Michael Koby  

(Course:  Individual Rights & the Constitution)

Before joining Washington University School of Law in 2001, Michael Koby taught in and directed the Lawyering Skills Program at Catholic University.  Prior to that, Koby went on a Fulbright scholarship to Universidad de Murcia in Spain, where he lectured on American constitutional history. He has also studied Spanish language, history, and culture in 1986 at Universitat de Valencia, received his B.A. in 1988 in intercultural studies from Biola University and his J.D. in 1992 from American University. Koby's interest in statutory interpretation and legislative research is evident through his most recent publication, "The Supreme Court's Declining Reliance on Legislative History: The Impact of Justice Scalia's Critique," published in the Harvard Journal on Legislation. 

Jo Ellen D. Lewis 

(Course: Advanced Legal Writing)

Professor Lewis began teaching at Washington University School of Law in 1995. She became Director of Legal Research & Writing in 2000. Prior to joining the faculty at Washington University, she was in private practice in Washington, D.C. for eight years. Her specialty is sophisticated commercial real estate transactions, including sales and purchases, leasing and financing. She maintains her private practice today and continues to specialize in commercial real estate transactions. Professor Lewis graduated from Georgetown University Law Center in 1986 where she was the Executive Editor of the American Criminal Law Review.

Professor Lewis regularly speaks at national and international conferences. This summer she is scheduled to speak at a conference sponsored by the Association of Legal Writing Directors at the University of Windsor.

Ann Davis Shields  

(Course:  Pretrial Practice & Procedure)

Before joining Washington University School of Law in 1998, Shields worked in private practice at Bryan Cave L.L.P. She specialized in employment litigation and development of OFCCP compliant affirmative action plans. Shields graduated from Washington University School of Law in 1993 where she served on the Washington University Journal of Urban and Contemporary Law. Shields participated as a regional competitor in two national moot court competitions and in the A.B.A. Midwest Region Negotiation Competition. She was awarded the Judge Amandus Brackman Moot Court prize upon graduation.

Adjunct Faculty

In addition, Adjunct Professor Charles Bobinette (Partner: Uthoff, Graeber, Bobinette, and Blanke; bio on website: will supervise students in Judicial Clerkship Externships and Lawyering Practice Clerkships, for a range of clinical hours and credits.

Visiting Faculty

Ray Yasser  

(Course:  Sports Law)

Professor Yasser of the University of Tulsa has taught a very popular Sports Law course here in three previous summers. We are delighted to invite him back again. Professor Yasser has served as plaintiff's counsel in a number of Title IX (gender equality) sports cases, several of which were settled in 1997. He is co-author of Sports Law: Cases and Materials, a sports law casebook widely used in law schools around the country. Professor Yasser, who earned his J.D. in 1974 from Duke Law School, teaches torts, trial practice and sports law. Prior to joining the TU law faculty, he served in the North Carolina Attorney General's Office.

His publications include books on Sports Law, chapters in books on Sports Law, and law review articles on Sports Law. 

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Susan Frelich Appleton
Associate Dean of Faculty and Lemma Barkeloo & Phoebe Couzins Professor of Law