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John J. Ammann, J.D.

McDonnell Professor of Justice in American Society Emeritus
Legal Clinics
William C. Wefel Center for Employment Law

Courses Taught

Civil Advocacy, Civil Advocacy Clinic, Civil Practice, Missouri Appellate Procedure, Symposium, Urban Issues


Ammann earned his B.A. from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville in 1979 and his law degree from Saint Louis University School of Law in 1984. Ranked in the top 10 percent of his graduating class, he received the Thomas J. White Family Fellowship in Public Law and Government and was the recipient of the White Family Scholarship.

Practice Areas

  • Civil Procedure
  • Disability Law
  • Employment Law
  • Real Estate Law
  • Remedies
  • State and Local Government

Publications and Media Placements

SSRN Publications List

Honors and Awards

Law students honored Ammann as Faculty Member of the Year in 2003, 2006 and 2014. He also received the Governor’s Excellence in Teaching Award that year for his exceptional teaching and advising, service to the community and success in nurturing student achievement.

Missouri Lawyer’s Weekly nominated Professor Ammann as a 2008 Lawyer of the Year for championing the cause of 80 Bosnians whose citizenship applications were unlawfully delayed. Under Ammann’s leadership, the Legal Clinics partnered with other nonprofit organizations and persuaded the federal to naturalize the immigrants.

Professional Organizations and Associations

Ammann was the senior editor of the American Bar Association’s Journal of Affordable Housing and Community Development Law from 2003 to 2005.

Community Work and Service

After graduating law school, Ammann clerked for both the Missouri Court of Appeals and the Illinois Court of Appeals. He then went on to work for the Land of Lincoln Legal Assistance Foundation in Alton, Ill., from 1988 to 1994. As a senior staff attorney there, he specialized in landlord-tenant law, family law and consumer law and successfully handled numerous appeals.

In 1994, Ammann joined the faculty at SLU LAW. Since then, Ammann has directed the numerous Legal Clinics offered at the law school, ranging from litigation and civil rights to real estate, housing and finance. Under his guidance, the Legal Clinics annually provide more than $3.3 million and 39,000 hours in estimated free legal assistance to the community.