Telephone: (573) 882-6497



The University of Missouri-Columbia School of Law has prepared students for the practice of law for over 125 years. We stress the fundamentals of legal thinking -- analysis and synthesis of court opinions, legal skills, preparation and argument of cases, and problem solving abilities to resolve client problems and the ethical issues that attorneys face. Our school offers an exceptional opportunity to learn the law under the guidance of a superb faculty. Many of our faculty members are recognized nationally as outstanding scholars in their specialized fields. Our Alternative Dispute Resolution program is nationally recognized, and students may choose to participate in clinical placements, which provide opportunities to work on actual cases.


Dean: R. Lawrence Dessem (573) 882-3246

Admissions, Career Development and Student Services:

Tracy Gonzalez (573) 884-2949

Financial Aid: Jeff Turnbull (573) 882-1383

Library: Randy Diamond (573) 882-2935

Development and Alumni Affairs: Janie Harmon (573) 882-3052




R. LAWRENCE DESSEM, (Law Professor), born May 16, 1951; admitted to bar, 1976, Ohio; 1979, District of Columbia; 1985, Tennessee; 2002, Missouri. Education: Macalester College (B.A., 1973); Harvard (J.D., 1976). COURSES:Pretrial Litigation, Civil Procedure. Email:dessemrl @


DOUGLAS E. ABRAMS, (Law Professor), admitted to bar, 1977, New York; 1991, Missouri. Education: Wesleyan University (B.A., 1973); Columbia University (J.D., 1976). COURSES: Civil Procedure, Constitutional Law, Juvenile Law, Family Law. Email:abramsd @


ROBERT G. BAILEY, (Law Professor), admitted to bar, 1979, Missouri. Education: Marist College (B.A., 1968); University of Missouri (J.D., 1979). COURSES:Arbitration, Client Interviewing, Legal Reasoning. Email:baileyr @


ROYCE DE ROHAN BARONDES, (Law Professor), admitted to bar, 1986, New York; 1993, New Hampshire; 1994, Massachusetts; 1997, Louisiana. Education: Massachusetts Institute of Technology (S.B., 1982; S.M., 1982); University of Virginia (J.D., 1985). COURSES: Contracts, Securities Regulation, Business Organizations. Email:barondesr @


MARY WEHRHEIM BECK, (Law Professor), born St. Louis, Missouri, January 4, 1948; admitted to bar, 1988, Missouri. Education: St. Louis University (B.S.N., 1970; M.S.N., 1971); University of Missouri School of Law (J.D., 1988). COURSES:Litigation, Family Law, Client Interviewing and Counseling. Email: beckm @


FRANK O. BOWMAN, III, (Law Professor), born Midland, Texas July 13, 1955; Education: The Colorado College (B.A., 1976); Harvard Law School (J.D., 1979). COURSES:Criminal Law, Evidence, Criminal Procedure, Criminal Justice Administration, White Collar Crime. Email:bowmanf @


MICHELLE ARNOPOL CECIL, (Law Professor), born Chicago, Illinois, August 11, 1957; admitted to bar, 1982, Illinois; 1991, Missouri. Education: University of Illinois (B.A., 1979; J.D.,1982). COURSES: Tax (75&percent,), Bankruptcy (25&percent,). Email:cecilm @


DENNIS D. CROUCH, (Law Professor), born Columbia, South Carolina; admitted to bar, 2003, Illinois. Education: Princeton University (B.S.E., 1997); University of Chicago Law School (J.D., 2003). COURSES:Property, Internet Law, Patent Law, Electronic Commerce. Email:crouchdd @


MELODY RICHARDSON DAILY, (Law Professor), born Brunswick, Missouri, September 4, 1947; admitted to bar, 1986, Missouri. Education: University of Missouri (B.A., 1969; M.A., 1971; J.D., 1986). COURSES:Legal Research, Writing Advocacy, Externship, Law and Literature, Education Law. Email:dailyma @


PETER N. DAVIS, (Law Professor), born Appleton, Wisconsin, November 27, 1936; admitted to bar, 1963, Wisconsin; 1966, District of Columbia; 1985, Missouri; 1966, U.S. Patent &Trademark Office. Education: Haverford College (B.A., 1959); University of Wisconsin (LL.B., 1963; S.J.D., 1972). COURSES:Natural Resources, Environmental, Intellectual Property, Land Use Controls. Email:davispn @


KENNETH D. DEAN, (Law Professor), born October 5, 1946; admitted to bar, 1976, Missouri. Education: Lincoln University of Missouri (B.A., 1969); John Jay College of Criminal Law (M.A., 1970); University of Missouri-Columbia (J.D., 1976). COURSES: Administrative Law, Evidence, Judicial Claims, Legislative Clinic. Email: deank @


JAMES R. DEVINE, (Law Professor), born Newark, New Jersey, January 31, 1948; admitted to bar, 1975, New Jersey; 1983, Missouri. Education: Franklin &Marshall College (A.B., 1970); Seton Hall University (J.D., 1975). COURSES:Civil Procedure, Professional Responsibility, Trial Practice, Sports Law. Email:devinej @


