Welcome to WashULaw

Dear Law School Community,

It is wonderful to serve as Dean of Washington University School of Law and to experience firsthand what makes our law school one of the very best in the country, situated at the heart of a world-class research university. I look forward to building upon our successes as we pursue our goals of outstanding legal education, cutting-edge faculty scholarship, and impactful community outreach.

With our excellent student body and fantastic faculty and staff, the energy and sense of purpose at WashULaw are palpable. Our vibrant community extends beyond campus to our amazing and accomplished alumni whose tremendous support is integral to our mission.

Chancellor Emeritus William Danforth once noted: “Institutions, like human beings, tend to define their character not from one momentous event, but rather from the cumulative effect of thousands of decisions made day after day, week after week, year after year.”

Every day, I am proud of WashULaw’s wonderful commitment to our culture of collaboration and excellence. Our future at WashULaw is both bright and exciting.

Nancy Staudt
Dean of the Law School
Howard & Caroline Cayne Distinguished Professor of Law

Record Profile


Faculty and Staff Directory
Nancy C. Staudt Headshot

Nancy C. Staudt

Dean and Howard & Caroline Cayne Distinguished Professor of Law

Vice Deans

Faculty and Staff Directory
Scott Baker Headshot

Scott Baker

Vice Dean for Research and Faculty Development and William F. & Jessica L. Kirsch Professor of Law

Peggie R. Smith Headshot

Peggie R. Smith

Vice Dean for Academic Affairs, Charles F. Nagel Professor of Employment and Labor Law

Associate Deans

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Gail Boker Headshot

Gail Boker

Associate Dean and Chief of Staff

Michael Koby Headshot

Michael Koby

Professor of Practice, Associate Dean for International and Graduate Programs

Joyce A. McCray Pearson Headshot

Joyce A. McCray Pearson

Associate Dean of the Law Library and Senior Lecturer in Law

Katherine Scannell Headshot

Katherine Scannell

Associate Dean for Admissions and Placement

Elizabeth Walsh Headshot

Elizabeth Walsh

Associate Dean, Student Life

Assistant Deans

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Mary Ann Clifford Headshot

Mary Ann Clifford

Assistant Dean, Admissions, Lecturer in Law

Jeanne Heil-Chapdelaine Headshot

Jeanne Heil-Chapdelaine

Assistant Dean and Director, Graduate and International Programs, Lecturer in Law

Tomea Mersmann Headshot

Tomea Mersmann

Assistant Dean for Graduate Recruiting and Professional Development; Lecturer in Law

Jeff Roberts Headshot

Jeff Roberts

Assistant Dean & Director of Facilities