2012 January Intersession - Faculty Profiles
John F. Cowling
John Cowling is a trial lawyer and partner at Armstrong Teasdale LLP’s St. Louis office. He practices primarily in the areas of commercial litigation, environmental litigation, and information technology law. His trial practice includes litigation of toxic torts, breach of contract disputes, noncompete matters; OSHA penalty actions and information technology disputes. His environmental practice includes litigation related to federal and state environmental statutes such as CERCLA, RCRA and the Clean Air Act; defending civil enforcements and penalty actions; and dealing with insurance coverage issues. His information technology practice includes advising clients on electronic discovery issues and the reviewing and drafting contracts for technology services. John is a member of Armstrong Teasdale’s E-discovery Group and a frequent speaker on E-discovery issues. John is also President of Lawgical Choice, a company that provides legal technology services to law firms and legal departments. He has employed computers and litigation technology in his practice for many years. After graduating from Washington University Law School and prior to joining Armstrong Teasdale, John was employed by the Missouri Public Counsel’s Office, a state agency charged with representing utility ratepayers before the Missouri Public Service Commission, and as a law clerk for Judge William L. Hungate of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri.
Michael Downey is a St. Louis litigator at Armstrong Teasdale LLP, where his practice focuses on representing law and accounting firms in civil and disciplinary matter, and advising such professionals on legal, ethics, risk management, and related business and professional issues. Prof. Downey has led or participated in numerous national and state bar committees relating to legal ethics and law firm management, including that he is presently Vice Chair of the ABA Law Practice Management Section and a member of the Technology Working Group for the ABA Commission on Ethics 20/20. Prof. Downey has also chaired ABA Ethics & Technology Committee and Illinois State Bar Association's Standing Committee on Professional Ethics, and served on the Missouri Bar's Ethics 2005 Committee and Special Committee on Lawyer Advertising. An author of more than 50 articles, Prof. Downey authored Introduction to Law Firm Practice (ABA 2010); had presented on professional ethics and law practice issues more than 200 times; and has been quoted in the New York Times, ABA Journal, American Lawyer, and National Law Journal. Prof. Downey graduated first in his class from Washington University School of Law, and clerked for the Hon. Pasco M. Bowman, then Chief Judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit, before entering private practice. He also completed a graduate certificate in Law Firm Management at George Washington University. Mr. Downey has been an adjunct at Washington University School of Law for more than a decade, teaching classes on legal ethics and law firm practice.
Judge Audrey G. Fleissig
Audrey Fleissig was nominated for a position on the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri by President Obama in January 2010, and was sworn in on June 11, 2010. She served as a United States Magistrate Judge, from August 2001 until her appointment to the district court. She was the United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Missouri, from January 2000 through April 30, 2001, the first woman to be appointed to the position.
Judge Fleissig has been engaged in the practice of law since 1980. She graduated, magna cum laude, from Carleton College, in 1976, and from Washington University School of Law, Order of the Coif, in 1980. After graduating from law school, Ms. Fleissig was in private practice for eleven years at Peper, Martin, Jensen, Maichel and Hetlage (now Husch Blackwell Sanders), where she was a partner in litigation, concentrating in business and commercial litigation and class actions, mostly in the federal courts. From 1991-1999, Ms. Fleissig served as Assistant United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Missouri, where she primarily prosecuted white collar criminal cases.
Judge Fleissig has been a speaker at numerous programs on federal practice, trial practice, evidence, white collar fraud, bankruptcy litigation and appellate practice. She has been a member of the Board of Governors of the Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis, President of the Women Lawyers’ Association of Greater St. Louis, and was appointed by the Missouri Supreme Court and the Missouri Bar to the Gender and Justice Implementation Committee. Judge Fleissig has served as an Adjunct Professor at Washington University School of Law since 1991, teaching Legal Writing, Pretrial Practice and Procedure, Trial Advocacy, and Evidence, and has received the law school’s Distinguished Young Alumni Award. Judge Fleissig is married and has two children.
Robert Kallen has taught for 25 years and is currently a visiting professor of economics at DePaul University and Director of the MS Program in Economics and Policy Analysis. While at DePaul University, he was the recipient of the 2007 Daniel Seiden-Adjunct Teaching Award and as an adjunct professor at the Lake Forest Graduate School of Management, he received the 2002 Distinguished Faculty Award and the 2007, 2008 and 2009 Teaching Excellence Award. He has also developed two new courses on business ethics, which concentrate on the critical divides of race, class and gender issues as well as a course on business, government and democracy.
Bob also founded RSK Strategies, LLC, which provides expertise and capital to small and growing companies specializing in the food and education sectors. From 1984-1992, he was Vice President of Operations and General Counsel for Bake-Line Products, Inc (a private-label cookie manufacturing company with national distribution and annual sales of over $100`million). Bob was also a staff attorney at the Federal Trade Commission in Washington, D.C. (1982-1984) and at the Environmental Law and Policy Center of the Midwest (1993-1995). He has served on numerous boards and advisory boards in the private sector over the last 20 years.
Bob is currently the Secretary-Treasurer of the Concord Coalition Citizens' Council (a not-for-profit organization dedicated to deficit reduction), Treasurer of the Integrated Pest Management Institute and Treasurer of the Barat Education Foundation Board where he established Diversity-Forums.org, which provides panels to educational and corporate institutions to discuss issues surrounding race, class, gender, and business ethics. Additionally, Bob worked on the 1992 Clinton/Gore transition team for economics, was a legislative fellow in 1982 for Senator Paul Tsongas.
Bob received a B.A. in History and Economics from the University of Illinois, and a M.A. in Economics and a J.D. from Washington University in St. Louis. Finally, in 2002, Mr. Kallen was awarded a Rockefeller Next Generation Leadership Fellowship.
Chen Li is Professor of international Law at law School of Fudan University in Shanghai. She is the councilor of China Private International Law Association and Shanghai Law Society. Professor Chen specializes in Private International Law, International Economic Law and International Commercial Arbitration. In recent years, she has finished two research programs sponsored by the government which focused on the reform of Chinese arbitration law and possible solutions of China’s Non-market Economy status under the international trade remedy laws. Her publications include two books (Inter-regional Judicial Assistance in China Under ‘One Country, Two Systems’ 2003 and The Non-Market Economy Rules under International Trade Remedy Laws: From the Perspective of U.S. and EU 2007) and more than 50 articles.
Professor Chen teaches private international law, introduction to international economic law and international commercial arbitration to both undergraduate and graduate students at Fudan law school. She has been awarded several government level prizes on her teaching and research performance. Professor Chen acquired her LLB, LLM and Ph.D in Fudan University, and Post-graduate Diploma in Hong Kong University. She is the visiting scholar of Max Planck Institute for Comparative and Public International law (Germany in 2001) and International and Area Study Center of Yale University (Fox International Fellowship 2004-2005)