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Beau Steenken

university of kentucky college of law professor and librarian beau steenken

Instructional Services Librarian & Professor of Legal Research

Room 45, Law Library

(859) 257-1578


Beau Steenken joined the Law Library Faculty at the University of Kentucky in September 2010. As Instructional Services Librarian, he engaged in a revamp of the Legal Research curriculum as the UK College of Law shifted from an adjunct-model to a full-time faculty model of LRW instruction. He teaches two to four sections of 1L Legal Research a year and also coordinates informal research instruction of various sorts. Before coming to the University of Kentucky, he managed to collect a B.A., a J.D., and an M.S.I.S. from the University of Texas, as well as an M.A. in history from Texas State University and an LL.M. in Public International law from the University of Nottingham, where he also took up archery.


  • B.A., University of Texas (2000)
  • J.D., University of Texas School of Law (2003)
  • LL.M., Public International Law, University of Nottingham (2003)
  • M.S., History, Texas State University - San Marcos (2008)
  • M.S.I.S., University of Texas (2010) 


  • Legal Research
  • Foreign & International Legal Research
  • Historical Research

Books & Book Chapters

Scholarship is available for download at Beau Steenken's SelectedWorks page. 

  • Beau Steenken, Local Legislation, in Kentucky Legal Research Manual (4th ed. 2016) (forthcoming).
  • Amy Beckham Foster & Beau Steenken, Administrative Law, in Kentucky Legal Research Manual (4th ed. 2016) (forthcoming).
  • Beau Steenken & Tina M. Brooks, Sources of American Law: An Introduction to Legal Research (2015). 

Scholarly Articles

  • Beau Steenken, Keeping Up with New Legal Titles, 108 L. Libr. J. 131 (2016) (reviewing Michael D. Murray and Christy H. DeSanctis, Legal Research Methods, Second Edition (2015)).

Popular Media

  • Beau Steenken, Outcomes in the Balance: The Crisis in Legal Education as Catalyst for Change, AALL Spectrum, April 2015, at 10.
  • Beau Steenken, The Lexis Two-Step: After Two Major Updates in 2014, Lexis Advance Empowers Users with Improved Functionality, AALL Spectrum, November 2014, at 25.
  • Valerie Aggerbeck, Patrick Butler, Susan David DeMaine & Beau Steenken, The 2014 Leadership Academy: Six Months Out, AALL Spectrum, November 2014, at 19.
  • Michele A. Lucero & Beau Steenken, Into the Breach with AALL’s Diversity Committee: Law Libraries’ Struggle to Achieve Diversity Goals, AALL Spectrum, February 2013, at 15.
  • Beau Steenken, You Say You Want an e-Revolution?: Helping our Patrons Benefit from Developments in Personal Technology, AALL Spectrum, March 2012, at 8.
  • Beau Steenken, How to Be Uncommon: Advice to Grads Seeking a First Professional Law Library Job from a Recent Survivor of the Process, AALL Spectrum, June 2011, at 17.

July 18, 2016

The University of Kentucky Board of Trustees recently approved promotions and/or tenure for three UK Law faculty members: Scott R. Bauries, Brian L. Frye, and Beau Steenken.

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As UK Law students leave the classroom and enter the workforce for summer employment opportunities, the Law Librarians want to make sure they are well equipped with the knowledge needed to excel in their positions.

This effort gave birth to the Clerk/Associate Research Insights Bootcamp (C.R.I.B).  Five instructional sessions focusing on different areas of research were offered to help students sharpen their skills.  Takeaways from the program included:

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UK Law Librarians who assisted with hosting regional conference

By:  Whitney Harder

The University of Kentucky College of Law Library is often a place for study sessions and important discussions, but its true mission is to help produce outstanding lawyers and expert legal scholars.

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Professor Jennifer Bird-Pollan was promoted to Associate Professor and granted tenure. She joined the College of Law faculty in 2010, teaching Federal Income Tax, Estate & Gift tax, International Tax, Partnership Tax, Corporate Tax, and a Seminar in Tax Policy. She received her J.D. from Harvard Law School, where she was the articles editor for the Harvard Journal of Law and Gender, and her B.A. in Philosophy and French from Penn State University. Bird-Pollan also earned an M.A. in Philosophy from Vanderbilt University, where she is completing her Ph.D.

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