Kurt X. Metzmeier

Associate Director of the Law Library

About

Kurt Metzmeier has a B.A. and M.A. in History from the University of Louisville, an M.S.L.I.S. from the University of Kentucky, and a J.D. from University of Louisville Louis D. Brandeis School of Law, where he was a member of the Brandeis Honor Society and the editorial board of the University of Louisville Journal of Family Law (the predecessor of the University of Louisville Law Review). He has been a member of the Kentucky Bar since 1995.

Metzmeier was hired by the University of Louisville Law Library in 2000 as a legal reference librarian and was promoted to associate librarian in 2002. Prior to entering law school, he held positions as research historian at the Portland (Ky.) Historical Museum, and as project archivist at the Jefferson County (Ky.) Office of Historic Preservation and Archives. He was hired as Reference/Computer Systems Librarian at University of Kentucky College of Law Library in 1995 and served from 1998 to 2000 as IT manager for the University of Kentucky College of Law.

Metzmeier has presented at a number of bar association, continuing legal education, and law library conferences, including the annual conferences of the Kentucky Bar Association, the American Association of Law Libraries and the Center for Computer Assisted Legal Instruction (CALI). He has published widely in library, legal and historical journals, and is author of Writing the Legal Record: Law Reporters in Nineteenth-Century Kentucky (2016). He is also co-author of Kentucky Legal Research, 2d (Carolina Academic Press, 2017), managing editor and principal author of the Kentucky Legal Research Manual, 4D (Lexington, UK/CLE, 2016), co-author of United at Last: The Judicial Article and the Struggle to Reform Kentucky's Courts (Frankfort, Ky.: Court of Justice, 2006). He is an active member of several legal and library organizations including the American Association of Law Libraries, Kentucky Library Association, American Bar Association, Kentucky Bar Association, the Louisville Bar Association and the Kentucky Historical Society.

Advanced Legal Research

Legal History

Legal Research

Books and Book Chapters

Writing the Legal Record: Law Reporters in Nineteenth-Century Kentucky (Lexington: University Press of Kentucky, 2016).

Kentucky Legal Research, 2d (with Will Hilyerd and David Ensign) (Durham: Carolina Academic Press, 2017)

United at Last: The Judicial Article and the Struggle to Reform Kentucky's Courts (general editor; co-author with Michael Whiteman and Jason Nemes) (Frankfort, Ky.: Court of Justice, 2006).

Kentucky Legal Research Manual, 4th. Lexington KY: UK/CLE, 2016. Managing editor and author of six of the chapters and two appendices.

William Littell, in Roger Newman, ed. Yale Biographical Dictionary of American Law, (New Haven: Yale University Press, 2009).

Law in the Wilderness: An Annotated Bibliography of Legal Materials of Pre-Statehood Kentucky, (book chapter) Pre-Statehood Legal History: A Research Guide to the Fifty States, including the District of Columbia and New York City, Michael Chiorazzi & Margarite Most, eds. (Binghamton, NY: Haworth Press, 2006).

Recent Articles

See C.V.

Old into New: Collaborative Law Library Digital Collections, American Association of Law Libraries Annual Conference, Philadelphia, Pa., July 24, 2011.

Mapping Uncharted Terrains: Introducing Archival Best Practices to the Management of Law School, Court and Law Firm Historical Collections, American Association of Law Libraries Annual Conference, Denver, Co., July 11, 2010.

The World of 1906, American Association of Law Libraries Annual Conference, Seattle, Wash., July 15, 2006.

A River Runs Through It: A Raft Ride Through the Legal History of the ORALL States, Ohio Regional Association of Law Libraries Annual Conference, Covington, Ky., October 13, 2004.

Researching and Writing Institutional History: Court History, American Association of Law Libraries Annual Conference, Seattle, Wash., July 14, 2003.

University of Louisville Faculty Senator, 2002, 2005-2012

University Student Appeals Board, 2002-2012; Chair, 2008-09

Faculty Advisor, University of Louisville Law Review, 2007-present