2009 Intersession Faculty Profiles

Annette Appell

Dean Appell earned her J.D. in 1986 from Northwestern University School of Law and her B.A. from Cornell University in 1982. At Northwestern, she was a member of the Northwestern Journal of International Law and Business. Before entering academia, she practiced law in Chicago as an associate of Sonnenschein Nath & Rosenthal and Meites, Frackman, Mulder, Burger & Mollica and as an attorney and guardian ad litem at the Office of the Public Guardian of Cook County. She then taught at the Northwestern University School of Law, the University of South Carolina School of Law, and the William S. Boyd School of Law, University of Nevada, Las Vegas. At the Boyd Law School, Dean Appell held a William S. Boyd Professorship from 2005-2008 and served as Associate Dean for Clinical Studies from 2004-2007. Dean Appell’s areas of expertise include child welfare, adoption, child advocacy, and the rights of children and parents.In the past several years she has been teaching a Child Welfare Clinic and Constitutional Law I.

Dean Appell’s research and advocacy centers on and is informed by the experiences of vulnerable children, marginalized families, and the state regulation of the lives and legal, social and economic conditions of families.  This work examines the child welfare system, adoption, mothering, race, and children’s rights, representation and justice. She is particularly engaged in exploring the construction of childhood and the role of children in the distribution of social, economic and legal justice. She also has special interest and expertise in open adoption and adoption with contact.

Brenda Cossman

Brenda Cossman joined the University of Toronto Faculty of Law in 1999, and became a full professor in 2000. She holds degrees in law from Harvard and the University of Toronto, and an undergraduate degree from Queen's. In 2002 and 2003, she was a Visiting Professor of Law at Harvard Law School. Prior to joining the University of Toronto, she was Associate Professor at Osgoode Hall Law School of York University.

Professor Cossman's teaching and scholarly interests include family law, law and sexuality, and freedom of expression.  Her most recent book on Sexual Citizens: The Legal and Cultural Regulation of Sex and Belonging was published by Stanford University Press in 2007.  Her publications include the co-authored Bad Attitudes on Trial: Pornography, Feminism and the Butler Decision (University of Toronto Press) and Censorship and the Arts (published by the Ontario Association of Art Galleries).

David Deal

David Deal, lecturer in law, is the administrative director of the School of Law's Intellectual Property and Business Formation (IP/BF) Legal Clinic and acting associate director of the Center for Research on Innovation & Entrepreneurship (CRIE). Deal works with Charles McManis, the Thomas and Karole Green Professor of Law, who directs these two new programs.
CRIE supports the study of research and development with an emphasis on the commercialization of technology developed in academia. The IP/BF clinic provides students with opportunities to work in early stage legal strategies on behalf of innovators who would not otherwise have access to legal counsel.

Interdisciplinary cooperation is an important component of the IP/BF Legal Clinic experience for law students. They share projects and combine resources with students from other schools, including medical, business, bioengineering, social work, and other sciences.

Deal has a long history of legal work in the area of intellectual property. As an associate at Thompson Coburn LLP in St. Louis, he focused on the preparation and prosecution of patent applications as well as on trademark, copyright, trade secret, licensing, and litigation matters.  As a patent examiner at the United States Patent and Trademark Office in Washington, D.C., he examined patent applications for compliance with applicable statutes prior to approving the award of a United States patent.
Deal received both his JD and bachelors degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Missouri-Columbia.

Michael Downey

Michael Downey is a partner in the Lawyers for the Profession® practice group at Hinshaw & Culbertson, LLP, where his practice focuses on advising lawyers, accountants, and their firms regarding legal, ethical, disciplinary, risk management, and related business and professional issues.  Prof. Downey has served as disciplinary hearing officer and respondent's counsel for Missouri lawyer discipline matters.  He has helped draft ethics rules with the Missouri Bar's Ethics 2005 and Special Committee on Lawyer Advertising and prepared advisory ethics opinions with Illinois State Bar Association's Standing Committee on Professional Conduct.  Current chair of the ABA Ethics and Technology Committee and co-chair of the ABA Law Practice Management Section's Education Board, Prof. Downey has published more than 40 articles and presented more than 100 times on ethics and practice management.  He graduated first in his class from Washington University School of Law, and clerked for the Hon. Pasco M. Bowman, then Chief Judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit, before entering private practice.  Having taught legal ethics at Washington University School of Law since 2003, Prof. Downey will teach Lawyer Ethics in Fall 2007, Introduction to Law Firm Practice in the January 2008 Intersession, and Ethics and Practice Management in Spring 2008.

