Heidi L. Frostestad

Title: Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, Director of the Law Library, and Associate Professor of Law
Office Location: Swen Parson 267D
Email: hkuehl@niu.edu
Phone: 815-753-9493
Education: B.A., Luther College
M.A., University of Iowa
J.D., Valparaiso University School of Law

Heidi L. Frostestad joined the NIU College of Law in 2014 as an associate professor of law and director of the David C. Shapiro Memorial Law Library. Professor Frostestad's primary research and teaching interests are in foreign, comparative, and international law, international business transactions, law and technology and basic and advanced legal research.

Prior to joining the NIU College of Law, Professor Frostestad was the associate director for Research and Reference Services and Foreign, Comparative and International Law Library at Northwestern University School of Law’s Pritzker Legal Research Center in Chicago. After graduate school and law school, she worked at the Marquette University Law School in Milwaukee as a law librarian and an adjunct professor. Professor Frostestad has also taught international legal research at the John Marshall Law School (Center for International Law). Professor Frostestad also worked as the Circuit Librarian and a Court Unit Executive at the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit from 2021-2022.

During law school, Professor Frostestad was the executive editor of publication of the Valparaiso University Law Review, studied abroad in Cambridge, England, was a member of the International Law Society, and also participated in the Jessup International Moot Court team. Professor Frostestad is a graduate of the Valparaiso University Law School and received her B.A. in Music Performance and English from Luther College in Decorah, IA. She also received her M.A. in Library and Information Science from the University of Iowa while working at the University of Iowa College of Law Library.


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Books and Book Chapters


Law Reviews

Other Writing


  • Presenter: “A Conversation with the Circuit Librarian of the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals,” Law Librarians Association of Wisconsin, Inc. (LLAW) (October 2021). 
  • Presenter: “Adaptive Leadership in Law Libraries,” Mid-America Association of Law Libraries (MAALL) Annual Meeting (Fall 2021) and CALL CE/MLDC Spring Meeting (2022). 
  • Presenter: Work in Progress, Universal Right to Access Legal Information – Encryption Barriers and Progress in an AI Age,” Chicagoland Junior Scholars Works in Progress Conference, Loyola University of Chicago Law School, (October 2, 2020) and Boulder Conference Pre-AALL Virtual Conference (Summer 2021). 
  • Presenter: “Ignite: Legal Tech Innovation (Day 1),” Case Western University School of Law (July 2021).
  • Presenter: “Future of Law Libraries and Legal Information Virtual Roundtable,”  AALL Virtual Conference (July 2021). 
  • Presenter: Social Media and Technological Competence In a Digital Age,” Federal Bar CLE Presentation (June 12, 2020). 
  • Presenter: “Global Legal Ethics and Corporate Social Responsibility: Where’s the Beef?” Chicagoland Junior Scholars Works in Progress Conference, Loyola University of Chicago Law School (September 27, 2019). 
  • Presenter, FCIL-SIS Pre-Conference Program, “International Corruption Resources and Research” (July 2019). 
  • Presenter of Accepted Paper: “The Impact of Technology on 21st Century Lawyering: A Need for Uniform Ethical Standards,” Chicagoland Junior Scholars Works in Progress Conference, Loyola University of Chicago Law School (October 5, 2018). 
  • Presenter: “Mindfulness in Law Libraries,” Mid-America Association of Law Libraries Annual Meeting (October 12, 2018). 
  • Co-Presenter: "Student Assessment: Tips and Tricks from the Trenches," Association of American Law Schools (AALS) Annual Meeting, San Francisco, CA (January 2017).
  • Speaker: Free Speech and Defamation in an Era of Social Media: An Analysis of Federal and Illinois Norms in the Context of Anonymous Online Defamers,” Law Review Symposium (April 15, 2016). 
  • "Blog Aggregators and Feeds: A More Efficient Way to Manage News and Legal Information," FCIL-SIS Electronic Interest Group Meeting (July 2006). 
  • Co-Presenter: “Foreign, Comparative, and International Law Collection Development,” American Association of Law Libraries (AALL) Annual Meeting (Summer 2006).
  • Presenter: “Canadian Legal Research” with Mary Sexton, MAALL/MALL Annual Conference, Des Moines, IA (Fall 2004).

Professional Activities and Memberships

  • American Association of Law Libraries, Member
    • Awards Committee
      • Member (2011-2012)
      • Vice-Chair (2012-2013)
      • Chair (2013-2014)
    • Foreign, Comparative and International Law, Special Interest Section
      • Webmaster (2005-2008)
      • Secretary/Treasurer (2008-2011)
      • Vice Chair/Chair-Elect (2011-2012)
      • FCIL-SIS Chair (2012-2013)
      • “Spirit of FCIL-SIS” Award (Summer 2007)
    • Law Library Journal Editorial Board member (2021-2023)
    • Excellence in Community Engagement Award Jury (2020-2021)
    • Economic Status of Law Librarians Committee Chair (2017-2018)
    • Committee and Jury Chairs Member (2013-2014 & 2017-2018)
    • Distinguished Lectureship Award Jury Member (2015-2016)
    • Index to Foreign Legal Periodicals Committee Member (2013-2014)
    • Council of SIS Chairs Member (2013-2014)
  • Chicago Association of Law Libraries, Member
    • Chair, CALL “Committee on Committees” for the 2011-2016 Strategic Plan
    • Co-Editor, “TechBuzz” in the CALL BULLETIN (2007-present)
    • Vice President/President-Elect (2009-2010)
    • President (2010-2011)
    • Past President (2011-2012)
    • Co-Chair and Member, Government Relations Committee (2005-2009)
    • Member, Placement and Recruitment Committee (2012-2013)
    • Co-Chair and Member, Continuing Education Committee (2013-present)
  • Law Librarians of Wisconsin, Member (2002-2005)
  • Mid-America Law Library Consortium, Member
    • Vice President (2015-2017)
    • President (2018-2020)
  • American Society of International Law, Member 
    • ASIL International Legal Research Interest Group Co-Chair (2018-2020)
  • American Bar Association, Member
    • ABA Site Team Member for Law School Library Sabbatical Visits (2017 & 2021)
  • American Association of Law Schools, Member
  • Member of the Illinois Bar (inactive)