Karl Gruben

Professor of Law
Associate Dean, Library and Information Services
Director, Pardee Legal Research Center

  • 1982, JD, South Texas College of Law
  • 1974, MLS, University of Texas at Austin
  • 1972, BA, University of Texas at Austin

Areas of Expertise

Professor Gruben teaches advanced legal research.

Professional Experience

Gruben worked as a professional law librarian at the State Law Library in Austin, Texas. In 1977 he began a long tenure as librarian, then director, then firm-wide director of libraries with the law firm of Vinson & Elkins LLP, where he remained for 25 years. In 2001 he became the practice information support director for the law firm of Squire Sanders. In 2004 he joined St. Thomas University Law School’s Library as law library director and associate professor of law. He joined the USD School of Law faculty in 2009.

Honors and Affiliations

Gruben is active in library associations, serving on the executive board of the Texas Library Association and the executive board of the American Association of Law Libraries.

Key Works

Gruben's publications include Parker's Texas Business Statutes (Parker Publishing, 1996); Parker's Texas Uniform Commercial Code (Parker Publishing, 1996); “Law Firm Collection Development and Acquisitions” in Law Librarianship: A Handbook for the Electronic Age (Kehow, Lyman, and McCann, eds.) (AALL Publications, 1995); and A Reference Guide to Texas Law & Legal History (Hambleton, ed.) (Butterworth, 1988).

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Contact Information

Pardee Legal Research Center 127
5998 Alcalá Park
San Diego, CA 92110-2492
(P) (619) 260-6846

Online Resources

Curriculum Vita


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