About Kurt

Kurt X. Metzmeier is the interim director of the law library and professor of legal bibliography at the University of Louisville Brandeis School of Law. He is the author Writing the Legal Record: Law Reporters in Nineteenth-Century Kentucky (Lexington, University Press of Kentucky, 2016), a group biography of Kentucky’s earliest law reporters, who were leading members of antebellum Kentucky’s legal and political worlds.

He has published widely in library, legal and historical journals and is the principal author of the Kentucky Legal Research Manual, 4d (Lexington, UK/CLE, 2016), the co-author (with Jason Nemes and Michael Whiteman) of United At Last: The Judicial Article and the Struggle to Reform Kentucky’s Courts (Frankfort, Ky.: Court of Justice, 2006), and a co-author (with Will Hilyerd and David Ensign) of Kentucky Legal Research, 2d (Carolina Academic Press, 2017). Prior to entering law librarianship, 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 is active in the American Association of Law Libraries’ Legal History and Rare Books section and is an associate editor of Unbound: An Annual Review of Legal History and Rare Books.

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.