Saint Louis University
Joseph A. Custer
Scott Hall 838


B.A., University of Northern Iowa, 1983
J.D., University of Arkansas at Little Rock School of Law, 1989
M.L.I.S., University of Missouri-Columbia, 1991
M.B.A., University of Kansas, 2012


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Joseph A. Custer
Director, Law Library
Assistant Professor

Professor Custer has written several articles, some of which have been cited in legal opinions or by prestigious legal authors, including Eric Posner and Cass Sunstein. His most recent article, “Ideological Voting Applied to the School Desegregation Cases in the Federal Courts of Appeals from the 1960’s and 70’s,” forthcoming in volume 16:1 of The Scholar: St. Mary’s Law Review on Race and Social Justice, considers a research suggestion from Cass Sunstein to analyze segregation cases from the 1960's and 1970's and whether three hypothesis he projected in the article "Ideological Voting on Federal Courts of Appeals: A Preliminary Investigation," 90 Va. L. Rev. 301 (2004), involving various models of judicial ideology, would pertain. Professor Custer’s paper considers Sunstein’s three hypotheses in addition to other judicial ideologies to try to empirically determine what was influencing Federal Court of Appeals Judges in regard to Civil Rights issues, specifically school desegregation, in the 1960’s and 1970’s.

In 2010, Custer’s article, “The Truthiness of Thinkable Thoughts Versus the Facts of Empirical Research,” Law Library Journal Vol. 102:2 [2010-14], was awarded the open division of the  AALL/LexisNexis Call for Papers Competition. He also, along with colleague Christopher Steadham from the University of Kansas Law School, co-wrote Kansas Legal Research in 2008. A textbook tailored toward law students published by Carolina Academic Press. Most recently Professor Custer is writing on married women’s property acts from the nineteenth century and certain historical intellectual freedom abstractions involving libraries.

Most recently, Professor Custer is serving as Vice President/President Elect of the Mid-America Law Library Consortium representing twenty five law schools in the Midwest. Prior to this he was Chair of the Law Library Journal and AALL Spectrum Editorial Committee of the American Association of Law Librarians (AALL). He is Past President of the Mid America Association of Law Libraries (MAALL).

Professor Custer received his B.A. in political science from the University of Northern Iowa with high honors. He received his J.D. from the University of Arkansas-Little Rock. He briefly practiced law. He received his M.A. in library and information science from the University of Missouri-Columbia. He received his M.B.A. from the University of Kansas.