Professors Lipeles and Tokarz Recognized in Best Lawyers 2019

Best Lawyers, the oldest lawyer-rating publication in the U.S., has selected two WashULaw faculty members for inclusion in the 2019 edition. Selection is based on an exhaustive peer-review survey in which leading attorneys cast confidential votes on the legal abilities of other lawyers in their areas of concentration.

Maxine Lipeles, Senior Lecturer in Law and Director of the law school’s Interdisciplinary Environmental Law Clinic, was selected in the category of Environmental Litigation. Lipeles has been consistently recognized as one of the best environmental attorneys in the country and was a past recipient of the Professor of the Year Award from the law school’s Student Bar Association. In addition to her teaching and administrative duties running the clinic, she is the author and co-author of two casebooks: one on hazardous waste and another on water pollution.

Karen Tokarz, the Charles Nagel Professor of Public Interest Law and Director of the school’s Civil Rights, Community Lawyering & Mediation Clinic, was selected in the category of Mediation. Tokarz is a nationally and internationally recognized expert in clinical legal education and dispute resolution. Director of the law school’s Negotiation and Dispute Resolution Program, she also coordinates the Public Interest Law & Policy Speaker Series and the Global Public Interest Fellows summer externship program. Her teaching and scholarship address public interest law issues, including civil rights, clinical education, mediation, judicial selection, and municipal court reform. Tokarz is the recipient of several teaching and client advocacy awards, including the Washington University Founders Day Distinguished Faculty Award, the Student Bar Association Experiential Professor of the Year Award, and the Black Law Student Association Instructor of the Year Award.