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Faculty from the William C. Wefel Center for Employment Law are internationally renowned and regularly tapped for leadership positions in the field and national media commentary.

Matthew Bodie

Matthew Bodie, J.D.
Co-Director, William C. Wefel Center for Employment Law
Callis Family Professor of Law

Professor Bodie is an expert on the role of information, control, and ownership within the corporation and the workplace. He is particularly interested in the role of the employee within the firm. He has published over 40 journal articles, essays, and book chapters. His papers have been selected for presentation by the American Law & Economics Association, the Stanford/Yale Junior Faculty Forum, the Labour Law Research Network, and the Association of American Law Schools. He has coauthored a series of articles on corporate governance and voting rights with Professor Grant Hayden of SMU Dedman School of Law, and they are at work on a related book to be published by Cambridge University Press.

Professor Bodie served as a reporter for the American Law Institute’s Restatement of Employment Law and was the primary author for the chapter on employee privacy and autonomy. He is a research fellow at New York University’s Center for Labor and Employment Law and contributes to the Conglomerate blog. He is a contributor and section editor to the Worklaw section for Jotwell. He has written opinion pieces for the New York Times, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, U.S. News & World Report, and Quartz, and has been quoted in such publications as the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, and the New Republic.

Miriam Cherry, J.D.

Miriam Cherry, J.D.
Co-Director, William C. Wefel Center for Employment Law 

Professor Miriam Cherry’s scholarship is interdisciplinary and focuses on the intersection of technology and globalization with business, contract, and employment law topics. In her recent work, Professor Cherry analyzes crowdfunding, markets for corporate social responsibility, virtual work, and social entrepreneurship. Professor Cherry’s articles will appear or have appeared in the Northwestern Law Review, Minnesota Law Review, Washington Law Review, Illinois Law Review, Georgia Law Review, Alabama Law Review, Maryland Law Review, and the Tulane Law Review, among others.

She is an expert in the gig economy and has provided expertise to national publications including the New York Times, Fast Company and The Atlantic.

Marcia McCormick, J.D.

Marcia McCormick, J.D.
Associate Dean for Academic Affairs

Professor McCormick's scholarship has explored the areas of employment and labor law, federal courts, as well as gender and the law. A prolific blogger, Prof. McCormick is a co-editor and contributor to the Workplace Prof Blog, which provides daily information on developments in the law of the workplace and scholarship about it.

Elizabeth Pendo

Elizabeth Pendo, J.D.
Joseph J. Simeone Professor of Law

Professor Pendo is a nationally recognized expert in disability law and health care law. Her scholarship focuses on the difference disability makes in places in our society such as the health care system and the workplace, with a particular interest in legal and social meanings of disability. She published a series of articles exposing inaccessible medical equipment as a barrier to care, including Reducing Disparities through Health Care Reform: Disability and Accessible Medical Equipment, 4 Utah L. Rev. 1057 (2010) and Disability, Equipment Barriers and Women’s Health: Using the ADA to Provide Meaningful Access, 2 St. Louis Univ. J. Health L. & Pol’y 15 (2008). Other projects include civil rights and health care reform approaches to health disparities for people with disabilities; models of disability and their impact on health care; public right-of-way and accessibility issues in the City of Saint Louis; and genetic testing in the workplace, and its intersections with classifications based on gender, race, class and disability.

John Ammann

John J. Ammann, J.D.
McDonnell Professor of Justice in American Society

Professor John Ammann serves as a supervisor in SLU LAW’s civil litigation clinic where students handle a variety of lawsuits in state and federal court, including class actions regarding government rights and benefits, and individual cases in the areas of consumer law (including bankruptcy), landlord-tenant, foreclosures, and municipal court matters. Prior to his current role, he served as the director of the Legal Clinics for 18 years.

In 1994, Professor Ammann joined the faculty at SLU LAW. Since then, Ammann has directed the numerous Legal Clinics offered at the law school, ranging from litigation and civil rights to real estate, housing and finance. Under his guidance, the Legal Clinics annually provide more than $3.3 million and 39,000 hours in estimated free legal assistance to the community.

Tonie Fitzgibbon

Susan A. FitzGibbon
Senior Advisor, William C. Wefel Center for Employment Law
Professor Emerita

A specialist in employment law, arbitration and mediation, Professor Susan A. FitzGibbon concentrates her research on alternative dispute resolution. An arbitrator and mediator, Prof. FitzGibbon has been exploring this topic for more than a decade. Her scholarship includes articles on arbitrating employment claims, arbitration and mediation of sexual harassment claims, and court-annexed mediation programs.

Falethia Hawthorne

Falethia Hawthorne
Program Coordinator