William E. McGee National Civil Rights 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. 

John Kershmann

John D. Kershman is a graduate of Washington University Law. He is a Regional Team Leader of the Western Region at Stange Law Firm, PC with multiple offices throughout Missouri and Illinois focusing on Domestic Litigation and Appeals. He has been selected by Missouri & Kansas Super Lawyers annually since 2010. He was Lead Counsel rated in 2014 for Divorce and Family Law. Professor Kershman is an adjunct LLM instructor in Introduction to U.S. Law and Methods and has coached the National Civil Rights Appellate Advocacy Team to three consecutive National Championships by way of the law school capturing the 24th, 25th, and 26th Annual McGee National Civil Rights Competition held annually at the University of Minnesota. Members of the team capturing the 26th McGee Civil Rights championship went on to capture the law school’s first ever National Championship in the ABA National Appellate Advocacy Competition the following year.

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.