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Faculty from the William C. Wefel Center for Employment Law are internationally renowned and regularly tapped for leadership positions in the field and national media commentary.

Matthew Bodie

Matthew Bodie, J.D.
Co-Director, William C. Wefel Center for Employment Law
Callis Family Professor of Law

Professor Matt Bodie is an expert on the role of information, control and ownership within the corporation and the workplace. He is particularly interested in the role of the employee within the firm. He has published over 40 journal articles, essays, and book chapters. His papers have been selected for presentation by the American Law & Economics Association, the Stanford/Yale Junior Faculty Forum, the Labour Law Research Network, and the Association of American Law Schools. He has coauthored a series of articles on corporate governance and voting rights with Professor Grant Hayden of SMU Dedman School of Law, and they are at work on a related book to be published by Cambridge University Press.

Prof. Bodie served as a reporter for the American Law Institute’s Restatement of Employment Law and was the primary author for the chapter on employee privacy and autonomy. He is a research fellow at New York University’s Center for Labor and Employment Law and contributes to the Conglomerate blog. He is a contributor and section editor to the Worklaw section for Jotwell. He has written opinion pieces for the New York Times, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, U.S. News & World Report, and Quartz, and has been quoted in such publications as the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, and the New Republic.

Miriam Cherry, J.D.

Miriam Cherry, J.D.
Co-Director, William C. Wefel Center for Employment Law 

Professor Miriam Cherry’s scholarship is interdisciplinary and focuses on the intersection of technology and globalization with business, contract, and employment law topics. In her recent work, Prof. Cherry analyzes crowdfunding, markets for corporate social responsibility, virtual work, and social entrepreneurship. In 2018, she spent the summer working at the International Labour Office (ILO), a specialized agency of the United Nations, in Geneva, Switzerland, as a visiting researcher.

Professor Cherry’s articles have appeared in the Northwestern Law Review, Minnesota Law Review, Washington Law Review, Illinois Law Review, Georgia Law Review, Alabama Law Review, Maryland Law Review, and the Tulane Law Review, among others. She is an expert in the gig economy and has provided expertise to national publications including the New York Times, Fast Company and The Atlantic.

Lauren E. Bartlett

Lauren E. Bartlett, J.D.
Assistant Professor

Professor Lauren Bartlett is the director of the Human Rights at Home Litigation Clinic. She has experience litigating in state and federal court in Louisiana and Ohio, as well as filing complaints and petitions with U.N. Treaty Bodies and Special Procedures, and the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights. A former legal aid attorney, Prof. Bartlett has focused her career on providing access to justice for all and protecting the rights of the poorest of the poor in the U.S. Her scholarship focuses on the intersections between legal ethics, access to justice, and human rights. 

Marcia McCormick, J.D.

Marcia McCormick, J.D.

Professor Marcia McCormick's scholarship has explored the areas of employment and labor law, federal courts, as well as gender and the law. A prolific blogger, Prof. McCormick is a co-editor and contributor to the Workplace Prof Blog, which provides daily information on developments in the law of the workplace and scholarship about it.

Carol Needham

Carol A. Needham, J.D.
Emanuel Myers Professor

Professor Carol Needham's current scholarship centers on the ethics issues faced by in-house counsel and lawyers in transactional practice, cross-border practice and professional licensing issues, including the multijurisdictional practice of law. Prior to joining the SLU LAW faculty in 1992, she practiced law in Los Angeles, where she negotiated employment contracts, licensing agreements, project financing documents, loan workouts, mergers, IPOs, private placements and acquisitions, and participated in commercial litigation.

Elizabeth Pendo

Elizabeth Pendo, J.D.
Joseph J. Simeone Professor of Law

Professor Elizabeth Pendo is a nationally recognized expert in disability law and health care law. Her scholarship focuses on the difference disability makes in places in our society such as the health care system and the workplace, with a particular interest in legal and social meanings of disability. She published a series of articles exposing inaccessible medical equipment as a barrier to care, including Reducing Disparities through Health Care Reform: Disability and Accessible Medical Equipment, 4 Utah L. Rev. 1057 (2010) and Disability, Equipment Barriers and Women’s Health: Using the ADA to Provide Meaningful Access, 2 St. Louis Univ. J. Health L. & Pol’y 15 (2008). Other projects include civil rights and health care reform approaches to health disparities for people with disabilities; models of disability and their impact on health care; public right-of-way and accessibility issues in the City of St. Louis; and genetic testing in the workplace, and its intersections with classifications based on gender, race, class and disability.

Ana Santos Rutschman

Ana Santos Rutschman, S.J.D.
Assistant Professor

Professor Ana Santos Rutschman, an expert in vaccine law and policy, has published and presented widely on topics related to health law, food and drug regulation, intellectual property, innovation in the life sciences, and law and technology. Recent presentations have covered topics related to vaccines and other biotechnologies, healthcare blockchain, e-health and artificial intelligence in medicine. Her legal scholarship has appeared or is forthcoming in UCLA Law Review, Emory Law Journal, Arizona Law Review, Yale Law Journal Forum, University of Chicago Legal Forum, Michigan Law Review Online, Annals of Health Law and Duke Law and Technology Review, among others. Her commentary pieces have been published by The Huffington Post and The Conversation and reprinted in Scientific American, Newsweek Japan and newspapers around the U.S., including the Chicago Tribune. Her ongoing book, Vaccines as Technology: Innovation, Barriers and the Public Interest, is under contract with Cambridge University Press. In summer 2020, she was named to then-U.S. presidential candidate Joe Biden's COVID-19 Innovation Committee, COVID-19 Response Subcommittee.

Kerry Ryan

Kerry A. Ryan, J.D.
Associate Professor

Professor Kerry Ryan’s recent scholarship explores the interaction between the income tax and financial aid systems and the ethical underpinnings of the gift tax exclusion for education and healthcare. She teaches Estate Law and Planning, Federal Income Tax, Taxation, and Trusts. Before entering academia as a professor, Prof. Ryan practiced at a firm in Indianapolis, Indiana, in estate planning and business succession.

Ruqaiijah Yearby

Ruqaiijah Yearby, J.D.

Professor Yearby is a specialist in racial disparities in health care, the political economy of health care, and social justice in medical research. She has dedicated her career to improving the lives of vulnerable populations by addressing the lack of equal access to quality health care. At SLU, she is also co-founder and executive director of the Institute for Healing Justice and Equity.

Through her research and work with community groups, Prof. Yearby advocates for equal access to quality health care and fair wages for racial and ethnic minorities, women, and the poor. Using empirical data, her research explores the ways in which inequities in society and the health care delivery system prevent minorities, women, and the economically disadvantaged from attaining equal access to quality health care, resulting in increased morbidity and mortality for minorities, women, and the economically disadvantaged. She serves as a research consultant and board member for the Investigating Conceptions of Health Equity and Barriers to Making Health a Shared Value, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation grant and was a Steering committee member for the Healthy Improvement Partnership for Cuyahoga County Health Department in Ohio.

Falethia Hawthorne

Falethia Hawthorne
Program Coordinator