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Nancy C. Staudt

Dean and Howard & Caroline Cayne Distinguished Professor of Law

Nancy Staudt serves as dean of the School of Law and is the Howard and Caroline Cayne Distinguished Professor. She returned to Washington University in 2014, after having served as a faculty member at the law school from 2000 to 2006. Under her tenure, the School of Law has become a top law school, now ranked #16 according to U.S. News & World Report. Dean Staudt has successfully advanced the law school’s teaching, research, and community service missions through her work with faculty, students, and cross-disciplinary initiatives. She also led a successful capital campaign, which raised funds necessary to expand the scope of the law school’s clinical education program, enhance the number of faculty members with named professorships, and increase scholarships for students by millions of dollars.

Dean Staudt has also advanced the university’s goals and aims through her service on a number of university-wide committees. She has served as: chair of a university-wide task force charged with heightening the university’s commitment to diversity and inclusion; chair of the search committee charged with identifying a dean for the top-ranked Brown School of Social Work; member of the chancellor search committee; and member of the university-wide COVID planning executive committee.

Dean Staudt is a nationally-recognized scholar in tax, tax policy, and empirical legal studies, having authored or coauthored numerous books and articles published in the country’s leading journals and university presses. She earned her PhD from the University of Chicago, her JD from the University of Minnesota, and her BA from Ohio State University. Dean Staudt also clerked for the Honorable John T. Noonan on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit in San Francisco. Prior to her academic appointments, she worked as a tax lawyer at Morrison and Foerster in San Francisco.

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