ABA National Appellate Advocacy Moot Court - Coaches

Richard E. Finneran

Richard E. Finneran is a graduate of Washington University School of Law and an Assistant United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Missouri, where his practice focuses on prosecuting white collar crimes and asset forfeiture. At the law school, Professor Finneran is an instructor in appellate advocacy and head coach of the National Moot Court Team. In 2012, Professor Finneran coached his students to Wash U's first ever National Championship in the ABA National Appellate Advocacy Competition, the largest and most competitive moot court competition in the country. In 2013, Professor Finneran was honored as the inaugural recipient of the Student Bar Association's Adjunct Professor of the Year Award. In 2014, Professor Finneran received Missouri Lawyers Weekly's Legal Champion Award for his role in prosecuting the largest criminal fraud in the history of the Eastern District of Missouri. In 2016, Professor Finneran helped coach the National Moot Court Team to Wash U's first championship in the Evan A. Evans Constitutional Law Moot Court Competition. Also in 2016, Professor Finneran was recognized by the Missouri Bar Foundation as a recipient of the David J. Dixon Appellate Advocacy Award.


Kelly Snyder

Kelly Snyder is an Assistant Prosecuting Attorney in St. Louis County. Previously, Ms. Snyder served as a Special Assistant United States Attorney in the Southern District of Illinois and also clerked for the Honorable David R. Herndon, Chief Judge of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Illinois. She is a graduate of Washington University School of Law and of the University of Notre Dame.