RANDY DIAMOND, (Law Professor), born New York, N.Y. April 4, 1959; admitted to bar, 1987, Ohio. Education: Bowdoin College (B.A., 1981); Kent State University (M.L.S., 1991); Fordham University School of Law (J.D., 1987). COURSES:Advanced Legal Research. Email:diamondrj @


MARTHA DRAGICH, (Law Professor), born Minnesota, July 7, 1956; Education: University of Minnesota (B.A., 1978; M.A., 1983; J.D., 1983). COURSES:Legislation, Law and Literature, Remedies, Conflicts of Law, Disability Law. Email: dragichm @


STEPHEN D. EASTON, (Law Professor), born Pasco, Washington, May 11, 1958; admitted to bar, 1983, North Dakota; 1995, Montana; 1998, Missouri. Education: Northland Community College (A.A., 1978); Dickinson State University (B.A., 1980); Stanford Law School (J.D., 1983). COURSES:Professional Responsibility, Criminal Law, Trial Practice, Criminal Procedure. Email:eastons @


DAVID M. ENGLISH, (Law Professor), born Ann Arbor, Michigan, August 7, 1953; admitted to bar, 1979, Illinois; 1992, South Dakota. Education: Duke University (B.A., 1974); Northwestern University (J.D., 1979). COURSES: Federal Tax, Estates and Trusts, Estate Planning, Elder Law. Email:englishd @


CARL H. ESBECK, (Law Professor), born Carroll, Iowa, August 19, 1948; admitted to bar, 1974, New Mexico; 1982, Missouri. Education: Iowa State University of Science & Technology (B.S., 1971); Cornell Law School (J.D., 1974). COURSES: Civil Procedure, Civil Rights, Constitutional Law, Religious Liberty. Email:esbeckc @


WILLIAM B. FISCH, (Law Professor), born Cleveland, Ohio, May 11, 1936; admitted to bar, 1960, Illinois; 1982, Missouri. Education: Harvard College (B.A., 1957); University of Illinois (LL.B., 1960); University of Chicago (M.C.L., 1962); University of Freiburg (J.U.D., 1972). COURSES:Constitutional Law, International Law, Comparative Law, European Union Law. Email:fischw @


ROBERT WILSON FREYERMUTH, (Law Professor), born Decatur, Georgia, January 1, 1962; admitted to bar, 1987, North Carolina. Education: University of North Carolina (B.S., 1984); Duke University (J.D., 1987). COURSES: Property, Real Estate Transactions and Finance, Secured Transactions, Real Estate Leasing, Local Government. Email:freyermuthr @


RAFAEL GELY, (Law Professor), born San Juan, Puerto Rico, October 19, 1961; admitted to bar, 1987, Illinois. Education: Kansas State University (B.S., 1984); University of Illinois (A.M., 1987; J.D., 1987; Ph.D., 1991). COURSES:Labor Law, Employment Law & Arbitration.


TRACY ZERMAN GONZALEZ, (Law Professor), admitted to bar, 1985, Missouri. Education: University of Wisconsin (B.S., 1981); Saint Louis University (J.D., 1984).


PHILIP J. HARTER, (Law Professor), born Columbus, Ohio, April 14, 1942; admitted to bar, 1971, District of Columbia. Education: Kenyon College (A.B., 1964); University of Michigan (M.A., 1966); University of Michigan Law School (J.D., 1969). COURSES: Administrative Law, Dispute Resolution. Email: harterpj @


KANDICE K. JOHNSON, (Law Professor), admitted to bar, 1978, Missouri. Education: Eastern Illinois University (B.A., 1973); University of Missouri Columbia School of Law (J.D., 1978). COURSES:Clinical Skills, Criminal Clinic, Trial Practice, Externships. Email:johnsonkk @


THOMAS A. LAMBERT, (Law Professor), born 1971; Education: Wheaton College (B.A., 1993); University of Chicago Law School (J.D., 1998). COURSES:Business Organizations, Antitrust Law, Environmental Law. Email:lambertt @


JOHN LANDE, (Law Professor), born New York, New York, January 4, 1953; admitted to bar, 1980, California. Education: University of Michigan (B.A., 1974); University of Wisconsin-Madison (Ph.D., 1995); Hastings College of Law (J.D., 1980). COURSES:Mediation, Dispute Resolution. Email:landej @


ILHYUNG LEE, (Law Professor), born 1960; admitted to bar, 1988, Connecticut; 1989, New York. Education: University of Maryland At Baltimore County (B.A., 1983); Washington College (M.A., 1985); Boston College of Law (J.D., 1988). COURSES: International Dispute Resolution, Intellectual Property, Comparative Law. Email:leeh @


JAMES H. LEVIN, (Law Professor), born Camden, New Jersey, July 26, 1958; admitted to bar, 1988, Minnesota. Education: University of Southern California; Macalester College (B.A., 1980); Northeastern University (J.D., 1986). COURSES: Mediation. Email:levinj @


PAUL LITTON, (Law Professor), admitted to bar, 2000, Pennsylvania. Education: University of Pennsylvania (B.A., 1994; Ph.D., 2003) University of Pennsylvania Law School (J.D., 1999). COURSES:Criminal Law, Jurisprudence, Bioethics.


