Nolan L. Wright | School of Law | SIU

Southern Illinois University



Nolan L. Wright

Reference Librarian and Associate Professor

Nolan L. Wright

Office: Lesar Law Building, Room 172
Phone: (618) 453-8791

Professor Wright joined the SIU School of Law faculty in 2009. He received J.D. and M.L.I.S. degrees from the University of Washington in 1995 and 2008 respectively, and also holds an M.A. in Psychology from the University of Arizona. At SIU, Professor Wright serves as a Reference Librarian in the Law Library, teaches legal research in the Lawyering Skills Program, and supervises law student volunteers in the SIU Self-Help Legal Center. Additionally, he serves as the faculty advisor for Equal Justice Works, a Registered Student Organization. Professor Wright’s research interests are primarily in the areas of legal research education and access to justice. He is an active member of the American Association of Law Libraries, serving since 2012 on a task force commissioned by its Academic Law Libraries Special Interest Section to identify skills and knowledge needed for legal practice.

Before coming to the SIU School of Law, Professor Wright maintained an active legal practice as a sole practitioner in Seattle, Washington, with an emphasis on family law, employment law, and administrative law matters. A strong believer in trying to demystify law as an attorney, he routinely offered to help clients learn about the laws and legal procedures they were confronted by in their cases—doing so on a pro bono basis and discovering his love for teaching in the process. In his pre-law days, Professor Wright worked in community development and project management, having earned a B.A. cum laude in Urban Studies in 1982 from Virginia Commonwealth University.

Professor Wright is also a semi-active artist, working predominately in non-traditional basketry and other fiber forms, and is a novice wood worker.