Appell to Step Down as Associate Dean of Clinical Affairs

Annette Appell, Associate Dean of Clinical Affairs, has announced that she will be stepping down after three years in the position on June 30, 2011. Appell, a tenured professor of law, will be returning to the full-time faculty and continuing to direct the Civil Justice Clinic: Child & Family Defense Project. Appell is a nationally-recognized expert in child advocacy, adoption, and child welfare who is a past-president of the Clinical Legal Education Association. During her years as the law school’s first Associate Dean for Clinical Affairs, Appell oversaw great progress in the school’s programs and made important advances pursuant to the school’s strategic plan to enhance professionalism in the structure and operations of clinical programs. Her leadership accomplished the complete redesign and renovation of the facilities for live-client clinics in Anheuser-Busch Hall, the further integration of in-house clinics and of the clinical program, the hiring of new clinic faculty and staff (including Bob Kuehn, Mae Quinn, Sarah Jane Forman, Kathryn Pierce, Deborah Curtis, and Lindsey Forsythe), and the expansion of clinical offerings, including in St. Louis and Washington, D.C.   

Kent Syverud, Dean and the Ethan A. H. Shepley University Professor, praised Professor Appell’s accomplishments: “Annette is a first-rate clinician and scholar who cares deeply about quality education for students. She helped improve our clinical programs in many ways. I am deeply grateful for her hard work and assistance in moving our clinical programs forward. I am also happy that she will be continuing to play a leadership role in our Civil Justice Clinic – and that she is going to have a well-earned semester’s leave in the near future.”

Robert Kuehn, professor of law, has agreed to be Appell’s successor as Associate Dean. Kuehn, the immediate past president of the Clinical Legal Education Association, joined the Washington University faculty in 2009. An expert in environmental law and professional responsibility, he currently co-directs the school’s Interdisciplinary Environmental Clinic. Prior to joining the Washington University faculty, Kuehn was on the faculties at Tulane Law School and at the University of Alabama, where he also served as Associate Dean. Dean Syverud reported that he is pleased and grateful that Professor Kuehn will be assuming this important responsibility.

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