Kristin Cheney

Kristin Cheney

Faculty Emerita

 Sullivan Hall 430


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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


After joining Seattle University School of Law as associate library director in 1994, Kristin Cheney assumed executive responsibility for the library in 2001 and served as its leader until her retirement in 2014. In 2007, she was named Associate Dean for Library and Educational Technology, and in this role she oversaw the school's numerous initiatives to integrate technology into teaching and research. During her twenty-year career at the law school, she taught several upper-level research courses.

Before returning to the Law School, where she earned her J.D., she served as a prosecuting attorney in Pierce and Kitsap counties, a reference librarian and legal writing instructor at Boston University School of Law, and assistant director for public and educational services at the University of Texas School of Law.

In 2009, she received the law school's 2009 Champion for Social Justice Award in recognition of her many years of service with the Seniors with Pets Assistance Program, a local nonprofit. In that same year, she also received the Dean's Medal in recognition of her outstanding service to the school.



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).