Sharon Wilson Géno – Housing Law and Policy

Sharon Wilson Géno is a partner in the Real Estate Department and a member of the Housing Group. She focuses her practice on affordable housing and real estate transactions, legislative advocacy, general corporate and nonprofit organizations, and administrative law. She has represented housing authorities on HOPE VI and mixed-finance transactions, administrative and regulatory issues, the Moving to Work Program, and the borrowing of private monies secured by a pledge of Public Housing Capital Funds. She has spent a considerable amount of time engaged in legislative advocacy on behalf of public housing authorities and other affordable housing interests. In this capacity, she has worked on various issues related to the implementation of the Quality Housing Work and Responsibility Act of 1998 (QHWRA) and other recent legislative initiatives affecting affordable housing.

Ms. Géno is a frequent lecturer on affordable housing and public housing and has spoken at a number of conferences, including ones sponsored by the American Bar Association Forum on Affordable Housing & Community Development, the Housing and Development Law Institute, the National Low Income Housing Coalition, the Council of Large Public Housing Authorities (CLPHA), the National Association of Housing and Redevelopment Officials (NAHRO), the Public Housing Authorities Directors Association (PHADA), and the Housing Television Network. 

Ms. Géno has been appointed adjunct professor at George Washington University School of Law in Washington, DC and at the Washington University School of Law in St. Louis, Missouri where she teaches Housing Law and Policy.
Before joining Ballard Spahr, Géno practiced in a Washington, DC law firm focused on affordable and public housing and non-profits. She has also been a housing and community development consultant who assisted local governments, housing authorities, private companies, property managers, non-profits, and other entities on affordable housing and community development issues, including projects involving CDBG, HOME, UDAG, and Section 108 funds; privately owned, federally-assisted properties; as well as other federal, state and local programs.

Ms. Géno is a member of the District of Columbia Bar, the Missouri Bar, and the American Bar Association. She earned her B.A. from the Newcomb College of Tulane University, her J.D. from Georgetown University, where she was a member of the Georgetown Journal of Legal Ethics and participated in the D.C. Law Students in Court program, and her M.A. in Urban Affairs from St. Louis University.

Hugo Hurtado

Hugo Hurtado is a partner at Beltramin Hurtado Abogados in Santiago, Chile, where he is in charge of the firm’s tax practice. He specializes in matters related to Chilean and international taxation, corporate restructuring, and estate and gift taxation.  He teaches tax law at Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile and Tax Planning and Restructuring and International Taxation at Universidad Diego Portales.

Mr. Hurtado graduated from the School of Law of Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile and obtained a Master of Laws (LL.M.) in International Taxation from the University of Florida.  He is a member of the Chilean chapter of the International Fiscal Association.  He is the author of several pieces in English and Spanish on international and comparative taxation, with a particular focus on the United States and Chile.

Rebecca Hollander-Blumoff

Professor Hollander-Blumoff focuses on the intersection of law and psychology in the context of dispute resolution.  Her teaching, research and scholarship explore the relationship between human behavior and dispute resolution systems, particularly in the context of legal negotiation and civil procedure.

Professor Hollander-Blumoff joined the Washington University School of Law in July 2006 from New York University School of Law, where she was a research fellow at the Institute of Judicial Administration.  Prior to her fellowship, she served for three years as an Acting Assistant Professor at New York University School of Law, where she taught basic jurisprudence, legal research and writing, interactive skills and oral advocacy in the Lawyering Program.  Professor Hollander-Blumoff also previously taught negotiation at Seton Hall University School of Law.  Her work has been published in the Iowa Law Review, the Harvard Negotiation Law Review, and International Negotiation.
Professor Hollander-Blumoff received her A.B. in History and Literature, magna cum laude, from Harvard College, and her J.D., cum laude, from Harvard Law School.  She also received a Diploma of Hispanic Studies from the Universidad de la Complutense in Madrid, Spain.  While in law school, she served as Vice-President of the Harvard Legal Aid Bureau and was a member of the Editorial Boards of both the Harvard Negotiation Law Review and the Harvard Women's Law Journal.

After law school, Professor Hollander-Blumoff clerked for United States District Judge Kimba M. Wood of the Southern District of New York.  She then practiced law at Lankler Siffert & Wohl LLP, a litigation firm in New York City specializing in white collar criminal defense.  

Professor Hollander-Blumoff is a Ph.D. candidate in Social Psychology at New York University.  Her doctoral research is an empirical investigation of the effects of procedural justice in legal negotiation.  In her teaching and scholarship, Professor Hollander-Blumoff draws on her background in both law and psychology to offer an interdisciplinary perspective on legal dispute resolution, using psychological research and insights to better understand the role of legal actors, systems and norms.

