Case, The Bookmark 50 (Spring, 1992): 125 - 128.

Copyright and the Use of Telefacsimile Among Branch Library Facilities, 83 Law Lib. J. 451-461 (1991).

The Copyright Considerations for Telefacsimile Transmission of Documents in Interlibrary Loan Transactions, 81 Law Lib. J. 805 - 812 (1989).

Copyright Handbook for Videotapes and Microcomputer Software. Topeka, KS: State of Kansas Library Network Board, 1988. (with Janet Wilke and Rhonda Moeller).

Copyright Corner columns written for the journal Kentucky Libraries

Distributing Copyrighted Text Online (2001)

Public Performances (2001)

Self-Service Photocopiers (2001)

Unpublished Works (2001)

Causes of Action Related to Copyright (2000)

International Copyright Issues (2000)

Sonny Bono Copyright Term Extension Act (2000)

Subject Matter of Copyright (2000)

Digital Millennium Copyright Act (Winter, 1999)

First Sale Doctrine (Summer, 1998)

Permission to Use Photographs (Spring, 1998)

Works Published Under the 1909 Act (Winter, 1998)

Broadcast of Copyrighted Videotapes in an Educational Setting (Winter, 1997)

Compilations and Collective Works (Spring, 1997)

Copyright on the World Wide Web (Summer, 1997)

Unauthorized Copies Made by Libraries (Fall, 1997)

Copyright Update (Summer, 1996)

Coursepacks (Spring, 1996)

Duration of Copyright (Fall, 1996)

Library Exemptions (Winter, 1996)

Infringement (Winter, 1995)

Intra-System Lending (Spring, 1995)

Parties to Infringement (Fall, 1995)

School Copyright Policies (Summer, 1995)

Copyright Notices and Warnings (Summer, 1994)

Obtaining Permission (Fall, 1994)

School Videotape Collections (Spring, 1994)

Copyright and Higher Education to Sullivan College faculty, July 25, 2003.

Copyright and the Internet at Paducah Community College, May 15, 2003.

Copyright in the Online Environment, Kentucky Library Association, Louisville, October 18, 2002.

Current Developments in Copyright Law at Madisonville Community College, Madisonville, KY, June 15, 2001.

Relationship Issues (family law) at the UofL Office of Minority Affairs, March 21, 2001.

Copyright in Education, UofL School of Nursing, November 3, 2000.

Copyright and the Internet, Kentucky School Media Association, Louisville, October 21, 2000.

International Copyright Issues, Louisville Bar Association CLE, May 12, 2000.

Copyright and Church Music, Holy Trinity in Louisville, April 12, 1999.

Current Developments in Copyright Law, Kentucky School Media Association, Louisville, October 23 and 24, 1998.

Developments in Copyright, Kentucky Library Association, Lexington, April 23, 1998.

Copyright and Church Music, Taylorsville, KY, April 21, 1998.

Current Copyright Issues in the Practice of Law, Lexington Association of Law Librarians, April 21, 1998.

Copyright and Fair Use in Technology, UofL Libraries, November 21, 1997.

Copyright and Church Music, American Guild of Organists at the Baptist Seminary, Louisville, August 14, 1997.

Copyright and the Practice of Law, CLE program for the State Government Bar Association, Frankfort, April 29, 1997.

Copyright in Public Schools, Fern Creek Elementary School, Louisville, February 25, 1997.

Copyright for Public Librarians, in Paintsville, KY, January 24, 1997.

Copyright in Schools, in-service day for Ashland Independent Schools, Ashland, KY, November 20, 1996.

Copyright and Media, Kentucky Library Association in Lexington, October 24, 1996.

Copyright Policy, Kentucky School Media Association in Bowling Green, KY, September 6, 1996.

Public Libraries and Copyright Law, in Bardstown, KY, July 17, 1996.

New Copyright Issues, Bluegrass Medical Librarians in Louisville, July 9, 1996.

