JD Advisors

 Mollie Farrell, JD, JD Advisor, earned her law degree from Georgetown University Law Center in 2005. She then practiced as a litigation associate with Latham & Watkins in Washington, DC before transitioning to the federal government. She spent three years in the Office of the Principal Legal Advisor for U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) in Washington, DC. There she handled legal issues arising in criminal and immigration enforcement matters, such as undercover operations and financial crimes investigations. She then transferred to ICE's Office of the Chief Counsel in Chicago, spending four years litigating immigration cases on behalf of the federal government.

Lynn Freedman, JD, Judicial Clerkship Advisor, has an extensive healthcare law background. She focused on corporate and regulatory healthcare law at the Atlanta-based firm of King & Spalding and at a small healthcare firm. She worked at Chase Manhattan Bank España in Madrid and clerked for Homer Stark, Chief Judge of Gwinnett Superior Court in Georgia. She is a graduate of Cornell University and Emory Law School.


Laura McLaughlin, JD, JD Advisor, received her juris doctor from the University of Missouri-Columbia School of Law in 1994, where she was an editor and author for the Journal of Dispute Resolution, part of UMC's nationally ranked dispute resolution program. She spent the majority of her law practice with small firms in St. Louis focusing on domestic, juvenile and general civil litigation. Her practice included participation in all aspects of discovery, settlements and trials as well as legal research and writing in those areas. During this time, she also accepted multiple appointments from the St. Louis County Circuit and Associate Circuit judiciary to serve as Guardian ad Litem. In addition, Laura was employed at a mid-sized law firm in Jefferson City as well as the St. Louis County Public Defender's Office. She is active with various fundraising and charitable committees in the metropolitan St. Louis area.

Susan B. Schoen, JD, JD Advisor, earned her law degree from St. Louis University School of Law in 1996. She practiced as a litigation associate at a mid-size St. Louis law firm for several years where she was primarily engaged in defending healthcare providers in medical malpractice actions. During this time, she participated in all phases of pretrial discovery matters, trials, mediations, settlements and appellate review. She has also represented Registered Nurses in licensure matters pending before the Missouri State Board of Nursing and represented healthcare institutions in premises liability actions. Prior to attending law school, she obtained a BSN and worked as a registered nurse in the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit.

Carol A. Vizzier, JD, Director, Public Interest Programs, She has a litigation and public interest background and has worked in private law firms as well as with Gay Men’s Health Crisis, the MFY Legal Services Mental Health Law Project, and Bronx AIDS Services. She also served as assistant director for public service at Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy, where she coordinated that firm’s pro bono program. In addition to her legal experience, Carol has several years of experience in law school student services administration. She received her bachelor’s degree from Haverford College and her JD from Cornell University.