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A Historic Success!

Mizzou football wasn’t the only team working overtime this weekend. This year, Mizzou’s law school rings in its 150th anniversary. To celebrate, members of a planning committee organized a watch party for the Saturday morning Mizzou-Auburn game. “The 150th only comes around once,” said Bob Langdon, ‘72. “We had a lot of people involved. It’s just a chance for the…

Faculty Spotlight — Meet Prof. Rachel Wechsler

When Professor Rachel Wechsler and her husband Steven Evers moved to Columbia from the hustle and bustle of New York this summer, the first thing they did was begin to explore the many walking paths and biking trails. Professor Wechsler accepted a professorship at the University of Missouri School of Law after experiencing Columbia’s small-town charm and the strong sense…

LLM Alumni Spotlight — Brian Pappas

For a man who never imagined a career in higher education, Brian Pappas, LLM ’08, has managed to reach the pinnacle of legal education. Stepping into the deanship of the North Dakota School of Law in July, Pappas’ journey to this level of leadership began with his own legal education. After earning his JD from Wayne State University, Pappas worked…

LLM Alumni Spotlight — Donna Pavlick

In 1999, Donna Pavlick was at a crossroads. The health care company she managed in Springfield, Missouri had just been sold and her position eliminated. Soon after, her husband, who worked at the University of Missouri, told her about a new degree program just announced by Mizzou Law — an LLM in dispute resolution. “Before the LLM program, I was…

Prof. Lietzan publishes new paper on why medical device companies rarely renew patents

Professor Erika Lietzan, the William H. Pittman Professor of Law and Timothy J. Heinsz Professor of Law at Mizzou Law, recent published a new paper, “The Case of the Missing Device Patents, or: Why Device Patents Matter,” in the Fordham Intellectual Property, Media & Entertainment Law Journal. To read Prof. Lietzen’s article, visit:…

Four Mizzou Law Alumni Honored with Missouri Bar Awards

Four Mizzou Law alumni have been honored with Missouri Bar awards during the 2022 Missouri Bar Annual Meeting in Springfield, Missouri. Dudley McCarter, ’75 W. Dudley McCarter earned the 2022 Missouri Bar President’s Award for his commitment to educating lawyers through his Journal of The Missouri Bar column. Given by the president of The Missouri Bar, the annual award recognizes…

Mizzou Law 2022 Missouri Bar Passage Rates

The Supreme Court of Missouri just released the results of the July 2022 Missouri Bar Exam. University of Missouri School of Law’s 93% passage rate for our first-time bar takers is above the overall state passage rate of 88% and is the second-highest out of seven regional law schools. Mizzou Law is committed to continuing to have exemplary bar passage…

Professors Henson, Pratzel honored with 2022 Spurgeon Smithson Awards

  Mizzou Law professor Chuck Henson and adjunct professor Alan Pratzel were honored on Sept. 14 with Spurgeon Smith Awards by the Missouri Bar Foundation. This award recognizes judges, law teachers, and/or lawyers who have provided outstanding services toward the increase and diffusion of justice. The Foundation’s board recognizes the great work Professor Henson has done at the university, with…

Law School Foundation Issues Notice of Annual Meeting

The annual meeting of the University of Missouri Law School Foundation will be held in person on Friday, September 23 at 2:45 PM in Hulston Hall, Classroom 3.. The order of business will consist of the election of trustees and presentation of the  annual financial report. The membership of the Law School Foundation consists of any person who has graduated in…

Prof. Erika Lietzan Re-appointed to ACUS, Named to Best Lawyer in America List

Erika Lietzan, the William H. Pittman Professor of Law & Timothy J. Heinsz Professor of Law was recently re-appointed to a two-year term as a public members of the Administrative Conference of the United States (ACUS). ACUS is an independent federal agency dedicated to improving the administrative process through consensus-driven applied research and providing nonpartisan expert advice and recommendations for…