Annette R. Appell

Professor of Law and Professor of Social Work (by courtesy)


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@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.

Representative Pulications

Articles & Essays

  • "The Child Question," 2013 Michigan State Law Review 1137 (2014)
  • "Certifying Identity," 42 Capital University Law Review 361 (2014)
  • "Accommodating Childhood," 19 Cardozo Journal of Law and Gender 715 (2013)
  • "Book Review, Abbie E. Goldberg. Gay Dads: Transitions to Adoptive Fatherhood. New York, New York University Press (2012)," 16 Adoption Quarterly 81 (2013)
  • "Representing Children at the Intersection of Domestic Violence and Child Protection," (with Joshua Gupta-Kagan), Fall 2012 St. Louis B. J 26 (Fall 2012)
  • "Introduction to Symposium on Race to Justice: Prisons & Masculinity through a Black Feminist Lens," (with Adrienne Davis), 37 Washington University Journal of Law & Policy (2012)
  • "The Myth of Separation," Northwestern Journal of Law & Social Policy (2011)
  • "Introduction, New Directions in ADR and Clinical Legal Education (with Karen Tokarz), 35 Washington University Journal of Law & Policy (2011)
  • "Controlling for Kin: Ghosts in the Postmodern Family," 25 Wisconsin Journal of Law, Gender & Society 73 (2010)
  • "Reflections on the Movement Toward a More Child-Centered Adoption," 32 Western New England Law Review 1 (2010)

Book Chapters

  • "The Pre-political Child of Child-Centered Jurisprudence," in The Children’s Table (Anna Mae Duane, ed.), U. Georgia Press (2013)
  • "Legal Issues in Lesbian and Gay Adoption," Adoption by Lesbians and Gay Men: A New Dimension in Family Diversity (eds. David Brodzinsky & Adam Pertman), Oxford University Press (2012)