Faculty Profiles

Wei Luo

Lecturer in Law and Director of Technical Services in the Law Library  

“When I was in law school, I was fascinated by how legal information was organized in the U.S. I love what I’m doing.” 

When foreign-trained students find themselves baffled by American lease agreements or even involved in car accidents or other emergencies, they find a friend in Wei Luo.

“I used to be a foreign student in this country, so I understand what they’re going through,” says Luo, who earned his B.A. from Xiamen University in China, J.D. from Lewis and Clark College, and M.L.S. with certification in Law Librarianship from the University of Washington.

However, Luo also spends a lot of time helping foreign students navigate bigger hurdles, like the job market. Since finding a job is such a critical topic, Luo created a new seminar designed to sharpen job-seeking skills.

“I tell my students to aim high because they invest so much money in their education, but they also have to be realistic,” he says. “I’ve kept in contact with a number of our graduates, and they’re doing quite well.”

In his Legal Research in U.S. Law course, Luo introduces students to essential legal texts and helps them learn imperative skills for studying precedents, identifying issues, analyzing outcomes, and formulating positions. As the director of technical services in the Law Library, Luo also provides reference services and assistance with a focus on China and other Asian countries.

C.J. Larkin

Administrative Director of the Negotiation and Dispute Resolution Program and Senior Lecturer in Law  

“Our foreign-trained lawyers are eager to take negotiation and dispute resolution classes and observe ADR processes, because there are few comparable opportunities in their home countries.” 

A member of the Washington University School of Law faculty for more than 10 years, C.J. Larkin brings a unique mix of real-world experience and academic rigor to the classroom.

Larkin has mediated, consulted, and taught in India, Japan, Nepal (through a State Department grant), and the Netherlands (as a Fulbright Senior Specialist). In the summer of 2012, Professor Larkin is giving presentations in Turkey, and she will travel to Georgia on a Muskie Program grant to hold a workshop at the National Center for Commercial Law in association with the Free University of Tbilisi on Commercial Mediation Theory & Practice. She also co-directed a program with the International Institute of St. Louis to train refugee leaders resettled in St. Louis in conflict resolution and mediation skills.

However, she may be best known on campus for her Introduction to U.S. and Comparative Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) class.

The ADR classes begin with an introductory course designed to give students— particularly LL.M. students—a global overview of dispute resolution processes. Students are then ready for the highly interactive upper-level ADR classes, such as Mediation Theory & Practice, Negotiation Theory & Practice, and Arbitration Theory & Practice.

“We are committed to providing foreign-trained lawyers with learning experiences that will introduce them to a variety of dispute resolution processes and practitioners,” she says. “In turn, our LL.M.s enrich our classes with their unique insights about law and conflict resolution from their own legal systems.”