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Faculty with the Center for International and Comparative Law are internationally recognized scholars who provide students with a well-rounded academic experience. 

Monica Eppinger

Monica Eppinger, J.D.
Associate Professor

Prof. Monica Eppinger teaches and writes in the areas of property, comparative and international law, national security, and anthropology of law. She holds a secondary appointment in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology.

Before entering academia, Prof. Eppinger served in the United States diplomatic corps as a tenured Foreign Service officer for nine years, with tours of duty or policy-making experience in Nigeria, Ukraine, Eastern Europe, Caspian energy, and West African security. She was awarded an individual Superior Honor Award, the State Department's highest civilian honor, in 1999.

Prof. Eppinger's work uses ethnographic tools to investigate law as a tool of social change at home and abroad. In 2011, the American Society of Comparative Law selected the working draft of her article on the institution of private property in Ukraine, "Unraveling the Illiberal Commons," as one of six papers discussed at its annual works-in-progress workshop held at Yale Law School. Her work on property was also selected for the 2011 Stanford-Yale Junior Faculty Forum. Her work in international law, on the law of war, was selected for the 2011 Childress Symposium, the 2013 Ewha Comfort Women Conference (Seoul, Korea), and the 2014 Cornell Law School Comfort Women Conference. Prof. Eppinger has published 10 articles or peer-reviewed essays in journals including the Hastings International and Comparative Law Review, the George Washington International Law Review, and Catholic University Law Review. She has been a featured expert on the law of war, Russia, and Ukraine on CNN, public radio, and in local print and broadcast news media.

Michael Korybut

Michael Korybut, J.D. 

Prof. Michael Korybut’s expertise is in business and commercial transactional law. His courses include Advanced Commercial and Business Transactions Practice, Commercial Transactions, Secured Transactions, Bankruptcy, and International Sale of Goods. Prof. Korybut also has taught at the Law School’s Summer Law Program in Madrid, Spain, and he speaks Spanish and French.

Prof. Korybut’s principal scholarship focuses on secured financing transactions, in particular Article 9 foreclosure sales. Prof. Korybut’s Rutgers Law Journal article, “Online Auctions of Repossessed Collateral,” was one of the first to explore the use of the internet as a marketplace for repossessed goods. Following this article, Korybut published “Searching for Commercial Reasonableness under the Revised Article 9” in the Iowa Law Review, which examined how secured creditors conduct foreclosure sales. In "Article 9's Incorporation Strategy and Novel, New Markets for Collateral: A Theory of Non-Adoption" (Buffalo Law Review), Prof. Korybut explored the theoretical reasons why a secured party would not adopt a new, more efficient method of selling repossessed property, and cling instead to the conventional market(s). Most recently, Prof. Korybut’s Hastings Business Law Journal article, “The Uncertain Scope of Revised Article 9’s Statutory Prohibition of Exculpatory Breach of the Pease Clauses,” analyzed a secured creditor’s ability to contract-out of liability for breaching the peace during a repossession.

Connie Wagner

Constance Z. Wagner, J.D.
Director, Two-Year J.D. Program

Prof. Constance Z. Wagner is an expert in the law of business associations and financial institutions, and also has a background in the law of international trade and international business transactions. She teaches and publishes in these areas and also speaks frequently on these topics at national academic conferences, bar association meetings and university events. Her current research agenda focuses on mechanisms for enhancing corporate social responsibility and developments in financial regulation.

Ira Trako

Ira H. Trako, J.D.
Associate Director, Center for International and Comparative Law
Director, LL.M.  Program in American Law for Foreign Lawyers

Prof. Ira H. Trako is an instructor of law and serves as the associate director for the Center for International and Comparative Law and as the director for the LL.M. in American Law for Foreign Lawyers program. Her areas of focus include criminal law, international and comparative criminal law, international law and immigration law.

Prior to joining the SLU LAW faculty, Prof. Trako's areas of legal practice focused on municipal and state criminal offenses, appeals, and immigration law as it applies to criminal convictions. During law school, she received a concentration in international and comparative law and held an externship with the Hon. William D. Stiehl at the U.S. District Court, Southern District of Illinois.