Gonçalo Matias

Gonçalo Matias received his Licenciatura in law (the first law degree, giving him the right to practice law) from Catholic University of Portugal.  In December 2004, he completed the academic portion of the Masters and Doctorate programs in Public Law at Catholic University Portugal School of Law.  He has been admitted to the thesis portion of his Ph.D. in law.  His advisor is Prof. Dr. Rui Medeiros.  His thesis topic is “International obligations of States in the definition of citizenship.”  He is fluent in Portuguese, English and French, proficient in German.

Mr. Matias’ international training and activities include Fulbright Visiting Scholar, Georgetown University Law Center, 2006-7; Fulbright preparatory course, “The United States Constitution: Origins, Evolution & Contemporary Issues,” 2003; Participant, European Law Practice Programme (ELPIS), Catholic University Portugal, 2000 and 2002.  Mr. Matias is an NGO Delegation member, European Law Students Association (ELSA) to the 8th Preparatory Commission of the International Criminal Court, U.N. Headquarters (New York), Sept. 24 – Oct. 5, 2001.

Mr. Matias’ academic experience includes: Assistant Professor of Law, Catholic University of Portugal.  Lectures in Constitutional Law, Public International Law, Administrative Law, Municipal Law, Law of the Sea, History of Political Thought, and Environmental Law.  His professional experience includes: Co-coordinator, LL.M. in Global Legal Studies, Catholic University of Portugal; Member, Department of International Relations, Catholic University of Portugal; Member of admissions committee for the Center for Judicial Studies, 2007; Admitted to the Portuguese bar, July 2005; Assessor, Office of the Secretary of State.  Responsible for national legislative procedure and the transposition of EU Directives into Portuguese law, 2003-2004; Associate, Portuguese office of Linklaters, until March 2003.

Kelly Moore

Kelly Moore received his LL.M. in Taxation from Washington University School of Law in 1998 and his Juris Doctor from Washington University in 1994.  Kelly served as Director of the Graduate Tax Program and a Lecturer in Law at Washington University School of Law from 2002-2008.  Prior to his appointment as Coordinator, Kelly was a Staff Attorney with the United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit from 1996-1997 and was in private practice, focusing on issues related to the estate tax and the gift tax, and the income taxation and administration of trusts and estates.  Mr. Moore is currently teaching courses in trusts and estates and tax at Washington University and St. Louis University.

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Thomas A. Schweich – Law and Practice of International Diplomacy

Thomas A. Schweich, the State Department’s coordinator for counternarcotics and Justice Reform in Afghanistan, also serves as the government's principal deputy assistant secretary (PDAS) for the Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL).

As the PDAS, Schweich helps manage an annual budget of $2.5 billion and more than 4,000 people around the world. INL is responsible for international drug interdiction and eradication; police, judge and prosecutor training; combating cyber-crime, money laundering and international organized crime syndicates; and negotiating international crime conventions, among other activities.

Schweich will be the law school’s second Ambassador-in-Residence. The Ambassadors Program, administered by the Harris World Law Institute, brings foreign service professionals to the law school to share their experiences and knowledge with the law school and University community.

Schweich, who graduated from Yale University and Harvard Law School, also will serve as a visiting professor. In addition to his work at the University, Schweich will be of counsel at Bryan Cave LLP.

Kent Syverud

Kent Syverud is Dean of the Washington University School of Law and the Ethan A. H. Shepley University Professor. Before joining the Washington University faculty in 2006, Kent D. Syverud served as Dean of the Vanderbilt Law School from 1997 to June 2005 where he was the Garner Anthony Professor of Law. He established a reputation as a prominent scholar in complex litigation, insurance law, and civil procedure at Vanderbilt and at the University of Michigan Law School, where he taught from 1987 to 1997. He also practiced law at Wilmer, Cutler & Pickering in Washington, D.C. and clerked for Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor. His scholarship includes research on legal education as well as empirical studies of civil jury trials and the settlements that precede them. His most recent article is "How Deans (and Presidents) Should Quit," Journal of Legal Education (2006).

A renowned teacher, Professor Syverud won outstanding teaching awards at both Vanderbilt and Michigan. His scholarly work includes articles on teaching. In 2005, Dean Syverud was the Mark and Beth Goldberg Distinguished Visiting Professor at Cornell Law School. He was also a visiting professor at the University of Pennsylvania in 1997 and at the University of Tokyo in 1993. He has served as president of the American Law Deans Association and the Southeastern Association of Law Schools. He currently serves on the Board of Trustees of the Law School Admission Council. He was the editor of the Journal of Legal Education from 1998-2004.

Dean Syverud is married to Dr. Ruth Chi-fen Chen and has three sons: Steven, Brian and David.