Kristin Cheney

Professor Emeritus



After serving as a prosecuting attorney in Pierce and Kitsap counties, Dean Cheney returned to academia as a reference librarian/senior reference librarian at Boston University School of Law from 1987-92, where she also was an adjunct professor in legal writing from 1988-92. Subsequently she became the assistant director for public and educational services at the University of Texas School of Law from 1992-94. She joined the Seattle University School of Law as associate library director in 1994. Dean Cheney was appointed executive law librarian in 2001, law library director in 2005, and Associate Dean for Library & Educational Technology in 2007. She has taught various upper-level research courses at the law school since 1995.

Dean Cheney received the law school's 2009 Champion for Social Justice Award for her many years of service with the Seniors with Pets Assistance Program, a local nonprofit. She additionally received the Dean's Medal in 2009.


Guide to Federal Regulatory and Statutory Sources, Law Student Edition, (West Publishing Company 1989) (with Steven Stromberg).


Marketing the Law Library: Strategies and Techniques in the Digital Age, 26 Legal Reference Services Quarterly 493 (2007).

Public Services in Law Libraries: Evolution and Innovation in the 21st Century, chapter on Marketing the Law Library: Strategies and Techniques in the Digital Age 281-300 (2007).

Is an Annual Report in Your Library’s Future? 97 Law Library Journal 493 (Summer 2005).

Annual Reports in Academic Law Libraries, Marketing Toolkit for Academic Law Libraries, Academic Law Libraries Special Interest Section, American Association of Law Libraries, (2004).

Book review: The Internet Guide for the Legal Researcher: The Complete Resource Guide to Finding and Retrieving Legal Information on the Internet, Legal Info. Alert, Jan. 1998, at 13.

Phillip DeTurk, Tutt: An Annotated Bibliography of Arthur Train’s Tutt Short Stories, Tarlton Legal Bibliography Series #39, (Kristin A. Cheney, ed., Jamail Center for Legal Research, University of Texas at Austin, School of Law 1993).

A Selective Bibliography on the Endangered Species Act, Nat. Resources & Env't, Vol. 8, #1 (1993), at 43.

Arthur S. Leonard, AIDS Legal Bibliography, Tarlton Legal Bibliography Series #37, University of Texas at Austin, School of Law (Kristin A. Cheney, ed., 1992).


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Curriculum Vitae

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  • B.S., summa cum laude, Northern Michigan University, 1973
  • J.D., Seattle University School of Law, 1984
  • M.L.S., University of Washington 1987