Prof. Trako currently serves on the board of directors for the Migrant and Immigrant Community Action Project (MICA Project). She is a licensed member of the Missouri Bar Association (MoBar). She is also an active member of the American Bar Association (ABA) and the ABA’s Section of International Law, where she currently serves as co-chair of the Section’s International Legal Education and Specialist Certification Committee and as vice chair (Publications) of the International Criminal Law Committee.

Lauren E. Bartlett

Lauren E. Bartlett
Assistant Professor
Director, Human Rights at Home Litigation Clinic

Prof. Bartlett is a human rights attorney with 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. Her scholarship focuses on the intersections between legal ethics, access to justice, and human rights.

Miriam Cherry

Miriam A. Cherry, J.D.
Professor; Co-Director, William C. Wefel Center for Employment Law
Associate Dean for Research and Engagement

Prof. 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. Prof. Cherry’s articles will appear or 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.

Erika Cohn

Erika Cohn, J.D. 
Director, Vincent C. Immel Law Library 

Prof. Erika Cohn teaches Trademark and Unfair Competition Law, International Intellectual Property Law, Intellectual Property Law Research, and Advanced Legal Research. She also lectures on copyright issues and specialized legal research topics including transactional drafting research, free and low-cost legal research, and seminar research.

Chad Flanders

Chad Flanders, J.D. 

Prof. Chad Flanders teaches and writes in the areas of criminal law, constitutional law, and the philosophy of law.

Since arriving at SLU, Prof. Flanders has published more than 20 articles or essays in journals such as the Florida Law Review, the California Law Review, the Missouri Law Review and the Alaska Law Review, and his work on Bush v. Gore has been cited by state and federal courts. He has also written numerous opinion pieces for national and local newspapers, including the Chicago Tribune, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch and Politico.

William Johnson

William P. Johnson, J.D.
Dean and Professor 

Prior to his appointment as dean, Prof. William P. Johnson served as director for the Center for International and Comparative Law and as the program director for the SLU LAW Summer Law Program in Madrid. He joined the SLU LAW faculty in 2012 after holding an appointment on the law faculty of the University of North Dakota. He has also been a visiting professor at Bucerius Law School in Hamburg, Germany, the Université Paris-Dauphine in Paris, France, and Vytautas Magnus University in Kaunas, Lithuania, and has been a guest lecturer at Pázmány Péter Catholic University in Budapest, Hungary.

Prior to becoming a law professor, Prof. Johnson practiced corporate and commercial law for six years in the Milwaukee office of Foley & Lardner LLP. He focused his practice on complex commercial arrangements, cross-border business transactions, and international product distribution. Prior to joining Foley & Lardner, he served as a judicial law clerk to Justice Russell A. Anderson of the Minnesota Supreme Court.

Yvette Liebesman

Yvette Joy Liebesman, J.D.

Prof. Yvette Joy Liebesman teaches several of the school’s Intellectual Property Law courses as well as Trusts & Estates, and is the faculty advisor for the school's IP Concentration. Her research interests focus on Copyright and Trademark law and their intersection with art, science and technology. In 2013, she was the recipient of the International Trademark Association's Ladas Award for writing excellence on the subject of trademarks and related matters, which is regarded as the top national award in trademark scholarship. She is often interviewed and quoted in the press regarding current copyright and trademark issues. Her recent media appearances include (among others) quotes to the ABA Journal and CBS News over the Mike Tyson tattoo/Hangover Part II controversy, as well as radio commentaries on the Supreme Court's ABC v. Aereo decision and the cancellation of the Washington Redskins' federal trademark registration. In 2014, she was named a Coleman Fellow, which provides grants for teaching various aspects of entrepreneurship to students.

Marcia McCormick

Marcia McCormick, J.D.

Prof. Marcia L. 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.

Susan McGraugh

Susan McGraugh, J.D.
Director, Criminal Defense Clinic

Since joining the School of Law full time in 2003,  Prof. Susan McGraugh has directed the Criminal Defense Clinic, where she also networks with mental health care providers to offer representation to their clients.

