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Ann Davis Shields

Professor of Practice, Director of Pretrial Program and Interim Director of the Legal Practice Program

Professor of Practice Ann Davis Shields specializes in legal writing and analysis; negotiation and mediation; pretrial practice; appellate advocacy; and civil rights and employment law. She regularly presents on issues related to legal writing, analysis, and practice skills at national conferences. In addition to her teaching, she is the Director of the Pretrial Practice & Settlement Program. Professor Shields is a certified Neutral for the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri. A member of the Missouri Bar, Professor Shields maintains a small private practice as a mediator specializing in employment and civil rights cases.

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  • Education
    • A.B., Washington University, 1985
    • J.D., Washington University School of Law, 1993
  • Courses
    • Legal Practice I: Objective Analysis and Reasoning
    • Legal Practice II: Advocacy
    • Negotiation
    • Pretrial Practice and Procedure
  • Areas of Expertise
    • Legal writing, analysis, and practice
    • Negotiation and mediation
    • Pretrial practice
    • Appellate advocacy
    • Civil rights and employment law
  • Honors and Awards
    • David M. Becker Professor of the Year, 2018
    • Missouri Lawyers Weekly’s Women’s Justice Award for Legal Scholars, 2012
    • Washington University Law’s International Women’s Day Award, 2003
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