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Lemma Barkeloo & Phoebe Couzins Professor of Law
Susan Frelich Appleton, the Lemma Barkeloo & Phoebe Couzins Professor of Law, is a nationally known expert in family law. Her research, scholarship, and writings address such legal issues as adoption, reproductive rights, parentage, gender, and sexualities. She has co-authored a family law casebook, now in its sixth edition, as well as a casebook on adoption and assisted reproduction, and she has published extensively on family law matters in law reviews.

Wiley B. Rutledge Professor of Law and Vice Provost of the University
Professor Marion Crain, an expert in labor and employment law, is Vice Provost for Washington University and the Wiley B. Rutledge Professor of Law. She also holds joint appointments (by courtesy) with the Brown School of Social Work and the Program on Women, Gender & Sexuality Studies. Her scholarship examines the relationships among gender, work, and class status with a particular emphasis on collective action and labor relations.She is the author, co-author or editor of a labor law casebook, an employment law casebook, two university press books and a commercial press book, as well as numerous law review articles and book chapters on labor and employment law, labor unionism, and the working poor.

Associate Professor of Law
Professor Daniel Epps teaches and writes about criminal law and criminal procedure, with a secondary interest in federal courts and the design of judicial institutions. He is an experienced Supreme Court advocate. Most recently, he served as co-counsel in Ocasio v. United States, 136 S. Ct. 1423 (2016), a case about the scope of criminal conspiracy liability under the federal anti-extortion statute. Other notable prior work includes the successful petition for certiorari and merits briefing in Walden v. Fiore, 133 S. Ct. 1493 (2014); a brief for the Court-appointed amicus curiae in Millbrook v. United States, 133 S. Ct. 1441 (2013); and an amicus brief for criminal law and procedure scholars in United States v. Davila, 133 S. Ct. 2139 (2013). He also served as co-counsel on the brief of Prof. Stephen E. Sachs as amicus curiae in Atlantic Marine Construction Co. v. U.S. District Court, 134 S. Ct. 568 (2013) (with Jeffrey S. Bucholtz & Stephen E. Sachs), which The Green Bag Almanac & Reader included on its list of “Exemplary Legal Writing” for 2013. He clerked for Justice Anthony Kennedy during October Term 2009.

Ethan A.H. Shepley Distinguished University Professor
Lee Epstein’s interests center on the U.S. Supreme Court, judicial behavior, empirical legal studies, and constitutional law. Her latest book, An Introduction to Empirical Legal Research (with A. Martin), Oxford University Press, is forthcoming. Her co-authored book, The Behavior of Federal Judges (with W. Landes and R. Posner), was published by Harvard University Press in 2013. She is now working on several books, including one that makes use of Justice Blackmun’s papers to study agenda setting on the Supreme Court and another that examines how national and local economic trends affect judicial decisions. A recipient of 12 grants from the National Science Foundation for her work on law and legal institutions, Epstein has authored or co-authored more than 100 articles and essays, as well as 15 books.

Sally D. Danforth Distinguished Professor of Law & Religion and Professor of Political Science (by courtesy)
Professor John Inazu's scholarship focuses on the First Amendment freedoms of speech, assembly, and religion, and related questions of legal and political theory. His first book, Liberty's Refuge: The Forgotten Freedom of Assembly (Yale University Press, 2012), seeks to recover the role of assembly in American political and constitutional thought. His second book is Confident Pluralism: Surviving and Thriving Through Deep Difference (University of Chicago Press in 2016). Professor Inazu is the special editor of a volume on law and theology published in Law and Contemporary Problems, and his articles have appeared in a number of law reviews and specialty journals. He has written broadly for mainstream audiences in publications including USA Today, CNN, the Hedgehog Review, and the Washington Post.

John S. Lehmann University Professor Emeritus
Dr. Stephen H. Legomsky is the John S. Lehmann University Professor Emeritus at the Washington University School of Law in St. Louis. Professor Legomsky took a leave of absence from 2011 to 2013 to serve as Chief Counsel of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, the immigration services agency in the Department of Homeland Security. After retiring in July 2015, he returned to Washington to serve as Senior Counsel to the Secretary of Homeland Security. He has testified before Congress many times, most recently in 2015 before both the House and the Senate Judiciary Committees on the legality of President Obama’s immigration executive actions. He has served as a consultant to the transition teams of Presidents Clinton and Obama, the first President Bush’s Commissioner of Immigration, the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees, and several foreign governments, on immigration and refugee policies.

Professor of Law
Professor Gregory P. Magarian is a well-known expert in free speech, the law of politics, and law and religion. He has written about a variety of topics in constitutional law, including free speech theory and doctrine, media regulation, regulation of political parties, the relationship between church and state, and substantive due process. As part of an ABA project, he led a team of faculty examining the work of Supreme Court Justice Elena Kagan during the nomination process. A frequent presenter at conferences here and abroad, he has published his scholarship widely in various law reviews. Professor Magarian has taught at Fudan University in Shanghai, China, as part of the law school's semester exchange partnership and served on the law school's Summer Institute for Global Justice faculty at the University of Utrecht in The Netherlands. Before becoming a law professor, he clerked for U.S. Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens, as well as for the Hon. Louis Oberdorfer, U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia. Professor Magarian also practiced law for five years with the Washington, D.C. firm of Jenner & Block as a litigation associate.

Professor of Law
Neil Richards is an internationally-recognized expert in the fields of privacy, First Amendment, and information law. His recent work explores the complex relationships between free speech and privacy in cyberspace. Professor Richards' articles have appeared or are forthcoming in the Harvard Law Review, Columbia Law Review, California Law Review, Virginia Law Review, and Georgetown Law Journal. His book, Intellectual Privacy, was published by Oxford University Press in 2015. Professor Richards also co-directs both the Washington University-Cambridge University International Privacy Law Conference and the Washington University Free Speech Conference.

Associate Professor of Law
Professor Rachel Sachs is a scholar of innovation policy whose work explores the interaction of intellectual property law, food and drug regulation, and health law. Her work explores problems of innovation and access, considering how law helps or hinders these problems. Professor Sachs’ scholarship has or will have appeared in journals that include the Harvard Journal of Law & Technology, the University of California-Davis Law Review, the Yale Journal of Law & Technology, and the peer-reviewed Journal of Law and the Biosciences. Prior to joining the faculty, Professor Sachs was an Academic Fellow at the Petrie-Flom Center for Health Law Policy, Biotechnology, and Bioethics and a Lecturer in Law at Harvard Law School.

Associate Professor
Professor Elizabeth Sepper is a health law scholar whose work explores the interaction of morality, professional ethics, and law in health care and insurance. She has written extensively on conscientious refusals to provide reproductive and end-of-life healthcare and on conflicts over religious liberty and insurance coverage through the Affordable Care Act's contraceptive coverage mandate. Her scholarship also examines the interaction of religious liberty and gay rights. Her articles have appeared in top journals, including the Columbia Law Review, Virginia Law Review, Indiana Law Journal, Harvard Journal of Gender & Law, and Harvard Law Review Forum.

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