Prof. McGraugh was the only one of her classmates to practice criminal law upon graduation. She spent two years at a small firm before joining the Missouri State Public Defender's Office in St. Louis in 1990. She served as a trial attorney representing indigent, homeless and mentally ill clients charged with criminal offenses. She also worked in the Office’s Capital Defense Unit. Prof. McGraugh has written and argued criminal appeals in the Eastern, Western and Southern Districts of Missouri.

Carol Needham

Carol A. Needham, J.D.
Emmanuel Myers Professor of Law

A prolific writer and speaker, Prof. Carol Needham has been in the mix on several issues — primarily under the umbrella of legal ethics and professional responsibility. Presently, her 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. Needham’s recent articles include: "Practicing Non-U.S. Law in the United States: Multijurisdictional Practice, Foreign Legal Consultants and Other Aspects of Cross-Border Legal Practice," 15 Michigan State Journal of International Law 605 (2007). "The Professional Responsibilities of Law Professors: The Scope of the Duty of Confidentiality, Character and Fitness Questionnaires, and Engagement in Governance," Journal of Legal Education (March 2006). "Enhancing a Law Department’s Flexibility to Respond to Unexpected Challenges: MultiJurisdictional Practice and the In-House Lawyer," Corporate Counsel Newsletter (February 2006).

Henry Ordower

Henry M. Ordower, J.D.

Prof. Henry M. Ordower is a past co-director of the Center for International and Comparative Law and director of the Berlin Summer Program at Saint Louis University School of Law. In addition to research and teaching in United States and comparative taxation and corporate finance, Prof. Ordower has maintained an active consulting practice advising in tax planning, hedge and private equity funds, and business structure, as well as providing expert testimony on taxation and business organizations in complex litigation matters. Recent research has addressed issues of tax distribution and its role in the growing disparity between wealthy and less wealthy individuals.

Prof. Ordower has an extensive background in European Languages, including several years of Ph.D. work in Germanic and Scandinavian Languages at The University of Chicago. An avid traveler, Ordower has lectured and participated in international legal conferences in Europe, Asia, and Africa, as well as North America and has visited well over 100 countries. He has been elected to membership in the American College of Tax Counsel, the European Association of Tax Law Professors, and the International Academy of Comparative Law.

Ana Santos Rutschman

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

Prof. Ana Santos Rutschman teaches and writes in the areas of health law, intellectual property, innovation in the life sciences, and law and technology.

Prof. Rutschman has published and presented widely on topics related to innovation in biotechnologies, artificial intelligence, robotics, telemedicine and e-health. In 2015-16, she consulted for the World Health Organization on the development of the Ebola and Zika vaccines. In 2017, she was named a Bio IP Scholar by the American Society of Law, Medicine & Ethics, and in 2018 she was named a Health Law Scholar by the same institution. In 2020, she was named to then-U.S. presidential candidate Joe Biden's COVID-19 Innovation Committee, where she was assigned to the COVID-19 Response Subcommittee.

Afonso Seixas Nunes

Afonso Seixas Nunes, S.J.
Assistant Professor

Originally from Portugal, Prof. Afonso Seixas Nunes joins the SLU LAW faculty after having served at Oxford University as a postdoctoral research fellow at the Blavatnik School of Government and as a junior research fellow at Campion Hall. He was ordained as a Jesuit priest in 2010.  Prof. Seixas Nunes specializes in international humanitarian law with a particular interest in use of force and the challenges of new technological warfare and autonomous weapon systems. He has studied and written on the U.S. drone strikes in Pakistan during 2013.

Anders Walker

Anders Walker, J.D.
Lillie Myers Professor of Law  

Prof. Anders Walker’s research and teaching focus on intersections between constitutional law, criminal law, and legal history. His articles have appeared or are forthcoming in the Columbia Law Review, the Washington University Law Review, the Wisconsin Law Review, the Hastings Law Journal, and the Florida State University Law Review. He won the 2010 Law & Society Association Article Prize, the 2009 AALS Criminal Justice Section Junior Scholar Award, and was voted Teacher of the Year in 2011 and 2009. His book, The Ghost of Jim Crow: How Southern Moderates Used Brown v. Board of Education to Stall Civil Rights was published by the Oxford University Press in 2009.

Helga Oestreicher

Helga Oestreicher
Administrative Assistant