Susan Frelich Appleton

Lemma Barkeloo and Phoebe Couzins Professor of Law
John S. Lehmann Research Professor for 2009-2010


A.B., 1970, Vassar College
J.D., 1973, University of California - Berkeley

Phone / Email

Phone: (314) 935-6449
Email: appleton@wulaw.wustl.edu  


Anheuser-Busch Hall, Room 576


Jan Houf - (314) 935-6468

Curriculum Vitae

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Courses Taught

Adoption & Assisted Reproduction
Criminal Law
Conflict of Laws
Family Law
Gender, Sex, and Law (seminar)
Regulating Sex (interdisciplinary seminar)
Reproductive Control


Professor Susan Appleton is a nationally known expert on family law. Her research, scholarship, and writings address such legal issues as adoption, assisted reproduction, gender and parentage, surrogacy, and abortion rights. She is the co-author of a family law casebook, now in its fourth edition, and has written extensively on family law matters published in prestigious law reviews. In addition to her legal scholarship, Professor Appleton is a recipient of the Triennial Alumni Distinguished Teaching Award from the law school, as well as a recipient of the Distinguished Faculty Award from Washington University. A member of the American Law Institute (ALI), she serves as Secretary of the Council and adviser to the ALI’s Principles of the Law of Family Dissolution. She also has worked as consultant to the New Jersey Bioethics Commission, assisting that agency in its recommendations for laws addressing “surrogate-mother” arrangements. Professor Appleton is a prolific speaker and panelist at conferences and workshops involving legal history, gender and parentage, reproductive rights, child custody, and the non-traditional family at venues such as the American Society of Legal History, University of Virginia, and the Center for Reproductive Rights. At the law school, she served as Associate Dean of Faculty for five years. Before becoming a law professor, she clerked for law school alumnus, the Hon. William H. Webster, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit.