Annette R. Appell

Professor of Law and Professor of Social Work (by courtesy);
Director, Children and Family Advocacy Clinic


J.D., 1986, Northwestern University School of Law
B.A., 1982, Cornell University

Curriculum Vitae





Andrea Donze - (314) 935-6422

Phone / Email

Phone: (314) 935-7912
Email: arappell@wulaw.wustl.edu  


Anheuser-Busch Hall, Room 573

Courses Taught

Children and the Law
Children & Family Advocacy Clinic
J.S.D. thesis advisor
The Regulation of Childhood (Utrecht University)
Supervised Research


ProProfessor Annette R. Appell is an expert in child advocacy, the legal regulation of childhood, adoption, clinical legal education, the legal representation of children, and child welfare. She served as the inaugural associate dean of the law school’s top-ranked Clinical Education Program from 2008-2011 and continues to teach in the law school’s in house legal clinic; she also teaches Children and the Law, serves as the faculty liaison between the law school and the school work school for joint degree candidates.  She regularly publishes her research in law reviews and in multidisciplinary books and journals; presents papers at conferences and workshops; and conducts peer reviews for scholarly journals and for promotion and tenure. In addition to her teaching and scholarship, she is a member of the National Advisory Board for the Family Defense Center. She has also served on a number of ABA Law School Site Review teams. Before joining the academy, she practiced law in Chicago with Sonnenschein, Nath & Rosenthal and at Meites, Frackman, Mulder, Burger & Mollica. Additionally, she worked for the Office of the Public Guardian of Cook County as an attorney and guardian-ad-litem.