Kurt X. Metzmeier

Associate Director, Law Library

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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 Louiisville 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 co-author of Kentucky Legal Research (Carolina Academic Press, 2012), and managing editor and priniciple author of the Kentucky Legal Research Manual, 3d (Lexington, UK/CLE, 2004) and 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.

Courses Taught

Legal Research, Legal History, and Advanced Legal Research.



Kentucky Legal Research (with Will Hilyerd and David Ensign) (Durham: Carolina Academic Press, 2012)

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, 3d. Lexington KY: UK/CLE, 2005. Managing editor and author of seven 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).


Book Review: Paul M. Pruitt, Taming Alabama: Lawyers and Reformers, 1804-1929 (Tuscaloosa, Alab.: University of Alabama Press, 2010)," 18.2 LH&RB: Legal History & Rare Books (Fall, 2012).

"Fraternal Twins: Legislative History and the History of Legislation," Louisville Bar Briefs (July, 2012).

"Research by the Numbers," Louisville Bar Briefs (April, 2012).

"Looking Forward, Looking Backward, Statutorily Speaking: Seventieth Anniversary of the Kentucky Revised States," Louisville Bar Briefs (January, 2012).

"Researching Family and Local History in Digital Collections" (with Virginia Mattingly), 47.3 Kentucky Ancestors (Spring 2012).

"Bibliographica Necronomica: Selections from the Literature of Grimoires, Cursed Books and Unholy Bindings," 17.2 LH&RB:Legal History & Rare Books (Fall, 2011).

Book Review: The Passport in America: The History of a Document, by Craig Robertson (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2010)," 17.2 LH&RB: Legal History & Rare Books (Fall, 2011).

"Laying Off Brandeis' Policemen: Budget Cuts and Access to Government Information,"
Louisville Bar Briefs (October, 2011).

"Toys in the Attic: Finding Superseded and Other Older Kentucky Legal Resources at the University of Louisville Law Library," Louisville Bar Briefs (July, 2011).

"Playing by Kentucky Rules:Researching the Kentucky Rules of Evidence," Louisville Bar Briefs, October 2010

"Who Makes the Rules Around Here, Anyway?  History of Kentucky Civil Procedure and How to Research It," Louisville Bar Briefs, April 2010.

"2009: The Year of Twitter," Louisville Bar Briefs, January 2010

"Hunting Ghost Laws:  Updating Kentucky Statutes and Finding New Laws," Louisville Bar Briefs, October 2009.

"It’s A New Day: Researching Kentucky’s Revised Ethics Rules," Louisville Bar Briefs, July 2009.

Book Review of Michael Ayers Trotti, The Body in the Reservoir: Murder and
Sensationalism in the South
.  (Chapel Hill  University of North
Carolina Press, 2008). Jhistory , July 2009.

"Researching IP/Technology Law," April 2009.

"Looking Forward: A Monthly Calendar of (Mostly) Legal Websites," Louisville Bar Briefs, January 2009, at 20-21.

"Nursery of a Supreme Court Justice: The Library of James Harlan of Kentucky, Father of John Marshall Harlan," (with Peter Scott Campbell) 100 Law Library J. 639-674 (2008).

"Judges of the Kentucky Circuit Courts, 1831-1861," Kentucky Ancestors, Spring 2008, at 151-160.

"An American Field Guide to Court-Watching: Researching Current Activities of the U.S. Supreme Court," Louisville Bar Briefs, October 2008, at 10-11.

"The Damnedest Summer Reading List: History, Politics and Law in Kentucky," Louisville Bar Briefs, July 2008, at 8.

"Following the Kentucky General Assembly: With Apologies to Niccolo Machiavelli and the ABC Children's Programming Division," Louisville Bar Briefs, April 2008, at 22-23.

"Frankfort Franks: Finding the Legislative History of Kentucky Statutes," Louisville Bar Briefs, January 2008, at 18-19 .

"Book Review: Calvin H. Johnson, Righteous Anger at the Wicked States: The Meaning of the Founders’ Constitution (New York, Cambridge University Press, 2005)," Legal History And Rare Books, Vol. 13, No. 3, 2007.

"The Grey Ghosts of Legal Literature: Furtive Government Reports and Forgotten CLE Materials," Louisville Bar Briefs (October 2007).

"James Hughes: Kentucky's First Nominative Reporter," Legal History and Rare Books, Vol. 13, No. 2, 2007.

"You Can Look it Up: The Use of Dictionaries in Interpreting Statutes," Louisville Bar Briefs (July 2007).

"Who Asked the Attorney General His Opinion?, Louisville Bar Briefs (April 2007).

"Reading the Mind of Congress: Legislative History Research on the Internet," Louisville Bar Briefs (January 2007).

"Location, Location, Location: Real Estate Research¸" Louisville Bar Briefs (October 2006).

"Summer Roundup: Unpublished Opinions, Casemaker ¸" Louisville Bar Briefs (July 2006).

"History in the Law Library: Using Legal Materials to Explore the Past and Find Lawyers, Felons and Other Scoundrels in Your Family Tree," Louisville Bar Briefs (April 2006).

"Better Than Government Work: Finding Federal Regulations on the Web," Louisville Bar Briefs (January 2006).

"30 Years Ago…Kentuckians Vote to Reform the Judicial System," Louisville Bar Briefs (November 2005).

"The Big Gobble: The Consolidation of the Legal Publishing Industry and What It Means For Legal Research, Louisville Bar Briefs (October 2005).

"Bloggers, Blawgs and Finding Current Law," Louisville Bar Briefs (July 2005).

"WARNING: STATUTES UNDER CONSTRUCTION: Finding Good Case Law in Old Kentucky Statutes," Louisville Bar Briefs (April 2005).

"No Free Ride for the Mayor and Other Tales: Researching Kentucky Constitutional Law," Louisville Bar Briefs (January 2005).


"Old into New: Collaborative Law Library Digital Collections," American Association of Law Libraries Annual Conference. Philadelphia. 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. 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 and Community Service

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.