JD Advisors

Rebecca L. Brown, JD, Associate Dean, Career Services, began her law practice in commercial litigation at Bryan Cave L.L.P., St. Louis after graduating from Washington University Law. She later transitioned into an in-house position with a large financial institution. Most recently she was Associate General Counsel at Washington University. Rebecca brings over a decade of experience in higher education and student advising.

Karlla S. Dozier, JD, JD Advisor, is currently the Senior Staff Attorney and Director of Systemic Investigation for the Metropolitan St. Louis Equal Housing Opportunity Council (EHOC) and has served on the board of the EHOC. The EHOC is a private, not-for-profit fair housing enforcement agency working to end illegal housing discrimination in the Metropolitan St. Louis area. She has a civil defense litigation background and has worked in a mid-sized insurance defense firm. She focused on public transportation and passenger carriers, premises liability, vehicular and general liability, as well as products and retail liability.

Rachel Braaf Koehler, JD, Judicial Clerkship Advisor, began her legal career as a judicial law clerk to the Honorable Stephen N. Limbaugh, Jr. of the Supreme Court of Missouri after graduating from Washington University Law.  Following her clerkship, she practiced as a litigation and labor and employment associate at Gallop, Johnson & Neuman, L.C.  She has served as the Judicial Clerkship Advisor since 2008, and previously was the Associate Director of Career Services for Washington University Law, as well as an undergraduate career advisor at Washington University.  While at Washington University Law as a student, Rachel participated in the Congressional and Administrative Law Clinic, working for Congressman Richard Gephardt and Senator Robert Torricelli.

Laura McLaughlin, JD, JD Advisor, received her juris doctor from the University of Missouri-Columbia School of Law in 1994, where she was an editor and author for the Journal of Dispute Resolution, part of UMC's nationally ranked dispute resolution program. She spent the majority of her law practice with small firms in St. Louis focusing on domestic, juvenile and general civil litigation. Her practice included participation in all aspects of discovery, settlements and trials as well as legal research and writing in those areas. During this time, she also accepted multiple appointments from the St. Louis County Circuit and Associate Circuit judiciary to serve as Guardian ad Litem. In addition, Laura was employed at a mid-sized law firm in Jefferson City as well as the St. Louis County Public Defender's Office. She is active with various fundraising and charitable committees in the metropolitan St. Louis area.

Ashley Unger Menendez, JD, JD Advisor, earned her law degree from Southern Methodist University in 2000. Following law school, she practiced employment law with a large firm in Dallas, Texas. She then practiced commercial litigation in New York, first with a large firm and then with a commercial litigation boutique. She served as a judicial law clerk to the Honorable Harry F. Barnes, United States District Judge for the Western District of Arkansas, and to the Honorable William F. Sanderson, Jr., United States Magistrate Judge for the Northern District of Texas.

 Susan B. Schoen, JD, JD Advisor, earned her law degree from St. Louis University School of Law in 1996. She practiced as a litigation associate at a mid-size St. Louis law firm for several years where she was primarily engaged in defending healthcare providers in medical malpractice actions. During this time, she participated in all phases of pretrial discovery matters, trials, mediations, settlements and appellate review. She has also represented Registered Nurses in licensure matters pending before the Missouri State Board of Nursing and represented healthcare institutions in premises liability actions. Prior to attending law school, she obtained a BSN and worked as a registered nurse in the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit.

Carol A. Vizzier, JD, Director, Public Interest Programs, She has a litigation and public interest background and has worked in private law firms as well as with Gay Men’s Health Crisis, the MFY Legal Services Mental Health Law Project, and Bronx AIDS Services. She also served as assistant director for public service at Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy, where she coordinated that firm’s pro bono program. In addition to her legal experience, Carol has several years of experience in law school student services administration. She received her bachelor’s degree from Haverford College and her JD from Cornell University.