Krishnaswami, Julie

Julie Graves Krishnaswami

Associate Law Librarian for Research Instruction
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Julie Graves Krishnaswami is the Head of Instruction at the Lillian Goldman Law Library at Yale Law School. She teaches Advanced Legal Research (ALR) and Regulatory Research Methods. She also serves as a Small Group Legal Research Advisor. Her own research currently focuses on integrating critical thinking methodology into legal research instruction. Julie is an active member of the American Association of Law Libraries (AALL).

Before coming to Yale Law School, Julie was a Lawyer Librarian at Vermont Law School and an Associate Law Library Professor at the City University of New York School of Law. As an attorney at the law firm of Lite DePalma & Greenberg, LLC, she worked as a litigator handling class action and appellate litigation, including several nationwide securities and anti-trust class actions. Prior to joining the firm, she clerked for the Honorable Susan L. Reisner of the Appellate Division of the Superior Court of New Jersey. Additionally, she represented public benefit recipients in administrative hearings before the New York City Department of Human Resources Administration. She has also worked for Planned Parenthood Federation of American (PPFA) in Washington, D.C., tracking and researching state legislation on abortion and women’s health issues in the public policy/litigation and law department.

Julie’s publications can be accessed at the Yale Law School Legal Scholarship Repository, Librarian Scholarship Series and on SSRN.


Julie received her Masters in Library and Information Science (M.L.I.S.) from Pratt Institute (2008). She earned her J.D. from CUNY School of Law (2004), where she was the Symposium and Articles Editor for The New York City Law Review, and her B.A. in history from Reed College (1999).


Selected Publications:

  • The Secret History of the Bluebook (with Fred Shapiro) 100 Minn. L. Rev. 1563 (2015).
  • Law Libraries: Strategic Service (with Scott Bailey), in LAW LIBRARIANSHIP IN THE DIGITAL AGE (Ellyssa Kroski ed.) (2013).
  • Critical Information Theory: A New Foundation for Teaching Regulatory Research, in BOULDER STATEMENTS ON LEGAL RESEARCH EDUCATION: THE INTERSECTION OF THE INTELLECTUAL AND PRACTICAL SKILLS (Susan Nevelow Mart ed.) (forthcoming 2013).
  • Keeping Up With New Legal Titles (reviewing POINT MADE: HOW TO WRITE LIKE THE NATION’S TOP ADVOCATES, Ross Guberman), 103 LAW LIBRARY JOURNAL 215 (Summer 2011).
  • Book Review: The Legal Landscape − A Review of John Copeland Nagle, Law’s Environment: How the Law Shapes the Places We Live, 12 VERMONT JOURNAL OF ENVIRONMENTAL LAW 215 (2011).
  • Response—Member Question: What would you suggest to a new or prospective member about ways to get involved (in AALL/their library/etc.)? What are the benefits to a new member of involvement?, 1:4 MINDING THE GAP: THE NEWSLETTER OF THE GEN X/GEN Y CAUCUS OF THE AMERICAN ASSOCIATION OF LAW LIBRARIES 8 (Fall 2010).
  • Nicholas Freudenberg: A Selected Bibliography to Accompany A Conversation on Health Law, 12 NEW YORK CITY LAW REVIEW 55 (2009).
  • Book Review: Privacy and Confidentiality Issues: A Guide for Libraries and Their Lawyers by Theresa Chmara. AMERICAN ASSOCIATION OF LAW LIBRARIES SPECTRUM BLOG, May 7, 2009, available at 05/07/book-review-privacy-and-confidentiality-issues-a-guide-for-libraries-and-their-lawyers/.
  • Book Review: Viral Spiral by David Bollier, AMERICAN ASSOCIATION OF LAW LIBRARIES SPECTRUM BLOG, Apr. 8, 2009 available at
  • It’s the Institution: Librarians Join the Revolution to Open the Judicial System to Self-Represented Litigants, 14 AMERICAN ASSOCIATION OF LAW LIBRARIES SPECTRUM 26 (2009).
  • Justice Sandra Day O’Connor: A Selected Annotated Bibliography, 57 CATHOLIC UNIVERSITY LAW REVIEW 1099 (2008).

Selected Presentations:

  • Panelist, Developing Research Culture within LIS Master Degree Programs, Association for Library and Information Science Education (ALISE), Annual Conference, January 21-24, 2014 (forthcoming).
  • Panelist, How to Prepare for Class with Noah Messing, Yale Law School, Office of Student Affairs, September 13, 2013.
  • Seminar Faculty, Zen & the Art of Googling, 2013 Connecticut Bar Association (CBA), Annual Meeting, June 17, 2013.
  • Panelist, You CAN Handle the Truth: Using Pop Culture to Teach Legal Research, Institute for Law Teaching and Learning, American Association of Law Libraries, Annual Meeting, July 24, 2012.
  • Panelist, How to Write Your SAW and Substantial Paper, Yale Law School, February 13, 2013.
  • Panelist, Integrating Statutory Research and Analysis, 15th Biennial Conference of the Legal Writing Institute, June 1, 2012.
  • Invited Participant, Fourth Conference on Legal Information: Scholarship and Teaching (the “Boulder Conference Harvard Law School, July 19-21, 2012 (presented book chapter in-progress).
  • Organizer, Practicing What We Preach: Teaching Integrated Statutory Research and Analysis to Prepare Practice-Ready Legal Problem Solvers, 2011 Western Regional Legal Writing Conference, How to Hit the Ground Writing: Meeting the Expectations of the Changing Legal Market, University of San Francisco School of Law, August 26-27, 2011 (co-drafted proposal and presentation but did not present at the Conference).
  • Invited Participant, Third Conference on Legal Information: Scholarship and Teaching (the “Boulder Conference”), Earle Mack School of Law at Drexel University, July 21-23, 2011 (presented work-in-progress and participated in a discussion about implementing the Boulder Statement in a legal research class).