MARGARET E. MCGUINNESS, (Law Professor), born 1966; Education: American University School of International Service (B.A., 1987); Stanford University School of Law (J.D., 1999). COURSES:International Law, International Human Rights, International Business Transactions, Federal Courts. Email:mcguinnessm @


MICHAEL A. MIDDLETON, (Law Professor), born Jackson, Mississippi, February 24, 1947; admitted to bar, 1971, Missouri; 1975, District of Columbia; 1976, Mississippi. Education: University of Missouri-Columbia (B.S., 1968; J.D., 1971). COURSES:Employment Discrimination, Criminal Law, Procedure Trial Practice. Email:middletonm @


S. DAVID MITCHELL, (Law Professor), born New York, New York, June 21, 1969; admitted to bar, 2003, New Jersey; 2003, Pennsylvania; 2004, Federal Bar of Maryland, 4th Circuit Court of Appeals. Education: Brown University (B.A., 1991); University of Pennsylvania (M.A., 1991); University of Pennsylvania Law School (J.D., 2002). COURSES:Torts, Criminal Justice Administration, Law and Society.


RIGEL C. OLIVERI, (Law Professor), born San Jose, California December 5, 1972; Education: University of Virginia (B.A., 1994); Stanford Law School (J.D., 1999). COURSES: Civil Procedure, Pretrial Litigation, Housing Discrimination. Email: oliverir @


PHILIP G. PETERS, JR., (Law Professor), born Manchester, New Hampshire, February 4, 1950; admitted to bar, 1976, California; 1995, Missouri. Education: Harvard College (B.A., 1972); University of California (J.D., 1976). COURSES:Health Law, Torts, Genetics. Email:petersp @


RICHARD C. REUBEN, (Law Professor), born St. Louis, Missouri, April 11, 1958; admitted to bar, 1988, Pennsylvania; 1991, California; 1992, District of Columbia. Education: University of Georgia (B.A., 1979); Georgia State University (A.B., 1982; J.D., 1986); Stanford Law School (J.S.D., 1998). COURSES:Administrative Law, Negotiation, Conflict Theory. Email:reubenr @


TROY A. RULE, (Law Professor), born 1978; admitted to bar, 2005, Washington; 2006, U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Washington. Education: Brigham Young University (B.S., summa cum laude, 2001); University of Chicago (J.D., with honors, 2005). COURSES: Land Use, Sales & Leases, Secured Transactions. Email:rulet @


GREGORY J. SCOTT, (Law Professor), born Sedalia, Missouri, June 10, 1957; admitted to bar, 1988, Missouri; 1989, Kansas. Education: Columbia College (B.A., 1985); University of Missouri-Columbia School of Law (J.D., 1988). COURSES:Legal Research & Writing, Trial Practice.


PAMELA J. SMITH, (Law Professor), born Wheelus, AFB, December 18, 1961; admitted to bar, 1992, Texas; 1993, District of Columbia; 1993, Colorado. Education: Devry Institute of Technology (B.S., 1984); University of St. Thomas (M.B.A., 1989); Tulane University School of Law (J.D., 1992). COURSES:Intellectual Property, Software Law, Cyberspace Law, Digital Divide. Email:smithpj @


STACIE I. STRONG, (Law Professor), born Torrance, California, April 15, 1965; admitted to bar, 1995, New York; 1998, United Kingdom; 2004, Illinois. Education: University of California (B.A., 1986); University of Southern California (M.P.W., 1990); Duke University (J.D., 1994); University of Cambridge (Ph.D., 2002); University of Oxford (J. Phil, 2003). COURSES:Alternative Dispute Resolution, Comparative Law, Estates and Trusts, Jurisprudence, Law Office Management. Email:strongs @


RODNEY J. UPHOFF, (Law Professor), born Geneva, Nebraska, April 8, 1950; admitted to bar, 1976, Wisconsin; 1990, Oklahoma; 2002, Missouri. Education: University of Wisconsin (B.A., 1972; J.D., 1976); London School of Economics (M.S., 1973). COURSES:Criminal Procedure, Professional Responsibility, Trial Advocacy, Criminal Litigation. Email:uphoffr @


CHRISTINA E. WELLS, (Law Professor), born July 20, 1964; admitted to bar, 1988, Illinois; 1990, California. Education: University of Kansas (B.A., 1985); University of Chicago (J.D., 1988). COURSES:Freedom of Speech, Gender and the Law, Remedies, Administrative Law. Email:wellsc @