Copyright and Law Review Publication on the Internet, National Conference of Law Reviews in Lexington, March 15, 1996.

Legal Research on the Internet, UofL Law School, October 27, 1995.

Recent Advances in Legal Research, Woodward, Hobson & Fulton, Louisville, August 29, 1995.

Copyright and Schools, in-service at Oldham County Middle School, August 22, 1995.

Program Chair, Fair Use and the National Information Infrastructure: Proposed Amendments to the 1976 Copyright Act, American Association of Law Libraries conference in Pittsburgh, PA, July 10, 1995.

Secretary, Consortium of Southeast Law Libraries, 1992-94.

Program Chair, Speedy Delivery?: Copyright and Library Document Delivery Services, AALL Conference in Seattle, WA, July 12, 1994.

Copyright and Interlibrary Loan, Kentucky Library Association annual meeting, Louisville, September 30, 1994.

Copyright in Primary Legal Materials: A Taxpayer's Perspective, AALL Conference in Boston, MA, July 12, 1993.

Coordinator, Issues in Child Advocacy, at the Petrilli Seminar in Louisville, March 26, 1993.

Copyright and Libraries, AALL Conference in San Francsco, CA, July 18, 1992.

Copyright Laws and Librarians, Kentucky Library Association conference, Louisville, October 2, 1991.

Annual Legislative Update: Copyright, AALL conference in New Orleans, LA, July 22, 1991.

Copyright and Library Practice, University of Kentucky Library Staff Association, Lexington, July 8, 1991.

Copyright and Libraries, South Eastern Association of Law Libraries Institute, Tuscaloosa, AL, March 14, 1991.

Legal Research in Depth, Kentucky Academy of Trial Attorneys, Louisville, October 19, 1990.

A Practical Course for the Law Office Team, KATA, Louisville, October 19, 1989.

Copyright Issues: Downloading Data and Video Usage, AALL Conference, Reno, NV, June 20, 1989.

Faculty Senate, 1993 - present (chair 2002 - 04, vice chair 2000 - 02)

UofL Board of Trustees, 2002 - present

Faculty Senate Executive Committee, 1997 - present (chair, 2000 - 02)

Library Committee, 1989 - present (chair 1990-91, 1996-present)

Library Personnel Committee, 1991 - present (chair)

Economic Welfare Committee, 1991 - present

Technology Committee, 1991 - present (chair 2000 - present)

Law School Personnel Committee, 1996 - present

Redbook Committee, 2001 - present (chair 2001-02)

Planning and Budget Advisory Committee, 2002 - 03

Coalition of Senate and Faculty Leadership, 2000 - present

Professional Development Small Grant Review Committee, 2002 - present

AATC, spring and summer, 2000

Ad Hoc Survey Committee, 2000

Advisory Board, U of L Paralegal Program, 1998 - present

Faculty Senate Planning and Budget Committee, 1998 - present (chair 1998 - 2000, ex officio 2000 - present)

Faculty Advisory Committee to Presidential Search Committee, 2002

Ad Hoc Committee on Phased Retirement, 2002

Task Force on Institutional Environment, 2001

Ad Hoc Committee on Mediation, 2001

University-wide Budget Advisory Committee, 1999 - 2001 (co-chair, 2001)

University Fringe Benefits Committee, 1998 - 2000

Faculty Senate Committee on Committees and Credentials, 1995 - 2001 (chair 1997 - 99)

Student Grievance Committee, 1993 - 2001 (chair 1997 - 99)

Decanal Search Committee, 1999 - 2000

Project Planning for the Women's History Month Exhibit, 1997 - 98

Documents Committee for the Law School Enabling Plan, 1997 - 98

Academic Advisor Search Committee, 1997

Ad Hoc Accreditation Self Study Committee, 1989, 1997

Decanal Review Committee, 1994 - 95

CLE Committee, 1991 - 93

Ad Hoc Strategic Planning Committee, 1989