Associate dean of the Law Library and senior lecturer in law, Joyce McCray Pearson oversees the operations of the Law Library.
Pearson has written numerous chapters and articles on the subjects of diversity; historical and current perspectives on civil rights; law and literature; and law librarianship. Her most recent publication, “Not Everything That Counts Can Be Counted,” discussing the difficulty in quantifying library services, was published in MAALL Markings, the newsletter of the Mid-America Association of Law Libraries. She also has published articles in the Legal References Services Quarterly, Trends in Law Library Management and Technology, Picturing Justice; the Online Journal of Law and Popular Culture, the Kansas Journal of Law & Public Policy, and the Kansas Law Review.
Among Pearson’s professional memberships, she is active in the American Association of Law Libraries, the Mid-America Association of Law Libraries, the Association of American Law Schools, the American Bar Association and is a member of the Indiana Bar. She has served on numerous Site Evaluation Inspection Teams for the accreditation of law schools. Pearson received her Master of Librarianship and Certificate in Law Librarianship from the University of Washington, her JD from Washburn University School of Law, and her Bachelor of Music Education from Wichita State University. After law school, she was a solo practitioner focusing on family law matters. Pearson then served as Reference Librarian at the University of Louisville from 1990 to 1994. She joined the KU Wheat Law Library in 1994 as an Electronic Services Librarian, was promoted to Associate Director in 1995, and was appointed Director and Associate Professor of Law in 1997.